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Christmas

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    UPS Christmas Delays Hit Home in Houston

    At about 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, I could wait no longer. With family members set to descend on my house within two hours, it was time to get the final gifts wrapped, especially those for my mom and that side of the family as we would be exchanging those before dinner. Unfortunately, my mom's gift - ... More >>

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    December 25, 2013

    Happy Holidays!: What Happened When We Searched for "Sexy Christmas Food"

    The task was simple: Go to a stock image website and find some holiday food photos for a "Happy Holidays from Eating Our Words" post. The problem is that searching stock image sites is so utterly boring. After a few minutes of searching in vain for an image that spoke to us, a lightbulb went off in ... More >>

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    December 24, 2013

    Five Breakfast Dishes for Christmas Morning

    It's hard to sit down to a nice breakfast on Christmas morning if you have children who want to tear into their presents as soon as they lay their eyes on that Christmas tree. But, with a scrumptious and enticing breakfast, you just might be able to pull their eyes away from the presents for a secon ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Season's Eatings in December 1913: Memories of Christmas Past

    As a Victorianist, I'm often nostalgic for a past I've never experienced. The material trappings of the late 19th century and early 20th century fascinate me, and while I certainly don't want to return to a time of corsets and cholera epidemics, I still long for some of the culinary traditions of ye ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Five Easy Christmas Desserts

    Planning a Christmas Eve and/or Day dinner can be stressful. But it doesn't have to be. Or at least the dessert part doesn't have to be. After you have prepared and cooked a delicious meal for your family, the last thing you want to do is stress over the dessert. Here are five easy last-minute Chri ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Saturday Night Live's 12 Best Holiday Musical Guests

    Watching the Saturday Night Live Christmas special last week, I was reminded how the show has revered -- and skewered -- the holiday season over the years. From Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song" to Alec Baldwin's "Schweddy Balls," the show's churned out enough holiday-themed material to keep us laughin ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift List: Top 10 Homemade Food Presents

    Now that you have mailed everything to friends and family afar (or at least, you should have if you want it to arrive by Christmas), it's time to spread some holiday cheer to your local friends and family. Each year, my mom and I make food gifts to give to our neighbors and bring to work. To us, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    How To: Package and Ship Christmas Cookies So They Don't Break (Get Baking!)

    There's nothing worse than receiving a box of broken and crushed Christmas cookies. I love getting cookies in the mail during the holidays, but it is such a downer when you open the box only to find legless and armless gingerbread men, or chocolate chip cookie crumbs. Often, the biggest mistakes ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Where to Dine Out in Houston on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2013 (No Dishes To Do!)

    Eliminate some of the holiday stress this year by letting some of the best Houston chefs serve you and your family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After you've finished shopping, decorated the house and welcomed all of your family members into your home, you deserve a scrumptious meal prepared b ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    December 27, 2012

    Open Letter to the Jerks Who Killed Someone Over a Pair of Air Jordans

    Dear A-Holes, Well done. You have reached the absolute lowest point on the criminal totem pole. You are now ranked down there with people who steal Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve and worthless lowlifes who literally take candy from babies. You killed a guy over a pair of shoes. I must confess I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    10 Reasons to Be Thankful Christmas Is Over

    After a full blast Christmas season, most of us are worn out to the point of exhaustion. The time spent with family, the commercialism, the "sounds of the season" and the gluttonous embarrassment of feasting is enough to drive anyone to drink, which you probably also did too much of this year for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    10 Reasons to Be Pissed Christmas Is Over

    Is there anything more depressing than hearing a Christmas song the day AFTER Christmas? It makes me want to punch Nat King Cole in the face. When we reach the moment that is literally the furthest away from Christmas we will get every year, there's a sort of resigned melancholy that resonates with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Elusive White Christmas Evades Houston Again, But Cold Weather On the Way

    In 2004, Houston recorded snowfall on Christmas Eve in the rarest of rare circumstances for our city, an actual white Christmas. It didn't stick and, ultimately, it was just damn cold, but for a brief moment, we were living the dream, assuming your dream is a cold, snowy Christmas. For those of us w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Your Stress-Free Holiday Dining Guide: Where to Eat on Christmas Day 2012

    The presents are unwrapped, the place is destroyed and the pine needles from the Christmas tree have formed a fine carpet throughout the house. The last thing you want to do is dirty up a bunch of dishes cooking after all that. So why not let one of the many Houston restaurants open on Christmas Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: Top 5 Christmas Rap Songs

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 20, 2010. Show us one hip-hop head who isn't obsessed with corny Christmas sing-alongs an ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Your Stress-Free Holiday Dining Guide: Where to Eat on Christmas Eve 2012

    Shopping for family, sending gifts to loved ones afar and decorating the house with an obnoxious amount of holiday decor tends to build quite a lot of stress each Christmas. So, we all love anything that eliminates some of the holiday stress. Let some of your favorite restaurants around Houston do t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    Your Stress-Free Holiday Dining Guide: Where to Eat on Christmas Day 2012

