Holidays


 The Starbucks Advent calendar is a magnetic chalkboard with 25 reusable tins.

Shop Holiday: Gift ideas for young professionals

Here are a few gift suggestions for the young businessmen and businesswomen in your life.

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 The Official White House Christmas Tree arrives at the White House today. This year's White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18-foot white fir was grown by tree farmers Chris Botek and Francis Botek of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.

Official Christmas tree arrives at White House from Pennsylvania

The 18-foot white fir was grown by tree farmers Chris Botek and Francis Botek of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.

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 The Rev. George Duffield

Thanksgiving was once more of a sober, moral reflection

A sermon by the Rev. George Duffield of Detroit delivers a classic Thanksgiving message -- half a tribute to American virtue, half a scold.

1 day ago


 A group of Great Pyrenees dogs from Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western Pennsylvania.

Thanksgiving holiday brings its own set of hazards for pets

Pets can get into trouble while their owners are distracted by Thanksgiving cooking tasks and visitors.

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Tiffany, T.J. Maxx among retail holdouts ignoring Black Friday

Avoiding the promotional blitz, premium brands are trying to preserve their reputations, said Keith Jelinek, who tracks the retail industry.

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 Lou Christie.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden dresses up for the holidays with its Winter Flower Show, opening on Friday.

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Excerpts from the Thanksgiving sermon: 'A return to the habits of virtue and integrity'

Thanksgiving sermon, “The Religious Character of a People the True Element of Their Prosperity,” by the Rev. George Duffield, Nov. 28, 1839.

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 Forever Collectibles launched the "Ugly Teams" line earlier this year, which will generate $10 million in wholesale revenue.

Sports enthusiasts cozy up to 'Ugly Teams' Christmas sweaters

Sports teams are the newest to embrace the ugly Christmas sweater trend

1 day ago


Goodfellows campaign to brighten kids’ holidays begins

The Goodfellows campaign raises money to provide gifts for under-privileged children through Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army.

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 Richard Montgomery, 69, of East Liberty and other volunteers pack food at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne on Nov. 11.

Food banks busiest during holidays, but help is needed year-round

The need for food is greater during the holidays, in part because people must spend more on heating bills.

2 days ago


Shaler's Cancer Fighting Princess delivering holiday dinners

Melissa Adams has raised funds the past three years to help women undergoing cancer treatment enjoy a less stressful Thanksgiving meal.

2 days ago


 Juvenile Diabete Research Foundation card.

Pittsburgh area charities offer holiday cards

Local charities once again offer holiday cards designed by local artists, children or beneficiaries in foreign countries.

2 days ago


For some, the blues can color holiday celebrations

Social worker Elizabeth Babcock says it’s not unusual for people struggling with recent losses to not be in the mood to celebrate.

2 days ago


Avonworth cheerleader to dance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

High school senior Abby Ifft will be in New York as part of a national cheerleading squad displaying the Spirit of America.

2 days ago


 Gas prices at a GetGo station on Route 88 in Bethel Park.  In Pittsburgh, the average price on Tuesday was $3.02, 35 cents below the 2013 price.

Thanksgiving travelers hit the road; today busiest on Pennsylvania Turnpike

AAA says 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday; a storm warning has been issued for central and southeast Pa.

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama, right, with daughters Sasha, third from right, and Malia, second from right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon" of 'Cheese' in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Also with Cheese are Gary Cooper chairman of the National Turkey Federation and owner of Cooper Farms and his son Cole Cooper, far left.

Obama defends legal authority to pardon turkeys

Following a longstanding tradition, President Barack Obama granted presidential pardons sparing two turkeys from the Thanksgiving table.

1 day ago


Holiday closings announced

All city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, state and federal offices and courts will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

2 days ago


 James Love tends Salvation Army red kettle  in Market Square as Kayla Cook, center, and her mother Ellen Collins, left, prepare to make donations.

