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Alaska evergreen to be next U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An evergreen tree from Alaska will serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree next year — a holiday first for the state.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

Holiday shopping deliveries improve

NEW YORK — Christmas came on time this year for most people.After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season.

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

Online retail sales hit a record

SAN FRANCISCO — and other Web retailers sold more products than ever this holiday season, boosted by early promotions and investments in delivery systems that helped avoid the widespread shipping snags of last year.Online shopping is on pace to rise 16...

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

Vatican frees topless Femen activist

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican's outdoor Nativity scene.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Nation & World

Fire officials warn about hazards of dry Christmas trees

EVERETT — For many families, getting the traditional fresh-cut Christmas tree marks the beginning of the holidays and make it the centerpiece of holiday home decor.But as the holidays come to a close, Christmas trees dry out, increasing the risk of house fires.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Local News

Baby Jesus stolen from Washington Capitol nativity

OLYMPIA — State officials say baby Jesus is missing from the nativity scene outside the Washington state Capitol.The Olympian reports the sponsor of the Christmas holiday display replaced the figure with a baby doll bought at a thrift store.Ton Wesselius...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Northwest

The gift of music

Brandan Gelo is a rock star at Jackson High

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

They call me ‘Mister Christmas’

STANWOOD — He grew up experiencing a unique sort of playground taunt.

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

Drones are the hot new gift

Santa’s sleigh isn’t the only thing flying this holiday season.

Date: 12/25/2014 | Business Wire

Care for some leftover fruitcake?

The Ghost of Buzzes Past presents this updated column which ran first in 2010.Dear Santa: Some of my friends say that newspapers are dead. Papa says, "If Santa says it's so, it's so.'' Please tell me the truth, Santa, are there still newspapers?Virginia...

Date: 12/25/2014 | The Buzz

It's a wonderful town

What Bedford Falls has that we don't

Date: 12/25/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Maybe letters to Santa are better in crayon

"I sent my Christmas list to you in Google Docs. Can you help me edit it and then email it to Santa?"Sigh. The days of scrawled letters to Santa with crayons, smiley faces and Unabomber-like scribbles with serial numbers and price lists and naked greed mellowed...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Commentary

Christmas memories

Readers share their favorite stories of the holiday

Date: 12/24/2014 | Life

Everett exchange student is a long way from her Bethlehem home

Christmas in Dalia Shomaly's hometown is unlike anywhere else."Tourists are always there, but this is the most amazing week of the year," the 16-year-old said. "People come from all over the world."Dalia's home is in

Date: 12/24/2014 | Local News

Rescuing each other

Christmas puppy will help teen's recovery

Date: 12/24/2014 | Local News

Pope sends message to persecuted Middle East Christians

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday published a special Christmas message for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, telling them he prays for them “every day” and announcing plans to visit them in person.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Nation & World

Theaters in state to show ‘The Interview’

SEATTLE — A few small movie theaters in Washington state will be among those showing “The Interview” as part of Sony’s limited Christmas Day release of the film.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Nation & World

737 loses wingtip in airport brush up

NEW YORK — Some Christmas fliers got their wings clipped — literally.

Date: 12/23/2014 | Nation & World

Try these tips to help beat the holiday blues

It’s supposed to be the season to be jolly — but not everyone feels like celebrating this time of year.

Date: 12/23/2014 | Life

Spokane officer finds stolen presents, delivers them

SPOKANE — Spokane police say one of their officers had a busy day, not only recovering a stolen vehicle and arresting a car theft suspect but finding several stolen Christmas presents and delivering them to their rightful owners.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Northwest

Music boxed sets for the perfect holiday gift

It’s stick-a-big-package-under-the-tree season, and for those who would like to give the gift of music with something more tangible than an iTunes gift card or Spotify subscription, boxed sets conveniently proliferate.

Date: 12/21/2014 | Life

Keep tabs on Kris Kringle this Christmas Eve

After all those months of Santa watching you, here's your chance to watch him.The NORAD Santa tracker shows his real-time route around the globe starting Dec. 24.The site pinpoints Santa's travels with...

Date: 12/21/2014 | Life

A gift under the tree

Les Schwab donates truckloads of toys to Christmas House

Date: 12/20/2014 | Local News

Weird weather lingers in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow."We want Santa to bring snow, soon," Terry Goodwin said as she hit a ski trail in...

Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World

Shippers confront busiest season on record

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — The next week will be a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the Postal Service, the last connections to deliver many much-anticipated Christmas gifts. And there is no room for mistakes.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Business Wire

Small change, big rewards

A drop in the kettle brings help for the needy

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Still need a tree? Rent a live one, then plant it to help salmon

Live Christmas trees are available for rent at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Date: 12/18/2014 | Explore NW

Stanwood church to host Blue Christmas event

Stanwood United Methodist Church has one of the best Blue Christmas events in Snohomish County.While most people are celebrating the joys of Christmas, many are experiencing grief, lonesomeness, health problems, financial issues and family crises.

Date: 12/16/2014 | Life

On Dasher, on Donner ... on your car?

Sure, Rudolph antlers are cute to wear on your head for silly photos or to top off an ugly Christmas sweater.But what in blue blazes possesses people to turn their car into a 2-ton reindeer? You've seen them tooling down the road. Cars with antlers shooting...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Whats Up With That?

This year, be a smart cookie during holiday season

It’s that time of year again when everywhere we turn we’re offered creamy eggnog, savory charcuterie and sweet, melt-in-your-mouth apple pie with whipped cream.

Date: 12/16/2014 | Life

Double the celebration

Gingerbread cake just right for December birthdays

Date: 12/16/2014 | Light for Life

Families go to Yacolt prison for annual party

YACOLT, Wash. — At first glance, it seemed to be a typical Christmas party. A decorated tree in a corner and paper snowflakes hanging in the windows added a festive touch. Children painted pictures of snowmen and decorated sugar cookies. Wearing Santa hats, band members tuned their instruments and...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Northwest

Fashionably ugly

Christmas has become time to bust out that awful sweater

Date: 12/14/2014 | Life

A few gifts for your favorite pet

We'll spend more than $58 billion this year on our pets, according to the American Pet Products Association. Here are some gifts for them that won't break your piggy bank:Dog socks: Dog footwear can help protect paw pads from road salt, rocks and mud.

Date: 12/14/2014 | Life

Books to buy the bibliophile on your list

What makes a good gift book? The unexpected, the updated, the unbelievable. With all that in mind, here are some gift suggestions for the book lovers in your circle.

Date: 12/14/2014 | Life

Elf power makes Christmas great for so many kids

Can you hear the stamp of felt feet? There is an army of elves mobilizing in Puget Sound, like they do every year without fail. Christmas House, Holly House, Matthew House, Toys for Tots; volunteers from every city work hard to bring a merry holiday to thousands of children whose...

Date: 12/14/2014 | I Brake for Moms

Gift ideas for your favorite outdoor adventurer (or yourself)

Do you have an adventurer on your gift list? Someone who'd rather be outside, no matter the weather? If so, here are some ideas to keep your adventurer safe and happy. (And yes, it's also totally fine to add these items to your own wish list.)Maps: Every...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Explore NW

This biker club proves it’s kind to the core

His nickname is “Rotten,” but this weekend he’ll be part of something kind and decent. He’s in a biker club, but there’s nothing to fear from his not-so-wild bunch.

Date: 12/12/2014 | Local News

How to make holiday cookies extra festive

Cookies are good. Icing is good. And according to baker Christy Augustin, that is important to remember when you try to decorate cookies.“Just forgive yourself. It’s going to taste great even if it doesn’t look good. It just takes practice,” she said.

Date: 12/11/2014 | The Dish

A live 'Christmas Story'

See it on the stage and you'll fall in love all over again

Date: 12/11/2014 | Entertainment

Monkey business

Check out a vast collection on Snohomish holiday tour

Date: 12/11/2014 | Home and Garden

Who are Pentatonix and why is their Christmas album so popular?

Maybe you stumbled across their CD in your mom’s car while home for Thanksgiving. Or maybe you’ve noticed that the name is popping up everywhere lately. And maybe you have one simple question: What’s a “Pentatonix”?

Date: 12/10/2014 | Entertainment

Be dazzled by a million points of Christmas lights

"Ooh"s and "Aah"s were common among the hundreds of people who passed through a red and white light tunnel at The Lights of Christmas park Friday evening.Among them were Scott Wagner and Leslie Hasson, who made the trip up from Federal Way to the...

Date: 12/07/2014 | Local News

Forget a letter, shoot jolly ol’ Saint Nick a text

I saw Mommy texting Santa Claus ...Yep, there’s an app for that.Actually, there are lots of apps for that. Many are user-friendly for Santas who aren’t tech savvy.

