PR gone bad…or….

Don’t seek the publicity if you can’t handle the response.

OK, I am really annoyed. I know it’s the holiday season and all, and I should let minor irritations roll off my back, but I just can’t.

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12 Days of Christmas – Castle Style

Yes, Christmas is just 12 (business) days away!  I recently re-watched the famous performance of Straight No Chaser’s version of 12 Days of Christmas. I heard the cost of these classic gifts added up would average over $107,000 at today’s rate. That’s quite a holiday gift list. It got me thinking – what would we order up for the holiday season? I polled our events team and here’s our list for this year…

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Pin Your Way to Holiday Gifts

This past spring, I first discovered Pinterest, a visual online pin board that allows social photo sharing. I love how easy it is to use, and how helpful it has been to find easy ways to decorate my small dorm room, find delicious recipes and find gift ideas!

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Feel-Good Giving

The season for giving is upon us and all of your favorite retailers are just dying for you to come and ring their bell.  As usual, the first weekend of December brought me to a host of holiday gatherings filled with conversations about the hottest gifts and what is on everyone’s buying list. While most people were talking about iPad minis, my friend Crystal told me about her most intriguing gift purchase: a goat for her father. My obvious reaction was, “Crystal, you bought your dad a goat? I had no idea he had a farm!”  She laughed and explained that her father is a strong supporter of Save the Children and that instead of giving him yet another knickknack for the junk drawer, she purchased a goat in his name to be donated to a family in need. Charitable donations at the holidays are not a novel idea, but all kid-ding aside, when was the last time you thought of buying someone a farm animal for Christmas? 

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