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This year has seen a ton of fantastic local records perfect for gift-giving -- just check the tags on this post for a few suggestions on acts to look for. And for further specifics, click here.

Meanwhile, the annual "alternative" musical gift guide is coming on Dec. 14. Check previous years' installments here.

Ready or not: Christmas

With the Raleigh Christmas Parade and Trans-Siberian Orchestra's annual Triangle visitation both happening on Saturday, it's time to face the music: Premature though it is, the holiday season is well and truly upon us. But Thanksgiving is still six days off! So let's not let go of our grumptitude just yet. Sing it, Brother Tom.

Christmas tree fire demo

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Cary Fire Education Specialist Kathy Ellis demonstrates how quickly a poorly maintained holiday tree can ignite. (Staff video by Corey Lowenstein)

Christmas comes but once a year -- and goes on for two months...

Yes, I'm rather dismayed that we're running holiday preview stuff in today's paper -- 13 days before Thanksgiving, for cryin' out loud -- because I'm not ready for the season to start yet, either. But holiday-type stuff has already been happening, so I guess it's time to dust off the wreath and get on with the merriment.

Anyway, here's a story about upcoming seasonal shows in the Triangle. And here's another show that came in after deadline:

Holiday Showcase, benefiting the InterFaith Food Shuttle
Nov. 30 at Fletcher Opera Theatre, Raleigh
David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band

Jim Crew's PCB

Big Mama E & the Cool

The Shucks

Wrecking Season

UPDATE: Yet another -- Squirrel Nut Zippers' holiday bash, Dec. 3 at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. 

Santa already? It's almost time

My N&O colleague Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, who runs the TriangleMom2Mom site for the N&O, did an amazing job rounding up all the places you can visit Santa this holiday season, from Brightleaf Square in Durham to Triangle Town Center in North Raleigh.

Check out the list here so you'll know when and where to go when you're out holiday shopping.


The Escape Clause: Fired Coaches

Several college football coaches were fired after the 2006 season. Guess what was on their wish lists.

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