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Get a lousy gift? What do you do with it? What are you most looking forward to this Christmas and how in the heck does Santa Claus get gifts to all of the children in the whole world? 

Consumer Reports released their annual Christmas survey and it found that one in five people have gotten a lousy gift. While that may seem low, it’s still 49 million people. So, when you open something that you don’t like, what do you do with it? Some said that they try and sell it, others give it back and two percent of people say they post it online and make fun of it. Here’s the top five: It was a tie with 11% saying they throw it out or return it to the store. 13% re-gift it, 18% donate it to charity, 39% keep it in storage and out of sight and 44% of people say they just make the best of it. So, what do you do with it? Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asked his viewers to let their kids open a present a little early, but it had to be a lousy present. You can watch the results by clicking HERE.

Harris Interactive also released a study about what we are most looking forward to this Christmas and the number of people who said “getting presents” was WAY down on the list. Only two percent of survey respondents said that they were looking forward to tearing into presents. Four percent said they were looking forward to decorating, 11% said they weren’t looking forward to the holidays, but, almost two thirds of us said that we were looking forward to spending time with our family and friends. How about you? I personally love Christmas time. I love the decorations and lights and the food, but spending time with family probably ranks highest on my list.

Santa Claus is on his way and your children may ask how Santa and his reindeer can make it all over the world on Christmas Eve and get the gifts to all of the children and The Atlantic Magazine has figured it out. There are about 526 million kids under the age of 14 who celebrate Christmas so Santa needs to deliver presents to 22 million kids per hour and it’s totally doable thanks to all of the different time zones. If he starts at the International Date Line, and flies west, his first few hours are pretty simple. Assuming he can hit 61 hundred homes per second, he’ll spend two minutes in New Zealand, just over 12 minutes in Australia, and he can cover the Middle East in about two minutes. Then it’s off to North America. The East Coast will take him two hours and 22 minutes, the middle section will take almost two hours, the mountains take him just under a half an hour and the West Coast will take one hour exactly. After that, he heads to western Canada, Alaska, the Pacific Ocean and finally gets to warm up in Hawaii before heading back to the North Pole. Every year, National American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD lets you track Santa’s journey around the globe. You can track his every move by going to NORADSanta.

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