How neighbors saved Christmas — and the family farm

Dec 24, 2019
"The bank had shut us down and we didn't know how we were going to go forward."
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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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The rising demand for Santas of color

Dec 23, 2019
Some events and businesses are trying to move away from typical portrayals of Santa.
Santa Larry Jefferson poses with a family.
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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

We're still not sick of Christmas music, believe it or not

Dec 24, 2018
Holiday music is more popular than ever, but that doesn't mean it's easy to make jingle bells rock.
The brothers in Hanson — Zac, Taylor and Isaac — are reissuing their 1997 holiday album "Snowed In" this year. Their second holiday album, "Finally it's Christmas," came out in 2017.
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Danielle Panabaker plays Joy Holbrook in "Christmas Joy," a 2018 original Hallmark movie.
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A truck drops a load of freshly harvested Christmas trees at a tree farm in Philomath, Oregon, in 2017.
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National Returns Day peaks for the first time before Christmas

Dec 20, 2018
UPS estimates it will process a record 1.5 million Black Friday returns before Dec. 25.
Christmas came early this year ... for the returns department, that is.
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In your hunt for holiday deals, don’t forget the Christmas tree

Dec 18, 2018
Christmas trees are in short supply, but deals are still doable.
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Tips for a successful office Secret Santa

Dec 13, 2018
Gift giving at the office can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be
A man dressed as Father Christmas aka Santa Claus 
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