I've always tried to create enjoyable childhood memories by integrating all the wonders that the Christmas holidays had to offer, even if it meant I'd be up for hours on Christmas Eve trying to assemble toys for my kids. Oh the frustration! After a couple of glasses of wine I'd give up. Then I'd have another glass of wine. When it came to assembling new toys, I was somewhat challenged. Where the front of the box read "some assembly required", it should read "some parts will probably be missing and may cause frustration and aggravation.
Having a newborn at this time of year is the best gift you could receive. Getting together with family and friends who want to spend time with your new addition can be wonderful, but there are several health concerns to be aware of.
When did festive become so expensive? Just flip through any catalog or walk into any department store and it seems that the holidays have become an over-the-top affair. It comes at a time when we're already feeling the pinch with parties and gifts and now the style police seems to be telling us that we're just not in the holiday spirit if we don't have light-up Nutcrackers on our front lawns.
Buying holiday gifts doesn't have to wipe you out, mentally or financially. The best advice we can offer you for spending less and easing the stress of buying holiday gifts this year is to GET ORGANIZED. Here are some tips to getting your holiday gift lists organized so you can not only keep your sanity at the end of the day, but some pocket cash, too!
Some of you may have taken our advice in July and already snapped up Christmas cards on sale, but if you skipped over that article while sipping lemonade, don’t worry. We’re here to tell that you a little planning now will keep you from freaking out once December rolls around. We’re not saying that you need to actually mail the cards now, but taking a few steps to get yourself ready will definitely save you some time, and a headache, later on.
Your color scheme, wedding details and personality should be reflected in your wedding decorations. Choose decorations that incorporate the details you love about the holiday for your Christmas wedding, whether it's the playful snowball fights, rich velvety textures or twinkling lights. Weave your color scheme, style and common images throughout your wedding, from your invitations to your decorations.
Christmas trees have long been a symbol of the season of giving. As you set out to deck your tree this year, consider mixing up your tree-decorating pattern. By adopting a creative tree design, you can make your tree look put-together and increase the attention-getting nature of the display. Pick a pattern of decorating that reflects your interests to make your tree not only a symbol of the holiday but also of the things you hold dear.
When it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, the outside is the first impression everyone receives. Make a seasonal, cheery statement with carefully placed decorations. Don't feel the need to cover every last inch of space with a decoration. A few carefully placed items will leave a warm, inviting impression on everyone who passes by.
The fireplace through which Santa will enter the house is a logical Christmas focal point. Before all eyes turn to this room feature, dedicate some time to the decoration of your mantel. By carefully selecting decorative pieces on this area, you can make your fireplace even more aesthetically pleasing and spread some holiday cheer.