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NBC Professional Nancy Snyderman wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas

This morning on the Today Show “Professionals segment”, Matt Lauer led the discussion of outsourcing some of the tasks associated with Christmas. He said that you can get people to pick your tree, decorate your tree, write out your Christmas cards etc. He then asked Star Jones,  Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman to comment on it. Jones said that she honors the religious aspect of the holiday and then Snyderman said that’s the part of the holiday that bugs to which Jones replied “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” Lauer seemed a little taken aback by Snyderman’s remark. The question is do you spend any time honoring the reason for the season or is it just an opportunity to get and give gifts? Share your thoughts.




Today is Giving Tuesday

You survived Gray Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Today is Giving Tuesday so why don’t you give a little something to your favorite charity.

Did Gray Thursday kill Black Friday?

I spent my Thanksgiving cooking and eating and then eating some more. We watched movies and has a great time, but I refused to go shopping. I got up early this morning and went to Target and Walmart and it felt as if I had missed all the fun. The true shoppers had made the decision last night to cut the turkey time in favor of early shopping time, and by the time I arrived Friday morning the frenzy and a lot of the deals had died. So I had the opportunity to peruse the store with very little interference from other shoppers, but the hustle and bustle was missing so I headed to the mall and there I found the crowds. All is right with the world again. Did you go shopping today? Share your thoughts.

Finally, Barbie for Everybody

Barbie has a line of dolls that truly reflect the rainbow. The Barbie Basics line includes dolls of different hues. They also have different hair styles and hair textures. Dolls have come a long way since back in the day when all dolls were white and blond. Barbie Basics is a diversity celebration. Tell me what you think.

Christmas 2009: A Different Kind of Holiday

Yesterday I read an article about a mother begging for Christmas presents on Craigslist. I remember as a child some years we got what we wanted and some years we did not. If the money was running funny we did not get the things we asked for and we survived.  My parents were hard workers and they never would have begged for gifts for us. It is understandable that parents want their children to have a Merry Christmas, but some things are nice and some things are necessary. It is nice to have a big tree surrounded by lots of presents, but it is necessary to be able to feed and clothe your children. Our society has commercialized this holiday to the point that it is unrecognizable. This is what makes parents feel guilty if they can fulfill the Christmas that their child has fantasized, and leads to begging on Craigslist.

It’s Christmas, but We Don’t Have to Shop

 This Christmas is going to be a very different Christmas for many Americans including me. I lost my job in July so I will not be spending like I have done in the past. So today I decided to go to TJ Maxx. Their slogan used to be the “max for the minimum”. So I went hunting for bargains. I found some good buys and went to the checkout line. The store was recently remodeled so I was standing at the counter in the wrong spot. One of the associates of the four standing idle at the counter informed the line started at the other end. I forgot to say one of the perks of being unemployed is you can shop while the working people are at work. So there were very few people shopping and only me at the checkout counter. So when I was admonished about being in the wrong position for service I apologized and proceeded to go to the other end to be served, but one of the associates said that’s alright I will take you. So at this point the story should be over but the first associate that got me straight said to the one who had consented to serve me “thank you” and then she said “next time you will know the line starts down there.” Well, I was in a particularly good mood today so I just looked at her and said “I said I was sorry”, and then she looked at me as if she wanted to say something else but thankfully she didn’t because my holiday good cheer was about to come to a screeching halt. I looked at her and took my things and left. As I was leaving the store I thought about this holiday season and the fact that nothing in the bag I had was actually a necessity. Yes there were some trinket gifts for friends, but I really didn’t need the things in the bag, and I probably could have gone online or to another store to buy them, but today I chose TJ Maxx, but I don’t think I’ll need to worry about where to stand because I don’t think I’ll be in that store anytime soon. So warning to merchants treat us right, treat us nice or we will find a store or a website that will.