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  • When most of us think of classic Christmas tunes, songs like "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" come to mind. Have you ever wondered why we play these songs and so many more during the holiday season? How do Christmas songs come to be?

    A Short History of Christmas Music

    A Short History of Christmas Music

    by Chermel Porter0

  • This article is filled with great, and sometimes gross, party snack ideas. Find recipes for appetizers, desserts, snacks, and party ideas for kids.

    23 Easy Halloween Party Recipe Ideas

    23 Easy Halloween Party Recipe Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer32

  • How do you make Christmas-themed rock decorations with decoupage art? Napkins, glue, and rocks are all you need to make these holiday decorations. They can be placed around the Christmas tree and also make great gifts.

    How to Make Christmas Ornaments With Decoupage Rocks

    How to Make Christmas Ornaments With Decoupage Rocks

    by L M Reid8

  • Are you stuck at home on Halloween? Celebrate the holiday by dressing up, decorating the house, carving pumpkins, telling ghost stories and more! You don't need to go out to have fun on Halloween!

    8 Fun and Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home

    8 Fun and Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home

    by Jessica Peri2

  • Trick-or-treaters hoping for a gift of candy might be surprised to be given these soul cakes instead. Baking and giving them observes a Medieval Catholic tradition of payment to the poor to pray for the souls of the dead. Find out more in this article. Read on for a recipe!

    Soul Cakes and Halloween's History (Recipe Included)

    Soul Cakes and Halloween's History (Recipe Included)

    by GlenR0

  • The Internet was the vehicle by which the holiday called Kwanzaa gained national and international notoriety. By the twenty-first century, the seeds of Kwanzaa had been sown across North America and had germinated in Africa and Europe.

    Dr. Karenga and the History and Origins of Kwanzaa

    Dr. Karenga and the History and Origins of Kwanzaa

    by Robert Odell Jr8

  • This article explores the origins of Halloween costumes as well as their social and religious significance throughout history.

    The History of Halloween Costumes

    The History of Halloween Costumes

    by Larry Slawson28

  • This article includes a description of the Christian festival of Christmastide and the customs, old and new, associated with the last day of the celebration: Twelfth Night. Twelfth Night marks the visit of the three kings—Caspar, Balthasar, and Melchior—to the newly born Christ.

    A History the Twelfth Day of Christmastide and Its Traditions

    A History the Twelfth Day of Christmastide and Its Traditions

    by GlenR7

  • Haunted houses can be elaborate commercial ones, homemade basement events, or even set up at a campground. Big or small, all haunted houses need fresh ideas to scare the guests. Here you'll find many ideas!

    101+ Ideas to Create a Scary Haunted House

    101+ Ideas to Create a Scary Haunted House

    by Virginia Allain62

  • Here are 10 tips that can make it easier to cope when you are sick on a holiday. Whether you are sick for New Year's Eve, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Diwali, Easter, Valentine's Day, or Christmas, these tips can help you deal with your predicament and make your situation easier to navigate.

    Sick on a Holiday? 10 Useful Tips

    Sick on a Holiday? 10 Useful Tips

    by Jule Romans0

  • Celebrate Groundhog Day on February 2nd! Here are 10 fun ways for kids and adults alike to celebrate this holiday. From the naturalist to the movie buff to the gourmet cook, there's something for everyone. Check out this article for ideas, recipes and trivia.

    10 Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day With Activities, Movies and Food

    10 Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day With Activities, Movies and Food

    by Stephanie Henkel115

  • Throwing a Halloween party isn't hard, but throwing a GREAT Halloween party? Now that takes effort! Read on to find out how to throw the perfect spooky party for your guests.

    How to Throw a Halloween Party

    How to Throw a Halloween Party

    by John Bullock1

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been a Christmas staple for almost a century. This is the story of how Rudolph's modest origins as a simple store give-away in 1939 became a Christmas classic.

    The Origin of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    The Origin of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    by Chuck Nugent55

  • Find out how Christmas in France is celebrated. Learn all the French Christmas traditions, customs, and everything else there is to know about celebrating the holidays!

    Christmas in France: Traditions & Customs

    Christmas in France: Traditions & Customs

    by Melanie Palen40

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  • You don't have to spend a lot of money to get your home ready for Christmas. I've collected a few tasteful and inexpensive holiday decoration ideas to help you get inspired, with photos and links to step-by-step instructions.

    18 Ideas to Decorate Your Home for Christmas on a Budget

    18 Ideas to Decorate Your Home for Christmas on a Budget

    by Jamie Brock79

  • The start of a new year is a great opportunity to redesign your life. Provided are 100 process questions to help you figure out what is most important to you in the year to come. Use these as inspiration for mindful and realistic New Year's resolutions.

    100 Reflection Questions to Help Guide Your New Year's Resolutions

    100 Reflection Questions to Help Guide Your New Year's Resolutions

    by Carly Sullens14

  • Christmas trees are a tradition in most homes and the White House is no exception. Beautiful trees decorated in unique themes chosen by the First Ladies are endearing to the public but also have stirred controversy, such as Melania Trump's red trees for Christmas 2018.

