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Man looking at a broken light on an Artificial Christmas Tree.

Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Not WorkingYou plug the tree in but not all the lights are shining. This can be a frustrating situation, especially if the tree is only 2-3 years old. Often, a Christmas light tester is the easiest way to locate the problem area. This page is about pre-lit Christmas tree lights not working.

 

A man repairing Christmas tree lights.

Christmas Lights Not WorkingThis page is about Christmas lights not working. Determining why you have strands of unlit lights can be challenging.

 

Trucks decorated for a Christmas parade

Christmas Parade Float IdeasFloat construction requires a lot of planning to successfully display your theme. This page is about Christmas parade float ideas.

 

hands holding a wrapped gift

12 Days of Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about 12 days of Christmas gift ideas. Planning a special Christmas gift giving event based on the old Christmas song can be lots of fun.

 

Lighted Outdoor Christmas Wreath

Repairing a Lighted Outdoor Christmas...This is a page about repairing a lighted outdoor Christmas decoration. Sometimes lighted outdoor Christmas decorations can be repaired rather than having to be replaced.

 

Buffet at a church Christmas party.

Church Christmas Party Ideas?This is a page about church Christmas party ideas. Sometimes planning a Christmas party can be more challenging than it seemed when you volunteered.

 

A Christmas tree that has white flocking to resemble snow.

Homemade Christmas Tree Flocking?This is a page about homemade Christmas tree flocking. Instead of buying spray on flocking for your tree, or paying a lot for a pre-flocked one, make your own flocking at home.

 

coffee can snowman

Making a Coffee Can SnowmanThis is a page about making a coffee can snowman. Recycled crafts are great fun to make and a good alternative to expensive decorations. Coffee cans are a popular container to reuse and recycle. They can be a great creative starting point for making a cute Christmas snowman.

 

Christmas Gifts

Giving Christmas Gifts to Adult Nieces and...This page is about giving Christmas gifts to adult nieces and nephews. Knowing when it is time to stop gift giving to someone you love can be a challenge.

 

Glass block gift wrapped as a package.

Glass Block Christmas DecorationThis is a page about glass block Christmas decorations. Glass blocks can be made into beautiful Christmas decorations.

 

Close up of thoughtful young happy Asian teenage girl smiling while holding gift box

Christmas Gift Ideas for Older Nieces and Nephews?This page contains Christmas gift ideas for older nieces and nephews. As your nieces and nephews get older, it can be harder to know what to get them for Christmas. Here are some ideas that may be helpful.

 

Glass Christmas ornaments.

Repairing Glass Ornaments?This is a page about repairing glass ornaments. A treasured glass ornament is not easily replaceable.

 

A Christmas card showing a knight with duct tape over his mouth

Christmas Card Photo IdeasThis page contains Christmas card photo ideas. There are many ways to create your own personalized cards for the holidays.

 

Small Christmas Gifts

Small Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about small Christmas gift ideas. Trying to come up with ideas for small Christmas gifts for friends, neighbors, customers, etc. can be difficult.

 

A family taking a selfie with a new selfie stick at Christmas.

Novelty Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about novelty Christmas gift ideas. Novelty items make great inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers for Christmas.

 

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Donation box full of food.

Georgia Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Georgia. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Little girl giving to Salvation Army.

Alabama Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Alabama. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Mrs. Claus Costume

Making a Mrs. Claus Costume?This is a page about making a Mrs. Claus costume. Don't let Santa monopolize Christmas every year, make yourself a Mrs. Claus costume and join in on the fun.

 

Hand Holding Small Christmas Gift

Frugal Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about frugal Christmas gift ideas. Christmas gifts do not have to be expensive; thoughtful or homemade gifts often mean more to the recipient than the pricey expensive ones.

 

young man in camos holding a Christmas gift

Military Themed Christmas Tree?This is a page about military themed Christmas tree. Creating an annual theme for your Christmas tree can become a great family tradition. Honor family members who are or have served with a military theme.

 

A twig star outside in the snow.

Homemade Outdoor Christmas DecorationsThis is a page about homemade outdoor Christmas decorations. Outdoor Christmas decorations can be quite expensive. Making your own decorations can be fun and save you money.

 

A origami paper tree with tiny paper packages underneath.

Paper Themed Christmas Gift Swap Ideas?This is a page about paper themed Christmas gift swap ideas. Some families and groups like to give gifts based on a chosen theme.

 

Group of adult friends blowing up balloons.

Pantyhose Reindeer Balloon GameIt is always fun to find a new game to play at a Christmas party. This is a page about pantyhose reindeer balloon game.

 

Father and young girl decorating a Christmas tree

Having a Good Christmas Without GiftsThis is a page about having a good Christmas without gifts. Christmas can still be a joyful giving time, even if you are not able to buy gifts for your family.

 

Victorian Christmas tree

Christmas Tree Theme IdeasThis is a page about Christmas tree theme ideas. Decorating your Christmas tree with a specific theme is a fun tradition to start with your family. It can be as elaborate as a Victorian theme or focus on a favorite sport.

