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Mail holiday packages with care

With 15 billion cards, letters and packages expected to be delivered this holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service has some tips to help get gifts to their destination swiftly and safely.

How to share the spirit of the holidays when you have lost someone dear

It is early December. The air is crisp. A fluttering of snowflakes drifts slowly down from the sky. It may be a white Christmas this year! You don’t care. You don’t even think it’s Christmas. The love of your life ...

Important safety tips on holiday lighting and winter fire prevention

For many families across central Maryland, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the holiday lighting season for homes and businesses. A

How to make simple, homemade, holiday crowd-pleasers

Whether you’re playing host or bringing a side dish to someone else’s holiday gathering, preparing a delicious crowd-pleaser that’s simple and affordable to make is a priority for many.

Giving thanks: Rituals for remembering

One day after Thanksgiving last year, my mother, brother, cousin and I gathered in my 87-year-old grandmother's room at the nursing home.

The holiday season made easy

'Tis the season of wonderful company and delicious food! It's also that time of year to bring friends and family together, but preparing for holiday gatherings along with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can often be stressful and ...

Tips to prepare your automobile for colder weather

At the first sign of cold weather, many people will scurry to make sure their home is "winterized." They check over the furnace, replace drafty windows, try on last year's coat and pull out the down comforter. One more thing ...

Practice makes perfect: a dress rehearsal for your turkey

The holidays are approaching and before you know it, you'll be thinking about that daunting task of cooking a turkey. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives by conducting a dress rehearsal for your ...

Delight guests with a decadent dessert bar

Anyone who entertains knows it takes effort to make it look effortless.

Consider gifts that give back this holiday season

While the latest video game can make a big hit, the most meaningful gifts are often ones that help those in need. The holidays are the perfect time to give a charitable gift that could make a profound difference in ...

Cook like a colonist

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, pull into the slow-food lane and experience an evening in the 17th century.

Stay on top of shopping trends this holiday season

As the weather outside turns more frightful, consumers and small businesses look to the holiday shopping season to heat things up.

Simple upgrades for older homes

Increasing living space, sprucing up the exterior and improving energy efficiency are at the top of the list for many homeowners living in older or smaller houses. But such additions and upgrades can be extensive and costly. By making strategic ...

Celebrating Halloween and fall affordably

With the beginning of autumn comes time to decorate your home for Halloween and harvest, stock the pantry with heartier foods and spruce up your wardrobe with seasonal fashions.

Five tips for haunting your house this Halloween

Americans spent close to $8 billion on Halloween last year, according to the National Retail Federation. With scary celebrations getting bigger every year, becoming the best-decorated house on the block may seem difficult -- but it’s easy if you have ...