Grieving family shamed for not putting up holiday decorations

VACAVILLE, Calif.  — A California family received a letter from an anonymous neighbor calling them Scrooges for not decorating their home in a neighborhood known for its elaborate displays. Lyndia Ives Zarra told KTXL she actually loves to decorate. Her mom, Cheri, hand-painted many decorations over the years, which are usually proudly displayed in the family’s yard this time of year. But Cheri passed away from cancer very recently. Due to grief over the loss of her mother, Lyndia refrained from […]

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New Years Eve will be COLD, Texans are going to ‘grin and bear it’

DALLAS– It`s for sure jacket, maybe even hat and gloves kind of weather in Dallas already. But, more than the Time Square ball is dropping this New Years Eve. 20 degree weather is expected for the holiday. Bryan Pham, a Texas native says, “You know, it`s Texas, so we are kinda not used to it.” You might be able to relate to Kenny Martin, like many he has outdoor plans that night. “I am not excited about the cold at […]

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Is it a good idea to adopt cheap pets over the holidays?

DALLAS — The after Christmas sales don’t just include deep discounts on appliances or electronics. It’s also a chance for animal services to get the word out on their adoptable pets! This time of year, buying a cheap new fur friend may seem like a good idea, either for the kiddos or because it’s a more affordable price, but sometimes the cheap way isn’t the best way because if the pet isn’t quite what the new owner is expecting,  it’ll likely […]

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There’s a good chance your holiday returns will end up in a landfill

Returning an unwanted holiday present? There’s a good chance it could end up in a landfill. 5 billion pounds of returned items end up in the trash heap, according to Optoro, a tech company that helps major retailers manage their returns. Not only are these returns environmentally unfriendly, but they are costing retailers a fortune. Each year, consumers return about $380 billion worth of goods — $90 billion of which are processed during the holiday, according to Optoro. Only half […]

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Holiday Hangover: The Day AFTER Christmas Shopping & Sales

NORTH TEXAS-  It’s not the overdoing of spiked eggnog that will have some people rushing to stores post Christmas. Retail experts say December 26th is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Whether it’s returning or exchanging that sweater Aunt Sally gave you, the financial forecast is looking just as surprising as this semi-warm weather. According to an American Express study: 66% of Americans are expected to shop online and offline today. Compare that with the 45% on black Friday […]

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Don’t leave those empty boxes your gifts came in on the curb, burglars are watching

DALLAS– Now that the Christmas gifts has been wrapped, given, and opened, there`s a different Grinch to watch out for! Someone looking through your holiday trash, seriously! You leave that empty box that your electronic goodies came in on the curb, and may not think much of it, but to the would-be criminal driving through your neighborhood?? Well that box makes you a target! Really though, the criminals who were unsatisfied with their lump of coal as a Christmas present […]

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Cowboys, Rangers, and Mavs draw laughs, joy with Christmas videos

ARLINGTON — The Cowboys can’t remember the names of Santa’s reindeer (except Ryan Switzer), and Jason Garrett’s heart doesn’t appear to be growing three sizes this year, but our sports teams are still making your season bright with holiday videos! For Dem Boys, it was a double dose. They tweeted out a funny (and also sad!) video of the players struggling to name Santa’s reindeer. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?Check out the answers from the #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/zw9fZKsj8l — […]

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500 homeless people get to call a Downtown Dallas hotel room home for Christmas

DALLAS– What if being home for the holidays was only in your dreams? On Christmas Eve, that dream came true for hundreds of people in downtown Dallas. 500 people who otherwise would have been left in the cold, are being gifted a stay at the Omni Dallas Hotel for the holiday. Hundreds of people stood outside the hotel to welcome the homeless off the buses and into their rooms. Janet Everson is part of that welcoming committee every year. “It […]

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