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Santa Is Magic

Reviewing the mall Santas for authenticity, decor and charm

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I don't know what they do during the rest of the year, but every November hordes of old men descend on American malls dressed like Santa Claus. I don't know if they're retired or bored (maybe there's a lot of money wrapped up in this whole Saint Nick racket) but something drives these people to sit in costume by food courts and wait for the long lines of children to form.  

Uncle Danny Cancels Christmas

You're an adult and you're broke; act like it this holiday season

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We adults need to grow up, take a look at our credit card statements and relax the spending. We're all on our own now. Times are tough, and socially obligated gifting won't get any of us out of our financial difficulties. Anyone who buys presents or sings carols this year is a total jerk. Christmas is canceled.  

Shopping Ain't All Bad

With everyone strapped this holiday season, deals abound

0 Comments · Sunday, November 30, 2008
I don't know about you, but I think what's happening to the economy is great. With gas ridiculously cheap, I can actually buy more of everything I don't need. Luckily, deals are popping up all over the place, and it would just be silly to pass up any of them. Let's celebrate the "season of savings."  

Holiday Nourishment

Eating a (reasonably priced) Christmas dinner out this year

4 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
You know the scene: A jangled Parker family makes their way to a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, still mourning their turkey's fate as a plaything for 785 "Notafinga!" bloodhounds. Create your own Christmas story with one of these seven recommendations for dinner out on Dec. 25.  

Cost-Cutting Measures

Movie options during economically tough times

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The average Hollywood movie now costs more than $100 million to make and market. Some would characterize that as an abomination given our current economic climate, but Hollywood has never been known for its frugality.  

Stages of Cheer

Even on a tight budget, there's holiday spirit at local theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Despite the hard times upon us, you can still enjoy the holidays at a local theater. In fact, Charles Dickens (whose Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge helps many theaters in America balance their budgets) has become kind of a patron saint for the holidays.  

Let's Make a Deal for Theater Tickets

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm not much for holiday shopping, but with the wheezing economy dimming our holiday spirits, I have some suggestions for gifts that will keep you (or those you love) theatrically entertained in the New Year without breaking the bank. A great option offered by many mid-sized theaters is a "flex pass."  

Holiday Road Trippin'

With gas prices dropping, driving to Grandma’s is now an option

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The cost of an airline ticket isn't going down any time soon, and unless you're into cozying up with strangers for a long train ride at about the same price, the best way to get out of Cincinnati for the remainder of 2008 is a vehicle of the four-wheel variety.  

Holiday Wishes for Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thank God for the holidays. If it weren't for He/She/It and a soon-to-be former Senator from Illinois, the world would be very short on hope and promise as we collectively embark on another new year.  

Think Locally, Shop Locally

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
CityBeat is supporting a holiday promotional program put together by alternative newsweeklies across the country in which we're challenging readers to pledge to "shop local" during this holiday season.  

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