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Archive for December, 2008

A Hoppin’ New Year

By Linda Tancs

Mama always told you to eat your beans and veggies. If the thought still inspires a grimace, maybe she should’ve told you that you’d have good luck. In the southern U.S., hoppin’ John (origin unknown) is the dish of choice on New Year’s eve or day to bring forth prosperity for the coming year. The basic ingredients are black-eyed peas, celery, rice and bacon. Top it off with some stewed tomatoes, if you like, and you’re ready for the luxe life. Happy New Year!

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City Cites Snowman

By Linda Tancs

The city elders of Anchorage, Alaska have struck again. A homeowner in the Airport Heights section of the city has been cited again this season for his creation of a Brobdingnagian snowman. Consisting of over 16 feet of packed ice, the potential house-toppler (well, maybe a shed) is considered a public nuisance. Affectionately dubbed Snowzilla, this corn-cobbed pipe smoking ice man has been attracting international attention since its creation a few years ago. A local group has even organized to protect the goliath from the code enforcement officer’s slingshot. No doubt Frosty would be pleased. View photos of the toast of Anchorage here.

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Colorado Gardens Twinkle

By Linda Tancs

All that twinkles may not be gold, but the effect is just the same at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Until 4 January you can experience a million points of light through a winding forest path in Denver’s Botanic Gardens at Chatfield from Wednesday to Sunday. Buy your tickets in advance at the York Street Gatehouse. You won’t want to miss a single second of the dazzling display.

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The Origin of Xmas

By Linda Tancs

Sometimes misconstrued as a sign of disrespect, the “X” in Xmas actually originates from the Greek word for Christ, Xristos. The first letter, chi, resembles the letter “x.” Europeans began using the “Xmas” salutation as early as the 16th century. So Merry Xmas, and to all a good holiday weekend!

Little Town of Bethlehem

By Linda Tancs

It’s been said that Christmas time is the best time to visit Bethlehem. And considering that several denominations celebrate Christmas at times other than 25 December (6 January for Orthodox Christians and 18 January for Armenian Christians), there’s a window of opportunity to take part in the Mideast celebrations. Whatever your faith, consider taking in some of the processions and services around Manger Square and St. Catherine’s Church during this holiest of seasons. The Christian Information Centre has details for you.

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Lost Baggage Rule Gets Facelift

By Linda Tancs

Amidst the doom and gloom of baggage mishandling comes a rainbow: the Department of Transportation has increased liability for lost baggage arising from domestic travel from $3000 to $3300, effective today. This means an airline needn’t pay you a penny more than the DOT rate for your losses. Of course, you shouldn’t be packing Sunday’s best (or–gasp–electronic equipment or heirloom jewelry) in that checked bag in any event. Chances are, you’d consider it irreplaceable, no matter how much money the DOT is willing to throw at you. The same is true for international travel, but the compensation rate is about halved.

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Traveling with Santa

By Linda Tancs

In the current edition of Travelrific® Travel Show, the topic is polar travel. Discover Santa’s northern delights in and around the Arctic Circle. Find the podcast here.

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