When I think of the Christmas Holiday Season I think of delicious and rich things that satisfy all of the senses.
The beautiful lights, sweet holiday music, delicious smells and of course the most amazing tastes.
The Christmas season is the perfect time of year to try out some new holiday sweets!
The following recipes are sure to be a hit with your friends and family:
Frugal Christmas Candy- My family has already been asking since October when we will be able to have their favorite Christmas candy again. This is something I make several times during the holidays only.
Our annual Christmas Party is just around the corner. One of the things we started doing years ago was a Potluck style dinner.
After the elegance of a full course Thanksgiving Dinner just a few weeks earlier, I have found that offering a buffet style meal is the easiest way to do things.
I just make sure I am covering the main dish which is generally a ham, but you can choose anything you think your guests will like.
I love giving my guests the option to bring a dish to contribute to the meal, and the eclectic nature of a potluck dinner simply adds to the charm of a low key night celebrating with friends and family.
This such a magical time of year with the lights, decorations, and of course the Christmas Tree!
Because we love this time of year at my house, I try to make it last as long as I can!
In fact we usually host our final holiday party the weekend after the New Year. As you can probably imagine, having a tree this long can lead to droopy branches and piles of needles on the floor.
In order to keep our tree looking its very best long after Christmas has passed, we use the following tips.
1. Choosing the right tree. The first thing to do to make sure your tree has the longest life span possible, is to choose the right tree from the very start. Sometimes these trees have been sitting around for several days before you see them. There is also the distance it took for your tree to get from the tree farm to your local tree lot. You'll want to choose one that looks fresh. Look at the branches, are they sagging? Check the needles by rubbing you hand across them. If they easily fall off, you'll want to choose a different tree.
When it comes to holiday spending, you've got two choices. You can throw caution to the wind, go all out, and worry about paying for everything when the credit cards bills hit next year. Or, you could introduce some prudent frugality into your purchases and set yourself up for a successful 2014. I highly recommend the latter. Believe it or not there are ways to give your loved ones great gifts and have an entertaining holiday season without crushing your bank account. Read on to learn more.
1. Plan Remaining Purchases Effectively
Hopefully you took advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but even if you did you probably still have a few gifts to purchase. For those that remain, keep your eye on the ball. In-store and Internet specials continue through the holiday season so be sure to take advantage of them. And, although it's not for the faint of heart, shopping the day before Christmas can also net you some excellent deals. If you don't want to stress about missing out on a gift because it's out of stock, sign up at a deal sharing website like FatWallet and cross check your remaining gifts through a search on that site.
By Gary.FoxGuest Blogger
at 8:31AM, 5 months ago |
Money Saving Tips
From clothing to electronics, there are tons of holiday gift options.
The downside of having lots of choices is that people get lost and
ultimately buy something that's just "okay".
to cut the research time for you, I found 12 excellent gift choices
that you'll be confident in giving and on top of that, they all come in
at under $120. (All items were hand selected. Some were sent by stores for final review and others I purchased).
1. Blush Mystery Beauty Box. I recently wrote about The untraditional holiday gift? A guide to your top snack, beauty and kid's subscription boxes and one thing that was missing from the guide was this subscription box.
box is a mix of full and travel-size products worth at least $100. It
is filled with a variety of high quality products for your skin and
nail. The selections change from month to month, so if you order this month, you'll get the December box. From the choices, I completely fell in love the Deborah Lippmann nail polish. Price: $34.95 for one-time purchaseor as low as $24.95 with subscription. With this coupon from Blush.com, you can save $5 off the December Blush Mystery Beauty Box and get free shipping.
Technology takes over this season, with many of the hottest gifts for kids requiring batteries and/or a USB port. But, in the case of Big Hugs Elmo, some things never change...soft and cuddly always has a place under the tree.
1. Rainbow Loom Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker The Shimmer & Sparkle Set comes with literally thousands of pieces for creating hours of fun. This is the craft trend that is sweeping the nation, says Senior Vice President of ToysRUs Lisa Harnish. $14.99+, for ages 6 and up.