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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.
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
You’re only limited by your own creativity, so toss around
some ideas with your family members and get to work!
MIX IN A JAR
LAST UP TO 1 YEAR IF SEALED PROPERLY
2/3 cups Shortening
1/2 tsp Baking powder
3 1/3 c Sugar
2 tsp Baking soda
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.
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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