What’s up with Hallmark Christmas movies, and why are some Boomers so obsessed with them?
As an aging millennial who has the privilege of living with my parents while I save up to buy a house in this crazy housing market, I’ve noticed something about my parents that I had no clue about, previously: They’re obsessed with Hallmark Christmas movies.
Deputies: Florida middle school teacher had sex with student
SHALIMAR, Fla. – A Florida middle school teacher was arrested after police said she had a two-year sexual relationship with a student, authorities said. Hayley Close Hallmark, 35, was arrested Friday and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a student by an authority figure. The student, now 17, confided with a high school teacher about the relationship with Hallmark. The student said she and Hallmark had multiple sexual encounters in Hallmark's classroom and at each of their homes. She teaches history at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville.
U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month
(AP Photo/John Raoux)NEW YORK – Retail sales fell for a third straight month as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores during the critical holiday shopping season. The U.S. Commerce Department said retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December from the month before. Department store chain Nordstrom, lingerie seller Victoria’s Secret and clothing retailer Urban Outfitters all said sales fell during the holidays. The Commerce Department said shoppers cut back on spending at electronic and department stores. At clothing stores, sales rose 2.4% after dropping 16% for the year.
Hallmark has the chance to show it's authentic after backtracking on same-sex couples ads
On Sunday night, Hallmark apologized for pulling ads of same-sex couples from wedding website Zola, after previously telling the company that a lesbian couple's public display of affection violated its policies. Now Hallmark has the chance to show the world that it's being authentic and not just caving to its attackers. Zola ad of same-sex marriage. But Hallmark has publicly said it's exploring including same-sex couples in content it releases. One Million Moms has been putting brands and publishers on blast for years for promoting or running ads on content it doesn't see as appropriate.cnbc.com
Zola pulls ads from Hallmark Channel after network censored brides kissing
A Hallmark spokesperson said the lesbian couple's public display of affection violated its policies. However, while Hallmark cut the ads with same-sex weddings, the network continued to air two other Zola ads that didn't include lesbian couples. Wedding website Zola will no longer run advertisements on the Hallmark Channel after the network removed four commercials that featured two brides kissing each other. A Hallmark spokesperson said that Crown Media Family Networks, the channel's parent company, made the decision to pull the commercials. The original complaint to Hallmark from One Million Moms stated: "Please reconsider airing commercials with same-sex couples, and please do not add LGBT movies to the Hallmark Channel.cnbc.com
Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads
In an interview, she added: "The Hallmark brand is never going to be divisive. We don't want to generate controversy, we've tried very hard to stay out of it ... we just felt it was in the best interest of the brand to pull them and not continue to generate controversy."chicagotribune.com
Sunday is Friendship Day
(CNN) - Hallmark established Friendship Day in 1919 as the first Sunday in August. Psychologists speak about different levels of friendships: best friends, close friends, casual friends and acquaintances (we can have a million of the latter, Degges-White says). Don't hoard your friends: Don't be afraid to introduce your friends to each other. Be OK with disagreement: Our friends don't have to think exactly like we think. "If you're not feeding your social needs through companionship, you're going to feed those needs in other unhealthy ways."