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Christmas Decorating Ideas - Edible Ornaments

By: Roy Thomsitt, Mon Aug 14th, 2006

Although it is now more decades away than I care to admit too often, there were four things I loved most about my childhood Christmases in England:

1. the excitement of the Christmas gifts being put under the Christmas tree, and then the family opening of the gifts on Chrismas morning;

2. the food; all the special sweets being put out Christmas Eve; Chrismas Lunch with the turkey, lots of roast potatoes, brandy butter, and Christmas pudding being set alight at the table;

3. all the Chistmas ornaments and decorations going up before Chrismas, and most especially putting up and decorating the Christmas tree; and,

4. the games we would play.

Food, though, did play a major part, and still does in English homes today. So, really, it is no surprise that food even became part of the Chrismas ornament repertoire. Food, in one form or another, became part of the decoration of Christmas time.

From my memory, edible Chrismas ornaments were usually in the form of chocolate with a silver or gold coloured wrapping that sparkled on the tree. Chocolate coins were popular, sometimes more than one in a brightly coloured string bag dangling temptingly from the Chistmas tree.

I must admit, any edible ornament on the tree became a prime target, as I anxiously awaited the all clear from my parents to start devouring whatever I wanted.

Later, though, a greater variety of edible Christmas ornaments emerged, such as candy canes; then, as the popularity of edible ornaments increased at Chrismas, people started to use their imagination to make their own, or the local baker would make more elaborate ornaments for sale.

Cookies, or at least cookie dough, make a good base for ornaments, as they are easy to cut into shape. You can use your imagination on adding the colour, such as with Smarties or other colourful sweets. Adding a frosting effect is not too difficult either.

If you do make dough based ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree, remember you will need to make a hole in the cookie before it cools; that's the way the cookie doesn't crumble. Then when they do cool, you can thread a decorative ribbon to hang them on the Chrismas tree.

The Chistmas tea table is often adorned by the prime edible ornament, the Chrismas cake. The prettier it is, the better it is for decoration once lunch is out of the way. Cake decoration is only limited by your imagination. However, you can think of other things that are less common to adorn the table as an edible ornament. If you are skilful, you can create simple models with ginger bread, moving up a level from the old gingerbread man.

You will find lots of ideas online and in the stores, but if you can come up with something original, that is even better. Just let your imagination go and see what you come up with. At least, if it does not look too good, you can just eat it before anyone comments!

About the author: Roy Thomsitt is the owner and author of http://www.xmas-ornament.com

 

 

 

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10 Great Holiday Decorating Ideas

By: Kathleen Wilson, Sun Jul 23rd, 2006

1.First things first. Set a plan or a theme for your Christmas decorating. It doesn t cost a thing to have a good plan, and when you are working with budget ideas, this is what pulls your ideas together, and makes everything you do look purposeful, and personal. Some theme ideas for Chrismas? The rustic lodge xmas, a toyland xmas, countries around the world, Victorian, country, santa, snowmen, old fashioned, the list goes on and on!

2. Make garlands out of felt scraps. Cut Xmas shapes out of felt in miniature, mini stockings, holly leaves, mittens, and string together with needle and floss or strong fishing line to hang all over the house. Remember when you string each shape, tie a knot on both sides of the shape to hold it in its place. You can add more dimension to the shapes by cutting two of each, stuffing them lightly, them sewing the two together. Glue would work also if you aren t a sewer. Saved used dryer sheets are perfect for this kind of stuffing, or even tiny fabric scraps that are too small for other uses.

3.Drop a tealight candle in your cleaned out glass mayonnaise jars, tie a holiday ribbon around the neck, and you have a beautiful candle with xmas charm. You could nestle the candle in peppermints, nuts, or even sand if you wish. Try grouping several together for a dramatic evening effect. These also make great luminaries.

4. Start a Christmas collection. This can be a great tradition to initiate in your home. My girls and I starting collecting Santas 3 years ago, and it s something they look forward to, choosing our yearly Santa together. I know it will be a fond memory for them, and I plan to let each child choose a Santa to take with them when the day comes that they leave the nest and start their own home. By the way, this doesn t have to be expensive, or even store bought. Try sewing or crafting a new decoration each year together for even more memories! Or check out your dollar store they have some really cute ceramic holiday decorations for a buck or two. Remember, it s the memories you re interested in here, not a collectable based on monetary value.

5. If you are looking to do a toyland theme for your Chrismas decorating this year, try searching out teddy bears and dolls at your local thrift stores. Wash them in a pillowcase and put them in your dryer for at least 20 minutes, then dress them up with ribbons and holiday fabrics. Group them under your tree, on mantels, and on windowsills. Stack small squares of cardboard together and wrap as a tiny present, then tuck them under a teddy s arm, or wrap an empty box and use it as teddy s seat by the front door.

6. Place a few inexpensive glass balls in a bowl and embellish with a few sprigs of greenery or some leftover ribbon. If you don't have an extra bowl (it is the holidays, after all!) try decoupaging a box with leftover Christas wrap, or cover with a little fabric and glue.

7. Take down your pictures and wrap them like a gift, then hang them back on the wall for great holiday cheer! You don't have to do this all around the house, how about just in the entry, or maybe the dining room?

8. Tie greens or ornaments to the chandelier with a little Chrismas ribbon, just make sure they don't hang low enough for any candles on the table to catch them on fire.

9. Make your own gift tags out of leftover paper. Ok, this is not a new idea, but try punching it up a bit. Add details by layering shapes over the base paper, use paper punches and scalloped scrapbooking scissors to add style, use a gold calligraphy pen to add names. Or use the scalloped scissors to make old holiday cards into tags.

10. Sponge stars or other seasonal shapes on your window with paint! No, I m not nuts. Just add a teaspoon or so of liquid dish soap to acrylic craft paint, (I like white or gold metallic) and after the holidays you should be able to wash it off with window cleaner. Use a non- scratching dish scrubber if you come across a stubborn spot.

There it is, the 10 best budget decorating ideas for Holiday decorating! Always remember the most important reason we celebrate, and the reason we take the time to make our homes warm and inviting our loved ones! Have a wonderful holiday season!

About the author: Kathleen Wilson is the author of Quick Decorating Ideas Under $20:The Budget Decorator s Bible and the editor of The Budget Decorator, a free ezine dedicated to the budget impaired home decorator. Visit her at http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com for more great ideas.

 

 

 

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Ideas For Your Interior Christmas Decorating

By: Adam Peters, Wed Mar 1st, 2006

There are many different ideas for interior Cristmas decorating. Interior Christmas decorating is an important part of most people's holiday festivities. For many people, the interior decorations are what defines the season of Cristmas. Your home will feel warm with the proper interior Christas decorating scheme. There are a variety of decorating ideas on the market today, but the best way to complete your interior Cristmas decorating is to make the items yourself or with your family. The holiday season is about spending time together, and making things to warm your home will only help signify that to your family. There are several great ideas for your interior Christmas decorating needs.

Make yours the perfect holiday home with interior Cristmas decorating

* First, create a diorama of bears or dolls dressed in festive seasonal clothes. You could put a small tree with little presents in your display. This is a great way to get your kids involved in the decorating process. Just be sure you don't use a favorite security object, as it might prove difficult to disassembly the diorama throughout the course of the season.

* Second, meet your interior Christmas decorating needs by creating bows from Christmas print ribbon and putting them in various places around your house including your curtains. * Third, hang stockings throughout your house, even if you know they aren't your stuffing stockings. It offers a festive feel to your home.

