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What Is Your Favorite West Michigan Christmas Tradition? [Poll]

Christmas is a special time of year filled with tradition.

West Michigan is home to many great Christmas traditions:  parades, tree lightings, The Nutcracker, ice skating, and more.

What is your favorite West Michigan Christmas tradition?

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17 Houses Decked Out for Christmas

No matter what the holiday, we always love getting extra festive. It's not like we need an excuse to wear awful Christmas sweaters or take part in a harmless snowman prank, but doing that stuff during the season makes us look a little less crazy. The season also provides the perfect excuse to go way overboard in the decorating department.

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Win Tickets To The Grand Rapids Symphony’s Cirque de Noel

100.5 The River is happy to be partnering with The Grand Rapids Symphony this year for their Christmas show, Cirque de Noel. Now, if you've ever seen a Cirque de Soleil, you have an idea of what you're in for, but this time, it involves the Symphony and a fun, Christmas twist! Want to win tickets? Find out how after the jump!

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It’s Secret Santa Week

It's Secret Santa week here at Townsquare Media.  Many of our staff at all 5 radio stations here in Grand Rapids, are participating.

You know what Secret Santa is, don't you?  You draw names from those who choose to be a Secret Santa, and then, for a week, you do something special each day for that person.  Of course they don't know who their Secret Santa is.  It's something fun to do around the office for the holidays.

I'm a Secret Santa so since the first day is decoration day, I came into the station over the weekend when I hoped no one was here, to decorate for the person I got.  I walked into my office, and BAM!  Was I surprised. 

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Gift Cards For Christmas? How Much did you Spend?

It becomes harder and harder to buy Christmas presents for family and loved ones.  Tastes change, they get older, and a Fruit Cake just won't cut it.

My wife and I actually resort to gift cards sometimes for their favorite store or shopping destination.  They're not exciting, but that way they get to shop for what they want and I don't have to supply exchange slips with every wrong gift I buy.

As for cost, well, if you're giving a $25, $50, $100 card, you pay full price, right?

Wrong!

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10 Heartwarming Holiday Soldier Homecomings

The Christmas season is the happiest time of year. We get to spend extra time with our family and friends, and there are endless supplies of cookies. While these few weeks are filled with tons of cheer, it's also the sappiest time of year, especially in the good ol' USA. It's the ideal time for overseas military men to surprise their loved ones, and of course, create tearjerker alert YouTube videos of it all.

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Watch Jason Mraz Bring a ‘Winter Wonderland’ to the Z100 Jingle Ball 2012

Jason Mraz, like Ed Sheeran, seemed a somewhat unlikely fit for the hyper poppy 2012 Z100 Jingle Ball lineup, but he fit in seamlessly at last night's (Dec. 7) Madison Square Garden super show.

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10 Great Michigan Christmas Gift Ideas

Don't spend all holiday season racking your brain on what to get your family and friends! Give the gift of local this season by buying a Michigan made product. Not only are you supporting our local economy, but you are also giving a unique gift to a loved one. In

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TheFW’s Offbeat Holiday Gift Guide

Even though we're huge fans of Christmas, the holiday season can be super stressful at times. This is particularly true when it comes to buying presents. Most people are difficult to shop for, which puts tons of pressure on us to try and decode their present preference. Will our friend like that potpourri centerpiece we're re-gifting from grandma? Probably not. What about the awful Christmas sweater in the back of our closet that still has the tag on it? We'll give that a big N-O.

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100.5 The River & Meijer’s 12 Days Of Christmas

100.5 The River and Meijer have teamed up again for the 12 Days Of Christmas! Every weekday morning from December 6 until December 21, we'll give away a new toy from our 12 Days Of Christmas stash! Wanna see what you can win? And how to win? Find out after the jump!

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100.5 The River’s Christmas Parade Tour – Rockford, Lowell, Coopersville, And More

100.5 The River has been traveling all over West Michigan to take part in Christmas parades.

Watch for us in the Coopersville Santa Parade on Friday, December 7!

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Show Off Your Christmas Lights

It's that wonderful time of year when people light up their homes with holiday spirit.  Some people go all out with blow up snow men, nativity scenes, or musical light shows.  Others will go the more simple route with a few lights in and around the house.  Whichever the direction you take, we want to see your final product!

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