Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How is Christmas Celebrated Around the World?

Author: Dominique Halet

Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. This feast was created by the pope to promote Christianity and remove pagan festivals celebrated at the winter solstice.

During the IVth century, the pope decided to bring the Christmas day on December 25th

Christmas has always been represented by religious ceremonies and gifts and
greetings exchange.

Here are some Christmas symbols:

* The Advent consists of a burning candle each Sunday four weeks before Christmas;
which symbolize the rebirth of light after the winter solstice.

* The December 24th Christmas Mass; which celebrates the birth of Jesus.

* The Christmas Crib; which symbolizes the birth of Jesus in Christian homes.

* The Christmas tree, a symbol from the pagan celebration and representing life.

* The Yule log; which represents the log that we put in the fireplace to warm up on Christmas Eve.

* Santa Claus, an American creation, inspired by the Christian Saint Nicholas (celebrated in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Alsace. This character wears a luxurious red cape, he has a long white beard and wears a red miter, he also holds a golden crosier. Saint Nicholas rewards good children while his companion Pere Fouettard/Black Pete punishes nasty children) and the elf Yule Goat, celebrated in Scandinavian countries.

Over the centuries, Christmas has evolved and Christmas Eve with our family, replaced the religious ceremonies.

The gift exchange: luxurious for the rich people and useful - sometimes only one orange - for the poor people, has been replaced by the modern marketing. People not only buys gifts but also spend lots of money in decoration items, food, drink...

The secularization of our society removed the true meaning of Christmas Time; which is, obviously, becoming a pagan feast.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Author: aachristmas

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How to Give Cheap Gifts Without Looking Cheap By thebigscott

Cheap gifts can save you money. But they can also make you look cheap. Here's how to give cheap gifts that seems anything but cheap.

Make Christmas Wreaths By survivoryea

Decorating for the Christmas season is one of the joys of the season. When you make your own decorations and hangings it just adds to the fun. All it takes is some planning and gathering of materials and you can make some fabulous decorations. One of the most satisfying is to make your own wreath for the front door. Every time you arrive home you have the pleasure of enjoying the beauty of your handiwork. Your holiday guests will too!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Make more time for playing on Christmas

Do you seem to be overly busy on Christmas cooking food for the family while the kids are bagging to open all of their toys? This used to be our household until we found a great way to have good food with less time spent cooking. This gave us the time to help the kids open and play with their new toys. Plus it gives me more time to take picture of the kids with their new toys.

Every year it seems the average family wakes up early, open gifts, and then spends most of the day either cooking or going to someone else's home to help cook and eat. No matter where you are eating at someone spends a lot of time to make great Christmas meal.. Here is a way to have a Great Christmas meal and spend the day playing with the children and their new toys.

Spending time with the family and kids is way more important then dinner.

Step 1

Make your Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. Moving your family Christmas dinner to Christmas Eve will help to take all the cooking off of Christmas Day. If Christmas Eve is impossible because of your work schedule, you can always move the Christmas Eve to the next available night. Sometimes Santa’s has to make special runs for those of us who have to work through Christmas.

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Step 2

Make cleaning a snap for any eating on Christmas Day. Buy paper plate, plastic silverware, and paper towels or napkins. Buy soda can instead of drinking out of two litter. Buy water bottles instead of using cups or buy plastic cups that can be throw away. Not exactly environment friendly, but you can recycle as much as you can from the paper and can products.

Step 3

Plan an easy to make breakfast on Christmas Day. The kids are going to try to eat their candy for breakfast anyhow. Having some pre-cook hard boiled eggs is a great treat for Christmas Day. Santa even left a note on a few eggs for the kids last year.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

How to Save Up to 25% by Christmas Shopping Online By Julie Mayfield

Christmas shopping online is popular for good reason. The weather is often unpleasant making shopping at home more attractive, people are busier making shopping in the middle of the night more appealing, and great deals can be found online.

There are ways to save even more on the Christmas shopping you're already doing. And at Christmastime, every extra dollar counts.

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How to Serve A No Stress Christmas Day Brunch By Walkaboutangel

You wake up early Christmas morning, and you have a house full of family and guests who will all be hungry after opening gifts.

