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Five Restaurants to Bring Back to the Quincy/Hannibal Area

We recently wrote about some of the area's former businesses that we would like to see re-open. The topic was widely discussed on Facebook, and several of our friends started mentioning former restaurants. What former area restaurants do you wish would come back? 

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Christmas gift ideas for hard to buy for people
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Hard to Buy For People on Your List

We all have them, usually we're related to them: people that are nearly impossible to buy Christmas presents for. I don't know this for a fact, but I would bet one of the most common reason people dread Christmas shopping is the anxiety involved in finding gifts for hard-to-buy-for people. What do you do? Here are a few ideas that might help.

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When should you put up a Christmas tree?
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When Should You Put Up Your Christmas Tree? [Poll]

This is kind of weird, I admit it, but I was actually thinking about putting up my Christmas tree before Halloween. I didn't put the tree up, but I was thinking about it. Now that November is here and the time has fallen back, we start looking ahead to the final weeks of 2015. Thanksgiving will be here soon, and then we'll be in the Christmas season. When will you put up your tree?

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Rankin Bass
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Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa – Interesting Facts About Classic Holiday TV Specials

There's a good chance you'll catch 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' 'Frosty the Snowman,' or 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' on TV during the holiday season. Viewers have been watching these specials on television for decades. Many adults make it a holiday tradition to watch these shows, which they remember from their own childhoods, with their own children and grandchildren. Some adults even watch them without children and grandchildren!

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Christmas Shopping Season Gets Underway On "Black Friday"
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Missouri Among Top 5 For States ‘Most Likely to Encounter Fights at Black Friday Sales’

I've always heard about Black Friday shoppers fighting over hot Christmas items, but I've never actually seen a fight break out. That might be surprising, as it turns out I live in one of the Top 5 states "where you’re most likely to encounter fights at Black Friday sales."

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Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner
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The Cost of a Thanksgiving Meal in Missouri

Good news for Missouri shoppers. The price of a Thanksgiving meal is not going up very much in 2015. The American Farm Bureau Federation says that the price for most items used to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal will be very similar to 2014 prices. 

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JC-Penney
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What Store Would You Like to See Replace JC Penney in the Mall?

This morning I saw a news report on holiday shopping. It mentioned that some Quincy Mall business owners are a little concerned about the upcoming season, now that JC Penney is no longer an anchor store at the mall. 

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Christmas Lights
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Hannibal Parks and Recreation Holding Holiday House Decorating Contest

Any contest that has a category called "Clark Griswold" sounds like a good idea to us! If you're one of those people - or are a part of one of those families - that goes a little crazy with Christmas lights, tinsel, animatronics, inflatables, and artificial snow, then this is for you. Hannibal Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a house decorating contest during the holiday season.

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