Salvation Army lowers goal for iconic Red Kettle fundraising drive

Campaign goals are revised downward due to fewer days of giving between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

2 days ago


 Hors d'oeuvre Guy

Holiday Herald: Mom was good at cooking up surprises for family

For one family, everyone had to be careful about what Mom was serving, even on Thanksgiving.

2 days ago


Pigs too fat for holiday hams as prices surge

Eating ham has never been more expensive than this year, partly because pigs are too fat.

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 FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, handlers steer Thomas the Tank Engine and Paddington Bear balloons through the parking lot at CitiField in New York. The two balloons were taken for practice runs along with four other new character balloons in preparation for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thomas the Tank Engine will be the parade's largest balloon by helium volume and the one containing the most balloon fabric ever used on one character. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

What’s Thanksgiving without helium? Deflated.

2 days ago


 Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer for Wal-Mart U.S., appears at a Walmart U.S. associates meeting in Fayetteville, Ark., in June.

Wal-Mart's chief merchandiser for U.S. departs just before Black Friday

Duncan Mac Naughton was a public figure at Wal-Mart, appearing before investors and media.

2 days ago


 Chocolate Brownie Pecan Pie.

Your Thanksgiving pie doesn't have to be pumpkin

Here are a few different-from-the-norm recipes for your holiday pie day.

4 days ago


 A spatchcocked turkey (backbone removed) cooks in half the time of a traditional roasted turkey.

Spread your (bird's) wings and it will cook in half the time

Spatchcocking is the secret to a tender, fast-cooking turkey on Thanksgiving.

4 days ago


Thanksgiving food questions? They're waiting for your call

A number of hotlines are ready to help you out of holiday cooking hot water.

4 days ago


 Cauliflower Gratin with Garlic and Feta.

Last minute side dishes

Hare are four easy side dishes that will add color and incredible flavor to your Thanksgiving table.

4 days ago


 Kelly Sobczak waits on a customer Saturday at her Global Girl Gifts store at the holiday market in Market Square.

Holiday market welcomes shoppers on opening weekend

Modeled on European markets set up around Christmas, it has grown from 15 booths to about 30 this year.

5 days ago


 Pittsburgh's 54th annual Light Up Night and the annual lighting of the Highmark Unity Tree, with fireworks overhead.

54th Light Up Night brings Pittsburghers new and old Downtown for fireworks

“It’s fun, and there are so many people here,” said Leila Giles, 23, who recently moved to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles.

6 days ago


 Allison Williams is Peter Pan and Christopher Walken portrays Captain Hook in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!"

Tuned In: TV lights up holiday season with new programming

December’s reruns have been replaced with a boatload of pricey premieres to satisfy advertiser demand this holiday season.

1 week ago


 Ken Stott as Balin and Martin Freeman as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

Visual feast of holiday movie season is underway

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday movie season, with family fare, musical extravaganzas and dramas on the road to Oscar night.

1 week ago


 Peggy Zezza of Forest Hills snaps a photo of the Christmas tree at the ice rink at PPG Place, Downtown, which will open for the season during Light Up Night Friday.

Holiday spirit to shine in Pittsburgh on Light Up Night Friday

The 54th annual Light Up Night, Downtown will feature multiple tree lightings, the unveiling of the Macy's window displays, and fireworks.

1 week ago


 Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian photo editor Mike Meilson was the model for the Victorian photographer, one of the 92 vignettes of Dickensian England, populated by 166 Victorian characters modeled from real Cambridge residents. The vignettes fill five blocks of Wheeling Avenue, the main street of Cambridge, Ohio.

Holiday spirit in full force at Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio

Ghosts of Christmas Past instruct the dispirited of Christmas today at unique Midwest holiday public art display.

1 week ago


 Billy Price.

Billy Price's holiday playlist

The Pittsburgh R&B legend, who performs Friday at Light Up Night, likes “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Happy Kwanzaa" by Teddy Pendergrass ...

