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Some of the best quality homemade Christmas gifts, resources and related articles by experts can be found online. Decorating the Christmas tree can be a fun activity for the whole family.

Christmas Tree Decoration Tips

When we think of Christmas, we think of lights, snow (even if we are in the south), Santa Clause, the nativity and, of course, we think of Christmas trees. Christmas tree decorations will overtake entire sections of stores during the holiday season.

People will inevitably flock to those stores to purchase Christmas decorations for their homes and yards and they will buy tons of Christmas tree decorations and lights. Christmas tree decorations can come in many shapes and sizes.

Some companies will release themed Christmas decorations, or special edition Christmas decorations while others just mass produce low cost characters, balls and other ornaments.

Some people even use bows or candles to decorate their trees. Some families have ornaments that have been passed down for generations and are family keepsakes. This makes the Christmas tree even more special.

Another option is to feature homemade Christmas decorations. If you are crafty, you may fashion ornaments from dough, paper or balsa wood. If you can sew or do yarn work like crochet or knitting you can make some lovely ornaments.

You can even purchase some Styrofoam balls covered with satin thread and pin beads to them in interesting designs. Some families allow their children to make homemade Christmas decorations from dough that they bake in the oven and then paint. These ornaments, when paired with a popcorn and cranberry tinsel make a homey tree that is personal to and a special memory for the entire family.

Small children’s toys work great as ornaments as well. Small cars, dolls, farm animals, blocks, beads, and even puzzle pieces can be creatively worked into a theme for your tree. Look around your house and see what old toys you can find and incorporate them into your scheme.  You could even work in some larger sized toys to decorate around the base of your tree.  

You could also bake ornaments for your tree.  If you’re a baker at heart and your family and friends love your treats, a cookie tree would be loved by all. Gingerbread boys and girls would be lovely, but you can place a small hole in the top of any cookie you bake and hang from the tree using a pretty ribbon.  Embellish your cookies with some pretty colored sugar or icing, or simply make up some dough that you can bake and then paint and decorate later.

Children young and old can get involved in the ornament making fun.  Get out those crayons, paints, colored construction paper, and glue and put them to work! You could incorporate your favorite Christmas wrap and ribbon as well.  Have children date each ornament they make, so you’ll all be able to enjoy it for years after.  You might have so much fun doing this that you might want to have an annual Christmas tree ornament making day each holiday season before it’s time to decorate your tree. 

And don’t be afraid to use things that are just lying around your house that you’d probably otherwise toss or leave in the bottom of the junk drawer.  Old earrings and jewelry, feathers, felt, colorful pencil erasers, canceled stamps, and fish aquarium marbles and rocks can all find new life as part of your decorated or homemade ornaments.

You’re only limited by your own creativity, so toss around some ideas with your family members and get to work!



2/3 cups Shortening
1/2 tsp Baking powder
3 1/3 c Sugar
2 tsp Baking soda
4 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2 cups Applesauce
1 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
3 1/3 cups Flour
1 tsp Cloves (ground)
1 cup Raisins
1/2 c Pecans (chopped)

Grease 8 WIDE-MOUTH pint canning jars with melted shortening. Use
a brush and avoid getting grease on the jar rims. Cream shortening
and sugar. Beat in eggs and applesauce. Sift together the dry
ingredients and blend them into the applesauce mixture. Add the raisins and nuts and divide the batter evenly between 8 wide-mouth pint jars. The jars will be more than half full. Bake open jars about 60 minutes in an oven at 325 degrees.

When done, quickly remove one hot jar at a time and clean its sealing edge. Immediately apply and firmly tighten a two-piece wide-mouth canning lid. The lid will form a vacuum seal as the jar cools. Jars of cooled cake  may be stored on the pantry shelf with other canned foods or may be placed in a freezer. The cake is safe to eat as long as jars remain vacuum sealed and free of mold growth.

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