Christmas

How to Survive Busy Airports During the Christmas Season

Posted on 12/20/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelTis the season for chaos, conniption fits, and cancellations in our nation’s airports. To help you arrive at your destination with your sanity intact, here are a few holiday travel tips to follow: Arrive at the airport earlier than normal.  Seriously. A great deal of the stress found at our nation’s airports during very busy times is caused by late travelers.  The airports are certain to be busy, and arriving an hour earlier than normal is certain to alleviate the potential of …

Use ‘Slice’ to Keep Track of Online Shopping

Posted on 12/6/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyI love discount online shopping.  In fact, some days I worry I’m addicted to it. I’m a member of the popular deep discount  “members only” clothing and home goods websites Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, Haute Look and One Kings Lane.  I say “members only” with a smile, because anyone who signs up becomes a member. Every day, and twice a day during the holiday shopping season, these sites send me emails highlighting items that are discounted 50 percent or more. …

I’ll Be at the Hospital for Christmas

Posted on 12/25/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe brilliant red Poinsettia is on the table, Christmas card beside it. Visitors come and go bringing hugs and Christmas cheer. There is turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie in the dining room. In the background, I hear the sound of vintage 1949 Bing Crosby filling the air with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and with all my heart I wish we were. But we’re not – we’re at the hospital for Christmas. The table decorated with Poinsettia and Christmas cards …

Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Posted on 12/20/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeDo you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place. I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed. The holidays can be like a juggling act, …

Shopping for the Cheapskate Chef

Posted on 12/19/2011 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsEverybody in my family knows that I love to cook (cheapskate-style, of course).  So for holiday gifts, people often give me kitchen utensils or small cooking appliances.  Now, I love my family dearly and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind their gifts, but I like to keep things simple in my kitchen. I’m not big fan of novelty kitchen gadgets that just take up space. Do I really need a special tool to remove olive pits, AND another one to remove cherry pits? But …

Multigenerational Christmas Movies Everyone Will Love

Posted on 12/16/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

RelationshipsThe popcorn is popped, steaming mugs of hot chocolate are in hand and the lights of the Christmas tree softly set the stage for the annual family Christmas Movie gathering. But wait – there is still a decision to be made!  What movie should you watch? There are hundreds – if not thousands – of family-oriented Christmas movies for youngsters, oldersters and in-betweensters to watch together this year. How about trying some older movies? I thought I’d share some of …