Crews are getting ready for a parade to celebrate Atlanta United. The home team are national champions this morning.
The parade for the MLS Champion winners begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Atlanta.
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The Five Stripes beat out the Portland Timbers 2 -0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in front of a record-setting crowd. The team, staff and owner Arthur Blank will be in attendance along with Gov. Nathan Deal and other special guests.
While it may never reach the level of controversy of how to hang the toilet paper roll or which way to load the dishwasher, the right time to put up the Christmas tree is a heavily-debated household topic.
There are answers to this question that depend on everything from Prince Albert to the opinion of tree growers to something called Adelaide Pageant Day.
Whether you're undecided on the best time to put up your Christmas tree or are merely looking for reinforcement for your preferred date, at least one of these timing traditions is bound to work for you:
Forbidding the tree before turkeys
The ultimate etiquette authority, Miss Manners, doesn't specify when you should put up the tree, but does note succinctly that it isn't done before Thanksgiving.
The nouveau 12 days of Christmas approach
In days of yore, the 12 days of Christmas started with Christmas Day and wrapped up on January 6, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany. Apartment Therapy suggests a more modern 12 Days of Christmas tree strategy, putting up the tree for around 12 days beginning in mid-December and taking it down right after Christmas.
This dovetails nicely with advice from the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, which noted in The Telegraph that while it's cool to buy live trees from December 1 onwards, the middle of the festive season, around the third week of Advent, is a good compromise between putting the tree up immediately and waiting for Christmas Eve.
Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, is widely heralded as the man who lit up the Victorian Christmas tree tradition in the 1840s, bringing it to Britain from his native Germany. If you want to stick with the original Christmas Tree timeline of Albert and his German forebears, go with Christmas Eve.
The Aussie approach
According to Monash University religious diversity professor Gary Bouma in The Age, the established guideline in Australia is not to put up the tree before December, but not everyone abides by it.
By "not everyone," he may mean the full 14 percent of Be a Fun Mum blog readers, who said they put up the tree in early November. They did restrain themselves until after something known as Adelaide Pageant Day, the second Saturday of November. And they are in solidarity with the Fun Mum herself, who says she put her tree up in early November because, "My mum always did. I love Christmas and like to string it out."
You may be leaning towards putting the tree up the first week of December anyhow, but this Italian tradition provides a godd reason for it. According to Italy Magazine, Italian Christmas traditions begin on December 8 with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a date set in the Catholic calendar in 1476 by Pope Sixtus IV.
Since Dec. 8 is a public holiday and most Italians get the day off, it has become the day when many of them put up their Christmas trees and other holiday decor.
The final word on when to put up your tree
Assuming your own family tradition isn't already firmly in place, Southern Living gets the last word on the best time to put up the Christmas tree. That's because the ultimate authorities on Southern taste on all things mayo and wicker are also so darn sensible and inclusive on this topic: "We pass no judgement, but here are the times for when to put up your Christmas decorations. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the earliest that you should set up a Christmas tree or put up Christmas-specific decorations."
The reason you shouldn't do it earlier? "It is inconsiderate for your beautiful tree to steal the thunder from your big turkey dinner."
As for the latest time to put up the tree, that would be Christmas Eve, a nod to bygone, less holiday-crazed times.
This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27.
"One of the great things about nonprofits is we are always about collaboration," said Karen Beavor, CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. "Giving Tuesday and Georgia Gives Day started about the same time. We thought, 'Why not collaborate and make this thing bigger?'"
"Save that little extra to make your community great in your own back yard and support a cause you care about." - Karen Beavor
"[Giving Tuesday] came on the heels of this mass consumerism. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, it’s all about purchasing goods," Beavor said. "We really wanted a day nationally that was about heart giving not necessarily thing giving"
Last year, Georgians raised a record $6.8 million for more than 3,000 nonprofits state-wide.
#showyourlove and help us make November 27, 2018 the most generous day in Georgia history!
Light the night (and the tree) with these metro Atlanta Christmas tree lightings.
The season opens with tree lightings at Atlantic Station and the classic Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square.
We’ve gathered the details on metro Atlanta’s most dazzling tree lightings, and we’ve included some of the smaller tree lightings in communities outside of Atlanta.Let there be light this holiday season in Atlanta!
Atlantic Station Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. 1-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Live music, entertainment, and kids activities all day. The tree lighting (and fireworks) will top off the big day around 8 p.m. atlanticstation.com.
