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Christmas Helpful Hints

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    Christmas Helpful Hints

    Never leave an open flame unattended, especially near a Christmas tree.  Many fires are caused over the season from candles.

  • Wrap presents in colorful comic strips, sheet music or wallpaper that you have around the house.  Decorate with bows , baubles or greenery.
  • Have a scavenger hunt for small trinkets to keep children busy while you are preparing the meal.  They’ll have fun and you’ll have more time to prepare the turkey.
  • Prepare as much of the food as you can ahead of time.  Even better delegate specific dishes to family members who are coming to visit.  Everyone will have more time to visit.
  • Keep plenty of batteries on hand for gifts that unexpectedly need batteries or for cameras.  You don’t want to be without your camera to record the fun.
  • If you must drink invite guests to stay over for the night or alternatively take a taxi home.
  • Make a garland from snapshots of your children from the past year and hang above the fireplace.  Alternatively,  children’s artwork can be cut in snowflakes, trees or snowman and strung in a garland as well.  It’s a fun way to keep your children’s treasures without having to store reams of paper.

Gumdrop Cookies

This is an old fashioned cookie that has gumdrops folded into the batter.  The cookies are soft with pieces of chewy candy.  Store in a cookie tin wrapped in parchment. 

Ingredients

1/2 cup soft butter

gumdrop-cookies
Use red and green gumdrops for Christmas

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 beaten egg

1 tsp vanilla

Cream above ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix the following ingredients.

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powser

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Outside Mesh Wreath

 

  • Purchase a wire  wreath form from a craft supply store.
  • Using floral wire cut three 6 inch  strings per section of wreath form.
  • Tie the strings in the form of a triangle on the section.  Two on the outer edge.  One on the inside of the section.
  • Buy floral mesh from  a craft supply store.
  • Using the mesh gather it in large sections and tie off on the wreath form.  Go around one edge first and then fill in the center afterwards.
  • Fluff the mesh so it puffs.
  • Cut 6 inch strings of the floral wire and secure unbreakable Christmas balls around the rim.  Four or five medium balls should do.
  • Make a bow using these instructions.
  • Secure bow to rim off the wreath and cut off edges.
  • Re-fluff the mesh so that it is even around the form\
  • Enjoy!

Cinnamon Ornaments

 

1 cup cinnamon

2 tbsp ginger

1 tbsp cloves

1 tbsp nutmeg

3/4 cup applesauce

2 tbsp white school glue

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