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Tattoos For Girls 2012

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There is a wide range of tattoo designs available, and I strongly recommend that you run as many top quality work of art as possible to get some initial thoughts on what you want. A tattoo is a very personal thing, and I recommend to choose a design that does not look that great, but also of importance to you. Some of the most popular design that creates amazing tattoos for girls



Fashion Hot Air 2012

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Merry Christmas 2012

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Merry Christmas Greeting Card 2012

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Merry Christmas beautiful greeting cards, Merry Christmas nice wishes photos.Christmas and happy new year 2012 greetings with attractive graphics designs.Animated Merry Christmas greetings with beautiful colors.



Merry Christmas Night, year 2011, coming soon 2012

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We are celebrating the Christmas of 2011 and thinking in the new year 2012, we expect that this year has been a blessing and prosperity.Well, like every year we decorate our homes with beautiful Christmas lights for the night as good as for the celebration of the new year 2012, hopefully not the end of the world as many believe.I personally I have much to celebrate and also so much to buy



Pictures of the Christmas Party

2011-12-10T22:40:13.128-08:00

Happy Sunday to all. Last night we went to my sister-in-law's hospital Christmas party and I thought I would post some pictures.This was inside the photo booth. The pictures were free from 8:30 to 10:00 and you could come back as many times as you wanted to. This is Sharon, my sister-in-law and myself.They had all of these fun hats, boas, etc. on a table and you could pick whatever you wanted to



Taking Down the Christmas Tree!

2011-12-10T22:40:13.128-08:00

Wow, I haven't been able to visit many Christmas blogs lately, but I'm going to do that today! I've been very busy as I'm sure all of you have been with Thanksgiving last week and decorating for the holidays. We decorated the outside of our house Sat. and Sun. and it looks so pretty. I plopped into my recliner Sunday evening and told my hubby that's it...time to rest for the evening...or wait...



Pinecone Crafts

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Here are some crafty ideas for using pinecones in your Christmas decorating. All of these are from http://www.marthastewart.com. There are instructions for making them if you're that crafty kind of person.Norway Spruce Pine Cone WreathPinecone PenguinsLove these little penguins!Pinecone TurkeyThis is used as a place-card companion.Pinecone MouseSo cute and so clever!Pinecone CardinalLove these!



Christmas Humor

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The Holidays Are Near!

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Yes, the holidays must be here again!Every year when she drags out all of the Christmas STUFF, she always seems to come across these ridiculous reindeer antlers and takes pictures of me wearing them!Oh, I hope my buddies don't see me wearing these!Finally, I'm free of these silly antlers! Maybe if I chew a nice hole in them, I won't have to go through this again next year!! Good grief!  :-)  



Fruit, Nut, Pine Cone & Pod Wreaths

2011-12-10T22:40:13.130-08:00

There are many ways to make wreaths. The only limit is your imagination. They can be very simple or very elaborate. Here are some wreaths from Better Homes and Gardens made from fruits, nuts, pine cones and pods. I love the combination of these materials. So creative!Apple Medallion Wreath   http://www.bhg.comDiamond Boxwood and Fruit Wreath  http://www.bhg.comNut Star Wreath  http://



Christmas Decorating Photos, #3

2011-12-10T22:40:13.130-08:00

Well, these are the last of the photos to share. I do have my tree up, but things have been hectic so far this week, and it's still not decorated. I'm going to try and get this done in the next few days. I also have a lot of cleaning to finish since I'm having my family over for Thanksgiving. It seems like things will never get done in time, but somehow it always works out! I have some shopping



Christmas Decorating Photos, # 2

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Well, I took out my Christmas tree today and of course it couldn't be as easy as putting it together and actually having it work! I go through this every year having light problems. There were four branches on the bottom that just would not work no matter what we tried to do to correct the problem. Nasty words just seemed to flow from my mouth that I'm not very proud of and didn't fix the problem



Christmas Decorating Photos

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Hope everyone had a nice Saturday. It's really late and I'm going to sleep very shortly, but I thought I would post just a few pictures for now, and I'll put more on sometime tomorrow. Here's to you Mandie! LOL!All of the pic's above are my Thomas Pacconi glass collection. The three on the top shelf are music boxes.The wise men, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, the nativity star, are Jim Shore



Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar

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Last year Natasha of  http://keepingthechristmasspiritalive365.blogspot.com/, had posted about Jacquie Lawson's Advent Calendar, which is a desktop advent calendar, and this is how I learned about it. I was so glad that she spread the word about it and decided to download it to my desktop. I looked forward to opening each day from the first of December to Christmas! There's a beautiful snowglobe



Winter Festival of Lights

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When my children were small, we would travel to Wheeling, WV. to see Oglebay Park's Festival of Lights. It's not far from us, about 40 minutes. They loved seeing all of the beautiful color light displays and especially entering the twinkling snowflake tunnel of lights.aaahorizons.comAt that time, now I haven't been there for a few years, you tuned into a certain channel on your radio, and  



Barbie Christmas Ornaments

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Wow, this Barbie sure brings back memories! She was the ponytail barbie that I had as a child. She came out in 1963. I so wish I still had her. I had other barbie dolls and Ken too. Loved them all. Did any of you collect Barbie dolls?My niece collects the Christmas Barbie ornaments.Source: google.com via Dorothy on PinterestShe's been collecting them since she was 2 yrs. old.Source: google.com



Holiday Ice Sculptures

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Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture which is three dimensional artwork made from ice, water that is frozen into a solid state as the raw material. Santa's Throne Ice ArtSculptures can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative.Gingerbread HouseIce-Is-NiceThey are generally associated with special events because of their limited lifetime.Holiday Display Ice ArtThe



Christmas Humor

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Beautiful Christmas Music to Dream and Relax

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Lots of beautiful snowy scenes (I see some Thomas Kinkade artwork here too...love him) set to Kenny G's "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas." So relaxing and dreamy! If you enjoy Thomas Kinkade's artwork you can check Here for my post with some of his beautiful Christmas Scenes. Hope you enjoy the video. I will be linking this post to Natasha's Pinning and Singing on the Weekend. Please pause



Antique Santa Postcards

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I found this beautiful collection of Old World Santa postcards at http://www.santalady.com/. I love their vintage look and Santa Lady tells all about each one, where it was printed , and when it was post dated. One of them dates back to 1898! You can read about her collection of  post cards Here.Source: santalady.com via Dorothy on PinterestSource: santalady.com via Dorothy on PinterestSource:



Ceramic Santa Claus

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This post is for Sundays with Santa at http://yuletideseasonings.blogspot.com/. This is a ceramic Santa that my mother made way back in the 70's! She was in to making ceramics at the time and even had a kiln  in the basement to cure the ceramics. She knew how much I loved this Santa and eventually gave it to me to proudly display in my own home. I make sure he is dust free and cover him in



Enya-Journey of the Angels

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Such a beautiful song and Enya has the voice of an angel! So calming and peaceful. If you listen, you will need to pause the music player on the left sidebar. Enjoy! From the album: And Winter Come(2008)Somewhere In a winter nightThe angels Begin their flight; Dark skies With miles to go, No footsteps To be lost in snow. They fly to you Oh, new-born kingThey fly to you Oh, angels sing One is



4' Ltd. Edition Santa by Jim Shore

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I mentioned in an earlier post which you can find here, how much I love Jim Shore's hand painted pieces. His work is beautiful. I have several and try to get a new piece each year. I'm linking to http://yuletideseasonings.blogspot.com/ for her Sundays with Santa, and this is what I have chosen to share. Now I do not or never will own this piece as it is way out of my price factor, $1,999.00, but



Halloween Rap, by Jib Jab!

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Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!Decided to have a little fun today with Jib Jab! In this video is my hubby, Bruce, Dracula, my son George, Frankenstein,  my two granddaughters, Kashmir, the Witch, & Kelsi, the DJ., and myself...the mummy! Enjoy!P.S. Don't forget to pause the music player on the left to listen.



Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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Image credit, Royce Bair, from The Stock Solution.I thought this was such a cheery cupcake Christmas tree! What a great idea. Royce Bair took this photo of his two granddaughters' creation , they were 9 & 13 yrs. old at that time, who decorated the cupcakes and arranged them in the display to look like a Christmas tree for an extended Christmas Eve party they were having.Great job girls!



Christmas Cake, Post No. 2

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Good morning! I get many views on Christmas Cakes, so I thought I would do another post on them. These cake recipes can be found at allrecipes.com. They have all been rated 5 star's. Maybe you're looking for something new to try this year? All of the nutritional information is given and all are kitchen approved. Enjoy! Cranberry Walnut BreadSource: allrecipes.com via Dorothy on PinterestChristmas



A Thomas Kinkade Christmas

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I recently visited Lily at  http://christmas-believe.blogspot.com/, and her post about her favorite Christmas Mugs, I noticed a jigsaw puzzle in the background that looked like a Thomas Kinkade puzzle.My Thomas Kinkade book. I asked her if indeed it was a Kinkade puzzle, I love his artwork, and she got back to me and said that it was and that she too loves his work.Source: google.com via Dorothy



Christmas Humor

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Source: google.com via Dorothy on PinterestMaxine.....you have to love her....   ;-)



The Real Santa?

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Source: flickr.com via June on PinterestI love this image of Santa Claus! He's perfect! I'm linking this post to http://yuletideseasonings.blogspot.com/ for her and if any of you have a favorite image of Santa or any favorite Santa related items, join her for Sundays With Santa. HO HO HO!



Christmas At QVC

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Well, only three months left until the big day is here again! I'll be watching QVC's countdown to Christmas on Sunday, September 25th once more! If you would like to see what Christmas programs will be on, you can find the program guide Here.Here's a few items they will have available that I liked.Source: qvc.com via Dorothy on PinterestThis is a 8" Candle Impressions Winter Embossed Battery



Handmade Cricut Christmas Cards

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Well, I've been busy working on my Christmas cards with my new cricut machine. There's soooo much to learn! I'm enjoying making these cards, but sometimes it's just a little frustrating trying to figure out how to use the different features. Card making can also become a big expense to get started. I took these to a craft store that we frequent to show the ladies there and to get their opinion,



Building a Gingerbread House

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 I don't know if I could eat up a gingerbread house after all of the work that goes into making one, they are just so darn cute! But I do recall in one of my earlier posts about the cute little gingerbread boys and girls my friend gave me, how I gobbled those up with a cup of coffee...mmmm...so good! Has anyone out there actually made a gingerbread house?UPDATE: I had a video from the History



Shaker Woods, Christmas in the Woods

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Some of you in the Ohio, Pa. and West Virgina areas may be familiar with Christmas in the Woods at Shaker Woods Festival in Columbiana, Ohio. We have visited there in the past and it's such a fun place to shop for handmade crafts and to indulge in delicious foods.This year's dates to visit are on October 8th, 9th and October 15th, 16th. We may go this year since we haven't been there in a while.



B.E. Taylor Silent Night

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This is a beautiful version of Silent Night. B.E. Taylor has made it his own. He's from our area, Aliquippa, Pa. It began in 1994, with this single which was widely accepted by all. He and his band do a Christmas tour annually  to 40,000 fans which sells out two nights at the Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and and two nights at the Capitol Music  Hall in Wheeling. I always hear his Christmas songs



Comment Translation and Gingerbread Cookies

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Good morning all. I wanted to tell you...and some of you may already know this...but I did not, that a follower of my blog left me a comment on one of my posts which I was thrilled about because I love reading comments, but it was in her own language and I could not read it. Darn I thought, there has to be some way of understanding what she wrote! So I searched and found a link in which you copy



My First Cricut Card

2011-12-10T22:40:13.136-08:00

Well, I finally got to try out my new Cricut Create and made my first card. I think it turned out fairly nice, but needless to say, I need lots of practice. It took a very long time putting the glue on the words. Very tedious. I think I may try fonts in my computer and printing out the holiday phrases instead...if I can figure out how to do it that way! I know there has to be a way of doing this.



