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Snowman Soup Recipe: 1 pkg hot chocolate mix, 2 Hershey's Kisses for the eyes, 1 Hershey's Hugs for the nose, 10-12 mini marshmallows for the snowballs, 1 peppermint candy cane (alternate: cinnamon stick) *Place hot cocoa package, Hershey's Kisses and mini marshmallows in a plastic bag or cellophane wrap and put in the bottom of a mug. Add the candy cane stick or tape it to the outside of the mug. Then add a snowman poem. Tie to candy cane or stuff inside the cup. [poem below]
Adult Games: This game is not particularly a Christmas game, but can be played all year round whenever adults are gathered. One of the spouses leaves the living room & the rest of the guests ask the remaining spouse questions about his/her partner. It can be specific questions or ethical dilemmas. When questions & answers have been written down, the other spouse re-enters the living room & is now asked exactly the same questions. One point for each time person has the same answer as spouse.
Christmas games for adults: Can you guess the song? This game is good to play right after dessert has been served, i.e. when everybody is still seated at the table. A person starts by choosing a word from a random Christmas song. It is now the task of the other participants to sing a Christmas song which contains the word and. Guess the song. If nobody can guess the song, you say “I challenge you” & now the challenger must sing the song
Game: Each participant receives a piece of paper & pencil. All participants write 4 of their favorite Christmas songs on a piece of paper. (Skip Jingle Bells, otherwise everybody will choose that one). When the songs have been written down, each song is assigned a random number from 1-20. When the competition starts, the organizer shouts out a number from 1 to 20. If one of your 4 numbers is called, you have to sing corresponding song. The first participant who sings all 4 of his songs wins
Game: Fill the Christmas stocking: Each team needs a sock, a spoon, a bucket & some candy. Divide the children into teams. Ask children to stand on one end of living room & hang up socks at the other end. Place a bucket with candy & a spoon in front of each team. A child from each team shall take a piece of candy with the spoon, carry it to the sock & put the candy inside. The child runs back to his team & gives the spoon to the next child. The first team that puts all candy in sock wins.
Christmas Carol One of the Neopolitan Pastorali de' Zampognari By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: When Christ was born in Bethlehem, 'Twas night, but seemed the noon of day; The stars, whose light Was pure & bright, Shone with unwavering ray; But one, one glorious star Guided the Eastern Magi from afar. Then peace was spread throughout the land; The lion fed beside the tender lamb; And with the kid, To pasture led, The spotted leopard fed; In peace, the calf & bear, The wolf & lamb repose
White Christmas: When Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" for Bing Crosby to sing in the 1942 film "Holiday Inn," almost no one thought it would be a major hit. Berlin's lyrics and melody were simple and pleasant, though unremarkable -- at least that's how they were dismissed at the time. But it may be the very simplicity of the song that has given it enduring appeal. During World War II, American servicemen listened to it over the Armed Forces Radio Services and dreamed of returning home. Even for those who never had known a white Christmas, the sentimental lyrics conjured happy memories of holidays spent with family and friends. The song gained unprecedented popularity, and five years after the first release Crosby recorded it again because -- according to one Hollywood legend -- the master copy was worn out from so much pressing.
Advent Candy Tree and Poem & How to Make an Advent Calendar By Sherri Osborn: *Materials Needed: Cardboard Paint, Markers, or Crayons Ribbon Small Bell Individually Wrapped, Small Candies Scissors. *Instructions: Cut a large Christmas tree shape out of cardboard. I cut mine approximately 14" by 18". Coloring book pages like these make for good templates. Color or paint the tree. Glue the bell to the top point of the tree. *Write this poem on the tree, choosing a spot that will not be covered with candy. Good options are to write it on the trunk or choose a spot to highlight in the center of the tree. Poem: December 1st 'til Christmas is the longest time of the year. Seems as if old Santa never will appear. How many more days 'til Christmas? It may be hard to count, But this little gift of candy will tell you the exact amount. Untie a piece of candy each day when Sandman casts his spell And Christmas will be here by the time you ring the bell. *Cut 24 pieces of ribbon, each about 10" long. Glue the center of each piece of ribbon onto the tree, leaving the long ends loose to tie around the candies. Try to evenly space the ribbons all around the tree. Let the glue dry and then tie a piece of candy onto each ribbon. Hang up and enjoy!
Storing Holiday Decorations and Double-Duty Storage: Problem: Plastic lawn ornaments and other large, oddly-shaped decorations take up too much space when boxed. Solution: Save the zippered garment bags you get when you buy a new suit or dress, and use them to protect bulky plastic figures, such as sleighs and reindeer, suggests Hill. Then hang the bags in a closet or on a nail in your attic. Problem: You need to store your decorations in the basement, which is always damp. Solution: Use plastic storage containers with tight seals, and place them up off the floor on shelves or palettes, in case of flooding. To help keep boxes free of moisture, Hill recommends dropping in a few silica packets (often found in new shoe boxes, or available for purchase at the Preservation Station, preservesmart.com).
