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Are you hosting the holiday dinner at your house this year? It can be a big task, no matter how many you are serving for Christmas dinner. What if there was a way to make all of this a little bit easier for you? This year (or next if this has passed), you should consider these tips to help make your Christmas dinner easier.

  • What can you make ahead of time?  There are many side dishes that can be made before the big day to save cooking time and mess on Christmas day.
  • Cook your turkey the day before when you can
  • Cool the potatoes and gravy the day before
  • Prepare salad the day before- all you need to do on the day of the dinner is mixed it and add dressing
  • Limit the number of dishes you have- you don’t need to have a lot of side dishes to have a complete meal
  • Keep your dishes simple- remember that your guests may have other dinners to go to as well and they may appreciate a smaller, simpler meal

One of the best rules of a simplified Christmas dinner is to make everything you can the day before so you can clean up all the pots and pans. The second best tip you can have is to reduce the number of dishes you’re making whenever possible. Even if you need to serve a lot of people, you can just make more of the foods you want instead of more types of foods.

Now that you have these tips, you are prepared to simplify your Christmas dinner. You can also use these tips any time you need to cook a large meal for your family or friends.

Happy holidays!

With Christmas closing in fast, you’re running out time to buy the perfect gift for that best friend at the office or that special someone in your life. There are many excellent gifts available that you can choose from, you just need to decide which one would be the best for the adults on your shopping list. Putting some thought into buying gifts this year will help ensure you choose something they will enjoy and something that will be within your budget.

Here is a list of the top gift ideas for 2009 for adults:

  • Digital camera
  • Jewelry
  • Wallets
  • HDTV
  • Laptop
  • Wii console and games
  • Metal wall art
  • Watch
  • Unique picture frames

Buying the perfect gift is not difficult when you pay attention to the little things. If it’s a close friend, then you probably already know most of their likes and dislikes, which makes it easier to choose the perfect gift. Simply look for something that suits their style and personality the best.

If you’re buying for someone you don’t know very well, then you may need to be a little more observant. Do they have any collectibles sitting on their desk that seems to mean a lot to them? For example, some people collect frogs and some love statues of cats or dogs. If you notice they have a special taste for certain types of figurines, this will give you a great idea of what kind of gifts to look for.

Many times choosing the right gift is just a matter of being observant. Therefore, all you need to do is take a little time, pay attention and you’ll be able to figure out the best gifts for all of the adults on your shopping list.

Christmas is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. Even if you started shopping early there are always last minute gifts to buy if not for your own kids, then for others on your shopping list. Buying gifts for kids can be just as difficult as picking out something for adults. You want to get them something practical but at the same time, it needs to be something they will truly want.

Christmas is supposed to be the fun time of the year when you get those things you want, not the things you need. That’s what makes it so special and exciting. If you’re still struggling to figure out what to buy for the kids on your gift list this year, the following list can help give you some great ideas.

Top gift ideas for 2009 for kids:

  • Board Games
  • MP3 Player
  • Perfume
  • Legos
  • Journals
  • CD’s
  • Jewelry
  • Video games
  • Chemistry Set
  • Remote Control Cars

There’s nothing worse than seeing a child’s disappointed face on Christmas Day because they ended up with all clothes and no cool toys to show off. Buying clothing is something we all tend to get our kids for Christmas and some children are very happy with this. Still, you can help ensure this holiday is a fun and happy one by adding a few toys and games under the tree so they’ll have something to share with their best friend this year.

If you’ve been putting off going shopping it’s time to get busy. Christmas Day will be here before you know it and the closer it gets to Christmas, the harder it becomes to find the right gift. Don’t be left out in the cold settling for something you don’t really want. Use the list above to help you get started and make this Christmas one to remember.

911634_glass_teddy_bearWe’ve been talking here about how you can create your own Christmas ornaments and we have lots of great ideas for this year. Did you know that you can make ornaments out of ordinary items in your home? This means you can create an extra special ornament from something from your past.

First you will need to buy ornamental hooks and attachments from your local gift store, retail store or Christmas supply store. Most local dollar stores even have these really cheap. Then you can look around for small to medium sized items that could be used as ornaments. Do you have a keepsake box or treasure chest of important things from your past?

Do you hold onto special memories of your children such as their first shoes, pacifier or small hat? Do you have a favorite small toy from your childhood, ribbon from your dress or that you wore in your hair or a special collectible coin or vacation token? These are all items that can have ornament hooks attached and then hung on your tree to make a special memorial Christmas tree.

You can even have each member of the family add something special to the Christmas tree or home decor this season. Create a bit of nostalgia with your holiday decorations by creating your own Christmas ornaments from things from the past.


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