Crisscrossed ribbons will bring an elegant look to your Christmas tree, and surprisingly, it's probably a lot simpler than you think.
Recycle an old book or magazine to make a decorative Christmas tree. A fun project to do with kids. Use an old trade paperback or a thick magazine to make this inexpensive Christmas decoration.
Stumped about what to put in your annual Christmas letter? Then think outside the box. Maybe it's time for an extreme makeover.
By doing a White Elephant Gift Exchange you can save money and make your holiday party less stressful and more fun and memorable.
So many of us are used to the traditional Christmas Carols, and forget that there are some beautiful Christmas songs that have been written. I've highlighted some of my favorites here.
Most people don’t want to be alone for the holidays. Here are some ways you can reach out to people you know or suspect will spend the holidays alone.
Not sure what to write in a Christmas card to friends and family? Check out this list of greetings and letter writing tips, followed by festive ideas for spending more one-on-one time with your BFF.
Always wanted to make a Magnolia wreath? Here's how you can make a fresh magnolia wreath with simple instruction. Fresh Magnolia wreaths help to make the season festive.
Add short and sweet sentiments and sayings to your seasonal Holiday cards with this Christmas card quotations page. As someone who loves making handmade crafts, I put together this handy resource.
Kissing under a sprig of mistletoe is an old winter tradition. Here are some thoughts about the origin and meaning of this custom.
Different versions of Santa Claus and his companions including the real St Nicholas, Sinterklaas and Black Peter, Pelznickel, the Krampus, Ded Moroz and Old Father Christmas
Oh, no! Rumor has it that Santa will retire soon. Compilation of his "nice and naughty" list has been outsourced to a young intern, the Elf on the Shelf. He is candy cane clueless in his new duties.
This is a script for a 7-minute Christmas puppet play for ages 2-6. Items required: animal puppet, elf, jingle bells, table, tablecloth, and chair.
Don't let fear of the candy thermometer keep you from making candy. Here are some easy recipes for an office party, potluck, or as a last-minute gift. All you need is a microwave or saucepan.
Gift receiving etiquette and manners are important to know. Whether you are a child or a child at heart, this is a must read guide.
The symbolism of Christmas includes many animals. Both those associated with the Christ story and earlier pagan traditions.
Is Santa Claus real? Did he ever exist? Was he invented by Coca Cola? Learn the answers from my interview with him in person.
There is nothing worse than getting a generic Christmas gift from someone you love that is the exact opposite of what you like. Here are some tips on how to give a gift even a coworker would love.
Unlike in the USA and Canada, in Ireland we don't celebrate Thanksgiving so for us Christmas is the time of the year when families and loved ones make sure that they spend time together.
Many people are choosing gift bags over the traditional and more time consuming wrapping paper alternative. These days we are all in such a hurry the gift bag is a quick and easy method for "wrapping" your gift. However, many are at a loss at...
Find funny and creative ideas for hiding your elf on the shelf here. These ideas may be considered a little more mischievous than some but they are still good, clean fun for your little ones!
Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Christmas tradition, it is is a series of nine dawn masses, the mass starts as early as 4:00 a.m. It begins on December 16 and ends on the midnight of the 24th of December.
I've always loved this song and its message that I should give what I can to my Savior even if it isn't much, but recently I learned this song had another important message that I needed even more.
Blessings are traditional in Ireland for important life events and wish good fortune to loved ones. This article gives a selection of Irish blessings, greetings and poems for use at Christmas time.
It's easy to become overwhelmed and lose that magical feeling of Christmas with all the hustle and bustle. This year, open your heart to the precious gifts that truly bring in the spirit of Christmas.
Ideas for interesting, creative, and easy handmade, holiday cards. Awesome, DIY cards for inspiration.
Christmas is filled with all kinds of traditions; but where do they come from, and what do they mean?
