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The problem with Christmas shopping for grandparents is, having experienced more holiday seasons than their younger relatives, it's possible that they've pretty much already received most of the gifts you can think of by this point in their lives. But that doesn't mean you can't think of new territory to cover when selecting Christmas gifts for a grandfather or...more
Many people pick up a few extra dollars each Christmas by dressing up as Santa Claus. Others just like putting a Santa costume on to surprise their kids. However, there are some behavioral characteristics particular to Santa to keep in mind while donning the typical red suit, hat and fake beard. The suit Most costume stores should have a Santa outfit handy. If you'd...more
For some people, Christmas isn't complete without an annual viewing of one of their favorite holiday-themed films. And, as Hollywood tends to crank out at least one Christmas movie a year, there are many to choose from. With so many standout, time-tested Yuletide films, volumes could be written about certain Christmas movies. Here are just a few of the most beloved. ...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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,...more
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...more