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The Hows and Whys of Holiday Tipping

Christmas Comes But Once a Year by Charles GreenHoliday tips have been controversial since they were introduced into the U.S. in the 1930s and 40s. While you should never feel obliged to give a gift, holiday tipping is an important way to show your appreciation to the people in your life who work hard to make your days a little bit easier. After all, a holiday tip is really a “thank you” for a year of good service. Experimental Wifery explains who to tip, what to tip, and how to tip if your budget isn’t up to the expense. Read the rest of this entry

Why Christmas Cards Are Still Important and Basic Christmas Card Etiquette

The world's first Christmas card

The world’s first Christmas card

Christmas cards have been around since the 1840s. They’ve had their ups and downs and, like all things Christmas, have often gotten caught up in the commercialization of Christmas. But in an age where digital correspondence is the norm and personal letters are rare, a hand-written note can still bring joy and pleasure to someone’s holiday season. Read the rest of this entry

How to Share the Holidays with Friends of Many Faiths

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Hanukkah Celebration via Wikimedia CommonsMost holidays are about faith, family, and friendship, so it’s only natural that we want to include those we care about in our celebrations. With a little bit of sensitivity, we can share our traditions with those of other cultures and faith without making them feel isolated or judged–and without compromising our own beliefs. Here is what I’ve learned from my own experience and the experiences of friends from other faiths. Read the rest of this entry

How to Have a Happy Holiday When You Aren’t Feeling Very Happy

Songs, movies, magazines, and advertisements all tell us that the holidays are the happiest time of the year. But, for millions of people, the focus on friends and family is just another reminder of what they have lost. I am one of them. And maybe you are, too.

My beloved grandmother died just days before Christmas–I have vivid memories of a terrible Christmas Eve spent opening the gifts she had already bought. The holidays have never been quite the same for me because, amidst the joy and fun of Christmas, I can’t forget that a piece of who I am is missing. Read the rest of this entry

Experimental Wifery’s Guide to Gifts for the Women on Your List

Buying something for everyone on your list is easy. But buying something truly thoughtful, something the women on your list will cherish and use?–that’s tricky. Experimental Wifery brings you a list of gift ideas for the women in your lives who are trying to be better women and wives. Read the rest of this entry

How to Build Your Own Holiday Traditions

When you’re living away from home, and especially if you’ve started a new family, setting up your own holiday traditions can be a special challenge. If you’re married, you want to honor customs from both of your birth families but come up with something special for your the family you now share. If you’re single, you want to adapt your family’s customs to fit your new lifestyle and community. Read the rest of this entry

Can’t Wait for Christmas? 8 Holidays to Celebrate before December 25

Christmas is a “season” in many Christian churches that lasts, not from the beginning of November until Christmas day, but from Christmas Day until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. In those Christian traditions, the weeks leading up to Christmas are part of Advent, a period of fasting and reflection in preparation for the holiday. Read the rest of this entry