    The presents are unwrapped, the place is destroyed and the pine needles from the Christmas tree have formed a fine carpet throughout the house. The last thing you want to do is dirty up a bunch of dishes cooking after all that. So why not let one of the many Houston restaurants open on Christmas Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Christmas Tree Pancakes

    Are you looking for a fun breakfast to make on Christmas morning? Pinterest is here to help you find the cheeriest breakfast your kids (and you) will love. It's a simple Bisquick pancake recipe with an extra addition of green food coloring. Turn your plain pancakes green and stack to make a beautif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Your Stress-Free Holiday Dining Guide: Where to Eat on Christmas Eve 2012

    Shopping for family, sending gifts to loved ones afar and decorating the house with an obnoxious amount of holiday decor tends to build quite a lot of stress each Christmas. So, we all love anything that eliminates some of the holiday stress. Let some of your favorite restaurants around Houston do t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Your Stress-Free Holiday Dining Guide: Where to Eat on Christmas Day 2012

    The presents are unwrapped, the place is destroyed and the pine needles from the Christmas tree have formed a fine carpet throughout the house. The last thing you want to do is dirty up a bunch of dishes cooking after all that. So why not let one of the many Houston restaurants open on Christmas Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Last, Last Minute Christmas Shopping: Five Gifts from the Gas Station

    You pop out of bed on Christmas morning. You've been asleep for a couple of days thanks to that crazy ass holiday party at the office. You crawl out of bed and remember that you need to be at your mom's house in a couple hours for lunch and merriment. As you reach the bathroom and strain your eyes i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    5 Stocking Stuffers for the Foodies in Your Family

    I don't know about you, but stocking stuffers are always last-minute gifts. It seems like we all forget about those little things until a few days before Christmas. But, if you've got a few foodies in your family, here are the perfect stocking stuffers to satisfy their love for cooking, wine or foo ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day

    Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

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    December 20, 2012

    Breakfast on Christmas Morning: Monkey Bread Muffins

    My mom has made monkey bread for breakfast on a few Christmas mornings. There is nothing better than waking up to the sweet sugary smell of monkey bread baking in the oven. It's sticky, sweet and each little bite melts in your mouth. Making monkey bread from scratch can be a bit challenging if you' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Fitz Navidad's Bands Lay Out Their Favorite Christmas Tunes

    Thursday night, a heavenly host of Houston's brightest and best musicians will spend a night playing Christmas music to celebrate the holiday season at Fitzgerald's. We decided to catch up with some of the musicians and find out what their favorite Christmas songs are, and why? Austin Smith (A Sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Top 5 Easy Christmas Appetizers

    Tis the season to host Christmas parties and tis the season to get easily stressed out from all the tasks that come with preparing for many guests to visit your home. Not only do you need to invite the guests, clean the house and decorate it with Christmas cheer, but you need to cook a variety of sn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Pumpkin Christmas Cookies for Your Dog

    I am officially home for the holidays, so Christmas cookie baking has begun. But who says your dog can't enjoy Christmas cookies this year? I always make sure to buy my dog a couple of holiday treats to enjoy on Christmas morning, but when I came across a few Christmas cookies for the dog on Pintere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    My Grandma's Favorite Christmas Cookie: Pecan Sandtarts

    Every year my mom and I bake what seems like an endless amount of Christmas cookies to send to friends and family. We always bake our staple cookies and make a few new ones to spice things up for everyone. We always make sure to send everyone an equal amount of each cookie, but my grandma gets a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Oh, the Weather Outside is...Muggy? Welcome to Houston

    Every year Twitter, Facebook, message boards and "real life" are littered with comments from Houstonians about how it sucks that we aren't living in a fairytale book of Christmas snowy magic. Whenever the temperature eclipses 75 degrees, which it often does in December, no one is in the Christmas sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Lightened Comfort Food: Vegetable Lasagna

    Last Christmas, my family and I made a warm, hearty lasagna for Christmas Eve. It was delicious, comforting and perfect for the cooler weather outside. You can't go wrong with a big plate of thick pasta, meaty sauce and creamy ricotta cheese. But there are some vegetarian dishes are just as good as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    A Soulful Christmas In July

    I didn't think I would succumb to sharing with the world how freaking hot I think it is because every time I see one of you complaining about it on Facebook, I envision your head between a Foreman grill. That might be pregnancy hormones speaking, but seriously; it's July, we're in Houston, it's ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Jewish Christmas: Chinese Take-Out, Woody Allen, and Champagne

