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Fair Trade Christmas Gifts – Sources for Ethical Presents

Shokay is one of the most unique “social enterprises” to have hit world headlines so far. Sourcing soft and luxurious yak fiber directly from Tibetan yak herders, the rare material, similar to cashmere, is hand-knit by knitting cooperatives throughout China to provide a fair living to herders and knitters alike. Because the yak hair is combed, thus protecting the yaks, ...

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Conflict at Christmas and the Modern Family

As Christmas holidays draw close, you may not be at all surprised to realize for how many families it instills a feeling of dread, like a black cloud full of unfinished conflicts, bickering relatives and unhappy memories, ready to just pick up from last Christmas and banish all thoughts of a peaceful and restful time to the fairy tales as ...

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How to Buy Cheap Christmas Presents For Children

Given that most are struggling to pay off credit card debt during the year, the cost of Christmas is an expense most people can do without. If one has children they are unlikely to share this bleak view of the festive season. There are ways to get cheap Christmas presents for children for those who are prepared to shop around ...

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Fun Family Party Games with a Special Christmas Twist

The turkey is eaten, the pudding is served, the presents are opened, and all the family and friends are here. Sure, you could put on the television, argue over who does the dishes, or snooze in an armchair… but Christmas is about spending quality time having fun – and playing games like these ones! Easy to organize, easy to play ...

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Inexpensive Christmas Gifts That are Homemade or Unique

When you need to come up with a Christmas gift that doesn’t cost a lot, get creative. Think of different categories where you might find a present. Entertainment Create a movie basket. Purchase a DVD for under $10 at the movie rental store. Add microwave popcorn, candy and a review of the movie printed from the Internet or clipped from ...

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Best Christmas Toys for Toddler Girls: Hot Holiday Toy List

Looking for hot holiday toys for your daughter, granddaughter, or niece this year? Four of the most popular girls’ Christmas toys for this year are listed here with descriptions, parent reviews, and pricing information. From the hot holiday toy list, here are some gift ideas toddler girls will love unwrapping this holiday season. Hot Holiday Toys for Toddler Girls – ...

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Christmas Planning: It’s Never too Early to Start

Christmas is galloping towards us apace, whether we want to think about it or not. This year, perhaps more than ever, with money in general tight and the future uncertain, it would be a good time to think about home-made, personalised presents. Home-made doesn’t have to equal cheap or tacky. With a little thought and careful planning, home-made Christmas presents ...

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Luxury Christmas Shopping in London

J. Floris Ltd. at No.89 An even older establishment, Floris dates back to 1730, when a barber emigrated from Menorca and set up shop here. The seventh generation of his family carries on the business. You’ll find cologne, soaps, and bath essence and unusual toilet accessories. Toothbrushes inlaid with mother-of-pearl or lapis lazuli share a shelf with extravagant swansdown powder ...

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Christmas Celebrations in Barcelona

Visiting Barcelona at Christmas offers the tourist plenty of surprises. First, Christmas is a leisurely affair punctuated by several distinct celebrations and culminating on January 6th, and although it is becoming gradually more commercialised it remains far less so than in the Anglophone world. Second, these celebrations involve some distinctly odd and entertaining customs and traditions… The Catalan Christmas Nativity ...

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Christmas Markets in Helsinki

Let’s say you find yourself in Helsinki, Finland this December. It will undoubtedly be dark and cold. Chances are, the arctic wind coming off the Baltic Sea will be slicing through your wool coat like a knife, so venturing outside does not sound like fun, until you realize that December is the month of Christmas markets in Helsinki! Women’s Christmas ...

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Holiday Gifts and Christmas Presents for Moms

Moms need holiday gifts that make their lives easier, that pamper them or that pertain to their hobbies and interests. Anyone who is searching for advice for what Christmas presents to buy for the moms in their lives can use these holiday present ideas. Christmas Presents to Make A Mom’s Life Easier One thing all moms have in common is ...

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Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts – Coconut Ice & Chocolate Truffles

A homemade present is always thoughtful, and few homemade presents go down as well as a box of sweets. These recipes involve little or no cooking, and are straightforward even for kitchen novices. Chocolate Truffles The secret to these rich, velvety sweets is to use the best quality chocolate you can find. Ingredients 1 cup (225g or 8oz) good quality ...

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Christmas FHE Lesson and Activity

Mormon families are counseled to take time out to have family home evening together one night a week. Use this Family Home Evening (FHE) lesson during the holiday season to teach the true message of Christmas. LDS kids and adults will begin to see Christmas decorations in a whole new way as they decorate the tree together. Christmas Family Home ...

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4 Christmas Games for Children

Children love playing games, and there is no better time to do so than when together for the holidays. Try these simple and easy to set up winter holiday games at your next gathering. Snowball Catch Medium-sized white Styrofoam balls 3 buckets, pots or baskets from small to large Tape to create a line that the children will stand behind ...

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Best Spanish Post-Christmas Holiday Surprise

Early January breaks cost as low as half those in the same venues just a week earlier. Many northern Europeans head south for a frost-free break with a strong chance of sunshine, and the Costa del Sol is particularly popular. Rich in evidence of Spain’s Moorish history, in Andalucia as elsewhere in Spain, the light-hearted religious carnivals that bring everyone, ...

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