The Lighting of Avalon. 1 -8 p.m. Nov. 18. The annual lighting of Avalon’s 40-foot Christmas tree will kick off the holiday season. This family-friendly event will feature seasonal music, entertainment and free activities throughout the day. Santa will light the tree around 7 p.m. www.experienceavalon.com.
Lilburn Tree Lighting. 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Lilburn City Hall, 340 Main St. Live music including a brass band, hot chocolate, kid’s crafts and real reindeer (6-8 p.m. only). cityoflilburn.com.
Macy's 2018 Tree Lighting Atlanta. 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Lenox Square Mall. Hosted by Jovita Moore and Zach Klein. Performances by Adrienne Bailon Houghton, Russell Dickerson, Francesca Battistelli and former “The Voice” finalist, Kyla Jade. You can also catch it live on WSB-TV.
Light Up Dunwoody. 3 p.m. Sun. Nov. 18, Dunwoody Christmas Village at Cheek Spruill Farm House. Village opens at 3 p.m., tree and menorah lighting closes out the evening around 5:45p.m. Vendors will sell gifts and food and beverages, photos with Santa and his sleigh and reindeer! Bring your own camera, or phone. 5455 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Light Up Dunwoody.
Hapeville for the Holidays: Tree Lighting. 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park, Annual event includes music, games, crafts, Santa Claus visit and tree lighting ceremony (around 8 p.m.). 680 S. Central Avenue, Hapeville. hapeville.org.
The City of Hampton Downtown Tree Lighting. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, Depot Park. Event includes Christmas carols, cocoa and cookies. hamptonga.gov.
RELATED: Schedules and locations of major holiday light displays from Callaway Gardens to Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain to Marietta.
38th Annual Snellville Christmas Tree Lighting. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Christmas Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at Wisteria Plaza and ends near the Towne Green. Visits and photos with Santa Claus, Christmas carolers. See their site for ticketed events which can be paid for with canned goods for the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. Tree lighting 7 p.m. www.snellvilletourism.com/events/christmas-tree-lighting.
Avondale Estates Annual City Christmas Tree Lighting. 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road. Festivities begin with Boy Scout Troop 6 giving away cookies and a Christmas lantern parade. The Avondale Estates First Baptist Church and other carolers begin caroling at 6:30 p.m. Tree lighting around 7 p.m. Cider and doughnuts to be served after the lighting. Santa Claus will make an appearance. There will be another tree lighting at Lake Avondale at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 avondaleestates.org.
Coming home for the Holidays in Smyrna. Smyrna Community Center. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 on the Village Green, 200 Village Green Circle SE. Holiday festivities and musical performances. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Santa will light the Christmas tree around 7:15 p.m. smyrnacity.com.
Marietta Square Christmas Tree Lighting. 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Glover Park (50 North Park Square). Festivities include caroling by local school choruses and visits with Santa. This is also the kickoff for the Festival of Trees, so after the tree lighting at 6 p.m. many themed trees will light up as well.
Light Up Brookhaven. 6-8 p.m. Nov. 29, Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Music, free crafts and refreshments, Girl Scouts selling hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, food trucks and more. Hanukkah decorations will be lit as well as a big ol’ tree. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. www.facebook.com/events/1764428280346654/
The 2018 Vinings Jubilee Tree Lighting. 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta. Family-friendly event includes holiday music and dance from local schools, food, activities, train rides on the Vinings Express, face painting, balloon twisting, and pictures with Santa Claus. www.facebook.com/events/194718141346116/
Flowery Branch Polar Express Block Party. 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Main St., downtown Flowery Branch. Gift market, food trucks and downtown businesses Polar Express train rides and photos with Santa. Tree lighting around 6:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/events/344613969633287/.
Jolly Holly Day Suwanee. 6:30-10 p.m., Nov. 30, Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave. Performances by local schools, visits with Santa (bring your camera or phone). Holiday crafts and free hot chocolate, cookies and smores. www.facebook.com/events/1579632378809987/.
City of Conyers Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting. Olde Town Conyers. 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Parade (theme: "Christmas in the South") begins at 4 p.m. at Rockdale County High School and winds its way to the Courthouse on Milstead Ave. www.facebook.com/events/546794812427804/, 770-602-2606.
