Early Christmas Shopping: How to Get Started [Tips & Advice]

Posted: October 14th, 2013

No, we’re not kidding and yes, we know it’s October. You can’t tell us that the Christmas and holiday season doesn’t sneak up on you year after year – it happens to everyone. First comes Halloween decorating, dressing up, giving up candy… the next thing you know it’s Christmas Eve and you’re rushing to the mall before close to get that last present. Somehow, no matter how many times we promise ourselves that last-minute Christmas shopping will never happen again, it usually does. There’s still time to keep that promise to the 2012 version of yourself and have a stress free holiday season in 2013. Here are the tips to make it happen and get you started:   Make a list, check it twice - Take a moment to sit down and think about who you…

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The Christmas Pickle

Posted: October 3rd, 2013

When looked at from an outside perspective, holiday traditions can seem very strange; holidays that traditionally feature children dressing up as dead people, a fantastical bunny hiding eggs around the house, and an angel shooting arrows that inspire love in victims being among them. Christmas has its fair share of odd rituals that we’ve grown accustomed to over time. Perhaps no tradition is as perplexing as the Christmas pickle. For those unfamiliar, here’s how the Christmas pickle is used. After decorating a Christmas tree, a special ornament that looks like a pickle is hidden within the branches. When excited children wake up on Christmas morning, the first thing they do is rush to the tree and frantically search for the lumpy, green object. Whichever child emerges with the pickle gets a prize, usually in the…

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Ornament Gifts with a Special Twist

Posted: October 2nd, 2013

Take a sports rivalry to the next level – Are you a New York Yankees fan with a friend that loves the Boston Red Sox? Have his name put on an ornament featuring the enemy team and watch the look on his face go from confused, to anger, to hopefully laughter. He’ll be reminded of the heated rivalry between you two for years to come, that is if he doesn’t take it straight outside to the trash!             Poke fun at a crush – Do you have a girlfriend who fawns over Ryan Gosling all day long? Make her dreams come true by personalizing a couples ornament with both of their names on it. It may not make her dreams actually come true, but she’ll definitely get a kick out…

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A Treeless Christmas?

Posted: October 1st, 2013

Some holiday seasons, for one reason or another, a Christmas tree might not be in the cards. Whether you’re too busy for the hassle or a little strapped for cash, there’s no reason to miss out on displaying a beautiful collection of ornaments. Here are a few ideas to help you make do with what you have. On a string – The best way to hang many ornaments at once is on a ribbon or wire. Simply attach each end securely to the wall or ceiling and hang your ornaments along the length of it. Make sure it’s taut enough so it doesn’t get pulled down by the weight of the ornaments, and use some tape if you have trouble with the ornaments sliding around. For extra festivity, use long strings of garland wrapped in…

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