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Champagne isn't just for celebrating. It's also one of the world's greatest food-friendly wines.​Like many Jewish-Americans, I grew up going to the movies and eating classic Americanized Chinese food on Christmas Day. Today, now that I'm all growed up and married to a M ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Let me just get this out of the way right off the bat: I don't care for Mannheim Steamroller. I think their music is odd and a little creepy. But, that doesn't mean 1 ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Ella Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​There is an admission that I have to make having written all these Classic Christmas posts this year. When I think of Christmas, I don't think of carols or choirs or ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Dining Out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

    elitemom.net​It's allegedly the most wonderful time of the year. But we're guessing whomever penned that phrase never spent Christmas Eve amid the pandemonium of wide-eyed, frantic shoppers desperately trying to cross those last few names off of the shopping list, or stayed up until the wee ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Eight shopping days left 'til Christmas. Drink up.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're honoring the spiritual and religious roots of the holiday season by keeping the "Saturn" in "Saturnalia!" We hope you'll join us in serving the traditional Christmas goos ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Happy Biebermas: 2011's Bumper Crop Of Holiday Albums

    Wishing You An Adorkable Christmas...​The Christmas season started back in the late summer for Rocks Off when we began getting PR e-mails about so and so's new Christmas album, and then in October they started showing up in our stacks of snail mail. This year the biggest complaint amongst ev ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    War On Christmas Revived: Federal Court Gives "No Jesus Pencils!" Principals Another Chance

    A setback in the War Against the War on Christmas​Just when you thought the War on Christmas had been won -- and by the good, God-fearing, Constitution-hating forces, too -- along comes another setback. We told you last month about two Texas elementary principals who had failed to convince a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Odd Pair: Candy Canes & Pink Catawba

    ​Christmas is nearly here, and I know you all are desperately searching for a wine to pair with your favorite edible Christmas decoration: candy canes! Look no further, dear readers, because after sampling many, many wines while simultaneously licking on peppermint sticks, I have found the pe ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Merry Christmas From Rocks Off

    Rocks Off polled our staff for their favorite Christmas songs to create a playlist for you to enjoy while you open presents, drink egg nog, or however else you celebrate. Enjoy. Ahh, the gift that keeps on giving...​Editor's Pick: U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)": Neph Basedow: Ped ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Christmas Eve Store Hours, For All You Procrastinators

    The doors!! They are closing!!​Maybe you've got today off and are planning to do your Christmas shopping. Maybe you don't have today off, or maybe you just like putting things off to the last minute. A Friday Christmas Eve shopping trip sounds like hell to us, but if you're determined to go t ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Random Food Christmas Traditions: Late Night Jack in the Box

    ​ My family has always done our big dinner on Christmas Eve. That's when we bring out the pork roast, potatoes, Moros y Cristianos, and a bunch of other traditional American and Cuban dishes. We gorge ourselves until we pass out, and then the next morning we sleep in and start the day wit ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    The Galleria Is Hardly A Winter Wonderland

    confarta.com​Rocks Off, like the rest of you, hasn't finished all of our holiday shopping. Every Christmas, we tell ourselves that we'll begin earlier next year, but it never quite pans out the way we want it to. Ain't that feeling all too familiar? While we braved the crowds at the Galleria ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Eight Tips for Improving Your Christmas Dinner Photos

    John McStravickGet creative with your Christmas dinner photos and even a drunken brawl will look good!​Christmas dinner can be a wonderful experience, sitting around a big table with family and friends laughing and enjoying each other's company. It can also be a horrible disaster complete with ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Dining Out on Christmas Day? Here's What's Open

    achristmasstoryhouse.com"It's a beautiful duck. It's just that...it's SMILING at me." ​Does the thought of preparing another holiday meal under the scrutinizing glare of your mother-in-law make you want to shoot your eye out? The holidays are stressful enough without the pressure of preparing ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Xmas Smackdown: "Born To Die" Vs. "Christmas Shoes"

    The "Born to Die" in question is not on this album. Still a cool cover.​Christians love death at Christmas time. These two Christmas songs deal in the kind of mortality that is only hinted at in "Frosty The Snowman." He dies when the snow melts, but ominously proclaims that "he will be back so ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Top Five Christmas Rap Songs

    ​Show us one hip-hop head who isn't obsessed with corny Christmas sing-alongs and we'll show you a liar. Nothing says "hip-hop" like cheery holiday tunes about sharing and caring. In the spirit of holiday music, Rocks Off compiled a list of five Christmas rap songs guaranteed to make you the f ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Random Christmas Food Traditions: Junk Food, Arby's and Red Lobster

    ​Quickie-mart junk food, roast "beef" from Arby's and Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster were what we ate around the holidays when I was growing up back in Florida. Sure, Christmas Day had the usual suspects of turkey and cornbread dressing, but before Christmas and after, we bowed down to ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Did you ever notice how internet memes make you laugh once and then disappear forever? Why is that?​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we would pay more money than is reasonable to own rooftop Christmas decorations of Santa Claus and Jesus dueling the Grinch and ... More >>

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