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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:40:55 -0600

 



How To Change Your Christmas Theme And Color

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:55:30 -0600

When your Christmas decor needs a new theme and color, be creative. Add in a huge dose of sparkle, some seasonal cheer, and enjoy your new Christmas tree. It's more than decor, it's love of the season.



6 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:11:44 -0600

If you are thinking about the holidays right now and frowning, smooth your face, square your shoulders and take a cleansing breath. These 6 tips for a stress-free holiday season will start you off on the right foot.



10 Fun Free Family Activities To Do During the Holidays

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:11:32 -0600

Spending time with your family during the holidays doesn't need to mean spending a lot of money. This list of 10 fun and free things to do will help you have fun and make memories without draining your bank account.



Thanksgiving Weekend

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:12:03 -0600

The last four months have not been very typical for me. In June I saw all six of my grandchildren even though they live in three different provinces and are each busy with jobs, school and activities. We celebrated the birthdays of each just because we were together despite the date on the calendar at the time.



Thank Them For Their Service

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:09:39 -0600

Over the years I have signed contracts to provide therapy for British and Canadian soldiers as well as veterans. Because of this, I have become much more aware of the sacrifices made by the men and women who have fought to obtain and maintain freedom for us. Many service members experience situations that lead to life-long consequences:



Holiday Shopping Online

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:09:23 -0600

It seems rather strange to go into a store and see end of summer sale items, Halloween costumes, Remembrance Day poppies and Christmas decorations all at the same time. Somehow we have begun blurring the holidays into one big merchandising extravaganza. A lot of things have changed over the years.



Christmas Music - Song or Carol

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:08:34 -0600

It's December and we are surrounded with reminders that the Christmas season is before us. Outdoor lights on businesses and houses seem to have magically appeared from nowhere. Christmas tree lots have opened.



Christmas Experience

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:07:37 -0600

We Three Kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar...



Getting Ready for New Year's Eve

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:07:24 -0600

Midnight on December 31 does not occur at the same moment across the globe. In fact, depending on the time zone involved, ending one year and welcoming the next can even be on different days. When and how you will celebrate is your choice.



Silent Night and Peace

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:07:21 -0600

Silent Night. Holy Night. All is calm.



Holidays Can Be the Most Trying - New Tradition Ideas

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:02:38 -0600

The holidays can be a very difficult time for those who are grieving. Many bereaved have difficulty understanding and managing their grieving process. This may be because the holidays are a reminder of the people who should be at the holiday table, but are not. Their absence remains, even as the years pass. This rings true particularly if your loved one died during this season, or if this is the first season you'll spend without them.



Beware of Holiday Identity Thieves

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:11:49 -0600

The arrival of the holiday season leaves open numerous opportunities for scam artists. It is because this time of year is when we are most distracted and preoccupied.



Renewing and Rebuilding in the Holiday Season

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:10:16 -0600

One priority families usually mention is a desire for consistency and continuity of family traditions. These traditions are frequently more held than many family relationships or long-term friendships. The bad news that these families confront is that now there are two families with different players in different locations.



Thanksgiving Quandary: Roast Turkey or Lame Duck

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 19:00:55 -0600

My father used to tell me anything worth doing was worth doing right the first time. If you have time to do it the second time, you have time to do it right the first time. As fathers go, he was right. It seems most people have not learned this lesson, least of all politicians who are supposedly serving the interests of their constituency. I know there are good politicians in America today. Nobody seems to know who they are, though.



No-Stress Thanksgiving Schedule

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:59:51 -0600

It's easy to start panicking when the holidays creep ever closer, especially if you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house. But while a little bit of excited stress is good, too much will just ruin the holidays and is bad for your health. To avoid a stressful Thanksgiving, we've created a schedule that you can use as a general guideline to aid in your house and dinner preparations.



Home Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:27:08 -0600

Holiday stress is probably stirring up inside right now, as every single moment is filled with the worry and concern over gifts, what you'll buy, how much you'll spend, and all those other holiday concerns... But is it really that important? Couldn't you figure out a better way to spend the holidays than overloaded, and overwhelmed with stress? Let's find better alternatives.



