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Bring on the Holiday Office Parties! Even Though Employees Would Rather Skip ‘Em.

Oh those holiday office parties...if you want to be a good employee you have to go. But you can't have too much fun or you'll risk ending up dancing on a table with someone else's shirt on your head, and the video will get thousands of hits on youtube.

A study by Forbes says 90 percent of offices will have holiday parties this year. That's good news! It's a sign that the economy is back on track.

Only 5 percent of employees actually want a holiday office party.

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Self-Gifting Is Big This Year

While you're out doing the holiday shopping and buying gifts for everyone else, are you tempted to splurge on something for yourself?

This idea of self-gifting was actually part of the sermon I heard at church yesterday, so I did a little more investigating and dug up some interesting facts.

My pastor said we'll spend on average, $75 on a gift for a close friend, $23 on an acquaintance, and $123 on a gift for ourselves. Tis the giving season! To ourselves apparently. A national newspaper says the self-spending total will be even higher - close to $200 per person.

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Mix 93-1 Wants To Stuff Your Stocking

Mix 93-1 wants to stuff your stocking this Christmas with the hottest electronics of the season! The Mix elves have been busy buying up Wii U's and iPad mini's and we want you to get one in your stocking this Christmas!

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Top Baby Names of 2012 Revealed

America has a fascination with boys' names that end in the letter N.

And with girls' it's all the rage to end the name with an A.

Babycenter has revealed their Top 100 Baby Names of 2012, and judging by the list, kindergarten classes in five years will be well-populated with Aidens and Sophias.

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Your Packages Are On the Way…Cyber Monday Sales Were HUGE

The Research firm ComScore says sales this past Monday were around $1.46 BILLION. That's up 17 percent from the $1.25 billion total of 2011. We spent dollars like crazy online Monday. Don't you wonder how much of that was done at work? We didn't get much done at work that day. We were too busy shopping.

The UPS guy has been to my house two days in a row with deliveries. Does anyone else have a little cyber guilt for all of the separate online orders? I feel bad the the UPS guy has to make separate trips for little packages here and there. I wonder if he sees my address and gets mad. Not again! Oh UPS man, there will be more where that came from. We may start setting out cookies and milk for you, Fed Ex, and the Post Office. We'll be seeing a lot of you over the next three weeks.

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Large Crowds Expected at First Monday Trade Days

It's the Christmas shopping season, the weather will be warm and gorgeous, and flea markets are just plain fun. All of those things are expected to factor into huge crowds this weekend at First Monday Trade Days in Canton.

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Can You Think of Anyone Who Doesn’t Have a Cell Phone?

New Pew Center research says 85 percent of Americans now have cell phones. Everyone we know has one, right? Except maybe Grandma. She's in that 15 percent that miraculously moves through life without a mobile phone.

One out of every two people over the age of 18 owns a smart phone.

What do you do with your smart phone? If you actually talk on it, you're one of the few!

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Does a Full Moon Really Make People Nuts?

How many times have you heard someone say when a kid is acting crazy, "Blame it on the full moon!" Is there really any truth to that? Can the shape of the moon make a child act a fool?

I know a pediatric dentist that has noticed that patients under the age of 12 become more unruly when the moon is full. She believes with all her might that the full moon can leads to misbehavin' and acting up.

So what's the truth?

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No Powerball Winner Saturday Night, Jackpot Grows

The winning numbers in Saturday night's Powerball drawing were 22-32-37-44-50 with Powerball 34, according to the Powerball lottery's website.

Saturday night's jackpot amount was the fourth largest in the game's history, but no one matched all of the numbers. There was no winner. So...how high will the jackpot climb now?

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We Survived the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year. Which Day is LEAST Busy?

The longest lines on Black Friday were reported at Target, Walmart, and Best Buy in Tyler. Broadway Square Mall was jam packed most of the day Friday too.

If you want to avoid the crowds, which day this holiday season will be the least busy?

It's coming up in the next five days.

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Small Business Saturday is Way to Help Mom and Pop Shops

American Express posted this Youtube Video about ways to support small, independent retailers, and it's been viewed more than 5 million times.

Black Friday may be winding down, but the shopping continues this weekend. Tomorrow, shoppers will head out to support independent retailers in East Texas on Small Business Saturday.

The Tyler Small Business Development Center says on their Facebook page that Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

What Tyler, Longview and other area business will you support?

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Thieves Like Electronics Too

Once you buy those highly-sought-after goods on Black Friday, do you leave them in plain sight in your car as you make your way to the next store?

Tyler police are offering tips to protect yourself and your goods during the holiday shopping season. Among the tips; hide the loot!

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