We didn't like cleaning windows but at Christmas it was another story. Glass Wax was a window cleaner but at Christmas, it was simply magical.
If you live in a small apartment or house then you know decorating for Christmas can be a challenge. Don't let that stop you from making your apartment a beautiful treasure for this holiday season.
Here is a simple trick for hanging up holiday lights outside on your house. If you are having trouble with other roof clips, try this. Cheap and easy.
Tips for holiday buyers who want to purchase responsibly this Christmas. Here are actual examples and some photos of what makes a product "green."
The history and origins of Christmas is neither plain nor clear, but much can be found with patience. One researcher's conclusions.
For many people, tinsel and garland have now become synonymous with one another, with some now calling the combination garland tinsel or tinsel garland. In the past though, tinsel was though of as the long, thin, stringy silver that you hung on the...
Enrich your Christmas spirit by celebrating Advent, four weeks leading up to Christmas & a time of penitence & hope. Calendars, colors & candles enrich the season.
If you are searching for a gift under $5 you will find an idea or two within my list. I've given many of these gifts and they were always appreciated. Give a gift and get a smile.
This cute cat ornament is a cheery addition to any Christmas tree and fun to personalize for gift-giving. My tutorial includes all the directions and templates for making your own festive ornament!
This article will help you explore one approach to decorating the altar for Advent and Christmas. It describes the process of creating banners for the season that are festive, unusual, and beautiful.
Christmas word searches of varying difficulties, including a snowman-shaped word search for children.
Learn how to make handmade, lace Victorian-style Christmas ornaments. Inside, you'll find tutorials and ideas.
Lately, I have visited one local hospital here where my father was admitted (thankfully, he is doing okay now) What I have noticed was their decorations which are all recycled items from the used hospital stuffs like bottles, caps, plastics wrappers...
Looking for an simple, do-it-yourself craft using recycled materials? How about one for the kids? Well, look no further because this one's got it all; It's a easy Christmas tree decoration using just a magazine and your own two hands.
How-tos for three easy Christmas crafts using glass ball ornaments. Decorate your tree with these cute ornaments or give them as gifts.
While Christmas is the season for giving, did you know that you can help a child in need any time of the year? Sending a shoebox full of necessities is an easy, direct way to make a huge impact.
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 fast enough.
Try something new this year and host your own Christmas Caroling Party. This guide provides tips to planning a successful caroling party.
Find free printable Christmas coloring pages featuring the nativity, Santa Claus, angels, Christmas trees, and famous cartoon characters.
Two deities and dozens of well-known mortals were born or are celebrated on December 25th. Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!
Holiday crafts and decorating projects don't need to be fancy or expensive. This festive patchwork Christmas Tree is made from magazine photos, glue, some simple trimmings, and some holiday spirit!
Here are 12 ideas for inexpensive, easy (almost no talent required) gifts to make for those on your Christmas list.
Are you looking for funny and creative ideas to hide your Elf on the Shelf? Check out some ideas and pictures of our Elf's adventures!
An art teacher teaches how to make this adorable keepsake hand-print of your child using an easy salt dough recipe made with flour and water. Santa is painted with long lasting acrylics.
When preparing gifts, a few creative ideas for gift wrapping can make your present stand out among a crowd. A creative gift is unique; it shows that you really care!
Why spend money on expensive mass-produced cards? Really impress people by making your own heartfelt, handmade cards.
The traditional Christmas holiday is expensive and not very "green." I have a few suggestions on how to make your holidays more earth-friendly while creating some new and fun traditions. From using rosemary topiary plants to using recycled gift wrap, you're sure to find some new and exciting ideas to adopt into your Christmas traditions this year.
Purchasing a gift doesn't have to empty your wallet. By using your creative imagination, your recipient will be quite pleased with these ideas.
Steps for how to make your own Christmas present costume and a photo gallery of finished products for inspiration.
Tutorial for making an easy and beautiful wreath out of inexpensive Christmas ball ornaments. Perfect for indoor or outdoor decorative wreaths.
