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What's greener: a real Christmas tree or a fake one?

Dec 24, 2019
It depends! The Christmas tree a potent symbol not just for the season but for the sustainability of many things we buy.
It's not easy being green.
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Selling Christmas all year long

Dec 19, 2019
How do you keep a store with a long off season in business? Make it more than a place to shop.
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland says it gets 2 million visitors a year.
Courtesy of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

How "The Nutcracker" became a holiday classic

Dec 13, 2019
Tchaikovsky's ballet is a holiday institution and a big cash cow for dance companies. But it wasn't always that way.
"The Nutcracker" wasn't always a holiday tradition.
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, brought to you by Macy’s immigrant staff

Nov 25, 2019
Here is how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade came to be.
A giant Peter Rabbit balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Candy corn's agricultural past

Oct 30, 2019
Whether you love it or hate it, candy corn is synonymous with Halloween. We take a dive into the triangular, tri-colored candy's history.
Brach's produces about 7 billion pieces of candy corn each year.
Courtesy of Brach's

How we ended up with the "fun-size" candy bar

Oct 25, 2019
To understand fun-size candy, we must first understand full-size candy.
Full size candy bars are a commitment.
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Summer brought to you by: Song of the summer

Jul 19, 2018
What is really means to be the song of the summer.
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These days, the holiday magic happens in warehouses

Dec 14, 2017
With online shopping now a $400 billion industry, fulfillment centers and warehouses are central to the season.
During the holiday season, orders to consumers nearly double at AMS Fulfillment Services, a company located outside of Los Angeles.
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Christmas has always been about consumption

Dec 8, 2017
And if you feel like the holiday used to be better, you're not alone.
Flanders says it's what we consume around Christmas that's changed over the years.
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