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Taking the Kids — and rethinking holiday eats
The patio at the award-winning Botika, San Antonio

Taking the Kids — and rethinking holiday eats

Many families, it seems, are forgoing the traditional home-cooked holiday feast for a restaurant or, like Claridge, a different sort of family celebration. It may be the first year after a divorce or death in the family or simply the desire to do something different.

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In Denver: learning to make tamales for the holidays
The tamales are ready to eat

In Denver: learning to make tamales for the holidays

Tamales are a traditional holiday treat in a lot of the American Southwest and South of the Border. I've loved them since I was a kid growing up in Texas. But I never knew how to make them.

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Taking the Kids — 12 places to see the holiday lights
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Taking the Kids — 12 places to see the holiday lights

Cities, towns and hotels, just like many families, are getting themselves holiday-ready earlier and earlier, kicking of the season with holiday tree lightings starting Thanksgiving weekend.

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Fun and festivals without the stress – the holidays in Orlando
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Fun and festivals without the stress – the holidays in Orlando

Welcome to the holidays—Orlando Style. The best part: You don’t have to wait until Christmas week to celebrate since Orlando’s seven famous theme parks and attractions celebrate for 59 days at 20 festive events

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Taking the Kids — and gawking at giant gingerbread creations
Broadmoor chefs Douglas Slape and Erin McIllwain at work on the gingerbread chapel

Taking the Kids — and gawking at giant gingerbread creations

Wherever you find yourself this holiday season, you are likely to discover ever bigger and elaborate gingerbread structures to inspire your home creations

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Building a gingerbread chapel at the historic Broadmoor Resort in CO
Broadmoor chefs Douglas Slape and Erin McIllwain at work on the gingerbread chapel

Building a gingerbread chapel at the historic Broadmoor Resort in CO

The Broadmoor Resort's 17-foot high gingerbread house this year is a replica of the Pauline Chapel, due west of the sprawling resort that was completed in 1919 by the owner of the resort, Spencer Penrose, for his wife Julie as a place of reflection

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The Holidays at Denver’s Historic Brown Palace Hotel
The historic Brown Palace Hotel in Denver

The Holidays at Denver’s Historic Brown Palace Hotel

For many Denver families, the holidays include a visit to the historic Brown Palace Hotel to see the extravagant Christmas lights, enjoy a sumptuous tea under the holiday lights or do Breakfast with Santa.

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Holidays in a hotel? Relax and avoid family stress
Denver Marriott West

Holidays in a hotel? Relax and avoid family stress

This year, we’re not home for the holidays but we’re not guests or hosts. As the Thanksgiving holiday coincided with a family Bat Mitzvah in Denver, we’re comfortably ensconced at the Marriott Denver West Hotel

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