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Toys ‘R’ Us Has A Master Plan To Get People Into Its Stores For The Holidays

[credit provider=”pennuja on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pennuja/5307627349/”] Toys ‘R’ Us has a big strategy for getting customers in stores this holiday. The retailer is planning on getting you in stores by offering tons of exclusive merchandise that you couldn’t get from Amazon, Walmart or Target, CEO Jerry Storch announced at an event at […]
Toys ‘R’ Us Has A Master Plan To Get People Into Its Stores For The Holidays
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These Are The Toys That Every Kid Will Want This Year

[credit provider=”walmart.com ” url=”http://www.walmart.com/ip/16472094?adid=22222222227000790273&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=14000952550&wl4=&wl5=pla”] Good news for kids—parents are splurging on toys again.Grandparents and parents are reverting to their pre-recession mentality and springing for luxury toys like mini-Cadillacs and giant stuffed animals, Adrienne Appell at the Toys Industry Association told us.
These Are The Toys That Every Kid Will Want This Year
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10 Reasons Why The American Economy Is Awesome

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/photophiend/5903505233/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Slowly, the U.S. economy has been gaining steam and rhetoric in Washington has seemed a little less painful. Perhaps that’s only apathy caused by four years of unease and turmoil. But the picture is definitely not nearly as bleak as in Europe.Sure, economic data can be spun, […]
10 Reasons Why The American Economy Is Awesome
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CARTOONS OF THE WEEK: Featuring Christmas 2011

[credit provider=”New York TImes Syndicate” url=”https://www.nytsyn.com/subscribed/cartoons”] During this slow holiday week, we have new cartoons that are all about a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.There is also colourful commentary on Putin’s reign in Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s in Syria.
CARTOONS OF THE WEEK: Featuring Christmas 2011
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Americans Have Finally Figured Out How To Game Retailers–Wait Until The Stores Are Panicked And Desperate

[credit provider=”Arty Smokes (deaf mute) ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/artysmokes/3770325074/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons: the Black Friday binge and a last-minute surge.Together, they added up to decent sales gains for retailers. And the doldrums in between showed how shoppers have learned to wait […]
Americans Have Finally Figured Out How To Game Retailers–Wait Until The Stores Are Panicked And Desperate
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Two Mind-Boggling Explanations For Why Layaway’s So Popular Right Now

[credit provider=”keishkakeishka” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/keishka/2585854358/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] When you’re poor and money is tight, you’ll do most anything to get by.And for the majority of low-income consumers facing exorbitant credit card debt and bills, that means opting for layaway come Christmas time.
Two Mind-Boggling Explanations For Why Layaway’s So Popular Right Now
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Fire Officials Reveal Heartbreaking New Details About Multiple Failed Rescue Attempts During Deadly Christmas Fire

[credit provider=”AP”] Fire officials released new information Tuesday that outlines the heart wrenching details leading up to a fire that claimed the lives of advertising executive Madonna Badger’s parents and three young daughters early Christmas morning in Stamford, CT.Ruling out foul play, Chief Fire Marshall Barry Callahan confirmed that the […]
Fire Officials Reveal Heartbreaking New Details About Multiple Failed Rescue Attempts During Deadly Christmas Fire
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Here’s An Easy Way To Turn Your Old Christmas Lights Into Cash

[credit provider=”ellenm1 via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellenm1/5231038160/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Once you’ve dropped off your Christmas tree at the nearest recycling centre, you might want to think about what to do with your old string lights.If you’re lucky enough to live in the Southern Calif. area, 17 Crown-ACE Hardware stores are letting consumers trade in […]
Here’s An Easy Way To Turn Your Old Christmas Lights Into Cash
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You Won’t Believe How Well The Christmas Tree Business Did This Year

The economy may still be floundering. But the Christmas tree business is booming. According to new study by research firm IBISWorld, Americans will spend an estimated $3.4 billion on Christmas trees this year, the highest amount since 2007. Here, a brief guide, by the numbers, to this “booming” holiday business:
You Won’t Believe How Well The Christmas Tree Business Did This Year
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The Story Of How Santa Became Fat, Red And Bearded

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kokoloveguam/4143333854/”] He goes by many names — St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas — but Santa’s likeness is always the same: a big man in a red coat, fat and jolly, riding a sleigh through the night to deliver gifts to the good children of the world.Just like […]
The Story Of How Santa Became Fat, Red And Bearded
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How The Grinch Stole Business Insider

Note: This retelling of the famous Dr. Seuss story was written and circulated internally by our tech guru, Andrew Fleming. We enjoyed it. We hope you do, too. Every Reader  Down in Silicon Alley Liked Business Insider a lot…   But the Grinch, Who still thought Internet Explorer was a […]
How The Grinch Stole Business Insider
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Here’s What These 15 Tech Founders Want For Christmas

