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Holiday Shopping Was at Highest Level Since 2011

100.5 The River has been your Christmas music station since 2000. 

Wow! Almost 15 years of playing your Christmas favorites through November and December.

Since we're in a new year now, I thought it would be good to sort of wrap up this past holiday season with some good economic news.

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Did Santa Visit Your House? He Certainly Visited Archie! [Video]

We're into the new year, but I couldn't resist one final look back at Christmas.

It's so much more fun if you have little kids in the house over Christmas. I remember being more excited than our kids, watching them find the presents Santa left for them. Okay, maybe not "more," but still pretty excited.

I found this video of Little Archie coming down stairs on Christmas morning to find...well, take a look.  It's too sweet.

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Taylor Swift Surprises Fans With Handpicked Gifts [Video]

While some celebrities may tweet fans every now and then, Taylor Swift seriously goes above and beyond to express how much she cares about her fans.

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100.5 The River’s Top Topics for 2014

It never hurts to take a look back, right?

Check out 100.5 The River's top topics for 2014.

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City of Grand Rapids Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling

Are you looking to get rid of your Christmas tree before you ring in the New Year? The City of Grand Rapids Public Services is offering free Christmas tree recycling!

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Defense Logistics Agency Feeds U.S. Troops For the Holidays

U.S. military service members deployed away from home will still enjoy a hearty Christmas meal, with all the trimmings, thanks to the efforts of Defense Logistics Agency troop support subsistence efforts.

More than 31,000 pounds of beef, 21,000 pounds of ham, 29,000 pounds of turkey, 840 gallons of eggnog and 6,000 pies are already on hand to feed American service members in Afghanistan on Christmas Day, said Anthony Amendolia, customer operations chief for Europe and the Middle East region.

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‘Jingle Bells’ on an Airsoft Rifle Is Surprisingly Entertaining

This may not be the best version of 'Jingle Bells' you've ever heard, but it may be the most unique.

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100.5 The River’s December 2014 Top Songs Playlist

Band Aid 30's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

Nat King Cole's 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)'

Josh Groban's 'O' Holy Night'

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Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Primer/Countdown

Crunch time is here for Christmas because it's Christmas week.

You've only got until Christmas Eve to do your shopping for Christmas.

Here's a list of some stores and restaurants to help you finish up your Christmas shopping.

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At Home for the Holidays: Pumpkin Spiced Oat Bread

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

I know I’m not the only one that becomes absolutely pumpkin obsessed around the holidays.

Am I right?

There is just something about the season that makes me want to consume pumpkin in every single form.

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See Santa and His Reindeer Online [Video]

Santa and has reindeer--Rudolph included--have set up shop in the 21st Century. On the internet. From the North Pole. Ahh, technology!

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Survey Shows Nearly Half of Americans Are Late Christmas Gift Shoppers

Aren't done with your Christmas shopping yet?

Well, join the crowd.

According to a just-released Harris Poll survey, millions of Americans are waiting until the last minute to complete their holiday shopping.

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