Holidays

Traditions in the New Year

By Lynn Cornfoot

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Earlier this year we learned about certain superstitions many of us have. As we get ready to ring in a new year, a look at some more traditions celebrated during this time of year.

Narrative: "Together We Grew"

By Laura Hunsberger

Marcia Peter and facilitator Felix Lopez, Columbia 2016

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, Marcia Peters talked with facilitator Felix Lopez about her experience raising three children as a single mom.

Holiday Festivities at The Biltmore

By Kaitlyn Park

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Marrisa Jamison of The Biltmore Estate tells Palmetto Scene about all of the additional holiday fun beyond the Biltmore House during the 2017 season.

West Columbia Man Brings the Spirit of Christmas Alive as Santa Claus

By Tut Underwood

Arthur Erskine of West Columbia and friend.

Most men don’t frequent beauty parlors, but Arthur “Cotton” Erskine of West Columbia visits his every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas to prepare his hair and long beard for a role he’s portrayed for years: Santa Claus.  “Santa Cotton,” as he is known, becomes the Jolly Old Elf for events such as Christmas parades, private photo sessions and store appearances, sometimes with as many as six appointments a day.  He is “Ho Ho” to his grandchildren, and here he discusses the fun of  dealing with children, and the unusual requests they sometimes have of Santa.  Erskine’s hairdresser and the co

A Biltmore Christmas

By Aimee Crouch

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On Christmas Eve of 1895, the public got its first look at America’s Largest Home when owner George Vanderbilt opened the doors for all to see.  And still today, many Americans flock to The Biltmore during the holiday season to step back in time and experience the spirit Christmas.

Biltmore Floral Designer, Lizze Borchers, gives us a tour of some of her favorite rooms decorated for the season.

*Additional Video Provided By The Biltmore Estate
 

Poinsettias

By Sean Flynn

Poinsettias

Clemson professor and poinsettia expert Dr. Jim Faust joins us at "Making It Grow" and shares tips on selecting and caring for poinsettias, as well as a little history about the plant and how it came to America. Dr. Faust also brought some new varieties and historical varieties to show.

Holiday Shopping Season Looks to be Best in a Decade

By Tut Underwood

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USC Retail Department Chair Mark Rosenbaum is excited by this year’s holiday shopping season.  A decade after the great recession that started in 2008, he said retail sales in the state and nation are back to 2007 levels.  The stock market’s record highs are just in time for retail and for consumer confidence, he said. 

Celebrate the Holidays with SCETV

By Ty Moody

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

The holiday season is officially here! Grab a warm blanket and a cup of hot cocoa with family and friends to enjoy the following SCETV programming. We also encourage you to check out special events in your area or find helpful holiday planning tips from our Happy Holidays Collection page.

#SCHolidays: the Lowcountry

By Kaitlyn Park

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After the Governor's Carolighting, the holidays have arrived in South Carolina, and everyone has their favorite activity or tradition. There are all kinds of events happening in the coming weeks, and we would love to see what you are up to across the state!

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