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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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"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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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?

 

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Pre-lit Christmas Tree Assembly Instructions?I have a pre-lit Christmas Tree. We have lost the instructions on how to assemble the tree. The tree is a 7/12 ft Frazier fir by General Electric #9180 Any help would be appreciated.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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!

 

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.

 

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

 

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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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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!

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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"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.

 

How To Afford Your Child's Wish List

How To Afford Your Child's Wish ListI have two boys that look forward to that magical Christmas season. They understand all about receiving and opening gifts, maybe too well. The wish list gets longer and more expensive every year.

 

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Fun and Frugal Family Holiday ActivitiesThis holiday it won't take money to create great family memories. There are so many family activities that can be done for less. So, forget about the expensive Martha Stewart decorations and the Rockettes on Broadway. Instead, pull together some real family memories.

 

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Christmas Photo Clothing Ideas for Siblings?I need ideas for clothing for a Christmas photo for my brothers, aged 11 and 9 months. Any ideas?

 

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Keeping Someone from Buying an Item You Bought Them for Christmas?How do you tell someone not to buy something because you already bought it for them without them knowing that you bought it for them? This is for a Christmas present for my sister ...

 

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Dealing With Christmas Stress?I'm struggling to find a way to cancel Christmas. I'm going on 75 and already dreading the holidays. I do all the work, cooking, cleaning, and decorating. I live with my adult son and right after Thanksgiving he asks me when the tree is going up. He want to bring back childhood memories, but doesn't want to help.

 

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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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When Do You Stop Giving Christmas Gifts to Adult Nieces and Nephews?At what point is it reasonable to stop giving Christmas gifts to adult nephews and nieces? When they marry? Have children of their own? Turn 25?

 

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Volunteering to Feed the Homeless on Christmas?I would like to know if there are any places in Columbus, Ohio that are serving the homeless on Christmas Day?

 

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