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80 Years of Holiday Shopping in New York

80 Years of Holiday Shopping in New York

Business
We’ll be crowding more and clicking less, carrying more shopping bags and waiting for fewer deliveries.This holiday shopping season is shaping up to be more in-person than last year’s, but it isn’t likely to be as carefree as in the Before Times. Abbreviated store hours, product shortages, Covid restrictions and safety concerns are expected to make for a holiday shopping experience unlike any in the 80 or so years chronicled in these photos from the New York Times archives.Still, these pandemic-era challenges don’t seem to be stopping us from spending this season: The National Retail Federation predicts that holiday retail sales this year will set a record. Americans are expected to dole out between $843 billion and $859 billion in November and December, as much as 10.5 percent more than i...

Hanukkah Dessert Recipes That Skip the Fryer

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Every winter, I look forward to reveling in the fried food frenzy of latkes and jelly doughnuts called sufganiyot that is Hanukkah in my home. But, after a few grease-splattered days, I’ve had enough. Not of Hanukkah — that goes on for eight gelt-filled nights — but of frying. The question is, what else can I serve to celebrate the holiday?This year, I plan to lean into the oil part of the story, specifically the olive oil that burned for eight days instead of just one, the miracle that the holiday commemorates. But along with using oil for frying, I’ll make some festive, holiday-worthy confections.Olive oil is already traditional in many desserts, adding a slightly savory note to round out the sweetness. Here, I played with three classic recipes, blending olive oil into one, incorporating...
Do You Have a Story About Seeing Your Parent Differently?

Do You Have a Story About Seeing Your Parent Differently?

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Parents are often the first people who teach us how to exist in the world. But sometimes all it takes is one incident for our image of them to be upended. Then we’re left with a new understanding that our parents are just people, fallible like us.Tell us about a time when you saw a different side of your parents or elders. Maybe you realized they didn’t have all the answers — or you uncovered a secret about their lives before yours started. Perhaps they did something that surprised you. Or maybe you reached a moment of clarity years in the making.Please send a voice recording (no more than two minutes) with your story to modernlovepodcast@gmail.com. Start by telling us your full name and where you live. Your story doesn’t need to be completely polished, but it should have a beginning, a mi...

U.S. Lifts Travel Ban for Vaccinated Foreigners

Travel
For the Calva family, it was a teary-eyed reunion at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Dayanna Patino Calva of Danbury, Conn., rushed to her sister’s 8-month-old baby, who was being pushed in a stroller, and kissed him.“It had just been too long,” Ms. Calva’s sister, Belinda Calva, said in Spanish about why she and her son arrived on the first day on a flight from Brussels.And thousands of Canadians — “snowbirds,” typically retirees — are already on their way to Florida, Arizona and California, among other warm destinations, with campers and boats in tow.“We’re ready to enjoy what the United States has to offer,” said Wayne Peters of Kelowna, British Columbia, who is about to embark on a 1,520-mile journey south to Yuma, Ariz., with his wife for five months of hiking, golfing and play...
Holiday Travel and Covid: Here’s What to Expect

Holiday Travel and Covid: Here’s What to Expect

Travel
“It’s not going to be long-lived,” Mr. Orlando said. “I think once the rest of the world opens up, those planes will get back to flying the old high-demand routes, but for now, it’s a wonderful opportunity.”Be prepared to adapt.Ariel Vinson, 31, a digital content manager for a consumer packaged goods company in San Diego, went to Alaska at the beginning of October. It was her second trip there this year, and she is contemplating moving there.But her trip was extended when she got Covid-19 a week in. She ended up having to stay an additional week, before flying home on Oct. 24.“That was a wake-up call for me,” she said. “I don’t think it’s going to stop me from traveling, but I think it’ll make me think about my behaviors during travel,” such as masking outdoors or being more cautious when ...
Why Pan de Muerto Is Central to Día de los Muertos Celebrations

Why Pan de Muerto Is Central to Día de los Muertos Celebrations

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Over the past week, Elizabeth Hernández has turned La Patrona Bakery into a frenetic pan de muerto operation, making dozens of round loaves topped with bony fingers.This bread of the dead — similar in texture to challah and sprinkled with sugar or sesame seeds — is a staple of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. The celebration on Nov. 1-2 aims to reunite the souls of the dead with the living.“It’s a symbol of their death, but at the same time, life,” Ms. Hernández said in Spanish of the bakery’s bread, which uses a recipe from Mexico City.People eat the bread with their families, but it is also an essential offering on home altars, or ofrendas. The sweet-smelling bread sits alongside photos of the dead, and an array of their favorite foods and...
How to Prepare for the Holidays After a Divorce

How to Prepare for the Holidays After a Divorce

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After Halloween comes Thanksgiving, and then Hanukkah and Christmas: All days just asking for pain when your family is going through an upheaval. Even MLK weekend had me distraught one year. (I was convinced that, unlike us, all the intact families had amazing plans. Possible but, I now realize, unlikely.)Halloween 2021The spooky season is upon us. Make the most of Halloween, safely, with some help from The Times.Holidays often bring joy, but they are also reminders of who and what we have lost. During rough years, they tell us that the picture we had of our lives is no longer looking how we imagined it. Days intended for family and friends, they can also make us feel alone. And yet, ironically, we’re not alone in this. Particularly during a pandemic and a health crisis that has affec...
What Does It Mean to Be Crowned ‘Miss Juneteenth’?

What Does It Mean to Be Crowned ‘Miss Juneteenth’?

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In the month of June, as celebrations to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday begin, dozens of Black girls and women across the country will be competing for a singular title: Miss Juneteenth.Miss Juneteenth pageants have been held locally for decades but they have been growing in visibility as awareness of the holiday has increased. The first National Miss Juneteenth Pageant was held in 2020 in Memphis, with Saniya Gay, a previous Miss Juneteenth winner in Delaware, claiming the title.Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is rooted in emancipation for the enslaved, so it involves both the celebration of joy and the commemoration of pain. June 19 marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas — nearly two years after the Proclamation had be...
The Easiest Way to Make Crispy Homemade Samosas

The Easiest Way to Make Crispy Homemade Samosas

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In Pakistan, the Urdu word for “yesterday” is the same as the word for “tomorrow.” And lateness is generally acceptable. Sometimes, the sun sets while those observing Ramzan (the Urdu term for Ramadan) are on their way to an iftari, the fast-breaking meal after dusk. In those moments, stuck in traffic, a roadside samosa stand is a prayer answered.Though, in Pakistan, they’re eaten year-round, at any time, as the perfect accompaniment to chai, samosas may just taste most delicious at iftari. After a long — often hot — day of fasting, they’re the salty, crunchy, spicy snack you need. Samosas from vendors satiate instantly, but homemade ones can be ready nearly as quickly, once you have a batch in the freezer. And they taste better shared at home with family and friends. When there isn’t a pa...