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  • A pre-fab gingerbread kit looks easy, but they can be challenging. Here are a few useful tips, and a little humor, to help you get through the experience. If this article helps one person, my work here is done

    How to Keep Your Gingerbread Village From Falling Apart

    How to Keep Your Gingerbread Village From Falling Apart

    by Sherry Hewins11

  • 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

  • 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

  • Fill their stockings with these unique and traditional items that won't break the bank! Some unique and some more common ideas.

    Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Under $10

    Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Under $10

    by Christy Aldridge2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    10 Overlooked Christmas Songs

    10 Overlooked Christmas Songs

    by Harry Nielsen0

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

    What Is Mistletoe?

    What Is Mistletoe?

    by Caren White4

  • 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

  • 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

  • Picture directions for kids to make snowman soup with lots of gift ideas. Easy, fast, and fun.

    Kids' Recipe: Snowman Soup

    Kids' Recipe: Snowman Soup

    by Virginia Kearney7

  • 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

  • How to make your own Christmas tree with branches. Do it yourself Christmas trees ideas. Homemade crafts with step-by-step instructions videos and photos.

    How to Make Your Own Christmas Tree

    How to Make Your Own Christmas Tree

    by L M Reid12

  • 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

  • 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

  • Make lovely Christmas craft paper ornaments to hang on the holiday tree or back with a magnet for the kitchen. You can also use them for special gift tags.

    Paper Craft Holiday Ornament

    Paper Craft Holiday Ornament

    by Sherry Venegas3

  • 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

  • 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 Spradlin6

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 traditional Christmas holiday is expensive and not very "green." Here are a few suggestions on how to make your holidays more earth-friendly while creating some new and fun traditions.

    Going Green at Christmas

    Going Green at Christmas

    by Cynthia Calhoun30

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Lum12

  • Need a fun theme for an office Christmas party? Try an ugly-Christmas-sweater-themed event. This article will give you ideas on how to make an ugly Christmas sweater without breaking the bank.

    Making Ugly Christmas Sweaters

    Making Ugly Christmas Sweaters

    by Julie Grimes12

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tackle the winter blahs with these 8 fun family-friendly activities. Eat “Monster Toast.” Make gingerbread play-dough and have fun with shaving cream.

    8 Fun Activities to Do With Kids in Winter

    8 Fun Activities to Do With Kids in Winter

    by McKenna Meyers4

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Christmas Creatures Who Might Visit You Soon

    Christmas Creatures Who Might Visit You Soon

    by Sudhir0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • This article discusses a Nordic tradition that takes place on Christmas. It used to be said that, on Christmas, the souls of the dead would ride from house to house - they were the Asgard March.

    Asgard March: A Nordic Christmas Story

    Asgard March: A Nordic Christmas Story

    by R MacKempian0

  • 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

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