Category Archives: Gifts

Cupid Quotient

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Twelve multiple choice trivia questions about Valentine holiday history and tradition


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Love and romance, mankind has paired into couples ever since Adam and Eve, but what makes some relationships sizzle and others fizzle? Some say it may well be the romantic nature of the individuals who make up the couple. However, whether you are single, searching or happily married, it is human nature to seek romance and love. read more

Creating Inexpensive Gifts With Coffee Mugs

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During the holidays you may become overwhelmed by the list of people you need gifts for. When trying to find gifts it can be difficult to get cute presents at inexpensive prices. The more people on your list however, the more important cheap gifts are however. When trying to put together inexpensive gifts for people like teachers, neighbors, or church members, you should consider using coffee mugs. Coffee mugs are great because there are several different ways of giving them …


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Combating Christmas Shopping Stress

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Christmas is fast coming upon us with all the attendant stress. How do you cope? Five New Jersey residents share their unique perspectives on how they manage holiday season stress.


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Anne Gadsden handles Christmas shopping the “new fashioned” way. She puts on a CD of classical music such as Pachelbel’s Canon in D, logs on to the internet, and starts surfing. The Newark mother of three says, “I’ve already done the store thing and now its time for me to get gifts for family members who don’t live in New Jersey. I visit Amazon and Buy.com; between the two companies I usually find something that I need. Besides, shipping is free if I spend at least $25 and that isn’t hard to do!” read more

Christmas Trivia Quiz

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A dozen multiple choice trivia questions about Christmas holiday traditions and history


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Christmas Quiz

1. Which Christmas tree fact is NOT true?
A. Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones every year since 1991.
B. Nova Scotia leads the world in exporting Christmas trees.
c. Franklin Pierce was the first president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.
D. The Christmas tree was chosen to represent this holy holiday because it’s shape points the way to heaven. read more

Christmas Tree Selection Guide

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Before you select the perfect Christmas tree, consider a little planning to make room for your special guest. Choose the best area in your room for the tree, which would include a spot that is close to an electrical outlet. When you plug in your lights, you won’t want a cord running along your floor, which could cause someone to trip and fall. There are so many things to think about when choosing a tree to celebrate your holidays. Do I want real or artificial? Should I buy pr…


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Christmas Tree Ornament Tips

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When it comes to decorating, we are all perfectionists about our Christmas tree. After all, it happens only once a year and the decorations are a treasure to behold. The finishing touch, for any Christmas tree, is the ornaments. Perhaps you have memories of a personalized ornament given to you as a child or maybe it’s the tradition of hanging them with your family – making sure that each is perfectly spaced from its neighbor for that added touch of beauty. The Christmas ornam… read more

Christmas Time

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Giving of yourself during Christmas


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As we ready ourselves to celebrate yet another Christmas to honor the birth of our Lord Jesus let us remember that this is a time to focus on the many blessings in our lives. Each day should be a day to focus on these things we hold dear that the Lord has brought to us but Christmas time is especially good for bringing these things that we should always notice to the forefront of our minds and our thoughts. read more

Christmas Stress Relief: 7 Simple Tips

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Take some of the stress out of Christmas. Plan ahead and you’ll enjoy it even more. Here are seven stress-relieving tips to make your favorite holiday relaxed and worry-free.


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Everyone loves Christmas, but the biggest complaint I hear is, “It gets too hectic.” It’s still the favorite season for most of us, but we do get tired. We still have to make a living; we still have to maintain our daily lives and then we add shopping for gifts, wrapping the gifts, decorating, entertaining or attending parties and possibly baking. It’s fun and festive, but we get tired. read more

Christmas Parties

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Christmas parties are something that most people look forward to all year long because they are a joyful gathering of friends, family, great food, and shared memories. There are lots of things that probably go into your Christmas parties such as preparing food, having a good music selection, sending out beautiful invitations, creating or buying Christmas table arrangements, or preparing your home for overnight guests. The great thing is that you can make your home look very f…


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Christmas Holiday Shopping Online: 5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Online Shopping Experience

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Christmas is just around the corner and many people are turning to the internet for their Christmas Holiday Shopping to save time, money, gas, and avoid the crowds. Can a good deal really be found online? Is it safe to purchase online? Where are the best places to shop online? Keep reading for some tips to make your holiday shopping online a little easier.


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Christmas Gifts – Is It Really The Thought That Counts

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Indeed, the very first thing that comes to your mind whenever you think of Christmas is Christmas gifts. They come in great sizes, big or small, cheap or expensive, but probably the most important is the thought that goes into picking a gift. A gift that shows you put a lot of thought and care into your decision will be appreciated even if cheap or homemade much more than an expensive gift with little thought or regard to the recipients personality or tastes.


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Christmas gift shopping? Why not use the favorites secret

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Christmas can be a pretty stressful time as we are all rushing around trying to make sure we have everything in hand for when the great occasion arrives. Now though with the aid of the internet the chore of buying all those Christmas gifts for your loved ones can be done with both speed,ease and sometimes at a fraction of the cost


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Christmas Gift Ideas – Give Joy In A Simple Idea

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A little gift given away some twenty years ago touched the life of someone even though it was a simple gift. Discover why when we give away from ourselves we can be blessed and how we can give away joy this Christmas.


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What is a simple small act of giving during Christmas that does not cost much can leave behind memories that can last a lifetime to a loved one.

I remembered many years back, when I was a small kid of 10 years, one of my aunt who was a devout christian and who celebrated Christmas gave me a christmas present. It was a big sized book that I could read, on the story of a pirate on the high seas. It gave tremendous joy to me, a small kid at that time. It wouldn’t have cost her more than $10 for it, but her act that day gave me tremendous joy that lasted until this day – a simple act of giving that touched my heart, and which remains cherished. Though this aunt is now living in another foreign land, thousands of miles apart, and there has not been any communication between us for over twenty over years, yet there is this unwavering bond of love that somewhere in this world, there is someone who cared many, many years back, and whom I would desire to want to look her up and visit if there is an opportunity. Indeed, time and distance has not diminished the very memories of her beautiful act of giving that day. read more

Christmas Gift Ideas: The Treasures Under The Tree

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Hear ye! Hear ye! The ‘ber’ months will be here before you know it!

When people start to hear about months ending in B-E-R, they all feel the clock sounding tic toc as it fast approaches the holiday season.

Christmas is the season to be jolly…. Falalalalalalala! For the kids, it’s the merry month where they get so overly excited about gifts and other stuff that Santa brings. And for most, it’s the time of the year when all the streets are busy and filled up with traffic while people swoon over shopping malls to find the perfect Christmas gift ideas for their families and friends. read more

Christmas Decoration Storage – 10 Quick Tips to Save You Time and Money When Storing Decorations

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Do you make time wasting, space hogging, money guzzling mistakes when you un-decorate your home and store your Christmas decorations? Use these 10 tips to make Christmas un-decorating and storing simple and efficient.


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Christmas is busy, fun, exciting, and sentimental. We love it all — all but the part when we have to clean up and put everything away. read more

Christmas Decorating Trends for 2005

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This years Christmas decorating trends for those wanting to stay current and traditional for those who enjoy memories of past Christmas’.


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This year, the latest craze in Christmas decorating is going back in time. Homeowners seem to be less interested in the icicle-type lights and the use of single color strands. Baby boomers seem to be harkening back to the days of their youth, by bringing back the full color glory of traditional Christmas lights. read more

Christmas Decorating That Will Make Your Holidays Special

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If you are like the majority of people, you do not have a lot of time during the holidays to make special decorations. You can make your holiday decorating quick and easy and create a festive atmosphere in your home without spending a lot of time and money, leaving you more time to enjoy the holiday season with your family. Here are some holiday decorating tips that are free and inexpensive that will require very little effort:

Tableware:

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Christmas Decorating: Create A Lifelike Santa In Your Bathroom

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If you love to go all out with your Christmas decorating, here is a whimsical, original idea for your bathroom:

Materials needed:

White shower curtain, canvas, or fabric (a new canvas drop cloth works great)
Shower curtain liner (to protect curtain from moisture)
Projector*
Permanent black marker, preferably a thick one
Paint pens
Paint
Fiberfill or cotton balls
Santa hat
Black felt (about one yard)
2 red hand towels or red fabric

*If you can dra…

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Christmas and the Mistletoe Tradition

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The myth behind kissing under the mistletoe during Christmas time.


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Have you ever wondered where some of our modern traditions came from? As the Christmas season approaches, I have been doing some research regarding certain holiday-related topics. My findings may surprise even the biggest scrooge!

Mistletoe has been revered by certain cultures for many, many years. The ancient Celts of Britain felt that Mistletoe held sacred powers of healing, and that it contained the soul of the tree from which it was cut. In the Celtic language, Mistletoe means “All Heal”. read more

Christmas – Giving Is A Blessing

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Christmas brings a new life to the believers. Much before Christmas comes, the mood around the world changes.

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Christmas brings a new life to the believers. Much before Christmas comes, the mood around the world changes. It is the anticipation of lovely days ahead of giving joy, meeting friends and family and feeling the spirit in the air that changes the most negative person to positive moods. Chistmas makes a person different. The same man, who you never see smiling, laughs during Christmas. That is the festive spirit of Christmas and that is why it is a lovely festival. read more