Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree in the Pittsburgh Area

Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree in the Pittsburgh Area

Nothing smells more like Christmas than the scent of a freshly cut tree, and for making holiday memories, nothing surpasses loading the family into the car and visiting a nearby tree farm or nursery to chop down your own tree. One thing to keep in mind when visiting a tree farm is to dress for the weather, paying special attention to footwear. You may want to wear

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Ethnic Holiday Traditions Pittsburgh-Style

Ethnic Holiday Traditions Pittsburgh-Style

Pittsburgh was diverse before that term became a buzz word. Early immigrants to the city primarily came from Europe, while today’s immigrants come from all over the world, making the city a proverbial melting pot. When new arrivals settled here, they were faced with a dilemma: how to assimilate yet retain a connection to the culture they had left behind. One way to preserve their

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Pittsburgh-Style Holiday Recipes

Pittsburgh-Style Holiday Recipes

Like most Pittsburghers, we at Popular Pittsburgh are a practical lot, interested in preparing delicious dishes with the least fuss and with ingredients that don’t require a loan from the bank. Thanksgiving is a well-known day for eating.  To help you prepare for your feast, we’ve included recipes for some essential dishes.  We’re giving you the easiest, tastiest, and most economical way to prepare them.

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Turkey Tips and the Legends and Lore of Thanksgiving Dinner!

Turkey Tips and the Legends and Lore of Thanksgiving Dinner!

Thanksgiving can be a confusing and overwhelming time when it comes to cooking. Luckily, you’re not alone when it comes to Thanksgiving cooking horror stories. For one Pittsburgher, the legend of the Paper Bag Turkey lives on. She decided to cook their turkey using the brown bag method for the first time. This method involves cooking the turkey in a brown paper bag and claims

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Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night

Pittsburgh's Light Up Night

As fall fades into winter, the hours of daylight grow short, and darkness appears to reign.  For millennia, people have been “racing against the dying of the light” by observing various festivals and religious holidays that center on light overcoming darkness.  The Romans celebrated Saturnalia; the Celts, the Winter Solstice; the Jews, Hanukkah; and the Christians, Christmas.  All of these observances have light as an

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A Special Memorial Day in Windber

A Special Memorial Day in Windber

It was a warm, bright morning on Memorial Day of 2014.  The sky was unblemished, and the inhabitants of Windber filled the streets waiting for their annual Memorial Day parade. More people than in past parades squeezed together on sidewalks and lined the streets that surged with excitement.  The parade would be different this year. Loud cracks of the snare drum snapped through the air,

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Haunted Pittsburgh: The Ghoul’s Guide to Haunting and Frightening

Haunted Pittsburgh: The Ghoul's Guide to Haunting and Frightening

After coming to Pittsburgh, many people fall in love with our city and never want to leave.  This seems to be true even after death! You may not know it, but Pittsburgh is packed with poltergeists.  In 2007, The Associated Press and Ipsos conducted a poll and found that one in three people believe in ghosts.  Had they asked Pittsburghers, they might have been surprised

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