The Spadeas’ strange gift-giving tradition


Am I the only one not celebrating the so-called “Hallmark” holidays? Even on major holidays, we do it a little differently than most.

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Siora Photography via Unsplash

For my wife Jodi and I, we decided a few years ago that we were going to focus on Christmas gifts for the kids and our nieces and nephews. It’s been about 10 years now since we’ve exchanged gifts personally.

Now, that said, we will buy each other things throughout the year when we see something the other person wants or needs.

I remember saying this to my friend Bill on the set of “Chasing News” a few years ago and he was intrigued by our Christmas tradition. So intrigued that he said he went home to present the idea to his wife. Apparently it didn’t go well. I guess he must have increased the gift budget for that year.

For Mother’s Day, it’s the same for us. The most important thing is to have downtime outside of the busy schedule that we keep and which only increases with election season and the growth of our businesses.

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We’ve heard some great ideas for spending time this weekend, from traveling to the Formula 1 race in Miami to heading to Brock Farms to pick flowers for the garden. We’ve had callers who had to spend an afternoon trying to get out of an “escape room” and some who were just dining out or just visiting mom.

For us, we will spend a quiet day at home. No events, no calls, no hassles. To think that I’ll even spare the moms from my kitchen and just order in and have something catered. Whatever you do for Mother’s Day, appreciate your mom and the hard work she put into raising you!

Quick politically, stop saying “stay-at-home mom” and start saying “work-at-home mom.”

Any mother who stayed with the children and managed the house, the food, the laundry, the schedule, the doctor’s visits and all the rest, worked just as hard and sometimes harder than the formal “breadwinner”.

Stay tuned for my next “common sense” idea, which is a tax credit for families where the mother chooses to work from home to keep everything and everyone together. #MothersDayTaxCredit

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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