The Elusive History of Halloween

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Turns out that trying to trace the history of Halloween is no treat. Actually, it’s kind of tricky.

Even the most basic question, “When did it begin?” is a mystery. One source says the holiday has been traced back to the 5th century BC in Ireland. Another says the Middle Ages. And, when exactly were they?

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Making Halloween a Treat

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In the apartment building where I live, Halloween is a repeat performance every year. Scene 1: I buy a ridiculous amount of candy because I am always afraid I will run out. Scene 2: Half a dozen kids show up and claim the best loot of the night because I don’t want all that candy going into my mouth and onto my thighs.

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A Good Old Fashioned Southern Christmas

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Christmas time: a time of gentle snowfall, fireplaces with decorated mantles, and the never-ending smell of evergreens. Nothing like the holiday décor to get everyone feeling that Christmas spirit. But what happens if your Christmas season is less than a wintry wonderland? Well I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of us that don’t have the luxury of the perfect Christmas postcard yet we don’t miss it either. Sure it would be nice to see a few kids making snow angels and carolers wearing their muffs singing at your door. But we Southerners have created our own special traditions, not to be dismissed. First of all, we have the Christmas hayride. That’s right, gathering up a bunch of kids on the back of a trailer full of hay and going on a singing neighborhood tour is good old fashioned family fun. No need for layers and layers of coats and jackets. Maybe a light jacket or depending on the day, even a guayabera would be all we need. But we still appreciate the season. We’ll try to keep it red and green and follow the latest fashion trends. Just no snowman sweaters please!

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Top 5 Movies to Watch on Mother's Day

Mother's Day Movies

For Mom’s who prefer to stay at home with family on their special day, it’s a good time to turn the TV into a home theater and watch movies that say Moms are very special people. A DVD recording, some fresh popped corn, and maybe a box of tissues (for some of these films) can make this Mother’s Day one she will talk about for years to come. Here are our Top 5 picks in no special order:

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