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A popular tradition in Christmas is to hang stockings either at the end of the bed or across your chimney in the hope that Santa Claus will visit by and drop his gifts on the stockings. Gifts can be anything ranging from nuts, tangerine, chocolates and other delicious goodies and gifts. Receiving a Christmas gift is something that not only kids but also adults love.
But do you know the reason behind this tradition? Why is it that we hang stockings, pillow cases, shopping bags, etc. by the chimney, at the end of our bed, or by the fireplace? There is a story behind it. Let me tell you the story. I am sure you will enjoy it!
The story dates back to the fourth century AD. A father who had three sisters of marriageable age was very sad and upset because he couldn’t marry off the girls to any eligible bachelors. Reason? The father couldn’t afford to pay the huge amounts of dowry that were needed for the marriage. Saint Nicholas heard about this...
Christmas is a joyful religious holiday when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas story comes from the Bible. An angel appeared to shepherds and told them that a Savior had been born to Mary and Joseph in a stable in Bethlehem. Three Wise Men from the East (the Magi) followed a wondrous star which led them to the baby Jesus to whom they paid homage and presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Everyone is familiar with the longstanding practice of putting up outdoor Christmas lights. That’s still a great way to decorate the exterior of a home. But go beyond the usual and add some delightful twists to your decorating efforts.
A string of colored lights wrapped around the pine tree in the front yard is fine. But take advantage of modern technology. Add a holographic snowman to your lawn and delight the neighbors and yourself. These simple devices will project a snowman image in 3-D anywhere you want. You can walk all around the display and see a snowman in Christmas colors.
Take the next step and add motion to the scene. Moving light shows that project Christmas-themed images can be anything from simple colored lights to complete video. You can light up an outdoor bush or project a scene onto the garage door. You can make the shadows dance under the eaves or twinkle the angel decoration on the top of the house.
You can approach the holiday season with a sense of dread, or you can make it great fun. You can think about the 101 things to buy and do before Christmas, or you can focus on the joy and beauty all around. One easy way to help tip the scales is to decorate your home and office to match the festive season. When you arrive, the decorations are bound to give you a lift.
There are the traditional, and still great fun, decorations: popcorn strung on strings, ornaments hung on the tree and fireplace, a wreath on the door. Now go beyond the routine to create a space that matches the mood you’d like to create.
You may have a number of houseplants that are large enough to support decorations. They can be livened up with small Christmas tree bulb ornaments. Or you can make them delightfully different by shopping for something unusual. How about some miniature Snow White and the Seven Dwarf figurines to attach to that indoor bonsai? Or, maybe your taste runs more to Indy...
There are three main areas to watch for when putting up Christmas lights, indoor and outdoor: shocks, fires and falling.
Electrical products have become significantly safer over the past few decades. With GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interruption) outlets, non-reversible plugs and other innovations of the recent past, it’s rare to get shocked. But the possibility still exists.
It takes only about 100 volts to push less than 2/10ths of an amp through your body, which is enough to kill or cause serious harm. The 120V, 5-20amp systems common in households provide more than enough to do the job, especially if your hands are moist and/or salty. Salty water is highly conductive.
The most obvious thing to check is the insulation. Storing multiple strings of lights away for a year, jammed into a box with ornaments, can easily strip a small hole in the plastic around wires. Missing insulation is even more likely if the lights were hung last year by tacking them on with...