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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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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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Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ Dates to 1843 [Video]

One of the most familiar and cherished Christmas stories has been around a long time — 171 years in fact.

English author Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was first published in 1843.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Shelter Dogs Melt Your Heart in ‘Puppy for Christmas’ [Video]

I don't know about you, but I love puppies.

And shelter puppies coupled with a Christmas song? C'mon!

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‘Frozen’ Soundtrack No. 1 Top-Selling Album On Billboard’s 2014 Chart [Video]

No surprise here, but the "Frozen" soundtrack from Walt Disney Records was ranked the No. 1 best-selling album on the 2014 year-end Billboard 200 chart.

It is the first movie soundtrack to reach No. 1 on the year-end chart since "Titanic" in 1998 and is the first Disney soundtrack to top the chart since "Mary Poppins" in 1965, according to Billboard.

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Degage Ministries Needs Your Help for Christmas Gifts

Degage Ministries, such a huge part of our communities ability to help people who face financial hardship, has a special need this holiday season.

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These Are Not Your Dad’s Versions of ‘Jingle Bells’ [Video]

We've been playing Christmas music on Greatest Hits 98.7 WFGR's sister station, 100.5 The River, since Nov. 2.

In addition to my gig as mid-day host on 98.7 WFGR, I am also our operations manager. Part of my job is helping schedule the music for WFGR and 100.5 The River.

So, yes, I have gotten to know my Christmas songs well, very well. And I can tell you this: A couple of new videos of "Jingle Bells" renditions are definitely not your dad's version of the holiday classic.

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Meghan Trainor Does Title Track for Epic Records’ First Holiday EP ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’

Epic Records will unwrap its first holiday EP "I'll Be Home For Christmas" on Monday (Nov. 24) via Walmart, iTunes and other digital outlets.

Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid curated the track listing, which includes songs from Meghan Trainor, Fiona Apple, Fifth Harmony, Tamar Braxton, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson and A Great Big World.

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Little Girl Meets Santa Claus at a Diner [Video]

This one will make you warm and fuzzy all over.

While three-year-old Gracie Lynn Wilson was eating breakfast with her family at a Bob Evans restaurant in Evansville, Ind., she noticed someone she recognized sitting by themselves in a booth.

It was Santa Claus!

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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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Woman Uses Halloween Costume to Tell Husband She’s Pregnant [Video]

After trying for nearly a year to get pregnant, YouTube user Leslie A. took a pregnancy test one day and "voila!" it had finally happened. She knew she needed to come up with a clever way to tell her husband, so she decided to show off her new Halloween costume - a skeleton shirt with a little baby skeleton over the stomach (how cute is that, by the way?)!

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High School Student Fights Back Against Bullying with Positivity, Gets In Trouble (Video)

Caitlin Prater-Haacke, a high school student in Airdrie, Alberta, was bullied a few weeks ago on Facebook.

Someone posted on her page telling her to die. Pretty brutal.

But instead of responding in a negative way, Caitlin did just the opposite.

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