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Clearwater Lights Up for Christmas [VIDEO]

If Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a drive to see the holiday light displays, you must get your carload of Christmas joy seekers to Clearwater for thousands of Christmas lights synchronized to music.

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Rankin/Bass, YouTube
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Does ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Promote Bullying? [VIDEO]

A Long Island University doctoral professor claims that Rankin/Bass’ Christmas special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” inspires children to bully their peers. And here we thought it just raised awareness for misfit toys.

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Jef Nickerson, Flickr / Koichi Kamoshida, Getty Images / Cindy Funk, Flickr / Stephen Chernin, Getty Images
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7 Wacky Worldly December Holidays You Probably Didn’t Know About

Here are some December festivities worth some hype that don’t get quite as much attention as Christmas and Hanukkah.

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kekka,flickr
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Stocking Stuffers: Giving Gifts and Christmas

The Christmas spirit takes shape in many different ways. And for a lot of folks, both young and old, it’s a time to give and receive gifts.

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ABC News
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Autistic Kids Get a Special Meeting with ‘Sensitive Santa’ [VIDEO]

The bright lights, loud music and long lines can often keep autistic kids from engaging in a holiday ritual many children enjoy: an annual visit with Santa.

So one mall opened early last Sunday morning for some low-key “sensitive Santa” time.

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Daisy's World
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Santa Hat Brownies Make Adorable Christmas Treat [PHOTO]

Looking for a simple holiday treat recipe? Then consider these Santa Hat Brownies, which are made from ready-to-bake brownie mix, vanilla-mascarpone buttercream and strawberries. Ingenious! (And probably very yummy.)

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flickr user gia_s
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St. Cloud Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

This weekend is the 5th annual Holiday Arts Crafts and Gift Show at the St. Cloud Armory. The event is Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th, doors open at 10 AM both days and admission is free.

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Bake Puppy Cookies!

Not cookies FOR your puppy and not puppies IN your cookies (Goodness! We're not talking horses here!) but cookies that LOOK like puppies. Just the cutest little puppies you've ever seen and (bonus!) the mess they make is entirely edible.

guy schmidt, Flickr
guy schmidt, Flickr
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Stocking Stuffers: Christmas in the United States

UNDATED – Christmas in America has become a mixture of both secular and religious themes, a time of joy, gratitude and celebration.

But in Colonial times, it was a different story.

Surprisingly little is known about how early Americans celebrated Christmas

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Stocking Stuffers: The Tradition of the Tree

Each year, we buy millions of Christmas trees at lots and tree farms across the country. As with many Christmas customs, this one has its roots in many times and places.

Most historians believe the first decorated Christmas trees in the United States appeared in the mid 19th century

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YouTube
YouTube
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Man Dances With iPod in Mall To Get Into the Holiday Spirit [VIDEO]

Going to the mall at this time of year is enough to cause anyone to lose their minds. The screaming little kids, the rude shoppers, the rented elves. It’s enough to make you wish you’d just stayed home and boycotted the holidays altogether.

But wait! Imagine you’re on one of those hellish expeditions and you run across a guy wearing an iPod, joyfully lip-syncing and dancing and completely ignoring what are sure to be the slack-jawed stares from those around him. Wouldn’t that make your day a little brighter? Come on, admit it. It would. Even if you think he’s utterly certifiable.

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Singing Musical Flash Mob Takes Over Mall [VIDEO]

You can tell there was a lot of time put into this flash musical.  It made me smile,  so I wanted to share some Christmassy (Not sure if that is a word) spirit with you.

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