[credit provider=”cyclingrelf via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclingrelf/5894465734/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] We asked tech founders what they want for Christmas. We got a range of answers.We thought they’d want the latest gadgets — so we were surprised by their non-techy answers.
Here’s What These 15 Tech Founders Want For Christmas
Lifestyle

There’s A Good Reason Why No One Is Kissing You This Christmas

[credit provider=”cyclingrelf via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclingrelf/5894465734/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Sad news for hopeless romantics–there’s a mistletoe shortage in New York City this year, the New York Times reports.No word on whether it will affect the number of kisses doled out this holiday season, but it does have people scrambling to find even a small […]
There’s A Good Reason Why No One Is Kissing You This Christmas
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Watch Out For This Utterly Strange Christmas Scam

[credit provider=”malingering” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/malingering/75225220/”] Richmond, Va. residents were warned this week to steer clear of bogus businesses fronting as tacky Christmas light limo tours.This led me to question – are people actually paying to have a limousine drive them around and look at Christmas lights?
Watch Out For This Utterly Strange Christmas Scam
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You Won’t Believe What China Is Doing With Millions Of Pounds Of Old Christmas Lights From The U.S.

[credit provider=”Flickr/Joseph Nadler” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/antijoe/3262253939/”] This year Americans will spend a startling $6 billion on Christmas tree decorations, including tens of millions of pounds of glowing holiday lights.Of course, after December 25, the bulk of this festive decor will end up in junkyards and trash bins—or a recycling plant in China. […]
You Won’t Believe What China Is Doing With Millions Of Pounds Of Old Christmas Lights From The U.S.
Lifestyle

Hey, Those Annoying Lexus Holiday Commercials Might Actually Be Working

[credit provider=”via YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA_l1jdqevs”] The Lexus commercials that have been running non-stop over the last few months are not a joke; people do actually receive cars as gifts for the holidays.According to Kevin Fagan of The San Francisco Chronicle, car sales are up around 7% over this time last year […]
Hey, Those Annoying Lexus Holiday Commercials Might Actually Be Working
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HO-HO-HORROR! 42% Of Kids Under 5 Can’t Identify Santa

It looks like Americans are starting to see the repercussions of the “War on Christmas.”According to E-Poll Market Research, which tracks the popularity of branded characters and celebrities for advertisers, 42 per cent of children between the ages of 2 and 5, and 29 per cent of kids ages 6 […]
HO-HO-HORROR! 42% Of Kids Under 5 Can’t Identify Santa
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The 20 Most Charitable Countries In Europe

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Since it’s the time of year for giving, we thought we’d look at which countries are giving the most.Charities Aid Foundation has compiled its 2011 World Giving Index, detailing which countries give the most.
The 20 Most Charitable Countries In Europe
Markets

Wall Street’s Christmas Displays 2011 Graded From F To A

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] The weather is getting colder, the air is crisper, and the city is done up in lights…must be Christmas again.This past year has seen plenty of ups and downs for Wall Street, and Occupy Wall Street has certainly done its best to portray the […]
Wall Street’s Christmas Displays 2011 Graded From F To A
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There’s A Better Way To Get Rid Of Your Christmas Tree This Year

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Before you toss that scraggly lump of limbs that used to be your Christmas tree on the side of the road, think about recycling it instead. Plenty of state sanitation departments have guides for consumers on how to discard unwanted trees for recycling, but environmental […]
There’s A Better Way To Get Rid Of Your Christmas Tree This Year
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As Christmas Approaches, Norway Threatens To Kill 60,000 Reindeer

[credit provider=”canopic via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/canopic/3538796793/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Norway may have to order a mass cull of reindeer if herders are unable to control the animal’s population, reports The Local. The Sami population of Norway, the indigenous tribe responsible for herding reindeer, have been warned to either control the growing population or face a […]
As Christmas Approaches, Norway Threatens To Kill 60,000 Reindeer
Markets

It Looks Like Christmas Time Is Finally Here For Markets

We guess that Christmas officially starts now. Most of the City will be nursing headaches after the most popular work party night of the year leaves its mark on the general consciousness. TMM however are mostly untouched having decided that a soft duvet, cool crisp sheets and an early night […]
It Looks Like Christmas Time Is Finally Here For Markets
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4 Alternatives To Gift Wrap That Cost Next To Nothing

[credit provider=”jimmiehomeschoolmom” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmiehomeschoolmom/4165199870/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] One common theme in the emails I get this time of year is the cost of wrapping paper. Many people find it difficult to swallow that they’re investing $15 to $20 into paper that’s simply there to cover a box and will be torn to shreds on […]
4 Alternatives To Gift Wrap That Cost Next To Nothing
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The Simple Way To Save Big On All Your Christmas Shopping

