Quick Hits

  • 71% of Americans leave a snack out for Santa, as well as his reindeer
  • 82% of folks are leaving cookies for Santa, with 51% also leaving milk

Other Santa snacks include:

  • Eggnog (11%)
  • Chocolate (11%)
  • Candy canes (10%)
  • Vegetables (9%)
  • Fruit (7%)
  • Alcohol (6%)
  • Chips (6%)
  • Cheese (6%)
  • Sandwich (5%)
  • Other (2%)

Source: Delta Dental

No matter how hard we try, there will always be certain words we mispronounce.

Well, in 2017 there was a slew of words that folks just couldn’t seem to say right, and now the Global language app Babel has revealed what they are, along with the phonetic pronunciations so you’ll never get them wrong again. 

The Ten Most Mispronounced Words of 2017

  • Bokeh (boh-keh) – The out of focus areas in a photo
  • Coulrophobia (cool-ruh-foh-bee-ah) – Fear of clowns
  • Dotard (doh-terd) – An elderly person considered weak or fragile (used by North Korea’s Kim Jung Un to describe President Trump)
  • Fibromyalgia (fai-broh-mai-ahl-jyah) – A musculoskeletal illness that causes severe pain across the body
  • Gal Gadot (gal gah-dott) – The actress who starred as "Wonder Woman."
  • Namibia ( nah-mih-bee-ah) - A a southwest African nation (President Trump called it Nambia during a UN speech)
  • Nuclear (noo-klee-ar) – Most commonly misprounounced "noo-kyoo-lar"
  • Puerto Rico (pwehr-toh ree-coh)
  • Pyongyang (pyong-yang) – The capital of North Korea.
  • Weinstein (wine-stine) – Linguistics at Babel say it should be pronounced “stine” not “steen” although the sexually assaulting movie mogul goes with the latter. 

Source: USA Today

Anyone with a sibling knows there are times you just wish they’d go away, and often it’s during the holiday season. Well, one little girl decided to try and make that happen with a little help from Santa, and her message has now gone viral.

Jennifer Murphy, a nine-year-old from St. John, Newfoundland, Canada, was playing in the snow with her mother when she figured out a unique way to get a message to Santa that perfectly summed up how she felt about her brother. The little girl spray-painted a message in snow in the front of her house that read, “Santa, leave presents, take brother!” She also left another note on the side of the house that read “Santa, I tried, brother is the worst…” 

Of course the whole thing was a prank on Jennifer’s 13-year-old brother Ryan, but mom was so impressed she had to share it. As for how Ryan feels? Well, he reportedly laughed the whole thing off. Let’s hope Santa doesn’t take it seriously either. Check out Jennifer’s message in snow below...

Source: Mashable


Being in debt is even more stressful over the holidays. Everyone else is busy buying big presents and you feel like you need to do the same. But financial advisor AmandaClayman says beating yourself up about being in debt is a waste of energy and just another way to procrastinate dealing with the problem.

So why not give yourself a break during the holidays and make an appointment to focus on the debt next month. Like, actually put “think about getting out of debt” on the calendar for January and let yourself relax about it now.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Admit that you’ll have to spend some money over the holidays - Between presents and parties, you’ll have to shell out some cash. So don’t hate yourself for it or let it ruin the holidays, just vow to get back on track next month.
  • Keep a spreadsheet with who you need to buy gifts for - So it’s all easy to keep track of.
  • Homemade gifts don’t have to be lame - Get creative and crafty and you won’t have to spend so much on presents.

And a few things you don’t:

  • Don’t open more credit cards during the holidays - Even if they offer you a hundred thousand frequent flyer points, it’ll still cost you more in the end.
  • Don’t spend so much you miss a credit card payment- Even if you can only pay the minimum, make sure you pay it on time.

Source: New York Post

Spending Christmas with your little kids reminds you how magical it all can be. So when your kids are adults, it might feel like the holidays have lost some sparkle. Christmas isn’t the same with grown up children, but in some ways, it gets even better.

  • They become a lot harder to buy for - When you have little kids, their letters to Santa tell you exactly what they want for Christmas. But when they’re older, it’s not so easy to get an answer from them.
  • But sometimes, they get easier to buy for - Your five-year-old wouldn’t be happy to unwrap a swanky kitchen trash can for Christmas, but your newly independent daughter who just got her first apartment would love it.
  • You may have to redefine ‘family Christmas’ - It’s not always as easy to get everyone in one place to celebrate the holidays when your kids are adults, but you can modify traditions to accommodate your changing family.
  • You might be the one getting the invite - You may have always been the holiday host, but when your children are grown up and have their own places, they may want a turn being in charge of the big day.
  • You don’t have to do the big Christmas thing - Without little ones waking you at the crack of dawn to see Santa’s spread you can sleep in, or have brunch and spend the afternoon in bed, or order Chinese food, if that’s what you want to do.
  • Babysitting can be your kid fix - If you long for little people in your house for the holidays, just borrow some. You must have a niece, nephew, grandchild, or know a friend who does. And wherever there’s a kid, there’s a parent who would welcome a break over the holidays and be happy to let you babysit.

Source: Metro

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