Keep all those Christmas cards and reuse
them! If the area on the other side of the
picture or decoration hasn't been written
on, cut them in half at the crease and write
thank you's in the format of a post card.
Using post card postage will also save you
a few pennies. (Kat)
Help to keep those Christmas cards standing
up. I usually stand my Christmas cards up
on the fireplace mantle or on the edges
of my counter. They always seem to slip
down at an angle and fall over. To prevent
this, I use a sheet of rubber (the kind
you get for your dishes or cubboards) and
place it under the cards. (Wendy)
I try to buy toys that have a lot of play
value in them ~ a few years ago, a friend
shared this tip with me ~ To get more play
value out of Lego, Duplo, and other toys
that have people or animals ~ buy extra
people and animals to go with existing sets,
rather than buying more lego and duplo sets.
The children actually like playing with
the extra people and animals the most. This
has been a good tip for my family and one
I like to share with others. This year,
I am trying to buy extra Fisher Price "little
people" for my two year old.... to go with
the sets we already have. (Terry)
To get my christmas items organized, and
easy to find, I created some sturdy storage
boxes out of tomato boxes. (The kind you
can get free at the supermarket produce
dept.) I painted the backside of wrapping
paper scraps (everyone always makes fun
of me for saving these!) with thinned out
white glue, and positioned them all over
the box in a collage effect. When dry, I
used the same glue to topcoat the box, and
after drying again, applied a coat of clear
spray paint. They looked so nice, that I
made one out of easter wrap, and another
out of birthday wrap. (Anon)
Check the wiring on christmas lights and
other holiday decorations for shorts or
other malfunctions. If there's doubt, throw
Use flame resistant rugs and fire screens
in front of fireplaces. Never use lighter
fluid or other flammable fluids to start
the fire. Extinguish the fire before retiring
Remember the reason for the season is the
birth of our savior Jesus Christ, keep the
spirit in your home and share it with those
around you. (anon)
Shop the Sales
Shop the after Christmas sales for next
year's wrapping paper, bows and ribbon.
The ribbon and bows, can be used for birthday's
or other occasions also!
Shop the School Sales
Some of the best stocking stuffers can be
had from the "Back to School" sales. Small
notebooks, markers, crayons, etc. and usually
for a good price.
Make your own Christmas baskets! Throughout
the year collect baskets of all shapes and
sizes. Collect a "theme" of things to put
in the baskets according to the person's
interests. They will love it!
Use pop tarts or cookies as name markers
on the table. Place the name on each with
Christmas Tree Safety
Keep the tree away from fireplaces, radiators,
heaters and stoves, and high traffic areas
where it is likely to be knocked over.
Christmas tree safety-2
Make sure that your tree is safely anchored
so it doesn't topple over. You can tie fishing
line to the top of the tree and attach if
to a cup hook in the ceiling or wall.
Don't burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.
It often contains metallic materials that
can be toxic if burned.
Bring a little extra romance into the holidays
by leaving a single red rose in surprising
places for your mate. You can even attach
a small love to them.
For The Birds
Decorate your bushes and trees for the birds.
String popcorn and cranberries together
for beautiful garlands. Make pine cone hangers
by spreading lard on the cone and dipping
Freeze your candles before inserting them
into the candle holders, you'll eliminate
Store your small ornaments in empty egg
Thread polystyrene peanuts together as garlands
for the tree.
Make your own gourmet coffee by adding a
few drops of almond, mint, chocolate, cinnamon
or other tasty flavoring to the coffee grounds.
Put some dried herbs or seasonings such
as cinnamon in your fireplace to scent your
Before ordering, check to see the exact
description of your item (sometimes the
picture shows things that are not included)
also check the shipping time, prices, and
Know a store's refund and exchange policies
before you buy. These rules should be posted
near the cash register; if not, ask your
salesperson to explain them to you.
Tie up packages with something useful such
as shoestrings, lace ribbon or measuring
Save Christmas cards to make ornaments,
gift tags or a Christmas card book for the
Try to make a list before shopping, it will
help you stay more focused once you get
to the stores to shop.
Roll pine cone in peanut butter, then in
birdseed, to make a hanging feeder the birds
will love. Tie a red ribbon around the top
for hanging. (thelma)
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