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Channel 6 news
11/27
10 pm
"Boom or Bust" this shopping season? This is so far answered by an 11% increase in sales in Nebraska than last year, and the shopping season is far from over.
www.wowt.com
accessed Dec. 5
published Dec. 5
Many of the articles about Christmas gifts so far this year are about service done. This example was about volunteers delivering gifts to the elderly and homebound (or disabled).
Q 98.5
One man is helping raise toy donations by sitting on a billboard. He does this every year, and it is a huge help. This a personal sacrafice, as he is afraid of heights and has had to endure a snowstorm!
www.wow-christmas-gifts.com/hottest-christmas-toys-2004.html

accessed Dec. 7
This is an especially important year to get a jumpstart on the hottest Christmas toys for 2004 because toy retailers are being more conservative this year due to the economy, and almost everyone is predicting Christmas toy shortages.
www.wow-christmas-gifts.com

accessed Dec 7
The reason we call this the 'Techno Retro Year' is because many old favorite toys are returning ('retro') -- but with new twists, most that are 'techno.'
www.wow-christmas-gifts.com

accessed Dec 7
Hottest X-mas gifts:
1)techno - video games and interactive tv games
2)"action toys" - scooters, dirt bikes, even Fisher Price Wheels Go-Cart
3)"remote control" - stunt cars, boats, hovercrafts, etc.
4) "Oldies but Goodies" - Barbies, Disney character toys, games, Easy Bake ovens, and Cabbage Patch dolls (improved items of course)
5. Educational/Creative - Leapfrog: LeapPad will be a hit!
www.wowt.com
accessed Dec. 5
published Nov. 29
One item high on the Christmas shopping list is the Tree of course! THere are so many pre-lighted options in all different colors that it can be overwhelming, yet many families don't like these as they like getting out the Christmas items and getting in the spirit while decorating. Picking out a tree with the family is a tradition for many, but decorating together is even more prevalent.
www.wowt.com
accessed Dec. 5
Published Nov. 30
As Christmas has grown as a secular holiday in this country, the tradition of gift-giving certainly has evolved into a massive business.

Most retailers look at the holiday period as their most significant time of the year for making sales.
www.wowt.com
accessed Dec. 5
published Nov. 30
Christmas food and baking are also important traditions for many.

We also can't forget the amazing lights (many of which are now becoming less a sort of "chore" with all the easy set-ups) and the mistletoe

The first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday was Alabama, in 1836.
http://shopping.msn.com/
accessed Dec. 8
Some of the items on the top of Christmas wish lists include: purses, DVDs, electronic organizers, IPods, flat screen televisions, and even Segways - the world's first self-balancing personal transporter