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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Need to find your mom the perfect gift this year? We’re here to help! We put together a guide of amazing teas and unique gifts from Alabama small businesses (just like Piper & Leaf). Find the perfect present for the Mom in your life to show your appreciation for all she does.   For a Mom Far From Home Send her a reminder of Huntsville and let her know you’re thinking about her. These gifts will spark reminiscence of fond Rocket City memories. Huntsville Home Candles - $30.00 These fragrant soy candles by Alabama Goods are the perfect reminder of our great city. Each scent has been cultivated to capture the essence of a Huntsville location; the whole house will...

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Family Christmas Traditions: Santa Lucia Day

When my sisters and I read Kirsten's Surprise (an American Girls story about a pioneer girl from Sweden), we were inspired to recreate the Swedish tradition of Santa Lucia Day. Santa Lucia Day, also called St. Lucy's Day, is on December 13. It celebrates the legend of Saint Lucy bringing food to persecuted Christians in the catacombs during the 3rd century. Legend says that she carried candles in a wreath on her head, so that she could see while keeping her hands free to bring provisions. Because it used to be celebrated on the shortest day of the year, Santa Lucia Day has become a festival of lights. In Scandinavia, girls dress in white dresses with a white sash, with...

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