LED Christmas lights are widely accepted now as one of the many
choices of Christmas lights available to consumers. However, it was
years ago that the concept of LED's was actually discovered. Christmas
lights are a recent application for LED's. Light emitting diodes
(LED's) were first used for commercial applications. There really is a
history behind LED's and the effect they currently have (and have had in
recent years) on the Christmas light industry.
The Capitol Christmas Tree has a history that spans nearly 44 years.
This stunning tree is located on the west lawn of the Capitol and is lit
each year with lights and decorated with handmade ornaments from
children and adults alike. Have you ever wondered how the tree comes to
be on the lawn of the Capitol each year? Here is some interesting
history on the tree itself and how the annual tree lighting ceremony has
become a time-honored tradition. Read More....
Christmas is an amazing time of year. There are so many things to do, to plan for and to see. One of those things is Christmas lights. Every year people dig them out or by the latest trend and decorate their trees, and their homes with these colorful and cheerful reminders of the holiday season. Christmas lights actually started out just as candles. These candles were attached to the tree using wax or pins. The practice began in Germany during the 17th century and over the next 200 or so years; it became an established practice in Germany and began to spread out into other countries of Eastern Europe.Read More...
Of all the modern mythical icons, none inspires such love and respect as that jolly old soul, Santa Claus. Whether he's called St. Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, Father Christmas, or Kris Kringle, the red-suited marvel is beloved all around the world. But, ask children everywhere, where did he come from? Read More...
Christmas table centerpieces are easy to create using
basic materials you're already using to decorate the rest of your home
for the holidays. To add just a bit more sparkle and light, our battery
operated Christmas lights on either green wire or white wire work
Parties and Patios
A baby shower should be an exciting and memorable event for the
expecting mommy and for her guests. The decorations for a baby shower
can range from very simple to ornate, but no matter what type of theme
is chosen, it's easy to incorporate mini lights into the decor. Read more...
A professional restaurant owner will be the first to tell you that the
atmosphere is probably at least half of the reason people are drawn to a
certain place to eat. They'll probably also agree that lighting is
crucial and essential for creating just the right warmth and ambiance
for any restaurant. Read More...
Weddings are a time of magic and romance...an event that will create
memories that last a lifetime for both the bride and groom, and for
their loved ones who celebrate their special day with them. The
decorations used at the wedding and the reception will set the mood for
the event. Lighting of all kinds will lend warmth, ambiance, and
romance to your wedding decor and create an event that will evoke sweet
memories for years to come. Read More...
Everyone celebrates Christmas in their own way and each country has
traditions that are unique to the area or culture. These traditions are
some of the things that make Christmas special and unique. Some of the
largest differences come in the unique dishes, dinners and family
traditions that show up in the various countries around the world. There
are also certain activities that nations and cultures do that are
unique or special in how they celebrate this wonderful and joyful
holiday. In Africa, areas that are Christian have a Christmas Pageant,
carolers going through the village, there is a love offering that is
given to the Church during the worship service. Christmas dinner is a
community affair when it comes to celebrations in Africa. Each family
makes their meals and then everyone sets up outdoors allowing everyone
to join in the family dinner. Fufu, which is a rice and yam paste dish,
is served with stew, porridge and meats. Read more..
Figgy pudding is another name for Christmas pudding.
There are a couple of different ways to make it but it is actually more
of a cake than what most people think of a pudding. It is an older
recipe dating as far back as the 15th century but lost popularity during
the 19th century because of the ingredients and the excessively long
time to prepare and there is a large amount of saturated animal fats
used in the recipe making it a less popular dish when it comes to
traditional Christmas dishes. Read More...
Using Refrigerator Cookie Dough to Make Christmas Cookies
One of the traditions of Christmas that
everyone looks forward to is cookies. They are delightful additions that
we place as snacks, treats and of course, for some of us they are the
traditional gift left for Santa. They can also take up a large amount of
time when it comes to making them. With the hectic lives that we all
have today making Christmas cookies is a daunting task and one that
usually ends up on the way side and is forgotten. There are a number of
ways however, that can make providing Christmas cookies a snap for
people who do not have a lot of time. Read more...
Lace Cookies for Christmas
Lace cookies are some of the delicious cookies you can make during the
Christmas season. They are sweet, thin and delicate some people have
even likened them to snowflakes because each one is a little different.
