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Wild Wing Cafe is one of Snellville’s newest dining offerings — a casual wing restaurant that offers something for everyone. Wild Wing, which began on Hilton Head Island in 1990 and is now based in Charleston — hit on a surefire winner of a concept. They serve some of the best chicken wings ever and douse them with enough different sauces and flavors to captivate a crowd. We like to order our beer by the bucket and then get a sampler platter of wings so we can taste some of the 33 different flavors. Our top five? Wild West, Red Dragon, Ranchilada, Gold Rush and the tasty Red, Hot, and Bleu Wing.
While they are famous for their wings, they’ve got other stuff on the menu here as well. From nachos and other “Wild Things” appetizers, to some pretty impressive burgers, sandwiches and wraps to salads and soups. You’ll be hard pressed not to find something you’ll love at the Wing. Located in the Avenue Webb Gin, if you need a break from all the craziness that goes along with the holidays, we can’t think of a better place to stop in for a break and perhaps a cold beer or two. Wild Wing Cafe Avenue Webb Gin 678-822-9464 www.wildwingcafe.com
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Gwinnett continues Christmas tradition A family tradition for over two decades continues on Thanksgiving night, as Gwinnett residents flock to historic downtown Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation (GCPR) is proud to continue hosting the annual Lighting of the Tree event along with additional sponsors Hayes Automotive Group, Gwinnett Daily Post, Dixie Homecrafters and Phoenix Crane Rentals. The beautifully decorated 30-foot Norway Spruce, donated by the Lawrenceville Trade and Tourism Association, will be lit on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 24 . The evening will be filled with fun and enjoyment for everyone with entertainment including music by Class Act Band, The John King Band and Catherine Kimbro, choreographed dance routines and free face painting and crafts for children, as well Krazy Hair at $3 per person. Thousands of lights and smiling faces gather for the festivities on Thanksgiving night on the grounds of the grand Gwinnett Historic Courthouse with festivities beginning at 5pm. The Jolly Old Elf is rumored to be planning a fashionable entrance this year too, thanks to Hayes Automotive Group. Santa’s Magical Forest returns this year with the beautifully decorated trees
leading the way to the magical red sleigh where parents can take photos of their little ones sitting with Santa Clause. These trees are decorated by area businesses showcasing their services. This year, there will be an opportunity to donate a toy to the Toys for Tots program, as Marines will be on hand at the Lighting of the Tree to collect new, unwrapped toys for children birth to thirteen years. Beginning November 26 and running through December 20, the Courthouse will host numerous Christmas activities and events. Holiday events include Breakfast with Santa for $8 per person which includes breakfast, craft and souvenir photo with Santa. The North Pole mailbox will also be available to drop your letters off to Santa throughout the holiday season. Each Friday night beginning December 2, An Old Fashioned Christmas will bring families together and children can make a keepsake ornament, decorate Christmas cookies and hear stories told by Santa. For a schedule of Holiday on the Square events at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse and all holiday activities offered by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call 770-822-5450.
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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Big League Productions presents the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway production Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Fox Theatre during the 2011 holiday season. The classic, whimsical tale will enchant audiences for six days only in Atlanta, Tuesday, November 29 through Sunday, December 4 as part of the 2011-12 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season. Ticket prices start at $23. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com/wicked, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-8812000. The Fox Theatre is located at 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA, 30308. The Grinch has broken box office attendance records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its limited holiday engagements at the St. James (2007) and Hilton (2006) theatres in New York. Thousand of families have been delighted by this heartwarming holiday musical, which The New York Times praised as “100 times better than
any bedside story.” Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas. The 2010 production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by 3-time Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien. Stefan Karl, star of Nickelodeon’s LazyTown (Robbie Rotten) will enchant audiences of all ages as the Grinch.
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Coolray Field to host Toys for Tots event and Open House With the spirit of the holidays in the air, the Gwinnett Braves have teamed up with Venture Sport Shows to host their 13th annual Toys for Tots drive. The event, spanning across three days in December, will bring together athletes and celebrities from the local area in support of a toy drive to benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Highlighting the growing roster of athletes who will appear at some point during the event are Hall of Famer, Phil Niekro, and former Atlanta Brave, Otis Nixon. Fans will have an opportunity to receive an autograph from the athletes by donating a new, unwrapped toy to the drive. Those looking to donate can bring their toys to the event and will be given one ticket per toy. Most athletes will require one ticket per autograph but some will require two. Fans can also elect to donate directly to the Toys for Tots fund with the Marines who will be on hand. Those fans will receive one ticket for every $10 given. Sports stars and celebrities outside of baseball will also be present during the event. A schedule of who will be appearing and at what times will be released closer to the event, but other confirmed stars include former Atlanta Falcon William Andrews, former Harlem Globe-
trotter Harold Hubbard, and WCW Professional Wrestler Rocky King. Those athletes attending the event will be available at various times throughout the weekend and will be posted at a later time. Daily hours of the event will be from 10 AM to 6 PM. In conjunction with the toy drive, the Gwinnett Braves will also host their annual Winter Fest event on Saturday the 10th. Ballpark tours and inflatables will be featured along with a one-day-only sale of 50% off in the G-Braves Team Store. All regularly priced merchandise will be available at half off from 12 to 6 PM on Saturday, with an advanced opening at 11 AM for Season Ticket Holders. For a limited time, as a holiday special, fans can purchase a 4-pack of Anytime Tickets for any 2012 home game for $30. These stocking stuffer specials are available in a variety of seating options and offer the lowest price available for such a quantity. Holiday Packs can be bought at the Coolray Field Box Office, over the phone at 678-277-0340, or online at GwinnettBraves.com/holiday. This offer will only be available until 5 PM on Friday, December 23rd. For more information visit www.gwinnettbraves.com or call the Coolray Field Box Office at 678-277-0340.
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Seasonal Song Becomes Holiday Favorite The song “Winter Wonderland” has become a staple of holiday radio. Much like “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland” was not intentionally written to become a Christmas carol, but evolved into one over time. The song was published in 1934 by composer Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard B. Smith. Smith resided in the town of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to write the lyrics of the song after seeing Honesdale Central Park and his own childhood home blanketed in snow. Smith actually wrote the lyrics while being treated in the West Mountain Sanitarium in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for tuberculosis. Many singers have performed the song throughout the years, so much
so that it is often a standard song on artists’ holiday compilations. Some of the better-known and earlier versions were made by The Andrews Sisters and Perry Como. “Winter Wonderland” has evolved into one of those songs that inspires visions of snowy splendor. Original lyrics feature a portion of the song mentioning young lovers being married spontaneously by a traveling “parson,” a Protestant minister. Some thought those lyrics sent the wrong message to children, and another version was written with a circus clown, instead. The song has been sung with either bridge in place and even both in lengthier versions of the tune.
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2012 George Strait Tour
Special Guest Martina McBride Joins King George on Tour January 2012 begins a new year and a new tour for Superstar George Strait. The King of Country kicks off his 2012 tour January 27th in Lafayette, Louisiana and hits the Gwinnett Center on Friday February 10. Tickets ($79.50/ 69.50) are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster. com or may be charged at 800-745-3000. Year after year, night after night, when it comes to showing fans a good time whether it’s on the road or on the radio, Strait always delivers the kind of country music fans nationwide hunger for. This year he’s invited another award-winning country music superstar to join him on stage – Martina McBride. “I love Martina. She’s been on our tours before and she’s great,“ commented Strait. “I’m really looking forward to the tour. Martina will definitely make it a special night.” Strait’s 39th studio album HERE FOR A GOOD TIME received rave reviews and recently debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Album Charts (his 3rd number one album debut in a row) and #3 on Billboard Top 200 Chart. The title track “Here For A Good Time,” written by Strait, his son Bubba Strait and songwriter Dean Dillon, is Strait’s 73rd Top 5 hit out of 89 career singles and sits at Number 2 this week
on the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts. George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts). He has sold nearly 69 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. He is the only artist who has had 84 out of 89 radio singles make it to Top 10 (57 to Number One) and 24 albums at the number one position on Billboard’s Country Music Album Chart.
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Atlanta Holiday Tradition Returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre
Featuring the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra for ALL Performances It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre December 8 thru December 24. The Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, young Marya, and the Prince all return to the stage in Atlanta’s adored holiday classic. Joined once again by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra for ALL performances, Atlanta Ballet invites the young and young-at-heart to return to the magical winter wonderland where childhood fantasies turn into an enchanted, sugar-trimmed reality. This unique production of the beloved Nutcracker tale takes twenty pounds of snow, eight tons of scenery, lighting, and props, and a thirty-eight feet tall Christmas tree to make the magic come to life. Set in the elaborate Moorish décor of the Fox Theatre, Marya’s unbelievable story unfolds on a chilly Christmas Eve and transports her on an epic journey filled where she meets some extraordinary characters. Atlanta Ballet first brought Nutcracker to the stage in 1959, performing George Balanchine’s version of the timeless tale. In that year, Atlanta Ballet was the only company outside of New York City Ballet allowed to perform this signature piece at the time; thanks to Atlanta Ballet’s then Associate Artistic Director Robert Barnett, who had danced with Balanchine at New York City Ballet. “We gave it as a gift,” says Barnett, “inviting children from all counties to come in and see the performance. It was a gift from Mr. Balanchine and he never charged us a cent for doing it.” From that day forward, Nutcracker has been an annual
event in Atlanta. In 1995, Atlanta Ballet’s third artistic director, John McFall, created a brand new Nutcracker for the city of Atlanta. McFall’s vision was to create a Nutcracker that was “traditional yet new, familiar yet different, classic yet contemporary and above all, magical.” Now in its 52nd production, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker continues to be a treasured holiday tradition shared by multiple generations. Each year, Atlanta Ballet invites more than 250 Atlanta area school children to audition and perform alongside 23 professional company members and six company apprentices in this holiday spectacular. Tickets start as low as $20 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call the Ticketmaster Arts Hotline at 800-982-2787, visit the Fox Theatre Box Office or go online at www.atlantaballet.com. For groups of ten or more, call Atlanta Ballet Group Sales at 404873-5811 x207. Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker is sponsored by Belk, Inc. 2011 Nutcracker Special Events • December 8: Opening Night • December 8-11: Official Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Nutcracker Weekend • December 9: Kids in Step Performance • December 15: Kids in Step Performance • Four Seasons Nutcracker Teas: • Sunday, December 4 @ 3:00 p.m. • Sunday, December 11 @ 3:00 p.m. • Sunday, December 18 @ 3:00 p.m. • Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Nutcracker Teas: • Saturday, December 17 @ 11am & 2:30 p.m. • Sunday, December 18 @ 11am & 2:30 p.m. • Monday, December 19 @ 11am & 2:30 p.m.
