Auld Lang Syne at Kelly’s Tavern

The holidays would not end at the Kelleher household without the ultimate New Year’s Eve bash held every year at my Mom and Dad’s bar and restaurant. Kelly’s Tavern, located at 46th Street and 7th Avenue in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was one of those neighborhood joints that played host to the usual suspects’ day in and… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne at Kelly’s Tavern

The Christmas Chronicles: Christmas Days Then and Now

Since our family always celebrated our Christmas on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day was a much more subdued affair. For a long time, when she had a larger house, my oldest sister Verda would play hostess and have us all over for an enormous feast! The house would be crammed with homemade cookies and candies, opened… Continue reading The Christmas Chronicles: Christmas Days Then and Now

The Christmas Chronicles: Santa/Dad

As a child, I knew there were some magical places in Kenosha that I only really got to see at Christmastime. I suppose I was aware these places existed throughout the year but at the holiday season they took on a new glow and meaning for me. There was something completely awesome about the pristine… Continue reading The Christmas Chronicles: Santa/Dad

The Christmas Chronicles: Traditions of the Heart

The first Christmas after my Dad passed away was hard. He died in the summer of 84 and even though he had been sick his passing still came with the shock and emptiness that you feel when a most important person in your life is suddenly just gone. My Mom and I were left at… Continue reading The Christmas Chronicles: Traditions of the Heart

The Christmas Chronicles: A Kelleher Christmas Eve

Though we didn’t have a fireplace or fancy mantle, Christmas stockings were always hung carefully in our house. Ours were carefully placed on the backs of chairs in the living room and the placement of those spectacular receptacles of joy was not something to be taken lightly. We didn’t just toss it over a chair… Continue reading The Christmas Chronicles: A Kelleher Christmas Eve

The Christmas Chronicles: Santa’s Not Always Watching

I still believe in Santa Claus and will always believe until the day I take my last breath. Over the years, how and what I believe about the jolly elf has changed but my faith remains firm that his spirit is alive and well during the Christmas season. Like most kids, I was always told… Continue reading The Christmas Chronicles: Santa’s Not Always Watching

Chicago Chronicles 4: The Holiday Edition

Our first holiday season in Chicago should have been exciting and new. I guess it was, for the most part. But Scott and I were very young and fresh out of our parents’ homes, so we each met the holiday season with a healthy touch of melancholy. For me, the holidays were always full of… Continue reading Chicago Chronicles 4: The Holiday Edition