For the first time ever, Descanso Gardens hosts an interactive holiday season light show, Enchanted: Forest of Light. Guests stroll along a one mile path to 8 different interactive colorful displays.
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.
Do you have a long gift list? A gift from your kitchen might be the answer. But what if you're also short of "talent in the kitchen"? No need to be a Master Chef to make these treats.
Are you looking for something different in Christmas music this year? Celebrate the season with fresh, new offerings from contemporary Christian music artists.
Are you looking for ways to take some of the stress out of the holiday season? For many people, holidays compound worry, fatigue, and financial burden. Here are some thoughtful ideas for coping.
Ideas for interesting, creative, and easy handmade, holiday cards. Awesome, DIY cards for inspiration.
What do you know about the Christmas story? Have you been told the truth about Jesus' birth? Read this to find out how versions of this story have differed slightly from the Bible's account of this miraculous event.
Christmas comes with joy already built in. No personal spending is required to embrace the Christmas spirit and spread cheer. Here are six activities to enhance Christmas joy with no extra money.
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.
You better not cry, you better watch out, because Krampus is coming to town... and this ancient Christmastide demon isn't as forgiving as his jolly red-suited counterpart.
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.
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!
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!
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)
Every year we get exposed to a few new Christmas songs. Most pass by without fanfare, while every now and then, one catchy tune succeeds. Following are ten tunes that ought to receive more airplay.
Stumped about what to put in your annual Christmas letter? Then think outside the box. Maybe it's time for an extreme makeover.
How-tos for three easy Christmas crafts using glass ball ornaments. Decorate your tree with these cute ornaments or give them as gifts.
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!
A step by step guide with images of how to plant and use vetches as Christmas decorations. This is the Maltese tradition of gulbiena.
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.
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 is a time of joy and happiness. We set up our Christmas tree and wait for Santa to drop our presents. But there are many Christmas legends and creatures who aren't that sweet.
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.
Christmas brings a unique spirit. Peace and love abound in a rare atmosphere of good will. Many become depressed after the holiday, but you can still stay happy after the celebrations have ended.
I especially like to see how creative others have gotten with the design of an ASCII art Christmas tree. It can be kept simple or be quite complicated. I've yet to see one I don't like.
Bring your family and friends together with this Christmas trivia collection. Features holiday classics like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Alternative film choices to get you through the long months of xmas season. These movies are not necessarily about Christmas, they are just set around the holiday season.
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.
It's easy to make beautiful and festive Christmas tree decorations with oven-bake clay and some basic household tools! These ornaments are quick to make and a fun holiday project to do with kids!
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.
Many photos show my cousin's prize winning Shih Tzu dogs in all kinds of costumes & poses. They are dressed for every occasion & season of the year.
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.
Do you celebrate Pagan Christmas traditions? Your first instinct would probably be to say "No!", but you might be surprised.We can thank the Romans & Celts for most of our modern Christmas traditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite bringing those we love together, Christmas can be a very hectic time of year. Here are a few tips to help it go a little more smoothly.
Your Christmas tree isn't complete without this cute cardinal ornament! This polymer clay bird is sitting in its nest a top a bell, waiting to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year.
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.
Need Christmas party cookies? Try these adorable red and green Gingerbread men with fast and easy cookie dough recipes and ideas.
As the older generation passes on and the younger one grows up, when and how does responsibility shift for hosting family gatherings?
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.
The symbolism of Christmas includes many animals. Both those associated with the Christ story and earlier pagan traditions.
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.
Two deities and dozens of well-known mortals were born or are celebrated on December 25th. Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!
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.
Did you know that Christmas was banned for about 400 years? Christmas in Scotland is truly magical, these days! Let me tell you about the beautiful winters and flaming puddings.
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.
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.
Learn about ten celebrities and famous people born on Christmas. Do these people share anything in common? Find out and take the quiz to test your knowledge of these famous Christmas babies.
Kissing under a sprig of mistletoe is an old winter tradition. Here are some thoughts about the origin and meaning of this custom.
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.
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.
20 stunning Christmas tree decorating ideas. Get inspired by beautiful traditional and contemporary Christmas trees. Try something different this holiday season!
Is Santa Claus real? This is a question on every young child's mind and dilemma for many a parent. But why destroy the fun and magic of Christmas in the interest of total transparency?
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.
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!
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.
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.
This wall hanging will add a festive sparkle to your holiday decor, featuring your own jewelry as ornaments for this easy Christmas decoration. And you don't have to ruin your jewelry to make it!
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.
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.
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...
A great classic recipe for Christmas cake. Easy to make and a joy to eat. Indulge, after all, it's Christmas time.
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!
Christmas word searches of varying difficulties, including a snowman-shaped word search for children.
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!
Tutorial for making an easy and beautiful wreath out of inexpensive Christmas ball ornaments. Perfect for indoor or outdoor decorative wreaths.
Many of our Christmas traditions began with the Celtic culture and traditions. Let's explore the rich tradition and lineage here.
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.
Napkins, some glue, and some rocks are all you need to make these adorable holiday decorations. They also make great gifts.
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.
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...
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.
We heard the song about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer only during the Christmas holiday, but there are many Rudolphs among us all year long.
It is your turn to host the Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, you want things to be just right. This easy hosting and meal plan will help you get the job done so that you can enjoy the day.
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!
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.
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...
A list of Christmas charades ideas, perfect for parties or as a game for a family gathering. Christmas charades words list
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.
Make christmas dinner like a pro with the Ramsay family. These delicious holiday dishes will have your mouth watering.
