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Think your prime rib holiday dinner is more pricey this year? You're right. But maybe not for the reason you think. Todd Patterson/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Drought, Economics And Your Holiday Feast
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In December, when Boyd Applegate isn't driving his big-rig truck, he dresses up as Santa and hand-delivers gifts under Christmas trees. It's a pastime he's enjoyed for more than 20 years. StoryCorps hide caption

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One of these snow globes doesn't belong onboard. The one on the left, which is about the size of a tennis ball, is permitted in your carry-on luggage. The one on the right is not. Ryan Smith /NPR hide caption

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Jordan Gelber plays Buddy the Elf in Elf on Broadway. The limited-run production may not turn a profit immediately, but producers have a multipronged strategy for making money. Joan Marcus/The Hartman Group hide caption

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