In Brief: Christmas tree recycling, charity blood drive, road closing and more in Pine and Richland

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Pine, Richland set schedule for Christmas tree pickup

The garland on the tree might still be gleaming but the pine needles on the floor are a sure sign that it is time to unload the Christmas tree.

Here is the schedule for tree recycling in local communities.

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Gingerbread monolith delights San Francisco on Christmas Day

In true pop-up art fashion, a nearly 7-foot-tall monolith made of gingerbread mysteriously appeared on a San Francisco hilltop on Christmas Day and collapsed the next day.

The three-sided tower, held together by icing and decorated with a few gumdrops, delighted the city on Friday when word spread about its existence.

During his morning run, Ananda Sharma told KQED-FM he climbed to Corona Heights Park to see the sunrise when

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Latinos alter traditional posadas as coronavirus pandemic upends Christmas traditions

For years, Alina Hernandez took part in the traditional posadas at Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish, which included church members walking through Little Village in a recreation of the biblical journey taken by Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem before Jesus was born.

The festive celebrations held on the days leading up until Christmas also often included food, colorful piñatas and religious music and children dressed as angels. But this holiday,

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Ski resorts in Switzerland and Austria remain open for Christmas

swiss skier in covid mask - fabrice coffrini/getty images
swiss skier in covid mask – fabrice coffrini/getty images

Despite news that some ski resorts in Switzerland have begun to close, as governments across Europe react to the continued spread of coronaviru, the majority have chosen to remain open, for now.

From tomorrow (Tuesday) the non-EU nation will enter a ‘light’ lockdown, with restaurants, sports and recreation centres ordered to close for a month, as the country struggles to curb

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OUR TOWN: Merry Christmas and blessings to all | Opinion

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BLESSINGS TO ALL: A tree with ornaments and a star or angel at the top, Santa Claus bearing gifts, food that is tasty and carols to sing, it’s Christmastime! Make Christmas special year after year and enjoy the experience. A meaningful time of memories that will linger forever is ours. Everyone is a child at Christmastime.

GOODFELLOWS ARE GRATEFUL: To those who contributed to their cause, “No

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Get your party on with drive-through Christmas in Tumwater on Dec. 18


You’ve heard of drive-through burgers, drive-through coffee and even drive-through coronavirus testing, but how about a drive-through Christmas party? The City of Tumwater is having one on Friday, Dec. 18, and your family is invited. The catch: You have to make reservations in advance, and there are only 400 spots available.


You’ve heard of drive-through burgers, drive-through coffee and even drive-through coronavirus testing, but how about

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Here’s how to watch violinist rock star Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas TV special

Here’s how to watch violinist rock star Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas TV special

The BYU grad is aiming for an ‘engaging’ mix of ‘music-video esthetics’ and live performance

(Sydney Takeshta | courtesy of Lindseystomp/Concord Records) Electronic-dance violinist Lindsey Stirling has produced a Christmas TV special, “Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays,” which she will offer as a pay-per-view livestream on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

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How to cut down a Christmas tree in the Boise National Forest

If nothing else, 2020 has been a year of new experiences. It goes without saying that many of those have been due to the coronavirus pandemic — wearing face masks, holding get-togethers via Zoom and worrying about toilet paper hoarders were certainly new experiences to me.

So with the year drawing to an end and an unusual holiday season arriving, my boyfriend, Max, and I decided to join some friends

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Here are 9 Lancaster County senior centers where you can send a Christmas card to residents | Local News

One of the central facets of the holiday season is connection. But, connecting with others in-person this year is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the people most affected by COVID-19 isolation are seniors citizens living in care and rehabilitation facilities. In a non-pandemic year, the holidays would already be a time of loneliness for some seniors. In an era of unprecedented death and hardship, senior homes are feeling

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Cobb plans array of Christmas offerings

Gingerbread House Showdown. By Dec. 12. This contest is open to all Cobb County residents. Gingerbread houses can be made from any materials and be any size. Photos of completed works must be submitted by Dec. 12 and bracketed voting Dec. 14-18 – both at The winner will be declared on Dec. 18 and will receive a trophy with bragging rights for having the best gingerbread house in Cobb

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Uptick in Christmas tree permit sales aligns with outdoor trends

The sun peaks through the branches of conifer trees in the Hunter Creek Valley in Aspen on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are always popular in the White River National Forest — and this year is no exception.

