Expert Answers: Tips for holiday drama, shopping and everyday wine

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

I plan to shop till I drop the day after Thanksgiving. What should I be looking for that’s fun, fashionable and a great deal?

Even though retailers have controlled previous years’ inventory imbalances that led to ultra-deep discounting, there will still be deals aplenty this Black Friday. It is always the perfect day to shop for a new winter coat, so looking for a discounted shearling or camelhair topper is a smart mission. Why not add to your list shoes or a bag in trendy leopard print, or an of-the-moment faux-fur vest, all sure to be marked down? It’s also the right day to find steals on sturdy but stylish leather boots you’ll wear until spring. Over-the-knee style is big this year, but if that feels over the top, stick to a classic riding style.

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Thanksgiving should be a happy family get-together, but our annual dinners are often fraught with conflict. Any suggestions on how to make it less stressful?

The holidays can be a stressful time, and when people are under stress they resort to their worst habits. Most important to keep in mind during trying family times are the things that are within your control and the things that are not. Focus on what you can do something about and let the rest go.

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I’m looking for a new wine to drink during the week, not an expensive special-occasion wine. Do you have any suggestions?

There are many wines that would fit your purpose, but I suggest Louis Guntrum Riesling 2006, another great wine from Broadbent Selections. This is a great, easy-to-drink everyday wine with a mineral nose and a little hint of citrus. It goes well with shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken, oysters and light fish.

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With the whole family getting together for Thanksgiving, how can I encourage my kids to spend time with older relatives and learn a little family history?

Older relatives have fascinating stories about when they were growing up. Have your child ask older relatives what they did when they were kids, or how a family tradition started. Your child will be enthralled if it’s a story she can relate to, and your older relatives will enjoy reminiscing about their youth. Have them recall as many family members as they can, and how they fit into your family tree. This will help give your child an interesting insight into your family history.

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