Why the Tax Man is My Santa Claus

Why the Tax Man is My Santa Claus

As a high school senior I was lucky enough to enjoy a part time school schedule that allowed me to work a lot of hours. The plan was to save up as much as I could for college. It worked, too. But the biggest shock of my life came in the spring of my freshman year when it came time to do my taxes. I received what to me was a huge sum of money back from the tax man – a little more than $700. Naturally, being young and without the limits of my parents that money was goneRead more

Five Reasons to Skip the Christmas Eve Box

Five Reasons to Skip the Christmas Eve Box

Trending over the past several years is the idea of giving kids a “Christmas Eve Box” top open on Christmas Eve morning. The box can be filled with anything but typically they contain the kind of stuff you might find in a Christmas stocking. But now the trend is starting to catch some flak. Some call it just an extension of the commercialization of Christmas – and yet another way to spoil children over the holiday season. Other parents suggest it is “just one more thing” to get done in creating the perfect Christmas for their families. “I did itRead more

The Art of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

The Art of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

Dressing in something unusual for Christmas is certainly nothing new. Anciently part of Christmas celebrations meant wearing something silly or out of character. That notion continues today with Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. There is nothing meaningful behind this tradition other than fun. It is universal – meaning anyone can do it – and the only rules are that there are no rules. In fact, the more insane your sweater the better you are celebrating the day. What makes the ugly Christmas sweater so fun is that many of the great Christmas sweaters of the past are considered better ugly sweatersRead more

MMC Celebrates Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

MMC Celebrates Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

The third Friday in December has come to be known as Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. That day this year falls on December 15th – and of course, My Merry Christmas will celebrate it. How? By giving you a way to showcase your ugly Christmas sweater. Yes, we’ll have those who will post up their pictures right to the Merry Forums. But we think a gloriously fun exhibitionist event like Ugly Christmas Sweater Day deserves something more. Stay tuned for those details. In the meantime, do a little research online into the art of ugly Christmas sweaters. It is a wildlyRead more

Facebook Knows What You Want for Christmas

Facebook Knows What You Want for Christmas

Facebook knows better than Santa what everyone in your house wants for Christmas – and they are going to make sure you will know what’s on their wish list. It’s a whole new world of creepy advertising. And you made it all possible. When you signed up for Facebook you granted the world’s most prolific website entry into nearly every corner of your life. They know who you are, where you work, when you were born, where you went to high school and even who your favorite sports teams are. They know every one of your friends. They can connectRead more

Celebrating Christmas Year Round

Celebrating Christmas Year Round

For some people the Christmas tree never comes down. Their reasons vary. And others just think it is weird. “Right around this time of year you start hearing the uncomfortable comments,” Mitzi Unger, 64, said from her Louisiana home. She has kept her tree up and decorated in various themes since 2011. “When my husband was sick and then later died in December of 2011 we had the tree up for him,” she explains. “He loved it, it made him happy. He requested Christmas trees at his funeral and people made it happen. It was a wonderful and different kindRead more

The Many Memes of Christmas

The Many Memes of Christmas

Christmas memes have become not only a staple of each holiday season online but they have found a place year round. Christmas, it seems, has memes for every season. There is an entire generation – or two – that does not understand the idea of memes at all. And there is yet another generation that cannot look at anything in life without them. Memes have been the subject of philosophy courses and marketing classes alike. There just isn’t much out there that is as pervasive in our culture than the meme. A meme is a statement of humor, irony, sarcasmRead more

Cashing in on Santa

Cashing in on Santa

The commercialization of Christmas is reaching ever new heights as retailers and marketers continue to try to cash in on Santa. From movies to music this has always been the case but the presence of Santa in the marketplace has usually been utilized as a draw — bring in Santa for the kids and the parents will come along to spend money. That used to be the conventional thinking. But now they are starting to charge access to Santa himself — and that has people outraged. A Chicago-area mall is under fire this Christmas season for charging a $10 non-refundableRead more

Battling the Misguided War on Christmas Creep

Battling the Misguided War on Christmas Creep

One of the modern trends of Christmas is the complaint against it: some people either just cannot stand Christmas altogether or simply do not like to see it too early. The media calls it “Christmas Creep”, an annual gripe about Christmas mostly showing up too early in stores or too soon on radio or television stations. The complaints can be bitter. From Orange County someone going by the name of Frumpy Mom rails against Christmas too soon. Some complaints about it give you pause. In Canada a movement continues to encourage refraining from the decorating and commercialization of Christmas untilRead more

Macy’s Christmas Suits a Hot Trend in 2015

Macy’s Christmas Suits a Hot Trend in 2015

Macy’s is skipping right past the ugly Christmas sweater trend this year and going into the ugly Christmas suit business. For $99 you can either order online or walk into any of 310 Macy’s stores nationwide and pick of a dandy party favor like this: For as much as Macy’s would love to claim being cutting edge on this one they are really just riding the wave of popularity that these suits established last year in London. Just three years old, the OppoSuits brand is sold in high-end retailers and specialty boutiques across Europe. Macy’s began offering several of theirRead more