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Why Do the Holidays Make Us So Nostalgic?

There’s something about the holiday season that often makes us all a little nostalgic. And it’s not just the result of carefully-crafted marketing by retailers — psychological experts say that wistful feeling has an actual purpose.

Krystine Batcho, a professor of psychology at Le Moyne College in New York, says nostalgia helps us feel connected to one another and can even ease pain during a crisis.

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Who Really Likes the Taste of Eggnog, Anyway? — Survey of the Day

Eggnog is one of those drinks we all like to have around the holidays not because it’s our favorite drink, but just because of tradition. However, it turns out that more people actually like the drink than dislike it.

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‘Send a Call from Santa’ to Keep Kids in Line… or to Have a Little Holiday Fun

Parents have been using the threat of Santa’s “naughty or nice” list for so long now that it may be losing its strength, so the nice folks at Google stepped in to help.

Enter a little information at Send a Call from Santa and your little one will get a voicemail from the North Pole denizen himself. You can customize it to be as personal as you like, including details like the child’s name, gender and what’s on his or her holiday wish list.

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Robert Cianflone, Getty Images
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Are Store Owners to Blame for the Crowds of Shoppers?

When you think of holiday shopping, the least enjoyable is getting bumped by crowds of people, right? Brett A.S. Martin, a professor at Queensland University of Technology Business School in Australia, definitely knows this, since he believes congestion is actually caused by store owners filling their aisles to the brim with as many products as possible.

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Research Proves Size Does Matter When It Comes to Gifts

Spent all your money on one really great gift, but think you should also get a small gift so your loved one has something else to open? Think again. New research shows that a small gift could decrease the value of the more generous one in the eyes of the recipient.

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The Newest Dangers to Watch Out for This Season Are Christmas Decorations?

They may look like innocent reflections of the festive holiday season but if you’re not careful, you’ll be seeing a lot more red than green at Christmas.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) issued an alarming study that found that accidents caused by holiday decorations went from 10,000 cases in 2007 to more than 13,000 in 2010.

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Gift-Givers Be Warned – Nobody But You Cares About the Price Tag

Traditionally, people think the perfect gift is the one you’ve spent months thinking about and searching for, or the one you spent a month’s salary on, but new research shows that gift recipients are just as happy, if not more, with less expensive gifts, or the ones they picked out themselves.

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‘National Chocolate Covered Anything Day’ Is the Best Excuse to Pig Out [VIDEOS]

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Get out your fondue pot and anything you can impale on a toothpick, because this is a random national day of celebration worth getting into. Friday, December 16 is National Chocolate Covered Anythin

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