Archive for May, 2010


As the seasons move along, it seems unbelievable that it’s that time of year again. You are once again considering Christmas party decorations to make sure the festive seasons lives up to every ones expectations. Hopefully you are starting nice and early as it’s never too early to plan decorating ideas, however even if it’s a last minute rush there are lots of party themes and great ideas to help you.

Christmas party decorations ideas

There is a lot more to planning a party than you may realise, so start by looking at various Christmas party decorations available in the shops to help you establish your theme. Next get your guest list and invitations sorted out, particularly if you are having a fancy dress theme as people will need to consider what outfit to wear.

You needn’t spend a fortune there are lots cheap Christmas party decorations around in thrift stores. For Christmas party table decorations, consider visiting your local craft supplies shop. You can make named crackers for each guest placed as the seating plan dictates. Each cracker can contain a party hat and the jokes and novelties to go inside can be individual to the person; your budget can dictate whether that is a costly item of dress jewellery, or a fun traditional trinket.

Homemade decorations can be really special and show your guests how much you care. Kids love to be involved in making seasonal things Christmas party decoration garlands of looped sticky paper, can really evoke childhood memories in adults, nowadays they are much more sophisticated and worth checking out. Remember with small children safety is very important, make sure the gifts comply with health and safety standards.

Decorating the Office

If you are planning company Christmas party decorations, in an outside venue, they may already have decorations in place, so do check before putting your energy into planning. Your ideas could actually clash with the venues ideas.

There are a multitude of Christmas decorations, Santa Claus does not have to be your central theme if children are not involved; in fact for office Christmas party decorations there will be themes topical to work and colleagues may all want to contribute ideas. You may decide on a Casino themed party, or what about a touch of Mardi grass Christmas decorations? Try giving a mask to each guest as a fun way to get people talking; adding a new twist is a fun way to get your guests interacting and anything that helps your guests to mingle is sure to be a hit. The classic decoration ideas such as tooter blowouts or jingle bells, streamers and party poppers always go down well at any event no matter what the age range.

When planning your Christmas party decorations don’t forget you will also need the paper napkins, plates and cups as well as cutlery. For a more formal event you can look at hiring all that you need from glasses to crockery, but for a smaller casual event disposable paper products are entirely appropriate.

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Choosing the Right Christmas Books


When you start considering Christmas presents for the family Christmas books are always welcomed if chosen with care. A Christmas Carol whilst a classic Christmas book that should not be overlooked, is not the best choice for everyone.

The Christmas book you choose has to be the right one for the individual. You probably remember the disappointment of tearing the wrapping of your present and being presented with a book that held absolutely no interest for you at all.

Making your selection

For the person that has everything selecting a present is always so difficult. You could try The utterly utterly merry comic relief Christmas book, not only will it bring a smile to the most miserable face it will help a very worthy cause. Vintage Christmas books are also worth looking into. It does not have to be a costly first edition, it could be an old annual associated with the receivers childhood or teenage years, such as The Bunty Book or The Beano.

Childrens books

Christmas books for kids are great fun to choose, it may be worth popping into Borders and checking out the best Christmas books for children. Allow plenty of time though; you may be surprised how engrossed you get! Kids Christmas books are such fun to choose and there really are books for every child, including special needs books and books for babies. A name worth checking out online before you go to the store is Jan Brett. The classic baby Jesus story is usually very popular with youngsters, and reminds us all what Christmas is about. Also don’t forget that not everyone celebrates Christmas so you may want to look at Hanukkah books to ensure you include other faiths in your plans.

Creative ideas

Christmas craft books are another classic, which can be useful for the run up to Christmas also. Christmas ornaments books are another good idea for the crafty folk in your life, remember you don’t have to wrap it until The night before Christmas and no-one need know you dipped into the book for ideas, prior to giving it as a gift.

Adult books

A Christmas book for a close friend or family member is probably easier to select as Christmas novels fill the shelves. Look for a new book by an author they love, you really can’t go wrong. Or reference other books in the same genre to introduce a new author to your loved one. It may be a good idea to keep the receipts though, just in case they have the book duplicated, or you really got it wrong. Christmas stories are highly topical so also look around for titles that reflect the time of year.

Alternative books
Barnes and Noble have a range of ebooks or electronic book, a book published in electronic form. Perfect for the media mad younger generation, for adults or children ebooks are worth checking out online, because you won’t find them on the shelves. You can involve the relative or friend that would not usually consider reading by being inventive with your selection.

