• Every year the big national retailers do their best to find out exactly what Christmas means to you, and then super-impose their product onto your vision.  Below, we feature Starbucks' 2013 effort to usurp the meaning of Christmas, "Create Wonder | Share Joy": We think Starbucks coffee tastes good, but it does not create wonder -- at least not the Christmas kind. And when you share their coffee you are not sharing joy, you are just sharing coffee. We do not mind the exhortation to create wonder and share joy;...

  •    _____________________ "What I really, really, really want for Christmas is just this:  I want to be 5 years old again for an hour.  I want to laugh a lot and cry a lot.  I want to be picked up or rocked to sleep in someoneís arms, and carried up to bed just one more time. "I know what I really want for Christmas: "I want my childhood back. Nobody is going to give me that.  I might give at least the memory of it to myself if I try. ...

  • The Memory Book is one of the most important elements of The Christmas Game. The Christmas Game cards are about reinventing the holiday in a more meaningful way by lightening the emphasis on presents and doing things that matter. But the Memory Book is about connecting at an even deeper level. A truly magical thing happens when you pause to consider questions involving the things you care about most, or your goals or interests, or the things that make you you. And when that information is captured it creates an extraordinarily valuable heirloom. We...

  • The reason so many of us love It's a Wonderful Life is because it reminds us of something that is easy to forget: How we interact with others matters immensely. Christmas is a great opportunity for meaningful interaction with others, because the people we care about are more likely to be physically present, and less likely to have other commitments. The challenge is guiding people's attention into meaningful interactions together. And that's where The Christmas Game comes in. It's easy for people to drift off into TV and video games, and soon...