Blogcritics.org is examining the genuine Spirit of the Holidays this year in a special section. Tough times can turn virtue into necessity. The forthcoming holiday season will be a time of economic uncertainty, but also an opportunity to return to the original meaning of the holidays: family, friends, and tradition vs. untethered commercialism.
Rather than just throwing money at the holidays, this year would be a great time to inject time and thought into the gift giving process. Make gifts and decorations if you have the time or inclination, or at minimum, look for meaningful, personalized gifts that don't have to be expensive.
We will be focusing on this special Spirit of the Holidays this season, and looking at the holiday season from our usual wildly varied perspectives as well.
A tremendous collection of songs in celebration of winter.
Mary Chapin Carpenter releases a Christmas album filled with grace and spirit.
Gift ideas from Russian Criminal Tattoo compendiums to oversized Elliott Erwitt dog photo books, and classic Arrow Collar ads to American avocado farmer nods.
It came without credit. It came without banks. It came without financing, savings, or angst.
Merry Christmas no more.
This retail season is going to look like no other in recent history.
I'm getting ready for some "Jingle Bells."
At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition is a must-have if you don’t own it, and a valuable upgrade if you do.
Does the mall crowd make you crazy? Try cruising this Web site in your bunny slippers instead.
The Berenstain Bears celebrate the holidays... or not.
Looking for a meaningful yet inexpensive gift? Creating holiday compilation CDs give your friends and family an instant keepsake.
The Manolo Blahnik of cookbooks: lavish and practical at the same time.
Knowledge Adventure gives your kids a head start on learning!
Advent doesn't require giving gifts, and doesn't rely on any "things" other than a Bible, candles, and a wreath.