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  • The top 10 herbs and spices used during Christmas celebrations along with the lore associated with them. Photo gallery of the Christmas spices.

    Top 10 Christmas Herbs and Spices

    Top 10 Christmas Herbs and Spices

    by Charlotte Gerber5

  • It's so simple and inexpensive to make outdoor decorations from bits of shrubs and berries you have right on your property.

    DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

    DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

    by Ellen Gregory2

  • Many people have been asking if Christmas trees go on sale on Black Friday. Certainly on the approach to Christmas itself, festive trees, both artificial and real, are on sale, but whether or not any bargains are to be had is up to the individual retailer.

    Do Christmas Trees Go On Sale Black Friday?

    Do Christmas Trees Go On Sale Black Friday?

    by Christmas Shopper0

  • 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.

    How to Prepare for Christmas

    How to Prepare for Christmas

    by Stephanie Elford0

  • 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...

    The Snow Tree: A Photo Gallery

    The Snow Tree: A Photo Gallery

    by Brian Gray14

  • 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.

    Six Christmas Activities With No Extra Spending

    Six Christmas Activities With No Extra Spending

    by Dora Weithers38

  • 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.

    The Christmas Story:  Myths and Misconceptions

    The Christmas Story: Myths and Misconceptions

    by Erin Bower8

  • St. Nicholas, who morphed into Santa Claus, was a real historical figure but much of what is known about his is mainly legend. St. Nicholas was a famous bishop in the early days of Christianity and he was known throughout the Mediterranean...

    St Nicholas and the Merchant's Daughters

    St Nicholas and the Merchant's Daughters

    by Chuck Nugent2

  • 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.

    My Experience With Christmas in Scotland

    My Experience With Christmas in Scotland

    by Silver Fish8

  • Snow came to Hundred Acre Wood early that winter. Unhappy Eeyore receives a surprise and understands the meaning of the charitable Christmas spirit from Pooh and Piglet.

    A Story About Pooh and The Christmas Spirit

    A Story About Pooh and The Christmas Spirit

    by Mohan Kumar47

  • Christmas is around the corner, and this year I have vowed to focus more on being kind to others. These are ideas that are cheap or free that will hopefully lift peoples' spirits!

    Cheap and Easy Ways to Be Kind This Christmas

    Cheap and Easy Ways to Be Kind This Christmas

    by Sarah Spradlin4

  • It may seem strange for criminals to have a patron saint as people who engage in crime are sinners. However, Christianity is about redemption and, as the patron saint of thieves, St. Nicholas works and tries to turn thieves in his care away from a life of crime. In this story he succeeds in turning two young thieves around.

    St. Nicholas Turns Two Thieves Away From a Life of Crime

    St. Nicholas Turns Two Thieves Away From a Life of Crime

    by Chuck Nugent15

  • Some of my favourite Christmas ornaments are associated with the Charlie Brown Characters. Charlie Brown Christmas remains a mainstay of Seasonal TV programming

    Cool Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments

    Cool Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments

    by Christine and Peter Broster2

  • We often end up with a ton of garbage after the Christmas holidays. It's time for us to help out in reducing and recycling waste. Here are 10 eco-friendly tips for the holidays you can easily do.

    10 Eco-friendly Tips for the Holidays

    10 Eco-friendly Tips for the Holidays

    by Chin chin0

  • Have a frugal Christmas using common items found around the house to decorate your home for the holiday season. Natural elements like pine cones and evergreen add an attractive and sustainable touch.

    Natural Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Home

    Natural Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Home

    by Dolores Monet0

  • Christmas is big business in America. If you walk through Wal-Mart or Target in August, you'll feel like you need to put on a sweater and sip some hot chocolate. Santa faces are leering at you from the shelves, along with boxes and bows and reindeer...

    How to Have a Non-Consumerist Christmas

    How to Have a Non-Consumerist Christmas

    by juliaeverheart1

  • 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!

    Ten Great DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

    Ten Great DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

    by Chantele Cross-Jones7

  • Do you have piles of wine corks that savor memories of good cheer from the Christmas fun and you can't part with them. Then this project is for you. Make some Christmas reindeer out of your wine corks and put them out for the holidays to keep your memories fresh.

    How to Make a Cork Craft Reindeer

    How to Make a Cork Craft Reindeer

    by Susan Britton17

  • During the Thanksgiving season, it makes sense for givers to be as grateful as their recipients. Initiating and inspiring gratitude in others is a blessed opportunity for which to give thanks.

    Five Reasons for Givers to Be Grateful

    Five Reasons for Givers to Be Grateful

    by Dora Weithers46

  • Midnight Mass is a Holy Obligation Mass that likely requires some prior planning. Here, I'll talk about what new Catholics need to consider in advance of attending Midnight Mass.

    How to Plan Ahead for Midnight Mass

    How to Plan Ahead for Midnight Mass

    by Ice cold princess0

  • 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.

    Frugal Gift Wrapping Tips

    Frugal Gift Wrapping Tips

    by Virginia Allain2

  • Vintage aluminum Christmas trees are the gorgeous, sparkly symbol of the Space Age. Popular in the 60s and 70s, you can find some beautiful, aluminum trees to decorate your home for some Vintage Christmas flair.

    Vintage Aluminum Christmas Trees

    Vintage Aluminum Christmas Trees

    by Emma2

  • Do you dread the Christmas season between Thanksgiving and New Year? You are not alone. There are ways to change that outcome and enjoy a Merry Christmas.

    How to Have a Merry Christmas

    How to Have a Merry Christmas

    by Sandy Carlson0

  • Advent begins on the first Sunday of December. Here you'll find eventually find some special readings for 2017.

    All the "Whys" of Christmas

    All the "Whys" of Christmas

    by Lynne Modranski0

  • 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.

    Christmas Traditions: Cutting Our Own Tree

    Christmas Traditions: Cutting Our Own Tree

    by Denise McGill5

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  • 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!

    DIY Christmas Craft: Easy Oven-Bake-Clay Ornaments

    DIY Christmas Craft: Easy Oven-Bake-Clay Ornaments

    by Donna Herron20

  • 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.

    Christmas Trees in ASCII Text Art

    Christmas Trees in ASCII Text Art

    by Laura Brown1

  • Learn to make an original version of the tea bag fold Christmas tree for handmade holiday cards. A set of simple 4 x 5 inch greeting cards could be used to mount your tree creations on.

    Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern

    Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern

    by Sherry Venegas8

  • While shopping this holiday season, make sure to stop by your local dollar store for the perfect Christmas stocking stuffers. Not only will you like the variety of options, you will love the price!

    The Dollar Store Is THE Store for Stocking Stuffers!

    The Dollar Store Is THE Store for Stocking Stuffers!

    by Jeannie InABottle21

  • This ultimate holiday country music playlist includes 40 of the best festive songs that the genre has to offer. Celebrate the season with your favorite country legends and current stars!

    The Ultimate Holiday Country Music Playlist

    The Ultimate Holiday Country Music Playlist

    by Isabella King0

  • 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.

    Best Holiday Light Show in Los Angeles

    Best Holiday Light Show in Los Angeles

    by Jill Weinlein0

  • 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.

    Handmade Food Gifts

    Handmade Food Gifts

    by Linda Lum12