2012 HOLIDAYS

Guest lists: The magic number

The holiday season is fast approaching, and this year, you’re going all out and hosting your first party ever! You’ll need a date, time and location for the party first and then you can start work on the guest list. Creating a guest list is not always as simple as it sounds. Yo...

Games: Christmas tunes challenge

Turn on the radio any day in December, and chances are you will catch a Christmas tune or two. Some stations, in fact, play nothing but Christmas music throughout the month. We all have our favorite holiday tunes, but how many of us know who penned them? Did you know, for example, that Irving Ber...

Proper etiquette for gift-giving

The rules of etiquette have loosened a bit from centuries past. No longer are people held accountable for the slightest misstep, and sometimes the rule-breakers are revered. However, when it comes to holiday gifting, erring on the side of caution and following proper etiquette can make exchanging...

When it comes to pets as gifts, think gift certificate

We’ve all seen the television commercials showing an adorable little puppy poking its head out of a package under the Christmas tree. Such a picture can melt the heart of the most hardened Scrooge. Perhaps your four-year-old child has been teasing for a puppy and you can just picture...

Time for a new tradition

When is it time to move beyond “tradition” For a while you and your spouse enjoyed the Christmas holidays at your parents-first at one set of in-laws, then the other-usually both on Christmas Day. It didn’t matter that the two of you were loading up gifts and rushing from...

Gift ideas from TV shows

Gift giving is not always easy. If it’s the holiday season and you’re stumped about what to give, you can always take a few cues from your favorite TV show. On “The O.C.,” Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) creates Chrismukkah, a super-holiday combining the best elements of Ch...

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...