How to Be Financially Prepared for the Holidays

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:05:11 -0500

For many of us, the holiday season is a time of joy and rest. However, planning for the season's festivities can feel hectic and create financial stress. According to the Consumer Reports National Research Center, top holiday stressors for Americans include gift shopping, crowds and long lines, traveling and taking on some level of debt. So how can you give generously but not go overboard on your budget?



The Best 10 Fun Ways To Celebrate This Halloween

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:14:30 -0500

Halloween is all about pumpkins, ghosts and candy! This year, create your own Halloween traditions and become the real star of the spooktacular scene!



The Great Santa Claus Debate: To Believe or Not Believe - What to Tell the Children?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:03:11 -0500

So, is Santa Claus real? This is the most commonly asked question when Christmas is approaching and kids become really curious whether they will receive the gifts they had asked for or not. Should they send letters to Santa?



Catering A Thanksgiving Dinner

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:53:26 -0500

Thanksgiving usually involves a large meal served up to many. It is a lot of work, unless you get it catered.



The Essence of Diwali

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:19:10 -0500

Diwali is closing in fast, and it's an atmosphere of celebration all through the country. It is during such times that people often think of visiting homes. As a part of the new found metro culture, families sometimes split after one of the kids is married off. They may move to a different place for better job opportunities, or just for finding more room for more people. But during the festivities like holi and diwali, people often think of moving back to their hometown for celebrations with the entire family together.



Convenient and Safe Shopping at Online Halloween Costume Shops

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:30:48 -0500

Are you looking for the most happening Halloween costumes? If yes, you can find them online, a reliable and the most popular platform for your entire shopping needs. There is no dearth of online Halloween costume shops that offer a range of eye-catching outfits. Visit them and browse through the available options to find something different and unique. Here, we bring you a list of benefits that can be availed by shopping online for Halloween Costume stores.



How To Make The Most From the Diwali Festival

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:33:58 -0500

The Diwali festival runs for a number of days and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Most countries like India, Nepal and Malaysia observes the festival during mid-October and around mid-November. Just like Christmas is to Christians, Diwali is very important to Hindus. It is referred to as 'the festival of lights' and when you choose to join in, you should do whatever is possible to enjoy it and get the best out of it.



St Patrick's Day Celebrates the Building of Ministries and Places of Worship Around IRELAND

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:14:16 -0500

St. Patrick's Day- A reminder of how faith has always played a role in the human experience. St. Patrick's Day-Celebrated because a saint cared enough about the importance of spreading his faith- to spread, "THE WORD OF GOD."- Building ministries and places of worship around IRELAND. Pray at any time of day or night. Meditate, feel great, reduce stress and unplug for a few moments a day! Do it your way, your time and respect a few moments a day for your own space!



Halloween Planning for Party and Invitations Discounted

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:42:27 -0500

Party Planning and Halloween Invitations for Your Spooky Fall Celebration - Thankfully, for party enthusiast, seasons bring an exciting and fun holiday or two that promotes and encourages family and friends to get together and celebrate. The fall season brings, of course, Halloween harvest parties that will get you in the partying mood and want to scratch out your guest list for hosting your masquerade or costume spooky party. There are some specialty holiday Halloween stationery websites that offer the best stationary designers and to create and maintain totally unique and creative Halloween invitations that...



Thanksgiving Wishes and Messages

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:13:58 -0500

Are you ever stuck on what to write on a Thanksgiving card? These Thanksgiving wishes and messages will help give you the inspiration you need to find the perfect greeting.



Why Should You and Your Family Visit a Trampoline Park?

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:39:52 -0500

Such kind of privilege won't be available elsewhere and this is why more families than ever before now visit these parks. After all, only here kids get a chance to redefine the meaning of fun. So, plan your weekend now and be where you should always be.



Raksha Bandhan Celebration

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:35:19 -0500

Rakhi is a consecrated string tied on the wrist of a sibling by a sister on the eve of Raksha Bandhan in India. Considered one of the well known celebrations in India, Raksha Bandhan is essentially a North Indian celebration that reestablishes the kin bond particularly between a sibling and a sister. Adoration is communicated by the method for tying Rakhi on a sibling's wrist where by the sibling assumes upon the liability of his sister's assurance. This convention has streamed through hundreds of years of traditions and customs. It is praised with parcel of soul and is not restricted to a specific state however north Indian states head the rundown of transcendence.



