Ugly Christmas Sweater Reindeer

Who doesn’t love ugly Christmas sweaters? Even those who aren’t completely obsessed with them seem to have at last one or two. Whether wearing them while Christmas shopping or at an ugly Christmas sweater party, everyone should have at least one in their closet.

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Winter Crafts for Kids

Are you looking for some great winter crafts to dow with your kids? Whether you need something for a snow day, or are looking for some great holiday ornaments to decorate your home, these crafts are fun and educational. They’re also great for kids of all ages.

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Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas

The Elf on the Shelf became a beloved Christmas tradition starting in 2004 when the book was first published. It tells the story of how elves hide in people’s homes so that they can watch what’s going on. In other words, these are Santa’s helpers. They determine whether the people in the home are naughty or nice, and then they report to Santa.

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5 Easy Christmas Appetizer Ideas for your Party

5-easy-christmas-appetizer-ideas-for-your-partyWhen it comes to entertaining for Christmas, it’s important not to overdo it. The good news is, it’s possible to serve up a delicious and classy meal without spending hours in the kitchen! It all starts with these incredibly simple ideas for appetizers that you can serve on Christmas Day or any other gathering you may be having during the holidays.

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Sending Out a Newsletter With Your Christmas Cards

merry-christmasEach year, you send out Christmas cards hoping that the people you don’t have a chance to talk too often appreciate the gesture. For the most part, they do seem to appreciate it, but sometimes just scribbling, “Merry Christmas” and signing your name doesn’t feel like enough. That’s why I also like to send a newsletter.

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What’s On My Christmas Playlist?

christmas-ornamentsToday I heard my first Christmas ensemble of the year – a bell choir organized by a local church. The music was beautiful and the ladies work REALLY hard. It made me realize that it is time to think about my Ultimate Christmas Playlist. After spending some time looking around for the right one, I decided to go ahead and make my own!

Rather than describe which songs I put on my playlist, I thought I’d share it with you! I’m a huge fan of jazz and swing so of course there’s Glenn Miller, Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, and an assortment of other Christmas classics. As the Christmas season progresses, I am sure that I will add even more songs. We’re just getting started this year!

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You Must Try These Easy Holiday Cocktails

hot-holiday-sangriaWhether you’re hosing a Christmas party or are attending a holiday gathering, it helps to know how to make a few really great cocktails. When having guests over, you’ll want to have at least one signature Christmas cocktail.

While at a party, your bartending skills may come in handy, especially if people find out you know how to make some really great drinks. Here are some simple cocktail recipes that will be a hit at any party:

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How to Hide Your Christmas Gifts (So People Won’t Find Them)

christmas-giftYou work hard shopping for all those Christmas presents – but what happens if the gift recipients live in the same home as you? It’s discouraging to think that they could find the gifts at any moment because that would completely spoil the surprise. Sure, you could always wrap the gift before you put it away. However, that isn’t a guarantee that the secret is safe! Your best bet is to hide it so that no one can find it. Here are some great places to hide them:

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Have an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Merry ChristmasDo you have a fantastically cheesy, or “ugly” Christmas sweater in your closet? If so, then you’re probably looking for something to do with them. After all, it isn’t practical to wear it on a regular basis, especially if you work in an office with a strict dress code. Instead, it’s fun to have an ugly Christmas sweater party! Here are some tips:

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Christmas Cupcake Cake Recipe

I think this cupcake cake is super cute. What a fun idea! Even though the cupcake trend seems to be on its way out, I still think every cupcake I come across is adorable. I may give this one a try for my next Christmas party Doesn’t it look delicious?

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Alternatives to Sending Christmas Cards

christmas cardsEven though this is a happy time of year, the weeks leading up to Christmas can be incredibly stressful. The weeks after Thanksgiving fly by and then we realize that oops, we didn’t get everything done. For me, that often means that I didn’t send Christmas cards either by choice or because I ran out of time.