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 Sean Jones -- with Roger Humphries and RH Factor and special guests -- will perform beginning at 6 p.m. Friday on EQT Jazzmasters Stage at Katz Plaza.

Ready for Pittsburgh's Light Up Night? Here's a schedule of events

The list of events for Friday’s Light Up Night in Downtown Pittsburgh.

1 week ago


 Cobra Starship singer Gabe Sporta.

Cobra Starship prepared to entertain Light Up Night revelers

New York electro-pop band isn't sure what Light Up Night is but is ready for the challenge.

1 week ago


Holiday To-Do List

A holiday list with light shows, parades, "Christmas Carols," "Nutcrackers" and much more.

1 week ago


Cost of Thanksgiving meal ticks up slightly

The culprits in the price rise included sweet potatoes, dairy products and pumpkin pie mix.

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 Inbound traffic backs up on the Parkway West  (Interstate 376) near the Carnegie/Heidelberg exit to Route 50.

About 46 million travelers to hit the road this Thanksgiving

It is the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. It’s a 4 percent increase over last year.

1 week ago


Trolleys and carriages throughout season

Downtown attractions continue after Light Up Night.

1 week ago


 Turkeys, including tom turkeys with blue markings on their heads, stand at Pounds' Turkey Farm in Leechburg on Oct. 31, 2013.

Turkeys get costlier as supply shrinks

Thanksgiving’s 46 million turkeys get costlier as supply shrinks.

1 week ago


 Fireworks, Three Rivers Stadium and other city lights illuminate Downtown Pittsburgh on Nov. 13, 1989.

Poem: The light before Christmas

In 1994, the Post-Gazette’s Matthew P. Smith wrote of Pittsburgh’s Light Up as never before or since — in verse.

1 week ago


 Operations manager Brandon Tylenda removes a rack of freshly baked Eat n' Park Smiley cookies from the oven at the company's Robinson bakery.

Pittsburgh-area retailers and shippers prepare for the holidays

Many are wary of entrusting too many packages until the last minute, after shipping problems last year saw many deliveries delayed.

1 week ago


 Get tips from the experts on putting together a great holiday gathering.

Holiday Entertaining: Spectacular celebrations at home

Get tips from the experts on putting together a great holiday gathering.

1 week ago


 Cardinal red dress with sequined bodice from the St. John Collection at Nordstrom's.

Holiday Style: Fashions that bring out the best in you

Here's a sampling of styles to keep spirits merry and bright now through New Year's Eve

1 week ago


 Trista Moldovan, left, and Kaitlyn Davidson perform during the "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas," which runs through Sunday at the Benedum Center, Downtown.

Stage review: 'White Christmas' pulses with comedy, colorful song-and-dance numbers.

The touring production at the Benedum Center wraps popular songs and big dance numbers in a shiny holiday package.

1 week ago


 Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin nail polish, $50 at Sephora.

Luxe holiday fashion looks for $100 or less

Here are some fashion-forward (and affordable!) looks to keep you in style from Thanksgiving through the Times Square ball drop and beyond.

1 week ago


Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Holiday shopping boot camp

We, the anti-consumerists, are losing the battles to curtail the consumerism that drives America, especially during the holiday season.

1 week ago


Heather Murray's Good Question: Smart ways to budget for holiday shopping

Individual consumers spent approximately $800 last year.

2 weeks ago


 Shoppers rush to grab electric griddles and slow cookers on sale for $8 shortly after the doors opened at a Las Vegas J.C. Penney store in November 2012.

Consumers, retailers seek remedies in battle with data thieves

Holiday shoppers should expect credit card breaches this season, but could be saved by new technology next year.

3 weeks ago


Holiday Herald: Transitions leave plenty for which to be thankful

How much more sand is left to run through my hourglass? Don’t know. One thing I do know is that on this Thanksgiving, I will give thanks.

3 weeks ago



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