Nov 28 2011

The cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

Interesting article on the "cost" of the "12 Days of Christmas" this year.


12 Days of Christmas’ Items Would Cost 100K


The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" above $100,000 for the first time. Holding mostly steady this year: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping and gold rings. The 364 items repeated across all the song's verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4 percent over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management.


Those with the money to spend would end up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords-a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtle doves, and 12 partridges in pear trees. (The price does not include bird maintenance.) But buying just one set of each verse in the song will cost $24,263 this year -- a moderate 3.5 percent rise.  "The story in general is wages are still a very sluggish part of this economy," said Dunigan, who noted that the price of eight maids-a-milking at minimum wage was $58 -- the same as in 2009. Five gold rings even declined a bit, Dunigan said, to $645, from $650 last year. <clear here> for the full article.


Which '12 Days of Christmas Gift' would you like to have or give?



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Nov 24 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

"We want to thank you so much for inviting us into your life every morning!  It's been 3 weeks now for the new KLOVE Morning Show and you're kindness has been such a blessing.  We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your support.  Just think, millions are being reached with the hope of Jesus thanks to your generosity.  Have a great weekend!  And remember, thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.  

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Nov 23 2011

Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving

Amy does everything she can to steer clear of football on Thanksgiving. A movie sounds good tomorrow. What's your favorite "Thanksgiving-themed" movie?

Advice for Eating by Katherine Kruppa

Here's some helpful websites if you plan on venturing out on Black Friday: provides shoppers with everything they need to know for the biggest shopping day of the year.  This website says you’ll save big on toys at Sears, Walmart, Target and Toys R Us. Read more: created the Black Friday Deal Finder and iPhone app that helps shoppers compare all of the Black Friday deals by store, product, brand and price. As the crowds grow deeper and the lines start to creep out the door, your patience can be saved by the FatWallet mobile app -- it can find and check all the best deals while you're on the go. reported that only 18 percent of consumers surveyed plan to visit the malls on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The deal-tracker web site posts similar door-buster deals and coupons online. is another great web store that offers major discounts year round. By doingbusiness in the secondary markets (product returns and surplus inventory) the company is able to sell items for 40 to 70 percent off the retail price.


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Nov 22 2011

Carrying Heavy Baggage

A "nocturnal" orchid that blooms only under the cover of darkness has been discovered on a tropical island in the South Pacific — a first for the orchid world, scientists say. God uses the natural to reveal the supernatural, so leave it up to Him to give us a beautiful orchid that only blooms in darkness to remind us that out of our own dark times, beautiful things come.



Heavy bags equals heavy thoughts!

Researchers found that when we are physically weighed down, with anything from groceries to gifts, our thoughts inescapably turn to serious -- weighty -- subjects.  Apparently, the wiring in our brain sparks directly fromphysical weight to psychological weight.  When we’re toting a big haul, we're more likely to be suddenly struck by the importance of current events or issues in the world around us, according to the report published in the Journal of Consumer Behavior.

They found that carrying a heavy load leads consumers to feel an unrelated event as being more important and more stressful.  In other words, people carting around heavy bags were more likely to say lots of stuff was really important.  The study also found that psychological impact of a heavy load could be diminished when people thought about lightweight objects, such as balloons and feathers.


The 18th editon of "Emily Post's Etiquette," the quintessential guide to modern manners, has been revised!  This time it will include several chapters that cover manners in social media and technology, or “netiquette”.

Here’s one you’ve probably ignored: never interrupt a conversation to answer a call, email or text.

The book frowns upon cellphone use in a place of worship, theater, or restaurant, orduring a meeting or presentation.

Other phone faux pas include typing, eating, shuffling papers or doing anything that tells the caller your attention is elsewhere.

And put down that smartphone, flower girl: neither the bride, the groom, nor any other guest should be tweeting at a wedding.

The book further contends that human contact still matters, and it says people should talk in person whenever possible, especially to communicate important news.  You can find answers to all your burning etiquette questions on your smartphone by going to the mobile version of

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This YouTube mom may need a real bouquet after she discovers her two boys emptied a 5-pound bag of flour in the living room.'s Dara Brown reports.

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