Next, use fabric paint and a traditional white table cloth to make a holiday patterned table cloth. This is another great activity to do with your little ones. Just be sure to express to them that they are not allowed to paint on the tablecloth on a year round basis. Next, dress your bathroom for the holidays by attaching ornaments and other decorations(of the unbreakable type) to a clear shower curtain with a hot glue gun. Another decorating idea is to get your houseplants into the swing of the season by hanging ornaments on them after you decorate your tree. For a quick ornament idea, try hanging a cookie cutter with a bit of Cristmas ribbon. To help with your decoration as well as your Christma trivia knowledge, place a basket of seasonal books on your coffee table or end table. It will look festive, and it may just help you win a quick family game sometime.

Interior Christmas decorating does not have to be difficult or expensive with ideas like these.

About the author: Adam Peters writes regularly for http://www.home-decorating-reviews.com . Peters contributes adding reviews very often on decorating and design topics. You can also reach interesting articles on easter and Cristmas decorations at his site ( http://www.home-decorating-reviews.com/christmas/christmas-decora tion.html )
 

 

 

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10 Great Holiday Decorating Ideas...On a Budget!

By: Kathleen Wilson, Wed Jul 12th, 2006

1.First things first. Set a plan or a theme for your Christma decorating. It doesn t cost a thing to have a good plan, and when you are working with budget ideas, this is what pulls your ideas together, and makes everything you do look purposeful, and personal. Some theme ideas for Cristmas? The rustic lodge xmas, a toyland xmas, countries around the world, Victorian, country, santa, snowmen, old fashioned, the list goes on and on!

2. Make garlands out of felt scraps. Cut Xmas shapes out of felt in miniature, mini stockings, holly leaves, mittens, and string together with needle and floss or strong fishing line to hang all over the house. Remember when you string each shape, tie a knot on both sides of the shape to hold it in its place. You can add more dimension to the shapes by cutting two of each, stuffing them lightly, them sewing the two together. Glue would work also if you aren t a sewer. Saved used dryer sheets are perfect for this kind of stuffing, or even tiny fabric scraps that are too small for other uses.

3.Drop a tealight candle in your cleaned out glass mayonnaise jars, tie a holiday ribbon around the neck, and you have a beautiful candle with xmas charm. You could nestle the candle in peppermints, nuts, or even sand if you wish. Try grouping several together for a dramatic evening effect. These also make great luminaries.

4. Start a Christmas collection. This can be a great tradition to initiate in your home. My girls and I starting collecting Santas 3 years ago, and it s something they look forward to, choosing our yearly Santa together. I know it will be a fond memory for them, and I plan to let each child choose a Santa to take with them when the day comes that they leave the nest and start their own home. By the way, this doesn t have to be expensive, or even store bought. Try sewing or crafting a new decoration each year together for even more memories! Or check out your dollar store they have some really cute ceramic holiday decorations for a buck or two. Remember, it s the memories you re interested in here, not a collectable based on monetary value.

5. If you are looking to do a toyland theme for your Christmas decorating this year, try searching out teddy bears and dolls at your local thrift stores. Wash them in a pillowcase and put them in your dryer for at least 20 minutes, then dress them up with ribbons and holiday fabrics. Group them under your tree, on mantels, and on windowsills. Stack small squares of cardboard together and wrap as a tiny present, then tuck them under a teddy s arm, or wrap an empty box and use it as teddy s seat by the front door.

6. Place a few inexpensive glass balls in a bowl and embellish with a few sprigs of greenery or some leftover ribbon. If you don't have an extra bowl (it is the holidays, after all!) try decoupaging a box with leftover Christmas wrap, or cover with a little fabric and glue.

7. Take down your pictures and wrap them like a gift, then hang them back on the wall for great holiday cheer! You don't have to do this all around the house, how about just in the entry, or maybe the dining room?

8. Tie greens or ornaments to the chandelier with a little Cristmas ribbon, just make sure they don't hang low enough for any candles on the table to catch them on fire.

9. Make your own gift tags out of leftover paper. Ok, this is not a new idea, but try punching it up a bit. Add details by layering shapes over the base paper, use paper punches and scalloped scrapbooking scissors to add style, use a gold calligraphy pen to add names. Or use the scalloped scissors to make old holiday cards into tags.

10. Sponge stars or other seasonal shapes on your window with paint! No, I m not nuts. Just add a teaspoon or so of liquid dish soap to acrylic craft paint, (I like white or gold metallic) and after the holidays you should be able to wash it off with window cleaner. Use a non- scratching dish scrubber if you come across a stubborn spot.

There it is, the 10 best budget decorating ideas for Holiday decorating! Always remember the most important reason we celebrate, and the reason we take the time to make our homes warm and inviting our loved ones! Have a wonderful holiday season!

About the author: Kathleen Wilson is the author of Quick Decorating Ideas Under $20:The Budget Decorator s Bible and the editor of The Budget Decorator, a free ezine dedicated to the budget impaired home decorator. Visit her at http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com for more great ideas.

 

 

 

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Thrifty Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

By: Terri Seymour, Sun Feb 12th, 2006

Thrifty Decorating Ideas for the Holidays Terri Seymour of www.seymourproducts.com

Decorating for the holidays is a fun and exciting way to bring the holiday cheer to your home. But, it can also be very expensive. Over the years, I have used many of the ideas below to save money and spruce up my holiday decor.

Halloween

Use tin cans for eerie jack-o-lantern luminaries. Before you throw those cans away, make more use of them. Poke holes in them in a scary face design and then use tealights or votive candles for lighting. These are great for indoors or out.

Paint empty coffee cans to look like witches, goblins, ghosts, pumpkins. They look adorable and are great for holding, snacks, treats, etc.

Use pieces of plywood to make scary headstones for your yard!

Thanksgiving

Make a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece, with a pretty birch log. Drill holes in the log for autumn leaves/branches, birds. Be creative and add what you like. This is a great idea for a Christmas one as well. You could also use a pumpkin for a pretty Thanksgiving or Halloween centerpiece.

Fill baskets with leaves, mini pumpkins, guords, acorns, and other natural autumn items.

Paint some tin cans to look like pilgrims, pumpkins, or scarecrows.

Cristmas

Evergreen boughs! These can be used for centerpieces, mantle displays, arranged around candles, displayed on your wall with bulbs and other items. Add some pine cones, silk pointsettias, birds, etc. as well.

One of my favorite decorations is a pretty glass bowl or basket filled with colorful glass balls, pine cones, and little evergreen boughs. This makes a wonderful centerpiece or coffee table display.

Make a pretty potpourri basket filled with pine cones, evergreen sprigs, dried oranges/apples.

Decorate empty canning jars and turn them into Christmas lanterns with votive candles.

Decorate your dining room chairs with pretty ribbon.

Turn old cds into mini-wreaths for your tree. Glue small pine cones, glitter, cotton (for snow), evergreen boughs, ribbon, stars, tiny glass balls.........the possibilities are endless. You have never seen all those free CD's put to such good use and what a fun project for the whole family!

Look around your house and use your imagination. Almost everything can be turned into a pretty decoration with a little creativity and work. ;-)

About the author: ************* Find lots more tips, articles, & resources for your home, family & business: http://www.SeymourProducts.com Terri and her husband Terry also offer a low-cost, wholesale distributorship with unlimited support, and a complete line of ebooks & software with resell rights for only $1.00 each! http://www.seymourproducts.com/ebooks-resell

 

 

 

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Holiday Decorating Tips

By: Jeanette Joy Fisher, Wed Jul 12th, 2006

How to Light Up Your Home for Joy

Do you love the winter holiday season or does this time of year cause you stress? One way to lower your holiday stress, using fewer decorations, decreases your "just have to much to do" list.

However, you still want to display Christmas candles because these decorations bring smiles to you and your loved ones. As days grow shorter and cooler and the suns sets earlier, people naturally crave the warmth and comfort of light, especially natural sources such as a bonfire or the flame of a Cristmas candle.

Christmas Candle Tips

Luminaries Save your energy and your money. You don't need to line your entire sidewalk with luminaries. Get a similar effect with four large candles in clear glass containers near your front door. These glowing candles will welcome your guests without all the work of gathering bags, buying votive candles that just burn up fast, and shoveling all that sand.

Window Candles Many cultural holiday traditions include placing a lighted candle in front windows to be seen from the outside. Pamper yourself. Place a candle in any dark window at night. Rather than peering into a dark void, you'll focus on the cheerful flame and feel comforted and uplifted.

Gift Yourself Create a nightly quiet ritual for yourself in a quiet place away from distractions and the hustle of the holidays. Place candles around your bathtub and unwind, or by your favorite reading chair and instead of reading sit in the quiet and reflect upon the brightness of a single candlelight. Listen to quiet music or simply enjoy the peace and stillness. Ponder the joys in your life and express gratitude. This quiet time may be your most treasured gift to yourself.

Candlelight Carol-Sing Recycle last year's greeting cards by cutting each into a disk or rounding the edges, punch a hole in the center, and slide a taper candle half-way through the hole. Gather your friends and family around the piano or hearth and sing familiar Chirstmas carols as each person holds their own candlelight. Pause to reflect upon the fact that each individual brings their own special light to the world and recognize the common spiritual light in each of us.

Candle Night-Night When it's time to settle the children down to bed on Christmas Eve, calm them with a soothing candlelight ritual. My daughter's children walk to bed, each carefully carrying a lighted candle through a dark hallway, singing "Silent Night."

Happy Holidays!

Jeanette Fisher

About the author: Free holiday decorating ideas teleclass, "Interior Design Secrets to Glorious Holiday Decorating" and more holiday decorating tips Joy Holidays Decorating http://JoyHolidays.com

 

 

 

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

By: L. Clarke, Tue Jul 11th, 2006

As the holidays approach, it is time to start thinking of how you would like to decorate your home. As you will probably have numerous friends and family during the holiday season, the sooner you start to consider you Chirstmas d cor the better. The Christmas d cor you choose should not only make your house beautiful, but it should make it warm and inviting as well.

There are many things you can add around the home to make it more festive. For example, some women decide to replace their regular couch pillows with really lovely Chirstmas pillows. This will really brighten up your home. These pillows can be bought online or at local department stores. If you are handy with a needle and thread, you can also sew your own pillows. A good suggestion would be to buy a large Christmas or needlepoint pattern and finish it in time for the Christmas holidays, and then you can stuff it and use it as a Chirstmas pillow.

Another thing that can be added to your Christmas d cor is to buy Chirstmas candles and place then around the house. This will look extremely nice! These Christmas candles usually come in a variety of scents such as 'Apple and Cinnamon' or 'Holiday Spice', and are sometimes accompanied by a wreath that will look lovely on anyone's dining room table.

If you were interested in decorating for the Chirstmas holidays, you can also buy or sew Christmas stockings. These are a standard part of anyone's Christmas decorating. If you have a fireplace, these festive stockings will look lovely hanging from there. They can be filled with little gifts or candy for Chirstmas day.

If you have a large living room or kitchen, you should also consider buying a Christmas themed throw rug for it. This can be placed under the coffee table or in front of the fireplace. As well, you can add a Chirstmas throw rug underneath the dining room table as well.

Another suggestion to help with your Christmas d cor is to buy Chirstmas accessories for the bathroom. These can include festive bath, hand, and guest towels. As well there are many decorative soaps that can be bought. Many people also put up a Christmas themed shower curtain as well to get themselves into the holiday spirit.

But whatever of these Christmas decorating ideas you choose to follow, I hope it is a memorable Chirstmas holiday for you!

About the author: Lashan Clarke has been has been a freelance writer for a number of years. She specializes in copywriting and is currently working on her Master's degree in her spare time. For more information, she can be reached at pgmd21@gmail.com dot com or by visiting http://dcbusinessconsultants.blogspot.com.

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