The forest service has already sold nearly 6,500 tree-cutting permits for the White River National Forest at $10 each this year, according to Public Affairs Officer David Boyd. About

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Community Christmas events go virtual | News

It may feel like the Grinch stole Christmas, with so many beloved traditions moving from in-person to online, but – like the cheerful residents of Whoville – organizers are finding the silver lining in these changed circumstances.

The Cullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Love fundraiser has been held for 29 years, and this marks the first one done virtually.

“We wanted to put safety first and opted for a

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Santa practicing social distancing in West Springfield as Christmas traditions get COVID-19 update

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Santa Claus is coming to town, but like everyone else in 2020, he’s going to have to stay socially distanced.

Workers in the Park and Recreation Department are making sure that two of West Springfield’s cherished holiday traditions will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Operation Santa, the annual food and toy drive, is proceeding with as little personal contact as possible, and visits to Santa’s House will

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You can cut down your Christmas Tree from a National Forest. Here’s how.

The Week

The Electoral College is only getting worse

The Electoral College is a political abomination. As I have written before, rather than protecting the influence of small states, it grants overwhelming power to a handful of states that randomly happen to have a close partisan balance, which are mostly fairly large. Worse, it allows popular vote losers to win — which has happened twice in the last 20 years.

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One of Plano’s biggest Christmas events is canceled, but the holiday celebrations move online

Christmas celebrations will be different this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Plano’s annual Dickens in Downtown festival has been canceled and other events have been curtailed.

But the city has lined up a series of virtual events to help keep residents in the holiday spirit, including a series of “Dickens Holiday Countdown” sessions this week leading up to an online edition of the festival, complete with a virtual tree

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Being with loved ones at Christmas not worth putting them at risk, WHO says

Being with family and friends at Christmas “is not worth putting them or yourself at risk,” the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

a person holding a sign: (Danny Lawson/PA)

© Danny Lawson
(Danny Lawson/PA)

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, urged people to think about whether travelling during the festive period is necessary.

Experts also warned that there could be issues in relation to ski resorts.

Dr Tedros said: “We all need

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Roundup: Christmas events starting soon in Aiken | Entertainment

Editor’s note: To have holiday event information included in the Aiken Standard’s holiday events roundup, email [email protected]

Despite many annual traditions being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still many events coming up in Aiken County during the holiday season.

The North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in  Calhoun Park, 100 W. Forest Ave., North Augusta. The lighting will happen

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Greene County recreation department holding children’s Christmas activities | Community News

Children from all across Greene County will be able to enjoy two upcoming Christmas-themed events being coordinated by the county’s department of recreation.

Santa Claus will be the focus of the upcoming activities, as he will serve as the special guest at “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 5. He will also be receiving letters from local youths who write to him through the department’s “Letters

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Vacaville’s Festival of Trees: 2020online Christmas tree auction

The baked goods sale and raffle also continue in 2020 with some modifications.

VACAVILLE, Calif. — Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, you may already be looking to string up the Christmas lights and decorate the tree.

You can skip a little of the hassle of finding the perfect tree this year, while helping out a good cause. The annual Vacaville Festival of Trees is auctioning pre-decorated Christmas trees (along

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Looking for a Christmas tree? Here’s where you can get a Utah public lands permit this year

SALT LAKE CITY — Now that Thanksgiving is over, the remaining holidays of the year are in sight.

Many Utahns have already started decorating for Christmas. Given all that has happened in 2020, who could blame anyone for celebrating the season early?

But for those of you who haven’t started decorating and are maybe still searching for the right tree, you can find one around several public land areas throughout

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