Greetings for the Holidays!

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With our hectic lifestyles of cell phones and e-mail, nothing short of Santa himself says “Happy Holidays” quite as much as an old fashioned Christmas card! It’s reassuring to get those holiday greetings, and its extra special when you can actually HOLD it in your hand–better yet, display in your home over your fireplace or door!

So how’s the best way to show off those festive cards? You can easily and inexpensively make a garland of cards for your mantel or doorway by threading a few dozen large beads onto a decorative string. As cards arrive, hang each one over the string between two beads; the beads will serve as spacers. For those non-folding cards, try Gripping Stuff!, a nifty adhesive felt that allows you to display cards (and pretty much anything else) without ruining your woodwork or wallpaper. Look for it at your local stationery or office supply store, or for additional information, go to http://www.gripping-stuff.com.

And don’t forget, as those cards come in, snip the return address from the envelope, and tape it to the back of the card. After the holidays, you’ll have all those addresses to update your Christmas card list for next year!

When it’s time to take the decorations down, gather all your cards and stack them together face up. Go through each card and punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner, taking care not to crop off any faces or essential writing. Next, use a small ribbon to tie a loose loop through all of the cards, leaving enough slack to easily look through the cards. Store the group with your holiday decorations, and when next year rolls around, you’ll have a fun and festive booklet to set out on a table or in a basket. Each year you can do the same, and enjoy watching your friends and family grow and change with each passing holiday!

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Family Craft: Photo Ornament

Capture your favorite photo in an ornament forever! This is a perfect low cost present for any loved one on your list, and it’s so easy, even the kids can do it! Remove the top/hook from a clear Christmas bulb, preferably a bulb 6 inches in diameter or larger. Cut a picture about the same diameter of the bulb. Wrap your photo around a pencil, photo side out, and slip the pencil and picture into the bulb. Use the pencil or a Q-Tip to straighten the picture out so it stands upright in the bulb. Fill the backside of the photo with ribbons, confetti, and potpourri…. anything festive!

Lastly, with a paint pen, add your greeting (name, date, etc.) to the front of the ornament.

Use your creativity and dress it up for a personal ornament will brighten anyone’s tree!

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Great Gift Ideas!

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Dads & Grandpas can always use new pictures of their favorite kiddos for their office, why not try a photo collage of all the grandkids!

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