In an effort to lure online shoppers to their stores, many malls are upgrading the traditional visit to Santa into a high-tech spectacle by installing shows and games.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The humming is constant; a low-pitched drone from 155 miles of conveyer belts racing packages in every direction. Boxes shift from one belt to another and bump into a metal wall. Thud. Thud. Thud. In the background, trucks beep and jet engines roar.
Forget jingling bells and ho-ho-hos, these are now the sounds of the holidays.
As more gift-givers shop online, there are more packages to ship. Online sales now account for 10 percent of all shopping and 15 percent during the holidays, according to research firm Forrester. That leaves FedEx and UPS with a combined 947 million packages to deliver between Black Friday and Christmas Eve — up 8 percent from last holiday season’s forecasts.
The day in photos around the world.
The Washington Monument in Baltimore was lit Thursday evening, signifying the beginning of the winter holiday season. Take a look at a few of our favorite photos from the celebration taken by you.
A staple in most household Thanksgiving day plans, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is quickly approaching. Take a look at a few of our favorite photos from holiday’s past and the preparation for this year’s parade.
First lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations.