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The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official kick-off of the Christmas shopping season, “Black Friday”. The day after Thanksgiving is also “Buy Nothing Day”, an international day of protest against consumerism (More here at the Adbusters website).
So, which to chose?
BF: The new Miley CD for 2.99.
BND: Dad & Uncle Bill twerking ’round the Christmas tree.
BF: A big screen HD TV to create quality time family memories playing Call of Duty Ghosts in high def.
BND: A year of University.
VERDICT: Hmmm… that first year is kind of a write-off…
BF: A zero-dollar smart phone on an $80 a month plan.
BND: $80 x 24 mnths = $1,920 cash! Hmmm…
VERDICT: The phone has Candy Crush…
BF: iPad mini $199.
BND: iPad mini $299.
VERDICT: Okay… this one goes to BF.
BF: ‘Black Friday, Broke Saturday’.
BND: Homemade gifts and looks of dough-eyed disbelief from the kids.
Michael Buble’s new Christmas special will feature Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige & Cookie Monster. The new special, called Michael Buble’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special (nice naming job), will air Wednesday December 18th.
I am looking forward to that one, but here are a few Christmas specials I’m not looking forward to…
#5. Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of The Edmondfitzmas”.
#4. “The Island of Mis-fitting Clothing”, a What Not To Wear Holiday Special.
#3. “I Want Another Dog For Christmas”, The Family Guy Christmas Special. Sorry Bryan. Too soon?
#2. “Ranting In My Winter Underwear” with Rob Ford.
#2a. The politically correct, non-denominational, generic, “CBC Winter Special”.
#1. Robin and Miley’s “Happy Twerkmas”!
BC’s Energy Minister has announced a hydro rate increase of about 25.5 per cent over the next five years. (Link to BC Hydro news release)
Here is a quote from BC Hydro, “Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review announced a 10 year plan that will keep electricity rates as low as possible while BC Hydro makes investments in aging infrastructure and new power projects to support British Columbia’s growing population and economy. “
“Okay, so I guess leaving Netflix running on your ‘50 incher’ all day, for the dog, while you’re at work is going to get a lot more expensive…”
Mike’s top five tips for using less energy.
#5. Avoid needless adjusting of the radio dial.
#4. Reconsider purchases that don’t include free batteries.
#3. Unplug the fridge and just keep your food cold by looking at it every once in while with chilled stares of disapproval.
#2. Hold the annual Civic Light Up at noon (…in June).
#1. Two words: Dilithium crystals! (link)
Real energy-saving tips from BC Hydro (www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/guides_tips.html)
The Christmas shopping season officially kicks off on Black Friday this coming Friday. To help out, here are Mike’s top five Christmas shopping tips…
#5. Don’t rush, Target is open til midnight on the 24th.
#4. If you’re not sure about sizes… get something that doesn’t come in different sizes, like snuggies and oven mitts.
#3. When buying electronics, forget the warranty. If something goes wrong with it you can sell it on eBay.
#2. Don’t worry about keeping receipts, I’m sure everything will be perfect.
#1. Gifts cards – easy to wrap.
Okay, here are some real Christmas shopping tips from Canadian Living Magazine.
Here are 6 expert tips for getting your holiday shopping done stress-free!
By Nicola Enright-Morin
1. Navigate the Net
The best thing about Internet shopping is there’s no traffic, fights for parking, grumpy sales assistants or other shoppers.
2. It’s all about the list
Before you wage war at the mall, it’s imperative to have a detailed shopping list. Prepare contingency gifts just in case.
3. Miss the mall mayhem
You’ll be amazed how much more shopping gets done when you’re the early bird — no lengthy lineups and store clerks fresh and eager to help.
4. Go solo
If you’re honestly going to get all your Christmas shopping accomplished in a day, it’s a quest you’ll have to brave alone. Kids can make the shortest shopping trip an epic journey, and going with a friend often means too much time spent in stores you don’t need.
5. Always be prepared
How often do you receive an unexpected gift from a neighbour, family member, or thoughtful colleague at work? To avoid a last-minute scramble, keep a stash.
6. Finally, remember that it’s only shopping! Take a deep breath, try to enjoy the experience and be thankful that Christmas only comes once a year.
Star Wars Family from ThinkGeek.com
Yes, typing the word “Google” into Google can break the Internet. #IKR
Tried it. Didn’t work. This must be an old tv show.