So, you’ve left the nest. Maybe you bailed on your suburban childhood home for college, or for life in a big city, or a town across the state. Maybe you have the occasional tendency to think you’re pretty hot shit because you’re off doing Big Exciting Things while everything back home seemingly stands still. Rest assured, however, that whatever impression you have of yourself as some above-it-all hip young thing will dissipate as soon as you, along with all the others who fled, descend upon your hometown. Celebrating the holidays back home is a mental time warp that keeps you seesawing between nostalgia and annoyance every few seconds until you finally leave town again. This insanity tends to arrive in stages as you sink deeper into the Thanksgiving fever dream. After the jump, a few universal facepalm moments that arise when you visit your hometown for Thanksgiving – in GIFs! 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 »
Thanksgiving has arrived, and there will be turkey; There will be family; There will be uncomfortable conversations likely involving something political, racial or downright inappropriate. If you’re like any of us here at The Frisky, you’d gladly prefer talking about how you’ve gained weight or why you’re still single over having to endure others’ ignorant opinions about controversial news issues. Don’t want to hear about Ferguson, Bill Cosby’s “innocence” or Obamacare this Thanksgiving? Here are 20 surefire things to say to change the topic and avoid a Turkey Day buzzkill. Keep reading »
I’m not a big proponent of Black Friday shopping. I really don’t think you should do it at all, unless it’s online or it’s the kind of casual shopping that means heading to the mall in the middle of the afternoon rather than camping outside Walmart at 4 a.m. Still, people are going to do what they want regardless of what I have to say about it, and more power to you! So let’s talk about how to have the most successful shopping trip possible. WalletHub and Accenture did a little research on who’ll be pulling out their credit cards this year and which retailers offer the best deals out there.
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I’m a sucker for all things galaxy print, so I’m crazy about this dreamy star-covered wrapping paper. Etsy shop Norman’s Printery creates the paper on recycled newsprint. If covering your gifts in the very fabric of the universe doesn’t cut it for you, the shop sells a slew of other beautiful prints, like mountain ranges, maps, and stunning views of Paris. Why not make the wrapping as exciting as the gift itself? [$14, Norman's Printery]