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How to Make a Reindeer Candy Cane

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April 26, 2010 by Lisa

I’ve never figured out how candy canes missed the 12 Days of Christmas, because surely the goofy true love knew that candy canes signify Christmas like no other candy around. They adorn candy dishes, stockings and Christmas trees. Instead of hanging plain canes on the tree this year, why not make a reindeer candy cane? It’s a simple craft project that parents can share with their children, and it can easily become a tree-decorating tradition.

For each reindeer candy cane you’ll need:
○ One individually wrapped candy cane
○ Two googly eyes
○ One brown chenille stem
○ brown felt
○ small pom-poms
○ thick craft glue
○ small jingle bell
○ 8” length of Christmas-colored satin ribbon

1. Wrap the middle of the chenille stem around the crook of the candy cane. Twist it tightly at the top. A dab of glue will help secure the chenille stem in place. Bend the stem into antlers.
2. Cut small tear-drop shaped ears from the brown felt. Glue one to each side, just below antlers.
3. Glue googly eyes onto the short side of the candy cane, just below and slightly in front of the ears.
4. Glue a pom-pom to the tip of the short end of the candy cane. This nose may be red (Rudolf), black (all of the other reindeer) or whatever color you’d like.
5. String a jingle bell onto the length of ribbon. Tie ribbon securely around reindeer, behind the antlers. Form a loop to hang the reindeer candy cane around the tree. Your reindeer candy cane may also be mounted on garland with hot glue or used to decorate a wreath.

If you like the look of reindeer candy canes but want something that won’t get all sticky in years to come, you can also buy Reindeer Candy Canes ornament kits online.

– Deborah Dyess

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Ideas for Unique Christmas Stockings

Posted in Christmas
April 23, 2010 by Lisa

unique christmas stockings - giant stockingNear Christmas, you can find red felt stockings with white fir trim at virtually any store for a few dollars. They’re everywhere. And while there’s nothing wrong with those stockings, they don’t have have much personality. Yes, Santa Claus will fill them anyway. No, he won’t remember them a week from now. If you’d like some unique Christmas stockings that are sure to make Santa take notice, consider some of these.

Giant Christmas stockings – This giant Christmas stocking may look like a classic red sock with white fuzzy trim, but only if you don’t look at the size. This huge sock measures a whopping 60 inches. If you think Santa’s planning something big this year, this is the stocking for you!

Princess Christmas Stockings – If you have a little princess in your life, she’ll love a glittery Lil’ Princess Personalized Stocking personalized with her name.

unique christmas stockings - bumbleRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Bumble Stocking – Here’s a fun stocking for anyone who loves the Rankin-Bass Rudolph animated special. Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster peeks out of the top of this stocking.

Sexy Stockings – If the ladies in your life are past the little princess stage and need a grown-up stocking, check out Ho Ho Heel. These unique Christmas stockings look like women’s boots with heels, and they come in a variety of prints.

Cowboy Christmas stockings – Have yourself a country Christmas with these unique Christmas stockings that look like cowboy boots. You can find them online at Rusty Accents.

Create Your Own Unique Christmas Stockings – If you’re the crafty type, consider creating your own Christmas stocking with a personalized image. Visit your local office supply store to get iron-on paper. Then select a favorite image, print it with your inkjet printer onto the iron-on paper and then follow the directions. It’s easy!

For even more fun, pick out some unique Christmas stocking holders to display your stockings until Santa arrives.

We are all unique individuals, so why not choose a unique Christmas stocking to make your holiday special?

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Creative Gift Wrapping Techniques for Christmas

Posted in Christmas
April 18, 2010 by Lisa

Gift Wrap Yourself cardI looked at the pile of gifts under the tree, frowning. With five different patterns of gift wrap, everything looked … wrong. Where was the festive mood I’d prepared for, that Norman Rockwell backdrop? Something definitely didn’t ring right for that long-planned-for moment.

It was the wrapping. Yawn.

Special moments need special preparation. Given a bit of time and inspiration, something as small as gift wrapping techniques make a big difference.

Think of gift wrap as a theme – match them to your room décor, and make sure to use no more than 3-4 different papers.

Simple can be elegant. Wrapping packages in plain brown shipping paper and topping with something extraordinary is beautiful. Try a small pine branch and pine cone, a touch of gold leaf, or red berries. No ribbon or bow needed – tie it off with a length of raffia.

White paper with metallic is also timeless. Paper may be left plain or sparingly leafed with gold, silver or bronze to match ribbons.

Dress a package up as Santa or Rudolph. For either character, wrap a rectangular or square package in plain, red wrapping paper.

For Rudolph, cut a triangle and teardrop-shaped ears from brown Kraft paper. The triangle should be large enough to reach top-to-bottom of the box. Using glue stick or double-sided tape, attach the triangle and ears to the front of the box. Decorate Rudy’s face with large googly-eyes, a mouth and, of course, his bright red pom-pom nose. Curled chenille stems can become antlers.

