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  • 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.

    Make a Christmas Tree With Folded Book Pages

    Make a Christmas Tree With Folded Book Pages

    by Dolores Monet0

  • 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.

    18 Non-Traditional Christmas Songs You Should Know

    18 Non-Traditional Christmas Songs You Should Know

    by Gina Welds Hulse9

  • 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.

    How to Make a Magnolia Christmas Wreath

    How to Make a Magnolia Christmas Wreath

    by anglnwu6

  • 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.

    Short Christmas Quotes and Sayings for Cards

    Short Christmas Quotes and Sayings for Cards

    by Marie13

  • 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

    7 Versions of Santa Claus: Saintly and Dark

    7 Versions of Santa Claus: Saintly and Dark

    by Marianne Sherret0

  • 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.

    Naughty Elf On the Shelf Ideas:  Good Elf Gone Bad

    Naughty Elf On the Shelf Ideas: Good Elf Gone Bad

    by FlourishAnyway70

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  • 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.

    Easy, No-Cook Christmas Candies

    Easy, No-Cook Christmas Candies

    by Linda Lum18

  • The symbolism of Christmas includes many animals. Both those associated with the Christ story and earlier pagan traditions.

    The Animals of Christmas

    The Animals of Christmas

    by psycheskinner0

  • 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.

    Last-Minute Christmas Gifts That Show You Care

    Last-Minute Christmas Gifts That Show You Care

    by bje1173

  •   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...

    How to Place Tissue Paper in a Gift Bag and Make It Look Good

    How to Place Tissue Paper in a Gift Bag and Make It Look Good

    by Et al...23

  • 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.

    Irish Christmas Blessings, Greetings, and Poems

    Irish Christmas Blessings, Greetings, and Poems

    by Marie McKeown2

  • 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...

    Tinsel and Garland Decorating Ideas

    Tinsel and Garland Decorating Ideas

    by MakinBacon1

  • 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.

    50 Gift Ideas Under $5

    50 Gift Ideas Under $5

    by Linda Bilyeu131

  • 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

  • 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...

    Christmas Decoration Ideas From Used Hospital Items

    Christmas Decoration Ideas From Used Hospital Items

    by Hearty Cindy Penaranda10

  • 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.

    How to Help a Child at Christmas? Stuff a Shoebox!

    How to Help a Child at Christmas? Stuff a Shoebox!

    by Kathleen Cochran18

  • 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.

    Terror in Toyland:  Why Are Kids Scared of Santa?

    Terror in Toyland: Why Are Kids Scared of Santa?

    by FlourishAnyway80

  • Here are 12 ideas for inexpensive, easy (almost no talent required) gifts to make for those on your Christmas list.

    One Dozen DIY Stocking Stuffers

    One Dozen DIY Stocking Stuffers

    by Linda Lum10

  • In Australia the Christmas holidays stretch over the longest days of our long summers.

    Christmas in Australia

    Christmas in Australia

    by Susanna Duffy114

  • 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!

    Creative Ideas for Gift Wrapping

    Creative Ideas for Gift Wrapping

    by angryelf9

  • 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.

    Going Green at Christmas

    Going Green at Christmas

    by Cynthia Sageleaf30

  • Purchasing a gift doesn't have to empty your wallet. By using your creative imagination, your recipient will be quite pleased with these ideas.

    50 Gift Ideas Under $10

    50 Gift Ideas Under $10

    by Linda Bilyeu4

  • 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?

    I've Been Jingled at the Office!

    I've Been Jingled at the Office!

    by Jeannie InABottle21

  • Christmas is the season to show love to other people. Here are my list of famous characters during this season.

    10 Famous Christmas Characters

    10 Famous Christmas Characters

    by Lady Jen Palven6

  • 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...

    Celtic Christmas Traditions

    Celtic Christmas Traditions

    by Marie McKeown2

  • 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.

    How to Make a Christmas Topiary: 5 DIY Projects

    How to Make a Christmas Topiary: 5 DIY Projects

    by Tammy74

  • 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 Christmas Mouse

    The Christmas Mouse

    by Ralph Schwartz1

  • 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!

    The National Christmas Tree at the White House

    The National Christmas Tree at the White House

    by Stephanie Hicks23

  • 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 R. Smith21

  • 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!

    Snowman Soup Recipe and Poems

    Snowman Soup Recipe and Poems

    by lisa422

  • 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.

    What to Write in Christmas Cards for Kids

    What to Write in Christmas Cards for Kids

    by Blake Flannery1

  • 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.

    23 Ideas for Used Gift Wrapping Paper

    23 Ideas for Used Gift Wrapping Paper

    by Cynthia Sageleaf41

  • 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

  • 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.

    Mummering in Newfoundland, a Christmas Tradition

    Mummering in Newfoundland, a Christmas Tradition

    by Stephen Barnes1

  • 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!

    Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Baby

    Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Baby

    by Amber5220

  • Tutorials on how to create exceptional Christmas ornaments out of items you have around the house. Beautiful DIY holiday ornaments.

    Tree-Worthy DIY Christmas Ornaments

    Tree-Worthy DIY Christmas Ornaments

    by iZeko0

  • 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.

