Retailers Starting to Avoid Thanksgiving Openings

Retailers Starting to Avoid Thanksgiving Openings

In recent years the waters of Black Friday were significantly muddied by retailers pushing store openings to Thanksgiving Day. The move resulted in both a public and employee backlash who prefer Thanksgiving as a time for family and personal time off. Social media campaigns were launched to boycott Thanksgiving sales and holiday traditionalists were quick to criticize the money-grab. But retailers insisted they had to do something to combat online retailer who were capturing sales during Thanksgiving hours. Now it appears offline retailers are starting to cave. More than a week ago troubled retailer Staples announced it would not openRead more

Walmart Launches Christmas Layaway

Walmart Launches Christmas Layaway

Walmart is getting the jump on Kmart this year by being the first major retailer to advertise their Christmas layaway. The world’s largest retailer is opening their program in conjunction with a marketing push of their new Toy Week promotion which promises to highlight as many as 500 new Star Wars themed toys. The newest Star Wars film is slated for release at Christmas. Kmart for three years running has poked fun at itself — and endured a lot of media heat — for mentioning Christmas in the same breath as their layaway program because it launches still during theRead more

Pumpkin Season Marks the Long March to the Holidays

Pumpkin Season Marks the Long March to the Holidays

The gloss is still on the new new backpacks and shoes of back-to-school season but that does not stop the rise of “pumpkin season” — a time of fall-theme products that some say put them in the mood for the holiday season. Starbucks has kicked off pumpkin season this year with the startling news that their wildly popular Pumpkin Spice Latte will, for the first time, actually contain pumpkin. But Starbucks is far from the first to offer pumpkin flavored or themed products. Hitting shelves now are pumpkin beers, pumpkin sodas, pumpkin cookies, ice cream, cupcakes, candies — even PumpkinRead more

Christmas and Star Wars

Christmas and Star Wars

What in the world has Star Wars got to do with Christmas? Below is one of the most watched Christmas lights videos of the season and it is completely Star Wars themed. We don’t have anything against Star Wars. We loved it. But we fail to see the merry connection. There is nothing about Darth Vader that makes us say, “let is snow”, you know? (All that aside, this video is awesome. We’re just glad we don’t live next to it.) Now, to be fair, this isn’t the first ever Christmas-Star Wars get-together. After all, who could ever forget theRead more

Top Five Things You’re Getting Wrong about Christmas

Top Five Things You’re Getting Wrong about Christmas

Christmas is likely the most diverse celebration in all the world. It is celebrated in one form or another in every country of the world. It has the longest known history of any holiday. So it comes as a surprise that when most people are surveyed about the common things of Christmas – they get it wrong. Here are the top five things you’re getting wrong about Christmas. Atheists and Non-Christians Don’t Celebrate Christmas Yes, they do – more than half of them according to a LifeWay Research poll from 2010. 90 percent of agnostics and 62 percent of Muslims,Read more

Spread a Little Christmas via The Kringle Project

Spread a Little Christmas via The Kringle Project

Is it possible to make the Christmas spirit go viral…offline? That’s the hope and simple mission of something called The Kringle Project. Here’s how it works: Take an ornament, add a tag to it that includes the hashtag #KRINGLEPROJECT, and then hang it somewhere unexpected out in the great wide world. The hope is that someone will find it, take it home, hang it on the their tree and then post a picture of it to social media showing the world where it was found. In a world of paying it forward Christmas-style, the hope is that you’ll anonymously placeRead more

Christmas in America 2014

Christmas in America 2014

The annual survey of Christmas by MyMerryChristmas.com reveals that 83 percent of Americans feel that Christmas is the most important event on the calendar. 70 percent recognize Christmas primarily as a religious holiday in origin but only 61 percent claim to actually infuse their celebration of Christmas with religious elements. The survey annually probes the attitudes and opinions of Christmas. 2014 marked the 15th consecutive year the survey has been conducted. Economics, as usual, dominates attitudes about Christmas. 81 percent of respondents claim they plan to spend less than last year, marking 8 straight years of this trend. Overall, onlyRead more

Themed Christmas Gift Giving

Themed Christmas Gift Giving

By Shirley Van Otten We have always given gifts as a family. When I was a kid my parents would take us out one night each year to Woolworths to do all of our Christmas shopping. There were four of us kids and Dad would take two and Mom would take two and we’d roam the store and swear each other to secrecy as we would scheme to spend about three dollars total each Christmas. Those were the days! We continued our gift giving all through high school and even through college and the years we moved away. I cameRead more