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Christmas tree recycling center.

Recycling a Christmas TreeThis is a page about recycling a Christmas tree. One problem that people encounter with a live Christmas tree is how to dispose of it after the holidays are over. In many communities there are multiple ways to recycle your tree.

 

Box of Christmas donations.

Helping Others at ChristmasThis page is about helping others at Christmas. Thinking of others can bring joy to you both.

 

Giving Christmas Gifts to Neighbors

Giving Christmas Gifts to NeighborsThis is a page about giving Christmas gifts to neighbors. The holidays are a good time to spread the cheer and remember your neighbors, either with a gift or an invitation to join in your family's celebration.

 

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Alternatives to a Christmas Tree?I won't have a tree this year, my husband doesn't believe. This is tough on me and hard for me to explain to my 5 year old granddaughter. Does anyone have any ideas for something that would look like a tree? Happy holidays.

 

Husband giving a gift to wife.

Christmas is the 'Season of Giving'This is a page about how to make sure Christmas is the 'Season of Giving'. Sharing with the less fortunate and making sure you spread joy to others this holiday season will not only make your Christmas more fulfilling, but it will make those around you feel special too. Here are some wonderful tips to get you started.

 

Mailing Holiday Goodies

Tips For Mailing Holiday GoodiesThis page contains tips for mailing holiday goodies. Whenever shipping cookies, candies or breads, you want to make sure they arrive fresh and intact.

 

A drawn Christmas scene with stick people.

How Can Santa Come If I Have No Money?Every year, there are financial troubles around the holidays and this year will be no different. Christmastime can be hard for families, especially with young children, if funds are tight. Here are some ideas submitted by our ThriftyFun community. If you have any tips, please post them here.

 

Looking in a snow dusted window at a family reading by the Christmas tree.

Making Christmas MemoriesThis is a page about making Christmas memories. Christmas memories begin with enjoyable and special events or activities that either occurred in years past or became traditions in a family.

 

Family at Christmas Dinner

Celebrating the Weekend After ChristmasSometimes family schedules don't allow celebrating Christmas with everyone you would like to be there. If this sounds like your family, try celebrating the weekend after Christmas to allow for everyone's busy schedules.

 

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Replacement Controller For Santa's Best Pixel Christmas Tree?I brought a 7ft Pixel tree made by Santa's Best about three years ago from a well-known TV retailer. It worked for one year, stored it for two years, and went to set up this year. About a third of the pixels light up. I checked and all strands have power. I think it might be the controller. I have reached out to the company and have not gotten a response. I am told the controller must be compatible with the model number on the remote which is listed as PIXEL-NM. Where can I go to get a replacement?

 

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Name for Preschool Christmas Musical?Our church and preschool will be joining together to sing some Christmas carols for our Christmas service. What could a fun name be for Christmas?

 

A Christmas tree shaped audio soundwaves on a record.

Sending Audio Christmas GreetingsA wonderful way to keep in touch at the holidays is by sending personal audio greetings to family and friends. This is a page about sending audio Christmas greetings.

 

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"Home for the Holidays" Christmas Parade Float Ideas?This is a page about "Home for the Holidays" Christmas parade float ideas. Ideas for a parade float based on this popular Christmastime song.

 

Christmas Gift

Frugal Christmas TipsThis is a page about frugal Christmas tips. With some thought you can keep Christmas from becoming a financial burden.

 

Family Enjoying The Holidays

Enjoying the HolidaysThis is a page about enjoying the holidays. Being stressed can make the holidays no fun at all. It is important to allow plenty of time to relax, to be flexible, and to have quality time with the people you care about.

 

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Christmas Charities And Gift AdviceFor all the people that ask for help with gifts at Christmas, here is a little advice. First of all call the HELPLINE!, their number is 211, it is a nationwide clearing house that keeps a list of organizations in each area that provide different kinds of help for people.

 

Christmas Tree

Caring for a Christmas TreeThis is a page about caring for a Christmas tree. It is fun to have a real tree at Christmas. Properly caring for your tree will help it last longer and prevent it from becoming a fire hazard.

 

Stressed Out Woman With Christmas Presents

Reducing Stress at ChristmasThis is a page about reducing stress at Christmas. The holidays are a busy time, especially around Christmas. With shopping, parties to attend and plan, visiting friends and relatives, decorating and more to do, it's no wonder things get stressful.

 

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Favors for Church Christmas Dinner?I'm looking for some ideas for favors for our Church Christmas dinner. The theme is "Promise of Light".

 

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What is This Christmas Song?Years ago I sang a Christmas carol at church. I would like all the words to it as I can't remember them all. What I do remember is the start, "Fair are the skies overhead", then it ends with "Sleep little manger child sleep".

