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MyAJC Holiday Guide

Theater

Farmers market gifts
Jonathan Phillips

Farmers markets give holidays a personal touch

Shopping for unique, maybe even personalized, gifts for family and friends this holiday season? Look no further than your local neighborhood farmers market.

You can shop for gifts, clothes and decorations, as well as dinner, at this home-grown alternative to the shopping mall.

While you’re there, you’ll meet the people who made your gifts.

If your holidays are feeling a little impersonal, talking with these people who love what they do just could rekindle your holiday spirit.

» Plan your holidays: Holiday theatrical productions | Music events | Things to do with the kids | Holiday light shows

» Our Holiday Guide

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Holiday lights

Garden Lights
Ben Gray

The Garden glows with the allure of Ice Goddess

She cuts a sleek figure on a chilly autumn night, even if she is 25 feet tall.

Her tresses highlighted in violet, turquoise and white lights and her face spotlighted like a Hollywood starlet, Ice Goddess coolly presides over the flowing waterfalls and spurting fountains of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Cascades Garden, framed by a grove of white-lit Ice Trees.

Wait, you might say if you were one of more than 210,000 guests who attended the garden’s hit summer exhibit, “Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life.” Wasn’t the largest of that exhibit’ s topiary-like sculptures called Earth Goddess?

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Books

Give the gift of books this year

Give the gift of books this year

It’s old news now: E-books have usurped the old-fashioned bound volumes of paste and paper we once knew and still love. But try telling that to your coffee table. It still cries out for that hefty, oversized tome of text and photos that proudly displays its owner’s taste and interests. Here are some of our favorite coffee-table books this year, along with a couple of smaller books that also make good gift options.

» MORE: Picture books for little readers

Arts & crafts markets

Holiday markets
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Holidays bring arts, crafts festivals

Some gifts are soon forgotten or disappear into a drawer or closet as they mix with what’s already there.

Other gifts outlast forgetfulness because the recipient knows they are one of a kind or handmade, or is aware you had to go the extra mile to find it.

If you are looking for unique gifts or one-of-a-kind decorations this year, try one of these coming events:


Holiday shipping

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Kent D. Johnson

The shipping news for holiday packages

Shopping for gifts is only part of holiday gift giving. Another key piece, particularly for people with out-of-town family and friends, is getting your gifts to the recipient on time. Whether you shop online or buy gifts and ship them yourself, here’s your guide to getting it all there before Christmas.

» VIDEO: Amazon teams up with USPS

» ALSO: Postal Service reports $5B loss

Music

Holiday Music in Atlanta: December 2013

“Swingin’ with the Santas” with Francine Reed & The Brent Runnels TrioDate: 4 p.m. December 1Description: The performance will feature jazz singer Francine Reed with The Brent Runnels Trio in a program of Christmas favorites.Venue: Oglethorpe University Museum of ArtCost: $10 admission / free for OUMA members and with a Petrel Pass. 4484 Peachtree Rd.


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