1. All About the Christmas Wreath

    History of the Christmas Wreath It's hard to miss a Christmas wreath hanging on someone's door as you walk past going about the day's business. You might have even seen a few snaps on Instagram of designs that caught the eye of the snapper. You might have even taken a few pictures yourself. Yes, Christmas wreaths look pretty and all, but is there a story behind why it serves as a decoration on our front door or even above the fireplace? How did it all begin? A brief history of wreaths Wreaths have been used for many years, dating back to ancient times. Romans used bay laurel, broadleaf...

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  2. How to Care for Christmas Plants

    One of the best ways to create a festive atmosphere in your home or office is to decorate it with Christmas plants. Surrounded by other Christmas decorations, the space is sure to transport you into a different world. Plants are beautiful to look at but they would require proper care and attention to survive throughout the holiday season. Different Christmas plants would require different care and maintenance. Christmas Cactus This plant is called as such because it flowers over the Christmas period. To make this plant last through the holidays, it must be placed in an area where a temperature...

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  3. How to Survive Christmas with Your Family

    How to Survive Christmas with Your Family Surviving Christmas with your sanity still intact is increasingly becoming rare. How do you answer probing questions into your personal life? Even worse, how can you still swallow food when someone at the table starts up a heated political debate? Are you just supposed to sit there and listen? Or are you going to do something about it, but also being extremely careful not to risk disrupting the supposed “merry” occasion? Your family are those people that have been foisted on you – there's no escaping that. Gatherings with them can...

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  4. Our Top Christmas Jokes and Riddles.

    Christmas Jokes and Riddles All Around.. Christmas will not be fun and festive without the family gathering around and sharing jokes and riddles. There is always one member of the family that either cracks a joke or is the source of laughter. Since it is the holidays, the most appropriate jokes would have to be Christmas-related. Whether or not they are humorous, however, will depend on several things. According to a study led by Robert Dunbar at London’s Oxford University, some of the funniest jokes involve 2 characters and up to 5 levels of intentionality running back and forth between...

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  5. Christmas Card Messages to Inspire You

    Wonder what Christmas card messages you should write to family, friends, or colleagues? Anything that comes straight from the heart is one way to go about writing Christmas card messages for family and other recipients. But there are times when you need an inspiration to get your mind working and the words flowing. This is where reading fun and funny Christmas card messages can help. From there, you can get ideas to make the messages your own and personalised. Preparing to Write Christmas Card Messages Hallmark recommends that you must add some cheer to every season’s greeting you send, regardless...

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  6. How to Make Gingerbread Men and their History

    Making gingerbread men is a holiday activity that everyone can enjoy, from adults to children. But do you know the story behind the delectable treat or how gingerbread men and Christmas became synonymous? There is more to this holiday treat than fancy decorations. History of Gingerbread Men It was at the court of Elizabeth I of England when the first instance of gingerbread biscuits shaped in different figures was documented. This is why the invention of the gingerbread man was credited to Queen Elizabeth I. Where it originated, however, is embedded in many theories, so there’s no one true...

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  7. Mulled Wine: Its History and How to Make One

    Mulled Wine: Its History and How to Make One Mulled wine is a traditional drink during winter but is most especially enjoyed around Christmas. The beverage is a mix of various mulling spices and red wine but there are variations in different parts of the world. In Britain, for example, mulled cider or mulled ale may be used. If you look up mulled wine recipe online, you will find different combinations as well. Steeped in tradition and culture, mulled wine is one of those beverages that have a history to tell and an answer to the question “ why do we drink mulled wine ”. Origins of...

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  8. How to Get Children to Sleep Early on Christmas Eve

    With all the excitement surrounding the holiday season, it is natural for children to want to stay up late. This makes it difficult to make them fall asleep on Christmas Eve . But as a parent who has been working all day preparing for the celebrations, the need for them to get to sleep on Christmas Eve is more than necessary. You probably need the shut-eye more than your children do. Allowing them to stay up all night could also mean tantrums or your angelic tots turning into little ‘grinches’ . On that note, you should find ways to get your kids to sleep early on that joyous eve. How...

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  9. Can Plants Really Improve Productivity?

    It's no secret that plants and flowers can brighten up our home and, subsequently, brighten our mood. In recent years it has also come to light that the introduction of plants to a work space, be it a home office, showroom or call centre, can actually help to keep employees motivated. Greater levels of concentration, productivity and job satisfaction as well as lowered levels of stress are just some of the reported benefits of keeping the workplace filled with pretty greenery, claims which are backed up by scientific studies . So it seems as if plants really can improve productivity as well...

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  10. Latest Trends in Edible Flowers

    Edible flowers feels like it's a fairly recent craze, which is why it might surprise you to learn that we were writing about the topic over ten years ago . Now that we've gotten how cool and avant-garde we are out of the way, it's time for an updated look at the world of edible flowers to learn more about contemporary trends for the Instagram generation. These days it seems like people have gone edible flower daft and are adding fresh flower petals to just about everything. From teas, cocktails and gins to cakes, salads and main dishes, edible flowers are cropping up everywhere. One...

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