Women Own The Holidays!

Written by Ed Williams

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$$$ Advantage: Women.

4. Christmas - If Christmas was any more oriented towards women, Santa would physically resemble Martha Stewart. But, donít take my word for it, research it yourself - visit a Sears one day, walk throughrepparttar store, and tell me if at least two-thirds ofrepparttar 122003 items in there arenĎt oriented towards women? I think thatís why Sears is still hanging on inrepparttar 122004 retail world. If you want to see what happens when a store tries offering a more gender balanced mix of products, visit a JCPenney's (while you still can). Theyíre learningrepparttar 122005 hard way what it means to not openly cater to women.

$$$ Advantage: Women.

5. Easter - When I was a boy growing up, I got lots of Easter candy each year, so Iíll admit that food wiserepparttar 122006 holiday is a break even between boys and girls. However, what slants this one towards women arerepparttar 122007 clothes. Have you ever seen a young woman on Easter without a new dress and accompanying accessories? As for us guys, I can remember some years just being handed a new tie if I could still fit into my previous yearís stuff.

$$$ Advantage: Women.

6. Fatherís Day - This isrepparttar 122008 only holiday where men rake in most ofrepparttar 122009 loot. But, most wives, recognizing that, purchase gifts for their honey that ultimately end up benefiting them - stuff like gutter cleaners, new paint brushes, woodworking equipment, andrepparttar 122010 like. And guess what - all those things end up producing goods or services that ultimately benefitrepparttar 122011 woman.

$$$ Advantage: Debatable.

And there you have it - clear, non-biased proof that most gift giving holidays favorrepparttar 122012 woman. I guess this is to be expected, and is just as nature intended. Iíd like to discuss this topic even more, but, I have to finish up this column right now. The upstairs bathtub is clogged, and thisíll berepparttar 122013 first chance Iíve had to use that new super strength plunger I received this past Christmas. And guess who gave it to me?

Edís latest book, ďRough As A Cob,ď can be ordered by calling River City Publishing toll-free at: 877-408-7078. Heís also a popular after dinner speaker, and his column runs in a number of Southeastern publications. You can contact him via email at: ed3@ed-williams.com, or through his web site address at: www.ed-williams.com.

Have a Simple, Small, Green Wedding

Written by Debra Lynn Dadd

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* Write your own ceremony. The entire reason for having a wedding, really, isrepparttar ceremony. The most important aspect of a wedding is notrepparttar 122002 decorations, butrepparttar 122003 vows and intentions that are stated inrepparttar 122004 ceremony and that you give to each other. Researchrepparttar 122005 time-honored patterns to wedding ceremonies and follow this pattern in your own personal way.

* Invite meaningful guests. When you have a small number of guests, you can spend more time with them and really experience their presence. Minimum is justrepparttar 122006 two of you, repparttar 122007 minister, and a witness. Invite family and friends with whom you have real relationships. Eliminate those that might be invited out of social obligation.

* Have your wedding at home, either indoors or in your garden, or in a park. Rather than spending a lot of money on floral arrangements, we put that money into tidying up our back yard and planting perennial flowers that we are still enjoying today.

Looking back on our wedding day, we are very pleased with our simple, small wedding. We were able to relax and enjoy repparttar 122008 day and experiencerepparttar 122009 love and support of our best friends. Best of all, we still had energy left forrepparttar 122010 honeymoon...

For many more details on planning your simple, small, green wedding (including choosing flowers, rings, clothing and reciption, and photos of Debra's wedding), visit http://www.debraslist.com/wedding, and click on "You are invited to... My Simple, Small, Green Wedding". Debra is also available as a consultant to help you plan your wedding.

Hailed as "The Queen of Green" by the New York Times, Debra Lynn Dadd has been a consumer advocate for products and lifestyle choices that are better for health and the environment since 1982. Visit her website for 100s of links to 1000s of nontoxic, natural and earthwise products, and to sign up for her free email newsletters. http://www.dld123.com

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