This time of year, we all think of the Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving painting.
It's a classic. Look how happy everyone is. But if it happened today, I'm sure there wouldn't be a lot of smiles because the talk at the table would sour after someone starts talking religion, or sex, or politics.
Go online. You'll see stories like this. The anger at the table then simmers to the Black Friday line and the idiot in front of you; the perfect recipe for chaos.
This looks like so much fun. Here's irony: The National Retail Federation says the average person will spend $804 this season on gifts -- a little bit more than last year. But the NRF doesn't mention the average household has more than $15,000 in credit card debt.
And when the credit card statements come after the New Year, I'm sure someone you know will look like this.
But, you don't have to. That's if you buy in to what the woman at empowereddollar.com says. She says forget the gifts -- just give your heart. Think about it: You could make a statement with your credit card statement!
Who am I kidding? Like I said, the holidays are stuffed with fights over religion, sex, politics, and of course, money. And trying to tell someone you love that all they are getting is love.
Something tells me that would be real heartbreak!