Office Christmas parties… blinking lights and blow-up Santas… fruitcakes and gift exchanges… December is a time for family, friends, and traditions many of us have known since childhood.
But do you really know “the reason for the season”? And what the heck is a “White Elephant” anyway?
This month, we’re taking a break from the political and economic chaos of November and looking toward Christmas and the year ahead. We have gift ideas (both good and bad), holiday party tips, financial advice for 2019, and more…
Editor in Chief P.J. O’Rourke kicks things off by wishing us peace – and quiet – this Christmas, and imagines a better Santa… one who makes things disappear. (Except maybe that fruitcake.) He also shares some of the best toys for bad children… (And we don’t mean a position in the president’s cabinet.)
Featured contributors John Podhoretz and Andrew Ferguson explain how pop culture and Charles Dickens shaped the Christmas we know today, and why selling “Exmas” will never kill the true spirit of the season.
Analyst Dr. David Eifrig gives us some New Year’s resolutions for a stronger financial future, while Dr. Richard Smith helps us plan ahead by looking back.
Economist Ricardo Hausmann tells how it’ll take a Christmas miracle to help the spiraling Venezuelan economy, and former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis offers a humorous take on how the different schools of economic thought will be spending the holidays.
Bestselling author and former trader Turney Duff tells us what not to do at the office Christmas party.
Finally, former CIA analyst Buck Sexton shares why “Going Grinch” is the best thing you can do for your family – and your sanity – this Christmas.
We’ve uploaded a PDF suitable for printing to our archive page.
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