Dear Crabby, How Can I Get Out of Going to Holiday Parties?

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Dear Crabby, As if putting up decorations and running all over the place for presents wasn’t taking up enough of my time, now my wife tells me we’ve got all these holiday parties we have to attend. Ugh. Any advice on how I can skip this headache? Thanks, Edward McScroogin Dear Edward McScroogin, What! You don’t enjoy having to get all dressed up, go to the house of someone you barely know, eat room-temperature appetizers and drink watered-down punch? I’m right there with you … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Any Suggestions on Holiday Family Traditions to Try?

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Dear Crabby, My children are just getting old enough that my husband and I want to start holiday family traditions. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Hannah Holiday Dear Hannah Holiday, In my opinion children are what make the holidays tolerable. Well, most children… usually. Anyway, I guess it all depends on how active you want to be and how much money you want to spend to create said holiday memories. A lot of people seem to be into something called Elf on the Shelf, which … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Much Money Should I Spend on Christmas Gifts?

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Dear Crabby, It’s been a week since my mailbox and inbox was taken over by Black Friday ads and Cyber Monday emails. While I want to help the economy and I certainly want to give great gifts to family and friends, I’m overwhelmed trying to decide how much I should spend. Can you help? Sincerely, Sally Spendthrift Dear Sally Spendthrift, Last week I gave my two cents on whether it’s worth the hassle shopping on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the like. As I said in that post all … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Shop on Black Friday?

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Dear Crabby, Do You Shop on Black Friday? Sincerely, Hunter Diels Dear Hunter Diels, Seems like the holidays bring out the shopping questions all too much. I’ve tried shopping on Black Friday, it was horrible, and I’ll never do that again. All that yelling and running – I mean people have died trying to get in a store – no bargain or deal is worth that. I’ve tried buying gifts on the Internet, something called Cyber Monday. That too was a disaster. Shopping is just a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Size Turkey Should I Buy?

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Dear Crabby, What size turkey should I roast for Thanksgiving Dinner? Thanks, Birdy Day Dear Birdy Day, The bigger, the better, I always say. When it comes to Thanksgiving, America’s first holiday, go big! Leftovers are one of the best things about the noble bird. Now that I’m retired, it lends itself to turkey leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner – for days – until it is gone. They say one and half pounds per person. I say plan on five pounds per person. I convince Mrs. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Happend to Fall?

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Dear Crabby, The first day of winter is still six weeks away, what happened to fall? Sincerely, Seasonally Confused Dear Seasonally Confused, Just a couple weeks ago, I was giving advice on how to enjoy fall. I was basing that advice on the premise that fall would be here. Of course, you can still partake in those activities, but it does seem we lost fall somewhere. Perhaps Halloween scared it away. On the other hand, maybe winter paid fall off so winter could come early. The best … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is it too soon for Christmas Music?

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Dear Crabby, Once we pass Halloween, it seems like Christmas music starts playing everywhere, why so soon? Sincerely, Kris Musaksoon Dear Kris, What they need is Thanksgiving music to fill the month of November. However, as far as I know, there is only one Thanksgiving song that gets airplay; and that is the song, "Alice’s Restaurant." Almost every radio station will play it on Thanksgiving Day – only on Thanksgiving – and that’s it. Most folks enjoy Arlo Guthrie and his 18 … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s There to do in November?

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Dear Crabby, Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. October is all about cider mills, football, and of course, Halloween. November is still fall, but I feel like it gets ignored because people are already focusing on Christmas. Can you give me any ideas of what there is to do around town in November to keep that fun fall feeling going? Thanks, Feeling Fall-bulous Dear Feeling Fall-bulous, Oh, so you’ve noticed that, too? Just last week I was in Rite Aid picking up my bunion … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Make Halloween Less Scary?

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Dear Crabby, I don’t mean to a spoilsport, but I’m a little nervous about letting my kids go out trick-or-treating this year. Lately there are so many stories on the news about missing children and don’t even get me started on the costume options—especially for young girls. Do you think I’m overreacting? Thanks! Nervous Nelly Dear Nervous Nelly, I may be an old curmudgeon, but I don’t think I’m in the minority when I say Halloween ain’t what it used to be. Back in my … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with Roundabouts?

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Dear Crabby, Years ago I visited England for work and had my first exposure to roundabouts. I remember being so thankful that my guide was doing the driving and not me, and that we didn’t have these silly things in the United States. Fast-forward to the present and roundabouts are popping up all over Oakland County! They’re supposed to ease congestion, but all I see are a lot of angry motorists. What do you think about them? Thanks, Driving in Circles Dear Driving in … [Read more...]