 

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Painting Artificial Christmas Tree White?Can I paint a green artificial Christmas tree white? How can I do that?

 

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Give Love Instead of Presents This YearA tip for avoiding stressing during the holidays from the ghost of Scrooge! Tell every member of your family and all your friends that you are broke and will not be buying any gifts this season, and possibly many seasons in the future; but you love them all very much and you wish them all a Happy Holidays.

 

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Delegate Christmas ResponsibilitiesRelieve stress like you would if you were a manager or executive at work, delegate, delegate, delegate. Have others, both family and friends, help decorate, wrap and contribute to Christmas dinner. Don't sweat the small stuff, everyone will be happy to be together even if you forget to put out the napkins or cranberry sauce!

 

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Christmas Card Tree?Christmas Card Tree. How do I make a Christmas tree out of the Christmas cards I received? I hate throwing them away.

 

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Small Items to Send to Troops?I received an email with names of soldiers serving in Iraq who do not get any mail from home. I would like to send each of these soldiers a note of encouragement and support and I would like to enclose small items that they might like.

 

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The Reason For The SeasonThe Reason For The Season. I think the most important Christmas tip I can come up with is relax and enjoy! Remember what Christmas is really all about. It's not about stressing and over-spending.

 

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The Best Christmas Movies and TV Specials?I would like to know your favorite Christmas TV special and/or movie.

 

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Twelve Days of Christ Ideas for a Boy?I am looking for ideas for the 12 days of christmas for a teenage boy?

 

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Congratulate Yourself After The HolidaysCongratulate yourself for pulling off another "holiday" with a treat-massage, facial, pedicure etc.

 

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A Holiday RecipeBest Wishes for a Holiday season with a full measure of Health and Happiness in the New Year!

 

Photo of an after Christmas mess.

"Twas the Day After Christmas"Twas the day after Christmas when all through the mall, not a shopper was stirring, they had all hit the wall. The stockings were empty, the trees were all bare, in hopes that the Visa bill, wouldn't be there.

 

A drawn Christmas scene with stick people.

How Can Santa Come If I Have No Money?Every year, there are financial troubles around the holidays and this year will be no different. Christmastime can be hard for families, especially with young children, if funds are tight. Here are some ideas submitted by our ThriftyFun community. If you have any tips, please post them here.

 

A reindeer in the snow

My Son's Christmas MemoriesA couple of years ago, when the latest recession hit, I asked my then 21 year old son, who was home for Christmas, what his favourite Christmas gifts were when he was a child.

 

Wrapping paper, bows and supplies

After Christmas Eco-SavingsYou spent months calculating and saving on the perfect Christmas gifts. Now, it's time to save a little after Christmas. Other than the usual after Christmas sales, think about environmental savings.

 

Small gift exchanging hands.

Christmas is the Season of GivingHave you ever wondered at Christmas how you could make a difference in a world where so many are afraid to give? Well, I am going to give you some ways that you could really make a difference in someone's live this year for Christmas if you are willing to try.

 

Family gathered for Christmas

The Family Christmas ListIt's difficult shopping for members of your extended family, and the number of people makes it expensive. Worse is when the family asks you for gift ideas. Make it easier on everyone and think of group gifts that can be purchased for the entire family.

 

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What Should We Put in Hospital Goodie Bags?I am taking my children to visit children in the hospital. I would like suggestions of FRUGAL ideas for goodie bags that my children may hand out to those in the hospital. I am on a very tight budget but believe in teaching my children the importance of thinking of others-- this time of year kids often want, want, want! And I want them to realize the needs of others. Any suggestion would be very welcomed. - Lisa

 

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Holiday Stress?I'm looking for your best advice for having a stress free holiday. It can be cooking, party planning, traveling, or gift giving. This information is for a magazine article and I will quote you. Thanks.

 

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Having a Good Christmas Without Gifts?Christmas is caming and I don't have money to buy gifts for my kids and I know that all we need is our love. I just would like the kids to be happy so how can I make a good Christmas for my kids without gifts?

 

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Christmas Gift Suggestions?Which kinds gifts are suitable for Christmas?

 

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Need Help with Christmas Presents?Can my children and I get help with Christmas presents this year? Editor's Note: ThriftyFun does not give direct help to those in need. Please do NOT post requests for help. We encourage posts with ideas for those that need help.

 

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Asking Family To Not Exchange Gifts?We have a very big family. Gift giving gets very expensive with Christmas and all the birthdays, etc. We are trying to buy a house and our income in a lot less then others in the family. Is there a polite way to bring up the "let's not exchange gifts" conversation?

 

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