Holiday

The post-holiday season is a time when many people look back at the memories they made and the money they spent. According to behavioral economist Dan Ariely, many of the financial decisions made during this time, and throughout the year, are based on instincts or emotions rather than value. 

The post-holiday season is a time when many people look back at the memories that were made, and the money that was spent. According to behavioral economist Dan Ariely, many of the financial decisions made during this time and throughout the year, are based on instincts or emotions rather than value.

With the growth of popular technologies like taxi apps and mobile payments, Ariely argues people are also becoming increasingly distanced from the physical pain of spending which can be helpful for keeping unnecessary spending in check.

Think you're stressed out during the holidays? Try being one of Santa's helpers.

Turns out being surrounded by children, tinsel and merriment isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Humorist David Sedaris wrote about the downside of holiday joy in a collection of fanciful stories based on his experiences called the Santaland Diaries. Once again, here's Sedaris reading from his essay as a somewhat-flawed Macy's department store elf named Crumpet.

Click the play button to hear this holiday tradition.

Fourth of July fireworks.
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From picnics and parades, to historical reenactments and fireworks, there are numerous events to commemorate the Fourth of July around North Carolina this weekend.

Now that the holidays are over, another season has arrived. It's time for children to put pen to paper and scratch out thank you letters — all under the watchful eye of their parents.

In a recent piece for The Guardian, Peter Ormerod argues that it's time to do away with that ritual. He writes that thank you letters "represent arguably the first instance in our lives when insincerity is officially sanctioned, which is particularly sad given that the best thing about children is their honesty."

The Turkey Man

Nov 26, 2014
Photo of Mike Davis is a turkey hunter turned turkey enthusiast who owns more than 700 turkey-themed items.
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Across the country on Thursday, Americans will consume the quintessential Thanksgiving food: turkey. 

Image of Sarah Hale, editor of Godey's Lady Book
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Many people sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner may hearken back to some version of a story about Pilgrims and Native Americans feasting together. 

It's A Wonderful Life
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From Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually to A Christmas Story, the tradition of a holiday film is as vital to some people as singing carols or decorating a tree. 

2 children, box of gift. Drawing
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Angel trees are in many places in our communities: churches, malls. Each ornament on the tree has a child's name on it, and a list of gifts the child would like for the holidays. Human "angels" take the tag, go shopping, and return some of those gifts wrapped and ready in time for the holidays.

A new start-up company is trying to update the model.

"CommuniGift" is an online platform, designed to make finding and shopping for needy children and families easier.

It works a couple of different ways.