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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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Use Dollar Store Items to Create Beautiful Christmas Gift Baskets

The Christmas and holiday season is a wonderful season to get together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to show love, spread cheer and to give gifts to your loved ones and to those who are less fortunate. If you desire to give gifts and bless people around you who ...

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A Guide to Christmas in Lapland, Finland

Kids don’t stay kids for that long. Their innocent enjoyment of Christmas and the tales behind the holiday eventually leave them. Eventually they all stop believing. This can be sad for many parents. Great as it is to see their children grow up, many parents wish their little ones could hang on to that innocence for a bit longer. In ...

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Travel to New Zealand for Christmas Dinner

Visitors to New Zealand over the Christmas holidays have a pot pourri of choices to celebrate the festive season. It may not be high summer, and it’s not always fine, but the weather in December is usually warm enough to enjoy a meal outside. While many New Zealanders sit down to a traditional roast dinner, others prefer a more casual ...

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Childlessness at Christmas

Couples who want children and have not been blessed with them yet can find certain times of the year very challenging. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day most readily come to mind. But Christmas would also rank very high on that list. For the couple without children it can present some difficult and heartbreaking situations. The entire holiday of Christmas revolves ...

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Florence Italy’s Best Christmas Markets

Florence embraces the holiday season with open arms, lighting the palaces, piazze and streets from late November through the entire season. Thousands of lights bathe the whole city in a warm glow, and because it is a low season for tourism, visitors then can enjoy Florence in the company of locals in a holiday mood. Outdoor Christmas markets fill the ...

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Pets Purchased as Christmas Gifts

Animal shelters and pet stores are often at odds during the Christmas season. Many shelters refuse to adopt out their animals for fear that the pets will be given as gifts to unwilling or unknowledgable recipients. Pet stores, on the other paw, stock their windows with adorable kittens and puppies and market them as the perfect gift idea, often at ...

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Ways to Show Charity at Christmas

Christmas is a time of giving and goodwill but while we’re all so busy seeking out the perfect presents; shopping for the biggest roast; and trimming the tree, it can be easy to forget those less fortunate than ourselves. Remind yourself and your loved one of the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season by donating a some time, gifts ...

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Creative Christmas Gifts

With recent news reports about lead paint in toys, it’s difficult to choose gifts for children that are guaranteed to be safe. This year, be creative and choose a fun, inexpensive, unique gift for the special child in your life that they’ll truly enjoy and appreciate. Creative Christmas Gifts for Kids: Movies Kids of all ages love to go to ...

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Christmas Dishes: Pasta with Pesto and Pomegranate

If you grow your own basil throughout the summer, you know how satisfying it is to harvest the leftover plants in autumn and make pesto to freeze over winter. There’s something wonderful about thawing that fresh taste of summer in the middle of December to enjoy a warm, flavorful pasta on a cold night. If you don’t have pesto in ...

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