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What day is Mardi Gras this year?

New Orleans is ready to celebrate Mardi Gras 2018 and that means thousands of revelers will fill the streets in the French Quarter in New Orleans for one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Mardi Gras is the official celebration held the day before Lent begins.  The celebrations...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 9:52am

What is closed on Martin Luther King Day?: Banks, schools, post office and more

Figuring out which federal holidays you get off of work and which you don’t is confusing enough to make you need that extra day of rest. While we’ll leave that one to you and your employer, when it comes to the question what is closed on Martin Luther King Day, we’ve got you...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 2:45pm

The Foreman Forecast: Resolutionary times

Across this great nation, millions of people are standing in front of mirrors considering goals for the coming year: Skinnier waist? Fatter wallet? More time with friends? Less time with fries? The result will be a host of resolutions launched like North Korean missiles on Jan. 1, which will...

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 1:42pm

What is the MTA's schedule for Christmas weekend?

As Christmas draws ever closer, you may be wondering how you’re going to get around New York City during the long holiday weekend if you're staying in town. You need look no further because here’s what you can expect for the subway, buses, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North,...

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 2:36pm

Holiday tips for parents

Just about every family has holiday traditions they hold near and dear, many of which began when they were children. “Bringing some positive family time into the mix and giving kids something they can look forward to and something they can participate in is something that is important to...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 5:06am

How to survive the holidays with your family

The holidays, as you may well know, can be a warzone for many families, maybe now more than ever. But fear not, dear reader, we’re arming you with tools to diffuse any situation — from avoiding politics as you eat your roast beast (or beets) to Mom and Dad bulldozing over your...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 5:06am

How to avoid holiday scams

For many people, the holiday season is a great time to give back. Unfortunately, that also means scammers are ready and waiting to take advantage of the holiday generosity. Metro spoke with Michael Osakwe from consumer info site NextAdvisor for tips on how to avoid holiday scams so your charity...

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 3:47pm

Ivanka Trump tweets 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas' and Twitter has something to say about it

Ivanka Trump may be winning Trump's "War on Christmas." She recently tweeted “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” President Trump’s advisor and the first daughter tweeted a photo of herself with guests standing in front of a Christmas tree and...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 5:17pm

8 facts about the 8 days of Hanukkah

Is it us or does Hanukkah seem to get overshadowed by the hubbub surrounding Christmas? Since this year’s eight-day celebration begins on Dec. 12, we’re here with eight facts you might not know about the Festival of Lights. The holiday concludes on Dec. 20. 1. It is not “...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 4:47pm

Give the gift of education this holiday season

Now is the time of year that most people are freaking out and scrambling to find the perfect gifts for the holiday season. Sure, you could give some expensive gadget that will just be outdated by next season. But what about giving the gift of learning a skill that they can use forever?  The...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:05pm

What in the world is Festivus and when is it?

This holiday season you probably fall into one of two camps: Those asking when is Festivus, and those now wondering what is Festivus. If you’re simply trying to remember the date of this wacky secular holiday, you’re probably old enough to remember Seinfeld. If you’re not quite...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:14pm

Holiday music is bad for your mental health, says science

Good news: Science has reaffirmed that you're not a sociopath in December, just a sentient human being with the power of hearing. Psychologists have found that holiday music can negatively impact your mental health. It has to do with the "mere exposure effect," which is a term for...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 4:47pm

Your Christmas tree could be infested by 25,000 bugs

If you’re bringing home a real Christmas tree this year — which the National Christmas Tree Association says is a must — you could also be bringing unwanted insects into your home…by the thousands. According to a report from pest control company Safer Brand, your...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 9:24pm

Computer glitch approves all American Airlines pilots holiday PTO

Because airlines have had a phenomenal 2017, what with all the assaults on passengers and dead animals, here’s what Twitter user Tony Posnanski called “the perfect ending to 2017.” A glitch in the computer system allowed all American Airlines pilots to take Christmas vacation all...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 6:12pm

11 Ugly Hanukkah sweaters to buy right now

Whether it’s dressing in festive colors, getting cozy in our favorite winter pajamas with a cup of hot cocoa or throwing on those frighteningly fantastic ugly sweaters we hold so dear, it’s important to let the world know we’re down to embrace the impending New Year in style....

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 10:41am

Ride into the past with the MTA Holiday Nostalgia Train

The holiday train. The vintage cars. The MTA holiday train. The shopper’s special. Whatever you call it, it’s back, but this year, with a celebratory twist. Ride back in time as you travel along the F subway line on the Holiday Nostalgia Train. Typically, the train runs from Queens to...

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 1:03pm

Have a happy 'holidayoncé' with Beyoncé's latest merch

Last year, my co-worker wore the most killer Christmas sweater. It was a knit spoof of Kim Kardashian’s #breaktheinternet photo, except Santa's posterior was poised to catch milk (and cookies) instead of champagne. Beyoncé must have heard the buzzing in the Beyhive, because this holiday...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:11pm

Surviving the first week of a new diet

Surviving the first week of a new diet It may be sweater season, but the turkey won’t un-stuff itself. The nation’s biggest drinking day (Wednesday) and overeating bonanza (Thursday) are behind us, and the mirror may be reflecting it. Sure, there are still more holiday gatherings on...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 11:11am

Boston startup lets you personalize your holiday cards with voice recordings

Want to make your holiday cards extra-unique this year, but don’t have a crafty bone in your body? Don't worry, a Boston startup is here to help. LiziCards, a Boston-based greeting card company, launched Monday with the aim to change how people pick out and send off cards for all...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 2:03pm

Macy's Christmas Windows: When they open, what to expect and how to get a good view

On Thursday, November 16, get ready to be wowed by Macy’s Christmas windows at Herald Square. Each year, Macy’s kicks off the holiday season by unveiling its iconic and magical Christmas window display for everyone to enjoy. During peak hours, the Herald Square location can have more...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:27pm