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Make Your Holidays Bigger on the Inside with a Gingerbread TARDIS

The holidays are well and truly upon us! You probably have a billion things to get done this week, but might I suggest slowing down a little, taking some time, and building a gingerbread TARDIS to deck your halls for the what remains of the Yuletide season? At its core, a gingerbread TARDIS is actually far simpler than its more popular cousin, the gingerbread house. There are no angled roof pieces that threaten to slide off unless you hold...

Vilification Tennis Takes on the War on Christmas

Yule Regret This: The Vilification Tennis War on Christmas, the insult-battle group’s November 26 holiday special at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, was disturbingly comical. If you haven’t heard of Vilification Tennis—who have appeared at CONvergence, Transvestite Soup’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, and other events in addition to their own dedicated performances—you owe it yourself to catch one of their shows. Their usual fare is not the family-friendly version you may have seen at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. At Yule Regret This,...

Win the Holidays with These Awesome Vegan-Friendly Recipes

Anyone with food restrictions of any kind can tell you: holiday eating can be rough. It can be difficult navigating holiday fare that doesn’t necessarily cater to those with food restrictions, especially if there’s more than one or they’re newly in place. Likewise, if you are hosting a guest who these restrictions, it can bring panic to the menu planning. Thankfully, there are lots of resources out there to help figure out how to make everyone happy. One such...

What If It Isn’t a Happy Holiday? 5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Season

There is currently the yearly battle over whether it’s appropriate to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” raging. But it seems like there’s a part of the narrative that we’re missing: what if, for you, this time of year is neither merry nor happy? What if this time of year brings about an acute sadness or exacerbates an already down mood? There are so many reasons that a person might feel sad this time of year. As with anything...

The Last-Minute Guide to 2015 Twin Cities Holiday Craft Markets

It’s easy to forget because there’s hardly been any snow on the ground, but the holiday shopping season is quickly drawing to a close. Still have some names on your list that you haven’t found that perfect gift for? Looking for something unique, edible, and/or locally made? No worries! We’ve got you covered! Here is your guide to local holiday craft markets for last-minute shopping. Tattersall Holiday Market: Explore the North Gifts for the person in your live who loves...

Food Shame, the Holidays, and You: How to Foster Compassion This Holiday Season

The holidays can be a wonderful time for coming together with loved ones, but they can also be an uncomfortable time full of shame and doubt. While shared meals can bring people together, they can sometimes be the fuel that drives them apart. If the practice in your family gatherings in the past has been centered around food shame, you don’t need to keep that going. If you’ve decided that this behavior no longer serves you, you can change...

10 Geeky Holiday Crafts to Deck Your Halls with Awesome

Normally, you see holiday posts closer to, well, the holidays. Most people find the sight of festive décor before Thanksgiving nauseating (and in spirit, I’m right there with you). But if you’re a crafty geek, you can’t wait until December to start thinking about the holiday crafts—most crafty genius takes time to create! And these crafts that I’ve rounded up from the far corners of the Internet are genius, in my own humble opinion, and worth planning to spend time...

The Holidays Come Early with Midnight Syndicate’s Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering

Midnight Syndicate is best described as music for the imagination. Soundtracks to your darkest dreams. Each of the group’s albums has a theme, follows an intentionally vague story, and lets your mind wander away with the rest. The haunted-house industry uses them heavily as atmospheric backdrops, as do artists and writers from around the world. Consisting of composer/filmmaker Edward Douglas and composer Gavin Goszka, Midnight Syndicate has been steadily creating new material since the late ’90s. Albums have taken fans everywhere: abandoned crypts,...

Forget New Year’s Resolutions—Let’s Start a New Year’s Revolution!

This time of year, our television and computer screens are inundated with diet schemes, gym membership offers, and good old-fashioned shame for having fed our bodies over the winter holidays. It’s all but impossible to miss the screaming messages from advertisers: You aren’t good enough! You’ve failed! You need to change your body! I, for one, have had enough of this cultural norm of resolving to change our bodies every January. I propose that we start something new this...
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