Labour Day - Yesterday and Today

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:32:00 -0500

Each year we celebrate Labour Day in a number of countries. For most of us, it is merely a long weekend that signals the end of the summer season. Its roots, however, were ones that involved struggle.



Heritage Day

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:44:09 -0500

I must be getting old! When I am in a room full of individuals who don't know what I mean when I say telephone party-line, I Love Lucy, or outhouse then I am reminded of the fact that I have been around for a while. This spring my thirteen year old grandson Jordan was doing a school project on immigration and because my grandfather came to Canada as an eleven-year-old orphan he phoned me for help.



Saving for the Holidays Early In the Year

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:07:57 -0500

Everyone wants to go on holiday at the end of the year. The reality is that not everyone can afford it at any time. There are many ways to save money so that you can go on that two week trip as long as you do some financial organising.



New Year - The History Behind "Ringing in the New"

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:34:07 -0500

New Year celebrations get bigger and better each year with parties and festivities becoming grander and fireworks displays brighter and for longer durations. However, celebrating the New Year is not a recent phenomenon. You'll be rather surprised to know that around the world New Year celebrations began at least 4,000 years ago!



New Year's Resolutions - Making and Breaking Them

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:47:35 -0500

Making a New Year's resolution is a common tradition where a person undertakes a promise to fulfill an act of self-improvement or change an attitude or way of life to benefit others. It is not confined to any particular region and is a globally popular trait. The end of the Great Depression saw many in the Western Hemisphere forming New Year's resolutions probably as a way of hoping for better days in the face of much uncertainty.



New Year Celebrations - The Strange Customs and Traditions

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:45:33 -0500

The New Year is celebrated with much gaiety, enthusiasm and happiness all over the world and there are many customs and traditions, even superstitions attached to the celebrations. Some of them are unique and interesting while some of them are rather strange and weird! The underlying feel of celebrating the New Year is looking forward to a period of happiness, good fortune, prosperity and good health and putting behind a time of conflicts, mistakes and worries.



Fireworks Are A Must For 4th July Celebration

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:30:48 -0500

Fireworks are the part of celebrations and to express happiness, Fireworks are the great source. Do you know the history behind fireworks or Independence day.



Best Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:23:12 -0500

Independence Day is also an opportunity for people to educate their kids about the history of America's independence. Get a copy of the Declaration of Independence and read it to your kids. In order that it won't be more than a page or two to prevent boredom, read to them like it's a story to make them feel interested while listening.



Santa Claus, History of Christmas, and Holiday Party Invitations

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:29:10 -0500

Christmas Celebrations, Santa Claus, and Invitations for Parties Around the World - For centuries, Santa Claus stories have been told in all parts of the world. It is believed that the story of Santa Claus originated when a man named St. Nicholas went around giving candy and small toys to children Christmas Eve. The children would leave their shoes out on their front porch, and in the morning they would find toys and candy in their shoes. In the United States, this spirit is better known as Santa Claus, but in other countries Santa Claus has many different names associated with the stories told in each country.



DIY Scary Decorations for Your Halloween Night

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:33:53 -0500

Halloween! Yes, that one time of the year wherein you can be whoever you like and decorate your place however you like it. It is the only time where people appreciate graveyards and dead bodies on their front lawn. The spookier it is, the better.



Celebrating Independence Day in The United States

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:06:07 -0500

Independence Day, which is celebrated on the Fourth of July is recognized as the date that the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence and declared its independence from Great Britain. This article details the freedoms granted to American citizens from this document and why we celebrate these privileges.



Planning Shocking Halloween Party Celebration and Invitations

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:34:45 -0500

Useful details for planning and organizing your Halloween party invitations and celebrations with the most scary and spooky designs, themes, and wordings. Ensure your custom invites will impress your invited guests.



Find Spookiest Halloween Party Invitations for Holiday Celebration

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:22:37 -0500

Save with lots of discounts on most creative, popular, and scary party invitations for Halloween celebrations. Add your own shocking invitation wordings to ensure your invites are totally unique and appreciated.



