Our First Christmas: Build Memories For A Lifetime


After 49 years of marriage, I find myself reflecting back on Our First Christmas together. With some decorations from each of our sets of parents, we created a tree full of childhood and shared memories. Our tree was eclectic, but it was ours, together. It allowed us to each have a piece of our past, [...]

Cool Gifts That Make Great Foodie Gifts


4 Neat Categories That Will Make It Easy To Shop For Great Foodie Gifts! Fruitcakes are NOT cool gifts that make great foodie gifts for the food lover on your Christmas list! Looking for an unusual gift for the bacon connoisseur, promising gourmet chef or pastry bon vivant in your family? Ornament Shop has a [...]

Light Up Ornaments: Twinkling Treasures For Your Tree


Want to decorate your Christmas tree with ornaments that are sure to dazzle? Check out the light up ornaments available at OrnamentShop.com! Each ornament is based on the beautiful hand drawings of an artist from Washington. There are six colored lights are ready to twinkle and last well over 80 hours of continuous use. Light [...]

Christmas in Norway: An Intriguing Trifecta of Angels, Trolls and Gnomes


In the early days, Christmas in Norway was hardly more than a festival that marked the transition from winter to spring. But there was good reason to celebrate: the northern portion of the country, called “the land of the midnight sun,” had been shrouded  in complete darkness. So when the mugs of juleol (beer) clinked [...]

Christmas in the Netherlands: Where the Beloved Figure of Sinterklaas Looms Large

Christmas in the Netherlands

Mention the Dutch and you probably think of windmills, tulips and the classic “clog” shoes that once were a fashion phenomena in the United States. But during Christmas in the Netherlands, a man named Sinterklaas takes center stage. Wearing the clothes of a bishop and riding a horse throughout a parade, this “king” among men [...]