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Today’s Dish: Sending holiday greetings to troops

Today's Dish

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Laura Hollis enlisted her family in sending holiday greetings to troops 16 years ago.

Hollis set a goal to send 5,000 cards for everyone on board an aircraft carrier two years ago. She received triple that amount.

She also formed the non-profit called Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge to help with postage. Last year, 50,000 cards went out.

This year the challenge reached every state. So far, 30 states along with Canada have sent in more than 100,000 cards.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrived in New York on Saturday morning. This year’s Christmas tree is a 77-foot tall, 12-ton Norway Spruce.

It will be decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights and a Swarovski star. The tree lighting ceremony on December 4.

Some Californians say the state’s official Christmas tree at the state Capitol is too sparse and unattractive.

A new survey reveals the least popular items on the Thanksgiving dinner table: 

  • Canned cranberry sauce (29%)
  • Green bean casserole (24%)
  • Sweet potatoes / sweet potato casserole (22%)
  • Pumpkin pie (21%)
  • Turkey (19%)

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