Celebrating Father's Day 2016 Amid Rising Fatherlessness in America

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:38:25 -0500

In the good old days, 87.7% of the Baby Boomer generation grew up with two biological parents who were married to each other. Today that number has dwindled to just 68.1% and is trending downward. Indeed, experts say, even as we celebrate Father's Day this year, fatherlessness is the biggest family and social issue we face today.



Best Bear Mascot Costumes For All Events

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:02:26 -0500

Whether you are looking for a mascot for your sporting team or to boost team spirit at the office, you will find that bear costumes are always a top choice. The great news is that once you find a reputable and reliable supplier, you will be able to have your bear mascot costume custom made for you, based on your chosen colors and design.



Best Holiday Mascot Costumes

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:01:39 -0500

Mascots are growing in popularity throughout the world. Mascot costumes are not only used for sporting events and school sports, they are used by companies and for town celebrations. Mascots add a fun element, they are able to boost team spirit and get spectators to cheer on their team with ease. These have been used as an essential part of sporting teams cheer leaders for years, urging on the team while getting the crowd excited.



Proud Canadians

Tue, 31 May 2016 06:47:46 -0500

It's easy to complain. Yes, we have a very young Prime Minister who is bound to make mistakes. Most of them do at times.



Mother's Day - A Difficult Role

Tue, 31 May 2016 06:43:08 -0500

One of the most difficult roles that I have ever had is to be a parent. Oh, don't think that I didn't or don't enjoy it. Parenting has brought me some of the most rewarding and rich experiences of my life.



Staying Safe Inside Your Dopey Dwarf Costume

Tue, 17 May 2016 07:41:06 -0500

Whether you are dressing up in your Dopey dwarf costume for Halloween, a birthday party, a sporting event, or any other activity, it is essential that you keep yourself safe. The idea of getting inside of a large costume like this is fun and exciting. You are no doubt going to be putting smiles on a lot of faces. You want to be sure to keep yourself smiling and out of harm's way while inside as well.



National Flag Day: 100 Year Celebration

Thu, 12 May 2016 10:19:44 -0500

Flag Day is a day for all Americans to celebrate by flying the "Stars and Stripes." Learn the history of its establishment, proper care and use and fun ways for kids to participate in the celebration.



Christmas, the Joyful Mystery

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:54:19 -0500

Nothing quite matches the joys of Christmas, except the mysteries of Christmas. To the believers, the mysteries start with the Incarnation of God becoming baby, born of virgin, arriving poor on earth in swaddling clothes in a manger lighted only by a distant lone star the same God form whose fingertips had same God from whose fingertips had tumbled planets and comets and suns.



Of Easter Eggs

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:55:15 -0500

The older I get, the less current holidays mean to me... and the more those from years, even decades ago. I see the vivid Easter displays; (these days pharmacies seem to have the most and largest.) But these festive aisles and windows, the bags of candy, and, of course, the seasonal cuddlies do not speak to me. They merely mark the calendar as just another day. That was not always the case, but years and unrelenting death have so thinned the ranks of the significant players in these annual rites that the dead now significantly outnumber the living, of whom, graying, I am yet one. I do not mind giving up this present holiday; there is little enough to lose.But I would mind relinquishing my memories of Easter Days gone by, for there are my beloved ghosts, each and every one as vital in my mind's eye as quick, not long defunct. And because these folks are even more precious to me now than then, I wish this Easter to remember them through the medium of eggs, colored eggs, hidden eggs, Easter eggs.



Easter and the Semi-Colon

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:54:12 -0500

A story about an Easter miracle. A story about hope. A story about God's promise.



Easter Party Planning With Snow Cone Machine

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 07:05:03 -0500

While not too many people really have the same understanding of the significance of Easter, most will agree that it's the perfect excuse to throw one heck of a backyard bash for everyone to enjoy. Children excitedly look forward to an Easter egg hunt and a bunch of other Easter-themed games. As for the older lot, well, gear up for some serious eating such as cookies, cakes, pies, barbecues, burgers, and others.



Holidays Are Alive And Well If We Just Believe

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:30:16 -0500

Just checking - does anyone know what Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter were all about? When was the last time your children laughed and planned for a holiday - not even considering if the upcoming date was "politically correct" across the globe? Did your family sit down and bring back memories of past holidays and decide what to do again or even what to add to make that date even more "memorable" or did you just "text" them instead?



"Oh Danny Boy Oh Danny Boy I Love You So," But Not in Southie and NOT in the St Patrick's Day Parade

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 06:45:27 -0600

Have you ever been to South Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade? It is at the best of times a pitiable thing, ramshackle, disorganized, still smelling of the mother load that Billy O'Sullivan barfed on Monseigneur Murray last year. Well the Southies wanted a parade that showcased their adamant (Roman Catholic) family values, their local and vocal celebration and veneration of St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland, and the evacuation of the British fleet and army from Boston in 1776. They battled against the gays and lesbians marching. Gay rights organizations understandably want total equality. Read on to hear a solution to solve this conundrum.



Leather Duffel Bag for Mother's Day

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:59:36 -0600

Four types of leather bags that would work for any Mom. The gym bag for the woman who likes to stay in shape. The larger duffel bag for the travelling Mother. The leather backpack for the Mom on the go or a leather laptop bag for the business lady for a sophisticated style.



Christmas Ornaments and Tips for Making Ornaments

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:48:25 -0600

When you open that box of Christmas tree ornaments, memories of all the delights of the season come popping out. All of your decorations, especially the handmade ones, can embody warm personal messages. Who doesn't have a collection of special ones-your child's hand print in plaster, a glued macaroni star, or an elegant hand-sewn Santa? Making your own ornaments gives you the pleasure of creation, lasting decorations for your tree, and treasured gifts for friends.



Easter Eggs In Unlimited Colors

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 06:26:37 -0600

Easter eggs go together with beautiful colors and safe coloring ingredients. You have the makings for all your artistic endeavors right in your kitchen pantry or freezer. All you have to add is imagination and fun.



A Forget-Me-Not for Valentine's Day

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:51:25 -0600

FORGET ME NOT - Last week, I made a patient cry. It certainly wasn't on purpose. I just asked if she had plans for Valentine's Day and she burst into tears.



Welcome Spring and Celebrate Easter

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:28:36 -0600

Even though the temperatures may not cooperate, Easter welcomes Spring with fresh flowers, brighter colors, and food fare that is lighter but more colorful. Whether your choices are vintage or modern, Easter can be celebrated and enjoyed with family and friends.



Fun Valentine's Day Party Ideas for Adults

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:49:44 -0600

Valentine's day is a special occasion to show your partner the true meaning of love. As Valentine's day is approaching near, we all can sense love in the air. Throwing a valentine's day party would be a great idea to make your special one feel appreciated and loved. Instead of your relationship status, you can even celebrate valentine's day with your family and friends to show how much they mean to you.



Saint Patrick's Day Traditions

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:27:28 -0600

Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with Saints Brigit and Columba.



How to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:54:13 -0600

How do you juggle a family, work and holiday festivities all while keeping your sanity? From slowing your breath to keeping things simple, these tips will help you keep your cool during the holidays. And for you control freaks, don't forget to delegate!



Roses Are Red

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:02:48 -0600

As February 14th approaches, we notice that the malls and stores are decorated with red hearts and chubby cherubs. Consumers are encouraged to purchase boxes of candy or bouquets of roses for their lovers. School children prepare cards to send to their friends.



Mother's Day Deconstructed

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:59:09 -0600

If my family fails to honor me the other 364 days of the year, it is meaningless to honor me for one day. Mother's Day has become a day of obligation. Service to my family is under appreciated year round, which is a common thread for most women. Pancakes, budget roses and over exaggerated cards don't fill me up. I'm not ashamed to admit it, I don't like Mother's Day.



Christmas at Akokwa: A Childhood Memory

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:43:55 -0600

Before I finished this article, my fifteen year old son wanted to know about the most exciting times of my life. By far, it was those Christmases at Akokwa. Decades of life experiences since then cannot begin to match such sparkling nostalgia. Not even the terrible years when Nigerian soldiers invaded the Igbos of Biafra (1967 through 1969) could diminish such wonderful childhood memories.



Celebrating Special Occasions on a Budget

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:59:34 -0600

This article provides some examples of how people on a tight budget can still enjoy holidays and special occasions. The advice can be taken by single individuals as well as people with families.



