christmas music
I've been known to shout "Nooooooooooo!" after starting a car and having the radio greet me with a late-'90s boy-band rendition of an age-old Christmas carol I didn't like in the first place.
I quickly realized the Douglas Fir was the “common person’s” Christmas tree and that I simply could not live with that. It was going to have to be a Noble Fir or nothing.
For some reason, I feel 100% naked without something on my head at all times.
Using the term “war” implies a systematic and highly organized effort to suppress and ultimately eliminate Christmas celebrations.
Answering questions about your job/marital status/womb is just a little easier with a cocktail in hand.
Because let's face it: Starbucks gift cards are the Starbucks coffee of holiday presents. (Perfectly useful, but kind of boring.)

Dec 19, 2013 at 2:00pm | 145 comments

What cozy (or crazy) routines do you find yourself repeating over and over this time of year?
Ah, New Year's Eve -- so much manufactured pressure and inflated expectation, so little payoff.
In the wake of the deaths of six- and seven-year-olds in Newtown, CT, giving my kid a toy gun just doesn't seem right. And I am not at all comfortable with the violence marketed to kids through video games and movies.
Let’s talk Jen’s Christmas Movies, for those of us who appreciate some ambiguity (and sometimes a little cheesy gore) alongside our peppermint bark.

Dec 15, 2013 at 12:00pm | 114 comments

crohns disease
This is for everyone who is feeling bad, even though it's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (tm). You're not alone.
santa claus
It is inevitable that my kid will figure it out -- should I just tell him?

Dec 12, 2012 at 12:30pm | 103 comments

Don't let your kid be the only one without her own $30,000 Superplexus, WHATEVER THAT IS.
Impress your coworkers or stuff a pal's stocking with one of these clever, inexpensive gifty-gifts.
When you’re creating Christmas Spotify playlists and eating cheese like it’s about to disappear off the face of the earth, your nails are gonna look SO motherfunkin’ festive.

Dec 17, 2012 at 5:00pm | 21 comments

The big (and seriously money-saving) idea? Rather than everyone buying gifts for everyone, each person gives and receives a single gift. That way, everyone walks away with one special something—not to mention a plumper piggy bank.
Just in time for Christmas, this 7-year-old boy's life was saved on Philadelphia's 34th Street.
courtney love
Excited for tomorrow? Let's unwrap presents with Courtney Love, shall we?
I suck at finding good charities, and I want to give to worthy causes instead of Anthropologie this year. Let's pick some together?
Before I choke the piano player at Nordstrom when he launches into his millionth rendition of that god-blessed Charlie Brown Christmas song.
Inject yourself into someone's life each month for a year with a club of your own design. Or "How to stay connected while saying goodbye on the heart-breakingest last day of the nanny job."