Holidays

How much would the gifts in The 12 Days of Christmas cost in 2020?

How much would the gifts in The 12 Days of Christmas cost in 2020?

The annual cost of the gifts given by the "True Love" in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas" is out, and this year the cost has dropped drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of the items is calculated and released each year by PNC and is known as the Christmas Price Index. If you were wanting to dazzle your significant other by giving all the gifts given by the "True Love" in the song, this is the year to do it. The cost of the items has dropped to the lowest it has been since PNC started…
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How to make one simple ingredient the star of your holiday meal

How to make one simple ingredient the star of your holiday meal

(StatePoint) When planning your holiday menu, consider selecting one ingredient to be the star of the show. Not only is this a good way to simplify your shopping list during a busy time of year, it will unify your meal with complementary flavors. Need some inspiration? Consider sweet tea. Not just a hot or cold beverage, sweet tea can be used in cooking and baking to deepen the flavor profile of mains, sides, desserts and more. For holiday ease, purchase a ready-to-drink version like Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea — it’s available nationwide and is fresh brewed daily without any added…
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Here’s how your kids can track Santa this year

Here’s how your kids can track Santa this year

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 65th Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey around the globe. The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, launching Dec. 1, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, movie theater, holiday music, web store, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.   The official NORAD Tracks Santa app has been updated for 2020 and is also available in the Apple App and Google Play stores, so parents and children can count down the days until Santa’s launch on their…
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Pike Nurseries offers Christmas tree delivery service

Pike Nurseries offers Christmas tree delivery service

If you want a live Christmas tree this year, but don't want to risk exposure to coronavirus, Pike Nurseries has a solution. The company is offering a Christmas tree delivery service this year. This year, Pike is delivering Christmas convenience to customers’ front doors with an online request service designed to make Christmas decorating simple and safe. Shoppers can get into the spirit and select Christmas trees, poinsettias, seasonal wreaths and greenery from the comfort of their home – available for doorstep delivery or curbside pickup. Pike Nurseries’ Christmas trees are hand-selected, cut and carried out of the forest to…
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To avoid spreading coronavirus, some holiday traditions will change

To avoid spreading coronavirus, some holiday traditions will change

As the holiday season arrives, the traditional images of loved ones crowded around a dinner table groaning under the weight of the holiday feast may look a little different this year: The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted rising fears that holiday gatherings may accelerate the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released recommendations for safely celebrating Thanksgiving, suggesting smaller gatherings with only household members and offering tips for making the holiday both happy and healthy. In the midst of a stressful year, people may crave the normalcy of a celebration with family or friends,…
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Here’s what socially distanced holiday events look like in Alpharetta

Here’s what socially distanced holiday events look like in Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA -- The 2020 holiday season will look different for many reasons. The City of Alpharetta still plans to continue with traditional, magical décor and events -- doing it this year in a way that families can safely enjoy. As in years past, the City will be decorated for the season including the life-sized nutcrackers and lights on the Town Green, as well as twinkling lights brightening Brooke Street Park and the streets of downtown Alpharetta.  The first three Fridays of December are forecasting falling snow on the Town Green, which residents can enjoy while supporting Alpharetta’s many local boutiques…
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How to prevent package pirates, and other holiday tips

How to prevent package pirates, and other holiday tips

As we enter the holidays during a pandemic, local law enforcement officials are reminding residents that criminals may see the increased shipping the pandemic will bring as an invitation to steal packages from doorsteps. Law enforcement expects thefts of packages to be a bigger problem this year due in part to COVID-19, and Valdosta Police Chief Leslie Manahan offers some valuable tips to avoid porch piracy. “We know that due to the Pandemic, there will be an increase in the number of packages delivered to your home. These may be left unattended for hours, leaving them vulnerable to possibly being stolen,” Manahan…
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As Georgia enters coronavirus red zone, residents worry about holiday travel

As Georgia enters coronavirus red zone, residents worry about holiday travel

With the holidays fast approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic showing new signs of spiking across the country, many Georgians face tough decisions about whether to visit their relatives and friends or stay home. Dr. Henry Wu, the director of Emory University’s TravelWell Center, plans to virtually connect with his elderly parents this holiday season since they are considered high-risk should they become infected with COVID-19.  Wu is among a host of public health experts and doctors who say they’re increasingly concerned that when holiday travel and cold weather keeps more people indoors the spread of COVID-19 cases will race across…
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