I once sold an old dusty six-pack of Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Christmas Ale at a garage sale. I had used it as a doorstop in my West Park rental for a couple of years, intending to drink all the cinnamon, ginger-y goodness but never really got around to it.
A neighbor bought it for $2. I’m pretty sure he knew it was bad, but I think he was just wistful for the magic of the holiday season in the midst of the sweltering August morning.
Had I been more resourceful I could have used those coveted baubles of deliciousness for more than an evening buzz around the fireplace or a way to keep my bedroom door from creeping shut.
This December, I’m prepared with a handful of recipes from spots such as the Bourbon Street Barrel Room and the Spotted Owl, who take the iconic beer and show us how to use it in an easy-to-make French toast or a fun beer cocktail.
That’s just one of the reasons why I love this month’s issue. We’re all running around thinking about the holidays, buying last-minute gifts and trying to fit too much into an already jampacked schedule.
We’re here to help make your life easier, while giving you fun and inventive ways to celebrate the holidays.
So don’t settle for just any boring wrapping paper this year. Instead, read about four creative takes on how to decorate those gifts for your family and friends with just a few simple upgrades. And for someone like me, who waits until the last minute to wrap everything, the task still seems doable the night before Christmas.
From four outdoor ice rinks to take a spin on, our fave plays on peppermint and three unique holiday performances — fans of Die Hard definitely need to check it out — this issue is like an Advent calendar of Cleveland fun.
But among all the twinkling lights, falling snow and eggnog lattes, we can always do more. And I’m not talking about another run to the mall to score one more Nintendo Switch Lite.
Consider volunteering at one of the many local organizations this season. It’s easy to match up your interest with a nonprofit that could use your help. Experts say it’s the most rewarding gift you can give yourself. No wrapping required.