- Your Voice
(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.
(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.
(Family Features) The highlight of many a holiday meal, desserts are adored by young and old alike. This year, complete your festive celebration with delightful desserts that feature California Dried Figs.
The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present its Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm at the UA School of Music Crowder Hall. Under the direction of Julian Ackerley, the chorus will perform its 75th Anniversary Holiday Concert highlighting songs of holiday celebrations world-wide including Christmas carols, sacred songs and Hanukkah favorites. A distinctive feature will be the joining of the Touring Chorus with the Young Men’s Ensemble performing Gloria by English composer John Rutter.
(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) - ‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining. Icy shades of glistening white, sophisticated naturals and dazzling rhinestones top the hottest design trends in tableware and collectibles for the 2014 winter holidays.
(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.
(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a time for family, food, and fun. Part of what makes each holiday a special occasion are the family traditions that are celebrated and passed down each year.
Marana announces the appointment of Jeremy Knight as its new Director of Music. A Tucson native, Knight is a professional singer, music teacher, and choir conductor with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has taught music privately and in schools for over ten years, and previously conducted a local Episcopal Church choir.
(BPT) - Does the prospect of holiday shopping make you dance with joy, or tremble with dread? Americans seem pretty evenly split into both categories, a CBS News poll found last year. Love it or hate it, holiday shopping has to happen – the National Retail Federation says more than 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza. So why not take some steps to streamline your holiday shopping, and make it as easy and cost-effective as possible?
(BPT) - Everyone has special holiday traditions, from heirloom decorations to secret recipes passed down from generation to generation. Whether your holiday celebration means an intimate family gathering or an elaborate house-filled party, why not add something new to your festive mix? Many authentic holiday traditions are just a grocery-store-trip away – and you may discover a new family favorite from a faraway land.
Fall has finally arrived, bringing with it a season of festivals and outdoor activities that most of us have eagerly anticipated all summer.
Fox Tucson Theatre, the crown jewel of downtown, proudly serves Southern Arizona as the major center for arts, culture and community events. Originally, a pristine 1930’s movie palace and vaudeville stage, the Fox has been meticulously restored to its original Southwestern Art Deco grandeur. With state-of-the-art acoustic and visual technology, the theatre hosts classic Hollywood films, local and regional film premiers and festivals, community events, and is an unrivaled setting that attracts professional, high quality shows and concerts.
(BPT) - It’s more important than Christmas to your daughter and your son looks forward to his even more than summer vacation. A birthday is a big day for any child, and especially for kids 3 to 6. Yet busy parents can find it challenging to come up with creative ways to make a child’s birthday truly special.
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.
Is it just me, or is your Christmas card haul dwindling this year, too? During any given year, my family will typically bring in enough Christmas cards to warrant a display. We’ve been known to frame doorways with them, or hang them from shiny ribbons on the kitchen cabinets. This year is different; either the mail carrier is holding out on us or our friends have removed us from the annual Christmas card list. It’s not all in my head either.
A look into this week's events and happenings.
(StatePoint) Did you know some of today’s most celebrated holiday traditions began in the 1920s? This decade became well known as the golden era of celebration, revelry and joy.
The Great American Playhouse began running its holiday show, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Nov. 21 and will continue through until Jan. 4.
(StatePoint) Traveling this holiday season? Even if you aren’t in the comfort of your own home, you can make the experience special for your family. From decorating your hotel room to welcoming Santa, there are ways you can still enjoy those holiday traditions that are near and dear to you.
Shoppers can depend on Safeway (NYSE: SWY) this holiday season to help make any occasion truly special. From a wide variety of turkeys and holiday meal selections to wines suitable for any gathering, Safeway has it all at a great value.