Category: Winter

Round Up of Gingerbread Houses

Need some inspiration for your Gingerbread house this year? Try one of these festive 17 designs. alwaystheholidays.com

One of my favorite things to do when my daughter was young was to make a new addition to our attempt at Gingerbread houses each year for Christmas. Our biggest challenge was finding a place to put it so that our German Shepherd dogs (who happen to love the taste of gingerbread houses) would not devour it…

DIY Light Bulb Santa Ornament

This adorable lightbulb Santa ornament is easy to make and will look great on your Christmas tree - alwaystheholidays.com

This DIY Light Bulb Santa Ornament can be made from burned out bulbs. A lot of my time during the holiday season is spent in making Christmas ornaments and other holiday seasonal decor.  I find it so rewarding to make something instead of buying it, and love to share my creations with my readers.  This…

DIY Marshmallow Snowmen

These DIY marshmallow snowmen are so cute and are not just a sweet treat. Add a decorative tin the way I did and you also have a cute Christmas decor project. They have sort of a Nightmare Before Christmas look to them. Cute DIY Christmas Project – Marshmallow Snowmen I love doing projects where the…

Christmas Home Tour – My Santa Claus Collection

My Santa Claus collection

Ring in The Holidays with a look at My Santa Claus Collection I have always been a kid when it comes to Christmas.  I come from a very large family. Although we did not have a lot of money as I was growing up, somehow my parents always made Christmas very special for us.  I…

17 Creative Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

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If you wander through the stores during the holidays, you will be overwhelmed with all of the choices for holiday gift wrapping.  You can buy supplies for wrapping,  of course, but if you take the time to come up with a creative idea for your gifts, they will be that much more special.  I’ve put…

The Many Faces of Winter

Inspirational winter scenes

Winter Scenery Photos For me, winter is a time of reflection.  I think back on the year that has passed and ahead to the one which is yet to come.  As the days get shorter and so much colder, I hunker down and do things that I neglected over the summer when all I did…

Santa’s Phone Number – Fun for the Kids

Fun for the kiddos! Let them call Santa on his very own phone number!

Be sure to Give Santa a Call on his special Phone Number! Hey kids!  Did you know that Santa has his very own phone number?  You can give him a call at the North Pole and he’ll wish you a Merry Christmas and ask you to leave your wish list in a message.It is that…

Christmas Music – You’re Here by Francesca Battistelli

Nativity Scene Listen to Franceso

Beautiful Rendition of You’re Here by Francesca Battistelli I love all types of Christmas music, and am always looking for pieces that I feel are worthy of sharing with my readers.  This beautiful song by Francesca Battistelli is called “You’re Here” and gives us a reminder of the reason for the season. Francesca Battistelli is…

Pentatonix Sings Carol of the Bells

Pentatonix Carol of the Bells

Beautiful Version of the Classic “Carol of the Bells.” I was a music major in college and voice was my specialty.  I cringe, most of the time, today when I hear the way most groups destroy my favorite Christmas music songs.  But that is definitely not the case for this stunning version of Carol of…

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

This recipe for vegan peanut butter fudge is easy to do and makes delicious fudge very quickly. It has a lovely melt in your mouth texture that anyone will love. Fudge is one of the most popular forms of homemade candy, especially around holiday time.  There is even a national candy day in November and…

Best Christmas Wreath Ideas

Round up of 11 great Holiday wreath ideas

From Halloween through Christmas, it seems that many doors have a wreath of some sort decorating the entry.  These Christmas wreath ideas are the perfect way to welcome guests to your home. Decorate your Door with A Festive Christmas Wreath. Some of these wreaths are simple, and some are very ornate. Some are store bought…

Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

Festive Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

These festive gumdrop cookies are easy to make and very tasty. They would make a lovely addition to your annual cookie exchange. One of my favorite candy choices during the holiday season are gumdrops. Let’s use this sweet treat to flavor some Christmas cookies in style. Do you enjoy making cookies for the holidays? Why…

Bailey’s Irish Cream Fudge

Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge - Just plain delicious!

