December 25, 2010 |
Christmas cards, Christmas dinner, "A Christmas Carol" ? the United States has borrowed many of its holiday traditions from its imperialistic progenitor across the pond. But while Christmas crackers and mince pies show up regularly if not universally, Americans have not embraced one of the British mainstays: Christmas Day television. In Britain, TV is all about Christmas, and vice versa, for much of December, including specials (and, of course, the Queen's Speech) on the feast day proper.
December 9, 2010 |
If it seems like you're getting fewer holiday cards this year, don't worry. Chances are it has nothing to do with your popularity. The practice of sending Christmas cards is fading, collateral damage of the digital age. After experiencing slowing growth since 2005, Christmas card sales declined in 2009. While the drop was slight, 0.4%, according to research firm Mintel International Group, evidence is building that the next generation of correspondents is unlikely to carry on the tradition with the same devotion as their parents.
HOME & GARDEN
December 4, 2010 |
From what I've been able to glean, Christmas is just around the corner. The media treat it like Allied troops landing on the beach in France. Our family treats it as something far more substantial. Party invites have started arriving, and the other day ? Thanksgiving, in fact ? we took a photo of the kids to insert into the Christmas cards. My wife, Posh, approaches the Christmas card photo like a Vogue editor perusing the perfect cover. She once flew the whole bunch of them to Paris for the right Christmas shot.
December 22, 2009 |
Each night for 25 years my dad drove the streets of this city with more than 300 newspapers packed in his car. While most people slept, he delivered papers in housing projects and to homes in areas of the city some would be nervous to visit. These days my dad, Simeon Stewart, is an alumnus of a fading fraternity: the home newspaper carrier. Technically he never worked for the Los Angeles Times; he worked all those years for Mr. Norman Wilson Sr., who held a contract to deliver The Times in South Los Angeles and had a crew of men to do it. Like my dad, most of them were African Americans with wives and families and mortgages.
August 18, 2009 |
With only 129 shopping days left until Christmas, the Sears and Kmart chains are trying to entice customers to start saving for the holidays early with a Christmas Club card program. Shoppers who join the program can add money on a regular basis to their cards and receive a 3% reward, up to a $100 value, based on the value of the balance Nov. 14. The card is free, available in stores and online and must be activated by Oct. 31 to be eligible for the 3% reward. Shoppers will need a minimum balance of $5 to use their cards.
December 24, 2005 |
MY FRIENDS ARE so attractive I can barely stand it. Look at them on their Christmas cards! Bright-eyed, jovial and immaculately groomed beneath their Santa hats, they are living tributes to bourgeois family ideals. And that's just the pets. The humans -- adults and children alike -- are downright cinematic. With today's technology, everyone can be Photoshopped to chiaroscurist perfection. Suddenly, we are all strong jawed, smooth skinned and gloriously angular.