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Holidays 2012

The Christmas season got off to a bang with a roaring Black Friday shopping spike. Follow PIX11′s coverage of shopping and more during the season.

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The TSA is stepping up security at airports this holiday season.

According to the agency, an increase in passengers could also mean a greater risk for a terrorist attack.

It was on Christmas Day in 2009 when the ‘underwear bomber’ attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight.

Dreams come true: White Christmas for parts of New York. Watch the weather report to see who’s getting flakes.


The world-famous WPIX Yule Log is a yearly tradition and a staple for families celebrating the holiday season.

Created by WPIX Channel 11 in 1966, it debuted as a 3-hour program originally consisting of a 17-second 16 millimeter filmed loop of a festively decorated roaring fireplace while traditional Christmas carols served as its soundtrack.

The Yule Log premiered in full-color on Saturday, December 24, 1966, at 9:30 PM on WPIX Channel 11 in New York City.

Although many duplicates and copycats exist, the original one was filmed in 1966 on 16 millimeter film at Gracie Mansion, the home of then Mayor of New York, John Lindsay. Four years later, in 1970, WPIX decided to re-shoot the footage on state-of-the-art 35 millimeter film, as the original 16 millimeter footage had become worn by this time.

Unfortunately, when WPIX shot the original Gracie Mansion footage, to capture the log in all its flaming glory, the crew decided to remove the protective screen and a stray spark damaged a valuable antique rug. Needless to say, the Mayor’s office was not receptive to the idea of letting WPIX come back and re-shoot the footage.

The search was then on for an identical fireplace. One was eventually found in California and a crew of technicians was then dispatched out to complete the re-shoot. This time from the footage they shot, they were able to edit out a perfect 7-minute loop that magnificently captured the fire when it was at its roaring best. It is this iconic fireplace footage that has captured the fascination of millions in the tri-state area and across the nation since 1970.


The Yule Log is a long-standing Christmas tradition and property of WPIX-TV. .All rights reserved.

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Lionel: Gingerbread Racism

If you’ve though you’ve heard everything, try this beaut on for size: gingerbread costumes are racist. Don’t look at me, ask the Swedes.

Holiday toys and gift expert Sharon Vinderine stopped by to share some of Top Awarding Winning Products Of 2012, such as: CuddleUppets – $19.99 each,InnoTab 2 – $79.99 (Ages 3+), Sifteo Cubes, Interactive Game System  – $129.95 (Ages 8+).

Sifteo Cubes, Interactive Game System – $129.95 (Ages 8+)

This tactile entertainment system is unlike any game platform you’ve ever tried, yet you’ll be hooked in seconds. Perfect for families and individual players alike! The game cubes can actually sense each other and work together so you can play games! Step away from the old and into the future of gaming!

CuddleUppets – $19.99 each

Cuddly, snuggly and cute and both a blanket and a puppet! This unique combination allows children to bring their friend with them anywhere and stay warm. Perfect for the holiday season!

CaptureKobo Arc – $199.99

This amazing tablet learns what you like to deliver more of what you love. Every time you read, listen to music or watch a movie or show it will use the information to help you find new music, movies and articles. Kobo Arc’s new interface, Tapestries, allows users to keep all their content right at their fingertips on the home screen. It has a 1280 x 800 HD 7” display with 215 ppi zoom, deep contrast, brilliant colors (over 16 million colors), and 29% reduced glare. With 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor and 1 GB of low-power RAM it’s the fastest dual-core 7” tablet on the market. Plus, it has amazing sound, allows for Skype, and it stands up to the 1.5 meter crash test drop!

LifeProof nüüd case for iPad – $99.99

The LifeProof nüüd case for iPad is water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof, and features a totally naked screen that provides a perfect tactile response and visual clarity. The new LifeProof iPad case protects iPad Gen 2, 3 and 4 devices.

Olympus TOUGH TG-820 Camera – $299.99

The 12 megapixel camera is perfect for the family who loves to be active. Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Crushproof and Dustproof, this durable point-and-shoot is great for family vacations or even just playing in the backyard. Equipped with the latest imaging technology, the TG-820 iHS features spectacular low-light performance and ensures that parents shoot crisp, clear photos no matter what the weather conditions. Also, the kids can play without fear of them breaking it! For extra creativity, the camera also includes 10 magic art filters, Beauty Make-Up mode and shoots full HD 1080p video.

InnoTab 2 – $79.99 (Ages 3+)

For kids ages 3+. A multi-media tablet with a 5” inch touch screen that keeps kids entertained and engaged while they learn. Cool new features such as the rotatable camera allow kids to capture memories of themselves or their friends. It’s customizable, sleek and durable. Comes with tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, microphone and more.

Limor Elkayam, founder and CEO of the daily deal site was here with ideas for holiday family activities.


NY Hall of Science, Remake the Holidays

Value: $38 $19


Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Value: $59 $30


The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Value: $10 $6


Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical

Value: $60 $40


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Our own Staten Island Chuck was at it again!   This time making a guest appearance in the D.J. Booth at the “Kids of the Bayonne Police Santa Party” in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Chucky kept the kids entertained while they waited for a special visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick!

The song is quickly becoming a new holiday classic.

The UPS man also known as Ken Jones, who recorded the tune during a scheduled break.

He jokingly sings about being like Santa because his job also requires him to deliver packages during the holidays.

In just two days, the video has been viewed 55,000 times with people asking him to put the song on iTunes so they can download it.

What do you get the person who has everything? How about an unforgettable experience?

From dinner with a drag queen to a night at the museum, we’ve got some gifts that are sure to be memorable. “New York Magazine’s” Shopping Editor Jessica Silvester.

CaptureHook Them Up With a Drag Queen

For $500, an outrageous diva from Screaming Queens Entertainment will join your giftee on a whirlwind night of club-hopping, show-tune-singing, office-party-crashing, and other fabulousness. (

Steam Them in a Korean Bathhouse

The megalithic Spa Castle in College Point boasts four heated mineral pools, Hinoki baths, seven themed sauna rooms, and waterfalls galore. Adult day passes start at $35; special treatments—like a caviar facial—are extra

Have Them Stalked

Starting at $550, loudmouthed paparazzi from Celeb 4 a Day will chase a tabloid-addicted friend with cameras, snapping pictures and shouting their name. Take-home souvenirs include a faux gossip magazine featuring their face and a DVD of candids. (

Turn Them Into Circus Stars

At midtown’s two-month-old Aerial Arts NYC, the circus-enamored will have their choice of silks, rope, trapeze, hoop, and hammock instructionals; on-the-ground offerings deal in acrobatics, juggling, tumbling, and handstands. Drop-in rates start at $25, five-class prepaid cards at $100, and private lessons at $80 per hour. (

Put Them to Bed Where the Wild Things Are

Is spending the night at the American Museum of Natural History obvious? Yes. Is there any better present for a kid ages 6 to 13? Probably not. Exploring darkened dioramas by flashlight and falling asleep beneath a 94-foot-long blue whale never gets old. $129 per person. (

Urge Them to Jump Off a Building

Not as crazy as it sounds when they’re taking the two-hour high-fall class ($80) at the Hollywood Stunts training center in Greenpoint. For the full action-hero experience, the school offers weeklong intensives (from $2,200) that cover armed combat, car hits, and more. (

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