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Spending Time with Family Matters Most to Us

Before Thanksgiving, I shared about how I thought the perfect gift for your family was to give them your undivided attention.

Well, with Christmas less than two weeks away, that has me thinking about family even more so these days.

As it turns out, spending time with family is what matters most to us. At least according to The Matter More Project.

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Where Do Millennials Still Mostly Shop? Well, the Mall, Of Course

We constantly hear about how online shopping is making things simpler for everyone, and how shopping local is almost passe.

For those uber shoppers -- young women -- that is definitely not so.

How do I know this? Well, I only need to ask the experts at Teen Vogue.

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How to get a Kiss? Use Mistletoe of Course [Video]

This is a pretty cleaver guy. He's looking for a kiss, so he creates a contraption with mistletoe, and it worked. Watch.

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Are Any of These Books on Your Shelves or Wish Lists?

Amazon today announced its best-selling books of 2014, just in time for you last-minute Christmas shoppers.

What luck!

"The Invention of Wings," by Sue Monk Kidd, is the best-selling book overall; and John Grisham’s latest novel, "Gray Mountain," is No. 2.

"The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus," by Rick Riordan, is the best-selling kids' and teen-agers' book, followed by "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," by Jeff Kinney.

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Holiday E-Cards Vs. Print

One of the fabled 'Twelve Pains of Christmas' (the fourth to be precise) immortalized by Bob Rivers is 'sending Christmas cards'.

While you're addressing envelopes and wondering what to write to people you haven't seen in years, do you often wonder if there was a modern, electronic alternative to this tedious task?

Yes. There is.

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And the Survey Says: Wine Beats Beer for Christmas

Much has been written about pairing wines with whatever you are serving up for dinner, or whether a stout or an IPA would best accompany that stew on your stove.

But when it comes to alcoholic beverage choices for American adults, how much does when factor into the type of drink one chooses?

Apparently, quite a bit, according to a recent Harris Poll.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Brings Holiday Spectacle to Grand Rapids on Sunday [Video]

If you've never seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform, don't even bother imagining what might unfold.

It is something seemingly beyond the realm of reality that is being brought to Grand Rapids for Trans-Siberian Orchestra's performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Van Andel Arena.

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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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The Most Famous Reindeer of All Celebrates His 50th Anniversary [Video]

It's hard to believe that the animated classic "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" turns 50 this week. The holiday special has released a DVD to commemorate its golden anniversary.

Did you know that "Rudolph" is used to educate children how to handle bullying and accepting those who are different from them?

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It’s Christmas Parade Weekend In West Michigan

Santa Claus will be busy this weekend throughout the area, as he's scheduled to appear at eight different Christmas parades. Here's the schedule.

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What’s in a Holiday Name? Just Ask Holly and Frankenmuth

Holiday-sounding names and locations.

They stick with us, especially this time of year.

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Family Christmas Photos … Awkward [Photos]

Are you that family that always takes a family photo to send to your friends for the holidays? Are you that family that now will be famous for one of the most awkward photos ever taken?

Here's your sign!

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