Selecting Christmas books online mean the gift can be sent directly to the recipient or delivered to your home. Check to see if a gift wrapping and personalised message service are included in the service. Sometimes a small cost is added, often particularly when sending gifts abroad it is worth the small extra outlay.

When you make your present list remember Christmas books can be a joy that will pass from hand to hand, generation to generation and really are a sound investment.

Planning Your Christmas Scene



Once again it is time to start planning; if the Christmas scene is to be set to perfection there are many areas to consider. Where to start? That is always the question we ask ourselves every year. Christmas scenes wallpaper for the computer or the mobile phone is really not of the utmost importance, so don’t start there! Christmas scenes do add to the general ambience, but, really, there are more pressing things to do.

The Christmas Nativity scene is probably a good place to start; nothing really sets the
Christmas scene in a better way. This year it is a good idea to scour the shops for something more contemporary. We can have the traditional stable, with Mary Joseph and the 3 wise men and baby Jesus as many homes have had for many years. If you are not keen on the traditional style, look for some lovely modern Christmas nativity scenes that would fit much better more trendy or cutting edge home decor styles.

Of course, having made a decision to welcome in new styles, you might find that it proves a much harder task than you realized. It’s always the way, when you do not want something you see it, or worse when the finances are low you are bound to see an eye catching item. That’s why it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Allow yourself lots of time to gather in the Christmas scene and it will be easier on the purse and the planning. Also, you want it to look great as its going to be part of your Christmas pictures!

Traditional Christmas Nativity Scene

Traditional Christmas Nativity Scene – photo credit: watford– Cortesy of sxc.hu

The traditional Christmas Nativity scene depicts the birth of Jesus Christ through the staging of figurines, each representing the arrival of the three wise men and the birth of baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph. The birth of Christmas has its origins in the thirteenth century; while preaching in Rieti, Italy, St. Francis of Assisi was struck by a very cold winter dressed only in rags. He took refuge in the hermitage of Greccio, and it was Christmas 1223 when he thought of depicting the Nativity scene with real animals and humans. This tradition continued for centuries until it is believed that around the fifteenth century, in Naples, the first scene with clay figures was displayed. Christmas scenes became very popular in Spain with king Carlos III, and in America the Franciscans used the scene as an evangelistic method.

If you want to come up with great ideas to decorate your home this year, scour the internet for Christmas scenes pictures. Photo bucket and other areas are worth a look and will give you inspiration. Again you do not have to stick to the traditional snowy Christmas scenes. However a bit of tradition does go a long way, so don’t go overboard on the contemporary stuff. Children do love the classic Christmas scene so try to incorporate some aspects of tradition.

Beautiful Christmas Poems



Christmas is linked to many stories and fairy tales which have been passed on over the centuries, keeping very much alive many traditions and memorable moments and at the same time adding color and imagination to the festive season. Christmas poems are very traditional in this time of the year; people find them inspirational and like to add them to their Christmas greetings cards. Some of them are famous and everybody knows them, while others tend to be more romantic. Some people like to come up with their own inspirational christmas poems if they are feeling creative and have a flair for writing. Your own Christmas prayers and poems will most definitely add a personal touch to any messages or cards.

Then we have text messaging. Over the last few years it has become popular to send your greetings in the form of an SMS, text or virtual message. Some websites offer free Christmas poems that you can incorporate in your own virtual card (usually to be sent via email). A good place to send your card is 123 greetings. All you have to do is fill out a form in their website (name, email address, etc), copy your poem and paste it on the message box (usually the space is unlimited) and fill in the receiver’s details (name and email address). You can preview your card and send it when you are happy with the content. When it comes to christmas greetings, poems are just one of the nicest and more touching ways of celebrating solidarity with someone else.

These are some of the most celebrated poems:

Christmas is a holiday for friends,
However they may be, or not, related.
Remember that the three wise kings were strangers
In search of one remote, uncanny dream.
So may we all be far more than we seem,
Together bound for dark and haunting changes,
More lovely for the loves we have created
Along the lonely paths from means to ends,
Stumbling towards that star of Bethlehem.

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Christmas isn’t easy far apart.
Holidays are an incessant bell
Ringing through the hollows of the heart,
Invading passages I know too well.
So does Christmas trespass on my sadness,
Taking precious room I save for you.
Missing you is a reclusive madness,
Altering each harmony and hue,
Shadowing each shade I vacant view.

Could there be angels waiting in the wings,
How might we call upon their ecstasy?
Rainbows are mere garnish on the days
In which we are the glory and the light.
So may we hear the songs our sunshine sings,
The words which will the wonder of our ways;
May we know how good it is to be
As we celebrate the holidays,
So much in love we weep as angels might.

