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Unique Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas For Your Home

Decorating the Christmas tree every year with the same old decorations can get a bit boring. You can stick to the traditional ideas, but where’s the fun in that? So, are you planning on decorating your Christmas tree with never-seen-before ideas? Here is a guide to making your Christmas tree shine. Decorate Your Christmas TreeWith These Beautiful Ideas Classic gold and red decor Source: Unsplash You can always stick to the classic mix of colors. Red and gold? Why not!...
Tags: Fashion, Home Decor, Christmas, Santa, Decorations, Christmas Decorations, Jesus Christ, Christmas Decor, Decorating Ideas, Christmas decorating, Santa Rudolph


Covid: avoid ‘snogging under mistletoe’ this Christmas, says UK minister

Thérèse Coffey says people should not kiss anyone they do not know to limit spread of coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritons should avoid “snogging under the mistletoe” this Christmas, according to a government minister, as a leading scientist said people could enjoy Christmas if they took “sensible” precautions.The work and ensions secretary, Thérèse Coffey, told ITV’s Peston programme that “we should all be trying to enjoy the Christmas ahead of us”, add...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Relationships, Christmas, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Itv, Vaccines and immunisation, Peston, Therese Coffey, Coronavirus


Britain’s worst Christmas trees: is anything secretly more festive and fun than a disappointing fir?

There have been no end of complaints about some of the trees being put up –from a metal one in Cardiff to a puny one in GrimsbyName: Disappointing Christmas trees.Height: As much as 25m. Continue reading...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, Britain, Cardiff


Lust actually: Christmas movies are everywhere – and this year they’re horny

Move over, Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. As we face another troubled festive season, there will be some surprisingly saucy viewingName: Blue Christmas films.Age: New. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Christmas, Life and style


Preloved and perfect! The seven essential rules for secondhand presents

For a thoughtful, less consumerist Christmas, make sure to tell the truth about your purchases, spritz musty clothes with vodka and invest in vintage wrapping paperIt’s not a pair of box-fresh Bottega Veneta boots, or cashmere spun from the wool of a rare-breed yak, that will ensure you strike gifting gold with fashion fans this Christmas: it’s the revelation that you bought their present secondhand.Once a dirty word, secondhand is an increasingly valued quality (the global “preloved” fashion ma...
Tags: Shopping, Christmas, Life and style, Bottega Veneta


‘Christmas will not be cancelled’ despite tree shortage fears, Americans told

American Christmas Tree Association, which represents artificial tree industry, makes pledge amid reports of looming problemsDays after reports of shortages of Thanksgiving turkeys proved premature, the American Christmas Tree Association was moved to promise Americans that “Christmas will not be cancelled”, amid reports of looming problems.The statement from ACTA, which represents the artificial tree industry, came amid concern that supplies of both plastic trees and live Noble, Frazer and Bals...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, World news, US news, Frazer, ACTA, American Christmas Tree Association


‘Tis the season to decorate early: why all our Christmases have come at once

Around Australia, many homes and businesses are willing a ‘crappy’ Covid year to be over by getting a jump start on festive joyGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingEvery year on the 1st of December, Gabrielle Derrick unveils a Christmas window at her regional Victorian cafe.This year, though, she felt an unshakeable urge to decorate early.Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Christmas, Life and style, Australia news, Victoria, Guardian Australia, Gabrielle Derrick


Our best Christmas food gifts and recipes

From our archive: from festive pickles and homemade sweets to luxury biscuits and exotic oils, a a gift you’ve made yourself can make someone’s ChristmasA trio of presents that you’ll want for Christmas dinner: a ginger nut brittle to serve as is or to blitz into a toast-topping paste, crumbly cheese biscuits and an enticingly easy fig jam Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Snacks, Christmas, Life and style, Baking, Wine, Chocolate, Dessert, Christmas food and drink, Pickling, Fermenting And Preserving


How to make shortbread – recipe | Felicity Cloake's masterclass

Christmas shortbread as made by our resident perfectionist, with a few choices of festive flavouringsThe world may have gone mad for spiced speculoos this year, but, for me, Christmas will always be all about two biscuits: gingerbread, for decorations, and shortbread, for actual consumption. Easy to make and a genuine crowdpleaser, shortbread will keep well for several weeks, which makes it the gift that keeps on giving well into the dark days of January. Not that it’ll last that long.Prep 15 mi...
Tags: Food, Christmas, Life and style, Baking, Biscuits, Christmas food and drink


