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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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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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New Version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ In the Works? [Video]

A new version of the holiday charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” is reportedly in the works, with proceeds this time going to Ebola research. Hollywood.com claims Bob Geldof and Midge Ure plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the single, with yet another recording of the track.

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Christmas On The River

We've gotten so many emails, calls and Facebook posts asking about Christmas music!

Well, it has started!  It's CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER!

All season, your favorite Christmas songs will be playing on 100.5 FM, on your computer at RiverGrandRapids.com or on your smart phone with the RadioPup app.

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2014 Michigan State Christmas Tree From Kingsford

A 63-foot blue spruce from the city of Kingsford has been chosen as Michigan’s 29th Christmas tree. The tree will be delivered to the state Capitol on Saturday, November 1.

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Holiday Shoppers to Spend More Than Last Year, Buy Fewer Gift Cards

According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, 70% of shoppers said they plan to spend the same or more than last year on holiday shopping.

Consumers expect to spend about $677 on holiday-related items this season with $559 going towards gifts and $118 going towards other holiday-related items.

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Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola Re-Teaming for TV Christmas Special?

Bill Murray has been well-established throughout pop culture as a legendary eccentric, whose next feats might well include emerging from your bowl of soup, or taking a flamethrower to your next karaoke jam, so what's next? Why, a TV yuletide special with 'Lost in Translation' director Sofia Coppola, featuring the erstwhile 'St. Vincent' crooning Christmas carols, of course!

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Toy of the Year Award Winners are Under $100

Holiday shopping is beginning to take off, with many people trying to get a jump on gift giving and save a little money. Money, ah, there is the problem. Seems everything has a pretty hefty price tag. Ah, ah, ah, not so fast. Families from across the country tested more than 400 toys in an effort to name 25 winners in FamilyFun magazine's 23rd annual Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards.  Each toy was chosen for its exceptional fun factor, innovation, and durability — and a cost of under $100.

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