MONEY SAVING IDEAS / MARY HANCE / MS. CHEAP: Ms. Cheap took us to the Governor's Mansion, which is open for free tours of the holiday decorations this season. Ms. Cheap also mentioned a popular sale of wrapping paper, ribbons and other holiday goods. The "Tennessee Home for the Holidays Open House" is Mondays through Saturdays at various times through Dec. 14. The free tours last about an hour, and you must make a reservation in advance at www.tn.gov/firstlady/residence/holidays.shtml or by calling 615-741-7846. The "We Are Building Lives Christmas Warehouse Sale" is at the Lasko building at 1725 Columbia Highway in Franklin. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 14, closed on Sundays. For more details, visit www.wearebuildinglives.org.
ENTERTAINMENT / ANNA LANNING / HEDRICK EXOTIC ANIMALS: Anna introduced us to the animals that make the Radio City Christmas Spectacular nativity so realistic! For more information on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and other holiday events and shows that are part of "A Country Christmas" at Gaylord Opryland Hotel, visit www.christmasatgaylordopryland.com.
HOLIDAY / MARCIA JERVIS / GERMANTOWN HOLIDAY TOUR:
Tuwanda took us inside a beautifully decorated home and a restaurant participating in the Historic Germantown Holiday tour. The Historic Germantown Holiday Tour is Sunday, December 8th, 4pm-7pm. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at http://historicgermantown.org/event/2013holidaytour/ or for $20 when the tour begins at The Mad Platter restaurant, on the corner of 6th Ave. North and Monroe Street.