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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - How to Tap in to the Holiday Publicity Bonanza


If your product or service can be given as a gift, a publicitywindfall awaits at the end of the year - but you need to startworking in June. Each December, media outlets cover the newest,the hottest and the most unusual Holiday gifts. The reportersassigned to develop these pieces typically depend on two sourcesof information:

50 Ways to Acknowledge Your Employees Before and After Labor Day


For most people, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer, back to school, and another long weekend. Deep down however, when we stop for a moment and reflect as we often do on bank holidays, we all know that Labor Day is, in reality, meant to signify a time to recognize the achievement, struggle and determination of the working man and woman.

Quick and Easy Holiday Decorating


You're tired. You've worked hard all week. Suddenly, the kids shout gleefully... "let's decorate!" ... in anticipation of the coming holiday. The "let's not" is miraculously not permitted to escape your lips. Instead you take a deep breath while you wonder about how this decorating could become an easier and more fun-filled activity.

Ten Tips for a Real Holiday Season


Holidays and the start of a new year inevitably make us think about how we can improve ourselves, and have the life we want in the future. We make resolutions - I must lose weight, I will save more money - and then lose our way. That's because we aren't matching our resolutions with who we are inside. We're more likely to succeed if we work on discovering our inner, Real selves, appreciate who we already are, and then take a chance on custom-made changes, not one-size-fit all resolutions. Here are ten tips for making the new year better in a Real way.

The Holiday Shopping Experience - Rewarding or Traumatic?


Picture this scenario! It?s December 24th, the day of Christmas Eve. On this day you should be relaxing, enjoying time with family and thinking of all the precious memories you have created throughout the year.

Making Time to Write this Holiday Season


As the countdown to Christmas day continues, most everyone is naturally all wrapped up in preparing for the big day (and the eve of the big day and the day after the big day?).

10 Tips for More Meaningful Holidays


No matter how many lists you make, cards you send, gifts you buy, or packages you wrap, there will be things you intended to do this holiday season that won't get done. If you do manage to get everything done, but you're too tired to enjoy the season, everyone suffers.

10 Steps to a Relaxing Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Family, friends, good food ? and no presents to buy. To make it your best holiday ever, consider these organizing tips:

Going Solo on Valentines Day: Advice For Singles


The stores are decorated in candy hearts, flowers and bears. Every TV or radio commercial reminds you that it?s time to remember your sweetheart on this special day for lovers. Your feelings range from sadness, to revulsion to anger. What?s a single person to do? The following suggestions are designed to both answer that question and to help you have a good day after all, while working to make it your last solo one.

Tips For Singles on Surviving (And Enjoying) The Holidays


Here you are, facing the holiday season alone. Have you been thinking about?

Hassle-Free Holiday Baking: 6 Easy Days to Perfect Christmas Cookies


Like many people, I love the idea of making a large assortment of Christmas cookies during the holidays, but I find it difficult to find the time to get it done. As a working mother, cookbook author and webmaster of Christmas-Cookies.com ( http://www.christmas-cookies.com ), I am a very busy woman, but baking Christmas cookies every year is a must. Over the past few years, out of frustration and necessity, I have developed a system for organizing my Christmas baking. This system allows me to make a large variety of holiday treats without taking too much time out of my busy schedule. By dividing the tasks up into 6 days, I can spend a couple hours each day getting this done, and on the 7th day, relax and enjoy giving and eating some delicious Christmas cookies. After all, God rested on the 7th day! You don?t even have to do this on 6 consecutive days. Most of the steps can be done days and even weeks in advance, giving you a great head start on your holidays.

Taking Back Christmas


John Grisham wrote a book called SKIPPING CHRISTMAS. Amazon.com reports: ?John Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25...."

Top 25 Thanksgiving Quotations


"It is therefore recommended ... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor ..." -- Samuel Adams, father of the American Revolution on November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation)

Decorate for Thanksgiving


Years of having to make do have turned me into a?"There must be someway I can do this cheaper type person."

Strategies for Surviving Holiday Dinners, Family Events and Other War Zones


No matter how well we may have weathered our basic training, nothing can fully prepare us for the front lines of family gatherings. We?re in the thick of it, dodging live ammunition, and fighting the urge to return to our old, reliable patterns that helped us to survive while we were growing up. We may have mastered our relationship skills in one-on-one relationships. We may have improved our romantic relationships, our professional relationships and our friendships. And we may have even improved our family relationships?one family member at a time. But when we?re sitting around the holiday dinner table or socializing at a wedding reception with our entire family, it?s an entirely different experience.

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Forbes

How Healthy Are Small Retailers Heading Into The Holidays?
Forbes
“Small Business Saturday can be a good opportunity for private retail companies to win traffic and revenue during the holiday season.” Sageworks. Retail sales. Small retailers' profitability is better than a year earlier, however. The average small ...



Forbes

How To Beat Loneliness At The Holidays By Giving Back
Forbes
I luckily have only had my service member gone for two out of six major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. And where I would have loved to go "home" for the holidays, a full-time job and older kids with their own schedules did not truly allow that.



Curbed NY

New York Transit Museum's vintage subway trains return for the holidays
Curbed NY
As the holiday season approaches, the New York Transit Museum is once again collaborating with the MTA to offer subway rides on its vintage fleet of subway cars. And this year, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway opening, ...

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Teague: Holidays revive memories of past
Danville Commercial News
As I enter into another Thanksgiving, it occurred to me that the holidays aren't as meaningful as they used to be. Before I moved back to Danville I cherished them much more because I didn't get home very often. Now that I live here and I see “these ...



The Mercury News

Want to survive the holidays? 11 tips for dealing with family and friends
The Mercury News
Thanksgiving is coming up, and Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa will be upon us much sooner than we expect. What these holidays have in common is that they celebrate the spirit of togetherness among family, friends and communities.



Town hall discusses safety for the holidays
WALB-TV
The holiday season has arrived and Dougherty County leaders want people to be safer than ever. Jon Howard, Albany Ward I city commissioner, hosted his final town hall meeting for this year. Michael Persley, Albany Police Chief, spoke about securing ...



Peoria Journal Star

Conklin Players final show at Five Points celebrates holidays
Peoria Journal Star
Cast for “A Gift of Christmas” presented by Conklin Players: back row, left to right, Pat Gaik, Erin Craig, Dan Challacombe, Tamra Challacombe, April Bieschke, Dave Windsor; front row, left to right: Mary Simon, Abbey Reel.



WBIR-TV

Knoxville organization making holidays brighter for troops overseas
WBIR-TV
The Knoxville group called "Stockings for Us" is working to made the holidays a brighter time for troops deployed overseas. On Saturday, multiple people met to prepare stockings they would send to service members stationed across the world. "They're ...



WCAX

Experts: Don't stop workouts during the holidays - WCAX.com
WCAX
With the holidays fast approaching, some people may be ditching their workout plans. The experts say that could have negative effects for the body and mind.

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Travel+Leisure

This Nevada Garden Celebrates the Holidays by Wrapping Cacti in Christmas Lights
Travel+Leisure
Those who need to beat the chilly Nevada winter can get into the holiday spirit by drinking hot cocoa while wandering amongst the cacti. (And if you really want to warm up, start off with a “happy hour” tasting of their spirit-infused chocolates, and ...
Botanical Garden kicks-off Garden Glow for the Holiday'sfox2now.com

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