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New York warns consumers to take caution during the holiday shopping season

Joe McQueen December 8, 2018
As New Yorkers begin the 2018 holiday shopping season, the State Division of Consumer Protection released a list on Nov. 20 with alerts warning consumers to be cautious for potential scammers looking to steal people’s personal information.
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The Onion Bagel: What good is Thanksgiving anyways?

Mike Adams November 19, 2018
Thanksgiving is a time-honored American tradition that harkens back to the best this country has to offer. Compassion, family and whitewashing genocide — the very pillars of our national identity come to the forefront on the fourth Thursday of November.
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How to make the holidays wonderful

Andrew Goldstein November 26, 2017
It’s not all bad. I enjoy holidays. But we need to set some ground rules to keep these holidays fun and not turn them into a month of social landmines.
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The new holiday themed Starbucks cups have received backlash from costumers again this year. ARACELY JIMENEZ/THE STATESMAN

Tis the season to complain about how we greet people

Andrew Goldstein November 26, 2017
And as we plunge into this unnecessarily politicized season, my Facebook feed will be filled with half my friends getting offended by “Merry Christmas” and the other half getting offended by “Happy Holidays.” None of it makes sense to me.
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Christmas songs are back again

Katarina Delgado December 4, 2016
Spotify has classified over 1.3 million tracks as Christmas music, and users have created nearly 16 million Christmas-themed playlists.
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Have a holly, jolly Christ-less Christmas

Have a holly, jolly Christ-less Christmas

Christopher Leelum November 19, 2015
The number of non-religious adults in the U.S. is on the rise, but many still live in fear of expressing their indifference.
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Keep Christ in my Christmas Blend

Briana Finneran November 12, 2015
We Christians have had our beliefs spat upon for decades because of that whole “separation of church and state” and “basic human rights” nonsense.
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Something borrowed, something blew

Kate Valerio February 17, 2015
The best part about the end of summer is that you can finally stop living off cantaloupe and flavored seltzer and switch to binging on Nutella-covered Oreos.
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Editorial: Recent slew of snow storms have left campus walkways dangerous

The Editorial Board February 18, 2014
It almost seems crazy that two months ago during the holidays, all anyone wanted was snow. It has now reached a point where there's so much snow on campus that it looks like Narnia.
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Press Start to Continue: Games you want

Dylan Palazzo December 2, 2013
With the holiday season upon us, it is time to take a step back and look at the broad selection of games to gift, get and sink time into over the winter break. There have been hundreds of releases this year, not including the various bits of downloadable content (DLC) that have expanded popular titles.
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Christmas celebrated through consumerism

Christopher Leelum November 25, 2013
There will always be confident party-goers donning unforgivable sweaters pasted against the white shadows of winter. There will be carols that no amount of eggnog could auto-tune. There will be awkward mistletoe mix-ups, unsatisfactory secret Santas and discourteous family dinners. But the majority will celebrate Christmas the way it has always been celebrated in the United States—by buying a lot of stuff.
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Consumer culture drowns out Christmas spirit

Simran Gupta November 21, 2013
Evidently, pre-seasonal marketing of Christmas products has become a common trend that has found its way onto television, radio broadcasts, social media and even onto the campus of Stony Brook University. Sadly, “The Christmas Creep” will keep inching in earlier and earlier with each passing year without our consent. Before long, we will be condemned to watch Christmas merriment engulf our communities by luring people in with “doorbuster deals” on stockings and “seasonal discounts” on flashing lights as soon as summer subsides into autumn.
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