With office parties and get-togethers with family and friends all part of the spirit of the season -- it can be easy to overindulge when it comes to alcohol. Just like food, it's important to keep serving sizes in mind.
(Springfield, MO)--There is no place like home for the holidays. And as we enter this final week before Christmas, you have the chance to give a pet a brand new home.
Lines are expected to be long at local post offices today. The U.S. Postal Service says today will be the busiest mailing day of the year.
(Springfield, MO) -- An enduring symbol of the holiday season is spreading inspiration in the Ozarks this weekend.
(Jefferson City, MO)--Candles, decorations, a roaring fire and holiday cooking are all part of many family traditions this time of year. But they are also a major fire danger.
(Springfield, MO) -- Today is being dubbed 'Super Saturday' -- one of the busiest shopping days (and last weekend) before Christmas. That also has police keeping an eye on traffic.
The same questions about tipping and gifting come up every holiday season, and still leave many scratching their heads. Get some expert advice and answers to some of your trickiest questions.
(Springfield, MO) -- Children love Christmas morning, and that includes the very tiny!
(Springfield, MO) -- It's part of the holiday that you either love or hate: wrapping gifts.
Online shoppers will be able to save some bucks today and still get packages sent out in time for Christmas.
(Springfield, MO) -- It's not enough anymore for a child to have a toy that just makes noise.
(Springfield, MO) -- It may be cooling down, but that's not keeping a lot of us here at Ozarks Local Live @ 4 from getting out and doing what we can to help raise money for people in need this holiday season!
Many holiday shoppers have yet to complete their gift buying.
(Springfield, MO)--It may be cooling down, but all day long, several station employees will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at the Battlefield Mall.
The countdown is closing in -- just ten days left until Christmas. But if you're still not in the holiday spirit yet, maybe watching "The Miracle of Christmas" will change your mind.
(Columbia, MO)--Here's how The Grinch stole Christmas - it happened Wednesday outside an Old Navy store in Columbia, Missouri.
(Springfield, MO) -- For nearly a decade, the Bagwell family has been entertaining onlookers with their thousands of Christmas lights.
(Springfield, MO) -- The FBI reports that background checks to buy guns are up more than 30-percent, with a lot of people giving their loves ones the gift of heat.
(Springfield, MO) -- We're in the Christmas spirit on Ozarks Local Live @ 4, and it's not Christmas if you don't have a stocking for everyone in the family!
(Springfield, MO) -- Could you face yourself Christmas morning if you don't have a gift for your dog?
Wondering what to get the tech geek in your life for the holidays this year? This year is a bit different in the sense that there isn't one breakout gift when it comes to technology this shopping season.
The big part of the holidays are the holiday meals. But those meals don't always have to be unhealthy.
Amazon is extending its free holiday shipping offer in a bid to remain competitive.
For that person who has it all, or if you don't know what to get that certain someone, how about making them something? The YMCA is offering a workshop this weekend to help out.
(Battlefield, MO) -- After spending more time together during the holiday season, hundreds of families will realize one of their loved ones is showing the symptoms of Alzheimer's.
(Springfield, MO) -- Do you have a guy on your Christmas list who is hard to buy for?
(Springfield, MO) -- Legos are always a great toy idea.
(Washington, DC) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging people to follow certain safety guidelines when doing holiday decorating.
(Washington, DC) -- November retail sales growth of just zero-point-two percent has financial analysts saying bah-humbug.
Kids know Santa Claus is watching over them to make sure they've been good all year long. Now, some children are turning the tables on Saint Nick.
(Fayetteville, AR)--A group of Arkansas Razorbacks is helping make Christmas special for students and teachers in Joplin.
(Springfield, MO) -- This week we're going to help you find the right gifts for those you love!
(Cleveland, OH) -- Holiday blues can hit hard during the season of celebration.
It's going to be a busy day at FedEx facilities across the country.
Some very popular tech gifts this year will be tablets and e-readers. Those e- readers are below $100 for the first time.
(Kansas City, MO)--A 5-year old boy's idea to give back this holiday season was a big success.
Think Facebook and e-cards killed the traditional Christmas card?
Turns out smartphones and tablets have made it easier than ever to send one.
(Springfield, MO)--Brilliant blue skies and moderate temperatures greeted hundreds of parade-goers for the 2011 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, "Rockin' Around the Square" Saturday.
(Springfield, MO) -- The holidays are coming up and you're probably scrambling to find the perfect gifts, but have you thought of making one?
A popular holiday lights display in Oklahoma City turned into so much more for one couple.
(Plainfield Township, MI)--A mysterious Secret Santa is bringing Christmas early to three Michigan families. She didn't leave her name or a number. But she embodies all the generosity of the season.
(Springfield, MO)--If you want to take a break from the hustle and hassle of Christmas shopping and remember the true reason for the celebration, a local church offers a reflective respite.
(Okmulgee, OK) A soldier serving overseas with the Oklahoma National Guard pulls off quite a Christmas surprise for her husband and three kids.
(Belmont, NC) As people begin decorating their homes and lawns for the holidays -- some are including man's best friend. And they are not letting their fear of color get in the way.