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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Funny Saying to Go With Crying Santa Picture
Need a funny saying to go with a crying Santa picture for Christmas cards.
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.
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.
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.
Replacing Christmas Tree Lights with White Ring Base
Can the white ringed bulbs that have the safety fused lamps be replaced?
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.
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.
Christmas Parade Float Ideas
Float construction requires a lot of planning to successfully display your theme. This page is about Christmas parade float ideas.
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.
Glass Block Christmas Decoration
This is a page about glass block Christmas decorations. Glass blocks can be made into beautiful Christmas decorations.
Christmas Card Photo Ideas
This page contains Christmas card photo ideas. There are many ways to create your own personalized cards for the holidays.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Christmas Lights Not Working
This page is about Christmas lights not working. Determining why you have strands of unlit lights can be challenging.
Helping People Who Are Alone During the Holidays
The holidays are typically a joyous time to spend with friends and family. But for those who face spending them alone it can be a sad and lonely time. This is a page about helping people who are alone during the holidays.
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.
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?
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.
"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.
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.
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"!)
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.
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.
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.
Rock n' Roll Christmas Float Ideas
We are looking for ideas for a Christmas float with the theme of rock and roll Christmas.
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.
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.
Novelty Christmas Gift Ideas
This is a page about novelty Christmas gift ideas. Novelty items make great inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers for Christmas.
Storing an Artificial Christmas Tree
This is a page about storing and artificial Christmas tree. If you would rather have an artificial Christmas tree, you will need to keep it someplace the other eleven months of the year. Keep your artificial tree looking nice and ready for next Christmas by storing it properly.
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.
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.
Helping Others at Christmas
This page is about helping others at Christmas. Thinking of others can bring joy to you both.
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.
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.
Christmas Party Ideas
This page contains Christmas party ideas. The winter holiday season gives us many opportunities for festive gatherings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
This is a page about homemade Christmas gifts. Every year crafters begin planning their homemade Christmas gift projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
How to Prevent Pine Boughs From Leaking Sap
You can control the oozing sap by dipping the cut bough end in hot wax. This is a page about how to prevent pine boughs from leaking sap.
Reindeer Face From Wooden Spoon
How do you make a reindeer face out of a wooden spoon?
50s Christmas Scene Plastic Cup Ornaments
In the 1950's my mom and a friend made Christmas ornaments using small, clear plastic cups. They glued items in the cups, then melted them in the oven. The result was a mini Christmas scene inside the melted cup. Are there specific instructions for this project?
White Elephant Christmas Gift Ideas
This page contains white elephant gift ideas. Christmas party fun can include buying a gag gift that you don't know who will end up with it until the end of the exchange.
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.
Alternative to "Secret Santa" for the Workplace
Would you like an Alternative to the "Secret Santa" event in your workplace?
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.
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.
Snowman Soup and Poem Gift
This is a page about snowman soup and poem gift. This cute tasty hot chocolate gift is sure to please around the holidays.
Christmas Bath Salts
Bath salts can make a great gift at Christmas time. This is a page about christmas bath salts.
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.
Making a Coffee Can Snowman
This 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.
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.
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Children and...
This is a page about homemade Christmas gifts for children and teens. There are many different things that you can make at home that young people will enjoy as Christmas presents.
Christmas Ideas for Men
This is a page about Christmas ideas for men. Men are difficult to shop for; they buy what they want for themselves.
Christmas Craft Ideas for Toddlers
This is a page about Christmas craft ideas for toddlers. Finding Christmas crafts geared to toddlers allows your little ones to help create decorations and more.
Finding Plastic Snowflake Photo Ornaments
There are many ways to display a photo in a Christmas ornament and the snowflake is a very popular design. Finding plastic snowflake photo ornaments to use as gifts is a great way to share some holiday cheer with others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creative Christmas Decorations
Creative Christmas Decorations. Out at the farm where we've lived most of our lives, we had a huge deck to decorate for Christmas. We had whiskey barrel planters in 2 corners so I went to a thrift shop and got used artificial trees.
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.
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 Breakfast Traditions
This is a page about Christmas breakfast traditions. The Christmas holidays are filled with many family traditions, including Christmas morning meals.
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!
Tips For Mailing Holiday Goodies
This page contains tips for mailing holiday goodies. Whenever shipping cookies, candies or breads, you want to make sure they arrive fresh and intact.
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.
Opening Presents on Christmas Morning
This is a page about opening presents on Christmas morning. Many families have a tradition that defines the opening of presents on Christmas morning.
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?
Ideas for "Cheer Baskets"
I need ideas for creating "Cheer Baskets" for widows, shut-ins, etc in our community.
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.
Making a Paper Plate Christmas Tree Wreath
This is a page about making a paper plate Christmas tree wreath. Here is yet another cute craft that begins with the humble paper plate. You and the kids can make this fun decoration for the holidays.
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.
Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights
This is a page about hanging outdoor Christmas lights. Hanging Christmas lights on the outside of your house can be quite a chore, especially if your home has more than one story. However, making your house look great for the holiday season is always worth the work.
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.
Snowman Patterns for Painting on Glass
This is a page about snowman patterns for painting on glass. You can make beautiful and fun holiday decorations by painting designs appropriate to the season on glass jars, plates, ornaments, etc.
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.
Giving Fat Quarters as a Gift
I want to buy a mix of fat quarters for a quilting friend for Christmas. I have no idea what I'm doing. How many fat quarters should I buy in the same pattern to make the gift useful?
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.
Having a Thrift Store Christmas
Shopping at thrift stores can be a good way to find inexpensive gifts for family and friends. Sometimes money is tight and having a thrift store christmas is the best way to celebrate the gift giving associated with Christmas.
Picking a Christmas Tree
This is a page about picking a Christmas tree. From nobles to classic firs, picking the right tree will bring much holiday cheer to your home.
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.
Christmas Present Ideas For Soldier Boyfriend
My boyfriend is turning 24 the week after Christmas, and I have no idea what to get him for either. He is an EMT and in the army and his mom is getting him things for his truck (that he loves). Any ideas? Help please!
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.
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.
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!
Didn't Have Much At Christmas
Christmas means a lot of different things to different people. One Christmas, my husband and I were really down on our luck, but I am a firm believer in things happen for a reason. I also believe that Christmas isn't about charge cards and buying and material things.
Celebrating the Weekend After Christmas
Sometimes 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.
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?
Paper Poinsettias Wreath
This paper wreath with poinsettias is a beautiful way to celebrate the holidays. Find out how to make it in this short video.
Hershey's Kiss Mice
These cute little mice are easy to make and are a perfect little gift for someone special!
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.
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.
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.
Decorating A Ceiling Fan with Reindeer Antlers
Felt reindeer antler headbands can be used to create a cute ceiling fan decoration for the holidays.
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.
Using Costume Jewelry as Christmas Ornaments
If 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.
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.
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.
Repairing the Hat on a Lighted Snowman Yard Decoration
Last winter squirrels destroyed the hat covering on the lighted snowman decorating our front yard. The covering material remaining on the hat brim seems like hard plastic strands. Can anyone suggest a material and method to refurbish the snowman's black top hat?
Making Christmas Tree Tinsel
Any ideas on how to make tinsel for the Xmas tree; since it isn't sold anymore?
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?
Christmas Gift Ideas for Boyfriend
I want to get something for my boyfriend for Christmas, but I have no idea what he wants. What should I get him? We are kinda young to be dating, but you can't really help who you fall in love with.
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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