When we think of giving Christmas gifts, we often think of glamorous items for people that already have the things they need. But what about those people who don’t have essentials? Those people who don’t have heat or water or enough food? Today, let’s talk about ethical Christmas gifts. The gifts that truly matter. Let’s talk about bringing the magic of Christmas into homes that really need it. Do YOU have it in you to make a difference this year?
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A Christmas tree is a fun and heartwarming tradition that brings families together. Many Christmas decorations make a Christmas tree a focal point of a festive front room. Dramatic additions to any tree are the Christmas garlands. If you are tired of drop tinsel or are looking for a one-of-a-kind garland option this year, we’ve got some ideas.
These unique Christmas decorations are fun craft projects for kids and unique housewarming Christmas gifts for a friend who has moved just in time for... Read More
Seeing Christmas gifts under the Christmas tree is always a beautiful sight. Colorful packages and creative wrapping ideas make gift giving more fun, especially when you are wrapping gifts for kids. When you are looking for a unique way to make your gifts stand out this Christmas, consider these creative gift wrapping ideas.Gift Wrapping Idea # 1 — Wrap with a Theme
Look for traditional wrapping paper that has a similar design. For example, wrap your Christmas gifts in a monochromatic... Read More
Just because Grandma is living in a nursing home or an assisted living center doesn’t mean she can’t have a fun nursing home Christmas tree this year. Christmas trees are a holiday staple and are sometimes one of the things Grandma misses about her previous home. However, nursing homes need their decoration policies observed. So a full-size Christmas tree is impractical. Still, there are options.
You can give Grandma her own holiday wonderland, The standard policy in a nursing home or... Read More
Why not throw a gingerbread party? A gingerbread celebration is a fun, interactive party for kids and kids-at-heart. The idea is perfect for a Christmas art project, a high school home economics class, or a child’s wintertime birthday.
A classic Christmas treat is the gingerbread house. These sweet houses are made traditionally from sturdy gingerbread and iced to look like Candyland dream houses. The skill and artistry of a gingerbread building are certainly something to go googly eyed... Read More
Many retro Christmas decorations are being brought out of storage to be put on display again for 2016. Bloggers and home decor publications are encouraging Christmas decorators to raid their grandmother’s Christmas decorations, as well as yard sales and antique stores. So, what are you looking for once you wrestle that box down from the attic? Well, here are some “old fashioned” Christmas decorations that are making a comeback.
Aluminum Christmas Trees
Most millennials won’t remember... Read More
An Advent calendar is a calendar that counts down the days to Christmas. The length of time is often 24 days. This tradition has been around for years, but with blogging culture and YouTube culture booming, many people are finding personal and creative ways to countdown to Christmas with their own personal Advent calendars.
Advent calendars are a way to encourage holiday spirit for both children and adults alike. Traditionally it is hung in a home so that the whole family can see it. The way... Read More
Grandma is a very special lady. A special lady deserves a special gift! A homemade Christmas ornament is a beautiful gift from any grandchild If your little helpers enjoy arts and crafts, then these ornaments will make Christmas gifts special this year. These projects will relieve boredom at the time and put a smile on Grandma’s face this Christmas!Wood Disks
You just need to find small birch disks and drill holes through the tops to hang by a ribbon. Bits of felt and ribbons and other... Read More
2016 Christmas Wreath trends are all about showcasing creativity. A wreath is normally the first piece of Christmas decor your guests see when they arrive. The holiday wreath has become the symbol of a warm welcome. The traditional places to hang wreaths are on the front door or in your entryway.
Christmas wreath trends this year have embraced one of two decor choices, the retro Christmas and the rustic Christmas. To better explain, the retro trend is combining retro Christmas prints and... Read More
The old rhyme about “hanging the stockings by the chimney with care,” is a quaint and old-fashioned sentiment, that still warms the hearts of people today. The age old tradition of hanging stockings over a fireplace is still done at Christmas.
There are many options for a Christmas stocking. Many have traditional designs and are lovely accents to any Christmas decor. If you are looking for that perfect fit for a stocking, here are some that will knock your socks off (or stockings)!The... Read More
Just because a Christmas tree is normally a green evergreen propped up in your living room, doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for some creativity. A Christmas tree created with a lot of everyday objects requires a little bit of elbow grease. For the record fake plastic, Christmas trees aren’t going to make an appearance here. Most households have embraced the fake tree in a box. The trees discussed here will be found object projects.
