Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thoughts on the season

- Why have no classic holiday movies been made in recent years? I mean, Christmas With the Cranks or that awful Grinch movie with Jim Carrey? They are no match for the classics...

- Conversely, the Glee Christmas episode this past week was the best holiday show from any television series in years.

- There is nothing quite like visiting New York during the holiday season. The city is lit from head to toe and Rockefeller Center is a magical spot to visit.

- This is always a special day in Kansas City. The Red Bag program, launched over 25 years ago to serve underprivileged children and families in the area, had its "drop off" day today--the day when those who have filled the red trash bags with gifts for the needy youngsters, drop them off so that they can be delivered prior to Christmas. We applaud founder Daniel Jacobs for starting this program in his garage and expanding it to where it now provides Christmas to over 1,500 needy children each year.

- I miss the old Big 8 Holiday Basketball Tournament. The tourney, played between Christmas and New Year at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, was a key holiday event in this city until it was discontinued in the mid-1970's. It's too bad that some sort of holiday tournament can't make a go of it at Sprint Center during that week.

- The beauty of web sales for retailers is the ability to quickly change offers based upon inventory, consumer need and marketplace data. I've seen far more unique activity in this area during this holiday season compared to the expected fare on and in traditional offline media.

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