Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to Save Money by Planning for Christmas Early

Red Snowflake Crunchy Candy Cane Dark Chocolate Truffles 6 oz. Box: 1 CountLetting Christmas sneak up on you pretty much guarantees that you’ll be shelling out money for a lot of last minute items but likely a lot of products and services with jacked up prices as well.  You’ll probably be trying to stretch a Christmas fund you’ve taken no time to save for and budgeting will seem like a lost cause.  With a little advance preparation you can avoid the blind panic that comes with scrambling to put together a lovely Christmas at the very last minute. 

Make Lists (Lots and Lots of Lists)

Make a list of everyone you need to buy a gift for. Then, figure out how much you can spend on gifts and assign a value limit to each person.  If your budget starts looking like it’s going to be a $2 per person kind of Christmas, get out the Santa pen and start crossing people off your list.  We would all love to get a present for everyone we know but when money’s tight it’s important to prioritize your spending and avoid going into major debt over the holidays just so you can appease your nagging commercial Christmas spirit. 

Your list making doesn’t end with the gift giving one.  You’ll need to make another list for expected expenses.  If you buy a certain amount of decoration at Christmas keep these expenditures in mind.  Not only will this give you time to start saving enough for what you think you’ll spend, it also gives you the opportunity to keep your eyes open for gifts or necessities that are on sale earlier in the year. The more gifts and expenses that can be purchased and crossed off your list early in the year, the better off you’ll be when Christmas rolls around.

Homemade Gifts and Decorations

If you’re a crafty type of person and you’ve given yourself enough time to prepare for Christmas, you can save quite a bit of money by making some of your Christmas items by hand.  A good idea is to hit the sales right after Christmas and buy up all that garland and left over ornaments in the discount bins.  Throughout the year you could probably come up with some pretty spectacular set of decorations for a fraction of what you’d spend during the holiday season. 

With plenty of time to make homemade gifts you should investigate for gift ideas from your friends and come up with personalized and heartfelt gifts.  Putting together a scrapbook of your favourite memories with photos is an incredibly thoughtful gift that usually would take quite a bit of time but can be easily finished in time if started earlier in the year.

Start a Christmas Savings Fund

Thinking about Christmas early enough in the year will give you a chance to put some money aside.  Making a budget early will give you a clear idea of how much you’ll need so you don’t feel like you’re getting slammed with Christmas expenses all at once come December.  Factor in all the dinners, parties, and presents that you’ll need to buy and don’t forget to add a little extra to the budget in case of surprises.  Having a Christmas fund ready will make a huge difference with the standard holiday stress and panic that comes with shopping, preparing, and planning for Christmas. 

Prices tend to go up around Christmas and popular toys and other products sell out.  Planning early gives you the opportunity to hit all the big summer sales and will save you a ton of money, stress, and grief.  Sign up for email notifications from your favourite stores so you can be alerted to any upcoming sales.  You can even feel safe shopping online for better deals since you’ll have plenty of time to wait for items to be shipped and even return anything that doesn’t satisfy you.  Getting a head start on Christmas will give you that much more time to relax and enjoy the holiday season when it finally arrives.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Creating a Budget for the Christmas Holidays

Indoor Christmas Decor Props Pkg/5The holiday season can be incredibly sneaky with its overlooked costs and last minute presents.  The best way to take control of your Christmas spending is to create a budget and keep track of your expenses as you go.  Purchases may still sneak up on you but at least you’ll be ready with a realistic budget to help you squeeze in any little extras when needed.

Make Lists for Everything

Make a series of lists, or even a spreadsheet, of everything you will need to spend money on this holiday season.  Gifts alone will be a major category and once you have an idea of what you can spend, a limit should be assigned to each gift.  You should also prioritize this list in case your budget is too tight and some gifts need to be less expensive or eliminated entirely.

Parties and entertaining will be another major list.  Estimate how much you’ll be spending on food, drinks, and party supplies.  If this list gets too out of control you may need to cut back on some of your Christmas parties, have someone else host them, or start hosting potluck parties to save on food costs.

Keep a miscellaneous list as well and leave yourself a little room to add things you may have forgotten.  Many people use the same decorations every year but you may need a new tree or want to add to your winter scene collectibles.  Adding these extras to your budget will ensure nothing sneaks up on you and will remind you to avoid purchases you don’t really need if money starts getting too tight.

Keep Track and Stay Updated

Making a budget and burying it away in the back of a drawer will do you absolutely no good whatsoever.  Keep it on hand so you can check back on a regular basis.  Post a copy on your fridge so the whole family can be aware of expenses.  Take your budget with you when you go shopping so you can cross things off your list as you go.  If you keep your budget up to date you’ll be able to track your spending to ensure you aren’t going over your limits.

Using a cash-only system is a great way to be more aware of your spending.  Keeping your Christmas budget funds in an envelope or separate wallet will remind you how much you’re spending when your stack of cash starts feeling thinner.  A separate Christmas account can be a good idea as well so you can easily keep track of holiday spending versus your other regular bills and expenses.

A Christmas budget not only helps you determine how much you can spend over the holidays, it also reminds you to be aware of your spending.  It’s all too easy to get carried away with the excitement of Christmas and the spirit of giving but a strict budget can steer you away from unnecessary purchases.  Keep track of even the smallest items you buy as those are often the ones that add up and come back to haunt you on your January credit card statements.

Host A Christmas Party On A Budget (Without Looking Cheap)

Iced Christmas Gift Sets: 12 CountEverybody knows at least one fabulous socialite who hosts amazing parties during the holiday season, every year, without breaking a sweat. For the rest of us, Christmas parties tend to be a lot of work and cost way too much money at a time of year when the family budget is already spread too thin.

But what if this year you could step into the shoes of Christmas Party Host Extraordinaire and plan your own holiday soiree that knocks the knickers off of all your guests – without breaking the bank?

Hosting a fabulous Christmas party on a budget just takes a little thought and planning ahead of time.

Here are a few ways you can get started on a stress-free, budget-conscious, Christmas party path.

Start With Your Guest List And Budget

Making a list of how many people you will be inviting to your Christmas party will allow you to budget for food, alcohol, and space. If you have a list with a modest number of people, you may be able to afford putting on a fancy meal and providing wine for all your guests. But, if that list starts to grow into a number that your budget is not capable of handling (you set a firm budget, right?), then you can start to make adjustments to the party planning in order to save money.

How To Cut The Cost Of Food And Alcohol

Two easy ways to quickly cut back on the cost of your Christmas party is to turn your feast into a potluck and add a BYOB note to the bottom of your invitations.

A fully catered Christmas dinner party can be impressive when you are comfortable to do that financially, but if you’re not, is it really worth it once the panic sets in after the credit card arrives in the mail a few weeks later?