So if you want to avoid the maintenance of a tree... Read More
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As I drive through the neighborhoods in my area my breath is taken away with the magnificent glow of Christmas decorations and twinkling lights. The improving economy is definitely apparent this holiday season! More homes than ever, it seems, have put wonderful holiday displays in their yard and garden area, front porches and eves of homes everywhere are lit up with dazzling lights and colorful bows and garland. It is enough to bring Christmas... Read More
Have you ever thought about how wonderfully magical homes are inside and out during the holidays? It seems that twinkling lights and fabulous wreaths bring holiday cheer to homes in nearly every neighborhood, and a quick peak inside reveals beautifully decorated Christmas trees, stockings that are hung with tender loving care, and presents that are simply bursting with excitement. It’s enough to lighten even Scrooge’s heart! I guess this is why one of my favorite things in the world is... Read More
Christmas gifts for the home can be some of the best types of Christmas gifts ever. Whether you choose something that is practical that will be used from day to day, or you purchase something that is collectible that can be displayed in your loved one’s home, these types of Christmas gifts are things that will be treasured for years to come, not simply put away in a closet somewhere. While it is true that you could head on over to your local department store or home improvement store to find... Read More
Well we’ve made it through Thanksgiving dinner, almost made it through the leftovers, Black Friday has come and gone, Cyber Monday was in and out like a flash, and now it’s time to Deck the Halls with some good ol’ fashioned common cents decorating ideas. Not that’s not a typo- you read it right. Cents. Because that is just about all I have to spend on my holiday decorating this year. I was in about the same shape last year, and as the Christmas holiday quickly approached, I began to... Read More
Well ladies, my favorite time of year is almost here again, and for some reason this year, I am feeling that Christmas spirit deep in my heart already. In fact, I’ve been anticipating the excitement of the coming holidays since before Halloween, but don’t tell anyone. Last year, I had a little trouble getting into the holiday spirit, and I put everything off until the very last minute. Once that Christmas tree went up with the beautiful shiny ornaments, and all of the Christmas... Read More
In my opinion there is no better time than after the holidays to shop for Christmas ideas for the home. Not only are prices on holiday decor significantly marked down in most stores, but whether you are searching for decor ideas for your own home or for gifts for your loved ones, current Christmas decor is still very fresh in your mind right after the holidays.
When searching for Christmas ideas for the home, it is important to remember that you are not limited to tinsel and garland (which... Read More
Oh Christmas tree! If there’s one thing that makes a Christmas tree completely display ready, it’s ornaments. Sure lights, garlands and a full display of Christmas gifts make for great accents, but if there’s one surefire way to get anyone in the holiday mood, it’s by unpacking a set of old family favorite ornaments.
But where did the tradition of decorated fir trees start? And when did ornaments become so popular? To get the holidays off to the perfect start, we’re exploring the... Read More
December 25th is just around the corner, and these last days before Christmas carry with them excitement, anticipation and peace, and deliver joy to billions of people around the world. While there are a number of theories about the origin of the Christmas holiday, nobody can argue about the origination of the word “Christmas”.
According to an article entitled simply Christmas, found on Wikipedia, the word “Christmas” actually comes from the term... Read More
This morning I found my six year old daughter standing in front of the Christmas tree in awe. Since I never put the gifts out early, and there is literally nothing under the tree, I was curious as to what had caught her attention. She stood there motionless for what seemed like a very long time, and then ever so gently, she reached out and touched a sparkling ornament that was hanging eye level to her. While it is a general rule in our house that once the tree is up and decorated, nobody is... Read More
With just a few short days left until Christmas morning, many of us have found ourselves asking “what is the true meaning of Christmas?” It is kind of shocking how much the answer to that question might change depending upon the perspective of who we ask.
My holiday shopping budget is very small this year and with seven children, shopping for gifts has been a real struggle. Since I can only afford to give one gift to each of my kids this holiday season, I have decided to make sure... Read More
Home is where the heart is, especially around the holiday season. Our home is where we gather together with friends and family members to create long lasting memories, build relationships and enjoy each others’ company. It is where we find shelter from bad weather, comfort during tough times, and relaxation after a long day’s work. It is in our homes that we surround ourselves with the things that mean the most to us; things that help to define our own characters and are a... Read More
One of my favorite things about Christmas time is most definitely the decorations. It’s so fun to drive around and look at all of the outdoor lights and decorations that people so lovingly display, and even better to walk into a friend or family member’s home and see their interpretation of the holiday season exhibited throughout. Decorating for Christmas doesn’t need to be all about the traditional reds and greens these days, and sometimes some of the best Christmas... Read More
Shortly after Thanksgiving, sparkling, colorful lights line the rooftops of houses in nearly every neighborhood, lighted trees that are decorated lovingly with ribbons and ornaments are displayed beautifully in homes throughout the world, and uplifting holiday music gently fills our ears. Excitement shines in the children’s eyes, and our hearts glow with peace and love as the spirit of giving is embraced by people everywhere. What is all the fuss about? Well, of course, it’s... Read More