Join in on a fun new holiday activity called "Being Jingled!" Your co-workers will love it! It is fun, simple, and low-budget - what's not to love?
Warm up this winter with a delicious mug of melted snowman soup. I promise no real snowmen were harmed in the making of these treats! Hot chocolate, candies and marshmallows wrapped up in a cute bag.
Here you'll find five kid-focused and Christian-friendly Christmas traditions that aim to remember the reason for the season: Jesus!
Santa's Elf on the Shelf sidekick is back with funny Christmas gift ideas for kids of all ages. Here are 9 humorous holiday gag gift ideas for what to get kids, tweens, teens, and the young at heart.
Christmas is the season to show love to other people. Here are my list of famous characters during this season.
Christmas has been marked in Ireland since St Patrick brought Christianity to the island in the fifth century. Over the centuries pagan Celtic customs merged with Christianity to produce some uniquely Celtic Christmas traditions for the winter...
Learn how to create indoor and outdoor topiaries with easy-to-follow directions. Designs include a Christmas Berry Topiary, a Christmas Ball Topiary, and Evergreen Spiral Topiary.
Step-by-step instructions on how to make an easy, inexpensive, and cute snowman gift bag that can be used over and over. It’s fast and wastes less than traditional wrapping paper.
As a writer, one of my greatest joys is entertaining my kids with my work - I wrote this story some time ago but it still holds special meaning to me (maybe I'm just a fan of my own work...ha ha ha)
The National Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington, D.C., has been a holiday tradition since 1923. Learn about its history, decorations and where you can see the National Christmas Tree!
This article reflects on our experience with a great, made-in-the-U.S., outdoor nativity scene that we absolutely loved.
This easy holiday ornament is a great way to recycle or reuse your favorite seasonal greetings into decorations that you can enjoy for years to come. This project is also a fun activity for kids!
Twig reindeer are adorable additions to any holiday display or Christmas tree decorating. With a few craft supplies and twigs from your yard, learn how to make this cute reindeer pair for your home.
Family traditions during the holidays are a great way to spend the holiday season. Here is my family's tradition of the Christmas orange.
Are you looking for something different in Christmas music this year? Celebrate the season with fresh, new offerings from contemporary Christian music artists.
Not sure what to get someone for Christmas? How about some snowman poop! Really, it's marshmallows, hot chocolate, and a cute poem; perfect for just about everyone!
So what do adults do if we can't have an entertaining time at grandma's house during the holidays? Try going for a walk, lending a helping hand, or brushing up on your family's history.
Use this list of more than 35 examples of what to write in a Christmas card for a child. These kid-friendly wishes will brighten the holiday for a special young person.
The True Meaning of Christmas - some of the meanings and traditions from a secular family that loves the magic and wonder of Christmas.
No Wrapping paper? Use these great ideas to go reen when gift wrapping. Recycle household products to make your holiday guft wrapping easy.
Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, prides itself as England's mistletoe capital. An annual event in the run-up to Christmas celebrates this festive plant which grows in abundance in this region.
Reading "The Night Before Christmas" is a tradition in many families. Add a personalized version to your collection this year to create a feeling of belonging and interest in this beloved story.
It's hard to know what to do with all the wrapping paper leftover from the holidays. Here are some ideas that will help you to be more eco-friendly.
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.
Mummering, in one form or another, has been a Christmas tradition in Newfoundland since the Nineteenth Century, when it was brought to the Island by English and Irish settlers.
Elf on the Shelf has become a Christmas tradition for many families. If you think you can't enjoy the tradition with a baby, think again! There are several cute ideas to start this tradition early!
Tutorials on how to create exceptional Christmas ornaments out of items you have around the house. Beautiful DIY holiday ornaments.
Part of Christmas activity in the office is to make a Belen from recycled materials. You will be amazed with the creativity.
