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10 Extreme Christmas Trees

Most people are familiar with the massive, and very impressive, Christmas tree that graces New York City’s Rockefeller Center every year. This tree has come to symbolize the holiday season for millions of people, and is something of national icon, appearing as a backdrop in countless movies and television specials.

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Charity giving goes up during holidays
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Are We Asked to Give Too Much During the Holidays? [POLL]

It's been proven time and time again. Americans are the most charitable citizens in the world.  Even foreigners think so. The Christian Science Monitor last year ran the results of a study conducted by interviewing people from 152 other countries across the globe and the U.S. came in first -- again. The New York Times says, depending on the year, Americans donate anywhere from $229 to $295 billion to charitable causes of all types.

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Toy Company Debuts New Gender-Blind Catalog

Scandinavian Toys"R"Us licensee Top-Toy has taken a new approach to making sure kids get what they really want for Christmas: a fully gender-blind catalog that erases the line between boys' and girls' toys.

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Photo of Police Officer Giving Homeless Man a New Pair of Boots Inspires the Web

When an image of a police officer goes viral, it's often for something the police department isn't going to be very proud of. But that's certainly not the case with the above photo of New York City police officer Lawrence DePrimo that has been circulating the internet.

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Wal-mart Black Friday protests fizzle
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Black Friday-Did Union Protests Affect Wal-mart Or Not? Evidence Says No.

If you watched the 'news', you might have thought it was pandemonium outside every Wal-mart across the U.S.

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Naughty and nice list
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Which Companies Are on Consumer Reports’ ‘Naughty and Nice’ List? — Dollars and Sense

If you still need a list to check twice this holiday season, perhaps a good place to start would be the recently released annual Consumer Reports “Naughty and Nice” list.

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Turducken sweeping America
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What Is ‘Turducken’ & Would You Eat It for Thanksgiving? [POLL]

Although the roots of this culinary caloric feast go back hundreds of years in various forms, it consists of a de-boned chicken, stuffed into a de-boned duck which is then stuffed inside a turkey -- whew!

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Black Friday shopping
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Holiday Shopping Now Starts Before Black Friday or Cyber Monday — Dollars and Sense

While some fanatical Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers are already at the gates waiting to assault the holiday-shopping season with their fearsome craving for stuff, some retail analysts say the gates are actually open now and the race is already in progress.

Thom Blischok, chief retail strategist for Booz and Company says, “Cyber Monday has begun, essentially. No question about it.”

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Busy American highways
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Americans Are Still Traveling This Thanksgiving, Just Not Very Far

Holiday travel will bring increased traffic to the American highways this Thanksgiving weekend. However, with many families still simply trying to operate day-to-day on shoestring budgets, people are expected to plan shorter trips to carve their turkeys this year as a means to save money on fuel and other expenses.

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Cost of Thanksgiving graphic
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What Will Thanksgiving Dinner Cost This Year? — Dollars and Sense

The price of Thanksgiving is going up this year, but not as much as you might think.

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