Show your patriotism by decorating a red, white, and blue Christmas tree this year. Get ideas to turn your tree into a tribute to veterans or a celebration of your political passions or just to honor being an American.
Find out what Christmas was like in America in the 1920s. What activities were popular, what gifts did people exchange, and how was it different from Christmas now?
Australian Christmas songs are often playful, reflecting the humor of the land down under. Enjoy listening to the samples featured here. I've also provided the meanings behind some common Aussie slang terms to help you interpret the lyrics.
Decorate your Christmas tree with a family history theme. This theme is perfect for a genealogist or anyone wanting to honor their ancestors. Here are some tips for creating one with photos and other special decorations.
It's challenging to celebrate Christmas all alone when it seems everyone else if gathering with family. Try these ideas for a cozy Christmas for one.
Do you find yourself feeling let down on or after Christmas day or during the holiday season in general? Christmas day disappointment is more common than you might realize. There are a number of possible factors that might contribute to this strange phenomenon.
Travel back in time to see what Christmas was like in the 1940s. Discover movies, music, stories from the war years and beyond.
Cats and Christmas decorations can be a disaster. Sometimes it's funny, but often, it's just a mess. Here are tips to protect your tree, ornaments, and food during December and how to keep your cat safe, too.
Here are some tips for streamlining your Christmas card process so you can save money and time. You might even decide to give them up entirely. Learn about the pros and cons of giving up on paper holiday cards.
I combed through old newspapers to find out what Christmas was like during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Here's what I found.
What can you do if the gifts you receive are just wrong for you or undermine your minimalist lifestyle? Here's how to change this pattern of bad gifts or too many gifts.
Get ideas to streamline storing away all the Christmas decorations. Take good care of all your special items.
Learn about the gifts, activities, clothing, and customs of Christmas from over 100 years ago, 1910.
Miniature baskets look delightful on a small Christmas tree. Here's how to get the most out of this theme.
People say "Happy Holidays" and the word "Xmas" are anti-religious. Wrong! Here's the real story behind those words.
Let's count down the 25 days to Christmas using the alphabet to feature favorite holiday memories. Included are lists of ABC topics for December journaling or blogging.
Create your own Christmas village from cardboard. It's fun and you save a lot of money. Try these tips and video tutorials to get you started.
Feel overwhelmed at Christmas time? Try these tips for streamlining your holiday chores and enjoying it more.
Perhaps we could put our heads together to come up with a diet and exercise plan for Santa? All that weight can't be good for him.
Here are tips for adding some sparkle to your Christmas tree with a variety of glass ornaments and other shiny things. It's the time of year to bring on the bling.
It's a cliche that men hate to shop and sometimes forget to get a gift for their sweetie until it's too late. If it happened to you, here's the solution.
For a frugal Christmas, get the family excited about using Little House on the Prairie as the theme. Here are activities and ideas for a fun-filled special holiday just like Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Don't toss those Christmas cards right after the holiday. There are dozens of ways to repurpose them. Save money and cut down on waste by using those cards again.
How do you fill a child's Christmas stocking without wasting money on useless junk? Here are some ideas for frugal and useful stocking stuffers for kids.
You can have an attractive present without splurging big bucks on elaborate bows, decorated wrapping paper, and rolls of ribbon. Check out the ideas and tips for frugal gift wrapping.
Don't overspend on gifts for your co-workers. Here are fun ideas, crafts, and foods to make them happy and keep your budget on track.
Start a family tradition by giving each member an ornament for the holiday.
Disney is a favorite Christmas destination for the beauty of its decorations. You can achieve that look at your home or office.
You don't need to spend a fortune making your Christmas tree colorful and pretty. Here are thrifty tips for free and almost free decorations.
Gather family photos to make a collage for a gift for Christmas or another occasion. Check out my suggestions and examples.
My parents made dozens of these yarn Santa faces. The base is a bleach bottle but it turns out delightful. Everyone loves them. Here's how to make your own.
Don't send a ho-hum Christmas card. You need a card that shows your interest, your passion for street rods or vintage autos. These are fun and Christmasy and all about cars.
Fairy gardens are so much fun to create. Don't wait for summer, make one especially for Christmas. Here are tips for what to include in your Christmas themed fairy garden. A fun project for all ages.
It's a sad Christmas if someone lacks gifts or food. When others see that and help them out, that sad holiday becomes a joyful one. A random act of kindness gladdens both the giver and the receiver.
All you need to make Victorian-style ornaments for the Christmas tree is wide ribbon, scissors, and a needle and thread.
Your mailbox can be the prettiest one on the street with a seasonal greenery swag. The artificial ones last for years and even have cordless lights to brighten the scene. Lovely!
Crepe paper flowers, sombreros and mariachi figures... it's a Mexican Christmas tree. Make your own ornaments or buy some that are ready to hang. Feliz Navidad!
Mailing gifts gets frustrating if the pretty bows are crushed in the mail. Learn an easy, inexpensive way to protect the bows so your presents arrive as pretty as when you first wrapped them.
Whether you live in Florida or just wish you did, you can treat yourself to a Florida-themed Christmas tree. Having lived in the Sunshine State for 10 years, I have some great ideas to make it special.
Retirees flock to the warm winters in Florida. Need ideas for a retirement gift or family presents for someone living there or moving there? Here are tips from a Florida retiree for the last 10 years.
Using acorns and pine cones, make an easy pixie ornament for the Christmas tree. It's cute and oh, so simple.
Decorate your tree with special ornaments from Africa. Celebrate the country of your ancestry or the entire continent. Add some African animals and some handmade ornaments. Delightfully unique.
Add some Christmas touches to your golf cart for riding around the course or in your golf-cart-friendly community. Go all-out with your decorating if you're going to be in the holiday parade.
Whether you leave along the coast or just wish you did, you can tantalize your friends with these beach Christmas cards. Your cards will stand out from all the snow scenes that everyone else sends.
You want your library's Christmas tree to evoke oohs and ahs. Perhaps you want a book related theme or local theme. Maybe you want it to raise funds or bring in donations. Here are ideas for you.
Don't let lack of money mean an unhappy Christmas. There are many free and inexpensive ways to have a happy holiday for your family. Check out my tips for a thrifty and merry Christmas.
Make your Christmas tree reflect your travels and places you've lived over the years. You can make or buy ornaments or bring them back as souvenirs. You'll have a tree that's unique to you!