Grammar nerds are a class all their own, which is why if you have a friend who, like Ted Mosby, corrects everyone’s annoying (but totally harmless) mistakes, they’ll love these gifts come the holidays.
Holidays are a joyous time of year for us, but the sparkly decorations, delicious-smelling food, and noisy guests can be a sensory overload for our furry friends. Luckily, we’ve found eight tips to help keep your pets safe, healthy, and happy during the Christmas season.
Before I saw these tips, I had no idea how many dangers were lurking in plain sight during the holidays. Now, I’m making some changes to my household to ensure the safety of my pets. From securing the Christmas tree to providing a quiet place for them to rest and relax, pets can finally have the jolly holiday they deserve!
Pictures like these get a lot of laughs online, but failure to secure your tree can lead to pet injury and even death. Also, bacteria and fertilizers in stagnant tree water can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have a live tree, fashion a cover out of tinfoil or a sheet to discourage your pets from using it as a personal drinking dish.
Instead of getting live mistletoe or holly this year, opt for artificial plants. Mistletoe is known to cause stomach and cardiovascular issues when ingested by pets, while holly results in vomiting and diarrhea.
My dad is always the last person left on my Christmas shopping list. He’s not particularly hard to shop for, but what could possibly be special enough for the man who’s given me everything?
There are always the standard presents, like ties and coffee mugs, but sometimes they just don’t cut it. Most dads have reached an age where they no longer care much about material items. What they really treasure is the precious time that they get to spend with their family.
The daughter in the video below hadn’t been able to spend Christmas with her dad in 25 years. One year when the big day rolled around, she did everything in her power to change that.
This is a gift he’ll never, ever forget.
If you have a far-away family member you’re missing this holiday season, be sure to share this video with them. Maybe they will wrap themselves up for a Christmas surprise!
What was the must-have Christmas toy when you were a kid? From Cabbage Patch Kids to Tickle Me Elmo, nothing will make you feel older than realizing that your favorite toy peaked in popularity decades ago.
I can still remember how badly I wanted a Cabbage Patch doll as a kid. As it turns out, I wasn’t alone! In the 1980s, Cabbage Patch Kids were flying off of store shelves, but they weren’t the first toy to become extremely popular at Christmastime.
Below are 12 of the most sought-after Christmas toys from the past. If you’re anything like me, this list will make you nostalgic for a time when kids still played with actual toys instead of technology.
Believe it or not, Crayloa crayons were invented in 1885. However, it was in the early 1900s that they started appearing on every kid’s Christmas wish list. Today, their line of products has grown to include markers, paints, colored pencils, and, my personal favorite, Silly Putty.
Kids today most likely wouldn’t appreciate a teddy bear, but they were all the rage in the 1910s. The cuddly toys were named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, who actually hated his nickname. After a much-publicized incident in which Roosevelt refused to shoot a black bear, a man named Morris Michtom began selling the plush item with the tagline “Teddy’s bear.”
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same if everything from decorations to ugly sweaters weren’t red and green.
Once the earth tones of Thanksgiving have their turn, red and green do a hostile takeover. If you ask me, it really helps me get in the holiday spirit to see wreaths and Christmas lights strung from house to house in these festive colors.
And who says the stuff on your holiday table can’t get in on the fun? Don’t be a grinch! Get some cooking inspiration from the list below and wow your guests with red and green treats that’ll take you from dinner to dessert.
Every year, I look for new and exciting DIY projects to make during the holidays.
I love to craft new and festive decorations for my home. The focal point of any wintery house is the Christmas tree. This year, I used blue lights to give off a chilly feel, and I’ve been looking for the perfect ornaments to celebrate all things winter.
That’s where this tutorial by Dave Hax comes in. He’ll take you step-by-step through creating an amazing DIY snowflake ornament, and all you need is a glue gun, some glitter glue sticks, and wax paper. It couldn’t be simpler!
You can trace pre-printed designs, or go rogue and design your own snowflakes.
Pentatonix first rose to fame as the winners of the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
Since then, the talented group has released four EPs and a major label debut album. While they are most commonly known for their take on pop-style hits, when it comes to celebrating the holidays, no one sings the holiday classics quite like these guys.
As Pentatonix prepares to release their second Christmas Album, “A Pentatonix Christmas,” the group has given fans their first taste of the album with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” This creative reworking is sure to give you chills.
If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will.
What’s your favorite holiday hit? This one is definitely up there for me!
If you’re like me, you probably get about a thousand holiday cards every December that you have no idea what to do with. This year, get the most out of them with these 20 decorating ideas.
Usually, I try to prop the cards up on the mantle, but there’s always far too many. With the ideas on this list, however, you can ensure that holiday cards become an integral part of your home’s holiday decorations. After all, the cards are beautiful! Why not use that to your advantage?
1. Frame a doorway with fresh or fake garland, then use clothespins to attach holiday cards.
Ben Everitt’s tweet compiling all of the best wishes for the Christmas holiday from the Guardian’s writers has been retweeted more than 4,000 times, and it’s no wonder. What brings holiday joy like headlines ranging from “It’s time for a real War on Christmas” to “Christmas is ruined by children” to “Why I’m opting out of Christmas.”
Oh what fun! Here’s a clearer view of some of the headlines celebrating the Christmas spirit.