holidays

How to Keep Peace at Family Gatherings

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyWe’re all familiar with the scene, especially after the Passover and Easter holidays. The extended family sits down to dinner and a grandchild starts whining that he’s not hungry or eats the mashed potatoes with her hands or takes a dive under the table. As grandparents, we’re tempted to take charge and correct the behavior, but the wisest among us won’t say a word. Still, we don’t have to feel relegated to watching the gathering descend into chaos, says Melinda Blau, …

Wanted: A Family for Christmas

Posted on 12/23/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingChristmas is traditionally a time when families gather. Sure, all families are imperfect; we all have disagreements and conflicts. But for most, the love is still there and holidays are special times. For many, however, there are no good memories of Christmas mornings or good-natured squabbles over holiday plans. There is, essentially, no family. CBS News recently aired this story about Jackie Turner, a student at William Jessup University, near Sacramento, Calif. Jackie was facing another Christmas with no family. …

Look Hot for the Holidays

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & Fashion’Tis the season of opportunity — a time when festivities that require you to mingle (ack!) likewise give you a chance to: a) Find things (a lead to your next job; a new spin-class buddy; the love of your life); b) Explore a new interest (wine-tasting? catering?); or c) Volunteer for a worthy cause in your community. Yes, holiday socializing involves a leave of absence from ankle pants, jeans and layers, but not to worry — our favorite TV “girlfriends” …

Black Friday Trends and Tips

Posted on 11/25/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsBlack Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, seems to be starting earlier every year. First we saw stores opening to hordes of shoppers at 4 a.m. Friday, then at 3 a.m., a few years back. Now some big-box retailers aren’t even waiting that long. They’re opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day this year, hoping families will eat and run to the nearest mall. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter So what …

Thanksgiving: the Music of Memory

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeWe sang with a muscled verve never to be denied. It thumped through the small Oakland house like the drums of an anthem—and in a way it was. The song was “The Three Caballeros,” and we were three indeed, a soldier and two Marines, and we were brothers. We sang it on Thanksgiving Day. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter That first rendition was offered on the holiday Thursday sometime in the late 1950s. Eddie, who had been …

5 Tips to Curb Holiday Travel Costs

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsHoliday travel these days is a Santa-sized hassle and it can be a real budget buster as well. To curb your travel expenses, consider these tips: Leave your wheels parked at home. Since most rental cars nowadays come with competitive rates and unlimited free miles, it may pay to rent a car — and prolong the life expectancy of your own wheels. You might also be able to save on gas costs by renting a more fuel efficient car than …