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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 »

Make Your Valentine’s Day Roses Last

Valentine's Day Roses

AUBURN, Ala. – With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, people will be clearing florists out of roses. 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 When buying roses, ... 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 »

Planning Ahead Can Help Keep Santa Out of Debt

Auburn, Alabama — Every year, thousands of Americans go into debt during the holidays because Santa and his elves went a little over budget. With Christmas shopping, increasing prices and hosting holiday parties, it is no wonder consumers have trouble staying out of debt. Plan Ahead Gloria Marks, a regional Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says it is easy ... 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 »

Holiday Hazards

AUBURN, AL—The holidays are coming up and the last thing people think about are the holiday hazards. Nobody wants to worry during the holidays. Most people have decorations everywhere, food cooking and want to make sure nothing will hurt any body or thing, including kids and pets. People get caught up with the holidays because of the excitement and festivities, but ... Read More »

Yard Sales Can Provide Bargains for Holiday Shoppers

yard sales

AUBURN, Ala.—The busiest shopping season of the year is here. 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 usually hard to beat,” said ... Read More »

Tis the Season: Caring for your Christmas Tree

Auburn, Alabama—For most families, on Thanksgiving Day they say goodbye to the fall décor and hello to snowflakes, snowmen and Santa Claus. The one decoration that most people always seem to enjoy the most is the Christmas tree. Whether you choose to go with an artificial tree or a cut tree, the Christmas tree is one of the most recognizable ... Read More »

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

under the mistletoe

AUBURN,AL—The holiday season is before us and soon men and women across the globe will be asked to meet their special someone “under the mistletoe.” However, many of those individuals do not know the science or history behind the long tradition and romantic symbol of mistletoe. Mistletoes can be found across the globe and there are more than 200 species of the ... Read More »