Christmas Letter Template: Peace on Earth

This MS Word newsletter template for Christmas is designed to make your Christmas letter writing easy! Simply open the document in Microsoft Word (version 97 or newer) and edit it like you’d edit any Word document. The three-column design includes the words “Peace on Earth” in a blue vertical banner down the left column, places…

Create Free Animated Christmas Cards Online

Have some fun with your photos this holiday season! Smilebox is a service that lets you create free animated Christmas cards, slideshows and scrapbooks that you personalize with your own photos, text and choice of music. They have hundreds of designs for all occasions, including 95 different Christmas designs, and they’re all free – as…

Unusual Christmas Cards Are Christmas Letters, Too

Traditionally, if you wanted to send a Christmas letter at the holidays, you had to print it on a separate piece of paper and stuff it inside the card you were sending out. No more! The cards shown here, and others like them, let you combine your Christmas card and letter into one easy-to-create mailing.…

How Saint Nicholas Became Santa Claus

Ask any child what Santa looks like, and he or she can probably describe him – he’s a fat guy with a white beard, a red suit and hat, and a reindeer-drawn sleigh. But how did the gift-giving habits of Saint Nicholas, a Christian saint who lived in the third century, evolve into the myth…

“The Night Before Christmas” Parody

This parody of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem “The Night Before Christmas” makes fun of the callenges of being politically correct, and ends with a positive message for everyone. The Politically Correct Night Before Christmas ‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck… How to live in a world that’s politically correct? His workers…

History of the Candy Cane

Christmas candy canes are as familiar during the holidays as images of Santa Claus and the baby Jesus. But how did they come to be such a popular holiday treat? The history of the candy cane can be traced back to Germany. In 1670, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral bent straight white candy sticks…

Create Your Own Custom Holiday Photo Cards

Back in the old days before the Internet, sending out photo Christmas cards meant a trip to a photography studio, weeks of waiting, and a lot more expense than traditional cards with images. No more! These days, you can hop online, pour through hundreds of designs, upload your own digital image, press a few buttons,…