Christmas Trivia

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Do you know your Christmas Trivia?? You just have to "think" the answer before the correct answer is highlighted, but be quick about it!http://www.youtube.com/user/TriviaRemix



Christmas Humor

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Source: google.com via Dorothy on PinterestNaughty naughty Timmy!From website AfricanCrisis.



Countdown to Christmas on QVC

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Source: qvc.com via Dorothy on PinterestAbove: Slatkin & Co. S/3 Dancing Tealight Holders with a set of 9 scented tealights. Also comes in gold, green and silver. You can find them Here.Almost a month has gone by since the big QVC Christmas in July event. Now the countdown is on! Each month on the 25th QVC will have a one day event of nothing but Christmas items. Woohoo!! I love watching these



My Favourite Time of Year

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I came across a new Christmas song on You Tube. I think it's a lovely song. There were 35 musicians involved in the making of this record.  The Florin Street Band has asked on You Tube to share this song with your friends...so I am...I love the Victorian themed background! On his website, he states that every download at stores such as iTunes, will help it reach the charts and then it has to be



Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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The official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933, the unofficial tradition began during the Depression era construction of the center when workers decorated a 20 ft. balsam fir tree with strings of cranberries, garlands of paper and even a few tin cans on Christmas Eve in 1931.Source: google.com via Dorothy on PinterestThe tree stays lit until a week after New Year's Day,



Christmas Memories

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Well, I thought I would post about our Christmas when we were children. I have a few pictures that were in a scrapbook that I made, so I just picked up my camera and took a picture of each Christmas page. My mom has the original pictures lost in her basement somewhere, so this is the best I could do!My mother used to read Christmas stories to me with such expression! Little Golden Book



Decorating and Gift Giving

2011-12-10T22:40:13.138-08:00

I did a little online "shopping" and found some things I thought would make sweet decorations for the home or even cute little Christmas gifts without breaking the bank! I have overspent for the holidays many times in the past. It's ridiculous! I sometimes wonder if the person that I bought for even remembers what they received from one Christmas to the next. It's nice to give for the holidays,



Sleigh Ride

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The weather this past week has been exceptionally hot and humid as many of you know. I thought about this song, Sleigh Ride. I knew that it had it's beginnings during a heat wave in July. I love to watch the Boston Pops Christmas concerts and this is how I heard that it was written in the middle of a heat wave.  I did some checking and it was in July of 1946 that the original idea for the piece



Advent Calendar Ideas

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An Advent Calendar is a special calendar that's used to countdown or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Many of these calendars take the form of a large rectangular card with "windows" of which there are often 24, one for each day in December leading up to Christmas Day. One is opened every day during Advent. Each window opens to reveal an image, a poem, or a portion of a



Christmas in July at QVC

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Source: qvc.com via Dorothy on PinterestWoohoo...it's Christmas in July starting at midnight tonight clear through Sunday night on QVC . Not sure what the TSV (Today's Special Value) will be.  Shop early ladies. This is a  Harry Slatkin set of 5 Holiday candles with the boxes you can purchase for $29.64 with free S&H!! This could be a small gift for 5 people on your list.Source: qvc.com via



Ane Ane Took.....

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Gee....I just found at least half or 3/4's of my blog entries on someone else's blog site!! With thumbnails of  trashy pictures at the top of the website to boot!!  Word for word, same exact date that I posted, pictures of my tree in my house, my blog! Copy and pasted exactly as I posted them. Here's the link to this person's blog in case any of you might wonder if your blog entries are being



Christmas Humor

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Source: google.com via Dorothy on PinterestFrom: http://davitajo.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/a-funny-christmas-card/Hope you got a laugh! I'll post some Christmas humor every 25th between now and Christmas.



