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Shoppers return to malls, looking for deals

Steady crowds of shoppers across returned to malls across the country Saturday, rummaging through thinly stocked shelves hunting for deals, next year's Christmas gifts and, for most, gifts for themselves.

In the spirit of Christmas

Veterans’ families whose Christmas holiday looked bleak a few weeks ago were overwhelmed with donated gifts and food Wednesday from employees at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Navy veteran Sandy R. Avery was almost speechless as she and her five sons’ arms were loaded with gifts and a little cash.

Holiday drivers are unlikely to see more than light snow

The weather outlook through the Christmas holiday should be favorable for drivers across the Inland Northwest, with the exception of snow expected over the mountains of Northeast Washington and North Idaho through midday Wednesday. As colder temperatures arrive in the region, light snow may find its way to the lower elevations tonight, but accumulations are going to be light, forecasters said.

holiday journal

Embroider a child's drawing to create a personalized cover for a journal that tracks your family's holiday memories.

Spokane-area bakers share yule log tips

Even if the name of this traditional French dessert doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue, no one will mind. Bûche de Noël, the filled, rolled and decorated cake, makes an impressive centerpiece for any Christmas feast. One bite of the intense, decadent dessert and guests won’t care that your pronunciation was less than perfect.

The gift of giving

It's no secret that kids can't wait to receive gifts come Christmas, but how about giving them? Sometimes, as parents (and grandparents), we get so tickled about trying to find special presents for our little ones that we may forget to pass on the most important gift of all: the joy of giving.

Cooking up some gift ideas

Want a holiday gift that is sure to bring tidings of comfort and joy? A cookbook is always a welcome gift. The hardest part will be deciding which of the beautiful tomes released this year will look best under the tree. (Or, which one to put on your own Christmas list.) For help, we turned to Cathy Routen at Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown Spokane. Routen oversees the cookbooks section of the store and she loves talking about her favorites. Just ask. She gave us four recommendations, and we threw in a few more for good measure. And because ’tis the season for excess, we also chose a few recipes from the books for holiday cooking. “Mother’s Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again,” by Lisa Schroeder with Danielle Centoni

Times tough on holiday letter writers

I know what time it is. We’re eating Thanksgiving leftovers. The official holiday shopping season is launched. The ho-ho-ho songs are ringing forth from elevators, malls, radio stations and (I swear) oozing from our very pores. That can only mean one thing – it’s time to pen the annual holiday newsletter.

Help us find the lights

There’s nothing “lite” when it comes to holiday lights. Once again this season, folks across the region will be trying to outdo each other with the biggest, brightest outdoor decorations this side of the Vegas strip.

Pet owners plan to find purr-fect gift

LOS ANGELES – Dogs across the country can expect some bone-shaped presents under the Christmas tree this year. An Associated Press-Petside.com poll shows 52 percent of pet owners plan to buy their animals a holiday gift – up from 43 percent last year.

Thanksgiving Day kicks off with slew of parades

Giant balloons, floats, marching bands and clowns with confetti brought smiles to thousands of revelers today eager to catch a glimpse of a parade as steeped in Thanksgiving Day tradition as turkey and pumpkin pie.

Consumer group warns about toy hazards

Holiday shoppers should look out for toy hazards such as small parts, loud sounds, soft plastics and lead contamination, consumer advocates warned today.

Stores strategize in light of last year’s difficult holiday season

Retailers across the region have just one wish: Whatever else happens, please spare us a winter like last year. Consumers are still in a cautious state of mind, but store owners and managers say they’re going to work hard to get them to spend money over the next five weeks.

Hero Mail

Employees of Pitney Bowes in Spokane are collecting hand-written Christmas cards to send to US military and veterans for the holiday season.

Pitney Bowes workers salute troops with cards, display

Army veteran Mark Upmeyer took a break on Veterans Day on Wednesday to send a personal greeting to someone in the armed forces. “I’ve been in your shoes and respect and honor all you are doing,” he penned on a handmade card to be delivered during the holiday season through the American Red Cross.

Flag Retirement

From 2007 video archive: On Flag Day in Pullman, Wash., two generations of men and boys came together to honorably retire about 50 old, torn and weathered American flags. Members of the American Legion Post 52, Boys Scout Troop 477 and about two-dozen onlookers gathered around a bonfire in a field. Kind words about the flag's service were said and taps was played. After the solemn ceremony, each flag was then committed to the fire by teams of Boy Scouts who saluted their ashes.

Weekend craft fairs attract seasonal shoppers

Craft shows, the unofficial start of the holiday season, swelled to a crescendo Saturday, leaving tired shoppers recovering across the Inland Northwest. All together, more than 15 arts and crafts fairs dotted the region, ranging from big affairs, such as the two-day Central Valley High School craft fair, to the folksy Millwood Presbyterian Church crafts and bake sale.