People love getting Christmas cards because they love being remembered by their friends and family members. People use the cards to decorate their homes. They even buy things like these Christmas card wreaths to store them. Yet, not all of us have time to send them. Now what?

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How to Make Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Sugar cookies are an essential Christmas staple. For me, that usually means that I buy sugar cookie dough, roll it out, and use Christmas cookie cutters to make the right shapes. Sometimes, I’ll ice the cookies in Christmas colors.

Well, this year, I think I may find time to make my own cookie batter. However, this year, I decided to make them chocolate! I found a great video on youtube. This is the Chocolate cookie recipe I am going to use.

Start Christmas Shopping Already?

christmas shoppingI can’t believe it’s that time of year. I know I started this blog back in August in anticipation for the holidays but for the first time, I can actually feel it coming. There’s a chill in the air this week that hadn’t been there before. I actually turned on the heat this morning.

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How to Make Sugar Cookies

I love making sugar cookies for Christmas. This video is excellent. Next time I make sugar cookies I will definitely take her advice.

Mulled Wine Recipe

In Germany it’s called Gluhwein. Here in the United States it’s called Mulled Wine. No matter where you drink it or what you call it, I look at it as one of the biggest delights of the Christmas season.One sip instantly takes me back to the Christmas markets in Germany. I enjoy making some each year while I trim the Christmas tree.

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Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Adults

Christmas StockingAs soon as I became an adult, the Christmas stocking stuffers stopped. Why is that? Filling a stocking with small trinkets is a magical thing even for adults. So this year, I propose that we fill up those stockings for those adults whom we love, not just the children.

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My Favorite Christmas Carol

Silent NightMy favorite Christmas Carol is Silent Night, Holy Night. It’s been that way since I was little.

When I was a child, I would have my mother sing to me before bed, year round. Her lovely voice, a piece of cheese, and a glass of water would complete my evening routine that would see me off to bed.

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Cupcakes for Christmas Gifts – Simple Cupcake Recipe Video

cupcake-christmas-giftsI think cupcakes make a great addition to any holiday spread. My favorite varieties include butterscotch cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, and even mint chocolate chip cupcakes. Basically, I think cupcakes are the perfect food. They not only make a great homemade gift by themselves, but they are also a great thing to bring to a Christmas party.

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What is the True Meaning of Christmas?

meaning-of-christmasChristmas exists not because of Santa, giving each other gifts, decorating our homes, or the Rudolph Christmas special that airs every year. We celebrate Christmas because that is the day we, as Christians, have chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an important religious holiday that has skewed into a materialistic one.

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Christmas Party Appetizer Ideas

christmas party appetizer ideasAre you having a Christmas party? If so, you’ll definitely need some appetizers. Most of us don’t have the time to do anything elaborate. Fortunately, there are some easy appetizers that you can put together even when you’re pressed for time.

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How to Enjoy Germany’s Christmas Markets

germany-christmas-marketFor five years, I was presented with an opportunity that enabled me to live in Germany. That means I spent five Christmas’s or so getting to know the German Christmas traditions. One of my favorites is the German Christmas markets, or Kristkindlemaerkte. I particularly enjoy the one in Munich because that’s my favorite city.

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My Favorite Christmas Movies

christmas-moviesOne of the things that makes Christmas special to me are the movies that I look forward to each year. So, I thought I’d make a list of all the movies that I make it a point to watch. Here are my favorites – they are in no particular order – I simply love them all!

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Time to Get Ready for Christmas!

Christmas TreeAnother year has passed. Wow! I know, I can hardly believe it. It’s that time of year again – time to get ready for Christmas. For most of us that means we need to plan out our social calendars, buy Christmas gifts, and decorate our homes.

The first thing that most of us do is decorate for Christmas. As soon as the dishes are washed from our Thanksgiving meals, Christmas is already on our minds. In my house, we start bringing down the decoration boxes from our attic the day after Thanksgiving and take our time decorating throughout the weekend.

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