12 Clever Holiday Tips and Ideas
12 Fresh Cloth Napkins
11 Catchy Christmas Carols
- “White Christmas,” Otis Redding
- “Christmas in Hollis,” Run-D.M.C.
- “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” the Jackson Five
- “The First Snowfall,” Bing Crosby
- “All I Want for Christmas,” RuPaul
- “Silver and Gold,” Burl Ives
- “Baby, Please Come Home,” Darlene Love
- “Fireside,” Jim Brickman
- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the Pretenders
- “Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt
- “Christmas Time Is Here,” Vince Guaraldi
10 Hours for Shopping
The average person spends that amount of time hunting for gifts, according to Consumer Reports.
9 Feet of Garland Per Foot of Tree
You need to go to great lengths indeed to jazz up a spruce of average height.
8 Care-Package Items
Here’s what U.S. soldiers overseas most frequently request:
- Letters from people like you
- Nutrition bars
- Ground coffee
- Flavor packets for water
- DVDs and CDs
- AT&T global calling cards
- Personal-hygiene supplies
- Blank cards to send to their loved ones
Go to soldiersangels.org to give.
7 Words to Remember
“It is in giving that we receive.”
― Saint Francis of Assisi
6 Rolls of Gift Wrap
5 Emergency Gifts
Don’t get caught short (again). Store them in a closet prewrapped for surprise guests.
4 Champagne Cocktails
Upgrade a glass of bubbly with one of these options:
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
- 1 scoop mango sorbet
- 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice
- 1 teaspoon Amaretto liqueur
3 Hours for Wrapping
Yes, that’s the average time it takes, say the folks at Consumer Reports―and it’s all torn off in seconds!
2 Billion Christmas Cards
It may feel as if you’re personally sending out that many, but that’s actually the national total, according to Hallmark.
And a “One-Horse Open Sleigh”
Did you know that was the original title of “Jingle Bells”? A little fact to get your Christmas-party conversation started.