15 Best Christmas Gift Baskets for Everyone On Your List
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Christmas is just around the corner, and for many households that means decking out your home (inside and out) with your favorite holiday decor. There are countless ways to show your holiday cheer, from massive yard inflatables to modest ornaments.
One debate that seems to pop up this time of year, every year, is this: When is it too early to put up Christmas decorations?
Some families break out the decorations right after Thanksgiving. Others might choose November 1, or even September 1. Some people even leave Christmas decorations up all year.
When Do You Put Up Christmas Decorations?
We decided to poll our readers to see when you put your decorations, and when you think it's too early. See our poll results below and weigh in!
Best Christmas jumpers 2022 - the festive styles to buy now
These are the 21 best Christmas jumpers 2022 has to offer, from festively chic to cute and quirkyMuch like your favorite Christmas party dress, a Christmas jumper is an integral part of a festive wardrobe. With popularity soaring in recent years, the best Christmas jumpers are now a mainstay of straight-to-market brands, with dozens of iterations expected across all budgets and categories in the run-up to the holiday season. Such is the popularity of the best Christmas jumpers that there is even a day dedicated to wearing your most spirited sweater, whilst raising money for a good cause.
Christmas Decor History and Safety
Various decorations come with extended histories. Christmas trees date back to 16th century Germany, while Christmas stockings are believed to have originated in the 1800s, according to the Smithsonian.
Unfortunately, some of our favorite Christmas decorations, especially Christmas trees, are also huge fire hazards. Between 2014 and 2018, Christmas tree fires caused an average of two deaths, 14 injuries and $10 million in property damage every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Nearly half of those fires were attributed to lighting equipment and electrical distribution.
So what can you do to avoid Christmas light dangers? Follow these 13 steps, which include keeping trees away from flames, shutting off lights when you're asleep or away from home, and sufficiently watering a live tree.
How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins & More Festive Table Decor
These simple and beautiful table decor ideas are sure to impress.Once I had mastered the Christmas tree fold, I started thinking about other Christmas table decor options. A little internet browsing yielded some really cute ideas, and I wanted to share them with you all! I certainly don’t go “all out” on a lavish Christmas dining set up, but I love adding a few decorations to a table to make it feel extra special! So today I’m sharing a tutorial for folding Christmas tree napkins, followed by a few more napkin ideas, and then some general table decor ideas from around the web.
Our Favorite Christmas Decoration Ideas
Outdoor decorations can be tacky and dramatic, but these outdoor displays will make your home look spectacular. If over-the-top is more your style, check out our list of outrageous outdoor holiday decorations you have to see.
Also, read up on the differences between real and artificial Christmas trees. Everyone has their opinion on whether real or fake trees are better. Both offer advantages and disadvantages, so weigh all your options before deciding which is right for your home.
If your garage is more like a graveyard for items you don’t want to throw out but don’t know what to do with, consider this your official PSA to toss them. We promise you don’t need eight bundles of non-functioning white Christmas lights, but you do need more useable space.
Even if they’re unopened or within their expiration date, toss them. They shouldn’t be stored in the garage to begin with. Exposure to cold and heat causes paint to harden and separate.
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Unless paint cans are stored in a room-temperature environment — maybe the utility closet down the hall, or shelf in the laundry room — they’re practically useless.
The thing about rags is there is always another raggedy T-shirt ready to replace them. So don’t hesitate tossing them, especially if they’ve already soaked from a staining or motor project.
“Some oil-based wood finishes (stains, polishes, varnishes) have a tendency to spontaneously heat as they dry and cure,” Bob Benedetti, a flammable liquids specialist at the National Fire Protection Association, told Consumer Reports. “If rags or cloths wet with these finishes are mishandled, the spontaneous heating can accelerate and might lead to ignition and fire.” You don’t need a potentially faulty hand grenade hanging around your garage.
Lay out the rags on the pavement for a day or two (don’t worry, sunlight can't cause spontaneous combustion), then toss them in the trash once they’re totally dry.
Pesticides, antifreeze, motor oil, fertilizer and cleaning chemicals generally have a pretty decent shelf life. But how old is it, exactly? If all went well, you bought that gallon of insecticide in 2005 and never needed it again.
Cute Christmas Tree Christmas Brownies for the Holidays
These cute Christmas brownies are the perfect bite-sized dessert for the holidays. Here is how to make them! © Provided by Kim Ritter These cute Christmas brownies are the perfect bite-sized dessert for the holid All images courtesy of Two Kids and a CouponIt's officially time for the holidays and as Christmas is just around the corner, I have lots of fun stuff in store on Two Kids and a Coupon. From cute Christmas crafts to delicious recipes and desserts, there is something for everyone.
Most of those chemicals are good for at least a few years even if they’ve been opened, but it's worth checking every spring-cleaning season. Plus, heat, cold, moisture and light exposure can tamper with even the most properly sealed and stored chemicals.
Even if that quart of motor oil is still good, maybe it's better in the hands of your favorite gearhead.
Unless you’re Bob the Builder himself, you really only need a basic set of tools, and only one of everything at that. Upcycle those 11 Phillips head screwdrivers you have that are all the same size. Don't stock up on too many hammers.
Maybe you’ve recently moved from the house where you raised the kids to a smaller bungalow where you just want to relax. You don’t need four rakes anymore, just one good one will do!
Have the kids gone from leaving it all on the field to leaving it all in your garage? Then it’s time to leave it all on the curb. Keep the sporting goods that still get regular use and toss or donate the rest.
Make Room in Your Cart—These Wayfair Black Friday Deals for 2022 Are Too Good To Miss!
Yes, way—these early Wayfair Black Friday deals can't wait to meet each other in your shopping cart!While there are tips for shopping on Black Friday, this list entails the best deals I found on Wayfair, including everything from appliances to home decor for all the DIY interior decorators out there—all you have to do is fill your cart and watch the savings roll in.
PickupPlease.org takes just about any sporting item, and you don’t even have to go anywhere. Just schedule a pickup time and date on their website, leave the items boxed up outside, and a volunteer will come to scoop them up.
If you’ve stored a box of toys in the garage and the kids haven’t said anything in months, they probably won’t be missed. Or, if they’re a box of toys from your childhood, we implore you to take one last trip down memory lane and then let them go. All memories live on the Cloud now anyway.
Cleaning out your garage is not easy, but not impossible! Again, if it’s lasted in your garage for any significant amount of time, it probably won’t be missed. Post it on Facebook Marketplace or offer your best truck-owning friend lunch to bring it to the dump for you. Get that busted sectional out of there — think of all the summer patio furniture you can fit in there during the offseason instead.
12 Trends for Christmas Decor in 2022 .
A new holiday season is upon us, so it’s time to dust off the decorations and usher in the Christmas spirit. As in ye ars past, the focus remains on spending meaningful time at home with family and friends. There is a yearning for the good old days, yet many are craving new beginnings.These desires are reflected in holiday decor that is both modern and meaningful, combining family traditions with current trends. Today’s decorations feature new colors, shapes, and styles, yet take inspiration from familiar sources, such as nature, vintage glamour, and understated elegance.