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Candy Cane Meaning

by Debora Dyess There are some things that spring naturally to mind at Christmas: trees and trimmings, Santa and stockings and, of course, candy canes. These colorful sweeties are such a part of the holiday that we seldom wonder how they came to be, or the special meaning behind this treat. Decorating Christmas trees with…

Great Animated Christmas Movies for the Whole Family

guest post by Debora Dyess Now that the grandbabies are bigger, I’m taking a new look at animated Christmas movies. These films created treasured memories for me when I was young. I’m hoping they have the same magic now. If you have kids or grandkids, grab a bag of popcorn and a cup of hot…

Family Christmas Letter Ideas

by Deborah Dyess Not everyone is a born writer. For those of you who, like me, are not natural letter-writers, coming up with family Christmas letter ideas can be a challenge. If the thought of sitting down and writing a letter about the entire year terrifies you, it’s time to think outside the box. Creating…

Christmas Trees: From Then to Now

The Christmas tree has become one of the most beloved and well-known holiday symbols and it’s been a staple in winter celebrations for centuries. Many pagan festivals used trees to honor their gods and spirits. In Northern Europe the Vikings considered the evergreen a symbol and reminder that the darkness and cold of winter would…

Funny Night Before Christmas for Parents

A Christmas poem parents are sure to appreciate. With apologies to Clement C. Moore… Night Before Christmas for Parents Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house I searched for the tools to hand to my spouse. Instructions were studied and we were inspired, In hopes we could manage “Some Assembly Required.” The…

Charlie Brown Christmas Song Lyrics

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is one of my favorite family holiday movies. Based on the popular Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, this Christmas special is both funny and touching and manages to attack the commercialism of Christmas and remind people of the “reason for the “season” without being preachy. It’s still an annual…

Ideas for Christmas Gift Cookies

Selecting the perfect holiday gift for friends and acquaintances can be difficult, particularly if the person is someone you don’t know very well. And if your budget is already tight during the holidays, the problem becomes even more difficult. Christmas gift cookies or other baked goods are an inexpensive yet personal solution to many gift-giving…

10 Eco Christmas Gifts Ideas

Many people are trying to go green and lessen their impact on our earth. Are you shopping for someone like that this season? If so, here are some eco Christmas gift ideas to help you with your earth-friendly gift giving. 1. Elephant Poo Poo Paper Note Paper Your gift recipient can forget about using Post-It…

Twelve Days of Christmas Lyrics

When it’s time to sing Christmas carols, do you have trouble remembering how many maids were a-milking and how many geese were a-laying? Then check out these lyrics to Twelve Days of Christmas and then sing with confidence! Twelve Days of Christmas Lyrics 1. On the first day of Christmas my true-love sent to me…