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Candy Recipes Prefect for the Holidays

AUBURN, Ala. – The Christmas season is filled with all kinds of treats and goodies. All month long, people spend hours upon hours making their family’s favorite Christmas candies. These candy recipes are sure to add a little extra cheer to your holiday season. Chocolate Fudge  Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1 cup evaporated skimmed milk ¼ teaspoon salt 2 squares ... Read More »

Using nature for fall and holiday decoration

AUBURN, Ala. – Why go out and spend hundreds of dollars on fall and holiday decorations when you could just walk out into your backyard and find them? With Pinterest being more popular than ever, there is a new trend to craft your own unique wreaths, table centerpieces and Christmas decorations. Mallory Kelley, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and ... 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 Headaches

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Auburn, Ala.—The holiday season is a time for celebration, family gatherings and love. But sometimes the holidays can get busy, stressful and the true meaning of the holidays is overlooked. Feeling down during the holidays is not uncommon, but equating a rise in depression and suicide with the holidays is not factual. “There is a persuasive myth that suicide rates ... Read More »

Save Money This Holiday Season

ONEONTA, AL— The holiday season brings about a spirit of joy, togetherness, generosity and love. We create memories with our families and pass down traditions to younger generations. We spend generously on the ones we love to see the joy on their faces when they open their gifts. At such a special time of the year, stressing about finances is ... Read More »

What’s Under the Mistletoe?

Time to meet under the mistletoe as the holiday season approaches. Tony Glover, Cullman County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, said part of the reason mistletoe is associated with Christmas is because of its presence across the globe. “Mistletoe is an interesting group of plants,” Glover said. “These species are found worldwide. This lends the plant to Christmas use because it ... Read More »

Fresh Greenery from the Garden for Holiday Decorating

The winter holidays provide a great opportunity to use greenery and garden elements in decorating your home. Fresh holiday greenery gives your home a warm holiday look while also giving off a wonderful, seasonal scent. When choosing greenery and other garden items to decorate with, select fresh materials with contrasting shapes, colors and textures. Kerry Smith, home grounds team leader ... Read More »

The Christmas tree: a living tradition

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The turkey and fall decor is gone and people are decorating for Christmas. For many this means spending hours in the kitchen, visiting family and friends, stocking up on presents for children on Santa’s nice list and of course, getting a Christmas tree. Whether you chose to use an artificial or live tree, the Christmas tree has become a beloved custom for ... Read More »

Alabama’s Changing Christmas Tree Industry

Over the years, the Christmas tree industry has changed in Alabama and across the United States. What was once a booming industry has shrunk because of a shift within Americans.  Chip East, an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture agent, said consumers’ buying habits have changed.  “Instead of buying fresh cut Christmas trees each year like they would have in the past, ... Read More »

The Dreaded Christmas List

It is almost that time of year again-Christmas lists and Christmas gifts. The Christmas list, which should be fun and exciting, often becomes the dreaded list for parents. Children have expectations for their Christmas gifts, so for advice to help parents handle those expectations, Ellen Abell, an Alabama Extension specialist and associate professor at Auburn University provided some tips. Abell suggested ... Read More »