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Do you remember those holiday disasters that at the moment seemed like an epic failure, but years later at another family holiday gathering the conversation starts, “Remember when?” What follows is belly laughter and fond memories as you recall those tense moments? Several people were willing to share their disaster – turned - memory stories in an effort to help all of us remember not to take life too seriously….even the holiday disasters.
Every year it seems like stores try to get the jump on holiday sales by decorating earlier. This year, one could stroll down an aisle looking at Halloween costumes and just one aisle over check out the latest in Christmas decorations, candy and gifts.
“It won’t be the holidays without you,” said many a parent to their grown adult child.
“It’s already started,” said the father of three young children. “The competition between the in-laws for how much time they will get with us over Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is why I hate the holidays.”
Research conducted by Gallup from January to September 2013 tracking 130,000 adults reveals that married Americans tend to have an above average income, which leads to more spending, which in turn stimulates the economy. In fact, married Americans spend more than those in any other marital status category across age groups. Americans who have never married spend significantly less, particularly those younger than 50. The study suggests that if marriage rates increase, overall spending in the United States may increase.
A recent video circulating on Facebook asked moms to do one thing, “Describe yourself as a mom.”