Merry Christmas 2011, and links

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and fill-in-the-blank greetings.  It’s a nice season, whether you’re celebrating one of the major religious holidays or just enjoying time with family and friends for the sake of, well, spending time with family and friends.   I was not planning on posting a Christmas post, but then I came across a video that I felt like sharing.  And on a personal level, I’ll offer this:  if you walk past one of the bell-ringing Salvation Army workers on the way into a store, give them a little bit.  They do good things.  I’ve seen them in action, and they’re worth it.  They have some good people there.

Happy Holidays!  Watch the video, via The Simple Dollar:

And here are a few other holiday reads. I thought the first one was especially worth reading (“Cold Weather Retirement Cities”) as my Floridian family suffers through a harsh Virginia winter visit.  It’s funny how quickly I’ve forgotten 15 years in the Northeast and reverted to my Southern “50 is COLD” mentality….my Germanic ancestors are cringing.

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