Originally created 11/21/00

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SEASONS GREETINGS: Do Christmas cards drive you crazy? Does it take shopping trips to 15 stores to find the perfect picture and message? Do you have to send a separate set of cards to family members who prefer a religious theme to cartoon reindeer? Do you find yourself writing the two-page form letter as you try to fill in folks you haven't spoken to all year? Are your cards a ticking time bomb, waiting for you to finish them before the mailing deadline passes?

Share your holiday card angst with The Chronicle. Tell us your tales (and solutions) by calling staff writer Alisa DeMao at 823-3223 or e-mailing ademao@augustachronicle.com.

JACKET STYLE: Keeping warm this winter will be a cinch with the latest looks in belted coats and jackets.

Regardless of the fabric, style or length, these coats will ease the chill while tying your look together. The streamlined, figure-flattering classic is a stylish standard, but it's been updated with hot colors, leathers, furs - both real and faux - and new-again tweeds. Throw in a 1940s-inspired pump, a Sex in the City flower pin and a kicky cap and you have a pulled-together look that's both fashionable and functional.

Just don't be surprised if others are soon clamoring to ride your coattails.

TV TONIGHT: Thanksgiving dinners don't get any rowdier than those at the Titus household. Titus, a Fox comedy about a highly dysfunctional family, airs at 8:30 on WFXG-TV (Channel 54).

On ABC at 9, Abby goes into labor on Thanksgiving in Dharma & Greg (WJBF-TV, Channel 6).

Winners of the major championships square off at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii. The same-day tape of first-round action airs at 8 on TNT.

A DUEL PURPOSE: Call it the Shogun Workout. Forza, a new version of samurai sword training, is on the cutting-edge of trendy exercising, Fitness magazine reports. According to Fitness, "it's a head-to-toe workout in which you thrust and swing a 1- to 3-pound wooden sword as an instructor leads you through a series of martial arts-inspired moves." An hour-long session cuts away 500 calories and sharpens your mind, Fitness says.

- From Staff and Wire Reports