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Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Not Working
You 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.
Setting Up a Pre-Lit Christmas Tree
This 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.
Christmas Decorating Ideas for Office Door
This page contains Christmas decorating ideas for your office door. When you are working in an office, it's fun to add some seasonal decor to your door.
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.
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.
Replacing Christmas Tree Lights with White Ring Base
Can the white ringed bulbs that have the safety fused lamps be replaced?
Christmas Charities for Children
In most communities there are organizations that can help you give your kids what they need for the holidays. This page is about Christmas charities for children.
Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
This is a page about homemade Christmas gifts. Every year crafters begin planning their homemade Christmas gift projects.
Office Christmas Decorating Ideas
This page is about office Christmas decorating ideas. When the winter holidays come around, it is fun to share your festive spirit at work with a few decorations.
Funny Saying to Go With Crying Santa Picture
Need a funny saying to go with a crying Santa picture for Christmas cards.
Christmas Lights Not Working
This page is about Christmas lights not working. Determining why you have strands of unlit lights can be challenging.
Homemade Christmas Crafts
This page contains homemade christmas crafts. Homemade Christmas crafts are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your house. They also are great gifts for someone special. Here are some fabulous homemade craft ideas!
Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Finding the perfect yet inexpensive stocking stuffers can take some thought. Look here for great ideas for thrifty stocking stuffers. This page contains stocking stuffer ideas.
Printable Advent Calendars
This is a page about printable advent calendars. Advent calendars are a fun way for the kids to countdown to Christmas Eve. Use these printable advent calendars as a great frugal option for you advent calendar this year.
Pantyhose Reindeer Balloon Game
It is always fun to find a new game to play at a Christmas party. This is a page about pantyhose reindeer balloon game.
Christmas Family Gathering Ideas
This is a page about Christmas family gathering ideas. It is exciting, fun, and sometimes frustrating trying to plan the next family Christmas gathering.
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.
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.
Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas
This is a page about inexpensive Christmas gift ideas. A gift doesn't have to be expensive to be enjoyed and appreciated.
Christmas Card Photo Ideas
This page contains Christmas card photo ideas. There are many ways to create your own personalized cards for the holidays.
Glass Block Christmas Decoration
This is a page about glass block Christmas decorations. Glass blocks can be made into beautiful Christmas decorations.
Christmas Parade Float Ideas
Float construction requires a lot of planning to successfully display your theme. This page is about Christmas parade float ideas.
Christmas Gifts That Fit in an Envelope
This page is about Christmas gifts that fit in an envelope. A small sized gift can mean a lot to those you love.
Having a Good Christmas Without Gifts
This 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.
Homemade Outdoor Christmas Decorations
This 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.
Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas
This page contains Christmas gift exchange ideas. Christmas gift exchanges are a fun activity enjoyed in many workplaces as well as school. Coming up with ideas that suit a variety of people can be difficult.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Nurses
This page contains Christmas gift ideas for nurses. Finding appropriate, useful gifts for people who care for others can be a challenge.
Repairing Glass Ornaments
This is a page about repairing glass ornaments. A treasured glass ornament is not easily replaceable.
Homemade Christmas Ornaments
This 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.
Helping Others at Christmas
This page is about helping others at Christmas. Thinking of others can bring joy to you both.
Need 50 Small Gift Ideas For 2 Secret Sisters
I need 50 small Christmas ideas for my 2 secret sisters at church. I had the daughter-then her mom moved in with her after it was too late to draw a name for her-so I adopted her also.
Christmas Gift Ideas for My Boyfriend
This page contains Christmas gift ideas for a boyfriend. Sometimes choosing just the right gift for the special man in your life can be difficult.
Christmas Gifts for the Granddaughter With Everything
I would like suggestions for Christmas gifts for granddaughters who have everything already. Their ages are 2 and 7. Thanks.
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.
Novelty Christmas Gift Ideas
This is a page about novelty Christmas gift ideas. Novelty items make great inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers for Christmas.
Christmas Yard Decoration Ideas and...
This is a page about Christmas yard decoration ideas and photos. There are many ways to express your holiday spirit with creative yard decorations.
Christmas Party Ideas
This page contains Christmas party ideas. The winter holiday season gives us many opportunities for festive gatherings.
Inexpensive and Weatherproof Outdoor Christmas Tree Decorations
I am in charge of decorating an outside Christmas tree for our village this year. I need something that is water-proof (in case it rains), non-breakable (in case it's windy), and cheap (in case they get "removed"!)
Gift Ideas for Coworkers
There are several occasions when you may wish to give a coworker a gift. This page features gift ideas for coworkers.
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.