[credit provider=”methyl_lives” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/methyl_lives/3154771682/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] NEW YORK (AP) — When Emily Russell’s two young sons wake up on Christmas morning, they’ll find that Santa left them a note instead of the video games they requested.”Hey, I couldn’t get by your house last night,” Russell, a single mother from Kernersville, N.C., plans to […]
The Simple Way To Save Big On All Your Christmas Shopping
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SANTANOMICS: How Giving Lousy Gifts Could Rescue Our Economy

[credit provider=”liquoredonlife” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/liquoredonlife/4191686449/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson calls it Santanomics: the surprising correlation between America’s holiday spending and our beat-down economy.Some would argue the holiday shopping tradition is a boon for America’s coffers, stuffing registers with saved-up cash. However, Thompson posits that most holiday shopping is spurred on by the […]
SANTANOMICS: How Giving Lousy Gifts Could Rescue Our Economy
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10 Christmas Presents For The Spoiled Kid Who Has Everything

[credit provider=”Andy M. Smith via Flickr ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/andymsmith/6391559871/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] One thing that’s recession-proof? Toys. Although disposable income has decreased greatly in the past year—the average American has $1,315 less per year to spend on extras than he or she did when the recession started—spoiled children need not worry. Despite the downturn, […]
10 Christmas Presents For The Spoiled Kid Who Has Everything
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5 Cheapo Take-Out Options When You’re Too Lazy To Cook Holiday Dinner

[credit provider=”Curtis Gregory Perry” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/curtisperry/84288443/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] BOSTON (MainStreet) — Holiday dinner may be the one time each year the whole family gathers around the table, but that doesn’t mean a host has to sacrifice the rest of his or her time with them to make it happen. More on Managing Your […]
5 Cheapo Take-Out Options When You’re Too Lazy To Cook Holiday Dinner
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Americans Are Spending A Whopping $6 Billion On Christmas Decorations This Year

[credit provider=”Brown Family Lights” url=”http://www.brownfamilylights.net/”] This year Americans will spend a whopping $6 billion on Christmas decorations, including LED lights, 16-foot-tall inflatable Santas and pre-decorated Christmas trees.This marks the highest amount ever recorded by the National Retail Federation, which started tracking the information back in 2005.
Americans Are Spending A Whopping $6 Billion On Christmas Decorations This Year
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Gingrich Fought On The Wrong Side In The War On Christmas

[credit provider=”Jon Terbush / Business Insider”] Newt Gingrich claims on his campaign website that he will “protect religious expression in the public square such as crosses, crèches and menorahs.” And since his conversion to Catholicism he has sided with the religious right on most cultural issues. But in 1995, he was renaming […]
Gingrich Fought On The Wrong Side In The War On Christmas
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‘Tis The Season To Teach Your Kids How To Stay Out Of Debt

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Parents looking for smart ways to educate their children about holiday shopping can turn to some new tips from Wells Fargo bank.The tips aim to help parents and grandparents prepare their children for the holiday-shopping season and teach them good financial habits before they […]
‘Tis The Season To Teach Your Kids How To Stay Out Of Debt
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Here’s How To Find The Best Deals You Missed On Cyber Monday

[credit provider=”jsim93″ url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsim93/6234345163/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] If you’re looking for smart ways to save this holiday season, look no further than your computer screen.According to Extrabux.com‘s product comparison expert, Jeff Nobbs, now might be the best time to shop online.
Here’s How To Find The Best Deals You Missed On Cyber Monday
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Amazon Keeps Cyber Monday Going With Incredible ‘Flurry Deals’

[credit provider=”FreeShipping.org” url=”http://www.freeshipping.org/blog/amazon-prime-is-it-worth-it/”] Amazon is taking holiday shopping to a whole new level with its seven-day-long “Flurry Deals” event.Hosting a different flash sale each day, the event, which kicked off on Dec. 4, will offer shoppers up to 60 per cent off various merchandise.
Amazon Keeps Cyber Monday Going With Incredible ‘Flurry Deals’
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Justin Bieber And Mariah Carey Teamed Up To Ruin Your favourite Christmas Song

Justin Bieber’s been spreading holiday cheer with his new single “Mistletoe,” but he’s not sticking strictly to original songs. Behold: his duet with Mariah Carey on her Christmas classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” complete with a video that’s more or less a glorified ad for Macy’s. Mariah’s […]
Justin Bieber And Mariah Carey Teamed Up To Ruin Your favourite Christmas Song
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Groupon Mix Up Leads To Chaos At Santa’s Grotto

