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The infamous Secret Santa gift exchange at the office could be intimidating for some and fun for others. As a way to get employees together to celebrate the giving spirit of the season, gift exchanges have become the norm at the office. If you are still on the hunt for the perfect gift for someone in the office and not sure how to contribute, maybe these rules of thumb can help you navigate the gift-giving process. Here are a few tips of etiquette when looking for the perfect gift as an office Secret Santa.
There’s nothing quite like working your tush off year round to receive a holiday bonus. It can make the blood, sweat and tears worth it. As we could all use extra money in our pockets this time of year we still have to be careful not to blow it all at once. It’s extremely easy to do so. Who wants money that’s here today and gone tomorrow?
For this reason we should all be smart when it comes to our finances at the end of the year, using anything extra to get ahead of bills or seasonal debt. Here are some tips on how you should really spend your holiday bonus. We got some help with this advice from Cornelia Shipley, a nationally recognized life mentor, strategic planner and executive coach.
How are you with tipping? Do you abide by that traditional (or even expected number), or do you do your own thing? Heck, do you even believe in tipping? While there has been much speculation about why blacks do and do not tip , it really boils down to a personal choice an individual must make.
With the holiday season in full swing, it’s good to have some understanding about common practices. Here’s a rundown on holiday tipping etiquette you might want to keep in mind.
How are you faring one the job with the holidays in full effect? Let’s rewind that — How are you doing in the productivity department with the holidays upon us? It can be a real challenge to keep your concentration as you go from your regular schedule to one with tons of vacation and time away from the office. With that said, it’s up to you to stay focused and not fall into the trap of slacking off. Here are some tips on staying job-focused during the holiday season.
Being unemployed just flat out sucks regardless of the time of year it happens. But can put a serious damper on plans during the holidays. As if there wasn’t already pressure enough to make gift purchases and provide great memories for our households, now we must deal with the fact that our source of income is now a thing of the past.
So does that mean that those without employment can’t enjoy the holidays like everyone else? Most definitely not as it is more about family and less about things — no matter how many Hallmark cards and product commercials come our way. Here are some pointers on how to deal with the holidays while unemployed that will hopefully help make it a better one for you and yours.
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The holidays are just around the corner and of course, it’s the only time of the year where you will have tons of guests! In this episode of Home Savvy, we’re showing you how to prep your home for the holidays. We gave the lovely couple, Jason & Kelli Brazier a home makeover to show you how to make a few necessary holiday adjustments in your home. Make sure you watch the full episode to find out how you can win a $200 Gift Card to The Home Depot.
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Ten months after her son was killed, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, says she’s ready for justice to be served in 2013. She spoke with ESSENCE.com about her first holiday season without Trayvon, her thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and her hopes for 2013:
This year has been bittersweet. The bitter part is that I lost my baby boy. The sweet part has been the show of support that we have received from our community and from the world. We are thankful.
This is our first holiday season without Trayvon, and I have to admit, I’m having a difficult time. I’m an emotional rollercoaster. Trayvon loved the holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving. He always looked forward to those holidays. But while I am sad I’m reminded that I have another son that I’m trying to help get through not having his younger brother around.
Sybrina continues to ve a very strong woman. You can read the rest of the touching message over at ESSENCE.
Don’t you love that quiet lull the office falls into between Christmas and New Year’s Day? With clients and coworkers traveling for the holidays, the workplace can feel like an adult version of Home Alone. But, there are better things to do with your downtime than playing Facebook games or building towers out of office supplies with your cubicle mates. This is the perfect time of year to gain perspective on 2012, and get focused for the New Year. Follow these steps to make sure your mind is right for 2013.
December is a time of year that brings great joy and stress and credit card bills. But it is also a the time of year when a certain type of article pops up on blogs and websites, one that always kind of frustrates me because it seems unnecessary – the ambivalent Kwanzaa article, evidenced here, and here. Typically a lapsed Kwanzaan will reflect on not participating anymore, or someone brings up the fact that it’s just not relevant anymore. For a long time I had a similarly sideways attitude towards the holiday, ‘its made up!’ ‘its corny!’ ‘why do I have to do all this learning when I could be opening real presents?’ being the biggest complaints I had. Really though, Kwanzaa isn’t that terrible.
Kwanzaa doesn’t have ancient clout behind it like Christmas or Hanukkah. It’s not wry or funny like Festivus. According to History.com: “Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community.” That’s kind of intense. As much as people complain about what we do or don’t do as African Americans, after a period that was no doubt painful for his community, a professor struck out and tried to make a difference. Whether or not Karenga was ethnographically sound or successful has yet to be determined, but at least he tried. Who else do you know that is trying to initiate a cultural movement to solve a community’s ills?
