2012 HOLIDAYS

Did you know? Make shopping list to save money

Making a list when holiday shopping can help you avoid spending more than your budget allows. Rather than be caught off guard, carefully make your shopping list and include everyone you intend to gift. Purchase one or two extra generic gifts just in case something comes up. It is much easier to a...

Games: How much do you know?

The holidays make excellent material for TV writers to draw from. Many a series episode over the years has been set during the holiday season. Here is quiz on a sliver of them. How many questions can you answer correctly? 1) How many Santas appear on Christmas morning in a "Christmas Show"...

Beating the holiday blues

For many people, the holiday season can be the most depressing time of the year. In spite of the Christmas music on the radio, the annual television show favorites, or the proliferation of decorations that adorn our neighborhoods, many people suffer from what is often called “The Hol...

Cheap doesn't have to mean cheesy

One of the best gifts I received last Christmas was a pair of scissors! Now some may say if you’re spending so little on a gift, don’t bother but, the truth is I loved that gift. I’m always searching for scissors and just before holiday wrapping, mine went MIA. My son and his gi...

The evolution and many faces of Christmas

Many people prepare for the arrival of Christmas months in advance. The first traces of wrapping paper and decorations arrive in stores as early as September, transforming the holiday into a much more secular celebration than its modest Christian beginnings. Despite Christmas being an impo...

Traditions: Kiss me mistletoe

When preparing for the holiday season, people observe various traditions from decorating a Christmas tree to hanging stockings from the mantel to tying a sprig of mistletoe in a doorway. Anyone familiar with the mistletoe tradition knows that meeting under it often ends in a kiss, as the song "I ...

Holiday gifts on a budget

From family and friends to teachers and coaches, finding the perfect present for everyone on your list can be a daunting task. But with a little creativity, you can find a great gift without breaking your budget. Choosing the Perfect Gift The key to finding the perfect present? Taki...

Gifting magnetic cooking power

A room renovation is a gift the entire family can enjoy. Research indicates that kitchen and bath improvements reap the highest rewards in home value. There are many changes that can take place in a kitchen, but none that impact functionality of the space as well as upgrading appliances. M...

The many benefits of layaway

Business prognosticators once said that layaway would go the way of the dinosaur. The concept would be archaic and essentially extinct, as credit cards overtook layaway plans. Although many stores dropped their layaway policies for much of the late 20th and early 21st centuries when business was ...

Cooking: Bring decadence and ease to the holiday season

There’s no question that chocolate is a crowd-pleaser. From snacks and baked goods to desserts and drinks, the flavor of chocolate signifies a sweet treat and a chance to indulge. This holiday season, the pastry chefs at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts have developed deliciou...