Encourage your friends to bring along their favorite dishes or desserts that they love to make. Remind people to bring their own alcohol and while you’re at it, why not suggest that everyone bring a different type of wine to the party and create a casual wine tasting atmosphere?

If you really want to have an alcoholic beverage on hand for your guests, you could choose to have some inexpensive mulled wine or hot apple cider available for everyone to try.

Save Money On Decorations

Even though your house is likely to be decorated with Christmas decorations already, it might be hard for you to resist adding some party-specific decorations that may eat into party planning budget.

So, why not consider adding some homemade ornaments to your holiday party décor?
Fresh pine boughs can be easily transformed into beautiful wreaths with a few velvety ribbons and a hot glue gun.

Ribbons, bells, and other festive knick-knacks can be found at any dollar store for next to nothing.

Christmas paper plates and napkins can also be purchased from the dollar store which will not only add a little color to your potluck buffet table but they will also save you from an overwhelming mountain of dirty dishes at the end of the night.

Christmas music is another way to create an atmosphere and set the mood with cheerful sounds of everyone’s favorite Christmas classic. If you don’t have any yourself at home, it is very likely that you can borrow some from friends and family.

Think Outside The Gift Box (Host A Cookie Exchange)

Instead of a typical Christmas party, why not do something different than most people, like maybe host a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party? Forget exchanging store-bought gifts and invite all your guests to bring a few batches of their favorite cookie recipe to taste, trade, and send home with one another.

All you really need for this type of party are the ingredients for your own favorite cookie recipe and a stack of disposable take-out containers for your guests to load their goodies into.

Hosting a great Christmas party doesn’t have to be expensive as long as you make the time you are spending with friends and family both fun and meaningful. Don’t get hung up on trying to do everything yourself. Let your guests help you and you’ll have more fun planning your party with loved ones, while enjoying a stress-free holiday season (especially knowing that it didn’t cost you a fortune).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

7 Ways To Celebrate Christmas on a Budget

Original Hand-woven and  High Quality Ceramics Bracelet(China Style, Christmas Gifts)Christmas is supposed to be a joyous and merry time of year but all too often it ends up being a stressful hassle that has us worrying too much over our wallets, bank accounts, and credit cards.  Forget the financial stress this year and celebrate Christmas on a budget so you can spend less time worrying about purchases and more time spending the holidays enjoying the festivities with your friends and family.

Cut the Card Costs
A few dollars for a greeting card might not seem like a lot but when you send out a large number of them to all your friends and family they can really start to add up.  One way to avoid shelling out $5 a pop just to say Merry Christmas is to switch to e-cards.  A cute, funny, or elegant animated winter scene shows your friends you’re thinking about them over the holidays without wasting money on a card that will get buried in a junk drawer or the recycling bin within a few weeks.

However, if you’re a traditionalist with a soft spot for paper cards or like to put all your cards up on display you can still save money in two ways.  One option is the big discount box of cards with a generic winter scene on the front.  These can be classed up quite a bit by writing your own heartfelt greeting inside.  The second option is to make a series of homemade cards.  You’ll still need to buy the supplies to make them, but you’ll still cut the overall cost and you can’t get much more personal than making your very own cards.

Feed Your Guests for Less

A huge cost around the holidays is all the expensive Christmas parties.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the Christmas spirit and feel like you want to provide everything for your friends and family, but taking on too much yourself might ruin the holiday experience for you and your bank account.  Let your friends help and throw a potluck party rather than a huge Christmas feast that you arrange on your own.  Gently remind people to bring their own alcohol, as that can be one of the most expensive things to provide.

You Aren’t Santa Clause

 It’s a great feeling to give everyone you’ve ever met a present for Christmas but it doesn’t make you a Scrooge if you need to cut a few people off your list.  Suggest a name draw with your friends so everyone still gets a present but no one has to shop for a huge list of people.  You can do this for every circle of friends, family, and co-workers you have so a list that might be around 40 names can be cut down to about 5.  Everyone saves money and nobody feels guilty.

Give Presents Without the Price

Making homemade gifts or offering out your services are excellent ways to give something to your friends without spending a lot of money.  Hosting a cookie exchange can be a great way to send your friends home with a bag full of treats while spending only the amount it costs for some baking ingredients.  If you have any special crafting or knitting skills, use those to your advantage this year and save money while giving gifts with a very personal touch.  If you specialize in a specific service like photography, computer repair, child care (or a million other possible things), give coupons offering out a few hours of your time as a gift.

Inexpensive Entertainment

The holiday season is a wonderful time to enjoy free entertainment anywhere you go.  Strolling through any and every mall in your area is a great way to enjoy some fantastic Christmas displays and different holiday scenes like Santa’s workshop.  Grab a steamy cup of hot chocolate in a to-go mug and take your family for a walk or drive through any neighbourhoods that have really gone all out with their Christmas light displays.  If you have a group of friends with lovely voices, or at least just love to sing, go carolling throughout the streets or at a local mall. 

Do It Yourself Decorations

Making homemade decorations not only lets you decorate your house without spending too much, it also allows you to spend some time doing something fun and crafty with your family.  Popcorn garland is a classic and tasty decoration that requires only a needle, thread, and big bowl of popcorn.  Of course, you may want to hold the extra butter for this batch to avoid greasy stains on your furniture.  Homemade wreaths with fresh pine boughs are a beautiful addition to any door and will give your house that festive Christmas pine scent.  Construction paper snowflakes and collages made from old Christmas cards also make great Christmas decoration projects.

Give Time Instead of Gifts

Volunteering at a local soup kitchen, animal shelter, or charity of your choice is great way to get into the spirit of giving.  Providing your time for those who really need it won’t cost you a dime but you’ll be providing an invaluable service that helps others.  You may even find volunteering so fulfilling that you choose to continue helping out even after the holidays.

It’s easy to get distracted with advertisements and marketing during the holidays, but be sure to remind yourself that Christmas isn’t about what you buy.  Focus on spending quality time with your friends and family while worrying less about what you’ve bought them and you may find yourself enjoying a more rewarding Christmas this year that doesn’t leave you struggling with credit card bills come January.

Monday, November 12, 2012

7 Ideas for a Romantic Christmas Date

Original Hand-woven and  High Quality Ceramics Bracelet(Classic, Christmas Gifts)If you’re looking to take your partner on a romantic Christmas date or two this year, but don’t have a lot of cash to work with, you could consider some alternate date ideas that don’t include dinner at fancy restaurants or luxurious getaways. The Christmas season is a great time for taking in the scenery and just enjoying the overall happiness and good will in the air.  With the right mindset and a little planning ahead of time, you’ll find you don’t even need to bring a wallet to have an awesome date.