For Santa’s suit, glue white faux fur trim around the top and bottom of the box, and straight down the middle. Glue 3-5 large, black buttons to one side of the trim.

Oatmeal containers make great snowmen. Spray paint white (don’t forget the inside!) and allow to dry. Glue on goodly-eyes. For a snowman, texture-paint a carrot-nose and coal mouth. Glue buttons down his front and tie a scarf around his neck.

Gift wrapping techniques are only limited by your imagination! Use clip-art, garage sale china and boxes, and paper punches to your advantage. Have fun!

– by Debra Dyess

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Easy Christmas Crafts to Do With Kids

Posted in Christmas
April 9, 2010 by Lisa

Christmas is a time of year when we all try to spend a little extra quality time with the ones we love. Doing crafts together is a great way to have together, too. This article gives suggestions on a few quick and easy holiday crafts you can do with your kids. Have fun!

Easy Christmas Crafts to Do With Kids
By Matt Hosty

The holiday season is finally here again, and this is a great time to do some fun crafts with your kids. Christmas crafts will not only get your kids in the holiday spirit but will get you in the holiday spirit as well. First though you will need to collect up some supplies for your Christmas crafts. Some of the basic items that you will need for many of the crafts you do include construction paper, pipe cleaners, glue, glitter, confetti, bows, ribbons, and anything else that you think you may use to make your Christmas crafts. Most of these items can be bought at your local craft store for fairly little expense and the joy that you children will get out of making their own holiday crafts will be worth every penny you spend. Listed are some great ideas for crafts to get you started but you may find that once you get going you will start to come up with your own ideas too and so will your kids.

A classic in its own right and one of the easiest Christmas crafts to do is making a paper chain to count down the days until Christmas Eve. The kids not only will love making this simple craft but they will love being able to see how many days they have left until the holiday as well. Simply cuts strips of green, red, and any other color construction paper you will want to use and then glue them together in a circle through another one. You may want to alternate colors to make your chain look even more extravagant but pretty much let your children make the ultimate decision so they will feel as if they created the chain.

Another great Christmas craft to do with your children is making ornaments. One type of ornament you could make includes your child’s picture which can be pasted to an old compact disc. You can also take an old jigsaw puzzle and paint the pieces green and clue them around the picture in order to make it look like a holiday wreath. Tie a string onto the disc and you have a beautiful and creative Christmas ornament as well as a keepsake with your child’s picture.

Another type of ornament that is simple to make are salt-dough ornaments. Mix together a batch of dough, cut shapes out of the dough with cookie cutters, and then bake the dough in a 200 degree oven. When the ornaments are hardened you can decorated them with various color paints to make beautiful and artistic Christmas ornaments. Tie a string onto them and hang them on the tree so that every one can see how simple it is to make your very own holiday ornaments.

Everybody knows how expensive Christmas can get, especially if you have children, so why need spend a little less on Christmas this year. And the added bonus with making your ornaments is the extra time you get to spend with your kids too.

Matt Hosty is a successful webmaster and owner of popular and comprehensive Corporate Gift Basket web site. For more article and resource on condolences gift baskets visit this Gift Basket for Spa site.

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How to Write Christmas Letters

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April 7, 2010 by Lisa

christmas newsletter templateLove ’em or hate ’em, family Christmas letters have become a part of our culture. Here are some tips on how to write Christmas letters your readers will enjoy.

1. Be yourself.
This is the cardinal rule of holiday letter writing. Write like you speak. Your letter should sound like you wrote it, not like it was penned by your seventh grade English teacher.

2. Don’t brag.
If something good happened to you and your family, announce it, but keep it low-key. Readers don’t enjoy gloating. Remember when you played sports in school and had to shake hands with the losing team after winning a great victory? Keep that image in mind while announcing your latest victories.

3. Use adjectives and adverbs sparingly.
If you’re tempted to add words like “great” and “exciting” and “wonderful” in every sentence, take a break and see rule #1 above.

4. Be creative.
Your Christmas letter doesn’t have to be a long narrative of everything that happened to your family this year. Be creative. Use bullet points, create a puzzle, or turn it into a multiple-choice quiz. You’ll find more creative Christmas letter ideas at Christmas Letter Tips.com.

5. Make it colorful.
Holiday letters are easier and more fun to read when you spice them up with family photos, Christmas clip art, or other images (such as scanned children’s artwork). You can also buy Christmas stationery or Christmas letter templates (such as the one pictured here) to make your letter more fun.

6. Have fun!
Remember that the goal of your annual Christmas letter should be to entertain and inform your readers. If you don’t have fun creating it, your recipients probably won’t enjoy reading it.

7. Read it out loud.
Have you succeeded in writing an informative, entertaining holiday letter? Read it out loud, or have someone else read it to you. If it doesn’t sound right, try again.

8. Add a personal note.
Add one or two handwritten lines at the bottom of each letter to add a personal touch and leave your readers feeling good.

This article is reprinted from Squidoo, How to Write Family Christmas Letters.

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