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Some holiday cheer

Because it’s down to crunch time, and everyone’s a little stressed, here’s some of my favorite Christmas-themed tweets to cheer you up.

I’ll be in the newsroom on Christmas Day – so send me some Christmas wishes from your family celebrations!

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Bonus Photos: Watson Inn Windows

For your holiday/winter viewing pleasure, here are some more photos of the Watson Inn holiday painted windows while artist Mike Heller was working on them.

They depict a traditional winter scene, complete with snowmen, carriage and snow tubers.

I haven’t been by to see the completed windows – have you? How do they look?

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Video: Tree shaker

One of the cool things about my job is that I get to learn new things every day.

For example, my family has used an artificial tree for a long time now, so I never knew what happened once you picked out a real tree to buy.

Now I know – and it involves a cool tree shaking machine [Ignore the background chatter]:

This occurred at McClellan’s Tree Farm in Middleburg – I’m assuming to shake out the loose needles and other things that can get stuck in a tree.

Very cool stuff.

Which do you prefer – real or artificial trees? Let me know in the comments!

Bonus photos: Lottery tickets ornaments

Saturday I visited the Short Stop market near Selinsgrove to talk with store manager Mary Spicer, who transforms used lottery tickets into works of art for a good cause.

Here’s some bonus photos of her creations, which benefit the Needy Family Fund.

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Black Friday: Inside a trip to Wal-Mart

Last night, My mother, her friend, my boyfriend and I were one of the thousands of shoppers to head out to Wal-Mart for the beginning of “Black Friday,” which began at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

We headed to the Wal-Mart in Buckhorn, lists in hand.

It was actually pretty enjoyable. We got our items and were able to have a good time, without much pushing and shoving.

But for those of you who were in a tryptophan coma last night, you can still experience the inside of a Wal-Mart on Black Friday – here’s my photos documenting the experience:

Here what a typical Black Friday Wal-Mart looks like: pallets of goods everywhere, all wrapped up until it’s time to open them. The key is to find your pallet and stick to it like glue until the appointed hour.

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Black Friday vs. Thanksgiving: When should stores open?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is traditionally followed by my favorite holiday, Black Friday. My mom and I used to get up at 2:30 a.m. and joke that soon we wouldn’t even have to sleep at all, since stores were opening earlier and earlier – first 6 a.m., then 5 and finally 4 (Could you believe it!).

But now, it’s happened. Last year, most stores opened at midnight – and this year, Thanksgiving Thursday is the new Friday – and it has people angry, saying they can’t enjoy the holiday with their families anymore.

So now struggling retailer JCPenney seems to be going with a “we’re the good guys” strategy, saying they won’t open until Black Friday:

— jcpenney (@jcpenney) November 18, 2012

Personally, I’d like to see all stores go back to an actual Black Friday opening. It’s getting to be too much, in my opinion.

But will opening later put stores at a disadvantage? Crowds last year for the midnight openings were the biggest I’ve ever seen them in my Black Friday openings.

What do you think? Should retailers wait until Black Friday morning or continue to push the envelope?

[BTW – I’ll be posting some pics tomorrow of my own early-morning adventures!]

Christmas: How early is too early?

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This was the scene I encountered last weekend at a mall (not locally).

My first thought was, “What happened to Thanksgiving?! ”

How early is too early for Christmas cheer? Stores want to milk the season of giving, but is that really appropriate?

I don’t even want to think about Santa until after the turkey’s carved. I mean, I like Thanksgiving and think it should be given its fair due.

What do you think?