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Mike Julianelle | Posted 02.25.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

We give our kids too much. We get so concerned with having a nice Christmas, or providing them with more than we had, or making sure they're happy, that we don't realize the ways that short-term, brief-burst happiness of Santa delivering everything they asked for have negative effects later in their lives.

5 Ways to Keep the Magic of Christmas

Toni Nagy | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

As I frantically search Amazon for the perfect Lady Bug costume that isn't too itchy, has antennas and comes with a tutu (but not a black one, only red), I can't help but feel conflicted. Gifts are a huge part of the exhilaration children feel at Christmas, but I don't want it to be limited to that.

Your Own Money Gift

Terry Savage | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Terry Savage

If your goal is to have enough money to spend, and give, and feel financially secure in the process -- then you'll have to start thinking about the current and future implications of what you do with money today.

The Future of Happiness -- Up or Down?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

This model of a kind of happiness that no one can take away from you remains as radical today as it was centuries ago, perhaps more so given the hold that materialism has over us. But appearances are deceiving, I think.

Ceasefire Declared In War On Christmas!

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

When we get our humanist knickers in a knot over pencils or crèches, I fear we give the strenuously faithful an opening to characterize all secularists as nasty little scolds.

Why I Won't Stop Shopping at Target

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 02.21.2014 | Business
Evelyn Lauer

Yes, I panicked -- but not for long. The next day I was back in Target buying something or another that I'm sure I didn't need. It doesn't help that I live a block away from Target. It's like a second home.

Christmas: A Celebration of Poverty

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation of God into our broken world. From our nativity scenes, we know that the Christ child was born in a manger surrounded by farm animals, shepherds and wise men, but very seldom do we consider the historical conditions and realities of that scene.

Jeff Bezos, Drones and Megalomania

Matthew Remski | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology
Matthew Remski

It's okay, Jeff. You can let us grow up. We can all mourn our lost childhood together. We don't need the drones to make us feel better. They can rest like fairies in a book we have long since put away. It was fun when we dreamed of fairies bringing us things.

The Holiday Habit That's Making You Unhappy

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

More money, more problems? It might just be true. Americans today, compared to 55 years ago, own twice as many cars and eat out twice as much per pers...

Lauryn Hill Takes On The World's Injustices

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment

The lyric video for Lauryn Hill's "Consumerism" features a whirlwind of visceral images that whiz by with every ferocious word she utters. Ben Frankli...

How to Be a Good Consumer

Eric Simpson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Simpson

As I write this, it's Black Friday, which to my mind is the highest ritual of consumer religion, attracting untold numbers of devotees of all races, c...

A Grown-Up's Guide to the Holiday Season: Or, How to Survive an Ambush by Animatronic Elves

Marthe Weyandt | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Marthe Weyandt

Is keeping up with the Joneses getting you down -- financially, emotionally and let's face it, physically? What if you want to tell the Joneses to take a long walk off a short pier (in the most respectful, non-grinchlike way possible)?

Let's Play Shopping!

Molly Rosner | Posted 01.30.2014 | Media
Molly Rosner

Perhaps ironically, the toys that parents are pushing each other out of the way to buy are themselves aimed to train the shopper in the fine art of mayhem and competition.

The Hunger Games at Walmart

Spencer Critchley | Posted 01.30.2014 | Business
Spencer Critchley

Who waits in line over night to go shopping? Who gives up their Thanksgiving just to save 10 dollars on a toaster, or even a hundred on a tablet? Poor people, that's who. Those of us who say we wouldn't dream of entering a Walmart on Black Whateverday? We can afford to say things like that.

The Prayer of the Consumer

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

This prayer can be redeemed at retailers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, or whenever you are buying stuff no one needs.

The Three "Family Values" Behind Black Friday

Morgan Guyton | Posted 01.29.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

What if we spend Advent lounging around like laid-back country shepherds instead of anxious, competitive Christmas shoppers? It might feel lazy.

'This Thanksgiving Retail Craze Represents The Opposite Of Counting Our Blessings'

Mary Novaria | Posted 01.29.2014 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

Some of my friends can't wait for the holidays. The rest can't wait for them to be over. It's no wonder we're conflicted. We've allowed our most traditional, warm and fuzzy holiday to be smothered by an avalanche of consumerism and immediate gratification.

What Is an Authentic Life?

Eldon Taylor | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

I am often asked two questions, "What is an authentic life?" and "How does one know whether or not they are living authentically?"

Black Friday: The Animal Instinct of Consumerism

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.26.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

The lines between need and want blur away as the shopping lists are checked off, check-out lines grow longer and longer, people get angrier, and retail staff try to stay out of the fray.

The Prophet Amos Confronts Walmart

Rabbi Doug Sagal | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Doug Sagal

Thanksgiving morphing together with Black Friday, into an increasingly semi-holy day of materialism and worker exploitation that has finally consumed what dregs of compassion we might have once had

#GivingTuesday Keeps the Focus on What Matters This Holiday Season

Richard Stearns | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Richard Stearns

The best thing we can do about consumerism during the holidays is to give a little money away. It is a practice I now often turn to when I realize I'm too caught up in the busyness of the holiday rather than appreciating what makes it special.

The War on Thanksgiving

Mark Sandlin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

On a day about being thankful for what we have, many people will be rushing out to buy more stuff. Rather than enjoying time spent with family or friends, they will rush out to battle strangers in an effort to buy more distractions.

Buy Experiences, Not Stuff This Holiday Season

Rana Florida | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

We need to place more value on experiences than on things. At the end of our lives, we treasure our memories more than our things.

Please Stay, Christine Day!

Julie Buckner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Julie Buckner

lululemon, please bring back Christine Day! Ms. Day, 51, who announced in June that she'd be stepping down as soon as a successor was named, is still acting in her capacity as CEO. But she's been rather quiet lately.

If You Shop on Thanksgiving, You Are Part of the Problem

Matt Walsh | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Matt Walsh

That's our entire economic system: buy things. Everybody buy. It doesn't matter what you buy. Just buy. How appropriate, then, that a holiday created by our ancestors as an occasion to give thanks for what they had, now morphs into a frenzied consumerist ritual where we descend upon shopping malls to accumulate more things we don't need.