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Vol. 3, No. 9, December 6, 2000
ISSN: 1531-4448

Tracking the "People's Tree"
Americans followed the progress of the Capitol Holiday Tree on the Internet as it traveled the Santa Fe Trail to Washington D.C. The lighting is on December 12.


The Smithsonian Celebrates the Holidays!
The National Museum of American History is featuring a holiday marketplace with arts and crafts, food tasting, storytelling, music, dance, and daily piñata breaking. Watch master chefs and designers carve portraits of the presidents in ice and build a gingerbread White House! At the National Museum of Natural History, join the fun at the 3-D Imax film: "Critique du Soleil Journey of Man," and try your hand at building a giant gingerbread Smithsonian Castle! Buy holiday gifts online.

Tips for Shopping Online
This holiday season, no matter what you're in the market for -- the latest high-tech gadget, a rare antique or even the tree you'll put it under -- you're likely to find it online. But virtual shopping, like traditional shopping, isn't without risks. Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission to help you shop safely online.

Holiday Mailing Tips
Santa has elves to help deliver his bounty around the globe, but the U.S. Postal Service asks you to follow these tips to make sure billions of cards and parcels get where you want them to go during the holiday season.

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Millennium Tree

Smithsonian Celebrates

Tips for Shopping Online

Holiday Mailing Tips

Holiday Shopping at the Mint

Second Harvest-End Hunger

Prepare for Winter

Perishable Food by Mail

2000 Plum Book

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