Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On Being Selfish For Christmas

In this traditional season of holiday giving, how can “being selfish for Christmas” possibly be worth considering?

We make so many unconscious choices with money throughout the year, but during the holidays, no sooner does the mania of Black Friday strike, than we race out to shop. We spend because others bought us something last year. We buy for people at the periphery of our social or business network. We buy because we can’t disappoint the kids, or our friends’ or relatives’ kids. Pretty soon we have a buy list a mile long and are thinking about how we can get it done in the least amount of time for the least amount of money. Where is the joy in that?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Stressed Out About Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner?

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful and chaotic, in a fun sort of way, as you orchestrate what can be a very complicated meal. Late arrivals need drinks. Is the turkey almost done? What goes into the oven next? Is the wine open? Find another place setting. “Why did I ever agree to do this?” might actually cross your mind. 

Here are a few tips to manage and even enjoy that last hour before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner: