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Charlie Brown Christmas Song Lyrics


Posted in Christmas
July 23, 2010 by Lisa

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is one of my favorite family holiday movies. Based on the popular Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, this Christmas special is both funny and touching and manages to attack the commercialism of Christmas and remind people of the “reason for the “season” without being preachy. It’s still an annual favorite more than 40 years after its 1965 release, and the music from the show also remains popular. Two of the most popular songs from the movie are “Linus and Lucy,” which became the theme for all Peanuts specials which came after this first one, and “Christmas Time is Here,” which many people think of as the “Charlie Brown Christmas song.” If you need a little help singing it, here are the lyrics.

Christmas Time is Here (The Charlie Brown Christmas Song) Lyrics
Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
We’ll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year…

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Lighten Up This Season With Funny Holiday Greeting Cards


Posted in Christmas
July 22, 2010 by Lisa

By Sam Davison

What better way to bring a smile, a giggle or a hardy laugh to your friends and loved ones than to send them funny holiday greeting cards. Humor is sometimes the greatest gift of all. As the holiday season gradually begins to creep up on us, we all tend to feel pressured by commercial advertisements and overflowing, catalog-stuffed mailboxes. The message is loud and clear-to give more means to buy more. Discounts and other incentives aside, the sheer magnitude of competing products in the marketplace can quickly drain our wallets and pocketbooks.

Sure, gifts may still be in order, but why not supplement, or substitute them with funny holiday greeting cards. With nearly 3,000 greeting card publishers nationwide to choose from, what’s the best way to quickly zero in on the perfect card? I’ve written about greeting cards before and searched far and wide for companies offering just the right cards. Many catalogs present a unique collection to browse through. Additionally, some websites are very complicated to use while others are super easy to use and images are sharp and clear, web pages load quickly, navigation around the site is simple, and check-out is a breeze. For those of us who still prefer the more tangible approach to shopping, many cards can be found in many brick-and-mortar locations such as: bookstores, coffee shops, pharmacies, food markets, houseware stores, garden centers, and gift shops.

What makes funny holiday greeting cards from certain companies so great? Imagination! For starters, you can’t go wrong with animals. Greeting card companies that love to use all kinds of animals-cats, dogs, birds, penguins, bears, etc. — as subjects for their greeting cards. For instance, I found one holiday card featuring two dogs — one wearing a Santa hat and the other one, red reindeer antlers-sitting at a table in front of a roasted turkey, licking their chops. Another card shows a penguin snatching a carrot off a snowman’s face with its beak. Can you imagine a cat building a snowman? Some crazy photographer caught it on camera!

The omniscient Santa figure also makes a great subject for funny holiday cards. An image of Santa has a way of making everyone feel like a kid again, special, and deserving. Now, imagine Santa sitting down on the job. Whoever thought the jovial, red-suited man takes late-night coffee breaks between deliveries! It’s another classic card.

The best greeting card company’s greetings are non-denominational, appropriate for friends and family of all faiths. Some examples are: “Happy Holidays,” “Enjoy the Magic of the Season,” “Peace on Earth.” and “Warmest wishes for the holidays!”

Cost is also an issue. Generally, I found that at about $13 for a box of 10 cards, individual cards cost about $1.30 each! Other greeting card companies are selling holiday cards for more than $2.50 each and they’re not nearly as nice as some of the cards that cost half as much. Treat your friends, family, and colleagues to funny holiday greeting cards and don’t forget to repeat this year’s holiday mantra… “Start early, spend less, smile more!”

Check out Palm Press’s full line of funny holiday greeting cards at their website. Order early and get all your cards sent out early this year. Less stress makes for a more enjoyable holiday season. If you order $125 of funny holiday greeting cards you’ll even get free shipping! Also, check out the Last Minute Card Kit for great gifts for college students.

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Ideas for Christmas Gift Cookies


Posted in Christmas
July 18, 2010 by Lisa

christmas gift cookiesSelecting the perfect holiday gift for friends and acquaintances can be difficult, particularly if the person is someone you don’t know very well. And if your budget is already tight during the holidays, the problem becomes even more difficult.

Christmas gift cookies or other baked goods are an inexpensive yet personal solution to many gift-giving dilemmas. And they’re easy on the budget, too!

Homemade candies, holiday cookies and treats can be a perfect present. After all, everyone enjoys eating. Even Santa Claus loves it when people leave cookies for him on Christmas Eve! This means your gift will surely be appreciated and used. The fact that you have made your gift trays with your own hands also adds a unique personal touch to your presents that an item grabbed off a store shelf could never capture. Additionally, the process of making the items can be fun and relaxing, giving you an opportunity to enjoy the holidays.

So what should type of culinary treats should you create in your Christmas gift factory? Traditional options include decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread men, or goodies such as fudge. If these require more time or skill than you have available in this busy time, you may want to make something simple but delicious such as saltine cracker toffee.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, consider making cookies from around the world for an internationally themed holiday tray.

If you need ideas for cookies or other goodies, check some recipe sites such as Allrecipes.com or Recipezaar.

Any of these Christmas gift cookies or treats can be baked ahead of time and presented in a colorful holiday tin, basket or cookie tray. You can find these for a small price at your local dollar store, drug store or superstore. You can stick with one treat or mix and match recipes to build a tasty variety.

