Holiday Travel (Nov. 2014)
Tip 2: Put some gas in the car – If you only have a quarter tank of gas in the car and no money, please stay at home. You may make it to the corner store and back, but that’s about it. Your V8 does not get 100 miles per gallon.
Tip 4: Pack for the time you will be away – Don't give your relatives a heart attack by showing up with a U-Haul truck full of luggage. They are happy to see you, but they DO want you to leave.
Gift-Giving (Dec. 2014)
Tip 2: Don’t buy gifts for people you don’t like – This is your hard-earned money we’re talking about. You don’t like [fill in the blank] 364 days of the year, so why are you buying him/her a Christmas present? Merry Christmas will suffice.
Tip 5. Don’t believe the media hype – If your Christmas resembles anything like the elaborate celebrations in commercials, PLEASE invite me over. Television tries to make us believe that the more we spend, the happier we’ll be. Those folks are paid to look happy and that stuff is not real.
Holiday Decorating (Dec. 2015)
Tip 3. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses – Sure, your neighbor may have a light display that is synchronized to the 12 Days of Christmas. That doesn’t mean you have to match or best that. For all you know, your neighbor may have to pawn his five golden rings to pay the light bill. Enjoy your neighbor’s time and effort while you laugh all the way to the bank.
Tip 4. Waste not, want not – Some people have a unifying theme to their decorations while others don’t. Changing themes can mean replacing a lot of stuff (yard ornaments, outdoor lights, indoor lights, etc.). Many of you may enjoy adding something new to your yard decorations every year. Inflatable Santa may be right next to a nativity scene. Good for you. If Santa will still inflate, put him out there with the rest of your stuff. He’s been in storage all year, so there's no reason to leave him in there. If people don’t like your multifaceted display, tell them to close their eyes.