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Santas invade Chicago. Merriment is inevitable.

The prophets predicted this day. Now, it has finally come. SantaCon strikes the streets of Chicago on December 8, 2012. Be prepared for an invasion of Santas and Mrs. Clauses, along with a slew of reindeer, elves, and walking talking ornaments. Resistance is futile. The SantaCon takeover is inevitable…so you may as well join in. [...]

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Macy’s staying open for 83 straight hours

Talk about an all-nighter. With the Christmas holiday falling on a weekend this year (does everyone agree that this is just not very much fun? Thanks. Can we move to get Christmas moved to a Tuesday or a Friday, please? Permanently?), some retailers are taking steps to ensure that they eke out every last bit [...]

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Santa and his Scottsdale machine guns make national news

For the “hard to understand but incites a lot of controversy” holiday file – the Scottsdale Gun Club made national news (major papers and blogs including the Huffington Post) with the news of their annual Santa with guns Christmas card photo shoot. People line up to take their pictures with Jolly Old St. Nick and [...]

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Twelve Bars of Xmas is exactly what you think

My Uncle Cooter used to tell me, “Nothing says Christmas like $3 Miller Lites!” Sadly, Uncle Cooter died in a tragic beer bong explosion but his glorious holiday spirit lives on this Saturday when Chicago welcomes the 16th Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas pub crawl to some of Wrigleyville’s finest drinking establishments. Santa doesn’t care [...]

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Take a ride on Chicago’s holiday train

The Chicago Transit Authority is getting into the holiday spirit with its popular holiday train. It’s the closest thing you can get around here to the Polar Express. The spectacular train is an amazing sight – during the daytime and at night. The outside of the six-car train is adorned with holiday seasonal images. Thousands [...]

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Not just for kids: The curious phenomenon of Elf on the Shelf

If you haven’t heard of the Elf on the Shelf, it may be because you don’t have any young children at home. But this Christmas-time phenomenon is taking the country by storm, and has its own multimedia platform – movie, books, website, toy, and more – and is becoming a silly social content marketing tool [...]