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Retailers Offer Deep Discounts On Annual Black Friday Shopping Day
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Tyler Shoppers Spent Almost $300 on Black Friday

If you bought a 40-inch flat screen TV over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, you matched most East Texas shoppers. Each of us spent a little under $300 over the Black Friday weekend, but that's only a third of what our holiday shopping total will be.

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Ski Resorts Need More Snow

If you're planning a vacation to ski country, you might have to wait.  Thanksgiving weekend is usually a big one for ski resorts, but most of them had to delay openings this year because of a lack of snow.

Some of the projected openings are in mid to late December now.

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Do Something Amazing With Thanksgiving Leftovers

One of the repercussions of creating a huge feast is having an enormous amount of leftovers.  You might be bound and determined to eat and eat until you're sick, but even then you and your family might have a little green bean casserole to spare.

So we don't feel totally guilty about our gluttony, here are some unique and productive ideas about what to do with all the leftovers.  

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This cornbread sausage stuffing will be irresistible at Thanksgiving dinner.
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Is It Stuffing or Dressing? [POLL]

What do you call that side dish made of cubed bread, chicken broth, and maybe some celery and sausage?

See what other people think about what's right and wrong, and then cast your vote to settle this once and for all.

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Downtown Lights Project Growing + Christmas Tree Delivered to the Square in Tyler

Downtown Tyler Design Committee member, and long-time Downtown volunteer, John O’Sullivan is installing lights on several buildings of the 100 block of East Erwin Street this week.

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Three Reasons Christmas Should Start Before Thanksgiving

It's mean to withhold the magic of Christmas from the kids, and I just couldn't do it any longer. Lights on, tree up.

And I've discovered three big reasons besides these girls, why Christmas should always start before Thanksgiving.

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Almost Four Million Texans Will Travel for Thanksgiving

Pack some soothing, stress-relieving eucalyptus lotion along with the green bean casserole this week.

There will be more people on the road than during any of the last nine Thanksgivings, according to AAA.

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Random Acts of Kindness Are Happening inTexas

Have you noticed anyone being over-the-top nice lately?  I'd love to hear that story. I'm a sucker for random acts of kindness.

There's no prize involved here, because that would defeat the purpose of the "being-nice-just-for-the-heck-of-it" stories.  So, just for the heck of it, I'll share a story about a random act of kindness that might excite some fast food employees in East Texas, and you can see if you notice anything similar.

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Texas Couples Celebrate 70 Years After Double Wedding

It takes a lot of grit and determination to make a marriage last 70 years!  And love too, we imagine.

Two couples tied the knot at a double wedding in Central Texas several decades ago, and they just celebrated that huge milestone this week.

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Texas Doesn’t Always Go For Thanksgiving Classics

It's not all about the turkey and stuffing in Texas.  It's usually on the table at Thanksgiving, but there are also some unique side dishes there that put us right up there with Washington's "Cottage Cheese Roast" for being a little weird.  

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The Smithsonian Institution Holds Press Preview For New National Museum Of African American History And Culture
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Tyler Transit Bus Ride to Honor Rosa Parks

Dec. 1 marks the anniversary that signified a milestone in the Civil Rights movement. In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the colored section of the bus for a white passenger.

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These Stores Will Open on Thanksgiving Day

If you're planning to burn some Thanksgiving calories by shopping, these stores will open up to you on Thursday night.  Others will wait until Black Friday morning to start the big sales.

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