Browsing All posts tagged under »Christmas«

5 Tips for Surviving Your Child’s Christmas Pageant

December 21, 2015


For those of you who don’t have children and are spending wild nights out on the town, parenting may not seem very exciting or glamorous, but, it isn’t. Although parenting has its rewards. I’ve heard. At least that’s what all the parenting books say. Not that I’ve read any parenting books, but my wife put […]

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 […]