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Why Do the Holidays Make Us So Nostalgic?

There’s something about the holiday season that often makes us all a little nostalgic. And it’s not just the result of carefully-crafted marketing by retailers — psychological experts say that wistful feeling has an actual purpose.

Krystine Batcho, a professor of psychology at Le Moyne College in New York, says nostalgia helps us feel connected to one another and can even ease pain during a crisis.

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Worst Company Gifts

I have been in the workforce for a long time.  I started working at age 16, and started my professional career at age 21.  I have never gotten a good Christmas gift from a company I worked for.

The worst gift?  A coffee mug

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Blake Shelton to Perform on ‘New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly’

NBC just announced the lineup for their big New Year’s Eve show, and unlike many ball drop events, they didn’t forget to include a little country music. ‘The Voice’ coach and favored ‘Honey Bee’ hitmaker Blake Shelton will take the stage on ‘New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly’ alongside fellow judge Cee Lo Green, hip-hop’s Drake, pop’s Jessie J, Tony Bennett and the comedy styling of Jimmy Fallon, among others.

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Christmas Traditions Websites – Tom’s Favorites

There are so many, it was difficult for me to choose which ones to write about!  Tons of different Christmas Traditions we all celebrate to all the different things we love to do together as family - from 'everything Christmas' to 'NORAD' to 'Santa Speaking.com'.

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Christmas Recipes – Cookies, Snowballs, Brownies and More!

My mom sent this to me in an email.  I am usually pretty organized at Christmas.  Get the gifts bought and wrapped early, homemade Christmas goodies, and time to relax with the kids.

This year is different, and I am still not done shopping and wrapping.  NO homemade Christmas goodies.  Going to try and get some of that done tomorrow.

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Shocking or No? Spankings Are Still the Norm for Half of Americans

Back in the ’60s, corporal punishment was common practice for a shocking 94 percent of parents in the US. While a lot of us may find this number unsettling, just as many don’t. In fact, half of all parents today admitted to punishing children by “spanking on the bottom with a bare hand” to a telephone poll conducted by the National Institutes for Mental Health.

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Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus to Make Movie Debut in ‘Saving Santa’ With Trace Adkins

Rascal Flatts‘ Jay DeMarcus is slated to make his film debut next year along with Trace Adkins in the holiday film ‘Saving Santa.’ With Kix Brooks sitting in the executive director chair, it’s no surprise that this upcoming release has so many country ties. Touted as “a sweet, funny, holiday story about the belief in love, goodness and the spirit of Christmas,” ‘Saving Santa’ is set to debut next year.

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Norad Tracks Santa

Here's where you can track Santa this Christmas

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‘Jingle Bell Rock’ [VIDEO]

Let's all sing together! 'Jingle Bell Rock'! 

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December Is Most Stressful Month For Couples

This actually kind of surprises me.  My husband, Mike, and I seem to be getting along great this month!  I could see how this month could cause some stress, though.

Over the holidays, the combination of spending money you don't really have and hanging out with the in-laws can prove to be a real relationship buster

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Research Proves Size Does Matter When It Comes to Gifts

Spent all your money on one really great gift, but think you should also get a small gift so your loved one has something else to open? Think again. New research shows that a small gift could decrease the value of the more generous one in the eyes of the recipient.

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CMA Country Christmas Album With 16 Videos!

How great is this?  This is the CMA 2010 Country Christmas Album with 16 video's in it.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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