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December 9th, 2010
02:38 PM ET

GIFTS THAT GIVE ALL YEAR

Are you looking to give a lasting gift this holiday season?  We've got some money gifts that give all year long!  Consider helping a niece or nephew by contributing to a 529 plan.  Or buy one share of stock to get your child interested in investing.  Join us this Saturday at 2pm ET with personal finance experts Ken and Daria Dolan. 

Plus send us your financial questions and we'll answer them live on the air!


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
December 9th, 2010
07:50 AM ET

Grinch Alert?

As you head out this holiday season (shopping, working, or simply hustle-and-bustling) is it “beginning to look at lot like Christmas”?

No?

Well, now you can “out” the Scrooge you may encounter for the entire world to see on the website GrinchAlert! However, the pastor of a Dallas church (and creator of GrinchAlert.com) takes it even a step further. He feels that many businesses are all too “P.C.” for the holidays:

When companies use misplaced political correctness to halt the celebration of Christmas, they belong on the “Naughty List.” (from GrinchAlert.com)

Did the car salesman not say “Merry Christmas”? Or... did that multi-pierced barista pouring your half-caff-mocha-skim latte, in fact, say “Happy Holidays”? GrinchAlert says: both to the Naughty List!

Now to be clear: nominations for this Naughty list are limited to businesses and organizations, so your neighbor is not a candidate (lucky for you, Steve! You know who you are...)

First Baptist’s Reverend Robert Jeffress’ created the website to expose those who you may encounter that are resistant to putting the “Christ in Christmas.” Those who are in the Christmas spirit go on the Nice list.

At least one non-Christian religious leader has responded to GrinchAlert, saying the site tends to “remind me and people like me we are second-best members of this society.”

We want to know what you think? Are you offended when you hear “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”? Does the website go too far or do you feel these are necessary steps to keep the “Christ in Christmas”?

Leave a comment below and Fred might just read it in our 10 o'clock hour.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Kyra Phillips