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December 26, 2010

With 12 months to go, area stores set up Christmas displays

EAST TENNESSEE--Local retailers are getting into the holiday spirit. With just 364 shopping days until Christmas, many stores already have their festive displays set up for the 2011 season. Many of the shops at Turkey Creek have set up Christmas trees, tinsel, angels and reindeer. Knoxville Center Mall has unveiled its Santa Claus, who has begun receiving visits from children eager for next year's gifts. "I love everything about Christmas," said one delighted mall patron. "This afternoon my husband and I set up our tree and put the lights up outside on our house. We're pretty sure this will be the best Christmas ever." Others are hesitant for such an early launch. "It seems they start decorating earlier every year," said shopper Angie Buckman. "Personally I'm happy to wait until February. Let's give Valentine's Day a chance to be its own holiday."

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