I’m your Christmas tree, all brightly lit,
Hung with angels, colored balls, and elves.
Underneath my boughs your presents sit,
If you’ve behaved yourselves.

Why must we wait till early Christmas morn
To open up our brand-new games and toys?
Why gifts for us the day that Christ was born
If we’re good girls and boys?

Now listen to your Christmas tree: I’m wise
In all the ways of faith that you must know.
I’m here because of what I symbolize:
Green through ice and snow.

There is a world beyond what we can see
Where, by grace of God, we can receive
God’s greatest gift: to live eternally,
If only we believe.

Eternal life is what God gave to you
In sending down His son to live on Earth.
This was His gift, so Santa brings gifts, too,
To celebrate Christ’s birth.

The baby Jesus got gifts on this day
Because, like any child, He loved to play.
And so God wants to share this special joy
With every girl and boy.

Believe God loves you as your parents do,
And takes great joy in giving gifts to you.
Live well and love, and evergreen like me,
You’ll live eternally.

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Merry Christmas to my love!
Enjoy the holiday!
Revel where the angels move,
Rejoice in what they say!
Years burn life down to a stub;
Christmas comes and goes.
Happiness lies at the nub,
Refuse of one’s woes.
Inside the husk there is the seed,
Shivering with glory;
The midnight cold, the dire need,
Mere setting for the story.
All the labor, loss, and pain
Sings of beauty born again.

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Merry Christmas to the one I love,
Even on this day of love for all,
Remembering the love of one whose call
Redeemed all those whose hearts his love might move.
Yet only one love does my spirit prove,
Chosen in a passion like a squall,
Having in such ecstasy withal
Rejoiced in what we were created of.
In such love do we find our way outdoors,
So to be drawn to love of flesh and soul,
Traveling beyond our village green,
Moving towards the wash along our shores
As our love joins the greater love unseen,
Shining with dark passion on the whole.

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Two romantic Christmas poems:

At Christmastime I think of all the gifts
That bring me great delight and sweet surprise,
But nothing in this world can bring such joy
As you do, when you look into my eyes.

And when I contemplate what Christmas means,
The caring and the giving–I confess,
You’ve given me the things I want the most:
Your love, your touch, your kiss, your warm caress.
The Christmas tree reminds me, with its lights
That just the thought of you sets me aglow;
You light me up from deep within my heart,
Because I cherish you, and love you so.

With you it’s Christmas all the time, sweetheart.
I treasure every hour and every minute.
Your love is all I’ll ever want because,
My life is so fulfilling with you in it.

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Be My Christmas Gift
If you sat beneath the Christmas tree,
You’d sure add to the décor,
But even if you were gift wrapped,
I couldn’t love you more.

You have to know that if I had you,
I’d have the gift I’d most adore,
Better than any expensive gift
I could purchase in a store.

If you hug me tight, you wonderful thing,
And be my Christmas gift,
You’ll brighten my days forevermore
And give my heart a lift.

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Twas the night before Christmas poems:

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

These are famous Christmas poems that reflect the spirit of the holidays with true meaning, praying for peace in the world; recreating with versed text a great feeling of the presence of God within every human being.

What are Good Christmas Presents



What are some good Christmas presents? Good Christmas presents are always the ones that come from the heart and not the size of your wallet. While this is true, in all honesty we all like to receive that special gift we’ve been after for some time;  probably hinting at friends and family how much we really need or like a particular item. So, hearts aside, lets have a look at good Christmas presents that will cost you money but will also earn you the heart of your loved ones!

Here you will find a list of the most popular  gifts; some of them are timeless and others will depend on fashion or certain trends.

Good Christmas Presents for Boyfriends

Traditional presents always work when you run out of ideas, or maybe your boyfriend is the type that likes to receive conventional Christmas gifts every year around the festive season (I know someone who “demands” his new winter socks religiously every 12 months!). Ties, sweets, candy or chocolate, films, music, photo collages, watch, perfume, wine, socks, underware, puzzles, cryptograms, board games (Monopoly is usually the all round winner) or more activity based ones like sports related or backyard lawn games; how about new cornhole bags? An engraved piece of jewlery is always very thoughtful and charming. Compile a CD with his favorite music.

