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GPS Prevents Thefts of Baby Jesus

Sure, it sounds hysterical, but leave it to modern technology to solve a long-standing problem around the holidays. No, I'm not talking about how Santa's sleigh makes it to the houses of good boys and girls the world over in one night. Rather, I'm...

Favorite Holiday Toys of Yore

They just don't make toys like they used to. I'm all for advances in technology and whatnot, but I really appreciate--and miss--the quality and craftsmanship of the toys that were around when I was a kid. They seemed to be built better, last lo...

Which is the Best Christmas Carol?

Ah, Christmas carols. These days they start the sun-up after Halloween and carry is through most if not all of December. Some radio stations play nothing but Christmas carols throughout the holiday season. We get a kick out them, find them nostalgic...

DailyDish - Decorate the Homemade Way

Why spend your hard-earned cash on things you can make yourself for a fraction of the price?...

Free Shipping Day - Procrastinators Take Note!

Those of you who have finished your Christmas shopping and are now lounging on your sofa gazing at your beautifully decorated tree can just skip this post. The rest of you might want to pay attention. Even with the advent of online shopping, I man...

Worst Stocking Stuffers

As mentioned in the Best Stocking Stuffer post, buying gifts for your loved ones this Christmas or Hanukkah, stocking stuffer variety or otherwise, can be a real chore. What should be fun and festive becomes harder and harder each year, to the point...

The Ten Best Stocking Stuffers

Buying presents for some people can be a very difficult task, especially when you buy presents for them year after year. When you add the concept of then having to get stocking stuffers on top of that the whole holiday season can seem daunting bey...

In Defense of the Fake Christmas Tree

Growing up, if you'd ever asked me if I'd have a fake Christmas tree, I'd have laughed in your face. The fake trees I encountered as a child were tacky, cheap and, frankly, highly flammable. In fact, my grandparents had an artificial tree that nearl...

Photo Cards or Traditional Cards?

One of the most fun things I used to do every holiday season was head to Barnes and Noble (or wherever) and pick out holiday cards to send to friends and family. More often than not we choose "Holiday Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas" since ...

Kid-Proofing the Christmas Tree

Growing up, I always had a Christmas tree. When I was little, I don't recall considering pulling it over or removing (and eating) the ornaments on it, but those of us with kids know those are the serious risks we take when we engage in one of the m...

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa School!

When I was a kid my Uncle Bob, who lived down the street, used to dress up like Santa Claus and visit our house Christmas Eve to deliver presents. He was pretty convincing, I must admit, in his Santa suit, beard and bag of presents (it was actually ...

Should Presents Be a Surprise?

Whilst trapped in traffic the other day I overheard a debate over whether or not holiday presents should be a surprise. On one side, the argument was that Christmas, for example, is all about the surprise and the thought that counts in getting...

Economy Hurting Moms More than Dads this Holiday Season?

As we all know, times are tough this holiday season. People are spending less on everything, including presents. Many parents will no doubt fore go something special for themselves in order to provide for their children. More often than not, accordi...

When Should Christmas Decorations Go Up?

As I am sure you've noticed, many stores have had their Christmas decorations up since well before Halloween. Even Ellie - who loves Christmas like an eight-year-old should - is annoyed by that. Her dislike of this premature hall-decking may have bee...

ParentPicks - Gifts for Everyone!

Before you know it, school will be out for winter break and you will have the kids all to yourself for a few weeks. Before they say "see ya next year" to their classrooms, make sure you've remembered to thank the special people in their lives with ...

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