Go “Lightseeing”

Take a long walk or leisurely drive through your neighbourhood and around the city to check out all the light displays and Christmas scenes.  Wait until the dim evening hours when all the lights are glowing bright and bring along a thermos of hot cocoa to keep you warm. 

Go Christmas Carolling

Listening to Christmas music is a fabulous way to get into the spirit of the holidays and singing them to others will only make you feel all the more merry.  You can go carolling with just your significant other or get a group of other couples together for a double, triple, or quadruple date. Carolling throughout your neighbourhood or around a local mall to spread the most amount of cheer possible is spectacular way to connect with your partner and spread some joy to others in your community.

Go Ice-Skating

Ice-skating with your partner is one of the most classic and romantic Christmas dates.  Skating around and holding your loved one’s mitten-clad hand will put you in the Christmas spirit while filling you with some romantic warmth.  If there are any frozen lakes nearby you could even clear a rink and enjoy a more private and intimate skate together.

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner at Home

You don’t need to make a reservation and pay for an expensive meal at a fancy restaurant to have an amazing dinner date at Christmas.  Surprise your partner by serving a lovely holiday meal for them set with Christmas themed dishware.  To spend even more time together, get your Christmas aprons on and cook the meal together over a glass of wine.

Share a Winter Picnic

Pack an extra large thermos of hot cocoa or warm apple cider, grab a stack of blankets, and head to your nearest park for a romantic winter picnic.  For a cold day, pack yourselves some hot soup or steamy chilli and cuddle up on some blankets to keep warm.  Be sure to bundle up to ward off any wind and snow that tries to sneak up on your picnic.

Make a Decorating Date

Spend an entire day hauling all your Christmas decorations out of storage and transforming your house into a winter wonderland.  Put on some Christmas music and turn what you might consider a bit of a chore into a wonderful Christmas date.  Have fun with it and be sure to take a few breaks with your partner underneath the mistletoe.

Watch a Christmas Movie Marathon

Pick a Saturday or Sunday to do nothing put watch old Christmas movies. Snuggle on the couch in your pyjamas and have a stack of your favourite holiday DVDs on hand with a few black and white classics or animated Christmas movies in mix for good measure.  Stock up on popcorn, liquorice, and all your favourite movie watching treats.  This date idea is even better on the colder wintery days because you can stay cuddled and cozy with your significant other and shut out the miserable weather for an entire day.

There are plenty of wonderful things to do during the holidays that you don’t require you to spend any money.  Christmas can get expensive enough as it is with all the presents, dinners, and parties that are mandatory with the family, so think up some new and exciting things to do with your partner that won’t impact your Christmas fund.  Anything that gets you in the Christmas spirit and let’s you spend some romantic time together can make a perfect date during the holiday season, and you’ll avoid the holiday stress knowing you didn’t go over budget.

Reasons to send your child a letter from Santa

North Pole Santa Letter Now that the holiday season has finally come, it's time to think about Santa coming down the chimney and giving your child gifts and cheer all the way from the North Pole. One thing that many parents have discovered recently are letters from Santa. These amazing letters can be the perfect way to make your child's holiday even that much more special. Below are some reasons why you should send your child a letter from Santa.

The first reason is that they will love it. It's true that if a child already looks up to Santa, you will be able to really wow them. It will be fun to see your child light up as they open the envelope sent directly from the North Pole to them.

The second reason is that a letter will be a way to bring personality and a face to Santa. It's true that movies and books bring a face to Santa but it's not always enough. Being able to see “the big guy” sign his name to a letter is just wonderful.

The third reason is that it was really make a child learn to read so much more. Getting any kind of mail can do that to a child but when it's from someone they look up to , it's even better. Having a child love to read is very important and a letter from Santa can really promote reading even more.

The fourth reason is a reason that is all about you. It's simply easier and better to buy a Santa letter online than making your own. The main reason is you don't have to stress about keeping the secret and you also get to save a ton of time and ideas. These services have their letters typed out perfectly and allow you to just select what you want and then order and wait.

As you can see, there are tons of wonderful reasons to buy a Santa letter. As it gets closer and closer to Christmas, you'll be happy to have this special gift something to look forward to completely

Sunday, November 11, 2012

How to Rekindle Your Romance at Christmas on a Budget

Original Hand-woven and  High Quality Ceramics Bracelet(Ethnic Fashion, Christmas Gifts)Christmas time always has a certain amount of quiet romance and mysterious magic, which makes it the perfect season to spend some extra time with your significant other.  The days grow dimmer but all the bright lights and decorations have an unexplainable way of keeping people’s spirits high.

Sometimes your mood can be tested during the holidays though, and often it’s from the stress of spending extra Christmas cash that doesn’t fit into the family budget. Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate that stress, or at least drastically reduce it, while still enjoying the Christmas season just as much, if not more. 

Make the decision to not let money be an issue this Christmas and rekindle your romance during the holiday season by making a pact to not buy anything for each other that is outside of a strict budget that you agree on. Instead, plan some wintery fun with the one you love and enjoy the frosty season together without spending a dime on the expensive things that matter the least.

Trim The Tree

The tree has to go up, so why not plan to spend the day together digging out all your old Christmas decorations and leisurely decorating the tree for an afternoon?  Put some of your favourite Christmas music on, set out a plate of gingerbread cookies, and have some hot cocoa heating on the stove.  Tree trimming is usually one of the first Christmas tasks that need doing so start your Christmas season off on a romantic note by spending that time with your partner.

Play in the Snow

Fresh snow brings out the big kids in even the best of us so get goofy with your significant other and go play outside.  Make a snowman complete with a top hat and carrot stick nose. Lie in the powdery snow together and make his and her snow angels.  If you’re feeling particularly cheeky that day you could even start a mini snowball fight. 

Make Homemade Ornaments
Even if you’re not the most creative couple in the world, spend an evening putting your brains to work by making some homemade ornaments.  You can find plenty of good materials either around your house or at a dollar store such as pinecones, pine boughs, ribbons, and little bells.  You should be able to find some great ideas from or any Christmas crafting websites. 

Bake Cookies

Bake up a few batches of some Christmas themed cookie recipes such as gingerbread, shortbread, or sugar cookies.  If you get carried away with all that baking excitement you can always freeze a few batches to pull out for when friends and family drop by for their holiday visits.  Make a whole day of it by shopping for all your ingredients together, mixing and baking the cookies, then decorating them all with icing, sprinkles, and little candies. 

Go For a Romantic Drive
If you live in an area that gets snow over the holidays, you’ll know what an incredible transformation takes place once that snow falls.  Go for a romantic drive together to admire all the frosty trees and powdery snowdrifts.  Even if you don’t get snow for Christmas you can drive around and admire all the decorations and Christmas scenes set up in front of the homes and stores in your area.

Wrap Gifts Together

Spend a romantic evening wrapping presents with your lights dimmed, tree lit, and Christmas music playing softly in the background.  Clear a big space in your living room and set up a little wrapping station in the middle of your floor.  Of course, keep the presents for your partner hidden away elsewhere to avoid any prying eyes and ruined surprises.

The holiday season is a great opportunity to spend more time with the one you love.  Shop together for gifts and decorations or enjoy some hot cocoa while you watch the snowfall.  Hang mistletoe everywhere and steal as many kisses as you can!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money just to spend some romantic time together if you look for new ways to enjoy what this frosty season has to offer.

Explaining to your child why to write to Santa

Christmas  PVC Showcase Sticker Of Santa Claus With Many GiftsIf your child has started to want to know more about Santa, it's time for you to explain the importance of writing Santa a letter. Of course, the letter will be a huge help for you since you will know just what your child really wants . The hard part now is explaining why your child should write the letter in the first place.

The first way to show them why to write to Santa is to show your child movies about Santa and also read them books about it. Normally starting in late November you can find a large amount of Christmas themed books. The best part is new ones are released every year and many are amazing.

The second way to promote your child to write to Santa is by explaining to them the reasons you like Santa. You can do this by showing them your memories of Santa, talking about the letters you sent and about the gifts you got after sending those letters. This can really help your child know first hand that their parent enjoys Santa just as much as they do.

The third way to promote your child to write to Santa is by asking other members of your family to help promote Santa as well. It can be hard for a younger child to know the importance of writing the letter if their older siblings aren't writing at all. So ask your family to explain their love for Santa and even the many memories they have from their childhood with Santa.

These three ways are the easiest ways to promote how to help your child know the fun of  writing to Santa and what can come from it. Taking the time to explain this holiday tradition will save you a ton of time and build amazing memories for you and your child.

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How to really select a great company to mail the Santa letter from

North Pole Santa Letter Shopping online is hard and when Christmas comes , it becomes even harder. This is even more difficult when you add the need to buy an amazing Santa letter on your list as well. The problem with buying a Santa letter is that there are so many websites that can provide you with letter. However, not all companies are the same. Picking the right company to send your letter doesn't have to be hard. This article will help you find the best Santa letter to use for your family.

The most important factor to remember is the prices. Starting in November, you should start looking at  the prices of all the Santa Letter companies online. You should know your budget and what you can get within your budget. There is no reason to spend a lot of money if you don't want to.

Another factor is to know where they ship their Santa letters from. Many companies now are able to mail letters directly from the North pole. Some still are not able to do that. If you want to have your letters sent from the North pole then look for those companies.

Another factor is to remember to look at their reviews. Many of the websites place reviews from the previous holiday. Take the time to look for those reviews and read them. It's best to also compare reviews from one site to another. Some might be trying to share reviews and claim them as their own.

Once you've done the thing things above, you need to ask questions that you can get people to get the answer from. It's important that you ask realistic questions to keep things easy going and also professional.

The most important element to remember when buying Santa letters is that it's best to buy your letter as early as possible. You should know how soon you'd like to send it out and how much it will cost as well. Now that you know how to pick a great Santa letter, it's time to get busy and pick the best one for you and your family.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

7 Ideas For Giving Christmas Gifts Without Spending Money

Original Hand-woven and  High Quality Ceramics Bracelet(Meteor, Christmas Gifts)Christmas is typically the most expensive time of year for everyone, even though what we spend is unnecessary and could be drastically reduced, or even eliminated completely. When it comes to Christmas presents, people spend a ridiculous amount of money on gifts that will just end up collecting dust on a shelf or shoved into the back of a closet.

Instead of forking out a ton of money on things people don’t really need or want this year, why not get creative and offer your friends and family something that they will find useful or refreshingly personal.

Actually, why not take it even one step further and give them Christmas gifts this year that don’t cost you any money!

Here are 7 ideas to get you started:


One of the most valuable gifts you can give to your friends with children is free babysitting.  Watching their little ones for an evening and providing them with a night out as a couple won’t cost you anything, but a quiet date after a busy holiday season might be just what they needed.  If you don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve, you could give an incredibly impressive gift and offer to watch a group of kids for your friends while they all celebrate with a night out on the town together.

Offer Your Services

If you provide professional services in your line of work, such as beauty treatments, car repair, or financial planning, why not offer your time as a gift to any of your friends that could use your expertise?  Spending a few hours helping a friend is a meaningful gift that will not only save you money, but also the hassle of shopping for just the right wool sweater that you already know they will never, ever wear.

Be a Teacher

Another great idea for those with special skills and expertise is to teach what you know to your friends.  Teaching a group of your friends and family to file their taxes, bake a soufflé, or nail some tricky yoga poses is a great way to spend time with them while giving them a valuable gift at the same time.  You can provide a group lesson fro all your friends and even make a little party out of it.

Give Cleaning Coupons
Coupons for house cleaning could be one of the most valuable gifts to give when you consider the chaotic post-Christmas and New Year’s Eve party mess that people often have spread throughout their house.

You could offer cleaning services such as tree takedown and disposal, bottle returns (from all those Christmas parties), Christmas decoration pack-up, or general washing, wiping, and tidying.  As a extra, you can even include which dates you’re available and specify how long your services are to be offered for.

Be A Host With The Most

While some people love to host marvellous gatherings and entertain their friends all throughout the night, others cringe at the idea of a house full of guests trampling around and leaving dishes, empty bottles, and party debris in their wake.  If you fall into the first category and just can’t wait to start crafting amazing Christmas themed centerpieces, then why not give a gift you love and offer to host a Christmas party or two to save your friends the grief.  If you have a knack for putting out a great spread without spending a ton of money, offer to throw a few catered parties for your friends, family, and co-workers as a group gift that everyone can enjoy.

Satisfy Their Sweet (or Savoury) Tooth

Baking treats for your friends and packing them into shiny boxes with pretty ribbons will cost you only the price of the ingredients (and those shiny boxes), but will result in a gift that can be undoubtedly appreciated, if not somewhat guiltily.  For a more involved baking parcel, you can bake several batches of a few of your favourite recipes and give everyone a sample of each.  Find some cheap (yet lovely) containers from a dollar store and package your goodies up for the sweetest gift of the year.

Get Crafty

If you have any crafting, sewing, knitting, or quilting skills, then why not put your talent to use for some homemade gifts?  By getting started early, and with a big enough mountain of yarn, you can craft a whole slew of gifts for all your friends that will cost you only the price of a few knitting supplies.  If you’re already a crafter you likely have most of your supplies on hand already, therefore you’ll probably only need to grab a few specific odds and ends to create your gifts. You can make some highly personalized scrapbooks, cards, or collages as well that will mean much more than any old store bought gift would.

