December 2015

Found 6 blog entries for December 2015.

In case you missed it, earlier this month the Federal Reserve decided to raise the interest rate by 0.25%. 

What does that mean? Great question. Banks lend money to each other every day at the Federal Reserve's predetermined rate. Now, that rate has been bumped up a notch. It's a good sign, because it means they feel confident enough in the economy's strength that they don't have to lend money with rock-bottom interest rates.

 

Without getting too complex, raising the rate also makes sure that inflation stays in check and the cost of daily life doesn't get out of control.

But the important question for homeowners is how that increased percentage will affect everyday things like mortgages, auto loans and credit card rates. To find the answers,

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There's nothing that says celebration like fireworks, and there'll be plenty of them at the Holiday Lights Festival New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular. 

Omaha's favorite NYE celebration will take place at 7 p.m., Dec. 31 at the Gene Leahy mall on 14th and Farnam. 

According to the event's website, you'll need to make plans to get there early because event organizers predict that more than 30,000 will converge on the mall to watch the night sky burst to life at 7. 

Attendees are encouraged to tune into Star 104.5 to hear specially choreographed music.

If you haven't been to this particular fireworks show, we think you'd really enjoy yourself. It's hard to put into words what it's like to see the crisp Omaha sky bursting to life with

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Don't you just love that wintry scent of pine or fir filling every corner of your living room? 

The aroma of your tannenbaum is one of the trademark characteristics of Christmas.

Sadly, though, Christmas trees have also been the source of heartbreak over the years: home-destroying fires, in some cases, have been caused by heat, trees and bad luck.The American Christmas Tree Association (yes, there is such a thing) estimates that yuletide trees cost $13 million annually in property damage.

So, in an effort to keep you safe, happy and Christmasy as your tree dries out, we've created a list of three different safety tips based on information we found from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA).

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If you're a champion of tradition, then Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve are probably one of your favorite days of the year.

And who can blame you? The thrill and rush of Christmas has reached it's goosebumpy build-up. Children everywhere are literally bursting with anticipation. Santa's the world round are giving their yuletide best during their stretch run of photos, ho-ho-hos and hours of listening to hopeful kids beg for their beloved (but yet to be confirmed) Christmas presents.

And, of course, your holiday ears are happy as can be with the steady stream of Christmas music joyfully tumbling out of speakers all around town. 

So, with today's post we honor all the champions of Christmas who want to spend their last 48 hours before the

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What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

Is it the stockings above the fire, the endless array of candy canes? 

Or maybe you're more of a Santa fan and you love setting out cookies and milk every year, taking your kids to see Santa and cozying up to your significant other for a night of old timey Christmas movies. 

Or may your favorites are more of a heavenly bent and you love the candlelight service at your church on Christmas Eve. 

We became curious about where these traditions came from, so we did some digging and found some very interesting holiday lore. So sit back, relax, grab your moose mug and fill it up with egg nog. 

Three Christmas Traditions and How They (Supposedly) Started

Why stockings, and why over the fireplace?

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Every year, one giant Christmas tree has the honor of gracing the cavernous expanse of Dunham's Union Station. 

This year, the beautiful old train station is home to a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce that grew up on the not-so-mean streets of Ralston. Resident Rita Guenette took care of the tree for 40 years as it grew from a $1.49 seedling in 1975 to the proud patriarch of Union Station's Christmas celebration in 2015. 

Rita talked with the Omaha Herald a few weeks ago when the tree was transported to the station. She said she remembers her kids running and hopping over the tree when it was a seedling. 

“I fertilized it every year and it grew really nice," she told the Herald.

Too Big For His Britches? Not Quite...

A photo of the day of

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