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The Hottest Holiday Gift? Reindeer Rentals! [VIDEO]

A husband and wife couple in the U.K. have found a unique way to make a buck off Christmas — by renting live reindeer for public appearances. Wonder what Santa thinks about this?

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‘Send a Call from Santa’ to Keep Kids in Line… or to Have a Little Holiday Fun

Parents have been using the threat of Santa’s “naughty or nice” list for so long now that it may be losing its strength, so the nice folks at Google stepped in to help.

Enter a little information at Send a Call from Santa and your little one will get a from the North Pole denizen himself. You can customize it to be as personal as you like, including details like the child’s name, gender and what’s on his or her holiday wish list.

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8 Holiday Pet-Proofing Tips

Here’s a question that Vetstreet’s Dr. Patty Khuly gets asked often this time of the year: How do you keep all those pets of yours out of trouble?

It’s a great question when you’ve got tinsel, glittery ornaments and all manner of holiday trappings decking your halls, walls and — most menacingly of all — your holiday tree (if you happen to have one). Find out what tips Dr. Khuly has for you after the jump.

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Research Proves Size Does Matter When It Comes to Gifts

Spent all your money on one really great gift, but think you should also get a small gift so your loved one has something else to open? Think again. New research shows that a small gift could decrease the value of the more generous one in the eyes of the recipient.

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The Newest Dangers to Watch Out for This Season Are Christmas Decorations?

They may look like innocent reflections of the festive holiday season but if you’re not careful, you’ll be seeing a lot more red than green at Christmas.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) issued an alarming study that found that accidents caused by holiday decorations went from 10,000 cases in 2007 to more than 13,000 in 2010.

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Watch Matt Damon as Santa Trying to Give Kids Water Bottles for Christmas [VIDEO]

Matt Damon dressed up as Santa Claus for a promotional ad for Water.org and tried to pawn water bottles off on kids. But if there’s one thing to be learned from this clip, it’s that most kids don’t want to hear about a clean water initiative during Christmas time.

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‘A Christmas Story’ Is America’s Favorite Christmas Movie…What Else Is There? — Survey of the Day

It wouldn’t be Christmas time without Christmas movies, and even though the same half-dozen or so holiday classics tend to be played again and again during December two Christmas films folks are still not sick of are ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’

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The Hot Holiday Toy This Year Is…

Holiday sales may be up this year, but some retailers have still managed to find the cloud in the silver lining: unlike years past when hot commodities like Tickle Me Elmo or Zhu Zhu Pets pushed parents into buying frenzies, no single toy has broken away from the pack as a runaway hit.

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Watch 25,000 Christmas Lights Tuned to the ‘Angry Birds’ Theme [VIDEO]

A family in Austin, Texas turned their Christmas light display into the brightest ever tribute to the popular ‘Angry Birds’ game. Pigs beware!

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Real-life Griswolds Pack Home With More Than 200 Christmas Trees [VIDEO]

It’s perfectly normal to mark the holidays with a decoration or two. But the Rieken family in Texas takes their celebration of the season to the extreme by cramming over 200 trees into their home. Clark Griswold of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ fame would be proud!

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‘My Ugly Christmas Sweater’ Turns Bad Gifts Into High Fashion [VIDEO]

Most of us wouldn’t be caught dead in a garish Christmas sweater. But one woman in Vermont specializes in making ugly Christmas pullovers. As far as she’s concerned, the uglier the better.

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Forget the Holiday Parties, Employees Just Want the Bonuses — Survey of the Day

While holiday parties are thought to bring on the holiday cheer in employees, a new survey indicates they’d be a lot happier skipping the revelries and pocketing the cash equivalent instead.

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