Celebrate the Holidays with the Scent of Christmas Morning: Jo Malone London

Stevie’s Notes: Fragrance is part and parcel of the holiday season. After all, we all want our homes to smell good  and also we want to smell good too.  I adore Jo Malone’s fragrances. I have 3 ( maybe 4..??) Jo Malone scents. I love how rich the scent is and it feels quite luxurious […] The post Celebrate the Holidays with the Scent of Christmas Morning: Jo Malone London first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Family, Featured, Holidays, Shopping, Women, Christmas, Lifestyle, Holiday, Events, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green


Go with the (lateral) flow: how Covid has changed the work Christmas party

Suppressed partygoers prepare to ramp up the glamour, offset by an emphasis upon Covid-compliant celebrationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor anyone who dreads the thought of the work Christmas party, it will come as welcome news: this year’s office party vibe is intimate, more lavish, with no dancing – and it might not even be in December at all.But early indications are that despite – or maybe because of – almost two years working from home in elasticated waistba...
Tags: Money, Christmas, Life and style, UK News, Work & careers, Coronavirus, COVID


10 ways to use leftover Christmas booze – from prosecco chicken to amaretto cake

If you have an unloved stash of sloe gin, advocaat or Cointreau, these recipes offer delicious ideas for using them in the kitchenThere is a reason why dry January exists. It is because, after a long and gruelling festive season, there is usually a fairly good chance that you feel as if you have pickled your guts. The thought of putting any more rich, creamy, booze into your body is unappealing. Luckily for you, you drank most of it at parties.This year may be a little different, though. We are ...
Tags: Food, Christmas, Life and style, Wine, Christmas food and drink


Happy Kwanzaa! It’s so much more than a ‘black Christmas’

I had my reservations about this celebration of African heritage. Then my father and I shared a very special momentIn 1966, the African American Maulana Karenga created the holiday of Kwanzaa to give black people an “opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history” rather than indulge in the customary traditions of a white Christmas. The celebration starts on Boxing Day and runs for seven days, each marking one of the “principles of African heritage”, which include umoja (Swahili for unity...
Tags: Race, Christmas, Life and style, Harvard, Kwanzaa, Maulana Karenga, Karenga


Fancy dress and scratch carols: nine festive challenges from TV's Taskmaster

Comic and creator Alex Horne has dreamed up some of the silliest, toughest challenges ever seen on TV. Just the person to organise your household’s games at Christmas...When I created Taskmaster, it was never meant to be suitable for family Christmases. The host, Greg Davies, is a sweary giant, the comedians are often uncouth and the show was on late-night TV.Now, 10 years later, we’ve made a board game, a bleeped show on Sunday afternoons, and far more children shout “little Alex Horne” at me t...
Tags: Family, Christmas, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Taskmaster


I was five and visiting a psychiatric hospital. I had the time of my life!

I toddled round the ward giving sweets to old women and wondering why so many of them were clutching teddies. It taught me not to be scared of people with mental illnessI was two when my mum became a consultant psychiatrist at Lancaster Moor hospital. Opened in 1816 as Lancashire’s first “lunatic asylum”, it was a forbidding place, looming over the M6 like a gigantic haunted mansion. It had neo-gothic towers and echoey corridors and always felt deserted, even though there were still a thousand p...
Tags: Health, Christmas, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Catholic, Lancashire, Pendle, Lancaster Moor, Lancaster Castle


Merry Christmas, And A Halcyon New Year ! 2021

Boy, what a year 2020 has been. As Annus Horribilis finally comes to a close I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy as we all look forward to a new year that is better is every aspect. Here in Vancouver work is ramping up for me on the feature animated film Vivo that I’m working on, so this Christmas/New Year break is coming at a great time for some good rest before a final push on the delivery for the film. As I’ve been writing for the past few years, my annual fav art books of the year...
Tags: Life, Christmas, Canada, Vancouver, Anime, 2021