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Fernbank Museum Transforms into a Winter Wonderland
During 2nd Annual Cultural Exhibition, Programming and Holiday Series Fernbank Museum of Natural History will celebrate holidays, traditions and cultures with Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World, the Museum’s 2nd Annual holiday-inspired exhibition and programming series. On view from November 16, 2011 through January 8, 2012, Winter Wonderland will feature trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas, Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols. The exhibition will twinkle with lights, glimmer with color, and shine with a variety of cultural ornaments and emblems that recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events around the world. Festive programming will accompany Fernbank’s Winter Wonderland on select days as cultural groups entertain visitors with performances, dancing, music, demonstrations, storytelling and more. Winter Wonderland trees, displays and performances will showcase traditional celebrations from cultures across five continents, representing the Arab World, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. Decorations include origami cranes from Japan, natural objects symbolic of Switzerland’s ecological lifestyle, iconic columns and friezes representing the Parthenon in Greece, folkloric figurines symbolic to the Arab World, and many other beautiful displays of cultures around the world. Fernbank also will feature a variety of special opportunities, sponsored in part by Publix Super Markets Charities, in collaboration with many of the Winter Wonderland cultural partners at no additional cost, including: Evening Hours November 18 and 25 and December 16 from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. See Winter Wonderland after dark during Fridays during Martinis & IMAX®. (Standard Martinis & IMAX® ticket prices apply). Winter Wonderland Celebration Weekend Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 from noon – 4 p.m. Enjoy performances by The Atlanta Ballet, straw star-making crafts from Germany, a roaming Santasaurus, Viking stories and re-enactment from Norway, a Chinese Lion Dance, a Hungarian cultural display, hatmaking craft from Canada and more.** Martinis & IMAX® Holiday Fest Friday, November 25 from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Work off those extra Thanksgiving Day calories with live music by Kingsized and enjoy evening viewing hours of Winter Wonderland during a special holidaythemed evening. (Standard Martinis & IMAX® ticket prices apply.) Caroling and Cupcakes Weekend Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 from noon – 4 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of the season and free holiday delights including performances by the Georgia Boy Choir and The Atlanta Ballet, ornament-making crafts and a special appearance by Fernbank’s holiday mascot, Santa-saurus. Winter Wonderland Celebration Weekend Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 from noon – 4 p.m. Join us for performances by Salsa Belles, storytelling and crafts from Israel, crafts from Japan and France, a variety of cultural games, Turkish dancers and more.** Winter Wonderland Celebration Weekend Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 from noon – 4 p.m. Enjoy an appearance by Fernbank’s Santa-saurus, storytelling from Italy, Liberian singers, Peruvian music, Philippine dancing, Indian arts and more.** Admission to Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World is included with Museum admission at $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students and seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Museum members and children ages two and younger. Events offered during Martinis & IMAX® are included with the $7 cover charge or with the purchase of an IMAX® ticket for one of the evening’s film screenings at $12. Tickets can be purchased online at fernbankmuseum.org/winter or by phone at 404.929.6400. A special joint ticket package is available, which includes admission to Fernbank Museum, including the Winter Wonderland exhibition, and to Christmas at Callanwolde, a historic mansion featuring Period furniture, designer treasures, fine art and dazzling Christmas trees that reflect a glorious era from the 1920s to the 1950s, when the prominent Candler family lived in the home. The joint ticket package is offered at a savings for $32 for adults, $27 for students and seniors, and $24 for children and can be purchased by calling 404.929.6400. The tickets can be redeemed for admission to Callanwolde from December 5-18 and to Fernbank from November 16-January 8. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta. The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon-5 p.m. For visitor information, call 404.929.6300 or visit fernbankmuseum.org/winter.
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A Christmas Carol returns for its 22nd year at the Alliance Theatre Nov 25-Dec 24, 2011 A Christmas Carol introduces a surprise this season. All we can say is – you might want to warm your singing voice before you arrive…
A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre’s annual holiday gift to Atlanta, returns November 25, 2011 for its 22nd season. The most heartwarming story of the season comes to life with holiday carols, stunning stage magic and your favorite Atlanta actors. Directed by Rosemary Newcott, Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth, A Christmas Carol has become a tradition for many families around the southeast. In a new-this-season surprise, audiences are forewarned to warm up their singing voices before arriving. In this tale of redemption, Ebenezer Scrooge goes to sleep on Christmas Eve as a miserly, stone-hearted man and awakens on Christmas Day with a compassionate and benevolent heart after his encounter with three ghosts. Chris Kayser returns as Scrooge for his 19th appearance in this Broadway-scale production. The Alliance will host five Family Days for performances of A Christmas Carol – 12/8, 7:00pm; 12/15, 7:00pm; 12/16, 8:00pm; 12/21, 2:30pm; and 12/22, 2:30pm. Details below. Performances are Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Nov. 25 – Dec. 20, 2011. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 2:30 pm and 7pm and Saturday at 2:30 pm, Dec. 21 – Dec. 24, 2011. There will be no evening performances November 27 and December 4, 2011. In addition, no performances will be held on December 9, 2011. Opening Night for A Christmas Carol is Thursday, December 1, 7:00pm. Tickets start at $17.50 and are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office or by calling 404.733.5000 or visiting online at www.alliancetheatre.org/achristmascarol. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students. The Alliance Theatre is located at The Woodruff Arts Cen-
ter, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 – at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta. A Christmas Carol is part of the Delta Families Series on the Alliance Stage. Additional Sponsors: A Christmas Carol is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines – Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; Marriott Residence Inn – Official Hotel of the Alliance Theatre; The Home Depot – Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre; and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Production of A Christmas Carol is made possible with grants from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For tickets visit www.alliancetheatre.org/ carol or call 404.733.5000. A Christmas Carol Family Days: 12/8, 7:00pm; 12/15, 7:00pm; 12/16, 8:00pm; 12/21, 2:30pm; and 12/22, 2:30pm To truly celebrate the holiday season with your family, join us on one of our five Family Days. Choirs will sing holiday favorites and families will have the opportunity to take a commemorative family photograph. Family packages with special pricing are available.
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Christmas traditions around the globe Families across the globe cherish their Christmas traditions. Customs may be unique to every family, but many countries boast their own unique traditions as well. Australia: Many Australians celebrate Christmas by coming together at night to sing carols outside. That’s not as chilly as it might sound, as Christmas in Australia actually falls during summer vacation. In fact, many of the country’s most popular Christmas traditions occur outside. England: Contrary to Australia, England’s weather around Christmastime is much colder. Many of England’s traditions resemble those popular in North America, including wrapping gifts, hanging stockings over the fireplace and gathering around the Christmas tree. Kids in England write a letter with their wishes to Father Christmas, but unlike mailing those letters like many North American children do, English children toss their letters into a fire so their Christmas wishes can go up the chimney.
