The amount of money available to a person does not change the importance of sticking to a budget during the holidays. "People from any economic group can dig themselves into a hole during the holidays if they get carried away with emotional or irrational spending," said Bobbie Shaffett, family resource management professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
To help usher in the holiday season at Mississippi State and the Golden Triangle area, the university's Lyceum Series is featuring The Irish Tenors in concert.
The Mississippi State student chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers will host live evergreen wreath workshops Dec. 3 and Dec. 4.
The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertainment in the South. Support arts and entertainment at home, and when you're on the road, these might pique your interest. Be aware that some venues add facility/convenience charges to ticket prices.
Three different types of stuffing will be offered on Stacy Fox's table this Thanksgiving: traditional, gluten-free and vegan.
It turns out there are some among us who love Thanksgiving almost as much for the leftovers as for the main meal. "I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't have leftovers," laughed Miranda Stewart of Starkville. "I wake up the Friday after already anticipating the chili I'll use that turkey for."
Ask the people around the table on Thursday about the history of Thanksgiving, and most will say something about the Pilgrims.
I was a happy little butterball when I was a kid. Sweets were my thing, desserts in particular. And chocolate desserts most of all. The one exception to the rule? My grandmother's oatmeal cookies.
LeAnn Sanders Shelton firmly believes softball helped her overcome the loss of her left arm. The lawn mower accident that took it happened when she was 4. The Reform, Ala., native began playing ball at age 5. Softball gave Shelton challenges and hard knocks. But it also instilled in her discipline and dedication.
I first heard the song "Autumn Leaves" when I was very young. My parents often played pianist Roger Williams' 1955 chart-topping instrumental version on the turntable in the den. Williams' incredible runs down the keyboard perfectly evoke visions of leaves, red and gold, drifting to earth.
I see Christmas everywhere, and that must mean it's time for Thanksgiving. Even though my table is set with turkey motif dishes surrounded by pumpkins, gourds and acorns, I confess the other rooms are spilling over with Christmas decor.
It's not too late to plant your winter color, but when you go to the garden center, resist the temptation to head straight for the pansies and violas. Consider putting some colorful ornamental kale and cabbage in your landscape this winter.
This week we are probably thinking about the things we are thankful for. My husband, Chris, is grateful for all the wonderful goodies that we will eat, especially turkey sandwiches. I am grateful to our friend Betty Miller, who invited us to share the special Thanksgiving meal with her family.
My sister's mother-in-law was Louise Whiting, who was for years the oldest newspaper woman in Georgia, probably in terms of both age and tenure.
Lowndes County produced Revolutionary War patriots. The Bernard Romans Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution would like to know more about who they were, what they did and where they rest in peace.