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Water Cooler: Refresh your space for your 2021 resolutions

The most anticipated new year is upon us. One way you can greet it is to refresh your space so that it better serves your upcoming goals and aspirations. Although most are crossing their fingers to not spend as much time at home in the coming year, this year has been a lesson in how our space and how we operate within it can affect our lives. With that and New Year’s resolutions in mind, here are a few ways to get started in making your space more functional, enjoyable and intentional.

Holiday viewing: Cue up one of these top-grossing Christmas films

Chances are high you and your family have a list of must-watch holiday films. You might watch one or two a week beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Maybe you watch as many Hallmark movies as you can each year, or perhaps you turn the television to TBS and watch the 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon.

Water Cooler: Family Christmas trivia

If you need to spark a little conversation with your family or friends this holiday weekend, and are brave enough to spur a bit of friendly competition, try your hand at Christmas trivia. Use these questions and make a few of your own if you like. Winner takes the presents.

Water Cooler: Christmas movies on Kanopy

There is still time to sneak in a few Christmas movies before the holiday is upon us. Here are a few offbeat, entertaining and informative recommendations to add to your holiday viewing. Stream them for free at All you need to register for an account is a local library card.

Dad Daze: My four children’s photos with Santa Claus are priceless

I was only 7 years old when I realized that there was no Santa Claus. After I rattled off a list of cool presents – a new baseball glove, a bike and a little brother – to St. Nick, I followed my mother around the corner where she was paying a bill at the grand Lit Brothers department store in downtown Philadelphia.

More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant

BERLIN — A growing list of European Union nations and Canada barred travel from the U.K. on Sunday and others were considering similar action, in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading to the continent.

Birx travels, family visits highlight pandemic safety perils

WASHINGTON – As COVID-19 cases skyrocketed before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, warned Americans to “be vigilant” and limit celebrations to “your immediate household.”

US airport traffic rising despite holiday travel warnings

SAN RAMON, Calif. – More than 1 million people have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints in each of the past two days in a sign that public health pleas to avoid holiday travel are being ignored, despite an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.

It is lit! Holiday lights displays in town

We asked The Spokesman-Review readers to tell us about their favorite holiday lights displays, and here is what they’ve shared with us so far. Do you have a favorite holiday lights display that’s missing from our list? Go to to enter an address. While you’re there, you can plot your own holiday lights tour.

Water Cooler: Holiday kids reads

If your little ones find themselves in need of a break from playing in the snow – or time for their boots and gloves to dry out – here are some holiday season reads to keep them busy. “Santa Rex,” written by Molly Idle – Calling all dinosaur lovers. Discover how festive a T. Rex can really be.

Water Cooler: Virtual holiday light displays

Spokane has gorgeous holiday light displays at favorite local spots like Riverfront Park and Manito Park, as well as plenty of local residents who decorate their yards. That said, if you are stuck home with the travel bug, get out of the Inland Northwest and enjoy these virtual holiday light displays and celebrations from across the nation.