Date: 12/07/2014 | Life

These ain’t no jelly-of-the-month clubs

Sometimes the best thing to get a loved one is a membership. No, not a gym membership but to a club that sends them stuff — cool stuff. Here are three clubs anybody would love to belong to:Foot Cardigan: For the boyfriends with holey socks. Foot...

Date: 12/07/2014 | Life

Everyone's a star

Show gives the spotlight to kids with special needs

Date: 12/07/2014 | Life

How to avoid holiday party troubles

If John Olajide's staffers have one too many at his company's holiday party he'll have them shuttled home in a taxi or send them to a hotel room for the night."If they're at our party, we're responsible for them," says Olajide,...

Date: 12/06/2014 | Business Wire

Money grows on these trees

Firs will be sold to benefit Carnegie Building

Date: 12/06/2014 | Local News

Event raises more than $300,000 for Providence Autism Center

More than 620 guests attended the Providence General Foundation's Festival of Trees Gala Dinner and Auction on Thursday evening in the Tulalip Resort Casino's Orca Ballroom. More than $300,000 was raised during the event's "Fund a Need" donations, which will support the new...

Date: 12/06/2014 | Local News

A simple Christmas gift goes a long way for homeless teens

A 13-year-old boy has a simple wish: blue Converse sneakers, size 9. Another boy, 14, wants an extra-extra-large hoodie. Two teen girls are hoping for warm coats this Christmas.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Local News

Family fun calendar

EVENTSA Christmas Spectacular: Holiday show with dancing, music and singing by local and national talent, 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave. Donation of $15 plus 5 nonperishable food items. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Entertainment

Lights for a cause

Festival of Trees benefits Providence children's services

Date: 12/03/2014 | Local News

Buttered up

Holiday cookies depend on a few simple techniques

Date: 12/03/2014 | Life

We would do well to live by Advent’s four ethics

Thanksgiving is in our wake, and Christmas is upon us, with a vengeance of catalogues, push e-mails, to-do lists and gifts to buy. It is American consumerism at its apex. We Americans like to wrap ourselves in football, new automobiles, beer, espresso drinks and other...

Date: 12/03/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Find your tree

Our map and list of Christmas tree farms

Date: 12/03/2014 | Life

Holiday tree arrives in Olympia

OLYMPIA — A noble fir tree cut from an Olympia tree farm has arrived at the Washington state Capitol.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Northwest

Spreading holiday joy

It's a tradition for Christmas House volunteers

Date: 11/30/2014 | Local News

Need to return it?

Policies at Target, Wal-Mart and other major retailers

Date: 11/30/2014 | Business

Exploring Oregon's winter beers

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting chillier and the Santa bells are getting a little louder. It's the winter and that can mean only one thing: The beer is getting stronger.Winter beers are great. They're usually dark, malty and pack a punch. Three great...

Date: 11/30/2014 | Hops & Sips

For the wee one who wants Fitbit

So your child saw your Fitbit and asked for one for Christmas.That sounds like a bad idea — and what child needs to know their heartbeat in the middle of playtime?The new LeapFrog LeapBand could meet them halfway. We were leery of this at first,...

Date: 11/30/2014 | Life

A toy for the family that rocks out

Nothing against a little "Minecraft," but we're aiming for an off-screen alternative.The Singtrix Limited Edition Party Bundle karaoke system is screaming good fun for the whole family. To call this a toy is to trivialize its powers of vocal transformation. The...

Date: 11/30/2014 | Life

Do the minimum

Simplify for happier, less stressful holidays, authors say

Date: 11/30/2014 | Life

For the friend who likes fire

Sit back this Christmas and let your iPhone light the candles around the table.Huh?That’s right. The new Lotus Fire Case is a new smartphone accessory that has a detachable and refillable lighter and allows iPhone users to always have their lighter with them.

Date: 11/30/2014 | Life

Night of Christmas Jingles focuses on family and friends, not shopping

SNOHOMISH — It's a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. April VanAssche is planning an old-fashioned event aimed at shifting the focus from shopping, gift-giving and receiving."I wanted to create a place where people could focus on...

Date: 11/29/2014 | Local News

Where to get a Christmas tree

It’s time to break out the hot chocolate, the ear muffs and the trusty saw.That’s right, it’s time to get the family Christmas tree.

