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We are so inundated with images of a fat, bearded, rosy-cheeked Santa Claus that we forget that other cultures have different renderings of the gift-bestower of holiday season. Here’s a rundown of a few other cultures’ alternatives to our more corpulent St. Nick. Italy
Italians credit a beneficent witch clad in black with bringing holiday treats on January 6th. Complete with bewitching accoutrements like the conical hat, La Befana comes down the chimney in her broom. Itching to dress up like Befana, ladies? Be sure to order the Embellished Boot in black by Boston Proper in time for Epiphany.
The art of letter writing is getting eclipsed by email, but one beloved tradition still remains…writing a letter to Santa. If you’re welcoming Kris Kringle into your home this holiday season, the 7th through 13th is “Dear Santa Letter Week.” Our smallest letter-writers may still need help with penmanship, so be sure they practice up. Cursive Practice by Brainstop in the Apple app store is perfect for tots who need to practice their ABCs. Make sure Santa sees their best chirography. You don’t need pen and paper to practice either.Read Now »
A few years back, I started buying myself a new workout outfit just as the holiday season was kicking off. Sure, I felt guilty the first time, buying myself a gift when I should be checking others off my list. But here’s the thing: it worked. And it continues to work. Feeling stylish in the gym, along with the superior comfort and support New Balance provides, kept my booty in the gym during the lazy days of the winter celebration. Just setting foot in the gym in December is impressive in my world. Because, let’s be honest, I’m not passing up the once a year, mouth-watering delectables that have come to symbolize the season for me.Read Now »
If you’re watching what you spend this holiday season (and most of us are...or need to be!), start with an already discounted website like Joe’s New Balance Outlet and stack on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to get the lowest prices, save gas, and avoid getting trampled by the INSANE SHOPPERS willing to sacrifice their first born to grab the last hot ticket item off the shelf. I participated in the pre-dawn Black Friday dash exactly once. Once was enough to convince me that NO amount of savings was worth endangering my life to lock it in. Seriously, it was like the Hunger Games.Read Now »
We love our Smartphones. Well, “love” might be a bit dramatic, but cell phones have become extremely useful tools and a mainstay in our technology-driven lifestyle…
• They are portable and we can use them just about anywhere
• Smartphones facilitate immediate communication
• They provide instant access to worldwide news and events
• They are a comprehensive gadget that delivers entertainment in countless ways
…well, you get the point. All is not perfect, however. Cell phone use in the wrong place at the wrong time can be deadly. All you have to do is glance over to the car in the lane next to you.
The bells have started jingling for the “season of giving.” And if you are a bit strapped for cash, but have a harried and hectic lifestyle, why not ruminate on the concept of part-time work? There is much to be applauded for seasonal employment opportunities. You need not be a Santa with sticky kids scrambling onto your lap. The opportunities are boundless for a temporary occupation and most do not include a white beard or pointed green shoes. Forget the standard dreary “big box” store job involving the herding of customers who become fierce in their efforts to possess the latest gadgets.Read Now »
Just two short years ago, the Pew Research Center revealed that cell phone ownership among adults climbed to the astronomical level of 91% in the United States. That indicates that pretty much single grown-up you encounter owns a device that often seems implanted into their ear.Read Now »
Marooned Without a Compass Day was November 6th. This relatively unknown and unofficial holiday awakens the imagination and warrants a discussion of the age-old controversial question…What are the crucial items you would you covet if you were stranded on a dessert island? Are you a practical person who would opt for the stereotypical resources when left on your own, such as: 1. Fire. Fire is an essential for boiling the impurities out of the water supply, necessary when cooking food, valuable keep warm at night, required to discourage attack by vicious animals, not to mention letting passing ships know have been forsaken. 2. Blankets.Read Now »
You may have to stand for long periods. You may have to sprint rapidly. You may have to crouch, leap or balance. Black Friday is coming. Are your shoes ready for the powerhouse shopping excursion? Floppy clodhoppers aren’t going to help you move nimbly through the concourse of the mall, so think a head and get some new shoes broken in so you’re not slowed down by shopping. Here’s our top picks. Look chic and feel comfortable during the retail pandemonium while wearing the Fashion Wedge Sneaker by Boston Proper.Read Now »
Christmas Island is not Santa’s personal vacation island. It’s a natural wonder, often dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. This pristine island is perfect for the enthusiastic eco-tourist yearning for a new adventure. Christmas Island was christened for its discovery on Christmas Day in 1643. Let’s pack those shoes and sojourn to Christmas Island. Fames for its red crab migration, 40 to 50 million red crabs inhabit the island. These diurnal creatures roam the island by day and retreat to burrows to preserve their body moisture.Read Now »