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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for December 23

Posted: 10:24 AM, Dec 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-23 10:24:51-05
Morning Buzz 12.23.19

1. It's not just all about Christmas, Hanukkah has officially begun.

Hundreds of Jewish people in Grand Rapids celebrated the first night of the holiday on Sunday night with a Menorah lighting at Calder Plaza for the Festival of Lights.

The celebration of Hanukkah honors a miraculous victory by the Jewish people more than 2,000 years ago.

There will be another gathering tonight, and every night at 5 p.m. to relight the remaining seven candles.

2. Want to bring a beautiful floral arrangement to a holiday celebration? Southside Flower Market is now open for business in the Breton Village Mall.

The three owners have been friends for more than 30 years, and for the last year they've been working toward this moment, operating their own flower shop.

It's a bright and inviting European-style market, where customers can pick fresh flowers or have custom arrangements made.

For hours check them out on Facebook.

3. Sports betting and Internet gambling are now legal in the state of Michigan.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the bill into law on Friday.

People won't be able to place bets for a few months while casinos get the necessary state licenses. The new tax revenue from betting will go to public schools and a fund for firefighters that have cancer.

Lawmakers hope to have everything squared away before the start of March Madness.

4. Subway is releasing a diffuse for customers to use at home so the smell of their sandwiches is always on hand.

Subway is teaming up with Reed Diffuser to release the scent in the United Kingdom. Reed Diffusers are sticks which soak up oil and disperse it into the air lasting until all the oil is soaked up.

The oil aroma will be garlic, melting cheese and baked bread. The diffuser will cost about $80.

The product rolls out some time next year. It isn't clear if, or when, the Reed Diffusers will be available in the U.S.

5. White Sands National monument in New Mexico has been upgraded to National Park status.

President Trump signing the act on Friday making the official change.

White Sands is 275-square-miles of desert sand dunes with the world's largest collection of ice age fossilized footprints.

The addition of White Sands brings the total number of national parks up to 62.