We’ve all been there: you’re going through a rough patch in life and trying not to think about it. Your family is gathered together for the holidays and looking for a break between all the eating, so you all file into a movie theater or gather around the TV to watch a holiday classic. You thought you signed up to see something light or entertaining that has nothing to do with reality, and then out of nowhere, a depressing theme pops up. You find yourself bawling in your seat at the too-close-to-home scenario playing out onscreen. How did this happen!? The movie poster looked so cheerful! Now the rest of your day and maybe even the rest of your Christmas vacation are ruined. To help you escape this fate, I’ve put together a list of a few box office hits and annual holiday classics to avoid like the plague this season, grimly grouped by whatever tough spot you may be facing. Just stick with “Elf” and the Griswolds, friends! SPOILER ALERT: I’m going to tell you exactly what happens in every movie, so if you don’t want to know, don’t click!
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The holiday season is in full swing, which means dessert everywhere you turn! I really resent the phrase “guilt-free” when it comes to food, but I’m all about attempting to do our arteries a favor by opting for treats that are at least slightly healthier than other popular choices — without too many unpronounceable fat-free chemicals that are inexplicably labeled as good for you. After the jump, 14 semi-healthy holiday desserts that will leave you with less of a food hangover than that butter-filled casserole concoction your aunt brought to Christmas dinner.
Not sure what to get for that hard-to-buy person on your holiday list? T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are making shopping easier this year by bringing back their Holiday Gift Hotline, with famous gifting experts as their operators! Pretty cool, huh?
According to a survey by T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, parents, colleagues, men, teenagers and hosts/hostesses are the hardest types of people to shop for, with parents receiving the most un-inventive holiday gifts. To help out consumers who need some guidance, they’ve tapped experts in those five categories to provide personalized gifting consultations free of charge. Keep reading »
I love Christmas, but I loathe the mall at Christmastime. From assholes who steal parking spaces to children running wild and wailing around Santaland, here are 17 reasons we try to avoid the mall at all costs in December. Or, in other words, why I believe in drunk Christmas shopping (in GIFs!) Keep reading »
You know that phrase, “It’s the thought that counts”? I feel like we’ve gotten away from it a little. It’s used ironically so often now — like, you got a bad gift, but hey, at least the person thought to give you a gift, right? Nah, nah, nah. Let’s stop that.
It really is the thought that counts. Giving a gift is a way of conveying to a person that you know them, you know what they’re passionate about, you know their priorities, you know how they want to present themselves to the world. It’s a way of facilitating their goals, and their self-expression. It’s a way of telling them that you value them, and what about them you value. Keep reading »
Residents of Reading, Pennsylvania were horrified when they first laid eyes on the droopy, sparse Christmas tree decorating their downtown square. They claimed it was reminiscent of “Charlie Brown” and a total bummer. To be fair, it is pretty fugly (and it’s topped with a giant pretzel of all things), though I try to remain under the idealistic impression that the holiday season is about more than appearances. After all, the spruce was a last-minute backup after crews from the city’s Downtown Improvement District were unable to cut down the tree they’d originally chosen. For an understudy, it sure is doing its best. That didn’t stop the debate from evolving into a citywide “controversy” that shook the community and ultimately, far corners of this great nation. Keep reading »