The trick to making lace cookies is a thin batter and nothing, which can
cause the cookies to rise. These cookies are designed to be thin and
crisp. They do take a little bit of work so they are not classified as
an easy cookie. Read more...
Making Christmas cards from scratch is one of the best ways to show
the holiday spirit. They take time, energy, care, and show the people
whom you may not spend a lot of time with throughout the year that you
are thinking of them, wishing them well and that they are important to
There are a few things that you need when it comes to card making. If
you are new to scrapbooking or card making then the best way to go is
to look at supply kits. These include everything that you need in order
to make the cards that you want. Some of these even include instructions
on how to make various types of designs. Read More...
Sugar cookies are the basics of
any holiday. They are versatile and wonderfully delicious. You can do
just about anything with sugar cookies including flavoring and a wide
variety of decorations that it can take. They can also be sweet or done
without the extra sweetness expected of them. The choice of course is up
to what you and your family enjoys. Read more...
are delightful cookies that mix the best of chocolate and vanilla based
sugar cookies. You can also make chocolate and cherry or Chocolate and
mint. Whatever suits your fancy when it comes to making these lovely
Christmas cookies. Read More...
Press Christmas cookies are one way to make interesting and delicious
cookies for the holiday season. They do require some special equipment
however and they are one of the more complex cookies to make for
Christmas despite how easy it sounds to make them but this mainly comes
from equipment use. I love the fact that you don't have to roll out
dough. Read more...
are a myriad of ways to decorate Christmas cookies from the simple to
the complex. Decorating cookies for Christmas is one of the fun things
that everyone in the family can pitch in and help with. There are tons
of decorations available and decorating ideas for making Christmas
cookies extra special. Read more...
Everyone associates Christmas with the colors red and green but most
people do not really know why those two colors are associated with this
holiday. There are a number of reasons some of which are regional but
over all green represents life, something that people need reminding of
especially during the harsh winters where in times past things were most
difficult. The red association came a bit later and showed up after
Christmas started to become a holiday that had religious associations to
the Christian faith. Red is said to represent the blood of Christ and
His sacrifice for us.. Others say that while the red represents the
blood of Christ the green represents the hope of eternal life that is
offered to everyone with His coming. Read more...
Have you ever watched gifts being wrapped at a department store
around the holidays? They're beautiful! You can achieve the same
professional-looking results right in your own home. The recipient will
feel special and loved when they take in hand your expertly wrapped,
too-pretty-to-open, (well, almost), gift. Read more...Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments
Many people have the tradition of making their Christmas ornaments,
or at least making one for every child, every year. They may be themed
or may be simply pictures with the name and date on them as a way of
keeping track of the years. For others it may simply be whatever
creative turn takes their fancy for the year. It is not just kids that
make these types of ornaments. There are adults who make their own as
well from simple to complex. No matter adult or child making Christmas
ornaments is a fun and memorable holiday tradition. Read more...
Making memories with your kids is one of the highlights of every
holiday season. There are hundreds of things to do that can assist in
making each Christmas a memorable one for both you and your family.
While some Christmas traditions may be faith based or society based it
is the traditions that are passed down through the family that are the
most memorable. Some of the common traditions are making cookies, making
ornaments, getting the tree and decorating it. Read More...
Fun Ideas and Facts for Any Time of Year
Snow globes are amazing little things that can hold the fascination
of just about anyone and they add something special to the Holiday
season. While snow globes do bring on the sense of Christmas,snow globes
can be made for any holiday and any occasion. They make great home
made gifts for Christmas, birthdays and special events. Read more...
Gardens look fantastic during
the daylight hours with brightly colored flowers, greenery in every
shade, differing heights of shrubs and trees, and decorative accents.
Your garden can look just as beautiful in the evening hours when
decorated with lights. Everyone who sees it will be drawn in, feel
welcome, and want to stay awhile. Read more...
Expect a cold, dark and dreary New Year, thanks to the rising cost of
electricity. Two rate increases at TXU, scheduled for November and Jan.
1, will culminate in a 24 percent increase in energy charges. Although
the new rates will profoundly affect home heating costs, there is a
seasonal consideration as well — holiday lights. The shocking increase
puts an obvious deadline on exterior light extravaganzas and will make
revelers in luminosity more conscious of how many lights they put up,
what kind they use, and how long they keep them on. Read more...