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‘Tis the season: Holiday story ideas from Marquette University

November 21, 2008

As you formulate stories for holiday coverage, Marquette University offers the following ideas and related experts to assist you:


The economics of Christmas

Like it or not, Christmas is big business. Today’s economy is sure to have an effect on the holiday shopping season. Wondering how businesses have changed their marketing tactics, or if it is a good idea to buy those gift cards? Dr. Dennis Garrett, associate professor of marketing, has advice for consumers.


Santa’s waistline

What’s not to like about stuffing, pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies and kringles? Getting a waistline like Santa, that’s what. Dr. Paula Papanek, exercise science program director, can suggest ways to stay on a fitness routine during the holidays or how to best start a regime as part of your New Year’s resolutions.


The history and significance of Advent

In Latin, “advent” means “the coming.” What is the historical basis of Advent, and why do Christians celebrate these four Sundays following the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle? Rev. John Laurance, S.J., associate professor of theology, has the answers.


Holiday party and gift-giving etiquette

When do you need to bring a gift? What’s appropriate for a given holiday party situation, especially the tricky office holiday gathering? Laura Kestner, director of Marquette University’s Career Services Department and etiquette guru, can offer tips for navigating the holiday social scene.


Have yourself a merry little Christmas

The holidays are a joyous time when families come together. But unruly house guests, sibling rivalry and the inevitable stress that the season brings can cause family conflict. Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, family and child psychology expert and professor, has tips and advice for keeping the peace and managing family stress.


Home for the holidays

After the rigors of final exams, college students look forward to a month off, home-cooked meals and sleeping in during winter break. Parents, not used to the new arrangement, might have a different idea. Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president of student affairs, can discuss the parent-child dynamic when freshmen students come home for a month, and how parents can make the most of their student’s time at home.


The holiday blues

While the holidays are festive for some, many people are affected by seasonal affective disorder or holiday depression. Dr. Steve Saunders, associate professor of psychology, can shed some light on these serious and important mental health issues.


“It’s a Wonderful Life”

Another holiday tradition is curling up on the coach or heading to your favorite cinema to catch a movie. Want to talk about your favorite holiday movie or character? Patrick McGilligan, a fun-loving movie buff, author and lecturer in the Diederich College of Communication, is your source.


More than an apple

During the school year, most students spend more time with their teachers than with their own parents. And many times, these teachers are responsible for those timeless gifts your child brings home: molded hand prints, hand-made ornaments and construction paper cards. Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, associate dean of the College of Education, can share some of her ideas on how best to honor the special teachers in your child’s life. 


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