Macy's Christmas Window Displays

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These are  Macy's window displays from Christmases past. I was going to put them in my last post about Macy's at Christmas, but it would have been a really long post. I would love going to the big city to see these beautiful window displays at Christmas, and it would be perfect if it was snowing! What a dreamer!Source: google.com via Dorothy on PinterestThis would be a favorite of mine! Some



Macy's At Christmas

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For me, the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Macy's in New York, is the big countdown to Christmas. I have it on in my house every year on Thanksgiving morning. 9:00 until 12:00! At the end, I, being the kid that I am, still wave to Santa Claus as he makes his way into the cheering crowds! I just can't help myself! I wondered how long these annual parades at Macy's have been happening and I found out



Themed Christmas Trees, Post No. 2

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I seem to get a huge amount of views on my first post on themed Christmas trees, so I decided to do a second post on more beautiful Christmas trees. I found myself ooooing and awwwing over them....silly me!! If you missed the first post you can find it Here.Source: trendytree.com via Dorothy on PinterestA truly "sweet" tree!Source: trendytree.com via Dorothy on PinterestI'm loving the huge



Christmas Angels

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Angel comes from the Greek and Hebrew words meaning "messenger." The angels that were a part of the Christmas Story were delivering a message. The angel Gabriel brought news to Mary that she was chosen to bear God's son.Joseph was told by angels about the child who was to come and not be afraid of having Mary as his wife.Source: fanpop.com via Dorothy on PinterestAn angel appeared before the



Candy Canes

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Natasha from http://keepingthechristmasspiritalive365.blogspot.com/ has got me hooked on  http://pinterest.com/. It's a website  for cataloging images you love...eye candy! It gives me good ideas and inspiration. You can type in anything to search for and you'll be very surprised at what you find!  I have found many things to do with candy canes...candy canes, who would have thought there were so



Handmade Christmas Card Inspiration

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Who doesn't like to receive a homemade Christmas card? I love them. I used to make them a couple of years ago, but got away from it, not enough time, but they are so beautiful to receive! Recently I ordered a card making magazine to see if I could get some inspiration to try my hand at it again. I guess the thing to do would be to start early in the race! Here are a few ideas to inspire those who



Gift Ideas For $25 and under

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Hard to believe that half of the year is almost gone! Time seems to fly by these days. Next month will be "Christmas in July." Some people like to start Christmas shopping early and with the economy certainly not what it used to be, lots of people have a Christmas budget amount for shopping. Here are a few ideas for gifts $25 and under....but this does not count the shipping and handling. Lots



The Christmas Rose

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Christmas Rose or Helleborous Niger is an English plant that blooms in the winter in the mountains of Central Europe. It produces flowers from late fall to early spring. By tradition, the Christmas Rose should be planted by the door in order that it might welcome Jesus Christ into the home. Isn't it wonderful to know there is a flower that blooms in the dead of winter! Plant CareThe Legend of the



Kugels

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European Art glass balls for holiday decoration are still commonly referred to in Austria and Germany as Kugels. Kugels range in shape and styles, according to the artist that made them and the season they are displayed. It is quite common to display egg shaped kugels at Easter and Heart shapes at Valentines day. Quality kugels are hand blown or mouth blown art glass. Most are blown into an apple



Largest Gingerbread City in Bergen, Norway

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In my previous post on gingerbread houses, I mentioned about the largest gingerbread city in Bergen, Norway. Assa, from Nissas Juleblogg sent me this link The-Worlds-largest-Ginger-snap-City. When I went to the website and saw the picture of the gingerbread city, which is free for children under the age of 12 to make their own house with the help of their parents, I was amazed in how much work



Gingerbread Houses

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This is one of 26 beautiful Gingerbread Houses you can view in a photo gallery at Martha Stewart's Website. I can't imagine the time that goes into making one! Very creative! The harder German-style Gingerbread is often used to build gingerbread houses similar to the "witch's house" encountered by Hansel and Gretel. These houses, covered with a variety of candies and icing, are popular Christmas



More on Antique Christmas Stands

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I decided to check out more antique christmas tree stands and found a few Google Images. I love to look at the old tree stands. It's just nostalgic! If you missed my very first post on Christmas tree stands you can read about it Here. This is a vintage 1950's Coloramic Christmas tree stand Snowman lithography, boxed, that sold for $99.00 at Vintage Toys.  It's beautiful!This beauty was found at



Christmas Holiday Window Painting by Kim Cooper

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Kim Cooper, the world's greatest window artist, demonstrates a holiday snowman character in Las Vegas, NV. at Budget Suites on Thanksgiving Day in "2009." She made this snowman come to life. What a gift to have! She's been painting windows for twenty years and uses Dayglo paints. Kim will also paint on static window cling and ship directly to you for $49.00.