I know its hard to believe after all the snacking, but you know it is true. They will start wandering about wanting breakfast/brunch any time now.

You could be stuck in the kitchen for hours feeding this crowd. Not this Christmas. You are going to spend a few minutes getting the omelet bar ready and then you can relax with your family and admire everyone's gifts.

So get out some of those leftovers and some easy omelet goodies and set up a quick omelet bar that will let everyone fix their own omelet their own way.

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How to Give A Christmas Greeting Around The World By Walkaboutangel

All around the world people greet each other with a special phrase as Christmas approaches. How do you greet your friends in this holiday season?

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How to Track Santa By Walkaboutangel

Norad has tracked Santa since 1955. This year they have teamed up with Google to provide an even better tracking service. Thanks to these nice folks at the North Pole it is easy and requires no downloads.

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How to Make Greeting Cards With Your Child's Hand Painted Hand Made Paper By Walkaboutangel

Now that your child has made those beautiful rounds of hand made paper and water colored them artistically... what will you do with them. Greeting cards are a wonderful way to share them with friends and relatives.

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Personal Creations Holiday 2008

How to Teach Wet On Wet Watercolor Design Elements To Children By Walkaboutangel

Wet on wet watercolor is a wonderful technique to teach children. I have taught the basic design elements to children from the age of three. The object is to teach them the individual design elements and how to combine those elements into a composition. Do not expect recognizable pictures to emerge. This is process oriented art....Wet on wet watercolor technique is what is says... wet paint on wet media... our paint will be watercolor and our media will be paper.

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How to Make Handmade Paper With Children - Embellishment By Walkaboutangel

Making handmade paper with children is one of my favorite projects and the children love it... Now that you have master the basic technique it is time to move on to embellishment...

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How to Make Handmade Paper With Children - Basic Technique By Walkaboutangel

Making handmade paper is wonderful hands on tactile, multi sensory project for children. I have done this project with children as young as 3years old and it is enjoyed by kids of all ages.... This is the basic technique... See the resource on Embellishments for more advance techniques and embellishments... also an article on painting your papers for mounting or for making cards... Look for them also in resources....

But lets get started with the basic technique

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How to Put Lights On Your Christmas Tree By Walkaboutangel

With all those fancy new trees that come with lights already attached, some folks find themselves needing a little help when it comes to putting on the lights the old fashioned way.

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How to Decorate An Old Fashioned Tinsel Icicle Tree By Walkaboutangel

When I was a little girl your Christmas Tree was judged by how well you could apply the tinsel icicles... We did not spend very much on decorations and tinsel icicles are about the least expensive way to decorate the tree. Everyone strove for the graceful look, like the freshly brushed hair of a little girl, shining and sparkling in the light... The effect is not hard to create, but it takes a system and a little patience or the tinsel takes on a mind of its own and your icicles go all over the place...

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History of The Christmas Tree By edieness

Many decorate a living or artificial tree in their homes once a year and we call it a Christmas tree. Christmas and Christmas trees, as we celebrate them today was not always the norm. At one point in history, the celebration of Christmas or the baking of mincemeat pies was banned in Massachusetts and Connecticut because if it‘s Pagan origins. In 1851, parishioners in Ohio were condemned as a pagan practice for decorating a Christmas tree.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How to Make a 12 Days of Christmas Gift By Kerry Fletcher ASID

How to Make a 12 Days of Christmas Gift
A 12 days of Christmas gift is a very exciting way to give gifts that does not take much effort. This article will list the steps to create your own 12 days of Christmas gift.

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How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with a Butterfly Theme By Kerry Fletcher ASID

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with a Butterfly Theme
Butterflies are a popular theme this year for Christmas trees. This article will teach you how to decorate a Christmas tree in a butterfly theme that looks sophisticated, not juvenile.

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How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional Designer By Kerry Fletcher ASID

How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional DesignerWould you like to know how to decorate a tree to be the focal point of your room and not just a place to hang your family ornaments? This article will teach you how to decorate your Christmas tree in a professional manner to compliment your decor using your family ornaments and a few extras, just as a designer would.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

How to Stick to a Budget During the Holidays By B.M. Hahn

Make Happy Holiday Memories.
The holidays are right around the corner, and that often means your money will fly out the window. Whether you purchase gift cards, magazine subscriptions or a trip to Bermuda, consider giving a gift to yourself and create a budget filled with meaning, laughter and quality time. Yes, you will spend money, but now is the time to figure out how to make sure your holidays are well spent, all within a budget.