Object Lesson - Marshmallow Olympics

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:37:57 -0600

Use marshmallows as an object lesson and tie it in to a well known Harvard study on delayed gratification and success. Waiting on God is a Biblical concept and something all youth need to learn. Patience in relationships, in sexuality, in simply growing up.



Party and Entertainment Ideas That Will Make Your Family and Friends' St. Patrick's Day Fabulous

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:29:41 -0600

Every year all over the world, St Patrick's Day or St. Paddy's Day is celebrated on the 17th of March. What initialed as a feast for the patron saint of Ireland has now become a global festival with parades, dancing, music, delicious food and much more.



Pros And Cons Of Holidays

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:47:32 -0600

A Holiday means the time for relaxation and savings for enjoying our future life. It means different things for the people depending on their age and lifestyle. For office-goers, it means...



Youth Ideas - A New Year - New Priorities

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:24:23 -0600

With the New Year we typically evaluate the past year and set new priorities for the upcoming year. Sometimes we call these new priorities or renewed priorities New Year's Resolutions. New Year's Resolutions may be focused around family, personal goals, money, jobs, and many other things. While these things are not necessarily wrong, when they take precedence over our relationship with God they become a problem.



My Most Memorable Christmas, Delivered by Hand, Changing My Life - Now My Time

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:15:21 -0600

After being the beneficiary of so much during my life it is now time to give to others. Having been so blessed especially on this unforgettable Christmas I am about to tell you of, makes it a great joy and comfort to be giving back.



Holiday Spirit

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:44:49 -0600

Christmas, when you have small children, is a much different holiday than when you have adult children. When you throw into the mix of having a job that usually starts in a different state a few days after Christmas, you have to work hard to find that holiday feeling. This Christmas is the second year in a row where Rob and I had left Nashville before Christmas and had to travel back home for the weekend or are leaving right after Christmas.



Shedding Light on the X in Xmas

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:24:03 -0600

During the holiday season we continually hear the complaints and responses of people as they notice the "Xmas" greeting in place of the all familiar "Christmas." To many uninformed people this is an indication of disrespect and an attempt to remove the word Christ from the greeting making it a non-religious name. Others profess that those people who use the "X" in place of the word Christ are at best a lazy batch of people who are deliberately attempting to secularize the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth. This would seem to mean that society as a whole was attempting to cross out or eliminate the word Christ from our vocabulary. Folks according to research conducted nothing like this is even remotely truthful or verified.



Christmas - Celebration of the Gift of Life

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:31:35 -0600

Christmas celebration is the celebration of God's gift of life to humanity. It is the celebration of God's love for man. An understanding of the essence of Christmas gives you access to the Lord's abundance of life. Embracing it is to embrace the Master's victory over darkness. This article enlightens you on the reason for Christmas.



Trauma Survivors Dashing Through The Snow, Get Me Outta Here!

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:51:43 -0600

Jingle Mingle! Dashing through the snow! Reindeer prancing!



Live Verses Artificial Christmas Trees

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:54:07 -0600

We would like to tell you the difference between Live and Artificial Christmas Trees. What is the difference to you personally? Do you have a preference?



'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:34:26 -0600

Christmas Eve is a special time and children should be allowed to enjoy their childhood while they are still young enough to enjoy the magic of it. You can't rush childhood; it ends when you are old enough to take on the responsibilities of adulthood.



How To Cure Your Christmas Hangover

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 07:44:30 -0600

All occasions involving alcohol tend to leave your brain feeling dumb, numb, and confused. These occasions vary in their severity; while you may be all right the very next morning most times, there may be severe cases when you try to dial your razor even two days later. Christmas parties are very notorious for causing such extreme cases, and this is when you need to look beyond the common hangover cures to get your body and brain to feel normal again.



Merry Christmas to All! (I Ain't Afraid of No Grinch!)

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 07:24:13 -0600

At this this time of year, I miss Christmas's past, those of years ago when I was a kid. The excitement was greater by far then, the anticipation grew more intense by the day as Christmas drew near. I especially miss the old days of Christmas in a rural area. Christmas meant Christmas trees each year. In the country, one does not go to a tree lot to buy a dried-out and sometimes-scraggly, exorbitantly priced Christmas tree. in rural areas one packs their recently sharpened ax, heads to the nearest wooded area, scouts out the best fir tree there, and harvests it.