Good Christmas Presents for Girlfriend

Girls are fickle when it comes to presents, believe me. You really have to be thoughtful and no matter how many times she says she doesn’t “really” want anything this year or pushes you to buy her something really inexpensive hear none of it. Spend the time, cash and thought and you will be rewarded handsomely! Romanticism should always be in the back of your mind with any present you are planning to purchase. Sweets, cards and flowers are great companions of any gift. Pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets are some of the jewlery sets you could give your girlfriend. How about getting her something extravagant this year? Some girls dream of a new tattoo but can’t get themselves around actually having it done due to time and money factors. If she really means it but finds that it is a little on the expensive side, you can offer the tattoo as her Christmas present! Cuddly toys, expensive chocolate boxes, cava or Champagne, watches, movies, perfume, toiletries, and, lets not forget one they always love: holidays. Buy two tickets to go somewhere even if its is just for a weekend. Wrap them with Christmas wrapping paper and a lovely bow. She’ll love it. Even if she complaints it costs too much! All these presents will be a winner with her.

Good Christmas Presents for Mom

As we said before, good ideas for Christmas presents come from the heart and mum is most definitely the one we should keep in mind when being thoughtful. Even mums like everything we give them – boy; do they know how to appreciate our little efforts! – it is only fair to spend quite some time looking for something that she will really love. Mums like to receive things they “need” as presents, like a modern sewing machine, a new orange or lemon juicer, a winter coat or warm and cozy slippers! Think about her favorite writer and buy the latest book. Films and food always does it too. A recipe book will be a winner if she likes spending time in the kitchen.If she is a chocolate lover and also likes cooking, a book on how to make personalised chocolates is an original idea.

Jewlery, chocolate, kitchen appliances, cosmetics and personalized gifts are always a good idea. Check to see if she lingers that bit too long over a product in a catalogue or window shop. Whatever it is that she is looking at, she most definitely will want it!

Good Christmas Presents for Dads

Good presents for Christmas are sometimes hard to find; and dads are particularly difficult at times. We’ve all tried our best with expensive pens, socks, toiletries, clothes they might need (shirts, ties, shoes, etc), a new pair of pijamas, mugs, etc, etc, but they usually seem so un-personalized and we try to look for that very special thing that he well love this year. A good Christmas present would be to get him something a bit more adventurous; fun stuff he might always wanted to do (maybe he’s mentioned it at some point?) but never found the time to do it: bungee jump, fencing, archering, paraglading, hot air balloon ride, etc. If everything fails, a nice tie will always do!

Good Christmas presents for friends are sometimes difficult to think of; if you’re not sure what to buy you can always give them a gift card or voucher so they can spend the money on what they really want.

As you can see, there are many good Christmas presents to choose from. Be thoughtful and caring and you will not have to spend a lot of money this Christmas!

photo credit: Canna w – Cortesy of sxc.hu

Always wrap your presents nicely!

Always wrap your presents nicely!


Add Magic with A Christmas Reindeer



A christmas reindeer is such a symbol of the festive season. Who hasn’t heard Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer song? It is definitely one of me most popular melodies around Christmas; the song was written for a department store in order to entice shoppers and it has definitely taken off since then. In many homes this fabulous symbol is displayed for decoration both indoors and outdoors, and nowdays shops offer all sorts of varieties for you to choose from. Cards, t-shirts, Christmas trees’ decorations, lights, wreaths, toys, charms, earrings, candy, games, mousepads, stamps, cakes… Christmas reindeers can be found in all sorts of shapes, flavors, colors, textures and sizes!

We all love decorating the exterior of our houses with different types of lights and other decorative items. Christmas reindeer lights are very popular and prove a success every year. Different types include the jumping reindeer, the 3D reindeer family, string of lights for trees, LED outdoor acrylic reindeer, reindeer rope silhouette, LED standing reindeer, reindeer and sleigh, grazing reindeer and even a light up nose! (see attached photos).

Santa and his sleigh are crucial to Christmas, and so reindeer Christmas lights will add the magic touch to your outdoor areas. Children will love it as much as passers by;  and dressing your home around the festive season is surely a lot of fun! How about placing your christmas reindeer decorations in the workplace? As you can see, there is a great variety to choose from. Bring Christmas also to your workplace and not just your home!

Things to consider:

- You can choose from a Christmas reindeer with or without lights. The latter is just a standing model. If you opt for a lighted option you will be able to find all sorts of different patterns and effects.

- Items should come with waterproof cables.

- Light units usually come with a model and instructions on how to wire the lights around it in order to create the effect.

- Opt for an outdoor christmas reindeer with different lighting patterns for maximum effect!

So as you can see, there are many options for you to choose from and if you opt for a lighted unit, the magic will start when you switch those lights on! Whatever your choice, outdoor or indoor, with lights or without, your children will absolutely adore their new Christmas reindeer. Don’t forget to also add them as decorations to your tree!