Christmas Wish List Advice
This is a page about Christmas wish list advice. Every year children and adults alike begin to prepare their Christmas wish lists.
Decorating for Christmas
This is a page about decorating for Christmas. Making your home beautiful for the holiday season doesn't have to break the bank.
"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.
Thoughtful Christmas Present Ideas
This is a page about thoughtful Christmas present ideas. Thoughtful gifts are generally appreciated so much more. The time spend deciding on the gift is a gift in itself.
Online Advent Calendars
There are a lot of sites on the internet that have online advent calendars and a few sites with printables to make your own. Here are some links to some of the best sites.
Finding Help with Christmas Presents
This is a page about finding help with Christmas presents. Churches, as well as public and private agencies often distribute gifts at Christmas.
Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples
This is a page about Christmas gift ideas for couples. Deciding on a gift for a couple may require some thought to have it be something both people will enjoy.
Putting Lights on a Christmas Tree
This is a page about putting lights on a Christmas tree. Whether you like a rainbow of colors or classic white lights, decorating your Christmas tree with lights is a tradition many of us look forward to. There are many ways to put the lights on your tree to make it look just right.
Making a Christmas Wreath
This 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.
Secret Santa Ideas
This is a page about secret Santa ideas. Getting a gift for everyone at work, church or large family can get really expensive. Secret Santa is a fun way to make sure everyone one in a large group receives a gift and it isn't too pricey for those involved.
Christmas Countdown Gift Ideas
This is a page about Christmas countdown gift ideas. You can establish a Christmas countdown tradition in your family, whether you count down the 24 days before Christmas or a shorter period. Presenting a small gift each day is a common practice.
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.
Asian Themed Christmas Tree...
This is a page about Asian themed Christmas tree decorations. Cultures throughout the world have uncommon ways of decorating for this Christian holiday. In Asia, tree decorations may be quite different than what you expect.
Craft Ideas for Small Ivy Bowls
I am looking for Christmas gift ideas using small ivy bowls. I have about 30 of them and I would like some simple ideas for making up Christmas gifts. I have been looking on the web but have not yet found anything that I think I can do. Can you help?
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.
Giving Baked Gifts
Baked goods make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays and other special events. Edible gifts are not only delicious and come from the heart but can also be inexpensive.
Top Part of Pre-lit Tree Not Working
This is a page about top part of pre-lit tree not working. It can be difficult to find the cause for a partial loss of lights on a pre-lit tree. If possible checking with the manufacturer may be the best solution.
Toys for Tots
I need to know where to sign up for Toys for Tots? I have five kids in need of Christmas presents this year.
Don't Miss The Hallmark Movies
Here's the Hallmark web site listing all the old time favorites and new holiday movies coming on for everyone to enjoy for the holidays. Enjoy!
Alternative to "Secret Santa" for the Workplace
Would you like an Alternative to the "Secret Santa" event in your workplace?
"You've Been Elfed!" Christmas Game
This is a page about "You've been Elfed!" Christmas game. This seasonal neighborhood gifting game is fun for all who join in.
Pan for Christmas Tree Overflows
Years ago I was in a hardware store and spied a round, about 3 foot diameter, metal overflow pan for water heaters. Having just cleaned up after an overflowing Christmas tree stand...
Making a Santa Hat Purse
This is a page about making a Santa hat purse. Make a cute purse for the holidays from a Santa hat.
Ideas for "Cheer Baskets"
I need ideas for creating "Cheer Baskets" for widows, shut-ins, etc in our community.
Christmas Tree Tips and Tricks
This page contains christmas tree tips and tricks. There are smart ways to keep your holiday tree safe and trouble free.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Teens
This page contains Christmas gift ideas for teens. Determining an appropriate and useful present for a teenager can be a challenge.
Illinois Christmas Charities
This 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.
West Virginia Christmas Charities
This is a page about finding Christmas charities in West Virginia. 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.
Christmas Morning Tips
This page contains Christmas morning tips. When the wait is finally over, enjoying family traditions can make this time very special for children and adults alike.
Keeping Christmas Gifts a Secret
This is a page about keeping Christmas gifts a secret. It is an annual event, hiding the Christmas presents from curious children and other family members. Each year you need to get more creative, or so it seems.
Pre-lit Tree Lights Keep Blinking
Troubleshooting issues with pre-lit trees can be tricky. Even if you can find the problem the next step is to determine if it is repairable. This is a page about pre-lit tree lights keep blinking.
Making a Squeeze My Cheeks Santa
This is a page about making a squeeze my cheeks Santa. The Squeeze My Cheeks Santa generally dispenses chocolate kisses.
