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Some Like it Short

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December 21, 2021

What is a solstice? December 21st is the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year. After this, each following day will be longer than the previous one. This will go on until the days are of equal length. When days are ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Christmas, Dombeya, Equinox, Jacquemontia, Long Day, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Photoperiodism, Poinsettia, Short-day, Solstice
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Saving up for the holidays

December 8, 2020

Throughout the year, I collect pinecones, acorns, grasses, and seedpods in my yard and on hikes (where permitted). However, in the fall I really step up my activity. Mother nature is drying some of them for me this time of year and I love ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Central Florida, Christmas, Decor From The Garden, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Gardening, Holiday, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polkgardening, Polkmg
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The holidays will be different this year – here’s how to cope

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November 17, 2020

The holidays often bring a sense of joy, but not without stress for most families. The hustle and bustle, gift buying and meal preparation can be overwhelming. But this year, with challenges including COVID-19, stress may reach an all-time high. UF/IFAS ... READ MORE

Category: Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Christmas, Covid-19, Covid19, Family, Relationships, Self Care, Stress, Stress Management, Thanksgiving, Travel, Youth And Community Sciences
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Pre-Holiday Stress: A Remedy to Consider

December 9, 2019

December can be a time of busyness and stress. How easy it is to get totally “wrapped up” (so to speak) in holiday projects and plans! One of the best antidotes to pre-holiday stress is to spend a bit of time outdoors in a natural setting. Scientific ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Recreation,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Christmas, Holidays, Horticultural Therapy, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Nature, Plants, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Stress
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Deck the Halls Safely this Christmas

December 2, 2019

Article and audio introduction by Samantha Kennedy, Family and Consumer Sciences One of the most iconic symbols of the holidays here in Wakulla County and around the world is the Christmas tree. Each year, millions of people set up and ... READ MORE

Category: Home Management, Relationships & Family, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Christmas, Christmas Tree Safety, Families & Consumers, Family And Consumer Sciences, Personal Safety, Safety, Trees, Wakulla, Wakulla Extension

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