holidays

how to recycle holiday lights
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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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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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Does the picture above look weirdly appealing or kind of gross?

Stress is a normal part of life. And there’s even such thing as a “good” level of stress that keeps us going, according to psychology researchers Sanda and Florin Dolcos at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

But severe stress can interfere with day-to-day living, and this can be particularly challenging during the holiday season, they say.

The impressive facade of the main church at Saint Meinrad Archabbey looks like it was taken straight out of Europe. Twin steeples topped by golden crosses loom over the rural Indiana landscape.

During the holiday season, it's a place of healing, as some St. Meinrad monks help people cope with their grief.

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With the New Year on the horizon, Metro has released the holiday schedules for buses and the streetcar for Jan. 1, 2019. Here's what to expect:

The Christmas shopping season is when millions of Americans are hoping to find bargains, but at least one holiday staple has gotten more expensive. According to the payment services company Square, the average price for a real Christmas tree in Ohio is just over $61 or about 5 percent higher than in 2016. 

So why are these evergreens more expensive? For one thing, the overall supply of Christmas trees is down.

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Many workplaces, businesses, places of worship and schools have food donation drives to help those less fortunate during the holidays. For those of us who want to help, what should we give?  

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For more than 25 years, Cincinnati residents have diverted approximately 350,000 tons of material from landfills, according to Cincinnati’s Office of Environment & Sustainability. This holiday season, the city hopes to continue that trend.

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If you're looking for alternatives to the big box stores for your holiday shopping, homemade gifts can add a personal touch. There are several local non-profits offering holiday gift sales with artist-made items, and classes you can take with your family to make your own gifts this season.

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Still checking items off your list this season? There are many ways to get your holiday shopping done while thinking outside the big box stores. Tune in to Cincinnati Edition on Wednesday, December 12, at 1 p.m. for some great gift giving ideas. In the meantime, here are four unique spots to check out this holiday—whether you're looking to buy or make something unique on your own, these shops can help make your Christmas one of a kind.

For many people across the Miami Valley, the holidays aren’t complete without a visit to the Historic Clifton Mill light-show. Clifton Mill’s annual Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill event attracts thousands of visitors to the tiny town of Clifton, south of Springfield. And this year, it included an appearance by Republican Attorney General and Governor-Elect Mike DeWine. 

The weather was beautiful for Clifton Mill’s opening night, held this year on the day after Thanksgiving.

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"Chief Elf" Kimberly Davis sits behind a folding table with cheery holiday decorations, a row of folders spread out before her. Inside are letters asking Santa for a little extra help.

A Holiday Tradition: The Christmas Bird Count

Nov 26, 2018

Once the traditional holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, some Americans look forward to another tradition: the annual Christmas Bird Count.  

Since 1900 birders have picked one day — sometime around Christmas — to survey as many birds as they can find in a 15 mile diameter circle.  

Birder Mike Edgerton, a member of the Greater Akron Audubon Society, says it’s been a valuable form of crowd sourcing.

Across the country this weekend, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with festivals, music, Mexican food and plenty of bar specials.

But south of the border, the holiday merits little more than a parade in the city of Puebla, east of Mexico City. There, in 1862, outgunned Mexican troops defeated an invading French army.

Editor's note: In this story from April 2017, NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Professor Andrew McGowan, Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, about theological and liturgical intersections between the Easter and Passover holidays. As in 2017, the two holidays overlap again this year: The eight-day celebration of Passover beings Friday, March 30, and Easter falls on Sunday, April 1. 

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on March 21, 2016 and has been updated.

March 21 is making headlines for its fierce spring snowstorm. But that's not the only distinction on this day. It's also the busiest spot on the United Nations' calendar of international observances, with five different U.N.-declared "Days." Here's a rundown:

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The holidays are considered a special time of bonding and celebration with friends and family. However, for some families, it’'s a bit more complicated. 

Holiday Happenings In Greater Cincinnati

Dec 3, 2015
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Greater Cincinnati knows how to have fun, especially at this time of year, with holiday trains, plays and concerts, dazzling lights, Santa and his elves, ice skating and Christmas markets. 

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