All Things Christmas

Charity Navigator – Your Guide to Giving in this Giving Season

Spirit of Christmas

Charity Navigator – Your Guide to Giving in this Giving Season Charity Navigator helps charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over 2,500 charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. Evaluations are easy to understand and are freely available to the public. By guiding intelligent giving, Charity

Hugs and Hope for Sick Children

Spirit of Christmas

Hugs and Hope for Sick Children The HUGS and HOPE Club for Sick Kids is a nonprofit charity devoted to putting smiles on the faces of children who might otherwise have little to smile about. The Internet based group of 2,000+ volunteers sponsors several programs including the annual Holiday ELF PROJECT. The group is always

Oprah’s Angel Network

Spirit of Christmas

Oprah’s Angel Network was created to inspire people to use their lives… and to reap the truest rewards that come from giving to others. With the efforts and donations of our viewers, Oprah’s Angel Network’s first two initiatives gave homes to over 1000 people, and sent 150 deserving students to college… and a brighter future.

10 Tips for a More Meaningful and Less Stressful Holiday

Holiday Planning

10 Tips for a More Meaningful and Less Stressful Holiday For most people, the holiday season is filled with frenzied activity, stress, and frustration. It’s enough to make even Bob Cratchit tear his hair out and scream “Bah! Humbug!” Is there a person alive who can’t benefit from some simple suggestions to make this season

100 Christmas Gift Suggestions (76 – 100)

Gift Suggestions

100 Christmas Gift Suggestions (76 – 100) Previous Set | Up 76. Is there a fitness fanatic on your gift list Maybe a warm-up suit, exercise video, weights, or health club membership is just the thing. 77. Decorate a small Christmas tree with homemade ornaments, miniature toys, cookies, or potpourri bags as a special gift

100 Christmas Gift Suggestions (51 – 75)

Gift Suggestions, Holiday Planning

100 Christmas Gift Suggestions (51 – 75) Previous Set | Next Set 51. Holidays mean food and reminiscing good times. Give a food basket that will remind the receiver of a favorite place or vacation. Make the wrapping paper using travel brochures or maps to hint at the treasure inside. 52. A mini Zen stone

100 Christmas Gift Suggestions (26 – 50)

Gift Suggestions

100 Christmas Gift Suggestions (26 – 50) Previous Set | Next Set 26. Aromatherapy is quite popular.Select one or two aromatic oils and candles noted for their soothing effects and package them with a neck rest pillow.The receiver will love you. 27. Stretch that relaxing moment with a small in-door waterfall kit.The main ingredient is

100 Christmas Gift Suggestions (1 – 25)

Gift Suggestions

100 Christmas Gift Suggestions (1 – 25) Up | Next Set 1. Make up small loaves of quick breads. Wrap them in plastic wrap for freshness and place in a festive bag or wrapping. Include a recipe card. 2. Select a cookbook and choose a recipe from the book. Attach a card to the front

The Well Lit Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees & Decorations, Holiday Planning

The Well Lit Christmas Tree by Julie Ann Bennet Lighting is a critical part of decorating your tree. To get a designer effect you need to add many more lights than average. You will get a big result for the dollars you invest. I recall a time when I tossed 2-3 light strings loosely around

Creating Unique Christmas Tree Themes

Christmas Trees & Decorations, Holiday Planning

Creating Unique Christmas Tree Themes by Julie Ann Bennet Uniquely themed trees that break from tradition have grown in popularity the past few years. They are a fabulous way to bring a touch of whimsy to holiday celebrations. Your Christmas tree can be used to reflect special hobbies such as doll, angel or teddy-bear collecting,

Use Feng Shui to Make Christmas Lunch Truly Special

Christmas Parties, Holiday Planning

USE FENG SHUI TO MAKE CHRISTMAS LUNCH TRULY SPECIAL by Sarah Shurety Christmas lunch is one of the most special times of the year, whether it is an intimate lunch for two or a huge family gathering. You have put all that energy into planning the food, spending hours in the supermarket, unloading all the

Decorations on Your Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees & Decorations, Holiday Planning

DECORATIONS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE by Sarah Shurety One of the most wonderful things about Christmas is the decorations and most particularly the spectacular centerpiece – the Christmas Tree. Follow these guidelines and enjoy a beautifully transformed magical home over the whole Christmas. Use plenty of green. Christmas can be stressful because there is so

The Evolution of Modern Day Santa

Santa Claus

The Evolution of Modern Day Santa It was in an 1870 edition of A Visit From Saint Nicholas that Saint Nicholas wore a red cloth coat. Thomas Nast has depicted him in a reddish brown outfit, trimmed in white ermine, in 1866. This illustration appeared in George P. Walker’s verse story Santa Claus And His

Santa Around the World!

Christmas Around the World, Santa Claus

Santa Around the World! Santa is indeed a very popular figure around the world. To Christians in the African Republic of Ghana, Father Christmas comes from the jungle. In Hawaii he comes by boat. On the Nerang River in Australia he rides water skis, wears a white beard and red bathing trunks. In Brazil Grandpapa

Santa Discovers America

Santa Claus

Santa Discovers America Europeans first brought Saint Nicholas to America in the fifteenth century. On his first voyage, Columbus named a port in Haiti for Saint Nicholas; and the Spaniards originally called Jackson, Florida, “Saint Nicholas Ferry”. When the Dutch emigrated to America they took their beloved saint with them. At the prow of the

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