Q. My in-laws have an active social life that often includes heavy drinking. My children, ages 11 and 13, have overheard them talk about their escapades, as well as their hangovers. One Sunday, my mother-in-law blatantly said that she was not getting out of bed because she had had too much to drink the night before. My kids have begun asking questions. My husband thinks it is funny, but I am worried about the effects this could have on our kids as they come of age. Am I overreacting?
The consensus of the panel is that the mother was not overreacting.
“The Grinch” almost stole the Christmas movie. The 2018 iteration of the Dr. Seuss’ classic takes a lot of the fun out of previous versions of “The Grinch.”
The real question is: Who stole “The Grinch”? That said, the film has its amusing moments and is gorgeous to look at.
The primary source material (other than The Grinch and his machinations being inspired by Charles Dicken’s Scrooge in the “A Christmas Carol” 1843 novella) is the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.
Second of two parts
High-sodium diets are linked to increased blood pressure and a greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Reducing the amount of sodium you consume can help lower blood pressure or prevent heart disease from developing.
A slide-show lecture, “The Holidays at Hess’s Department Store,” will be presented at 1 p.m. Dec. 15, at the Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
“No store in America could surpass the magic of a visit to Hess’s Department Store, especially at the holidays,” said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Dec. 12: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.
Thursday, Dec. 13: Beef pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple, wheat bread.
Friday, Dec. 14: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, pineapples.
Monday, Dec. 17: Chicken a la king, roasted potatoes, green beans, peaches, wheat bread.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Three cheese ziti w/meatballs, spinach, fresh fruit.
Call 610- 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Monday, Dec. 3: Hanukkah meal: Chicken noodle soup, beef brisket, potato latkes, chilled applesauce, rye bread w/ margarine, jelly doughnut.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Chicken Kiev, rice pilaf, Scandinavian vegetable blend, canned green beans, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.
Wednesday, Dec. 5: Spaghetti and meatballs, parmesan cheese, tossed salad with Italian dressing, Italian bread with margarine, chilled pears.
50 years of ‘Nutcracker’: Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley adds to costumes sets, brings dancers old and new to classic
Celebrating the 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” the longest-running “Nutcracker” in the Lehigh Valley, the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet brings this glorious holiday ballet to Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec 15 and and 2 p.m. Dec. 16.
A 50th “Nutcracker Celebration” takes place after the Dec. 16 performance at Hotel Bethlehem. The honorary chair for the celebration is Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of Bethlehem Area School District.
More than one dozen mascots, including meLVin from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Lehigh University’s Clutch the Mountain Hawk and the Just Born Peep, as well as Santa Claus, visited patients and staff Dec. 7 for “A Pathway to Santa” at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.
The Liberty High School Choir and Orchestra provided entertainment.
Civic Theatre has holiday spirit for Christmas season: Glassman back in ‘Carol’; new lead elf in ‘SantaLand’
There is plenty of holiday spirit to go around this season at Civic Theatre of Allentown.
The traditional “A Christmas Carol” based on Charles Dickens’ novel continues through Dec. 15 in Civic’s 19th Street Theatre and the modern more mature David Sedaris play “The SantaLand Diaries” continues through Dec. 16 in Civic’s Theatre 514.
And to top it off, there was an engagement on stage opening weekend of “A Christmas Carol.”