That’s one big tree! Watch as the Christmas tree is erected in Rockefeller Center

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A 76-foot-tall Norway Spruce is erected in Rockefeller Plaza in preparation for the Dec. 4 lighting.

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2012 White House holiday card stars Bo

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An artist from Iowa designed the official 2012 greeting, which features the Obamas’ Portuguese water dog traipsing through the snowy lawn of the White House.

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From Santa to Sandy, St. Nick’s helpers send toys to children affected by storm

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The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and the Blue Angels held an event to send toys to children affected by Superstorm Sandy at the Washington Reagan Airport in Arlington, Va., according to wire reports. Over $700,000 worth of toys were being loaded into a plane and flown to New Jersey where they would be distributed to the children.

'Secret Santa' hands out $100 bills to stunned Sandy survivors in Staten Island

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A wealthy Missouri man posing as “Secret Santa” stunned New Yorkers, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.

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Kicking off the 2012 holiday season with the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

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Survey: 45% of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas

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Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since the recession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year.

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Tablets, Turtles make holiday toys ‘most wanted’ list

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Tablet computers, turtles and a new take on a furry old-timer are the hot toys retailers and manufacturers hope will spark a rebound from a dismal 2011 holiday season, according to a closely watched “Most Wanted” list released on Friday.

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