Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Do consumers spend more for moms on Mother’s Day than dads on Father’s Day?

June 6, 2011

Naturally, we love both our parents equally, but when it comes to their special days of recognition, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, who are we spending more on?  Whether it is time or money, do moms and dads get equal attention or does one beat out the other?  In one of my previous blogs, I wrote about the differences between the way we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  Based on my research, I found that more time went into Mother’s Day, but does that also mean that more money was spent on mothers?  Many studies have been done to figure out the answers to these very questions.

Do we spend more on our moms for Mother's Day than our dads on Father's Day?In certain studies, many people gave testimonials based on how things work in their household.  For example, some said that they like to make Mother’s Day much more special because moms are the ones who have nurtured and cared for us since conception.  On the other hand, some argued that dads work just as hard to provide for the family.  To get to the bottom of this, these questions can be better answered by looking at the statistics.  In 2008, the projected consumer spending for Father’s Day was close to $9.9 billion, which happened to be $5.9 billion less than what we spent on our moms that year.  This year, consumers were expected to spend $16.3 billion on moms and did, in fact, surpass that expectation.  Will we surpass expectations and spend $11.1 billion on our dads this year?  We shall wait and see.

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Joie Montoya

Mother’s Day Around the World

May 18, 2011

Mother’s Day is an annual holiday celebrated on different dates around the world.  Countries such as the United States, Germany, Greece, Austria, Australia, Cuba, Brazil, Turkey, and Switzerland, among many others, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.  As it turns out, this is the most common time the holiday is celebrated.  Some countries celebrate it for religious purposes like Ireland, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and Bangladesh, as their celebrations fall on the fourth Sunday of Lent.  Other countries celebrate the holiday on different dates throughout the calendar year.

Even though most countries celebrate Mother's Day between March and May of the Gregorian calendar, other countries celebrate a similar kind of holiday throughout the year according to local tradition.The holiday is celebrated to recognize mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general.  It also recognizes positive contributions that they make to society.  While most countries have been influenced by American traditions, making the holiday highly commercialized, in all countries it is a day to give thanks and express the deep-felt gratitude towards one’s mother.  In America, Australia, the United Kingdom and other countries, gifts and tokens of appreciation are given to the mothers.  All around the world, Mother’s Day is a day to show your mom that you appreciate her.  It can be done in words, a craft, a gift you bought, or activities you plan for her.

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Taylor P.

Differences in the Way We Celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

May 17, 2011

In America, it is customary to celebrate a special day for just mothers and another special day for just fathers.  Although we may not realize it, we celebrate the holidays in different ways.  There have been some studies focusing on the surprising differences between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  For example, with moms, things are more personable and family-oriented, while with dads, things are usually formal, business-like, and tend to focus on hobbies.

Why do we celebrate Mother's Day differently from Father's Day?Mothers always have higher expectations than fathers, which is why we usually take the extra time to plan out a whole day for our moms.  For example, studies show that the kids usually plan to make Mom breakfast, do all the chores, give her a gift, take her out to go shopping, and end the day with a nice dinner.  Meanwhile, Dad’s kids tend to make him breakfast, give him stereotypically predictable gifts such as a new tie, watch, or golf clubs, and then let him relax on his day off before going back to work the next day.  Even though the extra effort is put in for our mothers, in a study conducted by Nicole Gilbert, a graduate student at the Department of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College, mothers end up being more disappointed with their special day due to their high expectations.  In addition, a fight within the family or an argument between the kids could ruin the rest of the day.  In the end, I feel that, even though it is very important to show your parents how much you love them, it is even more important to show them that you love them not only on Mother’s Day or Father’s day, but every day of the year.

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Joie Montoya

The Travels of Your Dreams

January 24, 2011

Traveling is something most of us like to do, wish to do, or need to do.  This year, why not let the Cheap Travel Deals book a trip to someplace that’s unique?  You could enjoy time somewhere like Hawaii, France, or China.  However, you won’t have as unique an experience as you would in someplace like these great islands, the Azores, Madagascar, or Greece, where you can see a new culture, taste new foods and have new experiences.  It would be like visiting another world.

If you haven't planned your next vacation yet, consider an exotic trip to the Azores, Madagascar, or Santorini, Greece.The Azores is a collection of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Western coast of Portugal in the North Atlantic.  The locals there speak Portuguese.  The weather varies throughout each island, but they range from 70°-80°F during the summer.  They have a food and culture that is very unique.  Some traditional meals are Shrimp Filling and Coscorões.  Those two meals are popular during their festivals or holidays.  If you visit the Azores you will have a wonderful experience.  One of their traditions is Carnaval, which includes pageants, lively music, colorful costumes, hand-made masks, floats, and a parade to showcase them all.  Another traditional event is bullfighting, an annual event that takes place throughout the island from March to October.  However, you are certain to catch a bullfight everyday somewhere in Terceira between May 1st and September 30th.

If you haven't planned your next vacation yet, consider an exotic trip to the Azores, Madagascar, or Santorini, Greece.Madagascar is an island nation 225 miles off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.  The scenery is beautiful on the island and the beaches are never crowded.  If you are a nature lover, this is your spot.  About ninety percent of its animal and plant life are found nowhere else in the world.  The best time to visit Madagascar would be from April to October because in the Southern Hemisphere, it is winter in those months.  The weather can be pretty hot during the summer, which is during the months of November to March.  There are some wide climate changes, such as the heat getting too overwhelming for the animal life during the summer.

If you haven't planned your next vacation yet, consider an exotic trip to the Azores, Madagascar, or Santorini, Greece.Santorini, Greece is one of the most beautiful of Greece’s 1,400 islands, but only 227 are inhabited.  It is the world’s only inhabited volcanic caldera.  Here, you can try some of the best seafood in the Mediterranean at Sphinx Restaurant on Perissa Beach.  The Sphinx offers diners a great view of the sun setting over the Aegean, while the diners enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines.  If you only visit one archaeological site, make sure it is Ancient Akrotiri, where workmen discovered the remains of an ancient town in the 1860s.  Near the end of the day, don’t forget to watch the sunset with all the locals in the small town of Oia.

There are so many places in the world that you can visit that are unique in their own way.  All of these islands are beautiful places to see and try new things.  When you are traveling, make sure you travel in the right month that is best for that location, get translation books, and be prepared for something new.  The Azores would be a fun get away for the whole family, Madagascar would be a great experience for more mature people, and Santorini, Greece could be that romantic getaway you’ve been looking for.  The Cheap Travel Deals can make it happen for you.

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Taylor P.

How do you cope with copious amounts of rain and wind?

January 18, 2010

Please retweetThe storm hitting Southern California this week will dump a lot of much-needed precipitation in the area.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of wind coming with it.  At least today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday throughout most of the state, so many people did not have to come into work today.

When the weather gets very nasty outside, how do you cope?

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Francis M. Unson