Reduce Christmas Stress by Shopping in Summer

They say the most stressful times of the year are Christmas and tax season. Here are a few suggestions on organizing your life to minimize gift buying stress at Christmastime: Keep track of items people mention they would like. Make a list of everyone you need to buy for and record the item bought for …

Glass Ornaments

While millions and millions of glass ornaments have been produced since they were first created in Lauscha, Germany, in 1847 there probably aren’t all that many left. They’re shiny and all sorts of creatures big and small want to touch, smell or eat them as they hang on a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, touching can unhook …

The Santa Tracking Tradition, from NORAD to Google

Since 1955 NORAD has been tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve journey and keeping the spirit of Christmas alive in the hearts of millions.  Why would a national defense system use manpower and equipment for such a whimsical purpose?  It all began with a misprinted phone number in a Sears-Roebuck add.  The department store had advertised for …

Why are there Twelve Days of Christmas?

Many of us enjoy singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” during the holiday season.  The song brings out the passionate singer in all of us, with its difficult melodies and its memory recall exercises.  But in North America, many of us have forgotten what the twelve days of Christmas really are!  The song is not, …

Ethnic Ornaments make Personalization Meaningful

When giving a personalized gift, such as a Christmas ornament, it is important for the recipient of the gift to identify with its theme.  We buy soccer ornaments for our little kickers, teacher ornaments for those important educators in our children’s lives, and of course Baby’s First Christmas ornaments for the newest kids in town.  …