Christmas is the busiest time of year. Remember to take time out to remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.
The top 10 herbs and spices used during Christmas celebrations along with the lore associated with them. Photo gallery of the Christmas spices.
It's so simple and inexpensive to make outdoor decorations from bits of shrubs and berries you have right on your property.
Stay a while as I show you my beloved Christmas collection, from vintage Santas to antique ornaments. You'll probably see something you loved growing up but has since slipped your mind!
Christmas traditions differ from one country to another. This article is about the most interesting and even unique traditions from around the world.
Napkins, some glue, and some rocks are all you need to make these adorable holiday decorations. They also make great gifts.
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.
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.
Do you want to teach your children the meaning of Christmas? Here are good resources and an advent plan to use with small children.
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...
Today I share my collection of vintage Christmas trees and decorations, which span the decades between 1920 and 1960.
With a bit of planning, you can bake tons of Christmas cookies all in one day. Here are some tips on how to make lots of cookies all at once.
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.
Modern Christians will celebrate Christmas this week, most not knowing where the traditions they so love, originated from.
Madeline is everyone's favorite little girl from France and she also celebrates Christmas. Her Christmas book is a fun way to combine reading and a cultural experience in baking for Christmas.
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.
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...
Jewel-toned illustrations make this children's picture book adaptation of Henry Van Dyke's story a good selection for Christmas reading.
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.
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.
Check out these "hearth-warming" options for decorating your home this holiday season, even if you don't have a Christmas tree.
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.
Snowmen are part of the Christmas decorations and ornaments but they can really last all winter long, if it's cold enough outside.
Keep the peace during holiday gatherings. If you have ever had a holiday ruined by hurt feelings and hurled accusations, you know how devastating it can be. Here are some ideas to help you cope.
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!
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.
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.
Some of my favourite Christmas ornaments are associated with the Charlie Brown Characters. Charlie Brown Christmas remains a mainstay of Seasonal TV programming
From Louis Prang's art to artistic renderings of famous homes, these images are sure to bring back memories for you!
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.
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?
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"!
Holiday madness is bad enough, but throw in bad holiday music and it is sure to ruin the season. Here are the worst holiday songs on my list.
Having financial difficulty this year and wondering how you are going to afford Christmas gifts this year for family and friends? I have a few ideas of gifts that are very affordable and thoughtful!
A pre-fab gingerbread kit looks easy, but they can be challenging. Here are a few tips, gleaned from painful experience. I hope this information is helpful, in case you want to try one.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas brings magical thinking to all children and Jennifer L. Holm's "Little BabyMouse and the Christmas Cupcakes" is the perfect book to begin the holiday season with its own magic that inspires.
Create homemade snowflake Christmas ornaments with the kids using baking soda! These charming ornaments make wonderful Christmas gifts!
Advent begins on the first Sunday of December. Here you'll find eventually find some special readings for 2017.
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.
Plastic buckets and pails are a great alternative to gift bags. They are practical, cheaper, and keep on giving. Decorating them makes for a personal, fun way that won't quickly be forgotten.
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.
It's wonderful to display photos of friends and family in your home, especially during the holidays. This cheery sign is a great way to incorporate your favorite photos into your Christmas decorating!
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!
Tackle the winter blahs with these 8 fun family-friendly activities. Eat “Monster Toast.” Make gingerbread play-dough and have fun with shaving cream.
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.
As the older generation passes on and the younger one grows up, when and how does responsibility shift for hosting family gatherings?
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
How do you fill a child's Christmas stocking without wasting money on useless junk? Here are ideas for frugal and useful stocking stuffers for kids.
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.
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.
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.