"Columbus, Mobile, Amory, Caledonia, Huntsville, Starkville ... " Doris Brasher read down the list in a small, spiral notebook she keeps in the gingerbread house that serves as a welcome station for Christmas at the Park in Fayette, Ala. "There's Wyoming, Alaska, Germany and Beijing, China," she went on. Doris and her husband, John, like to know where visitors to the annual Christmas display come from.
December is a busy musical month, and the choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Columbus will add to the season with a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols this evening.
It seems that every holiday has its own traditions. They vary from country to country, even from household to household. Some may have their roots in cultural rituals or folklore, which might seem peculiar to people in other places on the globe. Christmas probably has more than most holidays.
The Town & Tower Club presented awards for outstanding service at its recent annual holiday luncheon held at Mississippi University for Women.
As much as I like decorating with colorful poinsettias during the Christmas season, I'm always on the lookout for nontraditional plants that can add interest and be just as effective in spreading holiday cheer.
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.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. collected gift cards for school-aged children of incarcerated parents and school-aged children of active duty military parents at the organization's annual state meeting held this month.
Finding a knockoff version of the fur you want under the Christmas tree would ordinarily be a disappointment. Not this year.
Five years ago, Seonkyoung Longest of South Korea sat in her new house in north Columbus, feeling the isolation inherent in leaving behind her homeland, her family and her native language. Before long, she discovered an outlet in the Food Network.
The old, sentimental Christmas standards about home have never had more meaning for Tiffany and Terry Boykin of Columbus. Perry Como's "Home for the Holidays" and Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" seem to carry a deeper message this time around. On Christmas morning, the Boykin family will wake up in a new house, one they have worked hard on, alongside Columbus-Lowndes Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
All area students are invited to become designers in The Dispatch's second annual Design an Ad contest. The deadline for entries, originally set for Dec. 13, has been extended to Friday, Dec. 20.
It seemed each day I added something new to my flocked tree -- old world Santas, silver glittered ribbons, ice blue glass balls -- yet something was still missing.
We have just a few more shopping days until Christmas. Are you in panic mode yet? Not to worry. I am here with tons of great last-minute gift ideas.
I hope everyone has Christmas traditions that their family looks forward to each year. One of the traditions I enjoyed growing up in the Great White North was going to get the Christmas tree.
Have you hoped to one day learn how to play woodwinds or to paint a sunset? To hone skills on the drums or improve vocal performance? For those who value the joy and exhilaration that comes from an involvement with the arts, the new Fairview Baptist Church Fine Arts Academy (FAFA) launching in January in Columbus can be a valuable resource.
Thanksgiving has long passed and the holiday season is upon us. You may have noticed this by the tightening of your waistline. As we say in our home, there is no such thing as too much dessert. Anyway, now it is time for indoor and outdoor holiday decorations.
Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas? It's that time of year: holiday music time. And with holiday music comes all the strange and twisted things we sometimes think we're hearing. Mondegreens, the moniker for misheard words in song, aren't restricted to holiday standards, of course, but the old-timey language of some seems to serve as a botched-lyric magnet.