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5 Things to Know About Christmas

Christmas time is here... Happiness and cheer!

Although today marks Christmas Day in many homes, it also means it's the beginning of the end of the holiday season. Shops will go back to normal business by the New Year and, of course, we won't be hearing many carols soon enough. So, let's keep the spirit alive! Here is a very special holiday version of 5 Things for all of you Christmas-celebrators out there.

1. Not So White? According to local weatherman Tom Thunstrom's weekly weather report , the last time it was a no-snow Christmas Day was 2007.

2. No celebration here... Notable countries in which Christmas is not a formal public holiday include: China, (excepting Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Thailand, Nepal, Iran, Turkey and North Korea. Christmas celebrations around the world can vary markedly in form, reflecting differing cultural and national traditions. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

3. A day off! In most Western nations, Christmas Day is the least active day of the year for business and commerce; almost all retail, commercial and institutional businesses are closed, and almost all industries cease activity (more than any other day of the year), whether laws require such or not. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

4. More giving after the holiday - Don't miss your chance to positively affect a life after the holidays. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from  1 - 7 p.m. at the . Contact Donna at 610-495-6432 x110 to schedule an appointment time.

5. Giving during the holiday season - Because of the generosity of the community, the crew was able to meals and toys to local families in need this year and every year for the past five.

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