Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thriftiness is in the eye of the beholder

An article featured on the front page of yesterday's Edmonton Journal reported on a study about coupon-users and those around them, as conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta.
The general consensus was that A) we view people who use coupons, and those standing next to them in line, as being cheap; and B) statement 'A' is no longer true provided those people in question have above-average looks.

Translation: As long as you're hot, the rules no longer apply to you, and you can get away with anything.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Boxing Day blues Day - noun - public holiday celebrated the day after Christmas in Canada, Australia, and Britain


Have you ever noticed that, as soon as the clock strikes midnight on December 25th, everyone forgets about Christmas and just focuses on the big sales of the season? Granted, Christmas IS technically over by midnight, but it's just so sad to me how quickly everyone wants to move on.

For me, I tend to be so busy in the weeks leading up to Christmas that I can't really appreciate it entirely. I don't always have time to watch all my favourite festive classics on TV, and it just doesn't feel like Christmas until, well, it actually is Christmas. And by then it seems like everyone else is all Christmased-out.

I'm lucky enough to work for an institution that allows me to take time off from December 25 to January 1, so now this is my time to really relax and get into the festive spirit. Sadly, though, all the yuletide programming on television has already come and gone, and I'm forced to rely on pre-recorded movies to keep the festivities alive (last night we watched The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a true classic from my childhood.)

All is not entirely lost, though. I did turn on 104.9 EZ Rock radio today and heard Anne Murray crooning to Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, so at least they decided to continue their holiday programming for one more day. But by tomorrow I know that they, too, will have reverted back to their regular mundane programming.

So if nothing else, I'm just very thankful for the Fireplace Channel -- the very comforting Fireplace Channel -- which I know will at least stick around for another week.