    White House Christmas Trees: Special Themes Selected by the First Lady

    White House Christmas Trees: Special Themes Selected by the First Lady

    by Thelma Raker Coffone10

  • Fathers are extremely important, especially to their daughters. The instrumental role he plays in the life of a daughter leaves a mark that can't be changed. Those with great fathers are truly lucky.

    10 Reasons Fathers Are so Important to Their Daughters

    10 Reasons Fathers Are so Important to Their Daughters

    by Kathleen Odenthal31

  • Polish Easter traditions in a Polish American family are a blend of old and new. Baking babka and chrusciki (bow tie cookies), spring cleaning, hot-cross buns, and traditional Polish Easter eggs (Pisanki) are some of the Polish traditions that pass from grandmother to granddaughter.

    Polish Easter Traditions From Babka to Polish Easter Eggs (Pisanki)

    Polish Easter Traditions From Babka to Polish Easter Eggs (Pisanki)

    by Stephanie Henkel28

  • Don't throw away those old holiday greeting cards. Instead, save them for future craft projects. Learn three ways to make crafts with Christmas cards.

    Three Ideas for Recycling Christmas Cards

    Three Ideas for Recycling Christmas Cards

    by Deborah Neyens77

  • Painting windows in Las Vegas has been my favorite way to celebrate the holidays. Find out what materials to use and how to create these beautiful window paintings yourself!

    So, You Want to Paint Holiday Windows?

    So, You Want to Paint Holiday Windows?

    by Maria Burgess115

  • Do you have bells in your craft room and have no idea what to do with them? Turn them into beautiful ornaments, wreaths, garlands, elves, and more!

    44 Best Jingle Bell Craft Ideas

    44 Best Jingle Bell Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer5

  • If Santa photos are a holiday tradition, then why are some tiny tots so terrified of the jolly old man in red? Learn the answer and see lots of funny photos of kids who can't get away from Santa fast enough.

    Terror in Toyland:  Why Are Kids Scared of Santa?

    Terror in Toyland: Why Are Kids Scared of Santa?

    by FlourishAnyway80

  • I guarantee this day, a mother you know is faking a smile, hiding tears, or torturing herself by reading all the sappy callouts on social media about other wonderful mothers. She dreads this day every year. Don't t forget her or the other amazing women who played a positive role in your life.

    Dreading Mother's Day? 5 Reasons It Needs to Be Gone for Good

    Dreading Mother's Day? 5 Reasons It Needs to Be Gone for Good

    by Debra Roberts30

  • Every Christmas season for 48 years, a coconut was anonymously delivered to the home of Ed Clinch. The prank eventually received international attention. Here is a look at the rest of the story.

    The Saga of the Christmas Coconut

    The Saga of the Christmas Coconut

    by KT Dunn7

  • Are you looking for something different in Christmas music this year? Celebrate the season with fresh, new offerings from contemporary Christian music artists.

    10 Contemporary Christian Christmas Songs

    10 Contemporary Christian Christmas Songs

    by Annette Smith23

  • The shamrock is a plant that is known as the unofficial symbol of Ireland. Kids and adults can discover some fun facts on this popular Irish motif in time for St. Patrick's Day.

    10 Fun Shamrock Facts for St. Patrick’s Day

    10 Fun Shamrock Facts for St. Patrick’s Day

    by Marie3

  • Christmas is a time for decorating, enjoying delicious winter treats, and filling your home with fun crafts. With these 16 easy Christmas ornaments to make with your kids, you and your family can all get into the Christmas spirit together as you decorate your home with love.

    15 Easy Christmas Ornaments to Make With Your Kids

    15 Easy Christmas Ornaments to Make With Your Kids

    by Victoria Van Ness8

  • These excerpts from Christmas lyrics by Caribbean singer/songwriters are from the secular part of their celebration. The common theme is contentment with and pride in what is distinctly Caribbean.

    Christmas Lyrics and Laughs From the Caribbean

    Christmas Lyrics and Laughs From the Caribbean

    by Dora Weithers59

  • Many people have never heard of the fun Halloween event "trunk or treat." Read on to learn more about a delightful evening full of chocolate, creativity, and contests!

    What Is Trunk or Treat?

    What Is Trunk or Treat?

    by Amanda9

  • Decorate your Christmas tree with a family history theme. This theme is perfect for a genealogist or anyone wanting to honor their ancestors. Here are some tips for creating one with photos and other special decorations.

    A Family History Christmas Tree

    A Family History Christmas Tree

    by Virginia Allain0

  • Every child's Halloween party should be full of imagination and fun. Here are some great, sometimes funny, sometimes creepy Halloween games!

