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St. Nicholas Day

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

The holiday season has many different holidays that are celebrated, whether it be Christmas on Dec. 25, Chanukah starting on Dec. 8, Kwanzaa starting on Dec. 26 or a few others that are celebrated around the world. However, one that I celebrated when I was living in Germany is celebrated today (Dec. 6). It is St. Nicholas Day.  This is not the day he was born as you may think, but is the day he died in AD 343, and thus is called the St. Nicholas Feast Day.

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Christmas Present
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Be Careful: Buying a Bad Gift Can Cause A Fight [SURVEY]

I was talking with Sammy Kershaw this morning about Christmas gifts.  We were reminiscing about the time when we had to put actual thought into the presents we bought for people.  We had to pay attention to their likes and dislikes and find the gift that would tell them that we cared enough to know they would enjoy having that item.  Today we seem to be all about cash and gift cards.  Those items seem very impersonal to me.  Giving them seems to say "I don't know anything about you, but you're on my Christmas list. So here ya go."

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Behka’s Links: Christmas Shopping, Behka Style

Kids, I don't know about you, but it seems like every year I would try to find gifts for people in the Holiday season, it would just get harder and harder.

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Black Friday shopping
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Holiday Shopping Now Starts Before Black Friday or Cyber Monday — Dollars and Sense

While some fanatical Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers are already at the gates waiting to assault the holiday-shopping season with their fearsome craving for stuff, some retail analysts say the gates are actually open now and the race is already in progress.

Thom Blischok, chief retail strategist for Booz and Company says, “Cyber Monday has begun, essentially. No question about it.”

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Post Office

Don’t Miss the Postal Service Shipping Deadlines for the 2012 Holiday Season

Christmas may be about six weeks away, but it is time to start thinking about where you plan to send gifts, packages and mail. The United States Postal Service is predicting that over 365 million packages will be delivered this holiday season, which is 20% more than 2011.

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Labor Day Isn’t Ruined

Kids, I know a lot of you are kind of pouting right now because it's raining outside, and apparently that will dampen some of your plans. MALARKEY, I say!  Your fun isn't ruined!

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Where Are You Going for Labor Day?

Labor Day weekend is upon us, a holiday that many mark as the end of summer.  I have done many different things for Labor Day weekend in the past, from traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks, to Kansas City, Columbia and even just around town.

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Does it Throw You Off When Holidays Are in The Middle of the Week? [COMPLETE THE SENTENCE]

Independence Day fell on a Wednesday this year.  I worked.  Many of you had the day off to celebrate the birth of our nation and are back to the proverbial grind stone today...

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Hitting Snooze

Did You Call Out of Work Today? [SURVEY]

As Behka pointed out, some of us had to work yesterday.  I, however, managed to get to Eldon to play golf. On my way through Cole Camp, I noted the line of cars heading West on 52 to the lake.  The line stretched from the four-way stop all the way to the clinic just on the outskirts of town.  There was even a police officer at the four-way to direct traffic and try to keep things moving.  He had his work cut out for him.  All I could think was, "With that many people at the lake, there are going to be a lot of tired people tomorrow."

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Working on Memorial Day

I know there are several of us who have to work this holiday.  Several of my colleagues and I are some of them.

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