holidays

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The crowd-sourced review site Yelp has released lists of the most and least romantic spots for Valentine's Day across the nation, and three area businesses have found themselves in the mix.  

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After a break last year, a favorite Valentine's Day candy is back - but things aren't the same.

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Updated Friday 10:30 a.m.

In ancient times, a beast swept through a village eating crop, livestock and people on New Year's Eve. A wise old man told the villagers the beast fears red, fire and loud firecracker noises. So, villagers put red lanterns and banners at the entrance of their homes and played with firecrackers to scare the beast away.

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It should come as no surprise that the holiday season produces more trash than usual. In fact, according to research from Stanford University, Americans throw away 25% more during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year.

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Cincinnati is looking decked out for the holidays. From the tree at Fountain Square to twinkle lights, well, everywhere—the Queen City is ready to welcome Santa, the new year, or just to add a little light to the darkest days of the year.

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A Miami University professor admits holiday cards and envelopes may not have a huge impact on landfills and recycling streams, but Steve Keller says there are things to watch for to keep the stream clean. He says most holiday cards are simply made of paper, which can be recycled. If there's glitter on the paper, throw it out.

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Most people don't want to be sweaty from running to catch their flight. So, CVG is suggesting travelers arrive two hours early.

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Does your family go overboard for the holiday? Ever try a consumer-free Christmas? Monday on Cincinnati Edition, strategies for encouraging your family to scale back on the gift giving so you can spend more time together this holiday.

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Once upon a time, many years ago, I spent Christmas morning in the arraignment courtroom of the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

No, wiseacres, I was not up on charges.

A small nativity, complete with a figure representing newborn Jesus, is on display at the Ohio Statehouse right now. And the private group and lawmakers who want it there say it’s perfectly constitutional.

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Doscher’s Candy Company in Newton, Ohio, still makes handcrafted candy canes the old fashion way, using the same recipe for close to 150 years.

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If you come across a string of broken lights as you unpack decorations for the upcoming holiday season, know there is at least one bright spot: you don't have to send them to a landfill. 

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The winter holiday season is in full swing, with plenty of things to see and do in the Tri-State. We asked people on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit for their tips and tricks for improving the entire experience.

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With Christmas around the corner, for those who celebrate, it's time to get our homes and lawns in the holly jolly spirit.

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With AAA expecting Thanksgiving 2019 to be the busiest holiday travel season since 2005, local commuters should also expect to hit some additional road blocks thanks to street closures around Downtown Cincinnati this Thursday and Friday.

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Some people want to avoid talking about politics while they load their Thanksgiving plates this Thursday. In need of another conversation starter? Try your family's history. Doing so can open up a world of information.

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The hot, dry weather that dominated the region in late September and early October shouldn't have much of an effect on this year's Christmas tree crop. It could mean fewer trees in the future, though.

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As some may know, Cincinnati is the birthplace of Reform Judaism. In 1853, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise came here and enacted changes that drastically altered Jewish life, such as choral singing and seating men and women together in pews. His temple – now his namesake – still stands Downtown on Plum Street. In 1888, Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz started Manischewitz in Cincinnati, the famous kosher brand whose square matzoh (an unleavened bread) was revolutionary because it was made by machine (and thus no longer round). Manischewitz was based here until the 1930s, when it moved to New Jersey. 

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It was fun while it lasted, but its time has come. Yep, we're talking about kicking your Christmas tree to the curb. 

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People tend to produce more trash and recyclable waste during the holidays than any other time of the year – 25 percent more, on average.

But Rumpke Waste and Recycling wants you to know that not everything you want to get rid of belongs in your trash can or recycling bin.

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