AOA is getting ready for its annual (not so) long winter's nap. So here are a few things from this holiday season, and those past. We also have some interesting stuff lined for later this week!
+ The first Christmas card in the US was printed in Albany, as was the first advertisement featuring Santa.
+ The poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas -- you know, "'Twas the night before Christmas and..." -- first appeared in 1823 in The Troy Sentinel.
+ Ask AOA: Good local charities for donations?
+ Great local foods to bring to holiday gatherings (from 2010, but many still apply).
+ Ask AOA: How to get rid of a Christmas tree? (2011)
Holiday wish lists from this year:
+ Albany Jane from Albany Eats
+ AOA contributor Casey Normile
+ "Temporary" Lark Street resident Bill Pettit
+ Laura Glazer from Hello Pretty City
+ Man about Troy Duncan Crary
+ Laura McCarthy from Audubon New York
+ The Albany Society for the Advance of Philanthropy's Jim Larson
+ Jenny Witte from Mamatoga
+ Deanna Fox from Silly Goose Farm
+ Storyteller and photographer Tim Dawkins
+ YNN anchor lady Kate Welshofer and AnchorCat Brian Williams
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