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Banish Winter Blahs

When the temperature plunges, lounging at home near fireplaces blankets, and steaming mugs is a great place to be. But what to do when everyone starts to go a little stir crazy? We’ve got some ideas for you! Check out our list of fun things…

Jingle and Mingle

Over the past couple of decades, society has become much less formal. These changes have not only upended some long-standing etiquette guidelines but have undermined basic good manners, too. In the spirit of this kinder, gentler season,…

De-Stress the Holidays

In theory, it is the “hap-happiest” season of all. In reality, many of us look forward to December with a mix of anticipation and dread. We want to make the most of the season and create special memories, but there’s so much competing for…

Many Homes, Many Holidays

Though it may be cold and grey outside, many homes are drenched in warm colors this time of year: the golden brown of fresh baked rolls, earthy greens and oranges in hearty stews, the deep red of cranberry concoctions. ‘Tis the season when…

A Handcrafted Holiday

 PHOTOS: L.G. PATTERSON Some of the most cherished handcrafted holiday treasures are made out of construction paper and pipe cleaners, and there's nothing sweeter than an ornament constructed by a preschooler. But when the occasion calls…

Christmas Crafts

As the winter chill overtakes Columbia, the pressure is heating up to bag great holiday gifts. And while the area is teeming with unique creations at its local stores (and across the pages of its best magazine), perhaps no gift is more…

The Day After

The Day After You’ll look forward to these Turkey Day leftovers. There is a general rule people follow when buying a raw turkey for Thanksgiving: You need about 1 pound of turkey per person if you are buying a whole bird (with bones), or…

A Surprise Inside

In the culinary world, not many items surpass the awe-inspiring grandeur that is the turducken. For those unfamiliar, turducken is a whole chicken inside a whole duck inside a turkey with stuffing and sausage — a pseudo Frankenstein…

Tacky vs. Tasteful Holiday Decorating

Produced by Chelsea Land It’s the holiday season, and you’re driving through a neighborhood only to be blinded by a home with lights on every surface, fixtures crammed in the lawn and multiple automated or inflatable caricatures. We’ve all…

Happy New Year

For the past 18 years, Columbia residents have rung in the New Year with First Night Columbia as part of First Night USA — a national New Year’s community celebration organization. In an effort to be a more independent New Year’s Eve…

Shop ’Til You Drop

Columbians are invited to jump-start their holiday shopping at the 24th King’s Daughters Holiday Festival, Nov. 8–10, in the Holiday Inn Expo Center. Shoppers can find gifts for everyone on their list with vendors selling everything from…

It’s The End Of The World!

Norm Ruebling is on the run from dire Mayan prophesies. L.G. PATTERSON Those ancient Mayans are still stirring up trouble. By bringing their famous calendar to an abrupt end on Dec. 21, 2012, the Mayans have the citizens of the 21st…

It’s All About Glamour

Floral Arrangements By A Baker Floral & Gifts Place Settings Provided By Holiday Inn East December weddings are all about holiday glamour. These centerpieces, put together by A Baker Floral & Gifts, capture the spirit of the season…

Turkey Day Solutions

Thanksgiving should be a warm, comforting occasion. It’s a time to pause with friends and family members to count our blessings. It’s a time of bountiful harvest and wonderful food. It’s also a time when stress tends to run high. The…

A How-To Holiday

Are those same old holiday traditions growing tiresome? Looking for some fresh ideas and helpful hints to make it a merrier Christmas? You’ve come to the right place. We gathered a diverse group of experts who weighed in with tips on…