December has arrived and, chances are, you’re already deep into holiday shopping (or about to be) for those special someones in your life.According to Fortune.com, Christmas sales are expected to be strong this year, rising 3.6% to $655.8 billion, with online business rising as much as 10%. That’s good news for retailers of all shapes and sizes, as was the fact that more than 75% of US consumers spent the same or more on Black Friday and the following weekend this year than they did in 2015.That said, historically, some 20% of consumers only begin their Holiday shopping in December, while many others are far from done as the last month of the year debuts.Where do you fall on this holiday shopping timeline?For
No matter what our circumstance, we can all find something for which we can be thankful— any time of the year, but especially now, during the holidays.
- We live in arguably the greatest country in the history of the world, warts and all.
- We enjoy more freedoms and personal choice in our daily lives than practically any other place on Earth.
- We live at a time when technology is making life easier than ever.
- Medicine is extending lifespans and enhancing our quality of life in later years.
- From the office to the home front, people are more mobile and more connected than ever before, which means we get to work with and visit friends and family more frequently and conveniently than ever before.
TV show who would you be . . . and why?2. Who is your hero—from real life or fiction—and why? How are you like him or her in everyday life?3. If you were marooned on a desert island and couldWhat do you talk about around the holidays? Do you talk about taboo topics such as religion and politics that’ll get you into trouble, or tried and true subject matter such as the weather and the score of the football game? Ho-hum.This holiday season, consider these 10 table talk topics to get the conversation started and focused on thoughtful subjects designed to steer clear of pitfalls and social taboos:1. If you were a character in your favorite
Even if you’re not going “over the river and through the wood to grandmother's house” this holiday season, chances are you’re going somewhere—off on a tropical vacation, to your parents place back east (or north or south or west) for a holiday gathering, or to the next city or state over to meet up with friends and family for some holiday cheer or shopping. And chances are you’re not sweating packing up your clothes and shoes and toiletries or other sundries for your trip, whether it’s just an overnight jaunt or something longer, or even gifts and other goodies for those you’re visiting. You’ve no doubt got a suitcase or two for all of that, and it’s something you’ve done time and time again.But modern life is full of all sorts of untested
Unbelievably, summer is long over and we’re already nearing the end of October, which means the fall and winter holidays are fast approaching. While we can certainly debate whether it’s actually “the most wonderful time of the year,” I think we can all agree it’s one of the busiest times of the year.When you factor in shorter days, additional social commitments, increased spending on treats, food, drink, and gifts, plus the complexities of relationships together with our regular work and personal routines, it can all get to be a bit much.First up, of course, is Halloween. Typically a holiday for the young ones who go in search of candy and other goodies door-to-door, it’s become more popular with adults in recent years, and it’s now one of the USA’s most celebrated and commercialized holidays. Moms, Dads, and other adults of all ages aren’t content to stay at home
Holidays are a time to relax and enjoy your time with family and friends. It's also a time where criminals are desperate and try to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. Thanks to law enforcement agencies across the country, here are a few helpful tips they recommend on how to guard yourself and your family from would be thieves this holiday season.* During the holidays thefts go up. Delivered packages being stolen is one of the biggest problems. Some criminals follow delivery trucks.* Please have someone home for the delivery or make other arrangements. Consider mailing packages to your office to avoid theft of items left at your doorstep.* Don't share your holiday plans, especially on social media.* Don't show off your gifts on social media or display them in front of a window at your home.* A stack