The Best Stocking Stuffer Ever


I am so excited. I have the perfect gift to stuff into my husband’s Christmas stocking. Do you recall

Tips to Avoid “Turkey Flu” this Holiday Season


For years, Liz Tarditi’s mother tried to kill her family with turkey. Not intentionally, of course, but invariably sometime

A Perfect Homemade Holiday Gift


Every year about this time I start scrambling for gift ideas for my long list of friends, neighbors and

Holiday Shopping Guide for Whole Family Gifts


Whether your family tree is a small sapling or a mighty oak, it can get spendy to buy an

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Ages 3 to 7


Since the day our grandson, Eli, was born four years ago, my husband and I have done our best

Get Ready Now for Christmas 2013

Dear Mary,

Every year my mom starts a Christmas club account and contributes to it each month. She swears by

Thoughtful After-Christmas Purchase

I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that I avoid the after-Christmas sales. To do it right, one must have

Don’t Fuss About the X in Xmas

Every year about this time I get a dozen or so, shall we say, “emotionally packed” messages from people wanting

The Season of Returns

The sweater didn’t fit right, the color was all wrong and you already have a singing bass on a plaque.

Holday Party

Hosting a Holiday Event? Start Here

Now that we’ve entered the mother of all holiday seasons—stop! Whether you volunteered to host a holiday party—or someone volunteered

Replace Commercial with Consumables

Consumable gifts, as opposed to durable gifts, are meant to be used up—not stashed in a closet for the next


Let the Singing Begin

It was an unusual interview. The woman explained she was writing an article for a national magazine on clever ways

How Much for Gifts?

Dear Mary,

What percentage of our monthly income should or can be allotted to Christmas gift giving? Michele, Florida

The Courage to Change Holiday Gift-Giving

There is no way I can list all of the various family situations and dynamics that come into play around

A Compromise to Benefit All

Dear Mary,

Every year, my husband and I spend most of the holiday season arguing over how much to spend


Cranberries: More than Relish

Did you know that there are 440 cranberries in one pound? 4,400 cranberries in one gallon of juice? 440,000 cranberries

Give the Legacy of a Life History

If you’re looking for a unique gift—one that will have a great deal of meaning for both you and your

Christmas Gift

Husband’s Family Overspends on Christmas

Dear Mary,

My husband’s family spends lavishly every Christmas and it always makes me feel pressured to reciprocate. For example,


Getting a Holiday Head Start

If you are or ever have been plagued with consumer debt, I can nearly guarantee that revolving expenses related to


Creative Ways to Shop, Save and Give

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