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Christmas Crooks Are on the Loose This Holiday Season — Dollars and Sense

Employee theft and shoplifting will cost retailers nearly $9 billion this holiday season, and unfortunately it's the upstanding consumer who pays for that loss in the end.

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The 10 Craziest Christmas-Themed Video Games

Christmas-themed video games might seem like the best way for developers to cash in on the holiday season, but there's a conspicuous lack of these titles on the market. Believe it or not, this is a good thing, because the vast majority of Christmas games to date have been pretty bad and, what's more, inexplicably weird.

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Jimmy Falon Has A Little Holiday Fun With Mariah Carey and The Roots Backstage [VIDEO]

I always thought Jimmy Falon was funny, and laughed at some of his creations with SNL. When he was given his own show, I thought, is he that funny and entertaining. The answer is YES!

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What Has Chicago Done In 2012? The Band Posts It’s Best Ticket Sales In Years

Don't let the picture fool you;  The black and white image might be from 1970, but the band Chicago is definitely a contemporary act.

If the horns don't give them away, the tight harmonies will.  Since the late 1960's rock fans have enjoyed the music of the band Chicago;  Now it appears that 2012 might be one of their biggest years ever with ticket sales that don't give the slightest nod to the fact that they haven't had a single on the radio in almost 25 years (not that that matters).

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What Are the Best and Worst Jobs for the Holiday Season?

Word on the street is that this holiday season will be one of the most successful retail seasons in years, leading many employers on a desperate search for holiday workers to help get them through this busy time. But not every job seeker gets the plum role of Santa—he has elves, and that isn't nearly as much fun.

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Trendy House Celebrates Christmas Dubstep-Style

Here's a little something to get you in the Christmas spirit -- a house with super-elaborate lights that probably drives the neighbors crazy.

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Would You Do Your Christmas Shopping in January to Save Money? — Survey of the Day

We all know some of the best sales of the year come right after Christmas. So here's an interesting thought: Why not do your holiday shopping in early January and get more bang for your gift-giving buck?

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The 10 Best Decorations In Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

Considered one of the last bastions of the old-school Brooklyn Italian neighborhoods, Dyker Heights is a quiet haven for families and elderly couples. However, for a little over 25 years, the neighborhood turns into a veritable Winter Wonderland every year around December 1st. Over 150,000 visitors from all over the world head into Brooklyn to see this unique Christmas spectacular.

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See ABC Family’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ Full Schedule

If you're a Christmas fan, then you know that TV plays a large part in the Christmas experience. It's just a fact. Whether you're a Rankin-Bass traditionalist (hello, 'Rudolph's Shiny New Year') or a Grinch-head (you're a mean one!) or you just like generic sitcoms with Christmas subplots, Christmas TV is a holiday must.

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What Is a Garland and Why Do We Use It at Christmas?

Christmastime means garlands, garlands all over the place. When you see them hanging about shopping malls and your neighbors’ houses, you know the holiday season has arrived. As widespread as these decorative wreaths of flowers, leaves and twigs are, most people don’t really know why they’re associated with Christmas.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special
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Remastered ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Soundtrack: Listen to 3 Bonus Tracks Here

Huge news for Christmas music fans. The multi-platinum-selling soundtrack to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, has been remastered and expanded with three bonus tracks and additional digital material. It will be available in stores this holiday season.

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Do You Prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’? — Survey of the Day

The holiday season presents a bit of a greeting conundrum. Do you say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy holidays"? This decision weighs particularly heavily on retailers, who want to use verbiage that encourages the widest swath of Americans to spend money at their stores.

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