Storing Holiday Decorations and Keeping Shape: Problem: Your stored candles lose their shape. Solution: "Candles should be put away flat, out of light, and in a fairly cool area to prevent warping and preserve color," says Susan Stockman, a spokesperson for the Yankee Candle Company, in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. An alternative solution, says Taylor, is to use neutral-colored candles that you can leave out all year. Problem: The holiday linens end up as wrinkled as a turkey's wa
Storing Holiday Decorations and What to Buy, What to Toss: Problem: Every year, you forget what you've got on hand. Solution: Start a decorating notebook with an inventory sheet for each holiday so you can keep track of how many strands of lights and how many feet of garland you have, says Kelley Taylor, author of Holiday Decorating for Dummies (For Dummies, $20, dummies.com). "Consult it to make sure you don't overbuy when it comes time to decorate again," she adds. Remember: Any surplus items will just complicate your storage woes. Problem: You don't have the space to store all your trimmings. Solution: "Evaluate your decorations annually, and keep only what you are really going to use," says Valerie Parr Hill, author of Decorating for the Holidays (QVC Publishing, $27.50, amazon.com). If an item is damaged or has lost its color, get rid of it. "Give yourself permission to let some of that stuff go," Hill says. And consider using natural accents―nuts, pinecones, and fresh greenery or flowers―that you can toss after the New Year.
Storing Holiday Decorations and Smart Storage Solutions: Problem: You need some of your supplies sooner than others. Solution: At the end of each season, pack an "Open First" box. "Then store last the things that you'll need to take out first," says Smallin. "They'll be the easiest to reach when it is time to find them again." And if you decide to keep next year's decorations to a minimum, you won't have to open up every last carton to find the essentials. Problem: You can never find anything. Solution: "Label each box with the holiday and a few bullet points about its contents," Smallin suggests. "Then organize the boxes by season." For an even easier identification system, use boxes with color-coded lids (orange for Halloween, for example, and yellow for Easter). For the ultimate in organization, Smallin suggests keeping a more detailed content list for each box on your computer. "When the Fourth of July comes around and you need that American flag," she says, "just do a document search for 'flag' before digging through all the boxes."
Storing Holiday Decorations and Preservation Tips: Problem: The light strings are always tangled, and you don’t know what kind of replacements you need for the dead and faded bulbs. Solution: Whenever you buy a new string of lights, immediately label the plug with the type and number of bulbs in the strand and where you purchased it. That way, any damaged bulbs will be easy to replace, says Steve Pearson, a three-time winner of the Merriam, Kansas, Festival of Lights Contest. As for the knots and snarls, Taylor offers this tip: Take an empty coffee can, cut a slit in the plastic lid, and put the receptacle end of the light cord through it. Wrap the string around the can, and store extra bulbs and extension cords inside. (When it’s time to unpack the lights again, plug each strand into an electrical outlet to make sure it works before you unroll it.) Always store colored lights in a dark place to keep the bulbs from fading (blues, greens, and purples fade faster than reds and yellows do). Problem: “Santa’s” suit is starting to look dusty and worn. Solution: “If your costumes are homemade or valuable to you, treat them as you would a wedding dress,” says Taylor. “Dry-clean them, press them, and keep them folded neatly in a sealed, acid-free container so that no moisture or moths can get in.”
Storing Holiday Decorations and Packing It Up Like a Pro: Problem: Delicate ornaments emerge from their boxes chipped, dusty, or broken. Solution: "If possible, try to keep the packaging that your fine ornaments arrive in," says Victor Luis, CEO of the crystal producer Baccarat, headquartered in Paris. "If you don't have an ornament's original packaging, wrap the piece in a resealable sandwich bag, then store it in a sturdy, well-padded box." Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple (Storey, $10, amazon.com), suggests using partitioned cardboard liquor or wine boxes for storing standard ornaments and small decorations. "Egg cartons," she says, "make excellent packaging for tiny ones." Stuff all the nooks and crannies with tissue paper saved from opened gifts. Also, Smallin adds, "keep your fragile items together at the top of a box. The more you have to dig for an ornament, the greater your chances of damaging it." Problem: Dough ornaments and macaroni crafts fall apart or attract pests. Solution: Pack food-based decorations in resealable sandwich bags to protect them from humidity, then place the bags in a cookie tin to keep rodents out, says Jackie Harvey, proprietor of Adoughables, a dough-ornament company in Westampton, New Jersey.
The Most-Returned Holiday Gifts By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine: Clothes and shoes are the most-returned gifts after the holidays. Think that your aunt will adore the taupe twin-set you picked out for her? Think again. Clothes and shoes are the gifts that are returned to stores most often after the holiday season. According to a recent MarketTools study, apparel accounted for 62 percent of returned gifts last Christmas. Other presents that customers also brought back (but far less frequently) were: * Toys and games (16 percent) * Electronics (14 percent) * Kitchen and bath products (13 percent) * Cosmetics and beauty products (10 percent) *Jewelry and watches (10 percent)