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Green Holiday Gifts and How to Care for Them

Looking for ideas for last minute gifts that really catch the spirit of the season? Think green! Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about caring for indoor Holiday plants year-round.  Go to full article

Christmas Tree Sellers Hoping for Better Season

Christmas tree sellers are in the height of their season right now. Truckloads of spruces, pines and firs are being delivered to stores and Christmas tree lots all across the region. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article
Ruth Besio's cookie cottage (above). Building skills (below).
Ruth Besio's cookie cottage (above). Building skills (below).

Home Sweet Home: The Art of Gingerbread Houses

Just as the oven begins to cool from the Thanksgiving feast, comes another seasonal favorite - Holiday baking. Fruitcakes, cookies and sweets are an annual tradition in many households this time of year. During the month of December, visitors to the Traditional Arts In Upstate New York, or TAUNY, gallery in Canton will be asked to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. Late last month a group of eager gingerbread bakers gathered in Canton to learn some secrets of making gingerbread houses - from cabins to castles. As Todd Moe reports, these novices got a head start on their edible real estate.  Go to full article

Commentary: Returns

After holiday shopping comes holiday returning for all the things we'll never use and don't really fit. For returning them efficiently, however, requires some special skills. Commentator Elle Garrell Berger learned hers from her mother.  Go to full article

Commentary: A Kiwi Christmas

As many of us enjoy new knowledge of New Zealand, new ?media darling? as the home of the Lord of the Rings movies, a small, hardy group of Kiwis enjoyed a seasonal exchange over the holidays. Commentator Betsy Kepes was their guide for a white Christmas.  Go to full article

Paul Willcott: The Christmas Routine

It's that day of the year when we tend to do a lot of things in the same way we did them last year and the year before. Little occurs in the way of "let's try something different this year." Commentator Paul Willcott has some thoughts on the routine.  Go to full article

Jan Hutslar: Reconsidering Gift-Giving

All those inflatable snowmen and reindeer in people's yards this year got commentator Jan Hutslar thinking about the act of giving gifts at Christmastime.  Go to full article

NORAD Tracks Santa

David Sommerstein tells the story of the North American Aerospace Defense Command's tracking of Santa Claus. NORAD derives its history from a presidential meeting on the railroad tracks of St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

Commentary: 'Home For the Holidays'

Like many North Country natives, Commentator Jill Vaughan's son is home for the holidays from Alaska. That phrase -- 'home for the holidays' -- makes Jill think of security and roots.  Go to full article

Commentary: Finally. A BIG Christmas Tree

Commentator Paul Willcott and his wife Ann decided to have the perfect Christmas tree, the one they'd long dreamed of. They were the new owners of a rambling cure cottage in Saranac Lake. It was the right time and place for the perfect tree. It didn't seem like such a big undertaking, but, well, let him tell the story.  Go to full article

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