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Like a snowball, it keeps growing

“It got so big so fast,” says Leslie Schwartz of the Artisan Boutique known for some of the best holiday shopping in Chesapeake Country.
    From an artsy at-home fundraiser for a woman debilitated by Lou Gehrig’s disease, the ALS Artisan Boutique has gotten out of hand.
    It quickly outgrew Schwartz’s house, finally landing at the Crowne Plaza hotel adjacent to Westfield Mall.
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Celebrate the season with festive illuminations

Christmas may be our most well-lit holiday, and rightly so. Our ancestors celebrated light and fires this time of year as the days grew shorter and darker.

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The Messiah can’t be sung just once

Competing voices sing Handel’s Messiah to the heavens in Annapolis, at sites only a few blocks from each other.
    This weekend will be the 70th anniversary of the Naval Academy’s presentation of the Messiah, which includes 120 Midshipmen in the chorus, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the roster of the Metropolitan Opera.
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This quarter-mile walk dazzles all ages

My daughter was little when I first took her to Annmarie Gardens for their Holiday Light Show. There are few sweeter memories than her bundled up in a puffy winter coat, fluffy hat and scarf and rainbow-striped gloves. Her eyes lit up as she got her first peek at the magical forest. In the art center, we were wowed by the colorful and artsy holiday trimmings both on exhibit and for sale.
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A lot of ego sparks the famous boat parade on Ego Alley

“It started as a silly dare,” explains long-timer Pete Chambliss of the phenomenon that’s become the Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade. What would Christmas in Annapolis be without it?
    Thirty-four years ago, the parade was a handful of boaters singing Christmas carols whilst cruising down Ego Alley with a string of fairy lights attached to their boats.
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Luminaries and a parade boats light up Solomons Christmas Walk

When Solomons Islanders see Boy Scouts by the dozens running up and down the street, they know the Christmas season has begun.
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Still dazzling after 35 years

Let me describe the spirit of Christmas: It’s the wonder in a child’s eyes when Scrooge talks to them as they wait in line November 19 with their parents for a ticket to Colonial Players’ 35-year Annapolis holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol. It’s another child’s giddy excitement when Ebeneezer pulls them from the audience to dance as he joyfully transforms from cold-hearted humbug to warm, genial benefactor....

He has many faces; here you’ll see some

What do children love most about Christmas? I’m betting it’s Santa Claus, the portly guy in the red suit who builds toys in the North Pole each year, then delivers them to well-behaved children on Christmas Eve.
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Venison is benison to area food banks

If you’re a hunter, Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving can’t hold a candle to the next day, Buck Fever Saturday.
    As hunters prepare for their favorite time of year, one Maryland organization takes advantage of the frenzy to put food on the table of hungry families. Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry helps hunters donate their harvested deer to area food banks.
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Give, and good comes back to you

It’s the season of giving, when our grateful hearts yearn to reach out to help one another. Yet the number of Americans volunteering annually is declining, leaving non-profit organizations scrambling to meet the needs of their communities.
    How can you turn your gratitude into action? Join the ranks of the 6,000 Anne Arundel Countians registered as potential volunteers with the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center.
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