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Shoppers across the nation spend billions of dollars during the holiday season, but the Wyoming Retail Association says local businesses are struggling to compete with online sales.

The Association’s Chris Brown says if an item isn’t available locally, it makes sense to order it. But he says online shopping is becoming a habit, even for things that are sold locally.

“The rural nature of Wyoming causes some folks to just naturally shift to online sales, versus stopping to think to go downtown and support their local community,” Brown said.

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This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them. Reporter Irina Zhorov’s family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but there’s still a tree and a Santa, sort of. She writes about her family’s tradition of celebrating the New Year the way they did in the Soviet Union.

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, news director Bob Beck tells us about a lonely Christmas in college.

It was 1981 and I was a junior at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.   Earlier that year my parents ended their 20 plus year marriage and my visit home after receiving that news was slightly uncomfortable.

Alexandra Gutierrez

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about  memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, energy reporter Stephanie Joyce tells us about overcoming the challenge of spending Christmas on a treeless island in Alaska.

Around the country, families spend their December nights trekking to nearby forests or tree farms to cut down big, bushy evergreens for their living rooms, and pulling out Christmas decorations to adorn their branches. Houses fill up with the tangy smell of sap and the sharp bite of pine needles.

Chelsea Biondolillo

    

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, reporter Chelsea Biondolillo tells us about her family's tradition of welcoming those without anywhere else to go.

CHELSEA BIONDOLILLO: My family lives in Phoenix AZ, where a balmy 55 degrees is expected on Christmas Day. But our traditions started in Oregon, where my sister and I were born.

Willow Belden

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about  memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, reporter Willow Belden tells us about her family's tradition of trimming the Christmas tree.

It’s the week before Christmas. Carols are playing, boxes of ornaments are strewn around the house waiting to be unpacked, and I stand in the living room, holding a pair of garden shears and scrutinizing the tree.

My uncle grasps a branch and holds it to the side. “How would it look if we got rid of this one?” he asks.

The Wyoming Public Radio news team offers some holiday memories.

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The Gala Holiday Concert at the University of Wyoming on Saturday and Sunday feature performances by the Bel Canto Women’ Choir, Civic Chorus, Singing Statesmen, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Orchestra director Michael Griffith previewed a portion of the concert with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

May 7th is Teacher Appreciation Day.

Kathy Vetter, President of the Wyoming Education Association, taught elementary through high school students in Wheatland during her 30 years in the classroom. She says that teachers’ responsibilities have changed as students’ own roles have changed. “When I started teaching,” says Vetter, “going to school was the student’s job. Now, that’s only one of many jobs students have, that they have to divide their time amongst—and so there’s more pressure on the teachers and the students.”

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Increased holiday travel is expected for AAA’s mountain region this year, and could beat the national average. Wyoming is classified as part of the mountain region, and travel and auto group AAA expects a 2.2% percent increase from last year. That’s compared to 1.4% percent nationally.

AAA Spokeswoman Tara Handley says this will be the second busiest travel season in a decade, and the best since the recession ended.