The basic, round Christmas ornament is one of the most common-shaped ornaments you can find. But that doesn’t mean that they are any way boring.
Create a Christmas village in miniature with lights and cotton batting for snow, or even a mirror for a frozen lake. I have created my own in paper.
How to make bows and decorate your Christmas tree with ribbons. Festive bows and streamers of ribbon can add a look of elegance to your tree.
Many of our Christmas traditions began with the Celtic culture and traditions. Let's explore the rich tradition and lineage here.
There are so many Christmas Albums out there and so many that deliver fond and joyous memories. Next year, the list might be different, but here are, in my humble opinion are the 10 Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time...
Need ideas for your family Christmas gatherings? Here are eight great Christmas games that families will surely enjoy.
Here are some helpful tips to help you survive Christmas, from buying gifts to cleaning up after all the fun is over.
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 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.
More than 220 versions of The Little Drummer Boy have been released around the world since it was first composed in 1928. After some some show biz hanky-panky in the 1940's-50's 'Carol of the Drum' (original title) became a huge hit as the' Little Drummer Boy' - in the early 60's. Since then artists as varied as Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Cranberries and Bing Crosby - even Marlene Dietrich have sung this popular Christmas carol.
Christmas comes around only once a year, but making Christmas jewelry trees can be made all year long. Then when Christmas does come, they make great gifts and decorations for your own home.
Learn how you can help those in need during the Christmas season or all year around. Great tips and information that will help you in your planning.
It's almost Christmas! This article will provide you with everything you need to get you into the holiday spirit!
Collecting Harold Gale Santas is a way to get into the Christmas Spirit. The 15 inch Santa Claus made in 1957 was the first item Harold Gale ever aimed at Christmas shoppers.
Instead of sending a boilerplate Christmas card to all of your loved ones, here's a list of inexpensive things you can tuck into the Christmas cards or holiday cards to make them more special.
A look at some stores and other places to find cheap Christmas decorations. Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments, Christmas villages, and more!
Every year the Christmas season begins a little bit earlier with a bigger focus on commercialism. This simple tradition will help keep Christ the center of your countdown to Christmas.
Spending Christmas alone can be a fulfilling experience. Here you'll find five tips to help your day go by faster, such as working, focusing on the positives, or volunteering for a good cause.
This is a simple Christmas craft project for kids. These cute reindeer were made from wooden clothespins. They can be as plain or fancy as you like.
This is another of my very cute recycled Christmas projects to make this holiday season. This little cutie is made from a popsicle stick and a few other supplies that were lying around the house.
Learn how to make fresh Christmas centerpieces for under ten dollars. Learn simple tricks and money-saving techniques to create inexpensive beautiful centerpieces.
The Christmas holiday is a special, magical time of year. I've searched out some wonderful images that perfectly conjure up that warm, cosy feeling of anticipation and celebration...
The end of December is not a jolly ho-ho-ho time if you don't like Christmas. It can be depressing and can really bring home your lack of success in all the areas of your life. The fun and joy some people seem to have at this time of the year...
A step by step guide with images of how to plant and use vetches as Christmas decorations. This is the Maltese tradition of gulbiena.
A collection of popular and favorite Christmas Carols for kids, includes YouTube clips and interesting facts about the Christmas song.
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.
Nativity sets are a traditional part of Christmas for many people. Find out more about their history, as well as collecting both antique and contemporary sets
Christmas is a time when everyone is looking for peace. These 28 devotions are the perfect way to prepare for the holiday!
This article will show you how to make a paper bell. You'll also find some bell-themed songs to listen to while you're crafting.
What is Christmas in Singapore like? Simply put, it is a season of dazzling lights, hearty celebrations and gracious sharing.
Use these 5 Christmas Themed Snowflake Templates to create beautiful and intricate decorations in your home this year!
A great classic recipe for Christmas cake. Easy to make and a joy to eat. Indulge, after all, it's Christmas time.
