As you probably already know, Christmastime is rich with tradition here in the United States. We hang mistletoe, decorate our homes with elaborate lighting displays, purchase and trim evergreen trees, and surround them with wonderful, brightly wrapped gifts.
But the U.S. isn’t the only place in the world that celebrates fun Christmas rituals. Let’s take a look at the many ways Christmas is celebrated around the world.Australia
Many of Australia’s residents are of English descent, but it’s a very diverse nation, so Aussies celebrate the holiday in a wide variety of ways. Traditional English Christmas with turkey and steamed pudding used to be [...]
Ho, Ho, Ho! Season’s greetings! It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp and chilly, the carols are playing at your favorite stores, and colorful twinkling lights are starting to appear on rooflines, fences, and trees throughout your neighborhood.
Christmas lights have been an integral part of the holiday tradition for a very long time. The practice began in 18th-century Germany, when the well-to-do would decorate their trees with candles. A stunning visual, no doubt, but it sounds like a serious fire hazard to us. In December of 1882, Edward H. Johnson, who happened to be one of Thomas Edison’s associates, had a strand of electric [...]
Good old Santa Claus. Every year, he and his intrepid reindeer fly all over the world to deliver wonderful presents to good boys and girls. Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? We think all that effort classifies Santa Claus as a very good boy, don’t you? And don’t forget about the reindeer! They’re very good boys and girls, too!
This Christmas, make sure you and your youngsters leave Santa Claus and his reindeer something they’ll appreciate. Here are a few great ideas to get your creative juices flowing.Milk and Cookies
Yeah, it’s a classic Santa Claus treat, but it’s a well-known fact that he absolutely loves cookies. He doesn’t care [...]
Gather your neighbors and host a holiday brunch! The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to tap into your inner hostess with the mostess and invite your neighbors over for a cozy Christmas brunch. From donuts and coffee to mini mimosas and cinnamon rolls, you’ll get a chance to mix and mingle during this festive season. Take a look at my tips below, and I hope you’ll be inspired to host your own neighborhood party!TOP 5 TIPS FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS BRUNCH 1. Pick your color scheme and theme!
Everyone is mad for plaid this year so I chose a fun red and black plaid theme for my Christmas brunch! You can pick a simple color scheme, pattern, or even a fun holiday [...]
As grownups, we all know that Santa Claus is absolutely, 100% real – there’s no doubt about it. But there comes a time in every youngster’s life when they start to question many things about the world around them, and Santa Claus’s legitimacy as the bringer of gifts may fall under some suspicion.
It’s up to us to keep the Christmas spirit alive. Santa Claus, being the stealthy old elf that he is, may leave behind a woeful lack of solid evidence of his visit. So we may have to help him out a bit. With that in mind, here are nine tried and true ways to prove that Santa Claus really does exist, and that he did indeed pay your [...]
Let Homes.com & Home Depot help this season with our 2015 holiday gift guide for that handyman or do it yourself’er on your shopping list. What makes a perfect gift? It’s something that shows the giver cares—something special that will be appreciated all the more when it helps a person with a hobby, a job or opens up a new interest.
This holiday season, take the time to carefully consider what your loved ones will appreciate most. Home Depot Gift Cards and Homes.com have come up with a thorough guide of ideas to help, ranging from some classic must-haves for new homeowners to phenomenal tool geek specials to ideas for the gadget obsessed. Of course, if you can’t [...]
There are many traditions around the holidays. Recipes passed down through generations, tree trimming and family movie nights are just a few. Another tradition that your family or workplace may take part in? A White Elephant Party! Sometimes known as Yankee Swap, a White Elephant Party is a great way to loosen up stiff office parties and celebrate the holidays in a fun way.
Simply put, the general rules of White Elephant are as follows:
Party guests bring a wrapped gift and place in the center of the room. Guests draw numbers to see who picks out their gift first. Guests pick out gifts, unwrap them and decide if they want to keep them or “swap” for another gift! The [...]
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favorite things.
Now I like a brown paper package as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s fun to add a little twist to the wrapping. Ribbons, bows, monograms, sparkles, glitter and even a cookie or two are sure to make your gift giving full of joy.
Here’s a few creative gift wrapping ideas for the upcoming holiday season.Boxwood present topper
This simple and easy present topper takes only a minute, but it makes all the other packages green with envy. To make the present topper, trim boxwood [...]
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s true: the holiday season is now officially upon us. And that means it’s time to break out the holiday movies! With that in mind, we’ve put together an excellent selection of the perfect movies for you and your family during the holidays.Thanksgiving Movies
Thanksgiving might not have as rich a cinematic tradition as Halloween or Christmas, but we’ve rounded up a few choice flicks.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Enough said. This 1987 film features the comedic genius of Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy, both of whom were in their prime. The unlikely travel companions overcome [...]
As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our business. It’s been quite a year for us all! We hope that 2014 has been just as memorable for you and your loved ones. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Homes.com marketing team! We wish you a very happy holiday season. Thank you for choosing Homes.com!
Christmas is almost here! You have searched, shopped, and finally selected the perfect present for your loved ones. Or maybe not – so you have procrastinated for those great last minute deals. Does not matter either way, as chances are that you probably have several gifts left to wrap before you can say you are ready for the big day. We are here to help! Turn on those twinkly lights, light up the fireplace, warm up with some hot citrus punch, let your favorite holiday tunes fill the air, and finish up all that wrapping. Our DIYer Dusty Rogers is going to show you how to wrap the perfect present! Also, be sure to check out Dusty’s post on creating a gift wrapping [...]