 

Ceramic Christmas Tree

Shopping for Ceramic Christmas Tree Bulbs...This page is about shopping for ceramic Christmas tree bulbs and decorations. Finding the right size bulbs and ornaments for a tabletop ceramic tree can be a challenge.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Massachusetts Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Massachusetts. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

woman handing an older man a gift

Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for Assisted...This is a page about inexpensive Christmas gifts for assisted living residents. For a resident living with supportive services, there are a variety of inexpensive things you can find for gifts.

 

Fresh Mistletoe

Shipping Fresh Mistletoe?This is a page about shipping fresh mistletoe. Shipping fresh mistletoe can pose the same challenges as shipping live flowers or plants.

 

Gingerbread Christmas Decoration

Saving Money on Christmas DecorationsThis page is about saving money on Christmas decorations. Whether you buy your decorations in the off season, shop second hand or make them yourself, there are many ways to save on holiday trimmings.

 

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Christmas Wreath

Making a Christmas WreathThis is a page about making a Christmas wreath. Rather than buying your Christmas wreath this year try making one. It can become a family tradition and they also make a thoughtful gift. Let your imagination go and create a unique wreath for this year and beyond.

 

Christmas Family Gathering

Christmas Family Gathering IdeasThis is a page about Christmas family gathering ideas. It is exciting, fun, and sometimes frustrating trying to plan the next family Christmas gathering.

 

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Christmas OrnamentsThis is a page about homemade Christmas ornaments. Adding shiny store bought ornaments to your Christmas tree makes it look great. However, some of the most cherished ornaments you will have are the ones you and you family make.

 

Map of Illinois.

Illinois Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Illinois. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Illustration of a house at Christmas.

"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.

 

Pre Lit Christmas Tree

Setting Up a Pre-Lit Christmas TreeThis is a page about setting up a pre-lit Christmas tree. A pre-lit Christmas tree is supposed to be easy to assemble, an improvement over the traditional tree with separate light strings.

 

A bag filled with marshmallows, labeled Snowman Poop.

Christmas Gag Gift IdeasThis page contains Christmas gag gift ideas. You don't have to wait until April Fool's day to give someone a gag gift. Christmas can be a fun time to trick your friends or family.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Wisconsin Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Wisconsin. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Santa holding a large magic key.

Santa's Magic Key Poem?This is a page about Santa's Magic Key poem. For those of us who don't have a chimney this cute poem lets Santa know we left a key.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Hawaii Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Hawaii. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

A photo of a cowboy on a farm.

Cowboy Themed Christmas Gift Ideas?This page is about cowboy themed Christmas gift ideas. Finding the perfect gift for those you love can be a challenge.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Pennsylvania Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Pennsylvania. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

A woman with a handful of packages.

Shipping Christmas PresentsDue to the current state of things, more people will be staying put this holiday season rather than traveling to see family. If you do not usually ship gifts, you may want to consider it this year. The post office offers priority flat rate boxes that only cost $8-20 depending on the size of the box.

 

The finished chicken rice gift bowl.

Chicken-Rice Gift BowlsI am always looking for ways to make Christmas gifts that are actually useful and will be appreciated. I found these darling little bowls at the Dollar General, and decided to make some little gifts out of them and my favorite Knorr Rice Mix packages.

 

Handmade Christmas Wreath Holiday Card

Making a 3D Christmas Wreath and Tree Holiday CardThis is a very cute holiday card to make for someone special. I like the 3D appearance of this card from the wreath to the Christmas tree. This card was made with items I already had at home.

 

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Jingle Bells ornaments.

Jingle Bell Craft IdeasJingle bells are a great craft supply to have on hand for Christmas crafts. You can do a simple ornament with kids using a large jingle bell and ribbon.

 

Hot Cocoa Ornaments - added string for hanging

DIY Hot Cocoa OrnamentsCreate a cute hot cocoa ornament that is also a gift. The kids will love helping to make these for friends, family, and teachers. The project containing supplies and steps follows.

 

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments - glue snowman ornament to the ring on the inside

Mason Jar Ring Christmas OrnamentsCover Mason jar rings with holiday ribbon, add a cute little ornament such as a snowman, and you have a handcrafted Christmas ornament. This can be an inexpensive project, especially if you already have some of the supplies on hand.

 

A completed poinsettia pin.

Making a Poinsettia PinThis pretty felt poinsettia pin is fun and easy to make. The necessary supplies and instructions follow.

 

A Christmas wreath with red poinsettias.

Poinsettia Craft IdeasPoinsettias are the ubiquitous holiday flower. This page contains craft projects for making poinsettia magnets, wreaths, window decorations, pillows, and more.

 

Making A Lantern Part Of Your Holiday Decor - ornament filled white lantern on a display stand surrounded by greenery, pine cones, and fairy lights

Making A Lantern Part Of Your Holiday DecorLight is an important part of celebrating Christmas and the holiday season. Use a lantern as a festive decoration in your home.