Learn how to plan a Christmas or holiday gift exchange at your office. Christmas gift exchanges can also be known as the Secret Santa game. Whatever you call it, the number one rule is to have fun!
This version of Dirty Santa can be hugely entertaining, especially if you are anticipating significant number of adults gathering for Christmas celebrations. I say adults because the nature and rules of this game are rarely appreciated by children; especially the young. Let me explain...
Learn to make an interactive Christmas Card that will be cherished for years to come. Great approach to turning store bought or self-made cards into more than just another card. Simple and fun!
This traditional recipe for plum pudding is steamed in a calico cloth. The recipe has been handed down through generations so it has been tried and proven time and again.
Instructions, tips, and ideas for making Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas cookies using cookie cutters you might already have. These looks are easy to create and great for children.
Learn everything there is to know about celebrating Christmas in Ireland from customs & traditions to festivities & Irish holiday fare.
These are examples of Christmas card messages for friends. Writing a Christmas wish to your friend will be a breeze after reading through these thoughtful, sincere, and funny messages.
Trans Siberian Orchestra's music has popped up around the world synchronized with home Christmas lights. Enjoy this collection of 12 songs with amazing Christmas light displays.
These glass block presents are so easy to make. It can be an elegant gift or a festive decoration. Whether you make them as gifts, or make a few for yourself, everyone will be thrilled ...
Christmas is the season for charitable giving. It's the time of year when we should all give a little to those who have less. For those who can afford it, there's endless opportunities to give someone a Merry Christmas. And for those who are already...
Christmas is the season of gift giving. In keeping with the tradition of giving, Filipinos have their own version of exchanging gifts or Kris Kringle, it is called "Monito Monita."
Stockings are the best part of Christmas morning for some people in my family. My kids loved them when they were little, and that's still the first thing they look for now that they are grown.
I love the look of delicate crochet snowflake designs for enhancing my holiday decor. An important part of that is properly blocking your designs. This page will show you how.
A list of Christmas charades ideas, perfect for parties or as a game for a family gathering. Christmas charades words list
Use two round cake pans and a loaf pan to make an easy snowman-shaped cake. It's simple to make, and your kids will have tons of fun decorating it.
Decorating the worship space in a church for Christmas can be a challenge. This article will inform the reader of an unusual approach that was beautiful and not expensive to create. it may be just the idea for your church at Advent/Christmas!
Struggling to find the right words to write in your Christmas card? You've found the solution to your predicament!
'Tis the season, for Christmas word games! Here is our list of over 100 words about everything from the birth of our Lord Jesus, to Santa and snow days!
"Silver Bells is a recent addition to the ranks of hundreds of carols written through the 19th and 20th centuries. It has a unique story as a song written for a Christmas movie starring Bob Hope. Enjoy learning a bit about the history of caroling and the history of the famous song just as popular today as it was when sung by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
Looking for some inspired ideas for sprucing up your holiday home? Consider creating a themed holiday tree. This is the first of two hubs offering creative ideas for your next tree including classical, whimsical and colorful alternatives to more traditional ideas.
What is the history of the Christmas wreath? Where and how did the Christmas wreath originate? Let's take a look at how the ubiquitous Christmas wreath got its start as a part of our Christmas decor staples.
The origins of figgy pudding date back to medieval England. At that time it was not a dessert, but a method of preserving meats for the winter months.
I wrote a fun mad lib you can play at your Christmas parties or family get-togethers. We tried it at one of our gatherings, and everyone was rolling in laughter.
Make christmas dinner like a pro with the Ramsay family. These delicious holiday dishes will have your mouth watering.
During the months of November and December each year, the already alluring Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina puts on an event that is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!
Secret Santa is a gift giving and receiving tradition many families, workplaces, and groups choose to adopt. Read on to find out the different ways to participate in this game.