Giving tasty holiday treats will surely brighten anyone’s holidays and they’re far less expensive than many less personal items you could buy. So this season, head to your kitchen instead of the mall!

Reprinted with permission from Christmas Gift Cookies and Other Homemade Gifts from Your Kitchen, Free Santa Letters Christmas Blog.

10 Eco Christmas Gifts Ideas


Posted in Christmas
July 11, 2010 by Lisa

Many people are trying to go green and lessen their impact on our earth. Are you shopping for someone like that this season? If so, here are some eco Christmas gift ideas to help you with your earth-friendly gift giving.

1. eco christmas gifts - elephant poo poo paperElephant Poo Poo Paper Note Paper
Your gift recipient can forget about using Post-It notes when you give this eco-friendly alternative, but they won’t forget you when they discover the note pad and box are made from elephant dung. Yes, elephant poop. This recycled paper gift set is made by The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company, which creates their unique odor-free paper from boiled and sterilized grasses, bamboo and fruits that elephants eat. They also donate funds to elephant conservation products, so your gift recipient can feel good about giving while getting.

2. Recycled Fleece Jacket
Warm your recipient’s body and soul with a recycled fleece jacket. Companies such as North Face now make fleece jackets that contain a mixture of virgin materials and recycled fleece. You can even get recycled jackets with team logos. You can buy them online from stores such as Amazon, Sierra Trading Post, backcountry.com and more. Just search for “recycled fleece.”

3. Recycled 'African Spirit' Earrings (Africa)Earrings made from recycled phone cards
These fun “dancing girl” recycled earrings are made out of recycled phone cards by craftspeople in Kisumu, Kenya. Your purchase not only helps recycle these products, but also supports the Teenage Mothers Association of Kenya (TEMAK), a nonprofit organization that teaches job skills to young unwed mothers.

4. Areaware JDFLM Torch Wooden Flashlight
You don’t have to settle for plastic when it comes to flashlights. This “unconventionally simple and eco-friendly” flashlight is made of beechwood and has an energy-efficient LED bulb, which should never need replacing. Available from Amazon.

5. Solar Charger for iPod, iPhone, Kindle, Blackberry and Other Electronicseco christmas gifts - solar ipod charger
Handheld electronics have become an essential part of modern life, but you don’t need to rely on the dirty old power grid any longer to charge them.

The SOLAR Charger Power Pak Powerful can supply energy for all of your portable electronics using the power of the sun. A 60-minute charge can provide up to 180 minutes of talk time. It’s an ideal power source for any time, especially when you’re on the go. You can find this solar charger and others on Amazon.

eco christmas gifts - recycled angels6. “Angels with Attitude” Recycled Soda Can Angels – These wonderfully colorful “angels with attitude” are great conversation pieces and Christmas decorations. The 3- inch angels crafted from recycled cold drink cans are made by orphaned South African school children who live in an area of Northern Zululand where the AIDS epidemic is very high. Each purchase helps to feed, clothe and educate these students. Available from Gifts with Humanity.

7. Totally Bamboo Lattice 6-Piece Utensil Set
Forget about plastic utensils or wooden ones made from old-growth trees. You can get a 6-piece set of kitchen utensils made from eco-friendly bamboo at Amazon. This bamboo is 16 percent harder than maple, naturally anti-microbial and made from organically grown Moso bamboo. The set includes a Lattice Utensil Holder, Slotted Turner, Spoon, Slotted Spoon, Scraper Spoon and a Single Hole Mixing Spoon.

8. Decorative Bowl from Recycled Telephone Wire
Here’s a creative use for old phone wire! These colorful bowls are made in South Africa from recycled telephone wire. The example shown here features a red and white swirl. It measures 4 inches across and 2 inches deep. The design of each bowl is unique and colors will vary slightly. Available from Gifts with Humanity.

9. Fair Trade Alpaca Wool SweatersThis gift idea is not only eco-friendly, but is also a fair trade product. “Fair trade” means artisans are paid a fair wage for their products, rather than receiving the low prices often offered by large corporations so they can turn around and sell the products at a larger profit. These fair trade wool sweaters are made in the Andes by skilled weavers and offered through NOVICA. Alpaca fiber is naturally water resistant, wrinkles less than wool, is as soft as silk, and is a natural, sustainable fiber.

Therepe Scented Soy Tin Candles - Indian Chai10. Soy Candles – These non-toxic soy tin candles will burn longer than typical petroleum based wax candles. They burn slower and cooler than wax candles, seldom trigger allergies, produce little soot and have cotton lead-free wicks.

Find these and other eco Christmas gifts on Squidoo.

Twelve Days of Christmas Lyrics


Posted in Christmas
July 9, 2010 by Lisa

12 days of christmasWhen it’s time to sing Christmas carols, do you have trouble remembering how many maids were a-milking and how many geese were a-laying? Then check out these lyrics to Twelve Days of Christmas and then sing with confidence!

Twelve Days of Christmas Lyrics
1. On the first day of Christmas my true-love sent to me
A partridge in a pear-tree.

2. On the second day of Christmas my true-love sent to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

3. On the third day of Christmas my true-love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

4. On the fourth day of Christmas my true-love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

5. On the fifth day of Christmas my true-love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

6. Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

7. Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

8. Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

9. Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

10. Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

11. Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear-tree.

12. Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear-tree.