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The Vine: December 4, 2013
December 4, 2013 – 10:36 AM | 10 Comments
The Vine: December 4, 2013

Welcome back to the Happy Hellidays iteration of The Vine — it's all Ask The Readers and holiday etiquette from now 'til New Year's.

The Vine: November 23, 2011
November 23, 2011 – 12:18 PM | 65 Comments
The Vine: November 23, 2011

I searched the Vine archives but didn't find an answer to this gift etiquette question, so here goes: my in-laws' best friends sent us a large gift for my kiddos (an art easel) that I …

The NC Double Scrooge: Your "Champion"
December 28, 2010 – 1:51 PM | 4 Comments
The NC Double Scrooge: Your "Champion"

Many odious aspects of the holidays entered…one left. And that one, with 35% of the vote in our final poll, is: "The alleged 'War on Christmas' annually fabricated by conservatives"!
Thanks so much for participating in …

The NC Double Scrooge Finals: Dash Away All
December 22, 2010 – 11:56 AM | 36 Comments
The NC Double Scrooge Finals: Dash Away All

The moment has come, my embittered and exhausted friends. Pull your eyes away from UPS's tracking screen, yank that contested length of ribbon away from the feline in your life, and vote for the nadir …

The NC Double Scrooge Semifinals: Round Two
December 19, 2010 – 1:06 PM | 35 Comments
The NC Double Scrooge Semifinals: Round Two

Ack: December dates that start with 2! Travel stressing, muffling Barbie's dream house in six miles of wrapping paper, sitting bolt upright at 3:28 AM all "stocking stuffers, shit shit shit," not to mention the …

The NC Double Scrooge Semifinals: Round One
December 17, 2010 – 9:37 AM | 11 Comments
The NC Double Scrooge Semifinals: Round One

Below, you'll find the semifinal polls for the Shopping, Entertainment, and Decor divisions. A couple of similar top finishers got merged into one entry; another poll has four semifinalists instead of three because only one …

The NC Double Scrooge: Storybook Division
December 16, 2010 – 9:17 AM | 110 Comments
The NC Double Scrooge: Storybook Division

And by "storybook," we don't really mean books; we mean non-song narratives generally. TV specials, disappointing and desperate reunions of sitcom casts that led to even more pathetic spin-offs, craven attempts to capitalize on kidly …

The Vine: December 15, 2010
December 15, 2010 – 2:31 PM | 33 Comments
The Vine: December 15, 2010

Dear Sars:
My partner and I have been together three years now.We have a wonderful relationship and both feel very fortunate that both sets of parents are accepting of our relationship.Now, here comes the "but."
My partner's …

The NC Double Scrooge: Songbook Division
December 15, 2010 – 9:22 AM | 154 Comments
The NC Double Scrooge: Songbook Division

I've made my feelings about various Christmas songs clear elsewhere, so I won't belabor the point, but today's the day in the NC Double Scrooge on which we formally censure the holiday tunes we hate …

The NC Double Scrooge: Family/Social Division
December 14, 2010 – 9:28 AM | 64 Comments
The NC Double Scrooge: Family/Social Division

"I think it says 'fragile,' honey."
It's the interpersonal aspects of the holidays that cause the most stress — not because we hate everyone, either, although rage does occasionally play a role. It's more about performance …