Christmas

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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Christmas projection lights

Christmas projection lights, your thoughts?

You know those projection Christmas lights? I can’t decide if they are incredibly awesome, or incredibly lazy. I suppose it depends on how you do implement the projection lights alongside other decorations. Pair it up nicely with other decorations, and it might be pretty cool. If it’s the only decoration you put up — well, …

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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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The Christmas lights machine gun

I’ve always wanted a gun that shoots out strings of Christmas lights. I would hold the Christmaslightstring Machine Gun in the G.I.Joe Roadblock style and yell out in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice, “MERRY CHRISTMAS AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!” +chugga chugga chugga+ (that’s the sound of the machine gun shooting out christmas string lights) …

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