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!
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.
Make an evergreen Christmas wreath using inexpensive supplies and this step-by-step guide. Your guests will be welcomed to your festive home and greeted by the fresh aroma of a lovely wreath!
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.
Another in a series of articles about decorating the church for Christmas and Advent. Using the everyday materials of cardboard and acrylic house paint, our group transformed the worship space.
Boilo, also known as "coal cracker" champagne and Schuylkill moonshine, is a warm homemade beverage that originated from northeastern Pennsylvania. It's made of wassail-style grain alcohol and fruit!
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...
If you want to stay on budget and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas this year, here are some things you can do to make holiday parties and gift-giving more affordable and much easier to manage.
Snowmen are part of the Christmas decorations and ornaments but they can really last all winter long, if it's cold enough outside.
Here is a list of 25 fun songs for your Christmas party or gathering, with a heavy emphasis on classic rock. Some are original, some are improved versions of traditional favorites.
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!
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.
'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!
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 ...
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.
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.
Jewel-toned illustrations make this children's picture book adaptation of Henry Van Dyke's story a good selection for Christmas reading.
A collection of popular and favorite Christmas Carols for kids, includes YouTube clips and interesting facts about the Christmas song.
How to decorate a Christmas tree by criss crossing ribbon to create a beautiful design. Super easy and super quick!
Tutorials on how to create exceptional Christmas ornaments out of items you have around the house. Beautiful DIY holiday ornaments.
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 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?
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
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.
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.
Who are some of the people that go unnoticed in your life? Read through this list of people who'd love to receive a plate of your Christmas cookies this year!
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.
Why buy a boring chocolate-filled advent calendar when you could DIY a great personalised one and fill it with fun little gifts; your children will love it more too!
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.
Learn how to make fresh Christmas centerpieces for under ten dollars. Learn simple tricks and money-saving techniques to create inexpensive beautiful centerpieces.
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...
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.
Make some magic this Christmas with edible gingerbread ornaments. Whether you have the kids and family help or surprise them Christmas morning, this is a fun and delicious project for everyone.
Create homemade snowflake Christmas ornaments with the kids using baking soda! These charming ornaments make wonderful Christmas gifts!
Here are 12 ideas for inexpensive, easy (almost no talent required) gifts to make for those on your Christmas list.
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.
It was late on a cold, snowy night in February. I was on my way home through the slushy country roads of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when much to my childish delight, I noticed a tree along the way that had been decorated for Christmas, wrapped in...
Working at Toys R Us during the Christmas season was enough to make me almost lose hope that the true Christmas spirit still existed... until one little boy taught me a lesson that changed it all.
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!
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.
Modern Christians will celebrate Christmas this week, most not knowing where the traditions they so love, originated from.
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.
Whether you want to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas or countdown the days until Santa Claus comes to town, these advent calendar theme ideas will surprise and delight the lucky recipients.
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.
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.
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.
Tackle the winter blahs with these 8 fun family-friendly activities. Eat “Monster Toast.” Make gingerbread play-dough and have fun with shaving cream.
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.
You can have an attractive present without splurging big bucks on elaborate bows, decorated wrapping paper, and rolls of ribbon. Check out the ideas and tips for frugal gift wrapping.
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.
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.
Here are some helpful tips to help you survive Christmas, from buying gifts to cleaning up after all the fun is over.
Christmas is filled with all kinds of traditions; but where do they come from, and what do they mean?
Enrich your Christmas spirit by celebrating Advent, four weeks leading up to Christmas & a time of penitence & hope. Calendars, colors & candles enrich the season.
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.
Learn everything there is to know about celebrating Christmas in Ireland from customs & traditions to festivities & Irish holiday fare.
The true spirit of Christmas lives on in each of us, as we share what we have with others and extend love and forgiveness. As long as we endeavor to do those things, Santa Claus will always be real.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
Learn how to make handmade, lace Victorian-style Christmas ornaments. Inside, you'll find tutorials and ideas.
From Louis Prang's art to artistic renderings of famous homes, these images are sure to bring back memories for you!
What is Christmas in Singapore like? Simply put, it is a season of dazzling lights, hearty celebrations and gracious sharing.
Family traditions are important for children. I have several favorite traditions that have great meaning for me, and I passed them on to my children. Cutting our own Christmas tree is just one.
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.
Do you have bells in your craft room and no idea what to do with them? Turn them into beautiful ornaments, wreaths, garlands, elves, and more!
By doing a White Elephant Gift Exchange you can save money and make your holiday party less stressful and more fun and memorable.
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.
The True Meaning of Christmas - some of the meanings and traditions from a secular family that loves the magic and wonder of Christmas.
This article will describe one design and theme for decorating the church and altar for Advent and Christmas. I hope it will serve as an inspiration for a design for your worship space in the future.
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...
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.
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.
Want to have epic stockings this year? Look no further. Here's a list of over 95 inexpensive stocking stuffer ideas for your kids' stockings.
The history and origins of Christmas is neither plain nor clear, but much can be found with patience. One researcher's conclusions.
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!
Check out these Christmas card wording ideas and examples and be inspired when it comes to writing your own.
The holidays can be incredibly stressful. I've written this helpful step-by-step guide based on years of being a mom and a grandma. Your holidays are sure to go from "stressful" to "a breeze"!
Christmas is the season to show love to other people. Here are my list of famous characters during this season.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Driving around looking at beautiful Christmas light displays is a fun pastime in Texas. This is a directory of some of the best.
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?