A Pinwheel

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:55:40 -0600

A Holiday symbol can make us think about the underlying meaning of a holiday, like Christmas. Some symbols of old were readily recognized and widely used, yet are not remembered as well today. A pinwheel is one of those symbols.



How to Decorate Your House for the Christmas Holidays

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:58:59 -0600

Christmas is the best time of the year when the holiday season begins, places are crowded, markets are full of sparkling lights and there is happiness all around. The day is dedicated to the birth of Jesus Christ, who made sacrifices to uplift the humanity in the world.



Covering Nanny: Solving Childcare Needs Over Christmas

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:09:20 -0600

Christmas is a time when we enjoy spoiling the precious little ones but in the run up to the big day, parents often need time away from their children to fulfil special seasonal tasks. Covering the gap in childcare becomes even more essential than normal, so with the nanny away over yuletide, follow our guide to temporary alternative arrangements.



Decorate With Flowers For Christmas

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:55:28 -0600

Christmas is the most colourful and joyous event where everyone is happy and satisfied with their lives. This is the time of spreading joy to everyone and anyone. Flowers play a very huge role on making Christmas the most colourful and beautiful event, they give life to everything and make everything look brighter.



May Your Holiday Memories Bring Smiles This Season

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:36:15 -0600

The holidays call out to each of us in a unique way. For some, it's a time of increased stresses and overwhelming plans which may or not be met in time. For others, it's about memories of how things used to be back when our loved ones were celebrating with us. Regardless of who you may be, the holiday is a time to reflect, remember, and rejoice in the gifts which can't be bought in a store. And no matter which situation you are currently living in this holiday season, may your holiday be filled with wonderful memories and brilliant smiles to last all year long!



The True Spirit of Christmas, Showing Love and Kindness to Neighbors and Coworkers

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 06:48:04 -0600

The holidays are an excellent time to show love and generosity to your neighbors. Take the time to smile at your neighbor and to say a word or two to make her day much better. Living in the spirit of the season is all about making this world a better place for brotherhood and friendship.



Have a Merry Christmas and Make a Positive Change!

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 06:47:06 -0600

Christmas is a holiday for everyone as it is the time to set some goals and make positive changes in one's life and the lives of others! If you think Christmas is just for Christians, that is not really the case because it is the season to live like Christ and to do good will unto others. First of all, one must love himself or herself and take care of the body, mind, and spirit which are parts of an inner temple.



Christmas in America Compared to Christmas in Italy, Two Pleasurable Holiday Destinations!

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 06:44:03 -0600

Whether you decide to celebrate Christmas in America or in Italy, you'll find that the experience will be pleasurable. Both countries have much to offer during the holidays! It's surprising how the two countries have become so similar at Christmas time due to the similar religious traditions, due to the opportunities for shopping, and thanks to most people's desires to spend quality time with friends and family. Whereas thirty years ago the use of the Internet was less frequent, today the two cultures both explore each other's traditions which has resulted in increasing similarities. Most Americans and Italians would agree that Christmas is about essentially about sharing one's time, sharing the love, and helping the needy in imitation of the story of Jesus. In both cultures, even those people who are not Christians still enjoy the popular character known as Santa Claus or, in Italian, "Babbo Natale." Christmas affords all of us the chance to see how we can share similar values and traditions so we become less divided. In America, we can thank Italian-American immigrants for the fine traditions they also brought to our country. There will always be a special relationship between Americans and Italians all year long!



8 Power Equipment Additions You Might Want to Add to Your Holiday Wish List This Year

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:05:06 -0600

Each Christmas season is celebrated differently every year. The festivities, spectacle of lights, friendships and exchanging gifts. Here's a few gift ideas for those who are on Santa's list that have a more practical need to help on those projects for the New Year.



We Don't All Celebrate the Same Holiday Season

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:59:28 -0600

While most people, especially students, look forward to the two weeks of vacation surrounding the Christmas holiday season, for some it is a time of terror and loneliness. Insight has helped my better understand that my fun and joy often does not match what some kids face when out on school break.



Christmas Traditions Around The World

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:37:04 -0600

So we all know that a rounded, red fur coated Santa Claus (aka Father Christmas or Saint Nicholas) is responsible for delivering presents to well behaved children on Christmas Eve, but what other Christmas traditions are celebrated around the world? Join us as we find out...



