subscribe: Posts | Comments


RECENT FROM Christmas Opinion

Christmas is Peace

Christmas is Peace

They are making merchandise of Christmas and all who celebrate it. All of them. Bill O’Reilly. Sarah Palin. The American Humanist Association. Freedom From Religion Foundation. All of them. Those of us who keep Christmas year round know when...

RECENT FROM Christmas Foods

The Christmas Gifting Solution: Chocolate

The Christmas Gifting Solution: Chocolate

After a particularly tough day recently I found myself sitting on an airport car rental car shuttle bus fretting over a text message I had just received informing me of a long flight delay. There wasn’t a thing I could do about it — the...

RECENT FROM Christmas Marketplace

UPS Fingered as Scrooge for Christmas Shipping Fiasco

UPS Fingered as Scrooge for Christmas Shipping Fiasco

UPS, the guys in brown, are on everyone’s naughty list, it seems. UPS made news they didn’t want when millions of packages went undelivered for Christmas. I was caught up in the fiasco. My daughter was receiving an iPad Mini for...

Forever Shifting Christmas Traditions

The picture attached to this article is a recent photo of a child in the Netherlands with one of their magical icons...

Forever Shifting Christmas Traditions
posted on: Nov 21, 2013 | author: RC Editor

Christmas Light Loser

There is a little Clark Griswold in all of us. I think we all, deep down, want to set our homes ablaze in lights each...

Christmas Light Loser
posted on: Nov 18, 2013 | author: Editor

Here Comes Black Friday — Maybe

The first of the Black Friday ads are hitting the Internet now. (This shows the Harbor Freight ad. I know try to...

Here Comes Black Friday — Maybe
posted on: Oct 15, 2013 | author: RC Editor

If I Were George Bailey

Shortly before Christmas last year I dropped by my parents’ house and caught my Dad watching the last half hour of...

If I Were George Bailey
posted on: Oct 4, 2013 | author: RC Editor
Why Christmas Seems Sooner This Year

Why Christmas Seems Sooner This Year

posted on: Sep 29, 2013 | author: The Merchant

The evidence of an early Christmas seems to be all around us. Over at Time magazine they declared 2013 the year Christmas came too soon. Media all over are complaining about “Christmas creep”, festive tunes played on the radio and...

A Grandbaby at Christmas

A Grandbaby at Christmas

posted on: Sep 23, 2013 | author: RC Editor

This is a big year for me. I turned 50 and have experienced being a Grandpa for the first time. It was not a step I was completely ready for. Although this has been possible for years and I contemplated becoming a grandparents much sooner than this...

The Christmas Retailers are Planning for You

The Christmas Retailers are Planning for You

posted on: Sep 17, 2013 | author: The Merchant

Before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, before the rebound in the housing market, before unemployment dipped below 8%, and even long before any hint of positive economic recovery retailers have looked at the calendar with dread in...

Merry Christmas, Kmart

Merry Christmas, Kmart

posted on: Sep 10, 2013 | author: RC Editor

I first heard about it via Facebook. A friend posted a snarky comment about an early Christmas ad from Kmart playing on TV and encouraged everyone to re-post the outrage of Christmas in early September. How had I missed that? I’m supposed to...

Starting Christmas in September

Starting Christmas in September

posted on: Sep 5, 2013 | author: Merry Ann Brite

For years I vowed to do my Christmas shopping different. But somehow I always ended up at the mall on December 22nd scrambling through crowds to get it done. Finally I got it together last year and I learned a lot. It was not about money for me. I...

My Secret Christmas Begins Now

My Secret Christmas Begins Now

posted on: Aug 15, 2013 | author: Merry Ann Brite

I have a Christmas tradition nobody knows about. I no sooner shove the kids out the door to catch their first school bus ride of the year than I pull out my genuine vinyl of Tony Bennett’s early Christmas album and start working on Christmas....

Why Everyone Loves a Lousy Christmas Movie

Why Everyone Loves a Lousy Christmas Movie

posted on: Jul 12, 2013 | author: RC Editor

The movie of the month over at Christmas Flix and My Merry Christmas is White Christmas, an apt title for the middle of July. With a wry twinkle of the eye someone brought up the fact that it isn’t that good of a movie. Of course it...

Irony of Christmas in July

Irony of Christmas in July

posted on: Jul 3, 2013 | author: RC Editor

It is July and to some folks that means Christmas. Look around you. On television Hallmark and QVC are holding Christmas-in-July events. Across the country there are Christmas in July conventions and trade shows where folks can preview this...

The Best and Worst Dads of Christmas

The Best and Worst Dads of Christmas

posted on: Jun 6, 2013 | author: RC Editor

There are lessons aplenty in Christmas. There are heroes and villains, stories of redemption and forgiveness, good guys and bad guys. As we approach the season of Father’s Day my mind has been resting on the influence of Dads on Christmas. There...

Vacation…or Christmas?

Vacation…or Christmas?

posted on: Jun 3, 2013 | author: RC Editor

School is out, the coals from the Memorial Day holiday are cool and I’m facing a question from my family I don’t want to answer: what are we doing for summer vacation? In better times summer vacation was automatic. While we have never...

« Previous Entries