Archive | December, 2008

Eco Friendly Christmas Gifts

The world is going green.  That’s not a bad thing.  When we respect the environment it respects us.  Besides, the fewer chemicals floating around in the air, the better our bodies feel as well.  For Christmas this year, consider giving some of the folks on your list a less tangible but more sentimental gift. You [...]

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Beat the Holiday Stress

While many people love the holidays, that joy and cheer can quickly turn into stress and dread from all the holiday shopping, traffic jams, tree cutting, and the million other things you have to do this time of year.  If you don’t beat the stress, you’ll get worn down, and it can increase your chances [...]

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5 Christmas Crafts for Kids

The kids are home for Christmas break and are bored already.  The weather is cold, wet and nasty.  What do you do?  Keep them busy making something with their hands, instead of you tearing your hair out.  Here are some fun ideas that kids will love. 1. Christmas cards are always a great craft.  Provide [...]

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The History of Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for family, fun and faith.  Modern Christmas is a blending of many traditions and customs from all over the world.  No two families celebrate Christmas the same, as each family also has its own traditions passed down to each generation.  The sacred and secular come together at this [...]

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Surviving the Holiday Season without the Packed-On Pounds

Are you one of many who dread the holiday season and the wonderful selections of food that seem to come with it? Even the most diet conscious people have trouble staying away from the many buffet tables during the holiday parties and family get-togethers. While it is ok to splurge every now and then, it [...]

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Greener Cleaning for Holidays

As the holidays approach, we want to make sure that our homes are prepared for visitors and family.  It brings to mind the spring cleaning frenzy we participate in once winter is over.  Now, we are cleaning out the house to make way for holiday decorations, smells, and warm feelings.  Here are a few ideas [...]

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Natural Decorations for the Holidays

We all like to decorate for Christmas.  It puts the entire family in the festive mood of the season.  Each year, many families purchase new decorations to change the look of our Christmas tree.  This year, why not choose to use some natural decorations for your home? Natural doesn’t mean decorations that look like nuts [...]

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Should I Get a Real or Fake Christmas Tree This Year?

The centerpiece of the living room during the Christmas holiday is the Christmas tree.  The tree is where we place our presents for others.  The twinkling lights reflect the light in our heart for others during the season.  Some people choose to decorate a real tree and others opt for fake trees.  Which is best? [...]

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Gift Wrapping Alternatives

Who doesn’t want to have a few presents to open on Christmas morning?  Once the gift is open we are left sitting in a pile of paper and plastic tidbits.  These items litter the landfills for hundreds of years because they are not biodegradable.  Here are some ideas for alternative gift wrapping this year. There [...]

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Shop Responsibly this Holiday

For many, Christmas has become a commercial holiday.  Instead of being a season of giving, we have bought into the media circus and it has become a season of greed and excess.  This year tailor your shopping to be a bit more responsible in the items that you purchase. Shopping responsibly doesn’t stop at spending [...]

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