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‘Realistic’ Barbie Doll Could Be This Holiday Season’s Sensation

The latest shot in the battle to make people accept and love their bodies has been fired by a doll that could very well turn the toy industry on its ear.

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Black Friday Primer

As the aromas of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie fill our homes, so too do thoughts of lining up in the dark and standing in the cold to get unbeatable deals on holiday gifts fill our minds.

Black Friday will soon be upon us. If this excites you (as opposed to filling you with dread), we have a list of some stores and restaurants and when they’ll be open and offering those crazy Black Friday discounts.

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Meijer Gardens’ ‘Christmas Around the World’ Trees Exhibition Opens November 26

Every Christmas season is a magical experience at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with their annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition.

Running Nov. 26 through Jan. 4, 2015, visit Meijer Gardens to experience over 40 international trees and displays, the enchanting Railway Garden and the holiday wonderland that encompasses it.

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Win A $500 Meijer Christmas Shopping Spree!

100.5 The River and Meijer want you to win a $500 Meijer Christmas Shopping Spree, just for listening! Seriously!

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Meijer Christmas Shopping Spree – Official Rules

Official Rules for 100.5 The River’s Meijer Christmas Shopping Spree

NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN.

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True Story Of World War I Christmas Truce Becomes Heartwarming Ad [Video]

On Christmas Day 1914, British and German forces embattled in fierce trench warfare against each other in France declared an unauthorized truce. They met in what was called "no man's land" between the battle lines and drank and played soccer, sharing photos of each other's loved ones.

When the day was over, they went back to killing each other.

That day has been brought to life on its 100th anniversary in a heartwarming Christmas ad for a British supermarket chain.

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Over Half of Parents Plan to Go Over Their Christmas Budget This Year

If you already know you're going to blow right past your Christmas budget, should you even bother to make a budget at all?

A new survey asked more than 500 parents if they plan on sticking to their budget for Christmas and more than half of them said no.

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First Great Christmas Commercial of the Year Is Here [Video]

For every time you're bombarded by one of those annoying Lexus 'December to Remember' commercials, just remember this heartwarming ad.

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Holiday Parades Around West Michigan 2014

Here's a helpful list of family friendly holiday parades this season!

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Retail Holiday Sales Projected to Rise 4.1%

According to a recent BDO USA survey, CMOs at leading U.S. retailers forecast a 4.1 percent increase in overall holiday store sales.

That's one the the highest projected increases in recent years.

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U.S. Postal Service Releases Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Are you planning to ship gifts to friends and loved ones this holiday season through the United States Postal Service? Well, the U.S. Postal Service has some deadlines that it would like for you to remember.

To ensure packages are delivered in time for Christmas, USPS recommends shipping by the following dates:

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Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Museum
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Grand Rapids Public Museum Bringing New Holiday Show to Planetarium

Technology and traditional holiday music collide at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium as Grand Rapids Public Museum celebrates with a brand new holiday show, Let it Snow beginning Friday, November 28.

The show will feature holiday music and visually enhanced animation.

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