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The Year Of Two Black Fridays?

Every calendar year, the two major holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah confront us for planning our gift giving and family gatherings.    Usually, these holidays fall fairly close together in the month of December, as retailers get ready for the biggest part of the shopping year. However, just like the infrequency of total solar eclipses, sometimes the calendars don’t fall on the same cycles and Hanukkah can begin in the month of November.    This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Wednesday, November 27th with the first full day of Hanukkah on Thanksgiving.  The last time that happened was 1918. So, what does this mean Black Friday shoppers? For followers of Judaism, Hanukkah is an extended holiday lasting 8 nights.   The modern tradition for gift giving is to partake in a new gift each and every night.   This means as soon as Halloween costumes have been put back in the closet or thrown away in the trash, followers of Judaism will ...

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Put Down the Registry Gun

By: Mary Kennon Lewis With a gleam in his eye and the registry gun in hand, my husband was a dad-to-be on a mission. We were completing our baby registry and being assisted by a sales associate who was at the top of his game. This associate walked us through each aisle of the store, expertly showing off items that were a “must have” for any new baby or parent.  As we walked and listened, I noticed my husband pointing and clicking like a madman at anything and everything that was recommended (and a few more items, I later saw). Two hours later, we walked out of the store confident that we had left no stone (or bottle, in this case) unturned. We had been schooled on everything from how loud each breast pump sounded when running, to each accessory available for the stroller we had chosen. What we weren’t schooled on, but found out after our little bundle of ...

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