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Many People Insist On A Real Christmas Tree Each Year

Even with the bad weather over the weekend, there were a lot of people shopping for Christmas trees. The National Christmas Tree Association says 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold each year.

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Gore Defeated By Hanging Chads

It was one of the closest and most disputed presidential elections in U.S. history. It’s when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore back in 2000 when the Supreme Court ruled that Electoral College votes in Florida would be awarded to Bush. For weeks before that, the winner of the election was in doubt as legal battles dragged on over the recounting of votes.

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The Legend of Poinsettias

Today is known as Poinsettia Day, officially declared by an Act of Congress. It’s always on December 12. It’s in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett – the first American ambassador to Mexico appointed by President John Quincy Adams in the 1820s.

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Familiar Name Involved In Controversy Decades Ago

Pretty interesting note in history. On this date in 1962, officials in New York City voted against a plan for an elevated expressway across the bottom of Manhattan. It was supposed connect the Holland Tunnel on the West Side with the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges on the East side, but it would cut through neighborhoods known as TriBeCa and SoHo.

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Gift Buying Tips

I’ve always stressed myself over Christmas shopping. I’m always way too concerned over whether the person I’m giving a gift to will actually like it.

The better you know someone, the easier it is to buy them a gift, or just be a careful listener. They’ll give you clues and they won’t even know it.

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Today Is Christmas Card Day

Today is known as Christmas Card Day, honoring Sir Henry Cole of England who created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. It showed three generations of a family toasting the holiday in the middle, with scenes of charity on either side, with food and clothing being given to the poor.

Christmas Card Day is always on December 9th.

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The Growing Role of the Food Bank

We’re always looking to help the Food Bank of Western New York keep its shelves stocked, and one of the ways it does is through various food drives, including the Food 2 Families campaign along with Tops markets and Channel 2.

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Is It Really Stealing? You Make The Call

Police in the Atlanta area charged a man with theft after they say he stole 5 cents worth of electricity to power up his electric car. While he was watching his son’s tennis game at the boy’s school, he plugged his Nissan Leaf into one of the school’s outdoor outlets. After about 20 minutes the police arrived and told him he was stealing.

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Deadline Day For Your Christmas List

Today is deadline day – it’s Santa's List Day - the day that Santa Claus finalizes his list of the Good and the Bad kids. It’s always on December 4th, three weeks before Christmas so that he and his helpers have plenty of time to get things straightened out before the Big Day. 

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Playboy Cars Were Made In Buffalo

We told about you about a barn fire in the Town of Boston Wednesday morning that destroyed a collection of classic cars. One of them was a rare Playboy car. Only about 30 of them exist around the world. They were made right here in Buffalo.

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A Day To Quit Smoking

Today is the 37th annual Great American Smokeout – always the third Thursday in November. It’s a one-day campaign to encourage smokers to quit for 24 hours to prove that they can do it.

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“The Play” Ranks As One Of College Football’s All Time Best

It ranks up there among the Top 10 plays in college football history. For the Cal State football team in Berkley, it’s simply known as "The Play".

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