[credit provider=”nick.garrod via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/belowred/1072676294/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] A false Groupon offer for a Santa’s grotto in the English city of York has lead to the resignation of one of Santa’s elves, reports the Telegraph.Groupon mistakenly sent out an email to parents saying that the grotto would be offering a festive train ride. […]
Groupon Mix Up Leads To Chaos At Santa’s Grotto
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Mall Santas Are Getting Trained To Lower Kid’s Expectations

[credit provider=”Zellaby” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/toymaster/2105006228/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Now this is just sad.Alexander Eichler reports on the Huffington Post that mall santas are training to break children’s hearts this holiday and let the little ones know that mummy and Daddy can’t afford that Air Swimmer Extreme everyone’s been raving about.
Mall Santas Are Getting Trained To Lower Kid’s Expectations
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PHOTOS: Rockefeller centre Kicks Off Christmas With Celebrity Studded Show

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Last night, Rockefeller centre held its 79th Annual Rockefeller centre Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. With over 10,000 spectators, street closures around 5th Avenue and 50th St, and coinciding with a little presidential visit, the night was a spectacle.The evening included performances by Cee Lo […]
PHOTOS: Rockefeller centre Kicks Off Christmas With Celebrity Studded Show
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Michael Pettis: Don’t Count On A Happy Solution In Europe

[credit provider=”pim (pimbert) rdwrt on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdwrt/5452189338/”] Much of the latest issue of the newsletter, sent out two weeks ago, was on disaggregating the trading performance of the RMB to separate market sentiment from PBoC actions, but since this was pretty technical stuff I am not including it in this […]
Michael Pettis: Don’t Count On A Happy Solution In Europe
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Now You Can Donate To Salvation Army From A Smartphone

[credit provider=”Celine Chamberlin”] The Salvation Army is modernizing its red kettle campaign with a fury to make it even easier for you to donate—right from a phone.Not only will its iconic store-front bell ringers accept plastic, but they’ll also take donations via mobile devices, the company said in a statement. 
Now You Can Donate To Salvation Army From A Smartphone
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Obama Administration Proposes 15-Cent Christmas Tree Tax To Sell More Christmas Trees

[credit provider=”By Christopher S. Penn on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/financialaidpodcast/3120510746/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] To pay for a new industry-wide marketing program for fresh-cut Christmas trees, the Department of Agriculture is proposing a 15-cent tax on every tree paid by bulk growers and importers.The proposed rule, first reported by The Hill, was reported in the Federal […]
Obama Administration Proposes 15-Cent Christmas Tree Tax To Sell More Christmas Trees
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The 10 Best Holiday Light Displays In The U.S.

Since the first electric bulb was lit more than a century years ago, people have been finding more creative ways to use them in beautiful displays. Today, holiday light displays can be found in nearly every major city and small town across the country and holiday revelers hike, drive and […]
The 10 Best Holiday Light Displays In The U.S.
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A Lot Of Americans Want A Second Job For The Holidays

More than one-in-five adults plans to take a second job to afford the holidays this season, according to a survey by CouponCabin.com.   The website that offers free coupons to its visitors asked 2,466 U.S. adults about their winter plans, and about 21 per cent said they’ll be working a […]
A Lot Of Americans Want A Second Job For The Holidays
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The First Bank To Cancel Christmas Just Did

[credit provider=”Katya Wachtel for Business Insider”] The Royal Bank of Scotland, which is now state-owned after receiving the largest bank bailout in the world in 2008, just cancelled Christmas for its investment bankers, Bloomberg reported.Not only is the Holiday fun gone, but other forms of entertainment are also banned at […]
The First Bank To Cancel Christmas Just Did
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Here’s Why Analysts Are Dead Wrong About Holiday Sales

Port traffic on the West coast is down significantly. Expected traffic for September is also way lower. Yet analysts have been busy raising expectations for the holiday season. One thing for sure, one group is wrong. Please consider the New York Times article A Contradiction in the Cargo
Here’s Why Analysts Are Dead Wrong About Holiday Sales
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

[credit provider=”ap”] Holiday season has come and gone and most of the world is back to work but Eastern Orthodox communities which follow the Julian calendar are only just beginning their Christmas celebrations.There were estimated to be 218 million orthodox Christians who followed the Julian calendar in 1995.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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10 Things That Bankers Were Thankful For In 2010

[credit provider=”ap”] This year, Wall Streeters have a lot to be thankful for – 2010 was pretty kind to banker folk.Fin-reg was significantly watered down; tax cuts for the wealthy (and everyone else) were extended; hedge funders are yet to be arrested in the FBI’s insider trading probe; and a […]
10 Things That Bankers Were Thankful For In 2010