Date: 11/29/2014 | Life

Seattle protesters disrupt Black Friday shopping

SEATTLE — More than 200 protesters, some chanting "Black Lives Matter!" tried to disrupt Black Friday shopping and downtown Seattle's traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Police turned out in force, arresting five people, and a downtown mall closed early.

Date: 11/28/2014 | Northwest

Black Friday rules for retired Herald columnist

It’s been almost three years since Kristi O’Harran retired from The Herald, leaving readers without her hilarious takes on the finer things in life — Cheez...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Local News

Emilie’s Bakery specializes in holiday treats

ARLINGTON — When the farmers market season is over, where do market vendors sell their wares?Emilie Turner is among those who take orders from home.The owner of Emilie's Bakery, Turner had a successful first season at the Port Susan Farmers Market this past...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Entertainment

Early bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition.

Date: 11/27/2014 | Business Wire

While scooping up the bargains, take precautions against thieves

EVERETT — For a few moments, think like a crook.Look in your car windows. Do you see electronics? Receipts and mail? Shopping bags?Car prowls always increase during the holidays, particularly at shopping centers, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said.

Date: 11/27/2014 | Local News

Gifts for the home

A room-by-room guide to buying presents this holiday season

Date: 11/27/2014 | Home and Garden

‘Black’ day for Thanksgiving

Here's how ridiculous this is: It's easier to list the major retailers that won't be open on Thanksgiving than it is to list those that will. Among the retailers allowing their workers the day off to share a meal in celebration are Costco, REI, Nordstom, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Pier 1...

Date: 11/25/2014 | Editorials

We want your holiday memories — good and bad

Maybe it was a simple gift from a relative long gone. Or Uncle Jim doing the chicken dance after drinking too much schnapps.Or a trip gone wrong, a surprise visit from a special person or your mom kissing Santa Claus. What put the magic — or mayhem — into your...

Date: 11/23/2014 | Life

Consumer group lists ‘10 worst toys’

BOSTON — A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet and the "Catapencil" — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a...

Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World

National forest Christmas tree-cutting permits on sale

Permits are now available to cut Christmas trees in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the eastern portions of Snohomish, King, Skagit, Whatcom and Pierce counties. Permits cost $10 each, one tree per permit, with a tree height limit of 12 feet. Trees taller than 12 feet require a tall-tree...

Date: 11/20/2014 | Local News

Go find your one

Forest Service permits are now available for Christmas trees

Date: 11/17/2014 | Explore NW

Send us a selfie with your tackiest holiday sweater

Sure, it's fun to get all slinky, but it's pure joy to get decked out in an ugly sweater.It's just plain wrong what can be knitted into a sweater: snowflakes, pom-poms, wreaths, bows, bulbs, gingerbread men, jingle bells, reindeer, puppies. The more obnoxious colors, the...

Date: 11/16/2014 | Life

Post office adds Sunday delivery for holidays

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will deliver packages on Sundays in major cities and high volume areas during the holiday season.

Date: 11/06/2014 | Business Wire

Wal-Mart vows to lead on price during holidays

Halloween who?As the coffin slams shut on Halloween, Wal-Mart and other retailers are launching their holiday shopping deals almost a month before Black Friday, promising to be cheaper, earlier, easier and faster to cater to the ever more value- and convenience-focused customer.

Date: 11/01/2014 | Business Wire

UPS forecasts record holiday shipments

ATLANTA — UPS forecasts it will handle a record 585 million packages this December amid the peak holiday season, up 11 percent from last year.

Date: 10/30/2014 | Business Wire

Spending for Halloween surges

WASHINGTON — Consumers may still be holding tight to their wallets after the recession, but there's at least one occasion that doesn't appear to have them spooked: Halloween.New data from the National Retail Federation show that consumers are spending more money on all...

Date: 10/29/2014 | Business Wire

Will Black Friday lose its edge?

Will this be the year when Black Friday is finally dethroned from being the biggest shopping day of the day?Bill Martin thinks so. The founder of ShopperTrak, a Chicago-based firm that measures store traffic, has become a guru of sorts when it comes predicting and measuring...

Date: 10/24/2014 | Business Wire

A blue Christmas for Amazon?

NEW YORK — It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.The world’s largest retailer gave a disappointing forecast for the crucial holiday quarter. The company also reported a wider loss than analysts expected for the third quarter.

Date: 10/24/2014 | Business Wire

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