Christmas

The awesome Christmas ninja toys from Oriental Trading

A great Christmas surprise this year? Christmas ninjas! With these fun little guys around the house, you’ll find everyone asking, “Hey, what happened to the Christmas cookies?” Ninjas. These little guys bearing peppermint weapons will surely bring a fresh breath of air to your Christmas. They could cause all sorts of mischief around your house. …

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Christmas cards mailed to me in 2018

Why I keep Christmas envelopes

I love keeping the envelopes from mailed Christmas cards. Handwriting What did so-and-so’s handwriting look like? Nowadays the only time we see someone’s handwriting is on the envelope of a Christmas card. Is it messy? Neat? While spring cleaning in May, I came across a box of envelopes that I kept from the 2018 Christmas …

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Michael, Miles, Deb, Fulton, Morris, Eugene, Leon, Carolyn, Walter, Emily, Jovie, Buddy, Pom Pom, Foom Foom, Francisco, Chuck

One alley, 16 discarded Christmas trees

Walking down the alley in suburban Oak Park, Christmas trees lay next to most garbage cans. The alley becomes like a Christmas tree lot, post-Christmas. Need a Christmas tree? Take your pick. Most trees are lightly used and varying degrees of dryness. All the trees laying down, sleeping. These trees are no longer in a …

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Four trees in alley

How many handfuls of mulch is made from one Christmas tree?

Tree mulchers are crunching all the Christmas trees on curbs and in alleys. The plethora of trees will soon be a handful of wood. How much mulch does one Christmas tree produce? I’m guessing about six handfuls of mulch. What’s your guess? An internet search yields many articles outlining the benefits of mulching your tree (see …

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12 reasons to start the Christmas Stick tradition

Have problems with your Christmas tree? Consider a Christmas stick. Sound crazy? Yeah, it is, but I’ve been doing it for three years and I love it. Love your Christmas tree? Of course you do, Christmas trees are beloved. You don’t have to rid yourself of the Christmas tree. You can consider the Christmas stick …

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Where to find the stained glass Makit & Bakit Christmas DIY kits

You know those really cool stained glass things you can make? You drop little plastic pellets into a wire frame and then throw it into the oven and the plastic pellets melt. When the entire thing cools down, you take it out and you have a beautiful stained glass ornament. They are fun to make …

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George the seahorse

What brings you joy?

What makes you joyful? Not just happiness. But joy. The comfort and pleasure of joy. We set out to answer that question a couple years ago in my bible study group. We were to write about what brings us joy. I missed the group that week, but I still wrote my joy story. I’m told …

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