How to Keep Your (Diet) Sanity During the Holidays!

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 06:47:05 -0600

Yep, it's here, Christmas season! While this is a joyous occasion for most, are you one of those dreading the stream of Christmas parties, office treats, and edible gifts? The amount of sugar can seem endless. Even for the most motivated it can be incredibly difficult to resist overindulging, if not for lack of willpower than simply due to pushy people who seem to take extreme offence when treats offered are refused. What is with people sometimes?



Holiday Stollen: A Tasty Tradition

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 06:46:13 -0600

I love this time of year when the doldrums of cold days and dark nights are broken up by some of our favorite holidays. Thanksgiving gets things started and soon enough Christmas is on its heels. The various holiday foods are definitely one of my favorite parts. It's typically but once a year I lay my eyes on pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, fruit cake, and other, well, not so healthy items. They say the average American gains 7-10 pounds during the holidays. It can be difficult to resist those extra calories, especially when Aunt Mae is pushing you to eat "just one more homemade holiday cookie." That special holiday feeling can be quickly replaced by frustration, anger and resentment when willpower drops and the scale starts creeping up.



Don't Compare Yourself to Others During the Holidays

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 13:57:34 -0600

We all compare ourselves to others from time to time. However, this is especially the case during the holidays. Somehow, we want to outstrip our neighbours and look better than them. If we visit someone during the holidays and their house is all decked out, we want our house to be all decked out too. This can cause a lot of frustration and fatigue and it can lead us to many unhappy and stressful moments during the days leading up to the holidays. It is far better for us to simply decide for ourselves how we will decorate our home without checking in with others. I always believe that when we compare ourselves to others, we don't trust ourselves enough. We should just trust that how we decide to decorate and celebrate Christmas is indeed the right way for us and stop comparing ourselves to others all the time. In this article, I will show how to not compare yourself to others and enjoy the holidays.



How to Organize Your Holidays

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 13:56:39 -0600

When we think of the holidays, very few of us believe that we should organize them. Most of us are happy enough to spontaneously and unintentionally move into the holidays and get moving as fast as possible. But I believe that this is one way to exhaust ourselves and ultimately be bedbound by the time Christmas arrives. Organization is the key to having our best Christmas. This is as important for preparing our meals, cleaning, and doing the wash as it is to enjoy Christmas. It is worth sitting down sometime in early December and deciding what is important to you and your family for the holidays. In this article, I will show you how to do this most easily.



Holiday Clutter Pitfalls

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 08:29:59 -0600

Holidays can be fun but stressful. There are various holiday clutter pitfalls to be on the lookout for. Know what clutter concerns can occur during the holiday season and how to resolve them.



Have a Blast This Party Season With the Best Christmas Costume Ideas

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:10:51 -0600

Christmas is celebrated with great enthusiasm and gaiety and there will be parties and celebration throughout the month of December. The celebrations will begin from the day after Thanksgiving and continue until New Years. During this period you shop for gifts, host as well as attend parties.



Giving Books to Build Personal Libraries of Knowledge

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 09:47:54 -0600

There is still time to accomplish your book-giving goal. While the jumble of gifts will take on a new flavor, the fervor of chattering words and oral exchanges will add to the excitement of reading for years to come. Reading is a true, on-going, ever-giving gift. You cannot go wrong with a book!



Care for Caregivers Is the Perfect Holiday Gift

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:57:27 -0600

Care for the caregiver is an ideal holiday gift. Whether family or friend, caregivers have a 24/7 job of responsibility. You can lighten the load with a bit of your time and lots of personal love and caring.



The Lies And Ignorance About Christmas

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:42:17 -0600

Many are offended by it, many more celebrate it, and throughout the period disasters happen as Christmas comes and goes for another year. Those who avoid it are in many ways happier and healthier and enjoy life more because of what the season does to bring evil upon the world.



Anger Issues & Holidays Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 07:49:14 -0600

Anger issues and the holidays may go together like peanut butter and jelly. In some families, anger can rear its ugly head quicker than anyone can say "bless her heart". But, that doesn't mean that we should accept this type of behavior!