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Inside New York City's 24-hour Christmas tree stands

Dec 22, 2017
A few days before Christmas, our reporter sets out to find a tree for the office.
Danny Abbott hangs lights for the night crew at Soho Trees in New York City.
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What will the holidays look like in 2030?

Will late holographic family members join us around the dinner table?
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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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Black Friday may not be best day for deals

Nov 22, 2017
More than half the respondents in a survey by WalletHub said Black Friday no longer offers the best deals of the year. The personal finance website analyzed ads from major retailers and found that there are a lot of deals on the day after Thanksgiving, but you have to know where to find them.  Click […]

Holiday travel up with consumer confidence

Nov 17, 2017
A resurgence is stocks, healthier home values and a low unemployment rate is boosting consumer optimism, which in turn means even more people are expected to travel this Thanksgiving holiday. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Will ordering less inventory help department stores this holiday season?

Nov 9, 2017
The holiday season is approaching, and there are reports that department stores, including Kohl’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom are ordering less inventory. After a year of declining sales and foot traffic, these retailers don’t want piles of unsold stock eating into their profits. But are they risking empty shelves and disappointed shoppers? Click the audio player […]

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Used wrapping paper not much of a gift to the recycling market

Dec 26, 2016
It can be more trouble than it's worth.
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On the avenues, holiday windows with attitude

Dec 20, 2016
Manhattan department stores update window displays to lace nostalgia with attitude.
People wearing Santa Claus hats walk in Times Square on December 24, 2015 in New York City.
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Christmas tree growers fight for sales

Dec 16, 2016
Got Milk? Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner. The Incredible, Edible Egg. All of these advertising slogans have something in common: they were created by marketing groups, overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and funded by fees collected from farmers. Now you can add another slogan to the list: “It’s Christmas. Keep it Real.” It […]
Tim Dunne, owner of Woodsedge Christmas Tree Farm in New Jersey, cuts branches off a tree to make decorations. 
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