    Create a Winter Village in Paper

    Create a Winter Village in Paper

    by Denise McGill2

  • 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...

    The 10 Best and Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time

    The 10 Best and Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time

    by David R Bradley8

  • How did this popular decoration become associated with Christmas? Why do we kiss underneath it?

    What Is Mistletoe?

    What Is Mistletoe?

    by Caren White4

  • Need ideas for your family Christmas gatherings? Here are eight great Christmas games that families will surely enjoy.

    Christmas Games for Your Family

    Christmas Games for Your Family

    by dayzeebee74

  • 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 Weithers56

  • 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.

    History of Christmas Carols: Little Drummer Boy

    History of Christmas Carols: Little Drummer Boy

    by Penelope Hart17

  • 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.

    What to Put in Christmas Cards

    What to Put in Christmas Cards

    by Shasta Matova34

  • 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.

    How to Make a Cute Popsicle Stick Angel Ornament

    How to Make a Cute Popsicle Stick Angel Ornament

    by Mary Gaines5

  • 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...

    How to Enjoy Christmas Even if You Don't Like It

    How to Enjoy Christmas Even if You Don't Like It

    by J Rosewater9

  • A collection of popular and favorite Christmas Carols for kids, includes YouTube clips and interesting facts about the Christmas song.

    Christmas Carols for Children

    Christmas Carols for Children

    by MM Del Rosario0

  • 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 Neyens75

  • 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!

    How to Organize a Christmas Gift Exchange at Work

    How to Organize a Christmas Gift Exchange at Work

    by Sally Hayes0

  • 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...

    How to Play Dirty Santa

    How to Play Dirty Santa

    by Richard Parr14

  • 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.

    Christmas Wishes, Quotes, and Poems for Friends

    Christmas Wishes, Quotes, and Poems for Friends

    by Blake Flannery1

  • 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...

    16 Ways to Donate a Merry Christmas!

    16 Ways to Donate a Merry Christmas!

    by Othercatt180

  • 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.

    Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults

    Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults

    by Sherry Hewins4

  • 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.

    How to Block Crochet Snowflakes

    How to Block Crochet Snowflakes

    by Mona113

  • '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!

    111 Merry Christmas Words for Word Games

    111 Merry Christmas Words for Word Games

    by Tatiana0

  • "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.

    History of Christmas Carols: Silver Bells

    History of Christmas Carols: Silver Bells

    by Teresa Coppens8

  • 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.

    Christmas Tree Themes

    Christmas Tree Themes

    by Jaynie200018

  • 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.

    History of the Christmas Wreath

    History of the Christmas Wreath

    by Nicole Canfield23

  • 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!

    Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore Estate

    Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore Estate

    by Megan Carroll7

  • 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.

    How to Participate in a Secret Santa

    How to Participate in a Secret Santa

    by Suzanne Ridgeway12

  • 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.

    "Twelve Days of Christmas" Items and Cost in 2017

    "Twelve Days of Christmas" Items and Cost in 2017

    by Margaret Minnicks0

  • 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!

    Recycled Handmade Angel Christmas Ornament

    Recycled Handmade Angel Christmas Ornament

    by Mary Gaines6

  • 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.

    Ten Ideas on How to Keep Christ in Christmas

    Ten Ideas on How to Keep Christ in Christmas

    by Dora Weithers59

  • 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!

    Top Five Classic Christmas Movies

    Top Five Classic Christmas Movies

    by AJ21

  • 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...

    10 Timeless Philippine Christmas Songs

    10 Timeless Philippine Christmas Songs

    by kerlynb5

  • 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.

    3 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments

    3 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments

    by Sherry Hewins49

  • 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!

    The 16 Best Christmas Party Games

    The 16 Best Christmas Party Games

    by Tatiana0

  • 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?

    15 "O' Christmas Tree" Trivia Facts

    15 "O' Christmas Tree" Trivia Facts

    by Jimm Fowler0

  • 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.

    How to Get Kids to Open Presents Slowly

    How to Get Kids to Open Presents Slowly

    by Karla Iverson2

  • 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?

    DIY Christmas Card Ideas

    DIY Christmas Card Ideas

    by Miss Craftsy3

  • 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.

    My Favorite Christmas Village Houses

    My Favorite Christmas Village Houses

    by Gina Valley1

  • 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.

    How to Be Kind This Christmas

    How to Be Kind This Christmas

    by Sarah Spradlin5

  • 20 stunning Christmas tree decorating ideas. Get inspired by beautiful traditional and contemporary Christmas trees. Try something different this holiday season!

    Stunning Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

    Stunning Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

    by iZeko0

  • 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?

    Elf on a Shelf: Express Route to Childhood Trauma

    Elf on a Shelf: Express Route to Childhood Trauma

    by Carrie Peterson3

  • 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!

    Meaningful Christmas Quotes With a Message

    Meaningful Christmas Quotes With a Message

    by gfarmer4

  • 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!

    French Christmas Traditions & Customs

    French Christmas Traditions & Customs

    by Melanie Shebel38

  • 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

    40 Christmas Movie Trivia Questions & Answers

    40 Christmas Movie Trivia Questions & Answers

    by HalloweenRecipes0

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