How did I mourn my mother? With Pet Shop Boys on the radio and plaster dust in my hair

There were no carols, no tree, no goose – but the Christmas I spent decorating my flat gave me the gift of peaceIt was on a plank suspended between stepladders over a three-storey stairwell that I finally knew for sure that I was a grownup. I was slimed with wallpaper paste, grizzled with plaster dust, and 28 years old. Pet Shop Boys belted out of the radio and for the first time in my life I was free to spend Christmas doing exactly what I wanted – which was to make a home of the perversely ver...
Tags: Family, Music, Christmas, Life and style, Culture, Death and dying, Bereavement, Pet Shop Boys


Job diary: I work as a mall Santa during the holidays. This year, I've pivoted to virtual Santa visits and Zoom chats to spread cheer to kids at home.

Bob Twaites has worked as a Santa for 10 years near his home by Vancouver Island in Canada. Bob Twaites For nearly 10 years, Bob Twaites has worked as a Santa at community events, upscale malls, and corporate gigs near his hometown outside of Vancouver Island, Canada. Due to rising COVID-19 cases where he lives, the mall he usually works at decided to cancel all Santa events this winter. Now, Twaites has pivoted to offering Santa visits virtually through pre-recorded videos, Zoom meetings,...
Tags: Facebook, Jobs, Holidays, Russia, Christmas, Careers, Trends, Turkey, Canada, Vancouver, Bob, Santa, Nordic, Claus, Vancouver Island, GigSalad


Looking for a Gift or Stocking Stuffers? Here’s a Few Worth Checking Out!

  Last-Minute Gifts and/Or  Stocking Stuffer Ideas We’re all in a race to the holiday finish line and if you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift or a stocking stuffer, we have a few ideas that may suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for something a little sweet, to get your sweat on, or fun […] The post Looking for a Gift or Stocking Stuffers? Here’s a Few Worth Checking Out! first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Featured, Celebrity, Women, Christmas, Lifestyle, Holiday, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green, Marketing Strategy, Art and design, Viral, Innovation, Life Lessons


Sex at Christmas tends to be off menu until fireworks at new year – study

Stress and overconsumption of food and alcohol leave people feeling less amorous, find researchersIf Christmas leaves you feeling less than amorous, you’re not alone. Whether it’s the stress of last-minute present buying or overconsumption of food and alcohol, interest in sex drops off in the run-up to Christmas, research suggests. However, this is compensated for by a big spike in sexual activity over the new year.Researchers have long noticed differences in birthrates at various times of the y...
Tags: California, Sex, Women, Christmas, US, Research, Life and style, Society, UK News, Sexuality, Stanford University, Laura Symul, UK France Brazil, Symul


'Santa's staying safe': St Nick turns to Zoom for visits during pandemic Christmas

Performers use Zoom and augmented reality to meet with children – with some surprise perksIt’s going to be a unique Christmas this year, and Santa Claus is adjusting accordingly.Professional Santas across the United States have shifted their holiday work season to accommodate the Covid-19 restrictions that have held 2020 in their grip. Some still greet children in stores, from behind plexiglass or in an enclosed snow globe. Continue reading...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, United States, Santa Claus, Santa


Yes, Santa’s house now has a 3D tour on Zillow

The online marketplace updated its listing for Santa's house — off market, of course — with a 3D tour for anyone itching for a glimpse of St. Nick's home when he's not busy on the job.
Tags: Design, Listings, Christmas, Lifestyle, Radio, Santa Claus, Santa, Zillow, St Nick, Jeremy Wacksman, Fireplaces, 3d Tours, Celebrity Listings, Christmas Staging, The North Pole


'The Scrooge guy called us all mutants': when Christmas grottos go wrong

Disappointed parents in the UK and Australia decry traffic jams and scary decorationsChristmas grottos – the miniature, temporary Santa Claus-themed wonderlands that pop up around the world in December – seem to have taken a dark turn this year. In Britain and Australia, reports have trickled in of events that feel more akin to Fyre Festival than a festive celebration for the whole family.In the UK, a drive-through grotto was criticised for long waits and creepy performers, including a “man in c...
Tags: UK, Australia, Christmas, Life and style, UK News, World news, Australia news, Britain, Santa Claus


