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Angel Costume for Children is Great for Halloween, Christmas and Year-Round


Posted in Christmas
October 25, 2010 by Lisa

Velvet Angel Of Light Child CostumeWhen many parents think of costumes for their kids, they think of Halloween and trick or treating. But some costumes can do double or even triple duty. For instance, an angel costume for children is a great outfit for Halloween AND Christmas, and can be a great for playing dress-up the rest of the year, too.

If you’re looking for an angel costume for children that can be used for more than one occasion, try to pick the one that’s going to be the most versatile. Will your daughter be wearing it outside in cold weather at Halloween and inside your warm home for Christmas? Check to see what type of material the outfit it made of. Is it a sheer fabric that will be cooler or a thicker one, like velvet, that will provide more warmth? Is the robe/dress short or long? If you live in a cold climate and your daughter will be wearing her angel costume outside, you’ll probably want to opt for a costume that has a longer dress so she can wear pants, stockings, or leggings under it for Halloween and still be comfortable in room temperature later in the year. If you live in a warmer area like California, Florida or Hawaii, you might be able to choose a shorter dress or a lighter weight material.

After your little angel has celebrated both Halloween and Christmas, your angel costume for children will still have plenty of magic in it. It can make a great outfit for dress-up. Many little girls and boys love to play make-believe with costumes, and pretending to be an angel is especially fun because your children can pretend to fly with their angel wings or have special powers or simply to be the most beautiful angel in the world! An angel costume can be great for year-round fun. Just be sure you keep the camera handy to capture all the memories you’ll want to share in years to come.

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Animated Christmas Decorations for Your Yard


Posted in Christmas
October 17, 2010 by Lisa

animated christmas decorationsRemember the days when you were little and you were thrilled when you saw a big Santa Claus on a neighbor’s roof? In those days, animated Christmas decorations were simple, yet they still captured the magic of the holidays. You can still capture that magic in today’s animated holiday decorations, but they’re livelier, brighter and built to last for many Christmas celebrations. These delightful decorations can turn any yard and any home into a place of wonder and awe. You can thrill your own family and anyone passing in front of your home by setting up an animated display.

The best animated Christmas decorations are popular and sell quickly and early in the season, so you’ll want to start shopping early for the best selection. Once the big ticket items sell out like that, most retailers don’t restock. Even online stores run out of Christmas decorations if they’re a hot item, so go ahead and order yours as soon as possible.

What kinds of animated decorations are available? You can find favorite childhood characters riding in sleds, on trains or waving as a standalone figure. There are animated Santas, angels, ice skating penguins and nutcrackers marching all in a row. You can find also groups of reindeer or large teddy bears just waiting to come to life. But one of the most popular choices for animated yard decorations are the large snow globes filled with various scenes. In some snow globes, you’ll find multi-colored presents and animated figures spinning in circles. Some have Disney characters standing beneath falling snow.

But with animated Christmas decorations, you don’t have to start big. You can start small and build your collection. Many people assume that it takes more time to set up animated Christmas decorations than putting up regular yard ornaments, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Animated decorations are as easy and sometimes even easier than setting up any other kind of display. Many of these decorations can also be adapted to synchronized music displays. There’s a good reason animated Christmas decorations routinely outsell other decorations – the motion and the magic together make the displays truly memorable.

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Christmas Party Games for Kids and Adults


Posted in Christmas
October 10, 2010 by Lisa

christmas party gamesAre you having a Christmas party to celebrate the holidays this year? Then you may be searching for some good holiday party games. This guide has a short list of games for both kids and adults that will keep everyone having fun for the holidays!

A Tough Wrap: Take a series of boxes, small, medium and large. Wrap the smallest box the way you would wrap a regular gift. Place it inside the medium box. Wrap the medium box so that it’s tougher to unwrap than the smaller one. Now place the medium box down in the larger one. Wrap the larger box with layers of wrapping paper and use tough tape, like box tape or duct tape, to seal it so it’s very difficult to open.

Divide the players into two groups. Each player has exactly 30 seconds each to try and unwrap the box. At the end of the time limit, the team with the box that’s most unwrapped wins.

Christmas Ornament Relay: This game requires a lot of room and should be played outside or in a large indoor room. (It’s great for church Christmas parties). Divide the players into two teams. Pick one person from each team to be the starter. The starter has to pile his or her hands full of round, plastic Christmas balls and run to the other team members to transfer the balls. The recipient then runs back to the home base (a large bucket or tin tub) to deposit the balls, and then comes back. The next person then has to run to the home base, gather all the balls and run back with them. Any balls that the runner accidentally drops must be recovered before continuing the race. The first team to get all the ornaments wins.

Christmas Charades: For a twist on a favorite Christmas party game, use familiar Christmas events as the charade. Use events such as stuffing the turkey, decorating the Christmas tree, wrapping presents, etc.

Mystery Stocking: Take a large stocking and put several Christmas-related items suitable for a child inside. Make sure the top of the stocking is fastened securely. Pass the stocking around and let each person feel it. Then have them write down what they think is inside (or tell you if they’re too young). The player with the closest guess wins the stocking.

Christmas Word List: Give each player a sheet of paper with the words “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” at the top. The object is to write as many words as possible using only the letters at the top of the page. The person who comes up with the most words wins.

Pin the Toys in the Sleigh: Tape a large picture of Santa’s sleigh to the wall. Give each player a picture of a”present” – something you might find in Santa’s sleigh. Blindfold each player and have them try to pin the present inside the sleigh. Closest one wins.

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How to Recycle Your Old Greeting Cards


Posted in Christmas
October 3, 2010 by Lisa

Snowman/Season's Greetings cardDuring the holidays, most of us receive a number of greeting cards from friends and family. But what do you do with all those cards after Christmas? Some people reuse their old cards by turning them into bookmarks, gift tags, or other crafts. If you’re not the crafty type, however, you still don’t have to toss them in the trash. Instead, send them to St. Jude’s recycled card program and let them help abused and neglected children.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a non-profit home for abused, abandoned and neglected children. With three campuses in Nevada and Texas, the organization has helped more than 1000 kids since it was started in 1967 by Father Jack Adam. (The organization is not associated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by Danny Thomas.)

The St. Jude card program helps keep Christmas cards – and other greeting cards, too – out of landfills, while teaching children job skills and raising money for a good cause. They do this by turning old cards into new, cool Christmas cards. The program started more than 30 years ago when the ranch decided to show appreciation to donors by turning the previous year’s Christmas cards into new ones. The idea was so popular with the recipients that they asked the children to sell the recycled Christmas cards.

The program has since received over a million cards from all around the world. They accept greeting cards for all occasions , and then turn them into new cards by removing the card’s front and attaching a new back. The result, according to the St. Jude’s Ranch web site, “is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. The benefits are two-fold: customers receive ‘green’ holiday cards for use and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of ‘going green’.”

The program accepts all types of cards, and is currently asking for more birthday and thank you cards. Unfortunately, the program cannot accept cards published by Hallmark, Disney or American Greetings. All others are accepted. To donate, simply send your cards to:

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude’s Street
Boulder City, NV 89005

To support the program by buying a package of their recycled Christmas cards or other greeting cards, visit the St. Jude’s Ranch Online Store.

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