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17 On-Point Gifts For People Who Are Total Grammar Nerds

As an English major, I can’t say I’m perfect when it comes to grammar, punctuation, or spelling, but I do know that hearing or seeing someone make a horrendous error is quite cringe-inducing.

Take this hilarious scene from How I Met Your Mother.

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.

1. It’s a disease.

2. We’re still going over this? For shame!

3. All day, every day.

4. You can either memorize this, or, y’know, just learn to spell.

5. Now that’s romance.

6. I could go on all day about this…

7. They’re out there saving lives, folks.

8. Admittedly, this one is super annoying.

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9. When you’re 95 and in an old folks’ home, this will be acceptable.

10. It’s so beautiful…

11. Grammar nerds: we’re bringing sexy back.

12. It’s an important difference.

13. That was a close one.

14. Finally, someone exposed “thru” for what it really is!

15. I will FIND THEM.

16. It’s life or death, Timmy.

17. We’re doing our best to make it better, though! Promise.

But seriously…learn it, live it, love it.

8 Simple Ways To Keep Your Pets Safe Over 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!

1. Secure The Christmas Tree

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.

Read More: Canadian Airlines Are Breaking The Rules To Fly Pets And Their Families To Safety

2. Avoid Mistletoe And Holly

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.

Dad Opens The Best Christmas Present Ever And Has The Cutest Reaction

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!

12 Of The Most Popular Christmas Toys From Over The Years

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.

1. 1900s – Crayloa Crayons

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.

2. 1910s – Teddy Bear

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.”

3. 1920s – Yo-Yo

Get In The Festive Spirit With These 19 Red And Green Recipes

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.

1. Start off your holidays and your meal right with these festively delicious, bite-sized Caprese salads.

Read More: Give The Gift Of Food This Holiday Season With These Tasty Treats

2. Don’t be such a ding-a-ling! What’s more festive than a white chocolate ting-a-ling?

For A Quick, Simple, And Cheap DIY Ornament, Try Glue Gun Snowflakes

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.

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Read More: 20 Projects And Hacks That’ll Make You Want To Stock Up On Tinfoil

They say that every snowflake is unique, and each one of these ornaments will be one of a kind. If you know any crafters like me, share this!

This Reimagined Version Of ‘Hallelujah’ Will Give You All Of The Chills

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!

Read More: When You Hear This Girl’s Unique Voice, You’ll Be Blown Away. It Doesn’t Sound Real

Yikes! Font choice matters, Christmas edition [photos]

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Congrats! We’re betting it wasn’t this one:

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For the last time, kids: Font choice matters … a lot.

This unfortunate font selection isn’t new, but it’s making the rounds again as people gear up for Christmas.

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Don't forget to buy your Fuckering Christmas Lights this year kids

#Bargain
#Christmas http://t.co/MzQNsScC2C— Tom (@Tom_MrSmith) November 26, 2013

But typeface mishaps aren’t just for Christmas. Here’s a quick look back at some font foul-ups:

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More here:

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20 Ways To Decorate With The 10,000 Holiday Cards You’re About To Get In The Mail

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.

2. Or dress up the railing on your stairs for the same effect.

Read More: Awesome Holiday Life Hacks You’ll Want To Know This Winter

The Guardian puts Scrooge to shame with holiday hit pieces – twitchy.com

You could say the Guardian is one of the more liberal newspapers out there. The Guardian this year hired Chelsea Manning,convicted in 2013 of violating the Espionage Act, towrite opinion columns from her cell atFort Leavenworth. Also this year, the Guardian reported that “Innocence of Muslims,” theanti-Muslim film “that sparked violencein the Middle East,” had been re-added to YouTube and that climate change could lead tothe next Holocaust.

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.