Every year the prices of the items in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song change. These are the prices established by the PNC Wealth Management Christmas Index for the 34th year.
Making angel ornaments for the Holidays is a great way to connect with your family. Using recycled materials like an empty diet coke can make them more fun and affordable. You will love it!
Need Christmas party cookies? Try these adorable red and green Gingerbread men with fast and easy cookie dough recipes and ideas.
How to decorate a Christmas tree by criss crossing ribbon to create a beautiful design. Super easy and super quick!
Three family fruitcake recipes and "fruitcake cookies," plus the best commercial fruitcake I’ve ever found.
These ideas on how to keep Christ in Christmas explain the meaning of the Christmas symbols: Christmas colors, Christmas wreath and the Candy Cane. They give meaning to Christ centered activities.
This time of year, we celebrate the Spirit of Christmas. These special classic movies help us remember the reason for the season and present the Spirit of Christmas uniquely and profoundly!
Vintage holidays are nostalgic for many collectors. Here I reminisce about some of my favorite ornaments and collectables from my childhood.
Create a lovely cone shaped Christmas tree covered in sparkly rhinestones. This Christmas decoration is easy and inexpensive to make and you can enjoy it for many more years to come.
Parol or Philippine Christmas Star Lantern michael_swan, CC-BY-ND, via flickr We Filipinos from the Philippines and across the world love our local Christmas songs. As early as the first BER month of the year – September – many of us would...
Making hand-crafted Christmas ornaments is a fun way to spend time with your family and get in to the holiday spirit. These ornaments are simple to make, and kids will love to see them on your tree.
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas party? Make the party a time to remember with these fun Christmas party games for kids, families, and office parties!
Here are 15 Factoids on Christmas Tree Trivia. The Christmas Tree has been a staple of the holiday tradition, but how many of us really know the truth behind that wonderful evergreen?
If you're tired of people tearing into presents, here are some methods to slow them down. People will have time to appreciate each gift, and pictures can be taken at a more casual pace. Most of all, children will learn to enjoy each gift more. Making the gift mystery last until they are opened is also included. The kids won't know which gifts to squeeze and shake. And the little ones can participate more.
Add a little fa-la-la-la to your holiday party with these Christmas songs -- romantic, risqué, naughty, and just plain fun to sing along with. Mistletoe, Santa, and spiked eggnog not included.
This Christmas, instead of sending ready-made cards to your near ones, why don’t you create some handmade cards that can go from generation to generation?
Convenient collection of 20 wassail recipes. Most use apple juice or cider as a base. Unusual recipes use Red Hot candies or black pepper. Some include wine, rum, sherry, brandy, and whiskey.
This year's Christmas village houses and accessories have arrived! See a few of my favorite village miniatures, and start, or continue, your own collection.
Kindness doesn't have to cost money. If you're tired of giving traditional presents, I've written a list of a few ways to be truly kind and amazingly helpful this holiday season.
20 stunning Christmas tree decorating ideas. Get inspired by beautiful traditional and contemporary Christmas trees. Try something different this holiday season!
The Elf on a Shelf : Sadism disguised as Christmas fun. At what point do you hate your kids so much that you think it's okay to psychologically torture them for an entire month?
Do you need a little Christmas pick-me-up? This beautiful collection of quotes from authors both famous and not-so-famous will warm your heart and fill it with Christmas cheer!
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!
I love Christmas music and somehow I narrowed it down to my ten favorite Christmas songs. I found it interesting to see where these songs came from and the history behind them.
30 humorous, wacky, surprising, and just plain silly gift ideas to bring to your next white elephant gift exchange.
Christmas movie trivia is a great game to play during your holiday party. Here are 40 trivia questions and answers about everyone's favorite holiday movies including: A Christmas Story, The Grinch
Just in time for the holidays, here some are easy craft tutorials to make four different Christmas decorations using yarn. Each of these tutorials makes a charming and colorful ornament for your tree.