Category Archives: Christmas in St. Louis

Children’s Reactions To Gifts

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The deadline for online purchases to reach you and your loved ones by Christmas  is Friday, December 16.  I know you don’t want to see any sad faces on Christmas morning.

I was watching tv Sunday evening and saw a program featuring children’s reactions to the gifts they receive on Christmas.  They featured a brother and sister that each received a bicycle.  The little girl was ecstatic, but the little boy didn’t want a bicycle, so he was unhappy.  They also featured a young lady that wanted a cell phone for Christmas.  She had opened all the gifts under the tree with her name on them, but no cell phone.  Suddenly her Dad said what’s that behind the tree?  She looked and picked up the package.  What do you think it was?  The phone, of course.  She hollered and jumped and cried, she was so happy.

Reminds me of a Christmas Eve when I was helping my Mom wrap my younger brother’s gifts.  I had seen a blue Timex watch I liked while my Mom and I were out shopping one day.  Blue is my favorite color, so I was drawn to the blue Timex like a magnet.  Days went by and I forgot about the watch.  On this Christmas Eve my Mom handed me a wrapped box and said, “Merry Christmas Sweetheart.”  I opened the box and it was the blue Timex.  I was so touched, all I could do was cry.  I still get touched when I remember that special Christmas.

Happy Holidays!!

Green Monday

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According to comScore, online sales are up 15% compared to revenue reports from 2010.  $24.6 billion spent online so far.  FedX anticipates moving 17 million packages today.

I’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Green Monday was a new term for me.  Mark your calendar, because the second Monday in December will always be Green Monday going forward, and one of the top spending days of the season.

 Green Monday marks the beginning of the heaviest week of shopping for online retailers.  Consumers need to complete their purchases by Friday, December 16 to ensure delivery by Christmas.

FedEx and other shipping companies will have to perform a Christmas miracle to get all of their packages delivered on time.  That effort will take nearly 290,000 people, 90,000 trucks and 680,000 flights to safely deliver more than 260 million shipments to gift recipients before Christmas day.

Happy Holidays!!!

Extra Special Sale

The Magic of Macy’s

Last 2 days!  Now through Mon., Dec. 12 enjoy extra savings at Macy’s.  Sunday, Dec. 11 shop 8am – 11pm.  Monday, Dec. 12 shop 9am – 10pm.

25% – 50% off, plus take an extra 20% or 15% off when you use you Macy’s card or savings pass.  Over $100 in holiday dollars to make your shopping easier.

Happy Holidays!!

Do You Know The Words To This Song?

1. Making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.

2. I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the Mistletoe last night.

3. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.  Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

4. Deck the halls with ….

5. We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Happy Holidays!!


17 Days Until…

Here’s a last minute Holiday Gift Guide – Items for less than $50.

1. Botanical Calendar – $28 at
2.  Homegrown Monogram Mug – $8 at
3.  Paperblanks hand-tooled lined journal – $18.95 at
4. Boxed notecards – $45 for a box of 10 at
5.  Bamboo iPad stand – $24 at
6. Fish hotel – $29.00 at
7. AM/FM/MP3 sound station – $29 at
8. Red rubber address stamp from Lettergirl – starts at $38 at

Holiday Hotlist

Hi everyone!!  I’m in Los Angeles, and some of the hot gifts everyone is asking for here are listed below:

(1) American Girl Place – New Bitty Baby Twins and matching doll and me outfits,
(2) J. Crew – Holiday party frocks and fashions,
(3) Barnes & Noble – Nook Simple Touch and Nook Color,
(4) MAC – Holiday Collection Glitter + Ice makeup bags.  Viva Glam lip kits,
(5) Apple – iPad2 and the white iPhone 4s,
(6) Coach – the little leather clutch,
(7) Splendid – the ultimate T-shirts in the softest fabrics,
(8) Anthropologie – Charming tea towels for the hostess and statement necklaces,
(9) Kiehl’s – One-stop gifts under $50.  The Favorites Kit and a stocking full of lip balm,
(10) Lucy Zahran & Co. – Gifts for everyone.  Jewelry, crystal, miniatures, china, and silver, and
(11) Nordstrom – Designer handbags and the most handsome sport coats.

So, as the days wind down, and Christmas nears, I’m hoping Santa brings me a Platinum Rolex Day – Date II.  What are you hoping will be under the Christmas tree?


Results of Cyber Monday

While driving to work yesterday I was listening to WTOP.  It was predicted that at least $1.2 million would be spent yesterday, Cyber Monday.     The broadcaster stated that approximately 60% of the workforce would be shopping online, and that employers were aware of this and receptive to it, as long as employees did their work first.  Question, how many of us really did our work first?

According to USA Today, online traffic was up 43% from last year, and online sales were up 18% over Cyber Monday 2010 as of 9 p.m. ET.

PriceGrabber identified electronics as the most popular items this year, with sales up 26% over last year, and products such as flat-screen TVs and digital cameras are leading the pack.  EBay’s Cyber Monday special Monday morning on a white Apple iPad2 for $449 sold out in less than two hours, says Richelle Parham, chief marketing officer for eBay North America.

ComScore predicts that online sales for November and December will hit $37.6 billion, a 15% rise over 2010.  Wow!!!  That’s alot of money.  How did we ever make it without the internet?  Anyway, Happy Holidays!!USA Today and Black Friday on YouTube


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Christmas In St. Louis

I love this time of the year.  I remember growing up in St. Louis and the wonderful Christmas’ my family celebrated.  My brother Bill and I could hardly sleep on Christmas Eve because we knew numerous gifts would be under the tree when we awoke.  When my younger brother Kelvin was born (10 years after me) we would watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” every year.  Can you imagine how excited I was when I saw that Hallmark is offering “A Charlie Brown Christmas” book that allows you to read the story and record it in your own voice.  I joyfully purchased a copy on Friday from Giant for $19.99, and will record the story for Kelvin, as a surprise stocking stuffer.

For many years Kelvin believed in Santa Claus, and that made Christmas very exciting.  Seeing him race down the stairs and rip the paper from his gifts made my day.  Even though my brother’s and I are all grown up now, I still enjoy the memories of Christmas in St. Louis.  It was the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Happy Holidays!!