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What to do After Unwrapping Presents on Christmas Morning

December 18th, 2013

It's almost like the calm after the storm - after the presents are finally opened, the anticipation that's been building for weeks throughout December has finally been fulfilled. So, what are we all supposed to do with ourselves then? For those who still see their immediate family on a regular basis, Christmas afternoon may seem like any other relaxing weekend. But...

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Guidance for Decorating a Christmas Tree

December 12th, 2013

Any tree - whether it's artificial or natural - can be a marvelous yuletide feature with just the right decorations. Here's some advice on how to make sure you're putting your Christmas gifts under a creatively and fantastically decorated tree.Lights Before placing individual decorations on a tree, it's best to establish a glittery base of colored lights...

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Tips for Baking Expert Christmas Cookies

December 12th, 2013

Most cookies are treats that can be enjoyed year round, but there's a unique element to Christmas cookies that makes them distinct this festive time of year. Gingerbread men, sugar cookies shaped like Christmas trees, iced snowflakes and peppermint candy cane-shaped treats are all examples of sweet snacks that can be virtually ubiquitous during the Yuletide season. Many...

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How to Build a Snow Shelter for Recreation

December 12th, 2013

The first snowfall means shoveling sidewalks, clearing off your cars and navigating slippery roads, but snow doesn't have to be all bad. Whether you pass the time by throwing snowballs or building snow people, this weather can be loads of fun for the family. To help you get in on the fun, here are some tips on building a snow shelter.Snow cave and igloo According to SAR...

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How to Have the Best Christmas Lights Display in Your Neighborhood

December 11th, 2013

A few simple multi-colored cords of lights strewn around the front of your home can add an aura of holiday cheer to your personal spot in the neighborhood. But some people prefer to go all out for the season. Detailed displays of the nativity scene are not uncommon, nor are large dioramas featuring Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and even Frosty the Snowman....

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Making Crystal Snowflakes: A Holiday Craft for Kids

December 11th, 2013

When the holidays roll around, you might find yourself with a few extra kids around. Whether they're your own children, home from school on winter break, or nieces, nephews, cousins or grandchildren coming over for cookies and milk, a house full of giggling kids is often one of the perks of the season. If you'll be playing host to some little ones this year,...

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Top 3 Ideas for Homemade Christmas Gifts

December 11th, 2013

With Christmas fast approaching and time running out, it may be worthwhile to consider some homemade Christmas gifts rather than conventional presents. Now and then, it's the personal touch that can make a gift more meaningful to your friends and family. Here are some top ideas to keep in mind when thinking about do-it-yourself presents.Cookie-in-a-jar Baking is a...

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How to Have the Best Snowball Fight Possible

December 6th, 2013

A fresh, lightly damp snow has fallen and that only means one thing: snowball fights. Everywhere there is snowfall, children are gathering their friends in preparation for epic battles. Some fight to the last man while others work to capture the opposing team's flag. Yet with so many different options and variations, how do you have the best snowball fight...

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Some Fun Ideas for New Year's

December 6th, 2013

The traditional New Year's Eve celebration can be a bombastic, alcohol-fueled throwdown, but that type of event isn't for everyone. Some people even prefer to stay at home New Year's Eve and celebrate the upcoming 365 days in more wholesome ways. Here are some alternative New Year's Eve and Day traditions you might enjoy. Alternatives to alcohol If drinking really isn't...

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Some of the Best New Year's Eve Films

December 6th, 2013

Most people don't necessarily consider New Year's Eve a day that lends itself to being the subject matter of holiday movies and television shows - there's a reason why there's no such film as "Lighten up, Charlie Brown, it's New Year's Eve!" Events associated with the holiday, especially the preceding evening, are generally geared toward...

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