France: Christmas celebrations in France begin several weeks before December 25, but Christmas Eve is most special to many natives of France. On Christmas Eve, church bells ring as people sing noels, or carols. The following day, a feast is enjoyed upon returning home from church. Germany: In Germany, the weather is cold during the Christmas season, and in the weeks leading up to Christmas families bake sweet bread, cakes with candied fruits and spicy cookies. Advent wreaths are popular in Germany and are purchased four Sundays before Christmas begins. The wreaths have places for four candles, and families light a candle on the wreath each Sunday. Sweden: Christmas celebrations in Sweden begin on December 13, the day the country celebrates St. Lucia’s Day. Celebrations for St. Lucia, the patron saint of light, are intricate and involve the whole family. A couple of days before Christmas is when many families select their Christmas tree.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Arena Rock’s Biggest Show Returns! Philips Arena
Rock Theater originators, Trans-Siberian Orchestra are preparing to light up the road for an eight-month world tour, traveling to over 120 markets in the U.S. and Europe. The tour will showcase their unique combination of storytelling, virtuoso musicianship and over the top production. Beginning November 11th, TSO will rock your winter season, performing the timeless classic “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” in its entirety, followed by excerpts from the upcoming Rock Theater installment “Gutter Ballet and The New York Blues Express”. Then in February, TSO will unleash their Spring Tour with Beethoven’s Last Night, bringing the music and the story of the famed composer’s battle for his eternal soul to markets new and old. As one of the top selling acts in the world, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has cemented itself as an annual tradition not to be missed. The band has grown to become a year round touring juggernaut, performing what creator/writer/ producer Paul O’Neill has dubbed “Rock Theater.” Charting its success and the creation of this genre -- which is part theatrical show, part rock spectacle -- the new PBS Special, “The Birth of Rock Theater”, focuses on O’Neill’s vision for TSO and how he went about creating this art form. Featuring live performances from “Beethoven’s Last Night”, TSO’s gold-certified rock opera fantasy, as well as music from their most recent album “Night Castle”, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Charts, “The Birth of Rock Theater” is a must see for any TSO fan. TSO’s 2011 Winter Tour will encompass 118 performances in nearly 80 cities in North America. TSO’s Winter Tour played to over 8 million
fans in 80+ cities, generating revenues of nearly $330 million. Since its first tour in 1999, TSO has been one of the concert business’s most successful acts, consistently rating in the Top 10 for both gross revenues and audience attendance. With sales in excess of 8 million - TransSiberian Orchestra is among the most popular groups of the modern era. The Orchestra debuted in 1996 with the timeless “CHRISTMAS EVE AND OTHER STORIES”. Highlighted by the remarkable hit single, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24”, the album has since achieved 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, with sales now rapidly approaching 3 million. Two further albums completed O’Neill’s planned Christmas Trilogy; 1998’s “THE CHRISTMAS ATTIC” and 2004’s “THE LOST CHRISTMAS EVE”, both of which are currently approaching 2x platinum certification. All three of the Orchestra’s Christmas-themed albums have proven enduring blockbusters, returning annually to the top 10 on Billboard’s “Top Catalog Albums” and “Top Holiday Albums” charts. Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be appearing at Philips Arena on Friday, December 2nd. Show time is 8:00PM. Tickets are $ 56.50, $ 46.50, $ 36.50 and $ 29.00 plus applicable fees. Tickets are for reserved seating and all ages are welcome. Tickets are on sale now at www.livenation. com, the Philips Arena Box Office, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. For more tour and ticket information, visit www.trans-siberian.com or www.livenation.com. Produced by Live Nation.
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Origins of a holiday staple Catch the Holiday Spirit at Mall of Georgia Atlanta-area Simon malls prepare for the busiest shopping day of the year – Black Friday. All Simon area malls, including Mall of Georgia announce special hours, giveaways, events and more! Mall of Georgia (3333 Buford Dr. / 678-482-8788) Thanksgiving Day: Mall Closed Friday, November 25: 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, November 26: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, November 27: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive (Upper Level between Belk and Nordstrom) November 25-27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mall of Georgia is offering a $500 American Express® Simon Giftcard to one lucky Black Friday shopper. Shoppers wishing to enter the drawing must stop by the Simon Guest Services desk between 4 – 4:55 a.m. to register for the drawing. One winner will be selected at 5 a.m. The winner must be present and claim the prize within 30 minutes, or that prize will be forfeited and awarded to the next name drawn. You must be 18 or older to enter. One entry per person. No purchase necessary. There are many other holiday festivities happening at Mall of Georgia including: Photos with Santa Now through December 24. Visit Santa at his holiday home in the lower level Nordstrom Wing. Santa will be available daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day; hours and photo package pricing available at mallofgeorgia.com or facebook.com/MallofGeorgia.
Sounds of the Season Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Food Court. Enjoy local Elementary, Middle and High School Choral Performances. Pet Night with Santa December 4 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring out your furry friends to have their holiday photo taken with Santa! Please enter through the mall entrance between Nordstrom and Belk adjacent to Woodward Crossing Boulevard *No exotic animals permitted. Simon Kidgits Club Breakfast with Santa December 3 from 8:30 am-10:00 am in the Food Court. Enjoy holiday crafts, breakfast and personal time with Santa himself! Free breakfast for Simon Kidgits Club Members, while supplies last. Breakfast for non-members costs $5, which includes an annual Simon Kidgits Club membership. GUESTS WISHING TO ATTEND MUST RSVP 678-482-2365 Parking on Demand Looking to take the hassle out of parking when doing your holiday shopping? Visit www.mallofgeorgia.com to sign up for Parking on Demand, great program that allows shoppers to call ahead or go online to make parking reservations for some of the best spaces at the center – just in time for the holiday season! Sign up for this program now- only $10/month! For more information about Simon malls, including holiday hours and events, visit www.simon.com For blood donation facts, visit the American Red Cross online at www.givelife.org.
