12 Best Tea Advent Calendars to Enjoy All of December
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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!
Air Fryer vs. Oven: What’s the Difference and Which Is Healthier?
If you have a convection oven, do you really need an air fryer to make air fryer recipes? We settle the air fryer vs. oven debate. The post Air Fryer vs. Oven: What’s the Difference and Which Is Healthier? appeared first on Taste of Home.
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.
15 Thanksgiving Christmas Tree Ideas To Try At Home
These Thanksgiving Christmas Tree ideas are a cute way to decorate for Turkey Day. They extend the life of your Christmas tree and they make the holiday more fun when it comes to decorating. No matter which look you choose, you really can’t go wrong.
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.
Chex Christmas Mix (Christmas Crack)
This sweet and salty snack goes by many names like Chex Mix Christmas Crack, Chex Mix Christmas Mix, etc… But rest assured, it’s loaded with all the traditional, delicious ingredients like Chex cereal, M&Ms, and melted candy. Your friends and family are guaranteed to love it! © Provided by Amy Desrosiers Christmas Crack Chex Snack Mix in a white baking tray. Did you know Chex Mix makes some of the best snack mixes ever? We love making Chex Mix snacks like these cute Easter Bunny Bait and Pigeon Chow mixes. They’re loved by kids and adults alike.
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.
Happy Accidents: Dishes That Were Created Purely By Chance
From 2000 BC to the present day, here are the products and dishes invented by accident that nearly didn’t happen.
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.
Christmas Tree Pretzels a Festive Treat
Christmas Tree Pretzels are a version of the classic pretzel twist. They are shaped into a Christmas tree shape, so stick with me. These green-plated …Aside from that, the Christmas Tree Pretzels are a classic Christmas snack. They're crunchy and salty, with just the right amount of sweetness. With this delicious snack, you can enjoy the holiday spirit and a tasty treat all at once.
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.
What Kind of Christmas Cactus Is That? .
Is there more than one type of Christmas cactus? Not really, but two other holidays have a special cactus and all three are fun to grow and propagate!The Christmas cactus has long been a popular holiday plant and is still popular today. But it's not the only cacti with a connection to a holiday. There's a chance that a prickly plant you think is a Christmas cactus is really another variety known as the Thanksgiving cactus—and neither should be confused with the Easter cactus. All three are named for the holiday season they are most likely to bloom during and have slight but distinct differences setting them apart.