California Donates 60’ Christmas Tree to Congress

Stanislaus National Forest, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, was selected to provide the 2011 Christmas tree for the U.S. Capital.  A 60’ red fir will be chosen in the fall, then cut down on November 5.  After cutting, it will be mounted on a double flatbed truck and will tour California for eight …

Operation Christmas Child “Shoe Box” Charity

There is a year-round charity that sends “shoe boxes” full of items for under privileged children throughout the world.  Operation Christmas Child is just one charitable endeavor of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief.  They ask donors to use a cardboard or plastic shoe box to put supplies in, and to enclose at least $7 per box …

Christmas Stress-Reducing Tasks to do in the Fall

Reduce Christmas Stress We previously wrote about some summer-time Christmas stress reducing concepts, but now that it is closer to Holiday season, we would like to provide some additional ideas to minimize Christmas stress.  Fall is a great preparation time for the holidays before it gets crazy. Christmas Lights: Take out and test all of …

Cooking Christmas Dinner for 45 Guests

Here’s a true story from a good friend of ours, named Susie.  Susie comes from a large family.  Her grandmother had 6 children, her mom had 5, and most have 2.2 children.  As a result, they entertain about 45 guests on Christmas, which allows more food variety than if there were only 12 guests. Guests …

What the Twelve Days of Christmas Really Means

Twelve Days of Christmas There has been much misunderstanding as to what the twelve days of Christmas means, partly due to different interpretations or traditions.  It is not the twelve days before Christmas as it begins on December 25 or Christmas day, and ends on January 5.  The twelfth night is followed by the Epiphany …