Vinton child with inoperable brain tumor receives over 30,000 Christmas cards
Posted on 12/18/2018 1:01:00 AM.

Eight-year-old Drake Quibodeaux of Vinton has an inoperable brain tumor. When asked what he wanted for Christmas, he made a simple request for Christmas cards. The nation has responded and his mother, Danielle, said the show of support has been amazing.

"We counted what we've already opened and it was at 34,000. We have lots more to open and I just got word that we've got 19 crates on the way from the mail," said Drake's mother.
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NFIB suggestions for office parties
Posted on 12/6/2018 2:25:00 AM.

It’s that time of year when businesses start planning their holiday parties, parties which have the potential to go horrifically wrong if things get out of hand, or the company does a poor job planning and preparing. National Federation of Small Business State Director Dawn Starns says harassment awareness is at an all-time-high, so don’t incentivize inappropriate behavior.
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1 in 3 Americans experiencing "festive burnout"
Posted on 11/29/2018 4:14:00 AM.

A recent survey found that 1 in 3 Americans suffers from “festive burnout” due to the holidays being a stressful time. Even though it’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, LSU Health New Orleans clinical psychologist Dr. Michelle Moore said several factors can contribute to making season not so jolly, so early.
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Holiday spending projected to be an all-time high
Posted on 11/11/2018 9:39:00 AM.

Yea, it’s not yet Thanksgiving but consumers are already flooding stores for gifts and are projected to spend, on average, 1007 dollars this year for this holiday season, up 4 percent over last year’s totals. National Retail Federation Spokesperson Ana Smith says we’ve never seen a November and December this big.
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St. John bonfire tradition adds flaming turtle
Posted on 12/22/2017 1:44:00 PM.

It’s an old Christmas tradition in St. James parish to light bonfires along the levee to guide the Cajun Santa in safe. The river gets foggy this time of year, and a twenty two foot long, 7 foot tall flaming snapping turtle will be among the decorative bonfires set out along the Mississippi. One of the engineers responsible, Josh Weidert, says he and his friends have been working on their new project for a few months…

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LA SPCA offering holiday pet adoption specials
Posted on 12/7/2017 5:36:00 PM.

With Christmas right around the corner, the Louisiana SPCA encourages people to give the gift of a home to a pet in need through adoption. Spokesperson Alicia Haefele says they’re offering a $50 adoption special until December 23rd. She says last year 222 animals found forever homes during the holiday season.
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Decorating for the holidays can relieve stress
Posted on 11/24/2017 2:00:00 AM.

Can decorating your home for Christmas really improve your mood? Psychologist with LSU Health New Orleans Dr. Michelle Moore says studies show it actually can. She says putting up lights or decorating your Christmas tree brings back happy childhood memories and typically gives people a better demeanor.
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Christmas tree farm owner calls vandalism a contempt against Christianity
Posted on 9/11/2017 12:16:00 PM.
A Christmas Tree farm in St. Tammany Parish has been hit by vandals for the about the 20th time, and the owner is not happy. Clarke Gernon heads up Shady Pond Tree Farm in Pearl River and says nobody has ever been caught destroying the trees.
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DEQ encouraging people to recycle
Posted on 12/30/2015 3:34:00 AM.
More trash is produced during the month of December and the Department of Environmental Quality urges you to recycle.  DEQ spokesman Greg Langley encourages people to recycle Christmas trees because it not only reduces the amount of material that goes into landfills, but the trees are put to a beneficial use.
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Governor-elect Edwards takes time from transition to celebrate Christmas
Posted on 12/24/2015 4:51:00 AM.
Governor-elect John Bel Edwards knows he has a challenging year in front of him, but he's looking forward to spending the next couple of days with family for the Christmas holiday. Edwards says his family gathering at his mother's home in Tangipahoa Parish on Christmas Eve.
 
"It's a busy time, because I have five brothers and a sister and we are all going to be there, with our spouses and children. Some of them have grandchildren. We'll have a big gathering there." 
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