Gifts that cost little or nothing are often the gifts that really come from the heart.  Instead of stretching your budget and trying to buy everyone something nice, use your imagination and give thoughtful, personal gifts this year that will  have more meaning to your friends and loved ones. 

Should you buy a Santa letter online or make it yourself

Christmas Tree with Shoe Boxes Adult Costume - L/XLAs Christmas gets closer and closer, the idea of having Santa come visit your child is becoming much more real. Now of course, you have to decide if buying a Santa letter online or making it yourself is the best option for you and your child. It's a hard choice to make so the pros and cons within the article will be a huge help.

There are a number of pros and cons that come from making your own Santa letter. The main one that comes to make is the need to actually plan how to actually make the letter. This can be hard if you don't have the supplies in advance. You might want to get special paper or write the letter in a unique way, the many choices require planning of some kind.

The secondary one is a pro, you'll be able to be creative with the letter you write for your child. You know your child best , so you'll be able to write a letter that your child will fall in love with instantly. You'll also be able to get creative with your design and your words.

The third one is both consider a con, the fear of your child finding out that you're writing the Santa letter will not be good at all. It can turn the holiday upside down. Keeping the secret is very important which is one reason many parents wait until that night to write the Santa letter.

Now let's consider the idea of buying your Santa letter online. The main reason people do this is because it can save a ton of time. Instead of having to take the time to write the letter, it's completely done for you. This will save you time and a ton of headaches as well.

Another positive reason to buy a Santa letter online is that you are able to pick out just how you want it to look and not have to worry about what to say. This will also save you a lot of time and prevent you from getting writer's block.

But with the positive, comes the negative. The main two negatives that come from buying a Santa letter is that you have to pay for it. You might have to pay as much as $20 for your Santa letter. The other negative is that you can't be creative. You are only allowed to just pick out the design and that's all.

Now that you know all the pros and the cons, it's time to decide for yourself and your child and go from there. ( perfect plr articles )

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How to add something extra to your Santa Letter

DIY Baking Silicone 3D Christmas Gifts Shaped Cake Chocolate Soap MoldWriting a Santa letter for your child is only the first step to making it amazing. The option of being able to add extra things within the letter just makes a child glow even more. However, it's not always easy trying to pick out what type of gift to pair with your letter or how to make your Santa letter special.

The truth is many Santa letter websites provide you with many choices on how to make your letter special. The difference is that it can cost a lot of money and might not be what you'd like to give your child. These things might include candy canes, stickers or some kind of picture. There are many options, and they change season by season.

You can add extras within your Santa letter by adding on things you can finally locally or that you can make on your own. The first thing you can add within a nice Santa letter is a themed Santa gift. This type of gift can be something like a photo, some stickers, something that has Santa or Rudolf on it. There are tons of different extras that can be found at discount stores as well as online.

Another extra you can add would be to personalize your letter in a way that only your child would love. You can mention how they are doing in school, or you can acknowledge how they are treating their new sibling. The options are limitless, but you don't need to go over board.

The last extra you can add to a Santa letter would be some type of Santa certificate. This is something that few people add, and it can be the perfect touch to a child's special day. You can create a certificate that proves that your child is on the good list. It will be something they can hang and admire for a very long time.

Adding something extra to your Santa letter is a great way to take an ordered letter from a company and turn it into something amazing. You want your child to feel special, so great creative to earn a huge smile  and build positive Santa memories as well. ( perfect plr articles )

Friday, November 9, 2012

Reasons to write your own Santa letter

Deluxe Santa Claus CostumeAs Christmas starts to come closer and closer, it's time to consider what to give your child from Santa. Giving a gift to a child from Santa is just one way to really make their Christmas amazing. However, there are more ways to make their holiday amazing. You can write a letter from Santa to pair with their gifts.

It's a great idea to write your child a letter from Santa on your own because your child will be able to know that the effort they put into their letter to Santa was worth it. It's nice for a child to know that someone they look up to actually cares about them. Writing a letter from Santa can really provide them with that good feeling.

It's also a great idea to write your child a Santa letter because it will give them something they will most likely never forget. Many children save items to look at them later on. You child might be the same and save all the things Santa gives them.

Writing a letter to your child from Santa isn't as easy as it might seem. With a little bit of planning, you can create an amazing Santa letter just for your child. There are many ways you can make their letter special and with the help of the internet it has gotten even easier.

The key to making your child's Santa letter special  is to make it unique for them. Make sure that the letter is personal enough to be from Santa but not be too personal to make it seem like a parent actual wrote it. You also want the paper you use to be Christmas themed if possible or if not use a tea bag to make distressed looking paper.

Now that you know why and how to make your child a letter from Santa, the only thing left to do is to get to work. By taking the time to write a Santa letter to your child, you will create something amazing that your child will cherish for years to come. ( perfect plr articles )

Reasons to buy a letter from Santa online

Animal Winter MooseThere is something fun about getting any type of mail in the mail for a child. But it's even more special when a child gets a letter from someone they already look up to. This is why so many people enjoy the act of buying a Santa letter directly from the company that can actually send letters from the North pole. Being able to see that the return address and also the postmark is only one of the many reasons to buy a Santa letter online. Below you will discover a few more reasons you should jump online and buy the best Santa letter.

Many children decide to write a letter to Santa because it's a tradition. Along with that tradition comes going to the mall or a local event and taking pictures with that Santa. A parent can add more to that fun by using a Santa letter. When a child gets a response from the letter they sent Santa, they will instantly feel that the effort they put into making an amazing letter was worth it.

Buying a Santa letter online allows you to be so much more creative. Many of these larger companies provide you with a lot of choices and a ton of extras that you can add on to make your letter everything you want it to be. You will find that many companies allow you to add cute little extras like t-shirts or even other gifts.

The most fun part about getting a letter from Santa is to look at where it's from. When you go with the many companies that mail directly from the north pole, you will get a real looking letter that will provide proof that Santa is real within a child's eyes.

The last and most important reason to buy a letter from Santa online is that a child will never forget about it. It's true that as they age they may know where the letter really came from, but as they are young they will be able to know that Santa really cares about them.

Now that you know the many reasons to buy a letter from Santa online, the only thing left to do is go out and buy yours right away. Imagine the smile on your child's face when they open up the pretty envelope sent to them directly from Santa. It's a reaction you want to be there for.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

What's a Santa Letter

Deluxe Santa Claus CostumeIt's getting closer and closer to the time when Santa will climb down the chimney and deliver present to all the children in the world in just one single night. This year, it's time to make the joy of having Santa come into your home be even better for your child. And, it only takes one small, very affordable, piece of paper to do just that!

Santa letters are these amazing letters that normally come directly from the north pole These letters are are personalized to meet the needs of both parents and children. They can be typed with personal details only “Santa” world know and also tons of other things like notes about Santa's workshop or even the rain deers.

There are tons of different types of Santa letters. You can find them all over the internet and every year. More services come up to offer something unique and different for your child. You normally can get a select number of letters for free as a printable or you can buy letters online sent directly from the company for as little as $10 and as much $50. Many companies offer extras that you can pair with your  letter.

The best part of buying Santa Letters online is that you are able to get all different kinds. You can find a Santa letter that is religious or you can find one that features an urban Santa that fits within your family. You can find a Santa letter written in nearly any language you can think of.

If you want to wow a child's Christmas giving them a personalized Santa letter sent directly from the big guy himself is really going to do just that. Jump online right now and search for the perfect Santa Letter for your family. ( perfect plr articles )

Santa letters rock so much

Christmas Ornaments Plush Santa Claus Hold PillowThere is something fun about getting a letter from Santa that can have a child smiling ear to ear for days or even weeks. But, of course, that is  not the only reason , Santa letters rock so much. It's true that a child's reaction is just part of it, but that is only the beginning.

Can you imagine a child's face when they get a letter from the North pole directly from Santa? Their face will light up; a smile will race across their face and they will tear into the envelope, as if it's the first of many Christmas presents to open. It's just amazing;even the youngest child will be able to enjoy looking at the pretty paper and having you read them the letter as many times as possible.

Another reason why Santa letters rock so much is because you get to invest in something amazing. You are able to spend a little bit of money to get a large reaction. Some websites provide you with a large amount of extras you can pair with your personalized letter. You are able to get a letter sent from areas very far.

Another reason is that Santa letter are fun to look at, read, and pick from. Because there are so many different designs and different choices, you're able to enjoy the art of shopping for the perfect Santa letter for your child. You're able to spend time deciding how the letter should be worded. You are also able to determine  how soon you'd like your child to get it.

The last and most important reason is that it keeps your child believing in the fun of Santa. Of course, many children might learn at a very early age the “truth” about Santa, it's fun to let them enjoy the fun of Santa while they are still able to enjoy every element of it.

As you can see, these reasons make it fun for a child and also fun for you. So once you've decided that getting a Santa letter is perfect for you, the only question now is where do you start. ( perfect plr articles )

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Benefit of an Artificial Christmas trees

Stylized Tree Standee Large EachArtificial Christmas trees have come a long way from their humble beginnings. In the 1880’s the mass destruction of trees in Germany led to the first artificial tree made of goose feathers. By the early 1900’s, the Addis Brush Company created an alternative tree that could hold heavier, more elaborate ornaments. The new version was manufactured with the same machinery they made their toilet brushes. These days’ artificial trees are much more realistic with many benefits over real trees.

•    Artificial trees can be purchased from 12 inches up to 40 feet.  You can pick a tree that fits perfectly in the corner of your living room or stands proudly in a two story great room. 

•    Artificial Christmas trees can match your personality and your décor. They come in a variety of shapes and colors from green to white and pink silver or iced

•    Lugging a Christmas tree home year after year can feel more like a chore than a tradition. With a fake tree you can skip the drudgery and skip right to the ornament hanging and hot chocolate. If you miss the smell of fresh pines, many manufacturers sell sweet pine scented sprays to complete the ambiance.

•    You don’t have to bolt an artificial tree to the base or worry about pines falling on the floor and trailing through the house.  There is no need to desperately water a dying tree to hold off the browning till the end of the season. A fake tree means less time maintaining and more time admiring you Christmas tree.

•    Stringing Christmas lights is often a tense situation. With a real tree every year is a new challenge figuring out how to drape the lights just right- and that is after you untangle them from the box.  If you love the light without the hassle, many artificial Christmas trees come prewired with an assortment of energy efficient LED lights

•    An artificial tree will look just as good year after year as the day you bought it. Just take the tree out of the storage container, fluff the limbs and it is ready to go. Plus you can set it up and pack it away at your convenience without having to dump the dead tree.

•    Artificial Christmas trees are manufactured for their appearance and the ability to hold decorations. As a result, artificial trees are easier to decorate an artificial tree than an organic.

With artificial trees, you are not bringing outside elements indoors making it a perfect solution for people who suffer from allergies.

•    Real trees become fire hazards when they dry out. Why worry over a possible tragedy when artificial trees are much safer due to their flame retardant qualities?

•    Buying an artificial Christmas tree is also a great investment. Artificial trees are affordable. Their durability will save you money by not purchasing a new tree every year.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

How To Hang Outdoor Christmas lights

Christmas Ornaments Silver Christmas FlowerOutdoor Christmas lights instantly spread Holiday cheer. Christmas lights transform the exterior of a home for a very small investment. Though people love to see the sparkling lights embellish the neighborhood, an image of National Lampoon’s Christmas can make the process discouraging. 

Hanging Christmas lights is not as difficult  as it seems if the proper steps are followed.

•    Measure First - By measuring first you can ensure you have the right length of outdoor Christmas lights. Measure the base of the house along the corners and turns. Also measure the door frames, window frames and columns you plan to light.

•    Find Power Source – Find out if there is an outside power source or if a power cord is needed to run electricity through a window from the inside.  Measure how long of a power cord is needed to go from the source to the starting point of the roofline.

•    Pick Lights – There are several different bulb styles from icicles¸ bulbs, and retro bulbs. They can be purchased prelamped or separately as stringers and bulbs. Purchasing the stringers separately does allow you to change the bulb styles each season and gives you the ability to exchange dead bulbs.  

•    Calculate Power- Calculate the power wattage needed to prevent blowing a fuse. First figure out how many sockets are on the strand. Sockets look best placed 12” to 15” inches apart. Then determine Christmas light wattage by multiplying the bulb wattage by the number of sockets and divide by 115.  For example, bulb watts x number of sockets/115= total number of amps.  The total number of amps must be 10% less than the total amps the wire is rated.

•    Select Clips- Picking the correct clips will make hanging the outdoor Christmas lights much easier. There are many different clips to choose from appropriate for hanging Christmas lights on high peaks gutters, flat roofs, brick or siding. You can also pick up all in one clips

work with the largest number of bulbs. Attach the bulbs to the clips on the ground before climbing the ladder for a safer application.  Have a helper hold the lights so they don’t break against the ladder or house.

•    Light up the Night – Test the outdoor Christmas lights so you can replace or screw in any the lights that do not work. Set an outdoor timer so the lights come on at dusk and shut off at midnight.  Now, you are ready to bring the season of light to your front door.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas Dinner Ideas From Around The World

Cool Dangerous Design Wine Bottle Shelf SupporterChristmas dinner is the one of the few meals families sit down and eat together. It is the one family tradition people try not to break, even after they have grown up and left the nest. No matter what family tension manifested throughout the year, it is put aside for an evening of peace and well-wishing. Of course, the unifying factor that brings them all home for Christmas is the food.  

Breaking bread together is a celebration in itself.  In the United State the traditional meal is an elaborate version of Sunday dinner.  A festive holiday stuffing, roasted vegetables, and mashed potatoes are staples that grace the table. Specialty items like sweet potato casserole and old fashioned gelatin molds with fruit are tasty additions. The main event is usually a succulent ham, roast beef or goose. The food is usually prepared in abundance and made with love from the host’s kitchen. Besides common treats, classic yule logs, fruit cake, marzipan and Christmas pudding are specialty desserts looked forward to all year long.

Across the world families have their traditional dishes they feast on for Christmas dinner.  Perhaps, you can adapt some international favorites to this year’s menu.

Brazil – Served late night on Christmas Eve, Brazilians Christmas supper takes its cue from Portugal. Roasted chester, an oversized chicken, or turkey served with colorful rice dishes is the main event. An atlantic cod, bacalhão, is bought dried and salted then prepared for a day in a half before serving. Couve mineira , a garlic kale, and other vegetables and succulent fruits fill out the menu. Christmas dinner is not complete without traditional rabanada for dessert; French toast made with baguettes, sprinkled with sugar then drizzled with a spice port wine syrup.

Czech Republic- Households in the Czech Republic have old superstitions that influence their Christmas dinner customs that are not observed today.  A traditional meal consist of nine courses , including bread and honey, fried carp, potato salad, fruit, and an apple strudel dessert. Many days before Christmas a variety of Christmas cookies are made and lavishly decorated for guests. Leftover cookies are often displayed on the Christmas tree.

Philippines – Christmas is the most important holiday in the Philippines and, Noche Buena, or Christmas is the highlight. The meal is sumptuous buffet that friends and family are invited to drop by in an Open House style setting. Tables decorated with wreaths and Christmas flowers display large portions of roasted pig, oxtail stew, a baked stuff chicken called, rellenong manok, noodles and pasta dishes, native rice cakes, adobo, spring rolls, and cheese balls. Dinner is served with a native hot chocolate and ginger tea.

Germany - In Germany, a celebration takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The day before Christmas Bockwurst and potato salad, raclette, fondue, and fish or served. Then Christmas dinner is a more elaborate affair with roast turkey or goose, red cabbage, and potato dumplings. German gingerbread and Plätzchen, a variety of cookies always make an appearance.

There are many different recipes from around the world to spice up your Christmas dinner. The one thing they have in common is sharing the holiday with loved ones.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Chistmas Gift Basket Ideas

Holiday Housewarming Gift BasketIt is hard to match the dramatic impact a Christmas gift basket produces. Usually packaged with an innovative container, filled with goodies and tied with a bow, the presentation is bigger than life. The display of generosity is personalized by a theme related to a hobby or obscure taste of the recipient. Here are a few Christmas gift basket ideas to wow the lucky people on your list.

Christian Christmas Basket - A religious themed basket makes a divine family gift. Consider adding items personalized with a scripture such as a family picture frame, bookmark, or calendar. Add a devotional or memories journal for the upcoming year. Fill up the rest of the basket with edible treats such as, Christmas cookies, truffles, specialty coffees and teas for a festive touch.

Christmas Wonder – A collection of Christmas accessories also make a nice seasonal basket. Items can include a Christmas cd, a classic Christmas movie and an illustration books for younger children. Include a personalized family Christmas ornament for their Xmas tree.  Add peanut brittle, fudge and a few candy canes to complete the package.

Spa – Pamper a friend or family with a beauty basket. A spa basket includes luxurious bathroom toiletries such as bubble bath, lotions, and specialty soaps. Other items to add are scented candles and other gifts, like bathrobes, slippers and an eye mask, or a nice touch. Baskets for men should include masculine scented products like sandalwood and include foot and hand grooming items.

Night at the Movies – Another popular Christmas gift basket idea is a night at the movies. Instead of a basket, use a stovetop kettle cooker as the base. Add three flavors of uncooked popcorn, a couple of family movies and an assortment of popular movie theater candy. Recipients can enjoy popcorns and family movie nights throughout the year.

Garden- The avid gardener will enjoy a basket built around their passion. Fill a gardening tote bag with small hand tools like a weeder, shovel, and a hand fork. Add a few natural snacks like gourmet trail mix, apple chips, and assorted nuts to round out the bundle.

Wine and Cheese - Wine and cheese make for a tasteful Christmas gift basket made even more special in a basket. Place one or two bottles of wine in the basket with an assortment of cheese, hors d’oeuvre crackers, hickory and smoked sausage and bruschetta.  A variation is a specialty beer gift with flavored beers from around the world complimenting snacks like beef jerky, pretzels and peanuts. Put the items in a tin ice bucket to complete the theme.

You can take the time to find and buy all the items for the Christmas gift basket  then create the basket yourself. But this takes a lot of extra time and energy in an all-ready busy season. There are many reputable companies online that will help you gift your baskets in style. With a click of a button they will assemble and deliver the themed basket of your choice at very affordable prices.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas for Him

Lean Pipe Shaped Wine Bottler Supporter Wine Bottle ShelfIf men are so easy to please, how come Christmas gift ideas for him are so hard to come by? Make your list and check it twice. You have to find a gift for your man if he is naughty and even if he’s nice. But, finding a Christmas gift for a guy always seems to be a struggle. So, here is a list to help you find the perfect gift for your Santa this year.

Microbrew of the month - Perfect for the beer aficionado, a microwbrew of the month club is the gift that keeps on giving. Each month the lucky recipient gets to sample specialty, handcrafted brews delivered right to their door. By the end of the year he will be a connoisseur of the premium stuff. There are quite a few reputable companies online to do all the hard work for you.

Grilling Tools – Let your man be the king of his domain with a top of the line grilling set. There are packages of all sizes, with all the specialty tools needed to be a grill Master. Sets often include, grill tongs, spatula, basting brushes, cleaning brushes all in a carrying case. He’ll never need to borrow your utensils again.

Automotive Accessories - Men love to pamper the number one lady in their life –their car. Any item them helps keep her in tip top shape well go over well. Automotive gadgets are some of the best gift ideas for him.  A portable code reader gives the auto enthusiast a way to check the diagnostic trouble codes. You can also give him personalized floor mats, a GPS, or an upgraded car stereo.

Bar Accessories - Is the man in your life a genius behind the bar? If so, he will love a few tools to elevate his game. Pick him up one of the new infusion pitchers on the market that makes flavor infused beverages.  Another great idea is a soda maker for creating signature seltzers or a wine saver vacuum to keep the open bottles fresh.
Poker Night- Give a Christmas gift idea for him he will love. Deliver to him everything he needs for a Poker night. Poker chip sets, an automatic card shuffler and a tabletop poker table is everything he needs for a night in with the boys.

Movie Box Set - Let him experience his favorite movies again and again with a box set. There are quite a few genre specific special edition collections and popular movie series like Star Wars, the Omen, and Lord of the Rings.  There are also great historical documentaries and ESPN films gift set collections he can watch to his heart’s content.

Video Games - There is a gamer in every man. Whether XBOX, PS3, PC or the Wii, there is a perfect video game to make him as giddy as a boy. And the best thing is you don’t have to browse through the stores to pick it up. You can buy one of these easy Christmas gift ideas for him online without leaving the couch.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Inspirational Christmas Quotes

Christmas Stereoscopic Gold Stamping Greeting Card(8 PCS)This the season for well wishes and there is no better way than with Christmas quotes. The Holidays may be the only time we express our love for friends and family. But, it is not easy articulating how we feel. Here are a few stand-out salutations to sign on this year’s holiday cards.

•    We wish you a very happy Christmas and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.
•    Warm wishes from our house to yours.
•    May the Season bring only happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.
•    Merry Christmas May God bless you richly.
•    Wishing you harmony and love this Christmas.
•    Wishing you peace and joy in the New Year.
•    Warm Winter Wishes.

A well thought out message is more memorable than any gift. For an even more personal sentiment, write your own cards and include a message straight from the heart. Use the following Christmas quotes:
  • May the closeness of friends and the comfort of home, renew your spirits this Christmas.
  • Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
  • Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year.
  • May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love.
  • Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty;not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~ Charles Dickens
  • Merry Christmas May the Good Lord fulfill you with His promises and bestow on you His many blessings
  • If you don't have Christmas in your heart, you won't find it under the tree.
  • Christmas is love with all the trimmings.
  • May your neighbours respect you, Trouble neglect you, The angels protect you and Heaven accept you!
  • Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.~ Dale Evans
  • May this Christmas find you surrounded by those you love and those who love you.
  • Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget." With this thought, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the luck the New Year could possibly bring to you.
  • At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy Christmas
Shorter Christmas quotes add an extra touch to homemade gifts like picture frames and ornaments.

•    The true joy of Christmas is in the love shared with family and friends.
•    For Christmas decorate yourself with a smile!
•    Jesus is the reason for the season!
•    Love is the best gift of all!
•    It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~ W.T. Ellis

I hope you found inspiration in these Christmas quotes to help you spread cheer this Holiday season.

Looking for Gifts Ideas for Office Christmas?

Holiday Elegance Gift BasketChristmas gift ideas are hard to come up with, especially when buying gifts for co-workers. You want to pick something showing you took their personality into consideration. Yet, without personal relationships you don’t want to be presumptuous or miss the mark.  Avoid this year’s gift becoming next yours re-gift by giving them a useful present they can appreciate through the year.

Personalized Mouse Pad – A mouse pad with the recipient’s name and an attractive background that matches their personality shows you took that extra step. There are many themes to choose from and they are easily ordered online.

Offbeat Business Card Holder
- There are many styles of card holders from modern to quirky. Pick something you know the recipient will enjoy. Do they collect model trains, or always talk about retiring to the tropics? Give them a choo-choo train, or palm tree holder. Not only will it keep their business cards front and center, they make an attractive desk accessory.

Hearty Plants - Plants create oxygen and a more pleasant environment. Get your coworker a desk plant that takes little care to thrive. A potted pothos or succulents plant such as an aloe or crassulaceae are interesting and require little maintenance.

Wine – A bottle of wine is usual very well received. There are so many different types; you can pick a style that matches their taste preference. Many online resources can help you pick the perfect bottle. If you are not sure what they prefer, play it safe with a popular wine, like Merlot or Chardonnay.

Gift Cards – Gift cards make wonderful Christmas gift ideas. They are quick and easy to pick up, do not require wrapping paper. For an office gift chose a gift card that gives a lot of bang for a nominal price like a certificate for a mani/pedi, for a coffee shop, or iTunes. There is an appropriate gift card for everyone.

Scented Candles - Candle fragrances can be a form of aromatherapy or simply give a pleasant smell in an office. If recipients do not have a private office, candles or still nice little gifts they can take home and enjoy. There are a large variety of candles from limited Christmas editions like gingerbread, and pine to high end designer creations.

Personalized Family Ornament
- Ornaments are wonderful gift ideas for family men and women. Have a custom Christmas decorations made with the recipients last name and the date inscribed.  A family ornament will hang on the Christmas tree year after year.

With these great office Christmas gift ideas  you can check one more task off your to do list.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Christmas Tree Giant Wall DecalsThere are few things as beautiful as a drive to view the beautiful outdoor Christmas decorations. Even better than the commercial areas are the different styles displayed in each neighborhood. With some many types of decorations to choose from, everyone can find a way to express their Christmas spirit with outdoor Christmas decorations.

Deck the Door – Just decorating the front door can give big impact. One idea is to give it an appearance of a giant present. Pick a sturdy gold or silver wrapping paper and neatly wrap and tape the entire front door. Use a wide velvet ribbon to make a large loop bow to affix to the door. A more subtle approach is to make a simple natural wreath out of cones or pines. There are also beautiful wreaths you can buy to give a dramatic effect.

Old World Glow - Candles in each window dates back to the 1800’s. The warm glow they radiate is also represents friendship and peace in the Christmas season. Today, there is an endless selection of electrical versions that look just like the traditional window tapers. Candles are a classic understated way to decorate the exterior view of your home.
String it Up- Christmas is the season of lights and there is no better way to give the added twinkle than string lights. Opt for the festive colored bulbs or simple white lights. String them on eaves and around windows to outline the features of the house or accent outdoor trees and columns.

Adorn the Trees - No reason why he only ornamented tree should be inside. Decorating outdoor trees create a lovely outdoor display. An advantage of decorating a tree with ornaments instead of lights allows people to view the decorations day at night. There are many outdoor Christmas decorations with the proper scale and durability for the elements.

Spotlight - Smartly placed spotlights can be all that’s needed to step up outdoor Christmas decorations. Shining a spotlight on a wreath is a quiet and classy way to bring the eye directly to the focal point. Foot flood light are also wonderful on distinguished homes. For example, lights pointed at the base of a beautiful Victorian can highlights the details with a soft white light at the base of the home. 

Set a Scene – For those who believe bigger is better, there are plenty of wonderful figurines you can exhibit in the front yard. You can use present an artistic nativity scene, a wooden Santa sleigh pulled by reindeer, or even a blow up Santa. Whatever outdoor Christmas decorations you chose, your Christmas spirit will be evident.

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