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Yes, Those Moose Eggnog Glasses From ‘Christmas Vacation’ Do Exist [VIDEO]

One of my most surprising Christmas gifts was a pair of authentic moose eggnog glasses from my wife. You may recall that Cousin Eddie and Clark Griswold were drinking eggnog from them in the classic holiday film, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", and these are the real deal.

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Make Your Own Christmas Fruitcake [VIDEO]

We've all heard jokes about holiday fruitcakes. My father used to say that some people he knew were "nuttier than a fruitcake". We in the McShea household happen to like fruitcake. My aunt used to make a great fruitcake but is no longer with us and neither is her recipe. So, I searched for a good, easy to make fruitcake recipe.

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More Favorite Classic Christmas Commercials [VIDEO]

I love those heartwarming classic TV commercials that air at this time of year. Once in a while, a commercial can give you a "warm and fuzzy" feeling, especially during the holidays.

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What Are The Top Selling Toys Of All Time?

Every year, there seems to be that hot toy that the kids want - what was in last year may be out now. So, what are the top 10 best selling toys of all time? Check out the list, and you probably owned one when you were a kid.

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Copeland Christmas/Facebook
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Best Christmas Light Displays [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

For some, Christmas is about decorating inside and out. Some go all out, when it comes to their light displays. Check out some of the best.

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Make Your Own Christmas Sugar Cookies [VIDEO]

It's an all-day event in the Greg McShea household, when the family bakes up batch after batch of Christmas sugar cookies for Christmas. We make all sorts of shapes and sizes, from Christmas trees to Frosty The Snowmans. I have a very important job during the cookie making event...guarding the sprinkles.

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Christmas Shopping That Helps Veterans And Seniors

If you've got some Christmas shopping left and would like to help local veterans and seniors, look to the New 2 U Thrift Shop, located inside the CNY Veterans Outreach Center (former YMCA building) in downtown Utica. The center is in need of donations of clothes, household items and small furniture items and has some great gift giving ideas.

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

We know that Santa fills "stockings hung by the chimney with care", but sometimes he gets a little help from us. Why is it ten times more difficult to figure out what to fill those stockings with, rather than the bigger presents under the tree? Here's some help.

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A Christmas Wish From Wife Who Died of Cancer Will Touch Your Heart

I've never heard anything as touching as the story of Brenda Schmitz. The mother and wife passed away in 2011 of ovarian cancer.  Before she died, she wrote a letter to Iowa radio station, Star 102.5 Christmas Wish and asked a friend to send it in once her husband had found someone new.

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Letters to Santa
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Child’s Letter To Santa Falls From The Sky [VIDEO]

Maybe you've already sent your Christmas wish letter to Santa Claus. Here's a story of how one child's letter to Santa fell from the sky.

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Atlanta Falcons on field with San Francisco 49ers
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NFL Football Takes Christmas Eve And Christmas Day Off

Unlike some years, with Christmas Eve falling on a Tuesday, and Christmas Day on Wednesday this year, the NFL has those days off. The closest to the holiday NFL action we get is Monday Night Football on December 23rd.

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Rockefeller Center at Christmas
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Take A Look At Christmastime In New York City

There's nothing quite like the Christmas season in New York City. The store windows, the huge Christmas tree and skating rink at Rockefeller Center, and of course FAO Shwarz toy store (remember that from the Tom Hanks movie, "Big"?). Every year, my daughter Lauren travels down to the Big Apple during this time of year and shares with me some great photos.

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