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How to give holiday gifts that won’t be forgotten

If your holiday shopping list is focused on all the latest trends, remember, the hottest items are not always the most cherished. Sometimes it’s the warmest gifts that are the most unforgettable. “The holidays are times of nostalgia and remembrance, from stories of when we were ...

Creating a day of serenity by celebrating holidays solo

NEW YORK — For most Americans, major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are an opportunity to gather with family and friends. But some folks choose to spend those holidays alone — not because they have nobody to celebrate with, but as a way of unplugging from busy lives and creating a ...

‘Tis the season to save

It’s easy to get the entire house ready for the holiday this season and celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year without spending a fortune. From simple decorating ideas to affordable party planning inspiration, getting into the holiday spirit has never been so easy with ...

Remembering those who matter most

Every day of my life proves another thing,  person or moment to be thankful for. But, this Thanksgiving, I’m especially thankful for my family. On Nov. 9, I lost my grandmother. Gramma Judy had just turned 69 years old. Her hair was still fire engine red. But she’d been dealing ...

Thankful for my husband, animals

Over the past five years, reflecting on the people and things I appreciate in my every day life has been a successful coping skill that I utilize often. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I have been pondering about this topic even more so than usual. I’m thankful for my husband ...

Thankful for stability

Last Thanksgiving, I was commuting to and from school finishing up my last semester, unsure of where I was heading in a month. That wasn’t particularly bad. I actually remember feeling like it was kind of refreshing not being able to know what was coming next. But this Thanksgiving ...

Dear Santa…

For the last decade, the Williamsport Salvation Army’s Santa Fund has benefited many people in need within the community over the holiday season. Today kicks off the 10th annual Santa Fund — a partnership between the Salvation Army and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. The money raised ...

Easy upgrades for holiday entertaining

Holiday gatherings call for an extra touch to make the celebrating special. Since many holiday festivities are centered on food, focus some attention on the refreshments for a simple way to upgrade your next holiday party. From the presentation to the pairings, it’s easy to make an ...

Tammy’s story

Dear Santa, Asking for help is sometimes harder than many people might realize but sometimes a person, particularly a parent, has little choice but to do so. I remember a recently widowed father who came into my office a number of months ago. He had a numb sort of expression while he was ...

TV-lover gifts abound: ‘Mad Men’ opus to Roku to Slanket

LOS ANGELES — The TV lovers in your life deserve holiday gifts that recognize their passion. There’s lots of ways to achieve that, with creative goods that lets fans flaunt their series allegiances or products new and old that adds to the ease and pleasure of TV viewing. Another ...

Today’s crafted ornaments can become tomorrow’s keepsakes

Making your own ornaments and decorations for the holidays has its own rewards — the need to create is strong in many of us — but it feels particularly good to dig out your art supplies at this time of year. As Bob Richter puts it in his new book, “A Very Vintage Christmas” (Rowman ...

Bold boosts for holiday leftovers

Transforming that leftover holiday turkey or ham from an ordinary dish you heat up in the microwave or let go to waste into an extraordinary meal may be easier than you think. From flatbread pizza to a hearty stew, enhancing your everyday meals is easy with Holland House Cooking Wines, ...

Furry, fuzzy, fluffy: holiday decor with a soft touch

This season, faux furs, wools and other softly textured materials are giving holiday decor a cozy, festive feel. The trend was prominent at this fall’s Maison et Objet trade show in Paris. Booths were populated with winsome, appliqued, felt people and animals. Glamorous, ...

Gifts for those who cook and those who just eat

Barbecue and southern foods expert Elizabeth Karmel rounded up her favorite products of the year and suggests these gifts for those who cook — and those who just like to eat: Gifts that gift back God’s Love We Deliver is an organization devoted that prepares and delivers meals to ...

Cooking on deadline

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press I think this is (possibly) the best Brussels sprouts recipe I have ever made. They are roasted and then tossed while still warm with an assertive dressing that makes your mouth jump up and down with joy. And for those who don’t like Brussels sprouts ...

Dad’s cookbooks make up new library at Farmer’s Pantry store

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Many times, Nancy Fiorito tried to enforce the cookbook rule. If her husband, Matthew, brought home a cookbook, he would have to get rid of one already in the house. Like, you know, maybe he could lose one of the grilling ones. He always did it his own way anyway, ...

This hot cocktail is soothing and comforting on a cold day

After a snowy walk or long day on the slopes, there’s nothing like curling up under a warm blanket. Maybe you have a fire going and the dog asleep at your feet, with a good book just within reach. But before you can relax, you need to warm up those cold hands and chilled bones. Before ...

Lifestyle briefs

MIFFLINBURG — The Herr Memorial Library, 500 Market St., will hold the following activities and events in the month of December: Adult and teen programs •Special stitches knitting group — 11 a.m. Wednesdays. The special stitches knitting group welcomes all skill levels. ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband is a consultant and travels frequently for work. When he travels, he’ll sometimes leave Sunday and return the following Friday. He will sometimes do this for three weeks out of a month. The projects may last six months or three years. It grows lonely without ...

“I’m not normal.” The quirky genius that is Alton Brown

NEW YORK –– Alton Brown thinks about food differently than you do. You don’t get obsessive with hummus. He does. You don’t research the long, weird history of nutmeg or put sumac in everything. He does. You never considered having spaghetti in the morning. He did and made it ...