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The thick, spiced drink we know as eggnog has become synonymous with the holidays. It is so linked with the Christmas season that a person may be hard-pressed to find it sold in the supermarket any other time of the year. But eggnog wasn’t always the holiday beverage it has become. Eggnog is believed to have originated in 17th century Europe, primarily as a drink for the elite, since the ingredients in the beverage were hard to come by and thusly relegated to the very rich. There are different theories on the origins of the word eggnog itself. Some believe it has gotten its name from the Old English word “nog,” which meant “strong beer.” The “egg” refers to one of the ingredients in the beverage, fresh eggs. Others surmise that it comes from the word “noggin,” which was a vessel for serving drinks in taverns. The drink was called “egg in a noggin,” which was shortened to “eggnog.” Still, there are others who say its name is derived from the term “grog,” which was another term for booze. “Egg n’ grog” was eventually abbreviated to “eggnog.” Although there is little certainty to the origins of the name, the recipe for eggnog has essentially remained unchanged throughout the centuries. It consists of beaten eggs, cream or milk and sugar mixed with some sort of alcoholic spirit. The Old English were believed to mix it with wine, though once the drink was brought to the New World, colonists substituted rum for the wine. Rum was readily available through tradesman running between the Americas and the Caribbean and therefore less expensive than
another spirit. As America grew and eggnog was enjoyed in different parts of the country, the rum was replaced with regional spirits, including bourbon or grain alcohol. Other ingredients were also added to give it a customized flavor. However, the use of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves has become traditional flavors for the holiday brew. Although eggnog is widely enjoyed throughout the holiday season, in the past it was served at special events and social occasions. As a warmed beverage it can easily chase away winter’s chill. This is how it may have come to be enjoyed primarily during the holidays. Love it or hate it, eggnog is a drink that can evoke strong feelings of the holidays within minutes. There are variations of eggnog sold commercially, but many people swear by homemade versions for their taste and authenticity. Try your own homemade eggnog with this recipe, courtesy of Cooks.com. Holiday Eggnog (Spirited) 1 dozen eggs 1 pound powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup vanilla 8 cups evaporated milk 3 cups water 1 quart spiced rum Nutmeg, to garnish Beat eggs until light in color, gradually add sugar, salt and vanilla. Then add milk and water. Stir in rum (brandy, bourbon or rye may also be used). Cover the nog and ripen for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Stir again and serve sprinkled with nutmeg.
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Setting the Chocolate Standard for Freshness and Quality Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Inc. was founded in 1983 in a quaint historical neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida known as San Marco. Its visionary, Phyllis Geiger, named her business after her children Peter and Brooke. Phyllis has translated her European training of making fine chocolates into a truly American experience. Like fine artists, Peterbrooke Chocolatier creates its mouth watering masterpieces by skillfully blending special milk, dark and white chocolate molded, enrobed and hand-dipped. Lusciously enrobed creamy fondant centers, cordial cherries, buttery toffee and hand made truffles. Fresh picked strawberries that
are hand-dipped daily. Over the years, Peterbrooke Chocolatier has achieved incredible popularity and loyalty among its customers because of its creativity, service and unwavering dedication to using only the highest standards for quality and freshness in its ingredients Each store changes its decor reflecting the seasons and holidays. Explosions of colorful gift bags, beautifully wrapped boxes of chocolates, bountiful baskets, as well as a warm and friendly smile greets each customer as they visit. Stop by our shop at the Forum and see how we are sharing happiness through extraordinary chocolate experiences.
A Chocolate for All Seasons & Occasions! We can help make your occasion memorable with personalized chocolate from Peterbroooke. For more details and ideas, give us a call today at (770) 817-8118. We’d love to hear from you. Chocolate Fountains - Impress your guests with a delicious chocolate fountain. Small and Large Fountains are available. Strawberry Trees - People will not believe their eyes when they see our gorgeous towering strawberry tree. We only use the freshest berries and dip them in our decadent chocolate. Milk,
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Give Them a Gift they’ll Cheer For with the Atlanta Braves Holiday Ticket Pack With the Holiday Season upon us, now’s the time when we find ourselves searching for that perfect, unique gift for family and friends alike. This year, you can gift the gift of Braves baseball with the Atlanta Braves Holiday Ticket Pack. For a great price, you’ll get two tickets to five premiere Braves games – including Opening Day and 4th of July. Plus, games against the NL East rival Phillies, World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, and even the New York Yankees, who will make their return to Turner Field in 2012 as part of Major League baseball’s inter-league schedule. As a bonus, every Atlanta Braves Holiday Ticket Pack comes with a 2012 Braves calendar, featuring the Braves schedule, key dates and amazing color photography by the Braves official staff photographer.