Frosty mornings but no white Christmas for UK, forecasters say

Met Office predicts a ‘seasonal feel’ to the weather after a rainy start to the week Those dreaming of a white Christmas will be left further disappointed this year after the Met Office forecast no more than frosty conditions for the UK.Temperatures across most of the country will stay in mid-single figures on Thursday and Friday, and no snow was expected to settle. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Christmas, Life and style, UK News, Met Office, UK Weather


'Want to do the Spacegirl dance with me?' How to talk to teens this Christmas

Between cancelled school formals and gap years, it’s a bleak time to be a teenager – but Nina Dillon Britton knows the right words to sayGuides for talking to teenagers range from the useless to the psychopathic. “Really listen,” one reads, “control your emotions,” says another, “water daily and place in full sun,” suggests a third.For boomers, or even the old-at-heart millennials among us, this advice won’t equip you for climbing the mounting fear that talking to younger cousins and nephews at ...
Tags: Family, Youtube, Christmas, Life and style, Tiktok, Nina Dillon Britton


Seasonal makeover: from couch potato to festive diva

Lockdown has not been kind to our beautiful selves, but now it is time to shape up. Emma Beddington gets to work on her pre-Christmas, full-body makeover. But where to begin?How do you look at the moment? It’s a loaded question, I know. “Asking me to choose one physical feature I feel bad about is like asking me to choose my least-favourite family member since lockdown,” says my friend F. An unscientific poll of friends and acquaintances reveals a tally of 2020 woes: worry wrinkles, “maskne”, “Z...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Beauty, Emma Beddington


My perfect Christmas playlist, by Michael Kiwanuka, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Tim Burgess

Pop stars who lit up 2020 talk about their Christmas routines and share the tracks they turn to on the big day – scroll down to hear their choices2020 Mercury prize winner and associate of mysterious band of the year Sault Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Christmas, Life and style, Culture, Charlatans, Tim Burgess, Michael Kiwanuka, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Michael Kiwanuka Sophie Ellis Bextor, Sault Continue


I organize one of the largest holiday celebrations in the US - here's how we've adapted to run successfully during the pandemic

A view of the 6,000 square foot ice skating rink at Christmas at the Princess. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Teresa Thompson works as the onsite events expert at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a 5-star resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. She oversees the organization and execution of the "Christmas at the Princess" celebration that runs every year during the holiday season. This year, the event is running from November 20 through December 31. It features 5 million sparkling lights, a mass...
Tags: Business, New York, Holidays, Christmas, US, Careers, Trends, Arizona, Graham, Santa, Resort, Lagoon, Luxury Hotel, Thompson, Nordic, Ferris


Chicken pulao and an orange and piquillo pepper salad: Nik Sharma's Christmas recipes

The perfect combination: spicy chicken jewelled with cranberries and cashews, and a sharp fruity sideThe simplicity and elegance of pulaos combined with their ability to moonlight as a one-pot meal stole my heart long ago. Pulaos saved my mother and grandmother hours in the kitchen; they’d make a large pot and all that was needed was a salad or pickle on the side. I’m keeping that principle in mind with this winter-themed chicken pulao, jewelled with cranberries and cashews, alongside an orange ...
Tags: Meat, Food, Christmas, Vegetables, Life and style, Side Dishes, Chicken, Main course, Indian food and drink, Salad, Rice, Nik Sharma, Christmas food and drink, Pulaos


Turkey or nut roast? Felicity Cloake's perfect Christmas dinner recipes | Felicity Cloake's How to make the perfect …

What’s your perfect Christmas? A big, bronzed turkey or a sage and stilton nut roast this year? Or both? And not forgetting all the classic festive sides. Our resident perfectionist shows you howWhile there are people who see Christmas time as an opportunity to try out new and exciting recipes, my family is not among them. We have roast turkey only once a year, which means it’s always a big, bronzed, buttery treat – why would we want to change? That said, I’m always tempted to make a sneaky nut ...
Tags: Meat, Food, Christmas, Vegetables, Life and style, Turkey, Bread, Side Dishes, Fruit, Main course, Potatoes, Christmas food and drink, Cloake



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