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It's Christmas Eve. So on this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott and Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata talk about holiday lights, some things to do and the big New Year's Eve ball drop.

As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, reporter Nick Lippa, Mental Health Counselor Erin M. Moss, and Caregiver Linda Mallia from the National Alliance on Mental Illness gathered for a Facebook Live discussion about depression and other issues that emerge around the holidays and during the winter months.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Young students gathered Friday inside the gymnasium at Buffalo's Charles Drew Magnet School #59 Annex were told they'd be visited by a "super special visitor." It wasn't Santa Claus. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and several local elected officials joined local military members to play Santa and provide toys to students, many of whom the governor suggested might otherwise not have much beneath the Christmas tree.

With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, holiday shopping season is in full effect.

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In the days leading up to Easter, thousands of Western New Yorkers will travel to the Broadway Market to pick up supplies for their celebrations. There, shoppers can buy everything from pierogies and polish sausage, to unique items such as butter lambs.

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Single-digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chills are keeping crews busy at the AAA of Western and Central New York.

Many parents will likely see the word “Fingerlings” at the top of their child’s holiday gift wish list this year. However, at the top of the Better Business Bureau's list is a warning.

A new survey says that a majority of New York State residents plan to keep their holiday spending budgets pretty level with what they spent last year.

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A glitch in American Airlines' pilot scheduling system means that thousands of flights during the holiday season currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them.

The shortage was caused by an error in the system pilots use to bid for time off, the Allied Pilots Association told NPR. The union represents the airline's 15,000 pilots.

FDA warns pet owners about bone treats

Nov 29, 2017
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Many dog owners know not to toss a turkey or chicken bone to their dog; those bones are just too brittle. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the risk goes beyond that, especially when it comes to the “bone treats” you may see at the store.

You still may be blurry-eyed from the holidays, but expert shoppers know January is the time for deals found no other time of the year.

A majority of New Yorkers who participated in Siena College Research Institute's poll of holiday trends say they plan to spend the same amount of money on gifts as they did last year. A wide majority say they'll give to the less fortunate and, by a slim margin, New Yorkers prefer the greeting "Merry Christmas."

National Retail Federation

All the advertisements may become a blur over the holidays, but Monday still sticks out as the largest day for online deal grabbing, according to the National Retail Federation.

As the Holidays approach, the season can prove stressful for many people. This is especially the case in homes where individuals with disabilities reside. Thursday night in Cattaraugus County, Parent Network Western New York will host a workshop that addresses holiday behavior and anxiety.

Dealing with holiday stress

Dec 15, 2014
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Feeling overwhelmed by the holidays? The holidays can be stressful in so many ways as we squeeze out extra time for parties, decorating and shopping, but there are things you can do to ease your nerves.

Holiday tips for mailing your cards and packages

Dec 8, 2014
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'Tis the season to be sending Christmas cards and holiday gifts.  What's the easiest, quickest or least expensive way to get your mail where it's going? 

Sunny skies and mild temperatures greeted Black Friday shoppers across Western New York.   Shopping malls were filled on what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.  

The Buffalo News reports 1,600 people were waiting outside the Toys 'R Us store in Amherst Thursday night, waiting for the 9pm opening of the store.   It was also busy at Toys 'R Us in Hamburg, where store manager Lisa Santangelo said the early start to shopping drew quite a crowd.