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Holidays

Stress is a normal part of life. And there’s even such thing as a “good” level of stress that keeps us going, according to psychology researchers Sanda and Florin Dolcos at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

But severe stress can interfere with day-to-day living, and this can be particularly challenging during the holiday season, they say.

The Illinois Statehouse is looking festive this year, with its annual outdoor lights descending from the dome to the ground. But on the inside, things look a little less traditional.

Tracy McCoy

For a moment, let’s skip the idyllic version of Christmas—the milk and cookies, the stockings hung from the chimney with care, the turkey feast straight out of a Norman Rockwell piece.

Need an ugly sweater? This runner has poinsettias on hers!
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Bloomington Parks and Recreation and Fleet Feet Sports Bloomington hosted the 4th annual Ugliest Sweater Run at Miller Park on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

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Breakfast with Santa. Watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Baking really sugary cookies. Skipping the Christmas turkey and getting bad takeout.

Jim Ferrier

The Sounds of Christmas concert in the State Farm headquarters atrium—a 35-year Bloomington-Normal tradition—is coming to an end.

David Prasad / Flickr via Creative Commons

Time to untangle those Christmas lights and turn your yard into something special.  Host Patrick Murphy has a few ideas to try, ranging from the traditional to a healthy dollop of pop culture.

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When kids visit Santa's Station in Uptown Normal this holiday season, they'll find more diversity.

Black Santa Flies In ... 49 Years Later

Dec 9, 2015
Judith Valente

It took 49 years, but Normal's holiday festivities this December will include the town's first official African American Santas. In 1966, NAACP activist Merlin Kennedy tried to ride a float in Bloomington's Christmas parade dressed as Santa. He was threatened with arrest. At age 89, Kennedy is getting a chance to rewrite that story's ending.

No Christmas Lights For Capitol

Nov 4, 2015

Illinois' budget impasse will replace the Grinch when it comes to decorating the state Capitol dome this year. The Illinois Secretary of State's office, which maintains the Capitol building, announced Tuesday they will skip the annual tradition of stringing Christmas lights on the dome. Officials say the ongoing impasse that has left Illinois without a budget since July 1 is the reason for taking the lights out of the holiday season.