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Holiday treasures: Favorite ornaments remind us of loved ones and special times

These trinkets are well-loved, even if – in some cases – only the memory of them remains.

Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media

Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, …

Harrowing tree-hunting trip nearly ends in tragedy

What started as a trip into the mountains of eastern Bingham County to find a Christmas tree almost ended in tragedy.

Paul Turner: Your Christmas tree can’t protect itself from your newly adopted cat

For some cats, Christmas trees act as a powerful hallucinogenic. Though not always. Not every time. Usually just before you hear a loud crash in the living room and your …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 7:57 p.m.

New York City’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree goes up

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is in place and will soon be strung with 50,000 lights as one of New York City’s star holiday attractions, a gift from a same-sex …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

What’s in the Amazon box? Maybe a real 7-foot Christmas tree

Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep. Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year.

Editorial: Christmas Day unites spirits of Americans

(Editor’s note: These are the remarks of President Lyndon B. Johnson at the lighting of the nation’s Christmas Tree in 1963):

After the lights dim, Rockefeller Christmas trees still give

Old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees never really die, they just get built into the wall frames and floor supports of affordable homes.

79-foot Montana Christmas tree lit outside US Capitol

A Christmas tree that was transported more than 3,600 miles from Montana’s Kootenai National Forest has been lit on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Trump lights National Christmas Tree for 1st time

Ringing in the holidays for the first time from Washington, President Donald Trump lit the National Christmas Tree Thursday evening, wishing the country “a Merry Christmas” – as he vowed …

Reader photo: Holiday twist to ‘tree skiing’

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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Lights, songs and Santa steal the show at annual Christmas tree lighting

Singing a medley of carols at the base of a 50-foot Christmas tree, the Christian Youth Theater’s quartet evoked the yuletide spirit of hundreds at Riverpark Square on Friday night.

Hunt for next Idaho Capitol Christmas Tree falters

Idaho officials are facing some early holiday pressure to avoid ending up with a sad and scraggly Charlie Brown type Christmas tree in front of the Statehouse this winter.

Kootenai National Forest will provide the 2017 Capitol Christmas tree

The Kootenai National Forest in Western Montana will provide the 2017 Capitol Christmas tree.

How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Spokane, Kootenai counties

Christmas is over, presents have been exchanged and now the Christmas tree is dropping needles everywhere. What’s a person to do?

A fake fir for Christmas brings plenty of good cheer

Breaking their sacred vows, the Clark family buckles and buys a fake Christmas tree … and they love it.

How Dan Campbell’s Christmas tree grew into a symbol of hope and honor

A series of accidents has kept Dan Campbell’s Christmas tree a little less luminous this year and have tested the 78-year-old’s resolve.

Iraqi businessman erects tallest Christmas tree in Baghdad

A Muslim businessman says he has erected the tallest Christmas tree in Baghdad as a show of solidarity with Christians during the holiday season.

Front Porch: Live vs. fake tree debate extended another year

Dazzled, I gazed at the 7-foot pine trimmed with glittering lights that switched from colored to white with the flip of a switch.

This house plant makes an alternative Christmas tree

Many dwellers of small apartments or condos face an annual problem in December: What do we do about the Christmas tree? Do we take out the odd chair or end …

Gardening: Search for the perfect fir at local tree farms

Recent snow and cold temperatures have kicked off the Great Tree Hunt for Christmas with style.

Christmas tree from Idaho forest arrives at nation’s capital

Gary Amoth backed his 105-foot-long red truck next to the sidewalk of the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and dropped off a very special delivery: a monster-sized Christmas tree …

Capitol Christmas tree will make Veterans Day stop in Coeur d’Alene

The Capitol Christmas tree will make a stop in Coeur d’Alene during its 2,000-mile trip to Washington, D.C.

Doug Clark: I’m branching out with a stabby Christmas tree

In which Doug Clark and family go for a blue spruce Christmas tree this year.

Donation puts lights on Spokane Valley Christmas tree

Modern Electric Water Co. donated $1,200 for new lights and decorations for the artificial Christmas tree in the U-City parking lot.

Spin Control: By any name, it’s a very hopeful scene

OLYMPIA – ’Tis the night before Christmas, plus about 18, and all through the statehouse not a creature is stirring with complaints about how Washington is waging war on the …

Spokane Valley Christmas tree stays aglow with volunteers

It’s that dreaded moment when you flip the switch to turn on the holiday lights and nothing happens. A group of dedicated Rotary Club of Spokane Valley volunteers worked for …

WSU researcher trying to get to root of Christmas tree rot

Christmas trees are rotting in the ground across the Pacific Northwest because of a Grinch-like fungal disease that researchers from WSU and other universities will begin trying to combat. Gary …

Man holds yule tree barbecue

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews had a Christmas in June moment this last week. One of the 218 calls received in the week of June 23-29 involved a man doing …

Homing pigeons deliver wish lists to Santa

When Brandon Michielli was considering opening a Christmas tree lot this year, he thought about what he could do to be different from the numerous other tree lots that dot …