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Getting a Jump on Holiday Decorating
The last weekend of November may be as full of traditions as Thanksgiving celebrants stomachs are filled with turkey.
Look around any American neighborhood, and you may see folks standing on ladders to place Christmas lights tree branches, hang icicle lights on roof lines or set up outdoor nativity scenes. Suddenly, our surroundings may be transformed from autumn to winter wonderlands.
Of course, a bit of caution may be offered. Christmas decorating can be hazardous. Just look at this display (a few years ago) in Sue Salah’s yard in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Sue’s neighbors were surprised to see this sight, so they called 911. When emergency staffers arrived on the scene, they instructed her to remove the Christmas dummy.
How do you decorate your own home for the holidays?
Here are a few items that may be helpful, as you deck the halls this year.
Christmas lights brighten the holiday season. What happens when Christmas lights fail to work properly? Holiday decorators, both novices and professionals, groan to find Christmas lights not working. What can be done to remedy this dark dilemma?
Holiday tree decorating professionals create gorgeous displays of light and color, with no dark gaps or loopy wires. Follow these simple steps, and your well-lit tree will rival those in the holiday stores!
Super-Simple Sweet Holiday Greetings and Gifts - You can use the beloved traditional Christmas candy cane to create candy Christmas crafts. Try these creative candy Christmas crafts for your holiday gift-giving this year. Make your own candy cane greeting card, package tie-on or keepsake photo ornament.
Christmas cookie cutters can be the start of super Christmas crafts. For Christmas tree ornaments, garlands, wreaths and gift tie-ons, cookie cutters make creative fun. Try these five simple crafts to deck the halls delightfully this holiday season.
A little paint and creativity can transform basic shiny glass Christmas balls into personalized or prettified holiday heirlooms that will be treasured for many years to come.
How do you make a pine cone Christmas tree or wreath? This is pretty simple to do, if you have access to plenty of pine cones.
What simple vacation souvenir craft might you make with your family? Create seashell photo ornaments for the Christmas tree or home decorating. Seashell photo ornaments may become lasting family heirlooms for future generations to enjoy.
Here are three basic craft projects for making keepsake Christmas calendars. Each offers several customizable variations as well.
A creative Christmas centerpiece is the hallmark of a well-dressed and festive holiday table. Try these five super simple centerpieces to add seasonal flair to your Christmas dinner table.
Tips for keeping children safe around outdoor holiday decorations - How can parents help children to enjoy the happy holiday atmosphere without danger? Check out these top ten winter wonderland warnings before enjoying outdoor Christmas and holiday decorations with young children.
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Thanksgiving Crafts and Fun
Here are some of our own favorites. CTRL-click on each title to open that online article in a new window.
A Handful of Handprint Turkeys for Thanksgiving - Try these three variations on the traditional handprint turkey for Thanksgiving.
How to Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Pinata – Why not build your own Thanksgiving turkey piñata for Thanksgiving Day? Follow these simple instructions. Fill your great gobbler with bountiful sweets and treats, and your whole crowd will be swinging along and racing for sweets.
Kids' Holiday Craft Idea: Pretty Paper Plate Turkey – No Thanksgiving decorating display is complete without a Thanksgiving turkey. The turkey is a key figure in the traditional Thanksgiving feast and a favorite for Thanksgiving crafts. Why not create a paper plate turkey with children for Thanksgiving?
Kid's Holiday Craft Idea: Terrific Tissue Paper Turkey – The turkey is a highlight of the traditional Thanksgiving feast. The turkey is also perennial favorite image for Thanksgiving crafters of all ages. Here’s how to create a tissue paper turkey with some of your favorite youngsters for Thanksgiving.
Pilgrim Hat Pointers – Make a Pilgrim hat for a boy or a Pilgrim bonnet for a girl.
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You can take in a lot of information at once. You're excellent at remembering details, and you are able to see how each piece of the puzzle fits together.
Beyond understanding what's in front if you, you're also good at seeing what's missing.
Your energy level is fairly high and consistent. You are good at being able to get yourself going.
Your signature latte would be a skinny latte. Even if you aren't on a diet, you don't really like your food to weigh you down.
Late Library Books and Super Fine
Gee, those overdue book fines can sure add up.
Just ask Georgette Bordine, a librarian at Camelback High School, in Phoenix, Arizona. Last week, a mysterious package arrived at the school. The parcel contained two Audubon Society nature books and a money order for $1,000, made out to the school library.
Apparently the anonymous sender felt remorse (a grand’s worth) for having kept the two books for 51 years. In a brief note, the penitent borrower claimed to have calculated the overdue book fines at two cents per day. Although that penalty would total approximately $745, the sender rounded the apparent fine upwards to cover any possible rate increases – and perhaps punitive damages.
The unnamed book returner wrote that he or she had been a high school senior in 1959, when the books were signed out from the school library. The family had relocated soon afterwards, so the books must have been packed away.
The package was postmarked from Superior, Arizona, with a postal box listed as the return address.
Librarian Burdine has said that the unexpected overdue book fine money will be used to purchase additional books for the school library. She also remarked that the library does not have a practice of collecting fines for overdue books at all, but that the donation would be most welcome.
Here’s a film clip of a news interview with the surprised librarian at Camelback High School, in Phoenix, Arizona:
This story kind of makes me want to sort through all of our bookshelves at home. Although I am not aware of any overdue library book notices, you just never know what one might find in the stacks at home.
Of course, having worked part time in a school library for a short while, I think I might be awfully embarrassed to show up with an errant book. Perhaps the anonymous mail-in strategy has merit, in many ways.
What is the biggest overdue library fine you have ever faced?
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