The Atlanta Braves Holiday Ticket Pack is on sale from November 14th through December 15th so don’t miss out on this great gift idea for the sports fan in your life. For details about the Atlanta Braves Holiday Ticket Pack, visit www.braves.com/holidays or call (404) 577-9100. Another great gift idea from the Braves is the Atlanta Braves Kid’s Club Holiday Pack. For only $20 your little Braves fan will get an official membership to the Atlanta Braves Kid’s Club. Included in the Kid’s Club Holiday pack are two free tickets to an Atlanta Braves game of your choice, a Braves hat, foam tomahawk and other special items reserved exclusively for Kid’s Club members. For details on the Atlanta Braves Kid’s Club Holiday Pack visit www.braves.com/kids
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Toys through history that caused a ‘feeding’ frenzy Twas the night before Christmas when all through the store; Parents seek the hottest toy, while sales clerks shout, “No more!” Few holiday seasons have come and gone without a must-have toy causing pandemonium among shoppers. In the months leading up to Christmas, one toy always seems to grab kids’ attention and become a must-have item. These could be quirky digital-voiced animals or video game consoles. Naturally, children put these gifts on their letters to Santa or wish lists. But as the days wind down to Christmas, manufacturers often cannot meet the demand for the season’s most popular item. It’s then left to parents to find the toys and gadgets by whatever means necessary. Certain toys throughout history have caused a frenzy that results in desperate parents scouring wiped-out toy stores or making black-market deals to land themselves a hot toy. Here is a list of them, courtesy of MSNBC. Shirley Temple Doll (1934): Shirley Temple was the inspiration behind the first recorded toy to cause a shopping frenzy. The demand for the doll elevated after the actress’ breakout film, “Bright Eyes,” was released three days before Christmas. G.I. Joe (1964): Hasbro came up with the male action figure after watching Barbie dolls become such a popular toy for tots. The action figures were an instant hit, garnering over $16 million in 1964 alone. “Star Wars” Action Figures (1977): No one expected George Lucas’ franchise to become such a smash hit. The merchandising company associated with the project didn’t have time to make associated toys beyond a few board games and coloring books once “Star Wars” fever took hold. Therefore, “Early Bird Certificate” vouchers were sold and the action figures were shipped out a few months later. These action figures can still thrill, with eBay auctions bringing in $1,200 and up for figures that once retailed for just a few dollars. Cabbage Patch Kids (1983): What little
girl in the mid-1980s didn’t want a chubbyfaced Cabbage Patch Kid to adopt as her very own? The demand for this fad doll became so heated that adults fought over them and price gouging ensued. Teddy Ruxpin (1985): If kids weren’t seeking a Cabbage Patch doll, they may have been hoping to find a Teddy Ruxpin doll under their tree. Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic bear who interacted with the child and told stories. It was based on the animated figures kids would see at theme parks or at their local play areas. Shortages around the holidays played into frenzied behavior. The doll was expensive for its day, coming in at around $68. Tickle Me Elmo (1996): “Sesame Street” fans fell right into the hype offered by Tyco Toys and Children’s Television Workshop. Stampedes occurred in toy stores, people were injured and reports of extreme price gouging ensued, all in an effort for people to get their hands on the giggling, red furball. Furby (1998): This creature reminiscent of the popular 1980s film “Gremlins” came out of the box speaking its own language and slowly learned English over time. The animated pet/friend became the must-have toy of the year, but production numbers were scant in comparison to demand. Nintendo Wii (2006): Video game aficionados were wowed by the motion-sensing game controllers of this new system. This helped push the Wii to the top spot for video game consoles for that year and created a demand that led to limits on units purchased, diminished inventory, and even vouchers or wrist bands being offered by stores to get your hands on the Wii.
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Bamjamz® Women’s Bamboo Lounge and Sleepwear Sold at Neiman Marcus and Online Bamjamz®, the Canadian lounge and sleepwear fashion line made from bamboo, organic cotton and spandex, launched February 1, 2011 at 26 Neiman Marcus stores and online in the United States. Created by Canadian childhood friends Brad Rudin and Adrian Kraizel, Bamjamz® launched across Canada in February 2010 to enormous success. The brand was created to redefine the concept of lounge and sleepwear through fun, comfortable and stylish designs
that are fashioned to fit the lifestyle of today’s modern woman–urban, active and spiritual. Bamjamz® delivers a new dimension in natural comfort and performance, with premium bamboo fabrics that are plush and luxurious—indescribably soft. Bamjamz® signature bamboo stretch blend fabric keeps you dry and comfortable, thanks to its natural wicking and temperature management feature. Rudin and Kraizel first partnered to create GUATS® Active.Life.Style. in 2006, a new concept in natural lifestyle clothing that provided a more comfortable alternative to synthetics, outperforming cotton. GUATS® Active.Life. Style. became a sensation in the Canadian market as women fell in love with the comfort, and began living in them day and night. Because of their success, Rudin and Kraizel decided to create an upscale women’s life-
style collection with a stronger focus on lounge and sleepwear, and in turn Bamjamz® was born. “We’ve done to sustainable clothing what Bob Dylan did to folk music when he brought out the electric guitar, making it relevant, energized and dynamic,” says Brad Rudin President and Creative Director of Bamjamz®. Bamjamz® provides a fresh lifestyle collection for the weekends, travel, sleep, workouts and beyond. The line features a mix and match collection of fashion-forward tops, tunics, spa wear, and hoodies (made of French terrier cloth). About Bamjamz®: All products are manufactured in Canada and the United States of the highest quality and ethical standards. For more information, visit www.bamjamz.com.
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Devouring Fruitcake Facts Georgia Force: Rx for Football Withdrawal The symptoms of football withdrawal will have taken hold for the fans in your life by March. Fortunately, the electricity of Georgia Force football at The Arena at Gwinnett Center will just be getting started. The Arena Football League squad returned to Gwinnett County last year, and came within one game of reaching the ArenaBowl. With an even stronger team returning this year, this holiday season is the time to get on board as the Force embark on a quest to bring Georgia its first professional football championship. The best way to get involved is by reserving a season ticket. For as little as $65, fans can lock in their seats for all nine home games at the best individual ticket prices available. This enables fans to avoid ticket lines and extra service charges on tickets while reserving the same great seat for each game. When the Force make it back to the
playoffs, a first round ticket will also be provided as part of the package, as well as the first option to purchase tickets to any additional games. Additional season ticket holder perks include an invitation to the Meet the 2012 Georgia Force Party, a 20% discount at the team store, and guaranteed premium items on giveaway nights. Also, season tickets come with two complimentary tickets to give to a friend, as well as the opportunity to trade in tickets to home games you can not attend. When coupled with free parking and a personal account representative, Force season tickets are the best value in pro sports in the Atlanta area. Call (770) 609-1300 or head to GeorgiaForce.com for more details. The Force will be announcing details on flex and holiday ticket plans, as well as their complete promotional schedule, in the coming weeks.
