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What Is the Origin of Santa Claus?

The Santa Claus the world knows—the “Coca Cola” Santa Claus decked out in red and white—is synonymous with Christmas, flying red-nosed reindeer, a big jolly laugh, and lots and lots of presents. Tales of old Saint Nick have spread across the planet and worked their way into numerous cultures. But do you know how the story of the fat man in the red suit first got started?

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Why Is a Candy Cane Shaped Like That?
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Why Do Candy Canes Look Like That?

Candy canes have been around for hundreds of years, but they haven't always had that easily identifiable hooked shape. They also weren't red at all.

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Why Do People Kiss Under Mistletoe?
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Why Do People Kiss Under the Mistletoe?

Some people complain about the over-commercialization of the holiday season and how the need to buy and buy has drained all the charm out of Christmastime. Well, it’s not totally gone. Eager children still get wonderful toys, families still come together for great meals, and there’s always the off chance you’ll spot someone you like very much standing beneath the mistletoe, which means you have the right to give that person a Christmas kiss.

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5 Things You Should Never Say On Vacation

Back in the olden days (the 80's) when you traveled, you could depend on locals to give directions, help with the language and so on. Now, not so much. So, to be safe, here are some things not to say.

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Christmas in July is Giving You a Chance to get Your Share of Over $3,000 in Presents

KOOL 101.7 and Santa are teaming up to give you a chance to get on the 'Nice List" so you can join us for our Christmas Party at Grandma's Sports Garden on August 8th, once there you and a guest will have a chance to win over $3,000 in presents that will be under the tree.

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How to Fold the American Flag, Step by Step [VIDEO]

As we get set to celebrate another American birthday on July 4th, I ran across something to share with you. If you have a flag, I'm sure you'll put it up for the fourth, but how do you properly put it away?

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Need a Last Minute Father’s Day Idea? Send a Personalized eCard Right Now [VIDEO]

If you totally forgot about Father's Day or if you just can't do enough for your wonderful dad, take a few minutes and make him a personalize ecard from JibJab.

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Survey: 87% Plan A Traditional Mothers Day Gift

I think people are getting back to basics, and that's a good thing. Mothers Day to me is a more "traditional" holiday if you will. Tech gifts might have been more appropriate for Christmas or birthdays is my guess.
Plan on giving a tablet, smartphone or other tech device on Mother's Day? Consider yourself in the minority.

A survey from online shopping site PriceGrabber finds only 13% of consumers said they would buy a tech-related item as a gift for Mother's Day.

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Attention, Men — Women Want Creative Gifts on Valentine’s Day

For a guy, finding the right Valentine’s Day gift for his beloved can be a challenge. And if a new online survey is to be believed, it just got a little harder — women say the stand-by chocolates and flowers simply won’t do.

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Who Really Writes Your Valentine’s Cards?

I guess I'm a typical male, especially when shopping for a card for my wife. I shy away from "mushy" cards( yuk) and go for something that relates well to our relationship. Please read on, you'll find the interview interesting and maybe pick up a pointer or two for the next time you go card shopping.

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Aruba Offers All Patriots Players An All-Expenses Paid Vacation

I don't know if this would kill the pain of losing the Super Bowl, but It sure would help me to get away. Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning gets an all expense paid trip to Disney, which doesn't seem like much because he has to do interviews with all media while he's there. The losers collect their checks and wallow in their sorrow until next season.

I think if I were one of the Patriots and went, I wouldn't want to do anything but sit on the bar in the pool and drink for a week straight.

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7 Things Single Women Can Do to Enjoy Valentine’s Day

On any given Valentine’s Day, it seems like the whole world conspires to make single women miserable — but you don’t have to let it happen. Ignore the highly-commercialized holiday with one of these activities, instead.

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