To be fair, I was not a fan of Kwanzaa from ages 12-26. Why? Because my mother insisted we celebrate. I love her dearly, but she’s kind of a hippy. Kwanzaa time brings up memories of ill-fitting dashikis and kente cloth wraps, straw mats, African fashion shows at church, and harvest festivals for me. My mother dragged me and my siblings to all of those events, most likely because she wanted us to grow up with a sense of who we were as African descended people. Granted, her knowledge of what that meant was limited, but living in central Virginia meant that learning more would mean being extremely proactive in seeking out whatever information you could find. So I appreciated her dedication to informing our experiences outside of those that we knew of (working and middle class country black folks).
I don’t think the made-up-ness of the holiday makes people feel any better about it, but a lot of things we do are made up. Traditions and cultures begin when people start them, and there’s nothing wrong with trying to start something positive that uplifts people. The principles Umoja (Unity) Kugijaculia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kumbaa (Creativity) and Imani (Faith) are all wonderful tenets to aspire to and live by. Also, they are lots of fun to say – ‘Kugijaculia’ has a way of rolling off the tongue.
I get it. Kwanzaa is a legit history-lesson-wrapped up into a holiday, and let’s keep it real, history lessons and values are not something that are easily digested in a culture that relies on consumer spending to keep the economy afloat. But the fact that Festivus, which was made up by an imaginary character on Seinfeld, can get so much love is funny to me when Kwanzaa was a pioneer of the ‘anti-materialistic’ holiday movement. You learn lessons and connect with your community. You give gifts of books (which clearly I am biased about, lol). You learn Swahili. These things are not awful. They actually make for pretty cool family memories if you’re down for that sort of thing. So why won’t people let Kwanzaa be great?
T. Hall is a intellignorant writer based in northern Virginia. She tries not to take herself too seriously, and blogs about original fiction, books and life at DopeReads.com.
Dear Single Sistas,
I’m writing this letter to my Single Sistas who may be feeling down in the dumps during this Christmas season because they don’t have a mate to exchange gifts with or spend quality holiday time with. This letter also goes out to those who may feel extremely lonely during this season because they are fresh out of a relationship and this is your first time without a significant other. I’m writing this letter to encourage you to celebrate this holiday season in your season of singleness, and see and embrace the beauty that it is. I know many of you may be saying or thinking that you enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, but it would be nice to have a special man in your life to exchange a kiss or two under the mistletoe with, or exchange a kiss at midnight with at the beginning of a New Year. While I agree with you, I want to encourage you to find different ways to enjoy the holiday season while you’re single. One of the things you can do this season is volunteer at a shelter, or soup kitchen. Not only will this gesture help someone else, but it will make you see how blessed you are for the things you have and make you forget about not having a mate (at least for the moment).
Another thing you can do is spend the extra money you would have spent on a gift for your mate on yourself! Treat yourself to something extremely special and out of the ordinary and place it under your tree addressed to you from you! You can also spend that extra money on a weekend getaway for yourself, or start a new savings account to ring in the New Year. Another thing you can do during your single holiday is spend time reflecting on what the holiday season really means. So many people get caught up in the commercialization of the holidays that they have the tendency to forget what they are truly designed to be about…Thankfulness. One more thing you can do during this holiday season of singleness is actually just enjoy the fact that you are single! While spending time with friends and family is a wonderful thing, it’s also a wonderful thing to have quiet time for self-reflection.
Look back and reflect on your accomplishments, the good times you had this year, and focus on new beginnings and how you will be the best single woman you can be until the time comes for your season of singleness to end. I know it’s hard when you see and hear of friends getting engaged on Christmas or at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and you find yourself waning the same thing. I also know it’s hard to see the lavish gifts from a friend’s significant other too, but I encourage you to stay positive and grateful for all you have because your time will come when the time is right. Don’t be down this holiday season. Lift your heads and hearts because your/our season of singleness is a gift that’s not only given once a year, but all year round if you allow it to be the gift that it is, because the truth of the matter is, I’d rather be a single woman happy and enjoying my holiday without a relationship, rather than being a woman in a relationship, yet still single and more alone than you think during every season of the year. So I say to all of you, enjoy this and every holiday season in your season of singleness because there may come a time in your life when you wish you had done so. Enjoy being single, and appreciate it for what it is.
Sincerely, Your Single Sistah,
LizLiz Lampkin is the Author of Are You a Reflection of the Man You Pray For? Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin.