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Many people charge into the New Year with a laundry list of resolutions only to quickly run out of steam, peter out and, by February, resume their normal routines. Here are a few helpful tips for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions and having the best year ever!

Start Small

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.

Keep It Simple

Sometimes people find themselves aiming for an overhaul of their entire lifestyle, and this is simply a recipe for

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Christmas is one of the biggest cooking days of the year. Whether they are having turkey, prime rib, ham, tofu or all of the above, many people like to go out on Christmas Eve so they don’t have to worry about putting together yet another homemade meal. Here are a few restaurant options for those of you in Palm Beach County looking to eat out on Christmas Eve.

Burt and Max’s

Burt and Max’s is open normal business hours on Christmas Eve, from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. On Christmas Day the restaurant is open from 1-8:30 p.m. Chef Patrick Broadhead is offering a la carte holiday specials, clam chowder ($9), burrata and tomatoes ($13), short ribs ($28), scallops ($31) — in addition to the regular menu. On Christmas Day the drinks from the bar are

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While most of us simply call it a “Christmas Tree,” the green thing in your living room, the one surrounded by all those pretty presents, is actually called an “Evergreen Fir.”

Evergreen Firs have traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. People traditionally used Evergreen Fir branches to decorate their homes during the Winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. And Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

Although history is not completely clear on the actual origin of the modern Christmas tree, Germany is generally credited with starting the tradition as we now know it

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For those in search of holiday fun, there are plenty of festive things to do in the Palm Beaches. Here are a few local events that you and your family are sure to enjoy:

Santa's Enchanted Forest

Located in the heart of Miami, Santa's Enchanted Forest is one of the most popular recuring holiday events in the state. Every year, Tropical Park is turned into a Winter Wonderland where the bright lights of the holiday season meet a carnival-like atmosphere for the ultimate holiday theme park. Santa's Enchanted Forest offers more than 100 attractions, rides, games, shows and all your favorite fair food. Santa's Enchanted Forest is currently open and runs through January 5th.

Sandi Land

For those that want to enjoy the feel and look of the holiday

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Mounts Botanical Garden is hosting its annual ‘12 sparkling evenings’ now through the 23rd and then again on the 26th through the 29th. This is a great event for the whole family where you can explore Mounts as it’s decorated with Christmas lights and other decorations.

Click here for tickets.

When: December 13-15, 19-23, and 26-29, 2019

6-8:30 pm (last entry at 8 pm; no rain dates)

$8 for Mounts members; $12.50 for nonmembers; $5 for children ages 5-12

Your ticket is good for ANY ONE DAY of the 12 days.

Where: Mounts Botanical Garden - 531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Mounts Botanical Garden

Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden with more than 2,000 species of

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 Bing Crosby said it best: “There’s no place like home for the holidays”. What about a new home for the holidays? If you’ve been looking for a new home in Palm Beach County now is a great time to get the house you’ve had your eye on.

Some folks think this time of year is not ideal with back to back holidays, family and traditions. However, other knowledgeable home buyers know that this is fantastic time to pick up great housing deals. According to the National Association of Realtors, real estate agents report that November through February is an opportunist chance to purchase real estate.  This time of year brings in buyers who know they’re in for an exciting deal by acquiring property when no one else considers the opportunity.

Amongst other

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Celebrate the holidays at Whitehall, Flagler Museum. Here's a chance to add another family-friendly activity to your holiday season.  Take a step back in time to holiday seasons in the 1900’s.  Whitehall is a 75-room Gilded Age mansion open to the public in Palm Beach. Located at 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, construction was completed in 1902.  The building is a major example of neoclassical Beaux Arts architecture designed by Carrere and Hastings for Mr. Flagler.  

Flagler was a prominent leader of industrialism in the late 19th century. Whitehall was to be a winter residence, and Henry gave it to his bride, Mary Lily, as a wedding gift.  He was also the foremost developer of South Florida as a vacation destination. The Whitehall building is listed as

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The 25th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is being held this Saturday! A fleet of decorated boats will travel along the Intracoastal Waterway from the North Palm Beach Marina to Jupiter. This is a great event for families looking to get festive and enjoy the cool weather while watching some beautiful, decorated boats float by as fireworks fly overhead.

Event Charity

In addition to a festive kick-off to the holiday season, the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is also a water-based toy drive. For 20 years, the parade has proudly partnered with the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots organization, collecting hundreds of thousands of unwrapped gifts for local kids in need. A "toy fleet" of boats with amber beacons and/or Toys for Tots signs will

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Like all modern holidays, Thanksgiving has changed and developed into the uniquely American tradition that we all love and enjoy so much today. There is a lot about Thanksgiving that you probably don’t know. Here are a few interesting facts to either intrigue or annoy your relatives on Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Also, did you know that turkey wasn't even served at the first Thanksgiving — and that the Pilgrims didn’t use forks because they weren’t invented yet? Impress your kids (and the in-laws!) with these crazy, yet true, fun facts about Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Led to The Creation of TV Diners

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Gather your friends, neighbors and family and head to Palm Beach Island to help start the holiday festivities.

The Flagler Museum: Sunday, December 1st
During the holiday season, The Flagler Museum decorates its first floor with holiday decorations through Christmas Day every year. The main focus is the giant 16-foot-tall Christmas Tree in the Grand Hall, decked out in colored lights and traditional Gilded Age-style ornaments. On Sunday, December 1st, the museum is starting its Christmas season and traditions. The events will begin at 2 pm with a special Christmas Lecture that will focus on holiday cookie baking followed by a Meet and Greet with Santa Claus, musical performances, Holiday Caroling in the Courtyard and a Tree Lighting just before 5 pm. The

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