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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

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Zoo reindeer celebrate holidays, too

Published Wednesday, Dec. 15

Although most of us likely have red noses at this time of year, none of the reindeer at Milwaukee County Zoo boasts such a feature. But that doesn't mean it's not worth bundling up and braving the cold this holiday season to visit the distant relatives of Santa's sled-team. Buy them a present using the zoo's Giving Tree, too, while you're there.

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Celebrate a lesser-known winter holiday

Published Thursday, Dec. 16

When people speak of "the December holidays" they are usually referring to Christmas and Hanukkah. However, there are a variety of lesser-known celebrations that fall from early December to mid-January.

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Life of a mall Santa is no sleigh ride

Published Friday, Dec. 17

This is a story about Santa. Not the Santa, but a Santa. This is not the Santa who lives in the North Pole and ate the cookies you left out when you were a kid. No, this is a different Santa. A Santa eating a roast beef sandwich from the food court on his lunch break.

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Native American traditions and yoga combine for a holistic holiday

Published Saturday, Dec. 18

With all the hustle and bustle involved with the holiday season, it's easy to lose sight of why we're doing it all. Dennis Hawk, a Native American spiritual teacher and yoga workshop leader, seeks to help others reconnect with the natural world with his unique teachings.

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Christmas is a great time to buy into charity

Published Saturday, Dec. 18

Tis the season for good tidings & cheer. It's also the season of giving. If you're stuck in a mall-rat rut, give a charitable donation a try in the name of those you love.

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Uncorking holiday feast wine advice

Published Monday, Dec. 20

You've got enough to think about when planning your holiday dinner, right? Now you've got to think about the wine, too?! No worries, because OnMilwaukee.com has consulted some local oenophiles, sommeliers and wine experts to help you make easy, informed, good wine selections for the holidays.

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Stock up on adult stocking stuffers

Published Monday, Dec. 20

There are a million jokes that could be cracked around the concept of an "adult stocking stuffer" and it turns out, in many cases, these gifts are on the sassy side, so you better put on your PG-13 goggles if you plan to keep reading.

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An old school OnMilwaukee.com jingle

Published Friday, Dec. 24

"My Favorite Things," a song you often hear during Christmas time, reminds me of one of the very first OnMilwaukee.com radio spots.

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Cheesy Christmas sweaters are bad fashion, good party starter

Published Tuesday, Dec. 28

Cheesy Christmas sweater parties are quickly becoming the best way to celebrate the holidays with your friends on a cold winter's night. Because while they may be sins against fashion, sweaters are warm and therefore perfect for Wisconsin in December.

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Jetsetting Milwaukeeans avoid the holiday hoopla

Published Friday, Nov. 25

Milwaukee has lots of holiday cheer to offer, but for some, it's also just as great of a time to get the heck out of here. Meet numerous Milwaukeeans who won't be spending the holidays at home.

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Fashionable holiday gifting is in the bag

Published Friday, Nov. 25

Accessories are not only an obsession, but also a profession for Milwaukee native Jodi Been. Doing what she loves, this style guru - now living in Los Angeles - has made retail coup d'état, turning her passion for jewelry and purses into two lines of designer handbags ready for gifting this holiday season.

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Spicing up the holidays

Published Monday, Nov. 28

Let's talk about stocking stuffers. Are you in a rut? Is all the fun over after you bite off the chocolate Santa's head? Can we describe your holiday socks as B-O-R-I-N-G?

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Sometimes, a tree is just a tree

Published Wednesday, Nov. 30

It seems like every year we have this bogus semantic debate about the marketing of Christmas. Or the holidays. Whatever. And every year, I roll my eyes and ask, "Haven't we got more important things to think about?"

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Experience the holidays at an East Side beacon

Published Thursday, Dec. 1

The North Point Lighthouse in Lake Park is an East Side landmark and before the light was extinguished, the rotating beacon was as much a part of the neighborhood evening as the lakefront foghorn. This weekend, the renovated lighthouse and keeper's station host a pair of events.

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A few of my favorite Milwaukee things

Published Friday, Dec. 2

We all know Milwaukee is the best city to live in. I also nominate it for one of the best cities to gift from. There are only a few weeks to go before bows are hastily torn from thoughtfully chosen tokens, so here are some local gift ideas I have personally experienced that are sure to make your loved ones gasp with joy upon ripping them open.