Winding Down 2020

Thanksgiving morning, kids across America rushed to find a comfy spot in front of their television sets. Armed with steaming cups of hot cocoa, they settled in to watch the annual pageantry of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with its bands, clowns, music, balloons and huge floats. Screech! Not so fast. It’s 2020. No crowds, no onlookers, and no people were allowed to attend the Covid version of this year’s reimagined parade.

America isn’t particularly happy this year. According to a study, Ohio ranks in the middle of the road for happiness. Out of 50 states, we rank as the 35th happiest state based on our overall well-being and satisfaction with life based on work (41), emotional (32), and community/environment (25). Overall, Hawaii is the happiest and West Virginia the unhappiest. About work, Utah is the happiest and Louisiana is the least happy.

As Ohioans, we are coping with the State’s social gathering orders set by Governor DeWine but some of us are also feeling a bit worn down both emotionally and physically. 

So as we barrel towards a socially-distanced Christmas season and New Year, let’s celebrate with hope and resilience. We may find ourselves reconsidering who we are and what we value; and perhaps, it might even help us to discover a better version of our pre-Covid selves.

As we at DLMoneyMatters move towards an end to 2020 with Thanksgiving and Christmas and Covid vaccines on our mind, we want to give a heartfelt “thank you” to those small businesses who trust us to do their accounting and bookkeeping, and also to the families who trust us to handle their daily money management needs. Thank you for helping us grow our accounting and bookkeeping side of the house, and for giving us the opportunity to make a difference in your success.

Halloween in Cincinnati 2020

Being scared on Halloween used to be exactly what we looked forward to! This year, not so much. Many Halloween events and attractions have been canceled due to Covid-19, and others have been scaled back.

We’d like to help you navigate the Halloween Maze with a quick list thanks to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

See a date or attraction you like? Click its link for details.

Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park
Haunted Nights Through Nov. 6, $20-up.

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride
Through Oct. 31, $15.

Terror Town
Through Oct. 31, $25.

Nightmare Manor
Through Oct. 31, $17, $15 with canned good.

The Dent Schoolhouse
Through Nov. 4:, $20-$30.

Fall Fest
Through Oct. 25, from $10.

Barn Market
Through Oct. 31.

Find more Halloween activities for 2020 in our area. Have a safe and fun Halloween this year!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Cincinnati

St. Patrick’s Day in America is for some a remembrance of Ireland’s most famous legend who died on March 17 (sometime close to the year 492) known for his influence on Christianity in Ireland, and for others it’s a celebration of the Irish-American culture in the United States. Americans love to wear the green, quaff green beer, generally make merry, and revel in all things Irish. 

Celebrating St. Patrick and all things Irish

What you may not know is that all this Irish merry-making started in Boston, Massachusetts and repeats itself largely in the United States, Canada, the UK and a few other countries around the world that benefitted from the Irish diaspora. In Ireland, aside from the pubs benefitting from the boost in tourism on this day, it’s a traditional day of solemnity with Catholics attending church in the morning and gathering for modest feasts in the afternoon. No parades, no green-tinted foods, and no “wearing of the green.” In Ireland, blue is the traditional color associated with Ireland’s patron saint.

Parades, concerts, and events that likely have ole St. Patrick rolling in his grave keep his memory alive in Cincinnati too!

Lastly, for all of us who are, or pretending to be, Irish this month:

Where to Celebrate