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Day 6 | There’s always Uber

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle One of the most popular gifts this holiday season will be a gift card for Uber. Not the uber like in, “he’s uber famous.” But the Uber as in the app on your phone that delivers a car to your location within five to 10 […]

Day 5 | If it’s the thought that counts, why’d you spend so much money?

Just how obsessive is the American culture about buying just the right holiday gift? I don’t know, Kevin, how obsessive are we? We’re so obsessive that in the UK—which doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving—shoppers there have adopted our Black Friday concept. I was gobsmacked! We’re so obsessive about shopping online that we’re setting records every year! Online […]

Day 4 | Your spouse is probably right

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L’Engle Yep, it’s one of the cruel blessings of being with someone who knows you well. Accept it. Grow […]

Day 3 | Decorating? Seriously, this is your Alamo?

Charlie Brown:  “I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I […]

Day 2 | How are you surprised by this?

How are you surprised by this? Did you not see the Jack-o’-lantern and the Christmas tree together a week before Thanksgiving at Walmart? How in the world can people be surprised, and yet, if you listen to people talk, they seemed alarmed and surprised that it “snuck up on me”. In the past week, I’ve […]

Day 1 | Santa is Dead

So…we’re going to ease into “The New 12 Days of Christmas” with this declaration: Santa is dead. Okay, glad that’s out of the way. Of course, this is a touchy point this time of year. Actually, it came out of a discussion we had around the office recently. “How do I deal with Santa and […]

Are you suffering from Post-Traumatic Thanksgiving Disorder?

If by clicking on the blog you immediately began to relive the negative events that occurred on Thanksgiving Day, you may be experiencing early signs of Post-traumatic Thanksgiving Disorder. You are experiencing completely normal and healthy post-thanksgiving responses if you meet the following criteria: Exhaustion, from tirelessly hosting the event of thanksgiving Excessive Napping, due […]

Who do I ask for help?

One time I ordered a gold Casio calculator wristwatch on eBay. I know, I know — I have incredible taste and a penchant for fine timepieces. Unfortunately, the item arrived broken, as the wristband’s clasp was bent a wrong direction. This type of occasion usually makes me very grumpy — although I love e-commerce, I […]

Why don’t we ask for what we need?

When a pair of pants didn’t fit the way the rest of that company’s pairs fit, I recalled a recent interview in which the CEO said he personally checks his email. And so I looked up his company’s email address format and sent him a note: “I live 300 miles from the nearest J. Crew, […]