Christmas is the busiest time of year. Remember to take time out to remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
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.
Most people don’t want to be alone for the holidays. Here are some ways you can reach out to people you know or suspect will spend the holidays alone.
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!
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.
Tips for holiday buyers who want to purchase responsibly this Christmas. Here are actual examples and some photos of what makes a product "green."
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.
These songs will put you in the Christmas spirit, but also make you think about what the season really means.
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.
Get into the holiday spirit with this delightful project. This lovely Christmas tree skirt will add a handmade touch to your Christmas decor. All your friends will want one of their own!
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?
Why spend money on expensive mass-produced cards? Really impress people by making your own heartfelt, handmade cards.
Crisscrossed ribbons will bring an elegant look to your Christmas tree, and surprisingly, it's probably a lot simpler than you think.
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...
Here you'll find five kid-focused and Christian-friendly Christmas traditions that aim to remember the reason for the season: Jesus!
The basic, round Christmas ornament is one of the most common-shaped ornaments you can find. But that doesn’t mean that they are any way boring.
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!
It's so simple and inexpensive to make outdoor decorations from bits of shrubs and berries you have right on your property.
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.
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.
Cathy Le Feuvre looks at ways in which to keep down the cost of Christmas - and it's never too early to start planning!
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!
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...
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!
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...
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.
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.
Some of my favourite Christmas ornaments are associated with the Charlie Brown Characters. Charlie Brown Christmas remains a mainstay of Seasonal TV programming
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...
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.
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!
A look at some stores and other places to find cheap Christmas decorations. Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments, Christmas villages, and more!
Create your own Christmas tree with the following easy steps. You can complete this DIY project within 1-2 hours. This project is kid-friendly and safe with adult supervision and some item prepping.
For some people, the loss of family traditions or the excitement of the holidays can create a sense of grief. Perhaps it is time to change things to create a holiday that feeds the soul.
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.
Today I share my collection of vintage Christmas trees and decorations, which span the decades between 1920 and 1960.
Check out these "hearth-warming" options for decorating your home this holiday season, even if you don't have a Christmas tree.
Looking for the perfect present from amongst the top boys toys this year? This is the top ten list of toys for boys this 2017 season.
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.
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.
Flocked Christmas trees look great during the holiday season. Here is what to expect if you choose to have a flocked Christmas tree this year.
Family traditions during the holidays are a great way to spend the holiday season. Here is my family's tradition of the Christmas orange.
I wrote a fun mad lib you can play at your Christmas parties or family get-togethers. We tried it at one of our gatherings, and everyone was rolling in laughter.
Christmas traditions differ from one country to another. This article is about the most interesting and even unique traditions from around the world.
This article reflects on our experience with a great, made-in-the-U.S., outdoor nativity scene that we absolutely loved.
30 humorous, wacky, surprising, and just plain silly gift ideas to bring to your next white elephant gift exchange.
Is Santa Claus real? Did he ever exist? Was he invented by Coca Cola? Learn the answers from my interview with him in person.
Use these 5 Christmas Themed Snowflake Templates to create beautiful and intricate decorations in your home this year!
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.
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!
Struggling to find the right words to write in your Christmas card? You've found the solution to your predicament!
"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.
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 want to teach your children the meaning of Christmas? Here are good resources and an advent plan to use with small children.
Find free printable Christmas coloring pages featuring the nativity, Santa Claus, angels, Christmas trees, and famous cartoon characters.
Do you have Christmas catalogs laying around? With this quick trick, they can have a second life before you throw them in the trash.
Advent begins on the first Sunday of December. Here you'll find eventually find some special readings for 2017.
Steps for how to make your own Christmas present costume and a photo gallery of finished products for inspiration.
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!
Try something new this year and host your own Christmas Caroling Party. This guide provides tips to planning a successful caroling party.
I don't enjoy the texture or taste of traditional fruitcake, but my grandma makes a mean refrigerated version that is moist and delicious. See the recipe below and try it for yourself!
Reading "The Night Before Christmas" is a tradition in many families. Add a personalized version to your collection this year to create a feeling of belonging and interest in this beloved story.
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.
Christmas is the season of gift giving. In keeping with the tradition of giving, Filipinos have their own version of exchanging gifts or Kris Kringle, it is called "Monito Monita."
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.
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.
Need ideas for your family Christmas gatherings? Here are eight great Christmas games that families will surely enjoy.
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.
It's almost Christmas! This article will provide you with everything you need to get you into the holiday spirit!
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.
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.
Part of Christmas activity in the office is to make a Belen from recycled materials. You will be amazed with the creativity.
Vintage holidays are nostalgic for many collectors. Here I reminisce about some of my favorite ornaments and collectables from my childhood.
This traditional recipe for plum pudding is steamed in a calico cloth. The recipe has been handed down through generations so it has been tried and proven time and again.
Spending Christmas alone can be a fulfilling experience. Here you'll find five tips to help your day go by faster, such as working, focusing on the positives, or volunteering for a good cause.
Spritz cookies are quick and easy to make. You can make a hundred (or more) of these in an hour of baking, and they make great gifts for family and friends during Christmas and festive seasons.
The top 10 herbs and spices used during Christmas celebrations along with the lore associated with them. Photo gallery of the Christmas spices.
Learn about the fiber craft of needle felting and see a step-by-step tutorial on how to sculpt a needle-felted reindeer Christmas tree ornament!
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?
Christmas is a time when everyone is looking for peace. These 28 devotions are the perfect way to prepare for the holiday!
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!
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to holiday shopping, but here are five steps to eliminate unnecessary stress from the equation.
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!
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!
Three family fruitcake recipes and "fruitcake cookies," plus the best commercial fruitcake I’ve ever found.
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!
Since Christmas is fast approaching, I've put together a short list of key elements to help you make show-stopping drinks that'll no doubt impress.
Create a lovely cone shaped Christmas tree covered in sparkly rhinestones. This Christmas decoration is easy and inexpensive to make and you can enjoy it for many more years to come.
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.
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.
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.
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.