Radio City Hall's Rockettes-March of the Wooden Soldiers

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My husband and I watched this a few years ago and I loved their Christmas show! I was very impressed with the march of the wooden soldiers. Image from http://www.nj.comA line of wooden soldiers is shot by a cannon and blown over. They fell like dominoes! What a great performance!Image from http://www.naplesnews.com/Thought I would put the video here also just in case you might want to watch it.



German Couple-Volker and Christa Kraft's Outdoor Easter Egg Tree

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I received this from a friend of mine in an email and wanted to share it with you. The Easter egg tree is glorious! A feast for the Easter Bunny: German couple decorate their garden tree with 10,000 painted eggsEaster comes but once a year - but one couple have turned it into a lifetime's project.German pensioners Volker and Christa Kraft have decorated the tree in their back garden in



Faucher Family Christmas Lights

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HGTVThe Faucher family of Delaware loves to decorate for Christmas. There are over a million lights decorating the house! WOW!! I can see the glistening in Clark Griswold's eyes!  :)  The electric bill totals more than $82,000 a month...oh my gosh...hard to believe! Now this is a lot of "exterior illumination" as Griswold would say!Rich FaucherImage from http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2002/dec/01



Traditional Christmas Carol Medley-Judy Garland

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This is great!! They just don't make Christmas shows like this anymore! Judy is joined by Mel Torme, Jack Jones, her children (Liza, Lorna and Joey) and others in this traditional Christmas Carol Medley. From December of 1963.



Paper-Doily Wreath & More From Martha Stewart

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A delicate-looking wreath that creates the magical effect of candles flickering in the snow is easy to make and surprisingly sturdy. Wreath frames are strung with twinkling lights that are nestled in frothy, doilylike paper bouquet holders known as "Biedermeiermanschetten."Read more at Marthastewart.com: Paper-Doily Wreath - Martha Stewart Crafts With their motion frozen in clear glass glitter



The World's Largest Christmas Store

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In my search for all things Christmas, I found out that Bronner's Christmas Wonderland is the world's largest Christmas store. It's located in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It was started by Wallace Bronner in 1945. Wally Bronner & SantaAll images are from Google ImagesYou can read more on the history of how he started his business Here. They also have an online website you can order anything imaginable



Easter Tree

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I've decided to post pic's of my Easter tree even though it's on my Christmas blog. I don't do very much in the way of Easter decorations, but I'm going to try and add a few things each year. I do have an Easter wreath on my front and back doors. Christmas is always my big decorating event. I left out my Jim Shore seasonal cat collection.Easter Bunny $3.50 from The Dollar General StoreMore from



Inspiring Ideas from Houzz

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Traditional dining room designI love the gift centerpiece and the beautiful traditional Christmas colors.Traditional dining room design by kansas city media and blogs Michelle EdwardsBeautiful centerpiece! Loving the candy canes around the candles and the ribbon! Great idea!Eclectic family room designHere's a nice way to display any kind of Christmas blocks you may have by putting them on



The Largest Santa

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This Santa stands at 51 ft. tall and weighs 2 1/2 tons.  You can read about him and ten other Christmas  Guinness World Records Here.  Image from Google.



World's Largest Santa Claus Collection

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Jean-Guy Laquerre from Canada is 74 yrs. old and holds the world's largest Santa Claus Collection title given by the Guinness World Record. He started his Santa collection in 1988 and has collected everything from Santa books, napkins, dolls, record albums, cards, candy, a miniature workshop and Santa ads. You can see his collection here on You Tube. Embedding was disabled, so I was unable to put



Giant Chocolate Christmas Tree

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This is amazing!  From Nov. 27,  2010,  found on The Telegraph, you can view the video here and see the giant chocolate tree.Patrick Roger's creation will be used to raise funds for a television charity event to support research into neuromuscular diseases. The tree, which is currently towering inside the chocolatier's factory in Sceaux, weighs four tons and according to Mr Roger's is a piece



