Many Americans will take a respite from the barrage of unemployment figures and mortgage foreclosure news and begin to get into the holiday spirit Thursday with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- a tradition through good times and bad, for the last 84 years.
Elly Koufakis, the co-owner of a busy beauty salon in the posh Athens suburb of Psyhiko, isn't used to sitting around. The shop's staff rarely has a minute to breathe between haircuts and manicures. But since the debt crisis in Greece exploded in January, they now spend half their workday sitting idle. "We've seen a 50% drop in our appointments," Koufakis says. "Everyone seems to be reining in their spending."
Allow me to introduce myself. I am a gainfully employed, God-fearing, law-abiding citizen, and I come in peace. I don't bet on baseball, I take excellent care of my gums, I keep my tray table locked and upright from takeoff to landing.
The tradition that is Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has spun off its own tradition -- on Thanksgiving eve, New Yorkers and tourists alike gather on the Upper West Side of New York City to watch their favorite characters come to life in the forms of giant balloons.
Todd Hawkins never figured himself for a cruising kind of guy. He grew up camping and still loves long road trips. But he got married to someone whose family vacation style couldn't have been more different.
Following the recent recalls for toys made in China with loose magnets and lead paint, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued more warnings, this time recalling thousands of SpongeBob SquarePants journals, various spinning tops and children's jewelry.
Burger King really wants its SpongeBob inflatables back, and the burger chain is even willing to offer a one-year's supply of free Whoppers, salads or any other item on its menu as a reward for information leading to their safe return.
She'll time her emergence with uncanny accuracy, the bedroom door opening the moment the last drop of coffee splashes into the pot. The kids snuggle under a blanket on the couch, unsure what to make of the fact that nobody's nagging them for watching TV on "such a beautiful day."
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