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The holidays and fruitcake have long been intertwined. Fruitcakes are often mocked, detested and discarded. Few gifted foods create such strong derision. However, fruitcake is tradition. And as most people know, Christmas is all about tradition. Fruitcake is an enduring tradition, most simply because the food, well, endures. Most fruitcakes will last 8 to 12 months if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container. If frozen, their lifespan could be endless. Jokingly, many families have said fruitcake is the only food durable enough to become an heirloom. While mocked, it may entice a few people to know just how fruitcake has become a holiday treat. The oldest references to fruitcake date back to Roman times. Ancient crusaders and hunters consumed fruitcake made with preserved fruits, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, raisins, and honey. Fruitcake was a durable commodity that could persevere on
long trips. Because of its combination of ingredients, fruitcake was also a good source of energy, much the way a trail mix is good for today’s hikers. In the 1700s, Europeans baked a ceremonial fruitcake at the end of the nut harvest. It was saved and eaten the following year at the harvest, with the hopes it would spur another successful harvest. Fruitcake evolved to more of a delicacy in the 1800s, even being served with tea in high society. It is rumored that Queen Victoria waited a year to eat a gifted fruitcake as a show of restraint and moderation. Fruitcake can be an integral part of a holiday celebration, and not because it’s being used to block drafts from under a door. Instead of giving fruitcakes as gifts, they should be served as part of the holiday feast. In addition to the sugar cookies and pies on the Christmas table, celebrants can serve slices of fruitcake featuring their favorite ingredients.
The Story of Santa Claus Come Christmastime, children all around the world await the arrival of Santa Claus. Although many of his abilities are the result of folklore, there actually was a Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas lived in Turkey. He was a bishop in the town of Myra during the fourth century. According to Dutch legend, Sinter Klaas, or St. Nicholas,
brought gifts at Christmas, either through an open window or down a chimney. This legend is the basis of the Santa Claus we know and love today. St. Nicholas takes on many personas depending on the country in which his tale is being told. For most, he is a plump and jolly man with a penchant for cookies and milk.
Sweet facts about candy canes Candy canes are very popular holiday treats and are often used to decorate Christmas trees. That hooked shape certainly makes them whimsical and able to hang on tree boughs. But candy canes weren’t always the curved and colorful treats they are today. In the 1700s, candy canes were nothing more than straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorate Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided that having the ends bent to depict a shepherd’s crook and passing them out during church services would help keep children quiet. It was not until roughly the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes. Some surmise that the candy cane is shaped like a shepherd’s crook to represent Jesus Christ, who tended to his flock of supporters. Others say that it’s a “J” for Jesus. Regardless of their shape, hundreds
of thousands of candy canes are now manufactured and shipped for the holiday season each year.
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Shop fall sales for great deals Layaway plans make a comeback If you thought layaway plans had gone the way of eight-track players and floppy disks, think again. The deferred payment or installment plan, once popular with budgetconscious consumers - especially during the holiday season - is making a big comeback. For people who are unfamiliar with the concept or were born after the 1980s (when installment plans gave way to credit card purchases and other types of financing), layaway is a simple way to purchase merchandise - interest-free - over time. Consumers select the items they want to buy from a retailer offering the plan, make a deposit, which often includes a modest service charge, and pay for the merchandise over a specified period. Once the item has been paid in full, the retailer releases the goods to the consumer. The only potential glitch is if the consumer fails to make payments in full or on time. In that event, the retailer has the option of returning the customer’s payments (less service charges) and reselling the items. While there’s no doubt that today’s economy has contributed to the revival of layaway plans, economists and representatives of several of the nation’s leading retailers and layaway providers - Sears, KMart, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Toys R’ Us, and Hallmark - insist that the recession is only part of the story. For retailers, layaway plans open the doors to millions of new customers who would not be able to make purchases without them. For consumers, paying in install-
ments is increasingly viewed as a sound financial tool for purchasing necessities and managing expenses, particularly during the holiday season. Overall, layaway plans are heavy on benefits, including: No fine print: For the most part, retailers’ layaway plans are straightforward and easy to understand. No credit checks: Credit checks are not required to enter into a layaway contract, making it a great option for people who are trying to rebuild their credit due to foreclosure or past credit card problems. No need to leave home: Some retailers have launched e-layaway programs, making it possible for consumers to purchase online over time. There are only a few drawbacks to layaway plans, but they are worth noting: Missed payments: Making payments and making them on time - is the key to a successful layaway purchase. The penalty for missing payments is the cancellation of the layaway contract. However, most plans offer a seven-day grace period for missed payments. It is important to know the details of each retailer’s plan before signing a contract. Missed sale prices: For shoppers who count on cashing in on Black Friday sales, layaway might not be an option. Some retailers don’t offer Black Friday prices to layaway customers, so it pays to check with the stores you plan to patronize before the holiday shopping season begins.
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Consumers have the potential to save quite a lot of money if they shop the sales calendar on popular items. Many retailers discount items during certain times of the year. Autumn is one season when shoppers can find deals on many popular items. Furniture As summertime winds down, sales on furniture tend to wane. To drum up extra excitement, many furniture stores start slashing prices in September. For consumers who have been waiting for deals on big-ticket items, like dining sets or sofas, now could be the ideal time to shop around for discounts. This time of year is also a great opportunity to get deeply discounted prices on outdoor furniture. End-of-season sales abound on patio furniture, umbrellas, gazebos, sheds, and awnings. Savings can be as much as 70 percent during October and November because stores need to make room for Christmas displays. That means the longer you wait, the better the deal to be had. Clothing In the fall, consumers can shop for two season’s worth of clothes at once to get better deals. In general, stores offer low prices on winter essentials, like hats, gloves, coats, and scarves. They’re also cutting prices on the last of summer apparel. This is the perfect time to stock up on some summer basics to use next season. Parents may want to calculate the sizes their children will wear next season and load up on basics, such as swimsuits and shorts. Automobiles & Boats Dealerships are making room on their lots for the new model year. Therefore, come October, they’re looking to liquidate their stock of the current model year, benefitting consumers as a result. Keep in mind that you will have to
choose among current stock, so you may have to compromise on colors and accessories available. This time of year can also be ideal for buying a boat, as marine experts say that the offseason is the time to get deals on boats. Late November is a good time to start browsing for a boat. The lowest prices may come in the winter, however. Outdoor Hobbies September and October can be good months to purchase a new bicycle, as the outdoor recreation season tends to wane in the late autumn. This is also a good time to stock up on fishing poles and lures. Shop around to see if there is the opportunity to score low prices on campers, tents, inflatable mattresses, outdoor sporting equipment, and other items that are associated with having fun in the sun. It’s likely stores will be looking to reduce their inventory on these products. Real Estate Many people list their homes in the spring so that they get steady traffic from people spending warm-weather days shopping for their next homes. Come the autumn, if a property is still on the market or was just listed, there’s a possibility that the seller will be motivated to sell at a lower price. Few people want to go through the hassle of moving when the weather is cold or right in the middle of the holiday season. October is a prime month for negotiating a lower price on a home. Miscellaneous There are a number of other items that go on sale during September, October and November. Barbecue grills, housewares, quilts and blankets, space heaters, crystal, silver, and glassware are just some of the items shoppers can snatch up at a bargain.
