By: Jackie Brigante
My apprehensiveness for holiday travel is at an all time high this year: we are driving to the central Florida Gulf Coast. Christmas in the warm weather is never something I have experienced; there is usually freezing rain, runny noses and black ice up in Jersey burbs. While I am overly excited about the warm weather and sunshine; the rapid climate declination is where I am at an emotional standstill.
Upon leaving my New Jersey domicile I shall be bundled up to the nines: Uggs, Northface, knee socks and the coziest sweats I can find. All New Jersians can attest that the start of a 5 a.m. car trip in December can be mighty frosty; but the thaw on the way down south is what I am looking forward to the most. The end of this adventure should result in cut-offs, a tank top and flip flops – which will make me the happiest girl alive!
As this sunshine and summer apparel is probably an all too exciting fixation for me, but I am feeling one tiny bit of trepidation for this trip: mom said I have to pack light. Although my clothes do tend to be on the smaller side; packing light does not exist in my vocabulary; especially on a road trip! This climate disaster that I am currently facing is forcing me to pack two full suitcases – one for the winter and one for the summer. Sorry mom and dad, that trunk is going to be mine…espadrilles take up a lot of room.
Another weather crisis that is making me feint of heart is the waning climate. What if it is snowing in Virginia when we stop for lunch? What if dinner in South Carolina rains on my parade? What fashion choice do I make if night time in Florida is cold?! There are so many unanswered seasonal queries that are plaguing my thoughts!
Now for all of you Christmas fanatics – be aware. All winter trips on which I venture; there is always a blizzard in good old New Jersey. My family has the knack for staying in Vegas an extra day due to airport shutdowns and coming home from Disney only to find a driveway full of fluffy, glistening snow. So perhaps while I am basking in the sunshine, New Jersey really will experience a White Christmas.
By: Todd Woodruff
Well, well, well….where do we even begin? That is the question for every guy that has to shop for their spouse/significant other during the holiday season. It is a very nerve-racking thing to do, especially if you are not a very creative person or always need help with making decisions. For some it is easy, but for others it is very difficult. You never want to buy the wrong gift that your spouse/significant other may or may not like, so it is tough approaching how to shop for them. If you live with them or are always with them, it is easy to pick up and see things that they need. If you do not live with them but are always with them and you listen to what they are saying and want, then you can get ideas from that. Yes I mentioned listening in my last line, I know all of the ladies are thinking what guy actually listens? Right: well ladies during the holiday season it is our goal to make you happy, so; believe it or not we do listen to what you want. But the first step in doing this is to talk to your spouse/significant other and put a price range down on what you both are willing to spend.
Gifts from a guy to a girl. What does she like or want, and will it be exactly what they think it is? It is very tough shopping for her because you feel like it has to be something extraordinary. Gifts from a guy to a girl do not always have to be a piece of jewelry, purse or other accessory that they use. In fact, this can be very difficult to buy the correct item. If you know exactly what piece of jewelry or purse they want that is fine, but why buy something that she may want to return? Sometimes it is easier to take them shopping if you want to go that route. Girls can be very particular and like to pick out certain items. Other options for guys are to take them to a holiday show and out to dinner and drinks and pay for the night.
Gifts from a girl to a guy. Well ladies: most guys are very easy to please. What is your spouse interested in? Sports, electronics, building things? Depending on what his interests, there are many different ideas that are available here. For example; if he is into sports, why not buy tickets to his favorite sports team and you can both go to a game and enjoy. If he is into electronics or tools buy him the newest version of the latest tool or electronic he has.
For the both of you. If you are both at a crossroads or living together you can always decide on something that is worthwhile for the both of you. Together you could always take a trip, buy a larger TV for a living room, go to a sporting event or play together maybe even pay for improvements on the house or apartment together. These are just some ideas that I have thought of to get people started if you have not already started thinking about your spouse for the holiday season. Have a great Holiday and Happy New Year.