Meet Me In St. Louis

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This film was made in 1944 and  tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair in 1904. It stars Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Leon Ames, Marjorie Main, June Lockhart, and Joan Carroll, and was released by MGM. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, 1944



Lawrence Welk Christmas Show opening with Jingle Bells

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Yes, I used to watch the Lawrence Welk Christmas shows in my younger days! I enjoyed the entertainment and the Christmas songs. Those were the good old days! This is from 1972.Image from http://welkmusicalfamily.blogspot.com



Themed Table Settings and Accessories

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I love the country themed decorating ideas. At the The Country Porch, they offer  lovely country themed table settings and home accessories for Christmas and all year round.  This is just a sampling of the placemat settings and matching accessories.Christmas JoysRed Holiday CheerLet It SnowWhipstitch Snowman



Christmas Cake Ebook

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Image via WikipediaCHRISTMAS CAKE RECIPES EBOOK  Click this link and you will be able to download your free ebook of twenty yummy cake recipes for Christmas. I personally would not be into the fruit cake recipes, but a lot of the others sound good! I scanned it with my Norton before opening it and it was safe. Just save it to your computer.



Woodland Glow

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Stock your fireplace with an assortment of candles on silver stands, then add greenery and pinecones for a woodland backdrop. Long glass icicles hanging from the mantel provide a frosty valance for the setting below.Better Homes and GardensI always wished I had a fireplace to decorate at Christmas. My brother has one and he always does a great job decorating it! Not bad huh?



Snowmen Luminarias

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I thought these were so adorable. I used to set out luminaria's years ago, but nothing as cute as these. This idea comes from Better Homes and Gardens.What You Need:  •Round fishbowls•White frost spray paint•Orange oven-bake clay, such as Sculpey•Golf tees•Glass baking dish•Black glass paint•Paintbrush•Silicone glue, such as E6000•Crafting mesh•Work gloves•Old scissors•Ruler•Round can, such as an



Fresh Looks For Christmas

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Boston architect Mollie Moran spreads Christmas cheer all through her house with her fresh approach to decorating. I enjoy looking at all the beautiful decorating ideas. They are so inspiring! These ideas came from Country Home. Related articlesEasy, Cheap Christmas Decorations for Your Door (socyberty.com)Tis the Season...Creating Memories (vickyhenry.wordpress.com)



A Christmas Carol

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Trailer #1A Christmas Carol at MOVIECLIPS.comThis was the very first Christmas Carol movie I watched as a child. It was made in 1938. I remember being so afraid of the ghost of Christmas yet to come! One of my favorites!



My Thomas Pacconi Music Box

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What is a Music Box? The music box is a 19th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder so as to strike the tuned teeth of a steel comb. They were developed from musical snuff boxes of the 18th century and called “Carillons a Musique.” Some of the more complex boxes also have tiny drum and small bells, in addition to the



Award from Lila

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1. My friend Lila, has sent this my way, a blogger award. I thank her very much for even thinking of me! There are so many wonderful blogs out there, but these are the ones that I know of that I would recommend visiting. 1. http://decorandoonatal.blogspot.com/2. http://keepingthechristmasspiritalive365.blogspot.com/3. http://whisperingchristmasdreams.blogspot.com/4.http://



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Born Feb. 3, 1894Died Nov. 8, 1978Norman Rockwell is known for his timeless art and illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than fourty years. His last painting for the Post was in 1963, which marked the end of his publishing relationship with the magazine which included 322 cover paintings. He produced over 4,000 orginal works in his



Christmas Pillow

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Here is a photo of my beautiful pillow my sister-in-law made for me for Christmas. She's very good at making home made gifts and those are the best kind to receive because they were made out of love! Another year she made me a beautiful quilted tree skirt. The picture doesn't do it justice compared to seeing it in front of you. My grandchildren also bought me a Grandma pillow one year that I love



The Salvation Army and Christmas

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General William BoothEach year during the Christmas season, we see the red kettles of the Salvation Army and the volunteers ringing the bells to collect donations for needy families, seniors, and the homeless. Money donated helps with Christmas dinners, clothing and toys for those in need. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the



Christmas Cakes

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I enjoy watching the Cake Boss! He's awesome at what he does! The work that goes into his specialty cakes is unbelievable! Here is a video of the making of an office party Christmas cake. He has made it into gift boxes with all of the accessories. He is so creative...and can you imagine trying to deliver these specialty cakes!!UPDATE-  SORRY...APPARENTLY THIS VIDEO WAS REMOVED BY YOU TUBE .Found



Enya-The Spirit of Christmas Past

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Just plain beautiful! You will need to pause the music player.