Discover holiday savings at Discover Mills! With more than 180 incredible retailers, Discover Mills is sure to delight holiday shoppers this season with its unique brand of shopping, dining and entertainment. As Atlanta’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination, Discover Mills continues to provide shoppers with more stores, more brands, more savings and more fun. Discover Mills features an impressive roster of popular stores perfect for finding the ideal gift for everyone on your list this holiday season, including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, BCBG Maxazria Final Cut, Forever 21, Kenneth Cole Outlet, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Nike Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, The Disney Store Outlet, The LEGO Store, Toys “R” Us Express and more. Plus, the fun continues with a variety of entertainment venues and dining choices, such as Atlanta’s largest Dave & Buster’s, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, popular frozen yogurt eatery Tutti Frutti, AMC 18-Screen Theatre, Slingshot Speedway and Lunar Golf. With the holidays quickly approaching, Discover Mills is gearing up for the most important shopping day of the year, Black Friday, by inviting eager holiday shoppers to the 4th Annual Midnight Opening, offering 22 straight hours of incredible discounts
and promotions available from many of their retailers. In addition, the festivities throughout the season will include pictures with Santa, holiday entertainment, gift wrap, prizes and more! Discover Mills is located at I-85 and Sugarloaf Parkway, just 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Regular hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. or a complete list of special holiday shopping hours and events please call (678) 847-5000, visit www.discovermills.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscoverMills.
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More Winter Holidays To Celebrate Charter’s “Movies for Food” Supports Community Food Pantries throughout Georgia Customers donating food items receive On Demand movie coupons and chance to win the ultimate HD package
The sight of empty shelves at local food pantries is an all-to-often occurrence these days. Food banks find themselves serving more families in need than in recent past. Over the years, Charter employees and customers across the country have participated in giving programs that benefit their communities, and this year is no exception. Movies for Food is a nationwide donation program created by Charter to help re-stock empty food pantry shelves in our communities. Charter employees throughout Georgia know that local food pantries are wrestling with the same dilemma facing other food banks and pantries across the country. “Holiday time is especially difficult for many Georgia families,” said Matt Favre, Vice President and General Manager of Charter’s operations in Georgia. “Our Movies for Food program enables us to help families who may experience tough times this winter. This is the impetus for Charter to work alongside local food pantries throughout Georgia, offering Charter On Demand movie coupons for food donations; and giving away an HDTV, a year of the Charter Bundle with HD and many other great prizes.”
Customers donating four non-perishable food items will receive an On Demand movie coupon, (cable channel 1 with a Charter digital set top receiver). Customers donating eight or more non-perishable food items will receive two On Demand movie coupons. Charter’s partnership with local pantries guarantees that food donations are distributed in the community in which the donation was received. Residents and Charter customers may visit any one of Charter’s offices throughout Georgia to drop off the non-perishable food items. Charter’s Movies for Food program is currently underway and accepting donations through Friday, December 31. To find the nearest Charter office visit charter.com/locations. More information is available at charter.com/moviesforfood. Media Contact: Kristina Hill 864-534-0913 Kristina.Hill@Chartercom.com
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While it’s easy to associate winter holidays with Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s, winter is actually host to numerous holidays across the globe. The aforementioned holidays might get the bulk of the publicity, but these holidays are wintertime traditions far and wide. Chinese New Year: The most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, Chinese New Year is determined by the lunisolar Chinese calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, but always between January 21 and February 20. In 2011, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 3. Pancha Ganapati: This five-day Hindu festival celebrates the Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Guardian of Culture. During each of the five days of Pancha Ganapati, which is celebrated from December 21 through December 25, a different spiritual discipline is focused on by the entire family. Tu Bishvat: A minor Jewish holiday, Tu Bishvat usually occurs in late January or early February and celebrates the “New Year of the Trees.” Customs during Tu Bishvat include planting trees and eating dried fruits and nuts, in particular figs, dates, raisins, carob, and almonds. The flowering of the almond tree coincides with Tu Bishvat throughout Israel, where the almond tree grows wild. Kwanzaa: Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African culture and heritage that begins the day after Christmas and continues to New
Year’s Day. Kwanzaa was first celebrated from December 26, 1966 to January 1, 1967 and was initially an effort by professor Ron Karenga to create a specifically African-American holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Winter is not only a time to honor past traditions, but also those who left a positive mark on the world. The third Monday of every January, for example, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day honoring the legacy of the famed civil rights leader who was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968. The day is held in January because King was born on January 15. Candlemas: Observed by Anglicans, Eastern Catholics, Lutherans, and Roman Catholics among others, Candlemas celebrates the presentation of Jesus at the temple. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Candlemas is considered one of the twelve Great Feasts. The date can vary depending on the celebrants, but is generally celebrated between the last week of January and the first few days of February. St. Brigid’s Day: Though it’s meant to celebrate the first day of spring, St. Brigid’s Day, formerly known as Imbolc, actually occurs during the throes of winter. A Gaelic tradition, St. Brigid’s Day has different meanings for different people (and some Christians actually refer to the day as Candlemas). However, for many it remains a festival of the hearth and home, and a celebration of the days growing longer, meaning spring is on the horizon.
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