Are you looking for an idea for a great handmade Christmas present?  This recipe for Bailey’s Irish cream fudge is sure to please your friends. Bailey’s Irish cream is a traditional favorite liqueur.  The flavor is rich and creamy and it can be used in all sorts of holiday desserts to add a special touch…

DIY Pine Cone Christmas Trees

DIY Pine Cone Christmas Trees

Fast and Easy Pine Cone Christmas Trees These do it yourself Christmas Trees are my favorite kind of project.  They make use of things in the house and garden and require very little in the way of anything that needs to be bought at retail.  The grand total for these three trees cost me $2…

Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies

Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies

These delicious Christmas stocking cookies will be the highlight of your Christmas dessert table. The meringue cookies are brimming with the flavors of cream cheese and cranberries and are so pretty and festive. I love the texture of meringue cookies. They have a melt in your mouth thing going on that is very appealing, but…

DIY Clay Pot Candle Holders

DIY Clay Pot Candle Holders

Gardeners will love these Christmas candle holders. The main part of the design is made by recycling old terracotta pots. Candles have become a part of the Christmas holiday decor so it’s always fun to do another DIY project involving them. (See my easy DIY peppermint candle project here.) Make Your Own Terracotta Pot Candle…

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

These DIY Christmas cookie ornaments do double duty. They can be made as Christmas cookies and also used to decorate your tree with a few extra steps. Making Christmas themed cookies is one of the joys of baking for the holidays.  Turn those cookies into actual tree ornaments by letting them dry and then adding a…

Christmas Ornament Rescue

7 DIY ornament rescues. Turn trash into treasures

Renew Worn out Decorations with an Ornament Rescue We’ve all been there.  You open up your boxes of Christmas ornaments, only to find that many of them look ready for the trash. Perhaps they have rubbed together and the surface has scratched, or the ornament is just too plain and needs an extra something.  Maybe…

The Traditions of Christmas Greenery

The History of Christmas Greenery - the Christmas tree, wreath, holly, mistletoe and more

Each year during the festive season, our homes get decorated with all manner of holiday greenery.  Whether it be holly and ivy, Christmas trees of fir or spruce, Mistletoe balls and sprigs, or other forms of holiday greenery, our homes seem to always get the extra decor. What is the Story behind Christmas Greenery? Did…

Pine Cone & Ever Green Candle Bowl

DIY Wooden Candle bowl with holiday greenery

This lovely candle bowl is simple to do and very elegant when displayed.  It will make a lovely addition to any holiday table and is low enough for conversation too. Candles have become a part of the Christmas holiday decor so it’s always fun to do another DIY project involving them. (See my easy DIY…

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

This festive candy cane cream cheese spread will put your party goers in a great mood. The spread is shaped like a candy cane but won’t stay that way long! The cheese spread is flavored with a nice blend of spices and shaped like a candy cane. You’ll need several hours for it to sit…

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

What a great cookie these twisted candy canes would be to take your traditional Christmas cookie swap! Ingredients 1 box sugar cookie mix 1/2 stick butter, melted 1 egg 1/3 cup softened cream cheese 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for surface Red food coloring 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Christmas Tree Cookies

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Christmas Tree Cookies

These lovely Christmas cookies have a mint puffy frosting tree and nonpareil and sprinkles for ornaments.  They would make a great addition to a Christmas cookie swap. Ingredients 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon large egg…

Candy Cane Cake

Candy Cane Cake

What a festive cake this would make for your Christmas table.  It is so pretty and delicate looking~but when you cut into it, you get the red velvet surprise. Ingredients   RED VELVET CAKE: 170g (6 oz) of butter 280g (1¼ cups) of caster sugar 100g (1/2 cup) of brown sugar 3 large eggs 1…

Banana Marshmallow Santa Head Treat

My Banana Marshmallow Santa hat EPIC FAIL DIY project.

Not all projects work out the way I intend them to and this cute little marshmallow banana Santa Head is definite proof of that. I found this cute project on Pinterest last year.  The website Creative Kid Snacks, no longer had it on their site and every site that shared it linked to a page…

Sweet Christmas Angel Cookies

Christmas Angel Cookies

These sweet angel cookies are as much fun to make as they are delicious and cute. The kids will really enjoy making them with you. One of the best parts about the holiday season is making batches and batches of cookies. I love coming up with new recipes each year to tempt my family and…