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How to Spend Less on Christmas Gift Shopping By delawaregeek

Christmas Gift Shopping
Before you know it Christmas will be here. Many people spend too much of their time and money in the few days leading up to Christmas. However, if you want to spend less on Christmas gift shopping then follow these simple steps.

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How to Have a Living Christmas Tree By derbyka

How to Have a Living Christmas Tree
Every year, you feel a twinge of guilt as you haul the dried remains of your Christmas tree out to the curb. Somehow, contributing to the demise of such a magnificent living thing seems to drain the last of the Christmas spirit. More and more people are keeping the Christmas spirit alive, literally, by purchasing a living Christmas tree. These trees can be planted after the holiday is over, and they grow up to help clean our air and green our towns. While it takes some planning and extra leg work, having a living Christmas tree is quite feasible, even in an urban setting or apartment, and will make your joy this season extra special.

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How to Pick a Living Christmas Tree By derbyka

How to Pick a Living Christmas Tree
Once you've decided to try something more environmentally friendly and buy a living Christmas tree this holiday season, there are some things you should keep in mind when picking it out. If you have arranged to donate the living tree to be planted after Christmas at a school, park, church etc make sure you take their landscaping restrictions as well as your own personal preferences into consideration when picking your tree. For information on how to find, transport and care for living Christmas trees see "How to Have a Living Christmas Tree" below in resources.
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How to keep Christmas affordable By Joan Collins

Budget for gifts!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun to keep some change in our pockets Christmas day! How can you make Christmas affordable? It's all a matter of attitude-yours!
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How to Use Pinecones for Deodorizing Decorations at Christmas By Joan Collins

Holiday decorations for your home

Nothing says "home" like a room that is scented with wonderful smells. With the holidays drawing close, what will your loved ones think when they walk through your front door? Remind them of good foods and holiday smells by deodorizing the room. While there are many ways one can deodorize a room, you can do even more by adding scented pine cones. They add an eye-appealing sight to compliment the smell you have created. Read on for instructions on these decorations.

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How to Celebrate Christmas on a shoestring budget By Joan Collins

Christmas celebration
Christmas fun is a mindset and my mind is set on having fun! Sometimes, my budget doesn't meet the needs of my fun, so I've had to find ways to create the memories I wanted. Many times I've had to do it on a shoestring budget. You can too....

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How to get free Christmas gifts By Joan Collins

Christmas gifts
Everyone likes to get something for nothing. Here are some easy ways to do just that, "buy" your Christmas gifts for free! Actually, you can get gifts for free all year round. Here's how:

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How to Clean for the holidays By Joan Collins

Holiday Cleaning
A clean house for the holidays is a must! Don't be content with a quick clean. Take the time to make a lasting difference!
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How to Celebrate With A Giving Party at Christmas By Joan Collins

Christmas Celebration!
Have you ever complained that Christmas is too commercial? Ever feel like the meaning is lost? Well, fret and fuss no more and prepare to entertain. Do you wish you could help the homeless, kids in the hospital or people that are down on their luck? It is time for a Christmas Giving Party!

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How to Keep Christ in Christmas By Joan Collins

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
The following information is intended for those who believe in Jesus Christ as their savior but no matter how you view it, Christmas bears the name of Christ. Today, people tend to say "Happy Holidays" so as not to offend. It is harder, but important to keep Christ in Christmas.

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How to Shop Safely During the Holidays By Joan Collins

Holiday shopping safety

The holiday season is here. As everyone heads out the door to shop for gifts and parties, safety should never be far from their minds. Here are a few reminders to help keep the holidays safe.

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How to Have a Christmas Party for Friends By Joan Collins

Christmas Festivities

'Tis the season to be jolly, spread love, enjoy ourselves. If it's your turn to have the party, make it full of fun!

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How to Send Online Christmas Greetings that fit you By Joan Collins

Online Christmas Cards

If you celebrate Christmas, odds are you love to get Christmas cards. The problem is it is so hard to get them mailed off. If you are too busy to get to the post office or can't afford the postage, here are ways for you to send cards that match your style!

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How to Set Up a Train Around the Christmas Tree By survivoryea

How to Set Up a Train Around the Christmas Tree
Christmas trees and electric trains just seem to go together! Christmas Trees have had christmas train light traveling around them since the 1920's when they were all the rage. The inventor of the toy train was a teenager named Joshua Lionel Cowen who made the first train. He sold his invention to a department store as the Christmas train. In the 1920's about a million train sets had been sold in the United States. Folks of all ages love to see a train going around the Christmas tree. It is a wonderful way to create Christmas memories.

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How to Make a Homemade Gift Bag from Wrapping Paper By anarticle

Finished Gift Paper Bag.
With the number of special occasions throughout the year, gift giving can be very expensive. One way to cut the cost is to make gift bags with wrapping paper and free brown grocery bags.

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How to Make a Family Cookbook to Give at Christmas By anarticle

One of the cookbooks I created and gave as a gift at Christmas.

My fondest family memories are centered around the family dinner table: Mom's ham biscuits, my Aunt's peanut butter pie. Here is a way to preserve those recipes and give them as Christmas gifts to the rest of the family.

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How to Make a Yule Log By Truckergirl

A yule Log makes a great Holiday decoration.
Burning a Yule Log on the Winter Solstice or on Christmas Eve is an ancient tradition in parts of Europe, and is supposed to bring luck to your household. A traditional Yule Log is decorated and burned in a fireplace, but you can still have a Yule Log, and burn it, too, even if you don't have a fireplace.

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How to Decorate The Bathroom For Christmas By diane2016

How To Decorate The Bathroom For Christmas

Many of us like to decorate every room in the home for Christmas. The guest bathroom can have a holiday look with just a few changes in the decor. These directions are for an angel theme but the method is the same for any theme.

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How to Care For Your Xmas Tree By diane2016

How To Care For Your Xmas Tree

Live Xmas trees come in different sizes, shapes, and shades of green. However, they require the same care once they are cut and inside your home. Here are tips to care for your Xmas tree so it will look lovely throughout the season.

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How to Enjoy The Holiday Season With Your Child By diane2016

How To Enjoy The Holiday Season With Your Child
Children look forward to the holiday season with excitement and awe. Here are some ways to make memories as you enjoy the holiday season with your child.

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How to Make a Free Gift Box By bossypants

How to Make a Free Gift Box
Been shopping at Tiffany’s, lately? Then this article isn’t for you. For the rest of us, who occasionally find ourselves without a perfectly beautiful gift box, there is a quick and easy solution. What’s more, when you choose (or recycle) especially fancy paper for your handcrafted gift box, you won’t need to cover it with wrapping paper! Save the planet, and easy open, all in one. My friends and I call these “Soap Opera” gift boxes. Have you ever noticed, on daytime dramas, the beautifully wrapped box lids just lift off the gifts? Heaven forbid Erica Kane should chip a nail ripping into gift wrap! I digress. Go get some paper and try this. It’s fun and easy!

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How to Write a Personal Christmas Note By bossypants

How to Write a Personal Christmas Note
Christmas is a wonderful time to keep in touch. While Christmas cards are a joy to receive all by themselves, finding a personal note inside can make your friend’s or relative’s day! There’s no need to agonize over what to write. Christmas note that will send smiles across the miles (or across the street!).

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How to Quicky Finish your Holiday cards By bossypants

It’s the season of celebration preparation. And, it’s also the time of year when everyone you’ve ever known expects to hear from you. Or at least it feels that way. If your idea of sending holiday cards involves a ritual featuring a cozy fire, hot cocoa, and Bing Crosby, this article isn’t for you. (However, if you’re a ritual wannabe, see Step 11). On the other hand, if you know you should get to those cards but it seems like one big pain in the mistletoe, read on for tips to help you get out of your own way.

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How to Select a Christmas Gift for a Gardener By Susan Golis

If you are someone who does not garden, then you may think that selecting the perfect gift for a gardener is difficult. A gardener’s needs may be unique; however selecting a Christmas gift for them is easier than you think. Here are some tips on how to select a Christmas gift for a gardener.

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How to Make an Ornament out of Yarn and Paper Tube By joni04

A simple and green idea! Make an ornament by recycling toilet paper or paper towel tubes and left over yarn from your art projects to give to family and friends! Even the kids can do this one. Perfect to make for Christmas gifts or for cold winter's day projects.

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How to Make Christmas Fun at your Family Gathering By aupoet

Christmas is a time when families come together and family get-togethers should be fun. You can make the holiday even more enjoyable and fun filled with a little planning, effort, and imagination. A good way to get the kids busy and entice them to interact with other family members is to turn the gift giving into a game.

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How to make free, disposable Christmas decorations By aupoet

Instead of spending cash on decorations for Christmas that later have to be packed away in crowded closets, you can easily make your own. These decorations are simple yet beautiful, quick and easy, and best of all can be thrown away, for no storage hassles after the holidays. Once started you and even your children will enjoy finding items to turn into homemade ornaments.

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How to Make Decorations From Eggs By aupoet

Home made Holiday decorations don't have to be hard to make or take much skill. Decoupaging hollow eggs is easy and will give you beautiful heirloom ornaments others will talk about. You can make Easter or Christmas decorations by using different motifs.

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How to Pick a home made gift for giving By aupoet

There are many ways to show your love for others by sharing your skills, efforts, and time. Gifts don't have to come from the store and with some thought and effort you can create a gift that will be cherished and remembered.

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How to Make Chocolate Cranberry Almond Candy By Susan Golis

If you are a chocolate lover then this scrumptious candy recipe is what you have been craving. The rich semi sweet chocolate blends perfectly with the cranberry. Here are some tips on how to make this easy melt in your mouth chocolate cranberry almond candy.

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How to Make a Holiday Cranberry Citrus Compote By Susan Golis

The festive red colored cranberry looks very pretty as a side dish, however the taste is rather tart. This cranberry recipe relies on very little sugar, as the fresh fruit additives naturally sweeten it. This holiday cranberry citrus compote is delicious and nutritious. A 6oz serving of this compote is equivalent to three servings of fruit.

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How to Make a Cranberry Compote with a Tropical Twist By Susan Golis

For quick and easy compote, that is rich in antioxidants, calcium, and vitamin D, look no further. This healthy recipe is exactly what you have been seeking. Here are some tips on how to prepare cranberry compote with a tropical twist.

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How to Decorate your Home for a Winter White Christmas By Susan Golis

When it comes to Christmas decorations for our home, many of us choose the traditional red and green, while others opt for an elegant white, silver and gold color scheme. The winter white decorations are not only beautiful but they will serve you throughout the holiday season. If you have been dreaming of a white Christmas, dream no more. Here's how you can decorate your home for a Winter White Theme.

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How to Make chocolate covered Cherry Holiday Mice By aupoet

These cute little rodents will be a welcomed addition to your Christmas table. They are easy to make and scrumptious for anyone with a craving for sweetness and chocolate to enjoy. They would make a wonderful chocolate gift to place in that special gift basket.

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How to Make 3D Holiday Ornaments by Recycling Old Bags and Boxes

Ok, now you're packing everything away and you're going to toss the old bags and boxes that are torn or crushed. With a little time and glue you can make next year's new ornaments that are sure to be noticed.

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How to Sort Christmas Cookies By mommierose

'Tis the season for lots of yummy goodies! You may have so many cookies that you don't know where to start sorting them! Below are some simple guidelines for keeping the integrity of the flavor for as long as possible.

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How to Make it Through The Holidays By JanieWrites

Rushing, shopping, baking, decorating, cleaning, entertaining, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, shopping, cleaning, aaaarrrrgggghhh! It is the holiday season! So much to do, so little time to do it! How will it all get done? Here are some tips that should help sort it all out for you.

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath Ornament With Pretzels By Shirley Philbrick

'Tis the season to celebrate the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah and wintertime celebrations of all cultures ! Festive craft and home decor ideas abound at this time of year. Nothing is more fun than getting a few friends together to make holiday ornaments for the tree. Here's how to make a fun, easy, and very inexpensive, Christmas wreath with pretzels.

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