Holiday Gift Guide, Published In Elegant Lifestyles Magazine

Holiday Gift Guide

In preparation for writing “Ideas to Take the Guesswork Out of Gifting,” I took a day off. Well, not really, but window shopping at a bunch of stores didn’t feel like work. I’d never written a Gift Guide before, so it was a challenge to think of people’s ages, stages, and interests and figure out what kinds of holiday gifts would be well-received.

That reminds me, hon–I have more holiday shopping to do!

 

Small Business Saturday, Published In Elegant Lifestyles Magazine

Thanksgiving’s around the corner…

…and so is Black Friday, the official start to the holiday shopping season. The second article I wrote for ELS is “Small Business Saturday Turns Ten!” which talks about the inception of SBS and what some local towns have planned. In Summit, NJ where I work at a children’s boutique (What do we sell the most? Think lots of kids’ dressy outfits and matching pj’s!), there’ll be carolers, a horse and sleigh, hot chocolate, and more, throughout the season. Tell you what, hon–feeling a holiday spirit makes all difference whether you’re working or shopping.

 

 

Holiday Card from New York City

Teen Daughter (on right) and friends at Rockefeller Center, December 2007
Teen Daughter (on right) and friends at Rockefeller Center, New York City, December 2009

Wishing you a wonderful holiday!

My Plus One outside of LIncoln Center, NY after seeing the opera, Hansel and Gretel, 2009
My Plus One outside of Lincoln Center, NY after seeing the opera, Hansel and Gretel, 2009
Cousins reunion, Lincoln Center, NY, 2009
Cousins reunion, Lincoln Center, NY, 2009

Some of my favorite things things to do in Manhattan this time of year are wonder at the detail of miniature trains displays, visit Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree and ice skaters, check out the department stores’ holiday windows, warm up inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, visit family and, most of all, absorb the holiday spirit that infuses the air.

Two songs that say “It’s the holidays” to me are Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time and Paul McCartney’s The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).

What songs put you in a holiday mood?  What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Teen Daughter and me, Rockefeller Center, NY, 2010
Teen Daughter and me, Rockefeller Center, NY, 2010