Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - How to Tap in to the Holiday Publicity Bonanza

If your product or service can be given as a gift, a publicitywindfall awaits at the end of the year - but you need to startworking in June. Each December, media outlets cover the newest,the hottest and the most unusual Holiday gifts. The reportersassigned to develop these pieces typically depend... Read More

50 Ways to Acknowledge Your Employees Before and After Labor Day

For most people, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer, back to school, and another long weekend. Deep down however, when we stop for a moment and reflect as we often do on bank holidays, we all know that Labor Day is, in reality, meant to signify a time to... Read More

Quick and Easy Holiday Decorating

You're tired. You've worked hard all week. Suddenly, the kids shout gleefully... "let's decorate!" ... in anticipation of the coming holiday. The "let's not" is miraculously not permitted to escape your lips. Instead you take a deep breath while you wonder about how this decorating could become an easier and... Read More

Ten Tips for a Real Holiday Season

Holidays and the start of a new year inevitably make us think about how we can improve ourselves, and have the life we want in the future. We make resolutions - I must lose weight, I will save more money - and then lose our way. That's because we aren't... Read More

The Holiday Shopping Experience - Rewarding or Traumatic?

Picture this scenario! It's December 24th, the day of Christmas Eve. On this day you should be relaxing, enjoying time with family and thinking of all the precious memories you have created throughout the year.No, wait! It's the last day of shopping before Christmas and you haven't even started to... Read More

Making Time to Write this Holiday Season

As the countdown to Christmas day continues, most everyone is naturally all wrapped up in preparing for the big day (and the eve of the big day and the day after the big day?).Whether it's shopping, baking, or hosting holiday gatherings, you are probably engaged in time-consuming activities related to... Read More

10 Tips for More Meaningful Holidays

No matter how many lists you make, cards you send, gifts you buy, or packages you wrap, there will be things you intended to do this holiday season that won't get done. If you do manage to get everything done, but you're too tired to enjoy the season, everyone suffers.Consider... Read More

10 Steps to a Relaxing Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Family, friends, good food ? and no presents to buy. To make it your best holiday ever, consider these organizing tips:? Choose your preferred style: formal with everyone dressed up and using their best manners ? or a more informal relaxed style. If you've invited... Read More

Going Solo on Valentines Day: Advice For Singles

The stores are decorated in candy hearts, flowers and bears. Every TV or radio commercial reminds you that it's time to remember your sweetheart on this special day for lovers. Your feelings range from sadness, to revulsion to anger. What's a single person to do? The following suggestions are designed... Read More

Tips For Singles on Surviving (And Enjoying) The Holidays

Here you are, facing the holiday season alone. Have you been thinking about?*how alone and lonely you feel*excuses you can give family members as to why you can't come this year*what friends may be available to spend those long days with*how another year has passed and you are (still) single*how... Read More

In The News:


A Tech Twist on Home for the Holidays
New York Times
Those hoping shoppers will sing (with apologies to Perry Como) “There's No Place Like the Connected Home for the Holidays” include venerable marketers, newcomers and partnerships that bring together both. For instance, General Electric is selling ...


7 Ways to Not Spend $730 on the Holidays
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
This year, the National Retail Federation forecasts that consumer spending around the holidays will increase by 4.1 percent from last year. But just because it's forecasting that, it doesn't mean you need to spend 4 percent more than last year's ...


The Guardian

Ban on term time holidays should be overturned, say council leaders
The Guardian
Tough new rules on term-time holidays should be overturned, leaving headteachers to decide whether to allow pupils to be taken out of school, council leaders have said. The changes, which mean school leaders can only grant permission for trips in ...
'Scrap ban' on term-time holidaysBBC News
Let parents take kids out of school to beat half term holiday costs, LGA saysThe Independent
Parents must be allowed to take children out of school for holidays, council ...Telegraph.co.uk
The Times (subscription) -expressandstar.com -shropshirestar.com
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Reuters

Port squeeze threatens US retailers' holiday stocking plans
Reuters
Most retailers acknowledged the delays at the key ports for shipments from Asia, but said they did not anticipate product shortages during the holidays. Even so, any delay can derail a finely calibrated just-in-time inventory control system, making it ...

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SFGate

Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark
SFGate
Amazon.com Inc. said it expects holiday quarter revenue of $27.3 billion and $30.3 billion, below analyst expectations of $30.9 billion. That's an increase of 7 percent to 18 percent — slower growth than the prior-year holiday quarter when sales rose ...
Amazon forecast for holidays disappointsLos Angeles Times

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Column: Downtown goes big for holidays
The Coloradoan
7, Oak Street Plaza will be the place to be for the much-anticipated kick-off of the Downtown Holiday Lights presented by Blue Ocean, Banner Health, Cosner Financial, Kaiser Permanente, Eye Center of Northern Colorado and First National Bank.


USA TODAY

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' authors wax nostalgic about the holidays
USA TODAY
HEA asked the authors of the Baby, It's Cold Outside anthology (Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne and Kate Meader) to share what they're most looking forward to about the upcoming holidays. I bet food comes up a lot! First, here's ...


Forbes

Target Offers Free Shipping to Lure Holiday Shoppers
Forbes
In an effort to keep up with holiday competition, Target TGT -0.5% Corporation boldly announced on Wednesday, October 22nd, that it would offer free shipping through December 20th. This move puts Target neck-to-neck with Amazon, it's largest online ...
Target to offer free shipping for online orders through holidaysMinneapolis Star Tribune
Target to offer free shipping for the holidays to entice more online shoppersWashington Post
Target to Ship Free For the HolidaysThe Ledger
GeekWire -KPRC Houston -Los Angeles Times
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Disneyland Gears up for Holidays as Halloween Wanes
MiceChat
But we also journey forth to see that snow has begun to fall on Sleeping Beauty Castle and check on the progress of it's a small world holiday as the holidays are slowly moving in. We round things out with refurbishment news of the impending closure of ...

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Lancaster Eagle Gazette

Volunteers to decorate downtown for upcoming holidays
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Leslee Hanson, program coordinator, left, and David Scheffler, interim executive director, pack strings of lights into a box Tuesday at the Destination Downtown Lancaster office in downtown Lancaster. The lights will be strung on trees lining the roads ...

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