WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Every holiday season, Carin Agiman pawed through her closet, searching for something to wear to her friend's ugly sweater party.Having no luck, Agiman, who is Jewish, glued felt menorah cutouts and blue sequins to a white thrift store sweater. But the clumsy DIY look never quite matched the breadth of bright sweaters with reindeer and snowmen. And it certainly didn't show off Agiman's Hanukkah pride.
Winter does not have to equate to a dreary garden devoid of excitement. There are many types of berry-bearing shrubs, woody plants and winter flowers to brighten the landscape.
At countless Hanukkah celebrations, latkes will be there.
Last year, all those cookies finally caught up with Santa and he got stuck in a chimney.
Nothing is cuter than a room full of dalmatian puppies ... unless of course they elementary students dressed up as puppies.
No one would argue that Santa's got a big job to do on Christmas Eve.
NEW YORK- Out of the kitchen and into the hotel lobby: Gingerbread houses have gone from being a homemade project done with mom to professional exhibits designed by pastry chefs and sometimes even architects.And never mind the humble miniature: Some displays are life-size, while others depict entire villages. A few extravaganzas raise money for charity, while some include contests for home bakers. Many are part of larger Christmas celebrations at luxury hotels that also showcase decorated trees, Santa visits and holiday menus.
Back during my days at Gourmet magazine, my many duties included teaching cooking classes. I used to tell my students - especially the cooking-impaired ones - that if they made sure to greet dinner party guests with a special homemade drink, they would always win, no matter what else happened that evening.
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is getting a little greener. But it's not because of any new art display.
Students of the East Hall High School band marched around their school's track last week blasting holiday tunes with a finesse that can only be earned through many hours of practice.
Luke Pilgrim never thought of music as a hobby or a side gig.
A Gainesville church is opening its doors to celebrate the reason behind the Christmas season this weekend.
Recently, a local news channel that reported a story about garden and weather folklore.
One of the hottest items on cooks' holiday lists this year is one of the oldest types of cookware around: cast iron.
Lake Lanier isn't just an attractive location for tourists and fishing enthusiasts.
As we get closer and closer to the height of the holiday season, being excited for Father Christmas is no excuse to forget about Mother Nature.
Calliope Sweets owner Patty Phillips prides herself on her Southern hospitality, her roots and her skills in the kitchen.
Pet therapy is a common form of treatment for many individuals. However, patients who are hospitalized for long periods of time often spend weeks and even months away from their pets since animals are not allowed in hospitals.
For the 1 million Americans living with Parkinson's disease and especially those who are responding well to medication, more good news is at hand.
The plot of land began years as ago as a gateway to a string of parks connecting downtown Gainesville to Lake Lanier, with park benches and paths winding between trees and landscaped areas.
It's an unfortunate fact of life that, even in Hall County, not everyone has a home for the holidays.
When I was a kid, I always looked forward to holidays because it was a guarantee that my mom served all the dishes I loved. I always counted on a turkey, a sweet potato dish and green beans at Thanksgiving for example.
NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Many retirees pick up a hobby to keep themselves occupied, but Claude Whittle of northwestern Forsyth County rebuilt a 1952 Willys M-38 jeep, affectionately known as Col. Maggie.
Melissa Payne carefully sorts through the objects inside a decorative box on her kitchen counter, handling each one with care.
What's old is new again.
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