Alpharetta Light the Night. 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Activities include free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (with your camera or phone), snow play area, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, holiday crafts for the kids, a live broadcast of the Georgia SEC Championship game and more. Tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. alpharettaga.ga.us
Deck the Hall. 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Duluth Town Green. A tree lighting will happen but there’s a lot more. Music, decorations, face painting, inflatables, snow playground and slide. Santa will be there. www.duluthga.net.
Annual Downtown Fayetteville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Starts and ends at Heritage Park in downtown Fayetteville. Parade starts at 5 p.m. Free hot chocolate and popcorn. Tree lighting around 7 p.m. downtownfayetteville.org
Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting in Sugar Hill. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 1 on the Dawn P. Gober Community Plaza in downtown Sugar Hill. Santa and the Grinch will balance out good and bad karma. Holiday market, fake snow, ice skating, food vendors, music and free carriage rides. Tree lighting around 6 p.m. cityofsugarhill.com.
City of McDonough Tree Lighting Celebration. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. It’s a full day in McD. with Santa on the Square, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your camera or phone. Tree lighting at 5 p.m. Christmas Parade follows at 6 p.m. www.mcdonoughga.org.
Peachtree City Hometown Holiday. 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, The Fred-City Hall Plaza/ Fun starts at 5 p.m. at The Fred (Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail) with music, firepits and s'mores. Then it’s into your trusty golf cart and head over to City Hall for the tree lighting around 6:30 p.m. visitpeachtreecity.com.
City of Riverdale's Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 1, Amphitheater Plaza, 7210 Church Street, Riverdale. Christmas parade, 3-4 p.m. Tree lighting celebration from 4-7 p.m. riverdaleculture.com, 770-909-5300.
Tyrone Christmas Tree Lighting. 5-7 p.m., Shamrock Park. Sunday, Dec. 2, lantern parade and Christmas Tree lighting tyrone.org.
Caroling in the Park. 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta, 91 Peachtree St. NW. Two choirs, the Atlanta Homeward Choir and the Georgia State University Choral Union will be caroling in Woodruff Park to call attention to homelessness. There will be a free hot chocolate bar and Santa will be there along with a photo booth Park lights and a Christmas tree light up for the finale.
Decatur Tree Lighting. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6., on the Decatur Square. The 4/5 Academy Choir provides the music, and snow is guaranteed by snow elves. Organized by Little Shop of Stories. This is about a week later than past years.
East Point Celebrates the Holidays. 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 7, East Point City Hall, 2777 East Point Street. Musical performances will lead up to the tree lighting. Santa will be there along with hot chocolate and cider. www.facebook.com/events/2156503701257405/
Union City Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Mayor's Park. Featuring live music, train rides, moonwalk and pictures with Santa Claus. unioncityga.org.
The Backstreet Boys are thrilled to announce their biggest arena tour in 18 years along with the release of their new album DNA, coming out January 25th on RCA Records.
Now available for pre-order, DNA features songs written by Lauv (Charli XCX), Andy Grammer, Stuart Crichton (DNCE) and Mike Sabbath (J Balvin).
BSB analyzed their individual DNA profiles to see what crucial element each member represents in the group’s DNA. Watch the video here http://bkstboys.co/DNAWorldTour2019 – to see how their individual strains, when brought together, create the unstoppable and legendary Backstreet Boys.
Earlier today, to get fans excited, BSB released their new single, a Ryan Tedder, Shawn Mendes penned track “Chances.” Listen and watch the official video for the song here: http://smarturl.it/bsbxChances
Beginning on May 11th, the group will set off on the DNA World Tour - their biggest arena tour in 18 years. Produced by Live Nation, the guys will perform all over Europe and North America over the course of three months, headlining venues including Capital One Arena in Washington DC, United Center in Chicago, the O2 Arena in London, and many more.
Tickets will go on sale November 14th at LiveNation.com. Every ticket purchased to the North American headlining tour will include one (1) physical copy of their 10th studio album DNA. Learn more about the album/ticket bundles here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/backstreet-boys-tickets/artist/781254
“When this group started 26 years ago – and through all the highs and lows of our career – we’ve had to learn it wasn’t about us as individuals but about what’s best for the group,” says Howie D.
“That’s what I love about this album,” adds Kevin Richardson. “We were able to bring all of our influences and styles into one coherent piece of work. These songs are a great representation of who we are as individuals and who we are as a group. It's our DNA. We’re really proud of that.”
