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Sunday December 1, 2013

There are so many great things to do around town during the holiday season. As such, there's no way I can do them all. That's why I need your help. I am looking for photos of holiday events all over the Memphis area. Did you take some cool pictures at Starry Nights? Maybe you snapped some photos at an area Christmas parade? Or how about a shot of Santa at the mall?

Whatever holiday pictures you've taken around town, I want to see them. Just send them to me in an email and let me know where they were taken and that I have your permission to post them on About.com. I can't wait to see your photos!

Photo from Bellevue's Singing Christmas Tree, © Audrey Turner

A Giving Tree

Friday November 29, 2013

I think most of us feel a little more generous this time of year. Or maybe it's just that we see the need at Christmastime more than we do throughout the other months of the year. Whatever the reason, a lot of people are still looking for ways to give to those in need this Christmas.

One program that has been distributing gifts to needy children and the elderly for years is the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. The way it works is easy. Just stop by the Oak Court Mall, Wolfchase Galleria, Carrefour at Kirby Woods, or the Hickory Ridge Mall and choose an angel from the Angel Tree. Each angel has information about the needy recipient including clothing sizes and one wish.

If you're out doing some post-Thanksgiving shopping anyway, why not take a minute and adopt an angel?

Photo by Flickr user littlerottenrobin, Creative Commons License

Black Friday in Memphis

Monday November 25, 2013

I know some people (and I'm not naming any names) who take Black Friday very seriously. For some of these folks, Thanksgiving Day is simply the Thursday before Black Friday. For others, Thanksgiving is an actual nuisance because it interferes with the planning, plotting, and preparatory sleeping that needs to occur in advance of Black Friday. I'm sure these folks are thrilled that so many stores are opening on Thanksgiving evening this year.

While I don't happen to be a Black Friday shopper, the truth of the matter is, there are some great deals to be had as long as you are willing to sacrifice a lot of time and a little sanity to get them.

With that in mind, I spoke with some of those die hard Black Friday shoppers who graciously offered their insight and experiences. From there, I assembled some tips and strategies to help you make the most of this nearly-official shopping holiday. From chasing down the ads to chasing down the deals, here are the best ways to plan for Black Friday in Memphis.

Things To Do on Thanksgiving Day

Saturday November 23, 2013

For many families, Thanksgiving afternoon and evening is rather anticlimactic. The food has been eaten, friends have gone home, and Grandpa is dozing in front of the T.V. while the football game blares in the background. If this sounds like Thanksgiving at your place, don't worry, there are still plenty of things to do in Memphis when dinner is over.

  • Zoo on Ice and Zoo Lights -- Head down to the Memphis Zoo from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy the holiday lights and Memphis' only outdoor ice skating rink.
  • Huey's -- Three Huey's locations will be open on Thanksgiving evening if you need a drink or a late night bite to eat (think burgers, not turkey).
  • Shopping -- Although the real shopping begins on Friday, some stores (including Toys 'R Us) will be open on Thanksgiving evening so you can get your shopping started early.
  • Movies -- Movie theaters are one of the few places open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas and catching the latest flick can be a nice way to relax at the end of a busy holiday.
  • Bowling -- Work off some of that turkey dinner with a game or two of bowling. This is a fun activity for the whole family.

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