Fun-filled Ideas For Christmas Decorations
Christmas brings along with it lots of good times and cheer. One of the most exciting things to do during this time of the year is decorating a Christmas tree. This is also one of the most nostalgic moments for the adults and a fun time for kids. So, if you too love to decorate a Christmas tree then here are some exciting decorating ideas for this season.
You can start with the front of your home, which is mostly forgotten but is the most important one to make a good impression. You can decorate the space in the front with two Christmas trees. You can both get the pre-lit ones because they are hassle-free, or you can use light the candles and put them on the trees yourself. You may get a nice welcome mat that has snowflakes or holiday flowers design.
Houses with entryways make for the perfect place for Christmas decorations. If you have a large entryway then you can place a lighted Christmas tree there. This tree can be used for decorating as well as entertainment purposes. You can place the main Christmas tree in either the living room or the den.
If you cannot put so many Christmas trees in your home then alternatively you can get the kids to make hang cloth Christmas tree banners and glue them on the wall. Glitter can be added to it to create a special effect. This is a creative and fun way to involve the kids in the decorations of Christmas at home.
The bathroom is one part of the house that usually gets neglected when it comes to decorating. This holiday season remembers to decorate even your bathroom by placing some scented pine, holiday spice, or cinnamon.
For the bedroom, you can add freshness to it by buying linens in red, green, or silver. You can also opt for holiday quilts that are warm and comfortable.
Exploring The Traditions and Customs Of Christmas
Christmas celebrated on the 25th December of every year, is a celebration of brotherhood, mankind, and love for all. It marks the pious birth of Christ, known to be the savior of mankind. This time of the year has been widely celebrated in all parts of the world. People wait all year through in anticipation of this festival. The kids have real fun because they receive exciting gifts. The adults exchange gifts too and revive their bonds by get together and parties. Although different countries throughout the world celebrate the customs and traditions of Christmas according to their culture, the essence remains the same.
Some of the things that mark the traditions of Christmas include Christmas greens and flowers, Christmas tree, the star, Santa Claus, candy cane, Christmas cards, Father Christmas, and the gingerbread man. These valuable traditions that make up the spirit of Christmas have been aggregated from different cultures for ages. When you take an in-depth look into the traditions of Christmas, you will be touched by the sentiments that provide liveliness to the festival.
On the eve of the festival, Christmas carols are sung to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. Fir trees are decorated in all homes and are laden with gifts and stars. The children keep stockings hoping that Santa Clause would come and fill it with surprises. The parents usually fill in the stocking to make their kids happy.
On Christmas day, people meet each other and wish merry Christmas. A wide variety of mouthwatering special Christmas delicacies are prepared at home. Some families prefer to enjoy privately with family members. While there are others who throw lavish parties and make merry. They exchange gifts and spread love among themselves.
Although the traditions and customs of Christmas may differ from country to country, the essence of brotherhood and love remains the same throughout the world.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Those You Care
Giving out gifts during Christmas has been a tradition for ages. In earlier times, the gifts were mostly hand-delivered. The gifts were often not even delivered. The sentiment attached to it was more than enough. However, these days the gifts are more stylish and creative. If you want to surprise your family and friends with exciting gifts then here are some fun ideas.
If you have friends of someone in the family who is an avid magazine reader then you may gift them a year or two years subscription. This will save you money and at the same time will be directly sent to the recipient. You will receive a confirmation card which you can gift to them on Christmas morning.
For the kids, you really don't need to think as they have their gifts decided months before Christmas. You can just go to the shop and buy them what they want. But, for the finicky people who don't speak up but usually disapprove of the gifts, you can present them with gift certificates. This allows them to buy the gift of their own choice. The gift cards are available in varying amounts and most of them are rechargeable, which means that you can add more money to it on a later date. You can purchase gift cards for a new retail store or a restaurant.
Both men, as well as women, love to be pampered. You can also choose to get a massage for him and a facial for her that they can use anytime. These gift cards are not too expensive and they are sure to make the receiver happy. It is not tough to get some time out from the busy schedule to pamper oneself.
The ornate Christmas stocking can be used to wrap the gifts. You can put the gifts inside the stockings and present it to your friends or relatives.
Organizing A Christmas Family Gathering
Christmas is time to get together and celebrate the family bonding. No matter where all your relatives and friends live, this is one time of the year when they would come down to meet and spend time together. Show about organizing a Christmas family gathering that is full of warmth and have fun. You can prepare some really mouthwatering delicacies to treat the guests and several other things to make your party turn out great. Here are some helpful tips:
Most of the family gatherings are usually based on food. So, plan the menu in advance. If you know who likes what, try if you can get those specialties prepared to surprise them.
You must send out invitations early so that everybody knows the venue and the time. You may as well include the starting and ending time in the invitation cards.
You can get some help from some of your family members to get things organized. You may ask some family members to bring along some dessert, side dish or wine to your place. If you have planned a family get-together then you can freely ask for help as organizing everything alone could be difficult. You have taken the initiative, let others help you too.
You may also organize a gift exchange at the gathering. You may as well mention this in the invitation card. This would make your party more interesting and lively. Remember the music. Get some good music CDs or DVDs and keep them playing to create the perfect ambiance for the gathering.
For the kids, you may arrange for some game or a movie. All the kids can enjoy some game in a room, in the presence of an adult. You may give out prizes to the winner. You may even get some good movies DVDs for the kids to watch.
Remember to have all arrangements to accommodate the elderly and the disabled people if any. This time is to relax and cherish the moments, so enjoy the most out of it.
AM I SANTA CLAUS ?
Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to have belief in something they can't see or touch.
It's a big job, and it's an important one. Throughout your life, you will need this capacity to believe: in yourself, in your friends, in your talents, and in your family. Youll also need to believe in things you can't measure or even hold in your hand.
Here, I am talking about love, that great power that will light your life from the inside out, even during its darkest, coldest moments.
Santa is a teacher, and I have been his student, and now you know the secret of how he gets down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve: he has help from all the people whose hearts he's filled with joy.
With full hearts, people like Daddy and me take our turns helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible.
So, no. I am not Santa. Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. Im on his team, and now you are, too.
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Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply "Santa", is a historical, legendary and mythological figure who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24 or on his Feast Day, December 6 (Saint Nicholas Day). The legend may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek and Byzantine folklore to Basil of Caesarea. Basil's feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece. While Saint Nicholas was originally portrayed wearing bishop's robes, today Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots (images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache). This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, and films. In the United Kingdom and Europe, he is often depicted in a manner identical to the American Santa Claus, but he is commonly called Father Christmas. A well-known folk legend associated with Santa Claus says that he lives in the far north, in a land of perpetual snow. The American version of Santa Claus says that he lives at his house on the North Pole, while Father Christmas is often said to reside in the mountains of Korvatunturi in Lapland Province, Finland. Santa Claus lives with his wife Mrs. Claus, a countless number of magical elves, and eight or nine flying reindeer. Another legend, popularized in the song Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, says that he makes a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior ("naughty" or "nice") and that he delivers presents, including toys, candy, and other gifts to all of the good boys and girls in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the reindeer who pull his sleigh.