Cash: It’s What’s for Christmas

Target. Home Depot. Michaels. Neiman Marcus. What do these big store brands have in common? Credit card data security breaches, the most famous killing Target’s Christmas last year. For consumers it happens silently. They go shopping and swipe their cards. It doesn’t matter if they use a PIN code or merely sign for their purchase. The data breach is on the back end. Their information [more...]

Not All Christmas Trees are Made of Trees

Life in the desert or tropical climates can make a Christmas freak feel a little lonely. When you get that hankering for frosty air, roasting chestnuts and one-horse open sleighing it is hard to be merry when sand is your snow and the heat of the sun has you hanging lights in shorts. Nothing, but nothing, cures those cruel Christmas blues better than putting up a Christmas tree. And you [more...]

Stop Whining About Christmas

If there is a part of Christmas I cannot stand it is the complaints. It starts in September when people get on their soapbox about “Christmas creep” just because they see trees and lights for sale at Costco. It culminates in November when Nordstrom’s puts up their snotty sign declaring “We celebrate one holiday at a time“. Over on a blog called Scrooge [more...]

Five Reasons to go Christmas Shopping in September

For many people there is a real disconnect between the seasons and spending money. Many folks after all are just recovering from the double sting of back-to-school shopping and summer vacations. Spending money, especially with the holidays fast approaching, isn’t on the to-do list. But you might want to check that at the door. I would humbly suggest that November and December are the time [more...]

Top Five Things I Won’t Do This Christmas

With Labor Day weekend approaching it is inevitable that my heart turns to Christmas. I’m so done with summer. And Halloween does nothing for me. Zip. I love Thanksgiving but I consider it a part of Christmas. That’s just how I roll. So it is only natural for me to have Christmas on the brain right now. Before I spend a penny, before I make a plan, before I lick a stamp, hang a [more...]

What If Kate Winslet Sang A Christmas Carol?

Kate Winslet, starlet of Titanic fame and other films, evidently has a little Christmas in her. You have to go back a ways — to 2001. She was the voice of Belle in a re-telling of A Christmas Carol with a bit of a twist. What if Scrooge wasn’t such an old man and reformed himself in time to reunite with Belle? Ah, that would be different indeed. And that’s exactly the story told [more...]

Confessions of a Christmas Creeper

My kids go back to school this week. Most parents rejoice at this kind of event and I’m one of them. The lone exceptions amongst parents are those who send their kids away to school for the first time. Being a teacher’s aide I see it happen every year. A brave kid, fighting back tears maybe and wide-eyed with anticipation heads into a classroom for the first time while a worried mama gives [more...]

What Christmas in July Really Means

When I was a kid I had a recurring dream — a wish, really — that I could pull some stored snowballs from the freezer and pelt my brother with them on the hottest day in the July. That is the curse of being the smallest brother. You have to scheme in order to find satisfaction. These days my snowballs in the freezer are more easily accessed. It is called Christmas and I drive people [more...]

Honest Atheists Celebrate Christmas

Famed atheist front man Richard Dawkins this week claimed that telling children about Santa Claus and allowing them Christmas fantasies is harmful and bordering on abuse. I don’t know about you but I’m getting sick and tired of atheists hijacking all that is fun about Christmas. From putting up anti-God billboards in Times Square to complaining about schools packing boxes for [more...]
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