    Fun Halloween Party Games for Children

    Fun Halloween Party Games for Children

    by Angela Michelle Schultz8

  • Try making these unique homemade Christmas cards for your friends and family. They are the perfect scrap buster for all of those leftover fabrics you have in your sewing room, and they're a snap with this easy step-by-step tutorial.

    DIY Fabric Scrap Craft Tutorial: Christmas Tree Greeting Card

    DIY Fabric Scrap Craft Tutorial: Christmas Tree Greeting Card

    by Claudia Mitchell10

  • Appalachian traditions that include Christmas trees and natural decorations sprang from the mountains that range from lower New York all the way south to northern Georgia and Mississippi. Some of these forgotten tradition are making a welcomed comeback.

    Popular Christmas Traditions in Appalachia

    Popular Christmas Traditions in Appalachia

    by Patty Inglish MS9

  • If you don't can't or don't want to carve a pumpkin, try these easy, inexpensive, and last-minute ideas for decorating real or artificial pumpkins. Get inspiration for what to do with your pumpkin. None of these ideas require carving or gutting a pumpkin.

    No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins: Quick Pumpkin Decoration Ideas

    No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins: Quick Pumpkin Decoration Ideas

    by Heather Rode28

  • Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season. Here is a simple plan to build your own manger to display in your yard. It fold down and stores flat.

    How to Build an Outdoor Manger

    How to Build an Outdoor Manger

    by Eric Cramer50

  • Learn more about the best tree species to use as a Christmas tree this holiday season.

    Types of Christmas Trees

    Types of Christmas Trees

    by L Sarhan2

  • How do you make awesome handmade Christmas tree ornaments on a budget? This article includes step-by-step instructions for making Christmas tree decorations and ornaments with air-dry clay. They are budget-friendly, and the kids can personalize them with their name and the date.

    How to Make Christmas Tree Decorations With Clay

    How to Make Christmas Tree Decorations With Clay

    by L M Reid33

  • Santa Claus is the iconic image of Christmas, instantly recognisable to children and adults alike. Yet Santa Claus has changed and transformed over the years, leaving behind a few skeletons in his cupboard.

    Five Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Santa Claus

    Five Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Santa Claus

    by Sophie Jackson2

  • Alone for Thanksgiving? Don't feel left out! Follow these tips for having a great solo Thanksgiving from one who knows the ropes. You deserve to have a wonderful holiday.

    How to Enjoy Being Alone on Thanksgiving

    How to Enjoy Being Alone on Thanksgiving

    by Roberta Kyle44

  • Here are some messages, wishes, sayings, and greetings to share with others on Independence Day. They can be used in texts, cards, or social media posts for family, friends, colleagues, or bosses. Use them as-is or adapt and personalize them to create your own unique 4th of July greeting.

    Happy Independence Day Messages, Wishes, and Quotes for July 4th

    Happy Independence Day Messages, Wishes, and Quotes for July 4th

    by Oyewole Folarin11

  • The Manx holiday Hop-tu-Naa is an October 31st holiday that pre-dates modern Halloween. It has connections to the old Celtic pagan holiday Samhain, the New Year in the Celtic calendar.

    Hop-tu-Naa: Halloween on the Isle of Man

    Hop-tu-Naa: Halloween on the Isle of Man

    by Carolyn Emerick8

  • All over the world, humans celebrate the cycle of life: birth, adulthood, procreation, and death. However, death has always been of particular interest to people worldwide. How we deal with death is sometimes manifested through celebrations. This article will take a somewhat jaunty look at this.

    Countries That Celebrate Day of the Dead, Hungry Ghost Festival, or Halloween

    Countries That Celebrate Day of the Dead, Hungry Ghost Festival, or Halloween

    by JC Scull4

  • The Carnival of Venice is an extravaganza of color, masks and entertainment. Held each year, this Italian celebration brings back to life renaissance Italy. Read on to find out more.

    City of Masks: The Carnival of Venice

    City of Masks: The Carnival of Venice

    by Nell Rose62

  • Here are seven spooky fused-bead patterns you can use when crafting this Halloween. Making Perler and Hama bead designs is a fun Halloween craft activity for kids and adults alike.

    7 Perler Bead Pattern Ideas for Halloween

    7 Perler Bead Pattern Ideas for Halloween

    by Marie3

  • Here are some fun New Year's Eve trivia questions and answers for those of you who like to play games on New Year's Eve. Let's see how much you know about the history of January 1st through the years. Topics include birthdays, rituals, parties, and more.

    New Year's Eve Trivia Questions and Answers

    New Year's Eve Trivia Questions and Answers

    by HalloweenRecipes0

  • This article contains numerous examples of messages you can write in your wife or girlfriend's Valentine's Day card. Use these as inspiration to help you figure out the best sweet and romantic message to write to her on this special holiday of love.

    40+ Valentine's Day Messages for Your Wife or Girlfriend

    40+ Valentine's Day Messages for Your Wife or Girlfriend

    by music love6

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