December 2, 2013 |
I hate the holidays. Ok, let me clarify. I hate the feeling that the holidays bring. That hopelessness that comes from never having enough money to give stuff to the people you love. The unsettled feeling of realizing that feeling inferior because you can't afford things is a messed-up outlook on the world. Ugly sweaters and the people who insist on throwing parties to celebrate them. It's all annoying. I'll admit that the "spirit of the season" never really affected me ... that is, until this past Thanksgiving.
December 26, 2011 |
Chicagoans who have procrastinated this year may end up with a worthless gift this holiday season: their unused vacation days. American employees, on average, have about six paid vacation days left by the end of the year, according to a survey released last month by travel site hotwire.comhttp://hotwire.com. These workers may have to scramble to use those days on a staycation or a simple road trip to Indiana or the like because of expensive holiday travel. Even if employers do allow banking days for next year, employees should take their vacation now, said workplace...
November 21, 2013 |
When I was in college, I had a seasonal job waiting tables at an enormous chain restaurant in a giant suburban mall that rhymes with "Schmoodfield," and I'm reasonably certain you can all guess how awesome that was. Shockingly, given that I had to deal with so many wealthy suburban families and their awful children during my summer and winter breaks, it wasn't the worst job I've ever had. But the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's were completely...
November 17, 2011 |
According to the lights strung throughout trees around your neighborhood and the latest Justin Bieber album, the holiday season has arrived early. Cue the collective sighing. But don't let the sometimes pressuring countdown get you down. Instead of “Bah-humbug”ing for the next month or so, embrace the season of giving at these annual favorite craft markets and vintage fairs. DEC. 1-4 One of a Kind Show and Sale When: Noon-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Where: Merchandise...
December 13, 2011 |
It's a time-worn holiday tradition: You drag yourself to the airport, stand in the security line for hours, cram yourself onto a crowded plane and pay through the nose for the right to do so. If recent data is correct, though, holiday travel in general is becoming something more Americans are deciding they can - or have to - do without. "Holiday travel has been one of the most resilient traditions of Americans," said Rick Garlick, senior director of consulting and strategic implementation for marketing company Maritz.
November 3, 2011 |
And just like that, the holiday season is upon us. Brace yourselves for lots of funky holiday shopping events, seasonal ceremonies, family-style dinners, brew fests and a few non-holiday bashes in between, for when the spirit begins to overwhelm you. 3-6: SOFA Chicago 2011 Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Short for the International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, this annual art bash will make even the biggest...