Friday, December 23, 2016


   It's the most wonderful time of the year! From trimmed trees to twinkle lights to knit stockings hanging over the fireplace, you really can’t escape the Christmas cheer. Although we have many Christmas time traditions, the Christmas tree is definitely the first and foremost.
   This timeline takes us through the history of the Christmas tree from the first decorated tree in 1600, to the first Christmas tree in the white house, to the Griswolds "A Christmas Vacation". It is easy to see the influence of the different fads and trends through out the century, like the bubble lights from the 1940′s. My best friend’s tree has bubble lights each year! Its their Christmas tree staple.
   The other main aspect of the timeline is the debate between the real and artificial tree. My family are a bunch of real tree advocates, claiming that they will never own an artificial tree ever. I do agree and love the real tree, but artificial trees are so easy and require no clean up! The list of pros and cons goes on and on, and the debate will probably never go away!
   So tell me, what are your favorite Christmas tree traditions? Do you love sparkly tinsel? Maybe pop corn strings? Or do you don your tree with candy canes? And when it comes to the tree itself, are you all natural or prefer an artificial?



The nicest and naughtiest movie Santas

   Whether it's the classic jolly fat man or a surly drunk guy in a red suit, Santa Claus has been depicted countless times on TV and film. Here's a look at some of the best and worst of them.


Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

GoodRudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (1964). Who doesn't have a special place in their heart for this clay-mation classic?

Bad Santa

Bad: Bad Santa (2003). Billy Bob Thornton's chain-smoking alcoholic scam artist Santa lives up to the movie's name. This is not the kind of person you want coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve.



GoodElf (2003). Played to great comedic effect by the somewhat surly Ed Asner. And Will Ferrell's energy portraying an over-eager man-elf is infectious.



BadFuturama. 1000 years from now, Santa Claus will be real. But he'll be an evil robot with a malfunctioning naughty/nice mechanism that defaults to naughty. And the punishment isn't just no presents, either. It's death.


Miracle on 34th Street

GoodMiracle on 34th Street (1947). A genuine Christmas classic, the original Miracle on 34th Street starred Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle.


The Grinch

Bad: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). What's not to love about this animated re-telling of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic? The fact that he poses as Santa Claus and steals everyone's presents? At least he gives everything back.

Home Alone

Good: Home Alone (1990). Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) confides in an off-the-clock Santa Claus. He's a bit stand-offish at first, but gets back in character to offer some sage advice.


Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

BadSanta Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). This schlocky B-movie features a completely implausible scenario as laid out in the title. In real life, Santa Claus clearly wouldn't stand a chance.



GoodScrooged (1988). When Santa's workshop is attacked in the movie-within-a-movie, The Night the Reindeer Died, Mrs. Santa breaks open an arsenal of semiautomatic weapons and hands them out. The image of a gun-wielding Santa defending against the baddies - alongside Million Dollar Man Lee Majors - is priceless. The NRA would approve.


The Nightmare Before Christmas

Bad: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Along with the Grinch, Tim Burton's Jack Skellington character is one of the greatest impostor Santas of all time.


Santa Clause

Good: The Santa Clause movies. The law of diminishing returns definitely applies to the Santa Clause series of films. Mind you, even the first one wasn't so good. But cheesy computer effects and Disney-field schmaltziness aside, Tim Allen still pulls off an endearing St. Nick.


Trading Places

BadTrading Places (1983). Drunken Santas are such a mainstay of the seasonal comedy flick, they could almost be their own category. But Dan Aykroyd's turn as a rich boy fallen on hard times includes maybe one of the best drunken Santa scenes ever filmed. Here, he crashes the company Christmas party dressed as a shabby Santa Claus, gorges on the free food and attempts to plant drugs in his successor's office. Later, he stumbles onto a bus, still in the red suit, and gnaws on a hunk of smoked salmon he stole from the buffet table.


A Christmas Story

Bad: A Christmas Story (1983). He's the mall Santa of your nightmares. He'll laugh at you and scold you for your gift request, then shove you down a slide when your turn is up.


Miracle on 34th Street, remake

Good: Miracle on 34th Street (1994). This remake of a Christmas classic was inferior in just about every way to the original. But casting Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle was one of the few things it had going for it.


The Ref

BadThe Ref (1994). An underrated holiday comedy starring a mostly-unhinged Denis Leary, The Ref also featured a drunk-as-a-skunk Santa Claus who stumbles and mutters to himself, before picking a fight with Leary and getting clocked. He also has the best line in the film: "You think you're better than me? I'm Santa Claus!"


Peter Jackson's uncredited cameo in Hot Fuzz

BadHot Fuzz (2007). You know how Simon Pegg's character gets his hand stabbed by a guy in a Santa Claus outfit? Don't remember? Anyway, the guy in the red suit is actually Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson in an uncredited cameo. Who knew?


This diy comes from www.bhg.com . Something to add to your holiday table so your guests know where they are being seated on Christmas dinner night. Enjoy!

Santa Hat Place Cards for Christmas

Craft these Santa hats to help guests find their places at the Christmas table.
What You'll Need:
  • Tracing paper or a copier; pencil
  • Square of stiff red glitter felt
  • Scrap of white fluffy, furry fabric
  • Fabrics glue
  • Hand-sewing needle; red sewing thread
  • Straight pins; scissors
  • 20-mm gold jingle bell

  1. Trace the pattern using tracing paper or a copier. Place the pattern on the red glitter felt, and cut out one shape for each holder.
  2. Cut 1-1/2x8-inch piece of white fabric. Fold long edges under 1/4 inch, and glue the to the back side of the fabric to make a strip 1x8 inches.
  3. Glue white trim in place on the front lower curved edge of the red felt. Match straight edges of the red felt; form into a cone.
  4. Pin the straight edges together and stitch with a tight whipstitch using matching red thread.
  5. Sew a large jingle bell firmly to the top point, using matching red thread. Slide a place card through the top bell slit.

Tiny Snowman Place Cards for the Christmas Table

Make these mini snowmen as place cards on the Christmas table for family and friends.


What You'll Need:

    How to Make It:
    1. Trace or copy the patterns. From card stock, cut out the snowman shapes you want.
    2. From the same pattern, cut out shapes to emphasize three-dimensional pieces, such as the scarf and hat. Stick dimensional dots under the shapes, and layer them on top of the base shape.
    3. For each snowman, draw on features and add a guest's name. Place an extra ornament clip into the ornament top. Insert the snowman into the clip holder, and set the ornament on a curtain-ring base.