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For Some, Holidays Bring Depression

Auburn, Alabama — For most people, the holidays are festive occasions and a time for deepening friendships and family ties. However, for some, the holidays bring unpleasant side effects and depression. Holiday Blues Most of what we hear about holiday depression or holiday blues comes from the press. Sometimes it is difficult to sort out folklore from the facts, said ... Read More »

Yard Sales Can Provide Bargains for Holiday Shoppers

Auburn, Alabama — The busiest shopping season of the year is just around the corner. Consumers should add yard sales to their list of shopping places for holiday items. “Yard sales are great places to find bargains on children’s clothing and toys, seldom worn items such as party clothes, household goods and furniture for college students. Prices on clothes are ... Read More »

Make Your Valentine’s Day Roses Last

Valentine's Day Roses

AUBURN, Ala.— Today is Valentine’s Day. Roses will undoubtedly be the flower of choice to show love on this special day. Roses come in a variety of colors, but the most popular colors are red, yellow, pink and white. Fresh cut roses have a limited life span, but with proper care you can enjoy them a lot longer. Flower Selection ... Read More »

Repurpose your live Christmas tree after the holidays

AUBURN, Alabama — What will you do with your live Christmas tree after the holidays? At the end of the Christmas season when all of the decorations are packed away, you have to find something to do with the live Christmas tree.  The best way to get rid of the tree is to recycle it. Christmas trees are not a major landfill ... Read More »

Returning Christmas Gifts

AUBURN, Alabama—Returning a Christmas gift can cause great concern for many people. However, there is no need to worry. Most retailers accept returns as a matter of normal business. Consumer Responsibility “Take a gift back as quickly as possible, even though many stores don’t have a time limit,” said Sharlean Briggs, a regional Alabama Extension agent in Family Resource Management ... Read More »

Avoiding Stress During the Holidays

AUBURN, Ala. – While the holidays can be a time of fun and fellowship, they can also be a time of stress. There are some healthy ways to reduce stress and make the most of your holiday season. Synithia Flowers, a regional Alabama Extension agent who focuses on family and child development, offers some advice. “First, don’t try to control everything; ... Read More »

Poinsettias: The Christmas Flower

Poinsettias

AUBURN, Ala. – Poinsettias are the most recognizable flower associated with Christmas. It is no surprise that they are also know as the Christmas flower. Every year many people have them scattered around their home as decoration for the  holiday. The Poinsettias Story There is a legend that a little girl in Mexico and her cousinwere on their way to church ... Read More »

Credit Card Spending at Christmas

AUBURN, Ala. – Many people now avoid the crowds and do their Christmas shopping online. Experts predict that this Christmas season consumers will spend more money that ever buying gifts on the internet. Last season set new records of internet spending, and this year, more of the large retailers are targeting internet shoppers with bargains. This means that there will be more ... Read More »

How to Preserve Evergreens

Auburn, Ala. – With the holiday season, evergreen clippings and wreaths add festivity to any space. It is necessary to take the proper steps to preserve them! Here is what you need to know how to keep your holiday evergreens fresh. When to Purchase: Greenery clippings will be the freshest for approximately two weeks after cutting. After two weeks, they ... Read More »

Holiday Traditions

AUBURN, Ala.- It is the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday season is full of joy, decorations, family, friends and gatherings. As early as   Dec. 1, Christmas music is playing, getting people in the holiday spirit. Holiday season brings holiday traditions. Wanda Carpenter, a family and child development regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says, “Traditions are important ... Read More »