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Making a turducken can be daunting, but worth the wait

Making a turducken can be daunting, but worth the wait

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
Many challenges await when looking at a counter crowded with the ingredients needed for a turducken — a 4-pound duck stuffed in a 7-pound chicken that’s stuffed in a 15-pound turkey.
 

Gazette Holiday Essay Contest Winner: An exciting time of year for Scotia youngster

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
Third-grader Olivia Kaye is the winner of The Gazette's Holiday Essay Contest.
 
Tolling of church bells carries special meaning for many; Troy once dominated the industry

Tolling of church bells carries special meaning for many; Troy once dominated the industry

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
For many, bells are symbolic of the holiday season — from bell choirs to songs such as “Carol of the Bells” to the large bells in church steeples that ring in the season.
 
Locally made gifts are sure to be appreciated

Locally made gifts are sure to be appreciated

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
Locally made gifts embody the region’s rich manufacturing history.
 
Christmas Eve sermon tip from clergy: Keep it short

Christmas Eve sermon tip from clergy: Keep it short

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
According to many clergy members in the Schenectady area, divine assistance isn’t always necessary when planning a Christmas Eve sermon.
 
Christmas was once more about family and food than presents

Christmas was once more about family and food than presents

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
Children who grew up in the 1920s, spent their teens during the Great Depression and started families at the height of World War II recently shared some of their fondest memories of the old-fashioned Christmases of their youth.
 
Christmas goose returning to dinner table

Christmas goose returning to dinner table

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
The traditional Christmas goose is making a comeback, after being set aside in favor of meats that are cheaper and just as tasty.
 

Despite much derision, fruitcake has passionate supporters

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
Don’t believe the bad press on holiday fruitcakes.
 

Stocking tradition has seen many changes over years

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
The Christmas stocking tradition continues, having always been associated with St. Nicholas, a 4th century Greek bishop in Myra, now part of modern Turkey.
 
Who says dressing up is just for Halloween? Not this guy

Who says dressing up is just for Halloween? Not this guy

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
Have you picked out your holiday costume yet?
Halloween’s not the only excuse to take on an alternative identity, you know. A Santa suit, an angel outfit or even a simple red-and-green elf hat can liven up just about any occasion during December — a party, a race, a parade, a wedding, even a regular old day at the office.
 
From Rotterdam to Christmas tree glory

From Rotterdam to Christmas tree glory

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
A 35-foot blue spruce tree that for years served as a hiding spot for Easter eggs has now taken on the role of holiday tree at East Capitol Park in Albany.
Tony Cervera planted the tree in his yard in Rotterdam back in 1970, when it was four years old and just four or five feet tall.
 
Let your holidays go to the hounds, the terriers and the retrievers

Let your holidays go to the hounds, the terriers and the retrievers

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
What’s on your hound’s Hanukkah wish list? Has your cat got something special he’s craving for Christmas?
From dog-friendly dreidels to edible grass gardens, everything your pet could ever dream of fetching, chewing or batting around is in stores this holiday season, and pet owners are lapping it all up and begging for more.
 

Keeping it safe, as well as jolly

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
The kids are in the living room, staring at the wrapped presents under the tree.
Dad’s in the kitchen, getting the Christmas turkey ready for the oven. And Mom’s outside on the ladder, fixing that string of lights on the fritz.
It’s one possible scene this holiday season or any other one, but it’s also one that carries the traditional warnings, experts say, to ensure the holiday season is safe from accidents, incidents and illnesses.
 

Looking for a new way to greet the new year?

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
Getting dressed up, dancing into the morning and kissing that special someone at midnight are all part of celebrating New Year’s Eve.
But there are plenty of other options in the Capital Region, from Saratoga Springs’ popular First Night celebration to private parties to just staying home and watching a good movie. And after the celebrating is all over and the new year rolls in on Jan. 1, hardy folks can celebrate by taking a very brisk dip in the beautiful waters of Lake George.
 
Gingerbread builds help for the region’s homeless

Gingerbread builds help for the region’s homeless

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
The gingerbread homes on display at Crossgates Mall weren't big enough to live in, but they did raise awareness about a growing homelessness problem in the Capital Region.
The structures were on display Nov. 12 as part of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society's fifth fundraiser. As in past years, the event was timed to coincide with national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
 
 

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