Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday travel is in full swing, which means crowds and flared tempers at our nation’s airports. With the exception of flying on Air Force One, pleasure and flying do not go hand in hand. Airline travel is becoming more and more uncomfortable in today’s world. What...

Make Peace, Not War, and Other Holiday Tips

The holidays are the most festive time of year, but they can also be the most tension-filled. Here are some tips on how to have a low-stress season. • At the holidays, think merry and bright vs. serious and somber. Like eggnog, the conversation should be light. •...

Let’s Give Thanks

If you’re nervous about hosting Thanksgiving dinner, follow my friends-and-family holiday guide. It’s failproof. Dress code: Thanksgiving is a casual, fun-filled day, so “smart casual” is the way to go: slacks, sweaters, comfortable clothes to allow for extra helpings...

Holiday Manners for Kids

It’s hard for kids to mind their manners at the holidays when so many exciting things are happening. But it’s more important than ever to know how to act at this time of year, when friends and family gather to celebrate the seaon. Here are some rules for kids, plus...

Family Holiday Q&A

As well all know, holidays can be tricky for families. It’s the time to make peace, not war, especially since family get-togethers don’t happen every day. But a holiday gathering can sometimes be a minefield, what with off-the-wall family members, conversation...

How to Navigate the Holidays Stress Free

• Gifts: Gifts (hostess or otherwise) don’t need to be expensive. It really is the thought that counts! Do your homework in regard to the giftee so you can give a gift he or she really wants. Use simple, elegant wrapping paper and ribbon. And never walk into a party...