Browsing All posts tagged under »holidays«

The Absolute Worst Things You Could Get on Halloween

October 26, 2012


Every kid who’s ever been trick-or-treating has made a mental list of the very worst things you can get on Halloween. Even if you’re an adult and haven’t been trick-or-treating in thirty years you still remember the neighbors who gave toothbrushes at Halloween. And that’s the only thing you remember about those neighbors because nobody […]

8 Activities for a Memorable Leap Day

February 29, 2012


#1 Go to a local bar and make friends with all the people celebrating a birthday. These new friends will quickly replace your old friends when you realize you only have to get them a birthday gift once every four years. (Note: I met my friend Arran for lunch to celebrate his leap year birthday, […]

Fonz and Whatshername Sitting in a Tree: Part 3

February 14, 2012


This might surprise you, but I tend to joke around a lot with my kids. They rarely believe anything I say because I give parenting advice with the same straight face in which I give zombie-escape-route advice–all while wearing a smoking jacket and pretending to smoke a pipe. But I have given the kids a […]

Half-Hearted Valentine’s Day Cards

February 13, 2012


If I could go back in time 30 years and marry you all over again, I would in an instant… …but let me be clear I mean I’d marry the 25-year-old version of you, back when you could really rock a swimsuit. After 50 Valentine’s Days together, I realize more than ever that mere words […]

Effort-Reward Ratios of Christmas Dinner Attention-Getters

December 16, 2011


Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably looking forward to Christmas Dinner with your family and anticipating the time-honored tradition of competing to be the center of attention. Everyone will arrive with a gimmick–good news to share, a funny story, or an expertly-prepared dish–and you know you’ve got […]

Christmas Shopping Days are Numbered…and Named

December 1, 2011


Retailers know money is tight for shoppers this Christmas season and they hope some creative marketing will convince customers to spend money they don’t have.  You’ve heard of Black Friday, the first official shopping day of the holiday season.  You’ve heard of Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving when online retailers offer their best sales.  […]

Dear Good Greatsby: Greatsby’s Homemade Gift Ideas

November 30, 2011


Today’s seasonal question comes from She’s a Maineiac, who seeks suggestions for Christmas on a budget. Dear Good Greatsby, Money is tight this holiday season, yet my kids are still expecting lots of expensive gifts. I’ve been out exhaustively hunting for great deals, but I’m fresh out of pepper spray. How can I convice them […]

Reasons I Was Late to the Party

November 29, 2011


I have writing projects I work on each day and sometimes when I achieve a high level of concentration and get in a good writing rhythm and spend hours and hours alone, it can be hard to transition to normal human conversation when my wife enters my office and tells me we’re late for one […]

Economists Predict 2.8% More Christmas Cheer

November 28, 2011


The Christmas shopping season kicked off last Friday in America, a day known as Black Friday, either because it signals the day many retailers are first “in the black” and become profitable for the year, or because of all the black eyes and bruises as shoppers elbow and trample each other, racing to claim the […]

Turning Thanksgiving into Thanksreceiving

November 23, 2011


When your friends and family gather for Thanksgiving and list their blessings, make sure and remind everyone they should be especially thankful for you. Are You too Impressive? If you’re anything like me, you’re a tremendously impressive person, and part of what makes you impressive is your deep humility preventing you from bringing your accomplishments […]

Gobble, Gobble

November 22, 2011


For any international readers not familiar with American Thanksgiving, the simplest explanation is to think of it as a day when family gathers from far and wide to celebrate the great American tradition of overeating. Thanksgiving is a special day when hearts swell with gratitude…also with the symptoms of heart disease. Swelling of the stomach […]

New Holiday Mascots Who May Give the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus a Run for Their Money

April 25, 2011


Listen up, second-tier holidays!  If you want to be successful, you’ve got to get your holiday a Santa or an Easter Bunny. Hey Arbor Day, how come nobody remembers your holiday’s date, but kids count down the whole year to Christmas even though there are way more trees than Christians in the world?  You know […]


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