Meeker Locals: January 1

You’ve got to love this idea. For the second year in a row, organizers of the ball-dropping event celebrated “good riddance day” on New Year’s Eve by shredding items from 2008 they wanted to forgot. Everything from “dear John” e-mails to those single socks left stranded in the dryer.

Meeker Locals: December 18

According to a survey by the American Research Group, Inc., Americans will spend an average of $431 on Christmas gifts this year.