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A 'Weird Wednesday' Christmas for the economy

Dec 25, 2013
When Christmas falls on a Wednesday--as it does about every seven years--it can be complicated for employees and employers, and difficult for retailers.
Posted In: Christmas, Retail, Christmas shopping
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Happy Birthday! Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2013
Instead of a rousing surprise party, and everyone singing for you ... you get your neighbors' earnest caroling.
Posted In: gifts, Christmas, birthdays
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Is there hope for a new classic Christmas song?

Dec 23, 2013
Why have we gone 19 years without a new classic Christmas song?
Posted In: Music, Christmas
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Why pecan pie potato chips spur grocery sales

Dec 3, 2013
Notice an abundance of peppermint and eggnog flavored foods at the grocery store this time of year? Here's why.
Posted In: holidays, Food, Christmas, beverages
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Another Christmas, another year of rising prices

Dec 2, 2013
Twelve drummers drumming, six geese-a-laying and one partridge in a pear tree. What does it all add up to?
Posted In: Christmas, gifts, investments, inflation
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The rise and fall of holiday traditions

Dec 2, 2013
Pink slips were falling like flurries of December snow, and amidst all this gloom bosses around country announced that there would be no holiday work party.
Posted In: workplace, holidays, holiday party, Christmas
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Open for business on Christmas

Dec 25, 2012
More businesses are open on Christmas Day than before. So what's behind the working holiday?
Posted In: Christmas
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Breaking down Santa, Inc.

Dec 24, 2012
Christmas is coming up and needless to say, Santa Claus must be busy. He is, after all, really the world’s ultimate personal shopper. And since Marketplace is a business program, we couldn’t help but wonder what sort of enterprise Santa runs.
Posted In: Santa, Christmas
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Scrooge: Generous to a fault?

Dec 21, 2012
Ebeneezer Scrooge seems the epitome of a bad boss. He keeps the thermostat low, you have to beg for a day off and forget about a holiday office party. But is Scrooge's bad reputation undeserved?
Posted In: Christmas, literature
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Stores make the most of long shopping season

Dec 20, 2012
Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, meaning procrastinators get an extra day at the beginning of next week to finish up their shopping. And because Thanksgiving was as early as it could be this year, it's an extra-long holiday season for retailers.
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, Christmas

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