 

DIY Animated Christmas Hearth Shirt - final look at the shirt with fire crackling

DIY Animated Christmas Hearth ShirtGo all out for an ugly sweater party and make your own uniquely designed shirt. The instructions needed to create this DIY animated Christmas hearth shirt are found below.

 

Christmas Tree Hat - hat on child's head

DIY Christmas Tree HatThis Christmas tree hat can be made from things that you probably already have at home. The tree trimmings can be from your tree or from a local tree lot. Use recycled cardboard to make the hat circle and then decorate. The whole family can wear them on Christmas morning. Get in touch with your inner child and celebrate the season.

 

Veggie and Cheese Christmas Trees - three edible trees

Making Veggie and Cheese Christmas TreesMake these Christmas tree appetizers for your next holiday party. They are easy to assemble and taste delicious.

 

Using a stick to hang Christmas lights on the house.

Hanging Christmas Lights Without A LadderIf you are lucky enough to have Christmas light hooks installed by the previous owner, you too can improvise in the absence of an extension ladder. Follow the tip on this page to make a quick pole that will reach the existing hooks and aid in inexpensively hanging lights on your home.

 

Branches trimmed off a Christmas tree are used to decorate a fireplace mantle or shelf.

Christmas Decorating Using Tree TrimmingsCheck your local Christmas tree lot for free trimmings. They can be used to make garlands, wreaths, bulk up an old faux tree, and more.

 

A pair of tan Army boots.

Meaning of Army Boots Under a Christmas Tree?When soldiers are deployed during Christmastime, families will place a pair of boots under the tree as a symbol of the missing family member. This tradition also recalls St. Nicholas, who leaves presents in the boots of children left on the hearth.

 

A woman in front of a Christmas tree, reading a seasonal magazine.

Saving Seasonal and Holiday MagazinesSave your holiday magazines. They can be stored for seasonal reading on gardening, recipes, decorations, etc. One fun way to save them for the next Christmas season is to wrap your lights up around them. If you decorate early you now have them to refer to for the next family holiday events.

 

A Christmas tree with dim lights.

Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Very Dim?Pre-lit Christmas trees are a great way to not have the frustrating task of adding lights to your tree. But if the lights become dim over time you may need to do some troubleshooting. The main culprits are the transformer and/or the fuses.

 

finished bag

Making a Felt Stocking Filler BagThis easy to make felt stocking filler bag makes a great gift itself or it can be filled with sweet treats.

 

A ceiling fan decorated with reindeer antlers.

Decorating A Ceiling Fan with Reindeer AntlersFelt reindeer antler headbands can be used to create a cute ceiling fan decoration for the holidays.

 

Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - closeup of an angel pin ornament

Using Costume Jewelry as Christmas OrnamentsIf you find you don't wear your costume jewelry, you can use it as ornaments on a mini Christmas tree. This is a page about using costume jewelry as Christmas ornaments.

 

A decorative snowman figure made from a mitten.

How to Make a Mitten Desk BuddyUsing a single white mitten, you can make this cute snowman pen or pencil holder. Change up the color and make other examples of this desk buddy. Learn how to make a mitten desk buddy in this page.

 

red felt bag with a snowman on the front

Making Christmas Goodie BagsThis is a page about making Christmas goodie bags. Christmas goodie bags are a fun alternative to larger gifts. It is also a good way to control spending on gifts.

 

A calendar showing Christmas on December 25th.

20 Weeks Until ChristmasDon't let the holiday season sneak up on you, start planning early. This page has advice for what to do at 20 weeks until Christmas.

 

A blanket being used as a Christmas tree skirt.

Using a Blanket as a Christmas Tree SkirtChristmas tree skirts can be pricey. Since they are only used once a year many thrifty folks like to fine a better decorating solution. This is a page about using a blanket as a Christmas tree skirt.

 

Christmas tree made with veggies.

Holiday Veggie or Fruit TreeA festive holiday centerpiece can be created with vegetables or fruits for family gatherings and parties. This page contains holiday veggie or fruit tree.

 

Arriving at grandparents for Christmas.

Buying Family Christmas GiftsOne solution to the difficulty of choosing gifts for members of your extended family is to choose a gift that is given to the entire family, rather than individual ones. This is a page about buying family Christmas gifts.

 

Gingerbread cookies in a tin box.

Food Gift Ideas for ChristmasRather than giving more stuff to family and friends it can be fun to make and give a variety of food gifts, from sweets to soup mixes. This page contains some food gift ideas for Christmas.

 

Marshmallow Polar Bears - melting bear in a cup of hot chocolate

Making Marshmallow Polar BearsGet out your stash of marshmallows, in all three sizes, to make these cute tasty hot chocolate toppers. This is a page about making marshmallow polar bears.

 

A bear inside an oven mitt with a red and snowflake pattern.

Using Seasonal Oven Mitts as Christmas StockingsSeasonal oven mitts can often be purchased inexpensively at discount stores or on sale. They can then be used as special Christmas gift stockings. This is a page about using seasonal oven mitts as Christmas stockings.

 

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