Women Own The Holidays!Written by Ed Williams
This week weíre gonna get serious and deal with one of lifeís greatest mysteries - why are almost all of gift giving holidays slanted towards women?
I know, I know, this is gonna arouse a little controversy, especially from some of you women out there. And ladies, please donít take this wrong way - I still love yaĎll as much as ever, but I have to tell it like it is. Bottom line, gift giving holidays are geared towards women receiving majority of gifts. Itís as simple as that.
Yaíll should know me well enough by now to know that Iím not going to say something like that without being able to back it up. Itís my responsibility as a serious journalist to support my statements with facts. So, in that spirit, hereís a list of six major gift giving holidays along with where all those gifts seem to be going:
1. Valentineís Day - Is there any couple alive who can honestly say on Valentineís Day that more money was spent on man than woman? If thereís a couple like that out there, please write me, cause your story would make a full length column in and of itself. We all know, just by what is put on sale on Valentineís Day, that this holiday is slanted towards women. If you donít believe me, kindly tell me many men out there are longing for gifts like flowers, balloons, heart shaped boxes of candy, or edible underwear? Hmmm?
$$$ Advantage: Women.
2. Anniversaries - This is a slam dunk for women. Anniversaries exist solely to pay homage to female in relationship. Most times, she gets expensive jewelry, nice clothing items, trips, cars, etc., etc. What does man typically receive? Usually either a mailbox, some work clothes, or a gift certificate to a store that doesnít exactly sell male oriented items (Victoriaís Secret, for example). In fact, to no manís surprise, this certificate usually ends up being redeemed for items that benefit woman.
$$$ Advantage: Women.
3. Motherís Day - I canít knock this one at all, but obviously gifts all go to women on this day. In fact, any man worth his britches loves his mama and should be glad to pony up big on this holiday. I know I wish I could.
Have a Simple, Small, Green WeddingWritten by Debra Lynn Dadd
A wedding is one of life's major rites of passage. It is certainly something to celebrate! Today, wedding books and magazines promote large weddings so that more and more wedding products can be sold. Wedding expenditures run into many thousands of dollars. And after this major outlay of money, most of what is purchased is never used again.
On Spring Equinox 2004, my ex-husband (yes, that's right! my ex-husband!) Larry and I remarried. We had been together for almost seventeen years, and had divorced several years ago when our relationship problems seemed impossible to resolve. But we still loved each other, so we figured out what to do to make things better, and are now happier than ever.
In planning our wedding, we wanted to keep it simple, small, and full of meaning. We wanted a ceremony and celebration that would be easy to prepare for and manage. We wanted an intimate occasion, surrounded by our closest friends who would participate with us in intention of our union. And as we planned our wedding, we used same guidelines for health and environment that we practice in our daily home life.
Since most books and articles are about planning big weddings, I want to offer some tips on planning another sort of wedding that can be beautiful and meaningful in it's own way.
* Make it your day. Each wedding can and should be a unique expression of couple getting married. So create day just way you want it, to please two of you.
* Choose wedding traditions that are important to you. When it comes right down to it, essentials of a wedding are two people to be married, minister or justice of peace who performs ceremony, ceremony itself, and guests who witness it. Everything else is decoration and tradition. Learn about wedding traditions and choose to do those that will make your day special.