Christmas and Holiday tips and ideas

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There are great ideas out there on the web and in catalogs for gift giving. The main goal is to avoid last minute shopping or decorating. If you are like me, it inevitably becomes that for me no matter how much I try to do early. 

So I thought I would look around for a few good thoughts to share with you, in the hope that something here might prove to be a useful idea.

How to Keep the Flu Away

No one wants to sneeze and sniffle their way through the holidays, so follow these tips from Rashi Patel, M.D., a primary care physician at Piedmont, to stay healthy this winter. Here are some tips to keep yourself well this season.

 I hope you have gotten a flu shot.  If not, it is not too late!

Make a Cash Tree

Stumped for ideas for a person, and you don't want to give them a gift card when you know what they really need is money?  Here is a neat idea borrowed from a blog featuring last minute ideas. 

 

piecesThere are many different ways to make these, do a search for ideas on the internet. By using some simple supplies you can create gift trees made of money! 

Your family will be thrilled with thoughtfulness and extra effort that went into shaping the bills into the branches of a tree.  And who knew, that despite what your parents always told you, apparently money DOES grow on trees.

tree-bagsWith the addition of a gift bag and crepe paper to put the tree into - you will have one of the favorite gifts they receive this year.

  

Wrapping Gifts Like A Pro

Now for you men out there, especially those with three thumbs, your presents may end up looking like they're half-opened even when they haven't been touched yet. I have been known to use brown paper bags, or newsprint to wrap a present just to help set it off from the rest.

Otherwise, if you want to be at the top of your game and need a refresher to make it efficient while looking better, here are some tips to wrap gifts like a pro.  

DIY Christmas Decorations

Okay, if you are an over-achiever (Martha Stewart) type individual who wants to bring on the raves and attention to your accomplishments, here is a nifty video with some Do it yourself "easy" ideas that are sure to draw the attention you crave!!

 What to Do With all Your Christmas Cards

Are you receiving many Christmas cards this year that you no longer have a place to put them? No need to worry. I find it is great to display them in an artful way to remind me of all the thoughts and love that were sent my way.  Check out this link for 10 DIY Christmas card holders.

Instant Fireplace with Holiday Music

With just a little technical savvy, you have no need to cut and keep feeding the firewood to maintain that perfect burn, just pull up a great video online like this, and play it to your TV using Chromecast, or another sharing method. Some smart TVs can use their own app when plugged into the internet.  There are many to choose from.  Even playing this on a computer or laptop screen fills a room with warmth and spirit.

A Video with More Great Tips and Ideas

Last but not least, here is a fun online video that shows some DIY crafts and Life Hacks that are crazy creative ideas. Fun to watch and gets you into the spirit!  Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a Happy New Year!

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