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(NAPSI)—It’s a familiar scene in homes around the globe this time of year: The anticipation of the season is building and family traditions are coming alive. Children are on their best behavior waiting for Santa to arrive, mantels are decorated with monogrammed stockings, Christmas trees are filled with meaningful ornaments and decorations, parents are wrapping and hiding gifts, and lights are twinkling both inside and out. For many, these family preparations and traditions also include unveiling an Advent Calendar, a special calendar used to count down to Christmas with 25 doors or windows that house special little surprises when opened each day leading to Christmas.
Someone once asked me what my favorite thing about Gaslight Theatre is.
(BPT) - Everyone needs a fun little holiday trip. You can get some shopping done, see a show, enjoy the lights and amp up your anticipation for the holidays.
(BPT) - As the days get shorter and a wintry chill sets in across the country, families are beginning to prepare their homes for the most wonderful time of the year.
The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) wants to ensure all families make it to and from their holiday destinations safely. AHPA offers these reminders for your family this Thanksgiving.
(StatePoint) To create a memorable holiday experience this year, turn your gifts, celebrations and home décor into a festive feast for the five senses.
(BPT) - You don’t need the juggling skills of a big-top performer in order to host a successful holiday gathering. Careful planning, time management and an eye for adding quick and easy ‘homemade’ touches will make your gathering one for the memory books, while still having plenty of time to enjoy the company of your guests. Don’t let poor planning leave you cooped up in a hot kitchen while everyone else revels in the joys of the season.
(NAPSI)—While holiday decorations are a great way to spread the joy of the season, you have to make sure they’re safe.
Over the past year, the town has committed to enhancing its signature events. We have recruited sponsors to help offset costs, put a team of staff and volunteers in place to plan and carry out the events and formed partnerships with civic organizations and homeowners associations to increase attendance.
(BPT) - Red wine and turkey gravy in the carpet, pine needles on the hardwood floor and the powder room that will see a visit from every sneezy guest that comes through the door – along with all that good cheer, the holiday season has its share of messes. Making matters worse, you probably have less time for cleaning during the holidays than any other season in the year.
(Family Features) The holiday season is all about making fun memories. Why not wear something no one will soon forget at your own ugly sweater party?
(BPT) - When you think of the holidays, celebrations, presents and friends likely come to mind - not crime. Unfortunately, burglaries increase at this time of year, and your home could be a target. With a few simple safety precautions, you can protect your property, your family and your valuables now and well into the new year.
(BPT) - The costumes, the candy, the creative pumpkin carvings – Halloween has been steadily increasing in popularity, with the spooky holiday spend being second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation says the number of people buying sweet treats for Halloween actually beats out Easter.
Fall has finally arrived, bringing with it a season of festivals and outdoor activities that most of us have eagerly anticipated all summer.
(StatePoint) Halloween trails only behind Christmas when it comes to spending on decorations. Americans spent an estimated $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation.
Thousands attend our town events every year. From the excitement of our annual fireworks show to the magic of our Christmas tree lighting ceremony, we are proud to host fun-filled signature events that build community pride.
Comedian, actor, singer and writer Rodney Carrington will be live in the Diamond Center for a night of laughs on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Tickets start at $27.50 and go on sale to the general public March 29 at 10 a.m. Arizona Time through Star Tickets. Tickets are also available at the casino Rewards Center, which offers a 10 percent discount to Diamond Rewards members. Active, retired or veterans of the military who have the casino Tribute Card also receive 50 percent off a pair of tickets, offer only available at the Rewards Center. Limited VIP tickets are available; the VIP experience includes a meet and greet with Rodney Carrington, a VIP laminate, limited edition poster, and more!
1. The U.N. decides to send more peacekeepers to South Sudan
Over the last week, there were many stories that caused me to pause. Unfortunately, many of these stories were tragic. Each of them made me realize how lucky we all are, and how often we take what we have for granted.
In the Dec. 11 issue of the Explorer, it was told that the towns of Marana and Oro Valley both were having special holiday festivities this month, complete with tree lightings, appearances by Santa Claus and other fun entertainment. While these two towns held very similar events for their communities, the one key thing that caught my attention was the difference in what these events were called. The town of Marana called their event the “Marana Christmas Festival“, while the town of Oro Valley chose to call theirs the “Oro Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration“. This is yet another example of political correctness run amuck during the Christmas season. I’m not sure about other people, but I still don’t know what a “holiday tree” is. If one searches the Internet for a “holiday tree”, you’re not going to find much. In fact, the website Wikipedia will redirect you back to “Christmas tree”. The tradition of a decorating a tree at Christmastime in North America goes back to at least the 18th century, when a fir tree was decorated with candles and fruits at a……you guessed it, Christmas party. I think most people would see the absurdity of trying to re-label something like the Jewish menorah as the “holiday candelabra” in the interest of not offending those who don’t celebrate Hanukkah. But that is exactly what I think when I see companies or municipalities tip-toeing around the issue by calling their decorated trees “holiday trees”. I’m not exactly sure when the word “Christmas” became such an offensive word that it needed to be eliminated from our vocabulary. I applaud the Town of Marana for not being afraid to use the word “Christmas” this holiday season.
The annual family favorite "Holiday of Lights" show and "Laser Holidays" at Flandrau Science Center weave together the astronomy of the Winter Solstice with the history of light festivals across times and cultures in celebration of the spirit of renewal. The 1-hour "Holiday of Lights" show includes a "Tucson Sky Tonight" presentation, a guide to the stars, planets, and constellations you can see in our night skies at this time of year. Ring in the season with "Laser Holidays" laser light music show, full of your favorite Christmas and seasonal songs that will leave everyone happily humming. This 40-minute show features classic holiday music by Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Burl Ives as well as more contemporary pop favorites by the Eurythmics, Enya and Mariah Carey.
As the holidays approach, Northwest Fire is reminding everyone of some very basic, but very important safety tips to keep their holiday season safe and happy.