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Christmas Specials From Years Past: Texas Media Group Favorites
Christmas Specials From Years Past: Texas Media Group Favorites

Every year, close to Christmas, we here at the Texas Media Group sit down with our families to watch the amazing lineup of holiday TV specials. We enjoy our time together, watching these same programs from year to year, laughing at the same old jokes. But, most of all, we enjoy our time with our families, and even though television programs come and go in favorite holiday playlists, we made our own list of some of the specials we like to watch – growing up or watching our children grow up. We hope you like it, and if you have some that we missed from a list of your personal favorites, feel free to comment or let us know which ones will always be fond memories of yours.

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Go Inside These World-Famous, Rarely Seen River Caves
Go Inside These World-Famous, Rarely Seen River Caves

Slovenia is a world-famous caving destination, with around 8,000 jamas, or caves, located in a country that’s smaller than Vermont. Of those 8,000 caves, however, only around 20 are considered “show caves”—caves that contain a unique beauty and scale that rivals many of the much larger karstic topographies found in southeastern China, Vietnam, Laos, and Papua New Guinea.

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These Are the Happiest Cities in the United States
These Are the Happiest Cities in the United States

Who are the happiest Americans? Ask this question anywhere from Montauk to Maui and you’re bound to pique interest (you may even pick a fight). While fans of the film Moana might sing the lyrics “Happiness is where you are,” for scientists studying the roots and fruits of happiness, location-specific qualities of place, community, and opportunity powerfully inform the way we feel about our lives.

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All-White and Futuristic: Tianjin's Stunning New Library Looks Out of This World
All-White and Futuristic: Tianjin's Stunning New Library Looks Out of This World

The hottest new tourist attraction in Tianjin, China?

A public library.

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Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe
Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

A shepherd's pie take on turkey pot pie: tender chunks of turkey, carrots, and peas in a creamy béchamel, topped off with fluffy garlic mashed potatoes. Pure comfort!

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Safety Tips for Deep Frying Turkey
Safety Tips for Deep Frying Turkey

Yes, deep frying turkey is popular, but it can be a dangerous alternative to a traditionally roasted bird. Unless you’re careful, you could end up causing a massive house fire instead of making Thanksgiving dinner. There are even some situations when deep frying turkey is never safe. If you learn how to safely cook your bird, you can enjoy the succulent, moist, flavorful meat that results.

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Newfoundland and Labrador: Where Cosmopolitan Meets Ancient History
Newfoundland and Labrador: Where Cosmopolitan Meets Ancient History

The sun’s first beams of the day spread warmth over the cool north in Newfoundland and Labrador before they cast their glow anywhere else in North America. Here, the rays touch down on the earth while the rest of the continent remains in darkness—even if for just a few moments. And as the province awakens, so too do its bits of historical magic: the colorful houses along Jellybean Row that line steep hills and rugged coastlines, the mysteries of early life that for centuries—millennia even—laid hidden below the sea.

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Going Up: Raising Galveston a Full Story After the Storm of 1900
Going Up: Raising Galveston a Full Story After the Storm of 1900

One September day in 1900 forever changed the face of Galveston Island. The infamous storm of 1900 swept over the island, killing 6000 people who, in the days before weather warnings, remained unaware of the coming danger. Much of the damage and loss of life resulted from the storm surge. To protect from future storms, engineers devised an ambitious plan that would require raising Galveston a full story above its existing level.

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German Chocolate Sheet Cake With Coconut-Pecan Frosting
German Chocolate Sheet Cake With Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Let’s be honest. The thing that unites those of us who love German Chocolate Cake is our deep appreciation for the coconut pecan frosting.

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Deserving Teacher Receives An Emotional Surprise Video Message From His Students
Deserving Teacher Receives An Emotional Surprise Video Message From His Students

For Wyatt Oroke, being a teacher also means showcasing empathy and support for his students. And it's an honor.

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