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December 24, 2004
Getting Our Tree in the National Forest
My husband I have a favorite Christmas tradition that we started several years ago. Every year, we cut our own Christmas tree in our nearby National Forest. We leave work early and have a wonderful time tromping through the snow to find just the "right tree."
One of the things that our family enjoys most each Christmas season is to get together with other families for a night of good old fashioned Christmas caroling!
Bev's Christmas Stocking Stuffer Idea
I used to feel a real anti-climax when at the end of Christmas my children would be gloating over their presents and little treats in their stockings and I end up feeling feeling left out, even though I had presents from my hubby or children.
Original E-mail Greeting Cards
Use clip art that you can snag on the Internet and save to a 3-1/2" floppy file, for later use. Look at some old greeting cards for verses and email your personal greeting card messages to friends.
Party Gift Idea
Give a disposable onetime use flash camera. By Syd
Seasonal Theme Candy
Buy after the holiday Hershey Kisses on sale and you will have Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day candy at a fraction of the cost. By Syd
Gift Wrap Hanger
With boxing day sales ahead of me I know I'm going to have a lot of extra wrapping paper that needs to be stored away until next Christmas. I recently saw a gift wrap organizer that hangs in the closet and I thought it was a great idea - except that it cost almost $25.
Food Gifts for People Who Live Alone
For a Christmas gift for older ones, this year I bought small disposable aluminum baking tins and made mini lasagnas which I put in the freezer. I taped the date and baking direcions written on a mailing label on the top. Often older people don't bother with this kind of dish because it makes too much for them to eat.
Traditional Family Recipe Videos
My mom and aunts have many wonderful recipes for foods we enjoy at get togethers and Holiday's that were passed on to them from my grandmothers. The only problem is that my cousins and I have not really taken the time to learn to make these dishes.
Storing Gift Bags and Ribbon
To store christmas gift bags and ribbon use a cardboard box (like one that reams of copy paper come in). Put the gift bags on the bottom and the ribbons on top. Mark the end of the box. This type of box is stackable. By Jo Ann
Homemade Honey Baked Ham Recipe
I found this online a few years ago and have yet to make it but am hoping someone else can use it in light of the upcoming holidays!
Gingerbread House Tip
When putting together a gingerbread house for Christmas, use peanut butter as the "mortar"; it works far better than the recommended royal icing.
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