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When Do You Take Down the Christmas Tree?

Now that Christmas is over, it's probably time to take down the tree. For most of us anyway. One percent of the population leaves the tree up all year! You know who you are.

How long is too long? Most people take down the tree by early January, and some of us ripped it down as soon as the last present was passed out.

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Weight Loss Program Starts January 7th in Tyler

Every year around the holidays, many of us eat a ton, and then a week later we wonder why in the world we did that to ourselves. Because it tasted good!

If you had to give up the skinny jeans for looser pants this week you're not alone. Carrie Underwood said on Twitter this week, "Had a great Christmas! Lots of family and lots of FOOOOD!!! Had to put the sweatpants on! #stuffedandhappy"

No matter what your size or weight loss goals, a new program will kick off in January in Tyler.

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If You’re Returning Gifts, Know the Rules

As Christmas winds down, your family may be setting some gifts aside to be returned. It happens to us all. And some stores prep by stacking up 12-packs of Coke and making a maze, anticipating an onslaught of returns. They want to keep the lines orderly as we stand there waiting to exchange a bad sweater.

If you have items to return, it's important to know the rules. Some stores have tightened their return policies.

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City of Tyler to Offer Christmas Tree Recycling

This weekend your Christmas tree is probably well-lit and gorgeous, standing watch over a multitude of neatly-wrapped gifts and providing a warm holiday glow in the living room. This is the best weekend of the year for the tree.

On Wednesday, the tree will be bare of gifts and the kids will be playing their new Wii games while you start thinking about the task of taking down the decorations and tossing the tree.

Extension agents remind us that the trees are living, breathing things (the real ones anyway, not the fake ones), and they can be turned to mulch and help landscaping this spring.

Here's how Tyler plans to recycle Christmas trees.

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Travelers Hit the Road for Christmas

By Monday and Tuesday we'll be sitting comfortably around the Christmas tree, sipping egg nog with family and trying to figure out how in the world a Furby really works.

In the meantime, it's a big ole traffic jam! Today and tomorrow are two of the busiest travel days of the year.

Triple A estimates 7.7 million Texans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home between Saturday and January 1. Millions of packages are on their way too, but they may not get here by Christmas.

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Holiday Bonus — Did You Receive One? [POLL]

With Christmas just days away, many offices throughout East Texas will be or have held office Christmas parties. Usually these parties involve a catered meal, a speech about the highlights of the year, mixed in with some adult beverages and in some offices some sort of bonus is handed out. According to a recent survey of human resource executives more companies are handing out Christmas bonuses this year than in previous years.

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Does Hearing Christmas Music Make Us Spend More?

Chances are, if you've strolled through Broadway Square Mall lately, you've heard Christmas music piping through the speakers as you shop.

Maybe you've thought nothing of it. Tis the season after all, and we expect to hear the Christmas music in our favorite stores. In fact, not hearing it would be an odd thing.

Some say hearing the Christmas songs can make us spend more money in that store. No way! But when we add up our receipts from the shopping season and realize how much we've spent, it would be kinda nice to blame our lack of control on something.

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Baby Names Keep Getting Weirder

BabyCenter has released their list of the most unusual baby names of 2012, and there are a few dandies on the list.

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Too Much Facebook Makes You Fat!

The good news is, research shows social networking sites boost our self esteem. The bad news is, the boost in self esteem can make us fat.

Here's how it works, according to Science Daily.

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Wacky New Ice Cream Flavors Are Coming

Seasonal flavors of coffee, ice cream, and even potato chips are all the rage. We get those, right? It's not too hard to understand that pumpkin ice cream might be kinda good, maybe tasting a bit like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin coffee is yummy too. Those who have tried the pumpkin-flavored Pringles say they're surprisingly good too. The sweet-salty combination works.

Some researchers say pairing a vegetable with fat helps the body process vitamins. And that is clearing the way for more wild and wacky flavors...like mushroom ice cream. Believe it!

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Saturday Night Is A Great Time To Lose Your Valuables

If you're headed out tonight for some holiday cheer, be forewarned that you just may lose your smart phone.

New stats say Saturday evening at 6pm is the most common time to lose things.

Perhaps when the beverages start flowing, we become more forgetful than usual. What other things to we typically lose on a Saturday night?

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And The Color of 2013 Shall Be….Emerald!

People get paid to sit around and think about what colors should identify a particular year or a particular season, and then they declare it to be true, and people buy those colors. Amazing!

The color company Pantone has issued their annual color forecast, and if we want to be hip next year, this is the color we should buy.

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