Christmas during the Middle Ages

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Image via WikipediaProtestant lands in blue.Catholic lands in olive.Christmas during the Middle Ages was a public festival that incorporated ivy, holly, and other evergreens. Christmas gift-giving during the Middle Ages was usually between people with legal relationships, such as tenant and landlord. The annual indulgence in eating, dancing, singing, sporting, card playing escalated in England,



Christmas in the American Civil War

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Christmas in the American Civil War (1861–1865) was celebrated in both the United States and the Confederate States of America although the day did not become an official holiday until five years after the war ended. The war continued to rage on Christmas and skirmishes occurred throughout the countryside. Celebrations for both troops and civilians saw significant alteration. Propagandists, such



North Point's iBand

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This is sooooo....cool!!!! Isn't technology just amazing!!! Definitely worth watching! You will need to pause the music player on the left side of page.I'm linking this post to Natasha's Pinning and Singing Party. Thanks Natasha!



Christmas Eve "2010"

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This free photo slideshow personalized with Smilebox



Our Pets on Christmas Morning

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Christmas "2010"

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Most of these pic's were taken at my brother's house on the Sunday before Christmas. The collectible bears I had given him a few years ago because I just had to much STUFF to decorate with and I just didn't know where to put them without my animals getting their hair all over them or my dear dog maybe lifting his leg to pee on them....ugh...!! So I knew that they would get a good home at my



Celebrate the Reason

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Wishing all of you who follow my blog and to all of the people who visited, a very Merry Christmas! I hope you have a blessed holiday and a Happy New Year! xoxoxoYou will need to pause the music player on the left side of this page and there is a mute button on the ecard to stop the music when the ecard is done.



Norad Tracks Santa

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If you would like to find out where Santa is on Christmas Eve, follow this link to keep track of him: http://www.noradsanta.org/ When he's close to your area, you better get to bed fast. He won't come until you are sleeping.    



Tis the Season Christmas Shoppe

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This is a video of my FAVORITE place to shop ANY TIME of the year. It's in Amish country in Ohio. This store has three levels of glorious Christmas collectables, lights, and just about anything you might be looking for will be here. Themed Christmas trees galore!! Williamsburg trees and decorations...ahhhhh!! I bought some things here for my tree. The lady in the video says you could spend a



10 Christmas Tips For Cutting Down Holiday Stress and Enjoying the Season

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For many modern families, Christmas is magical, wonderful and also filled with stress. There are so many last minute things to do, traditions to uphold, expectations to be met and relatives to appease. But how do you minimize the crunch and pressures without sacrificing holiday joys? Here are ten tips to help you get there.1. Start early. Most people don't plan an important vacation to an exotic



Beaded Angel

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She's a cutie! Materials:•12x small 2.3cm safety pins 1x 12mm bead for head 1x 12mm bead cap 1x 8mm pearl for the body 12x 6mm pearls for the base 54x 4mm pearls for the dress and arms 42x 3mm beads for the wings and halo 80cm's 28gauge wireThis little angel is adorable and can be used as tree ornaments, present toppers or given as small christmas gifts. Fill the 12 safety pins with the 4mm



Jumbo Craft Stick Angels

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I love these whimsical looking angels!Materials:•l jumbo craft stick 8" X 1" strip of any scrap material 2" piece of poster board for the heart jute, yarn, or twine for the hair fine line black marker pink marker or crayon medium black marker white glue or hot glue These are great as gift tags, and then they can be used as ornaments. They can also be made using regular sized craft sticks. 1. Tie