“The journey is ongoing with us and there is so much left to do,” says Brian Littrell. “We’re living the next chapter that hasn’t been told yet, and that's exciting.”
After 14 months of setting and breaking records in Las Vegas, BSB’s residency “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” will come to an end on April 27, 2019.
“Vegas has been amazing and these next set of dates are going to be a party,” says Howie D. “Then it’s time for us to visit our fans all over the world.”
Backstreet Boys - Chances
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Spotify - http://smarturl.it/bsbxChances/spotify
Amazon - http://smarturl.it/bsbxChances/az
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Official Video - http://smarturl.it/bsbxChances/youtube
Backstreet Boys - DNA Pre-Order
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DNA WORLD TOUR DATES:
UK and European Tour Dates
11 May 2019 Portugal Lisbon Altice Arena
13 May 2019 Spain Madrid Wizink Arena
15 May 2019 Italy Milan Mediolanum Forum
17 May 2019 Spain Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi
19 May 2019 France Paris Accorhotels Arena
21 May 2019 Germany Hannover TUI Arena
22 May 2019 Belgium Antwerp Sportpaleis
23 May 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
25 May 2019 Germany Mannheim SAP Arena
27 May 2019 Germany Munich Olympiahalle
28 May 2019 Austria Vienna Stadthalle
29 May 2019 Germany Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena
31 May 2019 Sweden Gothenburg Scandinavium
01 June 2019 Norway Oslo Spektrum
02 June 2019 Sweden Stockholm Ericsson Globe
05 June 2019 Finland Helsinki Hartwall Arena
08 June 2019 Denmark Copenhagen Royal Arena
10 June 2019 UK Manchester Manchester Arena
11 June 2019 Ireland Dublin 3Arena
14 June 2019 UK Glasgow SSE Hydro
15 June 2019 UK Birmingham Birmingham Arena
17 June 2019 UK London O2 Arena
20 June 2019 Germany Cologne Lanxness Arena
21 June 2019 Switzerland Zurich Hallenstadion
22 June 2019 Czech Republic Prague O2 Arena
24 June 2019 Poland Warsaw Torwar Arena
25 June 2019 Hungary Budapest Budapest Arena
North American Tour Dates:
Friday, July 12, 2019 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
Sunday, July 14, 2019 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest
Monday, July 15, 2019 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Energy Center
Monday, July 22, 2019 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Calgary,AB ScotiaBank Saddledome
Thursday, July 25, 2019 Edmonton,AB Rogers Place
Saturday, July 27, 2019 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Monday, July 29, 2019 Seattle, WA Angel of the Winds Arena
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Portland,OR Moda Center
Thursday, August 01, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Saturday, August 03, 2019 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Sunday, August 04, 2019 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
Monday, August 05, 2019 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Wednesday, August 07, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
Thursday, August 08, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Saturday, August 10, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
Monday, August 12, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
Thursday, August 15, 2019 New York, NY Barclays Center
Saturday, August 17, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Sunday, August 18, 2019 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
Friday, August 23, 2019 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
Saturday, August 24, 2019 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Monday, August 26, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Memphis, TN FedExForum
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Friday, August 30, 2019 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
Saturday, August 31, 2019 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sunday, September 01, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tuesday, September 03, 2019 Lafayette, LA Cajundome Convention Center
Wednesday, September 04, 2019 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Friday, September 06, 2019 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
Saturday, September 07, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Sunday, September 08, 2019 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
Friday, September 13, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Sunday, September 15, 2019 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Join Tad, Drex and Kara as we STUFF THE TRUCK for Atlanta Community Food Bank at Publix in Alpharetta Commons located at 4305 State Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022!
We will be there on Saturday, November 17 from 9a.m. - 3p.m. collecting turkeys, boxes of stuffing & mashed potatoes, cans of cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes & corn for Atlanta area families in need.
Atlanta Community Food Bank procures enough food to provide nearly 59 million meals each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties.
Our community faces one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the nation—meaning that our neighbors often struggle to put food on the table, and that their access to nutritious food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. And the need continues to grow.
One in every four children in Georgia (23%) lives in food insecure households — meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. 16% of Georgia’s population is food insecure.
Nearly 842,000 people – or 1 in 7 – across metro Atlanta and north Georgia to provide food for themselves and their families.
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