Something You Should Know about Christmas


Facts About Famous Christmas Toys

December 25, 2013

 

Interview with Tim Walsh, author of the book Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When it comes to Christmas toys Nerf toys are very popular. And in fact Nerf footballs are incredibly popular.

 

Tim Walsh:
The Nerf football outsells Wilson or Spalding as the biggest selling football of all time.
 


Tim Walsh

Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 23, 2013

 

Interview with David Monn, author of the book 365 Ways to Prepare for Christmas

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Well now you’re just about out of time and you still have someone on your Christmas list you need to shop for. So what do you do?


David Monn:

Take somebody who likes tea, take a simple, little, beautiful teacup you put it into a little basket, maybe even onto a pretty little tray with different kinds of exotic teas. Wrap it all up in beautiful cellophane. And you've taken something so simple and you've given somebody a personal gift.
 


David E. Monn

Origins Of The Christmas Tree Tradition

December 20, 2013

 

Interview with Kenneth C. Davis, author of the book Don't Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned

 

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Mike Carruthers:
The origin of the Christmas tree actually predates Christianity.


Kenneth C. Davis:

The evergreen tree was a symbol of life in the midst of winter. Almost every pagan civilization celebrated the Winter Solstice around this time of year.
 


Kenneth C. Davis

Santa's Story

December 25, 2012

 

Interview with Agatha Gilmore, author of the book Celebration: The Santa Book 

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How did the story of Santa Claus begin?

 

Agatha Gilmore:
Santa really started with a legend of a real monk who was born around 200 AD in Patara, which is a region in Turkey.
 


Agatha Gilmore

Classic Christmas Toys

December 24, 2012

 

Interview with Tim Walsh, author of the book Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Of all the classic toys on the market which one has been around the longest?

 

Tim Walsh:
Well, Raggedy Ann is the longest continuously licensed character. She came out in 1918 and she's always been on a lunch box or as a doll or in a storybook somewhere.
 


Tim Walsh

Holiday Kitchen Tips

December 21, 2012

 

Interview with Jack Bishop, author of the book 834 Kitchen Quick Tips: Tricks, Techniques, and Shortcuts for the Curious Cook

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you spend a lot of time cooking around the holidays by the time you're ready to sit down and eat, your hands can smell like garlic, onions or whatever you've been cooking.

 

Jack Bishop:
And I've tried all of those tips: lemon, salt to get rid of them - the one that works the best..mouthwash.
 


Jack Bishop

Are You Going Into Debt To Buy Christmas Presents?

December 17, 2012

 

Interview with Mary Hunt, author of the book Debt-Proof Your Christmas: Celebrating the Holidays without Breaking the Bank

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Spending discipline... it often flies out the window this time of year because, well, we need to buy Christmas gifts for people.

 

Mary Hunt:
Let me ask you a question: “Tell me what you received for Christmas last year?" Yeah, see people don't remember, so why in the world should you buy a gift now that you're going to have to pay for for the next twenty years, when the person you give it to isn't even going to remember?
 


Mary Hunt

Christmas Shopping Help

December 10, 2012

 

Interview with Howard Dvorkin, author of the book Credit Hell : How to Dig Out of Debt

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If people are going to over-spend on their credit cards this is typically the time of year that they’re going to do it.

 

Howard Dvorkin:
When they whip out that piece of plastic there’s very little pain that happens until the following month when the bills come in and then they can’t afford it.
 


Howard Dvorkin

Resisting Holiday Food Temptation - Part 2

December 1, 2011

 

Interview with Susan Albers, author of the book "But I Deserve This Chocolate!"

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Nothing makes eating healthy more difficult than the holidays but we can try.

 

Susan Albers:
Such as using taller, thinner glasses (actually we feel like we’re drinking more than short glasses) so some of it’s just tricking ourselves into eating in a more mindful way.
 


Susan Albers

Resisting Holiday Food Temptation

November 30, 2011

 

Interview with Susan Albers, author of the book "But I Deserve This Chocolate!"

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Nothing makes eating healthy more difficult than the holidays but we can try.

 

Susan Albers:
We underestimate how much we eat by about 40% so anything that you can do to be more mindful of how much you’re eating is going to help.
 


Susan Albers

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