Clear Glass Bells Ornaments
I am looking for clear glass bells ornaments, with no clappers, open at bottom, and approximately 6 or 7" high and 4" in diameter at the bottom of the bell. I have seen the bells as ornaments with the bottoms closed with a cardboard circle, usually with a small figure inside, and some decoration at the top of the bell hanger.
Christmas Crafts Using Lollipops
This is a page about Christmas crafts using lollipops. Christmas crafting can add a special touch to the holiday season and using lollipops can add a tasty addition to your holiday crafting traditions.
Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas
This page is about celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular holiday song.
Glass Block Gift Ideas
I am looking for glass block Christmas gift ideas.
Homemade Christmas Crackers
Christmas crackers are a common holiday tradition in numerous countries. When pulled apart, they make a popping noise and a small gift is revealed. Making them at home is easy and a great kid-friendly activity.
Celebrating Christmas on a Budget
This page is about celebrating Christmas on a budget. When you choose at Christmas to only spend what money you have to spare, you can still enjoy what is important.
Saving Money on Christmas
This is a page about saving money on Christmas. Christmas can easily become a financial burden, spoiling the holiday for all.
Rock n' Roll Christmas Float Ideas
We are looking for ideas for a Christmas float with the theme of rock and roll Christmas.
Christmas Gag Gift Ideas
This 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.
Christmas Gift for Boyfriend Who Likes to Build Things
My boyfriend and I have been doing a long distance relationship for about 4 months, he lives in CA and I live in GA. I've thought of a few things to get him or make him, but I'm trying to think of something he won't expect. I want something really different.
Setting Light Colors on a Pre-lit Christmas Tree
I just purchased a pre-lit tree from target last night. I got it all set up and plugged in. It seems like the top piece is on a different setting than the bottom two pieces. And I can't get them to match up. Any ideas? Like now, the top piece is multi-colored and the two bottom pieces are white.
Woman's Day Magazine Wine Cork Christmas Tree
Does anyone have the pattern or directions to a Christmas tree made of wine corks? It was in Woman's Day, Dec. 5, 2006 issue.
Thrifty Christmas Gifts for a Large Family
Large and multigenerational families can make gift giving at Christmas quite expensive. This is a page about thrifty Christmas gifts for a large family.
Western Themed Christmas Tree
This is a page about western themed Christmas tree. With sheriff stars, cowboy hats, boots and ornaments, it can be fun to have a western theme for your holiday decorations.
Christmas Cookie Exchange Tips and...
This is a page about Christmas cookie exchange tips and recipes. If you participate in an annual cookie exchange, you are probably on the lookout for new tips and recipes all of the time.
Giving a Meal as a Christmas Gift
This is a page about giving a meal as a Christmas gift. A homemade meal made with love can be a meaningful holiday gift to many different people.
Using a Blanket as a Christmas Tree Skirt
Christmas 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.
Make a Tree Skirt With a Vinyl Tablecloth
A seasonal vinyl tablecloth is a perfect item to convert into a pretty, even inexpensive, Christmas tree skirt. It is easy and quick to do. This is a page about how to make a tree skirt with a vinyl tablecloth.
Making Paper Snowflakes
This is a page about making paper snowflakes. Paper snowflakes are beautiful and simple decorations. Adorn your windows with paper snowflakes this year to get in the Christmas spirit.
Drawing Names for Christmas Gifts
This page is about drawing names for Christmas gifts. A great way to give meaningful gifts in a large family or group of friends is to have a drawing.
Counting Down to Christmas
This page is about counting down to Christmas. The holidays are always here before adults are ready, but for some children it seems to take forever.
12 Days of Christmas Piper Costume
What would be the dress if you were a piper piping? I need to put together a costume for the piper from the 12 Days of Christmas.
Finding Replacement Bulbs for Christmas...
This is a page about finding replacement bulbs for Christmas lights. Sometimes finding replacement bulbs for your Christmas lights can be a frustrating process.
Santa Craft Ideas
This page contains ideas for making homemade Santa crafts. There are many ways to use this holiday character to create crafts for Christmas.
Christmas Card Caption Ideas
This is a page about Christmas card caption ideas. Adding the right caption to your family Christmas card can really help make it memorable for the recipient.
Mothball Christmas Display?
I have seen mothballs that move up and down in water. I would like to make this for a Christmas display. Does anyone know how to do this?
Making a Baby Food Jar Christmas Tree
This is a page about making a baby food jar Christmas tree. Simply and easily create a delightful holiday display by reusing baby food jars to make a Christmas tree.
Favors for Church Christmas Dinner
I'm looking for some ideas for favors for our Church Christmas dinner. The theme is "Promise of Light".
Squirrels Chewing Outdoor Christmas Light Wires
I have a squirrel or squirrels that are chewing up my Christmas lights. Does anyone know of a good repellent to keep them off my trees, at least during the lighting season?
College Football Themed Christmas Tree
This is a page about college football themed Christmas tree. Displaying your team spirit through the holiday season can be fun by decorating your tree with the colors and ornaments from your favorite football team.
Hang Wreath with Ribbon
Here is my do it yourself on how to hang a wreath with ribbon and no nails in your door! It is also really quick, taking only about 15 minutes. This is perfect if your door does not have enough clearance for a wreath hanger (applies to me), or you don't want to purchase a wreath hanger.
Fabric Wrapping Paper
Fabric is a great reusable wrapping paper solution. It is a sustainable and thrifty gift wrap choice. You have to spend a little more up front, but as long as you get most of the wrapping fabric back, you can continue to reuse it for years to come.
Marshmallow Polar Bears
I love marshmallows, so naturally I have all available sizes in my kitchen. This is a fun edible craft that uses three sizes of marshmallows to make polar bears that can be eaten as a snack, or used to float on top of hot chocolate. This is a great all-ages project!
Save Time, Money And Aggravation During the Holidays
Are you old-fashioned like me and still like to go to the store to see and feel the gift you are selecting? Do you still enjoy the process and thrill of finding that special gift, wrapping it, and giving it?
10+ Santa Claus Traditions
Santa Claus is an fun part of the many families Christmas celebrations. This page has several different traditions that people people have shared.
DIY Wire Star Christmas Tree Topper
Want a custom one of a kind Christmas tree topper? You can make your own with craft wire. This worked perfectly because I couldn't find a light enough topper for our 2 ft tree that I bought last year for 90% off.
Peppermint Candy Bowls
Use this festive candy bowl as a colorful centerpiece for your holiday table or give it as a gift with your own sweet treats. Learn how to make it in this short video.
Fabric Pinecone Decorations
These Christmas pinecone decorations are a cute way to use up fabric scraps. Learn how to make them in this short video.
Making a Pom Pom Christmas Ornament
This video shows you the simple steps to making a Christmas ornament with pom poms.
Paper Doily Christmas Tree
Lacy paper doilies are glued in layers to create this delicate snowy tree. Learn how to make it in this short video.
Mini Doughnut Snowmen
Here is quick winter treat that your kids will love, Mini Doughnut Snowmen. Check out this video and learn how to make these simple sweets.
Hershey's Kiss Mice
These cute little mice are easy to make and are a perfect little gift for someone special!
How to Make a Mitten Desk Buddy
Using 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 guide.
Decorating A Ceiling Fan with Reindeer Antlers
Felt reindeer antler headbands can be used to create a cute ceiling fan decoration for the holidays.
20 Weeks Until Christmas
Don'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.
Making a Felt Stocking Filler Bag
This easy to make felt stocking filler bag makes a great gift itself or it can be filled with sweet treats.
Food Containers for Ornament Storage
I have submitted something similar here so I will just share this. Today I took my tree and ornaments down so I could do a project. I have been keeping these wonderful grape boxes for a while now. I also have this apple box from 2016 and wanted to share how you can use food containers for all kinds of things.
Making Christmas Goodie Bags
This 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.
Christmas Tree Lights Don't Work
One string of lights on my Christmas tree doesn't work and all the bulbs are black. It's not that one light makes them all out! Why are they black?
Finding Christmas Help
This year has been one of the hardest in a long time. I have tried to call churches and I missed Toys for Tots for xmas. We are being evicted and this eviction isn't even legal! The court doesn't care. We had proof we paid and were up to date on rent, but they still sided with the landlord.
Repairing Old Lighted Christmas Decorations
I recently saved some old large Christmas bells. They were wired with 1 bulb, but that is gone in most of them. Is there some kind of kit that I can buy or does anybody have an idea of what could work?
Replacement Bulb for an Outdoor Reindeer Display
I am in need of one single bulb to fix my reindeer. Where can I find replacement bulbs?
Christmas Assistance for Kids and Needy Family
How do I find a place that donate's to women with kids? I just got fired from my job due to me having to take off due to my son becoming ill. I have a 1 year old and a 2 year old. I am trying to find place that help with toys or energy assistance. I'm a single mom with no help and am not sure how I'm going to make ends meet or keep a roof over my heads.
Information on Georgia Christmas Charities
I'm a mother of 2 year old twin girls. We have had a rough year and are just barely getting by. Now Christmas is around the corner and if I don't find some help for their Christmas then they won't have one.
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