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It’s time for presents and celebration.

Yes, Christmas is not far off and New Year's Day is not too far behind.

But all of the holiday cheer can lead to some stressful times.

Still there are things you can do to handle that stress.

Maryland News Connection’s Veronica Carter prepared this report.

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It's a time for giving many presents this time of year. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes the best gift of all is to give of yourself.


By Charles Dickens

Adapted for the Radio by T. Paul Pfeiffer and the Salisbury University Radio Theatre Class Fall, 2015

Dramatis Personae

Narrators: a collection of trade’s people from various levels of Cheapside. These are characters which appear, as they might, among a crowd in the neighbourhood or in a place of business. Through these witnesses we learn our story. Principally, they are:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State House is being decorated with Christmas trees representing all 24 of the state's jurisdictions.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's office says garden clubs from around the state are delivering and decorating a Christmas tree from their city or county. The office says the governor, his wife and the lieutenant governor are giving certificates of appreciation and Christmas ornaments to each club.

The decorating started Monday and continues Tuesday.

Ocean City is expected to be all aglow with the 23rd  Winterfest of Lights that will be lit come November 19th.

The event will feature the Winterfest Express that carries visitors through a mile-long ride with animated lights and displays.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it even includes “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

There will be heated pavilion along with a place to get some hot chocolate and time to peruse the Yukon Conelius Gift Shop.

The opening ceremony on November 19th will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Northside Park’s Winterfest Village.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man says he's devastated after a luxury hotel thwarted his plan to give five homeless people a warm bed and a hot shower on Christmas night
Matt Senge of Newark tells WDEL-AM that he booked a two-bedroom suite at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington for $639 on Christmas, and told hotel managers and the reservation clerk about the gift.

Families are gathering for the Christmas holidays. And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that it is a time to treasure what we have and to remember what we've lost.

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will suspend most highway work zones for several days over Christmas.

VDOT says the goal is to limit congestion and provide as many travel lanes as possible.

VDOT will lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon December 24 to noon Dec. 26. It will also lift the closures from noon on Dec. 31 to noon on Jan. 1.

Don Rush

BALTIMORE (AP) - Record numbers of Maryland residents are expected to travel for the year-end holidays due in part to lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 2.1 million Maryland residents are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the holidays. That would be a 4.6 percent increase over last year's holiday travel.

AAA says the three key factors driving an increase in travel are stronger consumer confidence, lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window.

Christmas After Newtown

Dec 21, 2012
George Merrill

In the wake of the killing of 20 children and six adults including the principal at Newtown Elementary School by a gunman, Delmarva Public Radio's essayist George Merrill ponders the impact of this loss as we mark the holiday season.