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.:Christmas Jokes:.
.:Christmas Music:.
.:Christmas Poems:.
.:Christmas Recipes:.
.:Christmas Stories:.
.:Christmas Romance:.




.:Christmas Jokes:.




What do monkeys sing at Christmas ?
Jungle Bells, Jungle bells.. !

Why are Christmas trees like bad knitters ?
They both drop their needles !

What's Christmas called in England ?
Yule Britannia !

What did the bald man say when he got a comb for Christmas ?
Thanks, I'll never part with it !

Why is a burning candle like being thirsty ?
Beacause a little water ends both of them !

What do you get if you cross an apple with a Christmas tree ?
A pineapple !

What do you give a train driver for Christmas ?
Platform shoes !

What did the big candle say to the little candle ?
I'm going out tonight !

Whats happens to you at Christmas ?
Yule be happy !

How long does it take to burn a candle down ?
About a wick !

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What beats his chest and swings from Christmas cake to Christmas cake?
Tarzipan !

Mum, Can I have a dog for Christmas ?
No you can have turkey like everyone else !

What did the eskimos sing when they got there Christmas dinner ?
"Whalemeat again, don't know where, don't know when " !

What did the big cracker say to the little cracker ?
My pop is bigger than yours !

Who is never hungry at Christmas ?
The turkey - he's always stuffed !

What bird has wings but cannot fly ?
Roast turkey !

Whats the best thing to put into a Christmas cake ?
Your teeth !

We had grandma for Christmas dinner ?
Really, we had turkey !

Whats happens if you eat the Christmas decorations ?
You get tinsel-itus !

What do vampires put on their turkey at Christmas ?
Grave-y !

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What did the guest sing at the Eskimo's Christmas party ?
Freeze a jolly fellow !

What party game did Jekyll like best ?
Hyde and Seek !

Did you hear about the man who went to the fancy dress party as a bone ?
A dog ate him in the hall !

What would you do if you saw Dracula, Frankenstein & The Swamp Thing ?
Hope they were going as a fancy dress party !

Why couldn't the butterfly go to the Chistmas ball ?
It was a moth ball !

How did the chickens dance at the Christmas party ?
Chick to chick !

Did you hear about Dracula's Christmas party ?
It was a scream !

Did you hear about the party with lots of fireworks, balloons & crackers ?
It went with a bang !

What did Dracula say at the Christmas party ?
Fancy a bite ?

Why couldn't the skeleton go to the Christmas Party ?
He had no body to go with !

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Knock Knock
Who's there ?
Mary
Mary who ?
Mary Christmas !

What did one Angel say to the other ?
Halo there !

How to cats greet each other at Christmas ?
"A furry merry Christmas & Happy mew year" !

What do elephants sing at Christmas ?
No-elephants, no elephants !

What does Dracula write on his Christmas cards ?
Best vicious of the season

What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas ?
Cross mouse cards !

How do sheep greet each other at Christmas ?
A merry Christmas to ewe

What does Father Christmas write on his Christmas cards ?
ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ (No-L !!) !

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What happened when the snowgirl fell out with the snowboy ?
She gave him the cold shoulder !

What do snowmen wear on their heads ?
Ice caps !

What's an ig ?
An eskimo's home without a loo !

What do snowmen eat for lunch ?
Icebergers !

Where do snowmen go to dance ?
Snowballs !

How do snowmen travel around ?
By iceicle !

What sort of ball doesn't bounce ?
A snowball !

How do you know when there is a snowman in your bed ?
You wake up wet !

What do you get if cross a snowman and a shark ?
Frost bite !

How do you call an Eskimo cow ?
An Eskimoo !




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.:Christmas music:.




Ray Stevens - Redneck Christmas
Whitney Houston - Joy to the World
Toby Keith - Christmas Rock
Ray Stevens-Rusty Chevy
Ray Stevens - Grandma Ran over by Rudolph
Brenda Lee - Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Jeff Foxworthy - 12 days of Christmas
Disney - frosty the Snowman
Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad
Chuck Berry - Run Run Rudolph
Neil Diamond - Hark the Angels Sings
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Pardon - I believe n Santa
Dolly Pardon - Winter Wonderland
Celine Dion - Oh Holy Night
Alan Jackson - Rudolph
Bing Crosby - Its beginning to Look Alot like Christmas
Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow !
Nat King Cole - Chestnuts Roasting on a Open Fire
Gene Autry - Up on a Housetop
Elvis & Bing Crosby - I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
Singing Dogs - Jingle Bells
Dolly Pardon - Hard Candy Christmas
Martina McBride - Away In A Manger
Whitney Houston - Do You Hear What I Hear
Faith Hill & Leann Rhimes - O Come All Ye Faithful
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.:Christmas Poems:.




The Night Before Christmas
A Christmas Carol
A Child's Christmas Eve
Christmas Bells
The Three Kings




.:THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS:.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that ST. NICHOLAS soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name.

"NOW, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL,
AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT."




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.:A CHRISTMAS CAROL:.

I
The shepherds went their hasty way,
And found the lowly stable-shed
Where the Virgin-Mother lay:
And now they checked their eager tread,
For to the Babe, that at her bosom clung,
A Mother's song the Virgin-Mother sung.

II
They told her how a glorious light,
Streaming from a heavenly throng.
Around them shone, suspending night!
While sweeter than a mother's song,
Blest Angels heralded the Savior's birth,
Glory to God on high! and Peace on Earth.

III
She listened to the tale divine,
And closer still the Babe she pressed:
And while she cried, the Babe is mine!
The milk rushed faster to her breast:
Joy rose within her, like a summer's morn;
Peace, Peace on Earth! the Prince of Peace is born.

IV
Thou Mother of the Prince of Peace,
Poor, simple, and of low estate!
That strife should vanish, battle cease,
O why should this thy soul elate?
Sweet Music's loudest note, the Poet's story,-
Didst thou ne'er love to hear of fame and glory?

V
And is not War a youthful king,
A stately Hero clad in mail?
Beneath his footsteps laurels spring;
Him Earth's majestic monarchs hail
Their friends, their playmate! and his bold bright eye
Compels the maiden's love-confessing sigh.

VI
Tell this in some more courtly scene,
To maids and youths in robes of state!
I am a woman poor and mean,
And wherefore is my soul elate.
War is a ruffian, all with guilt defiled,
That from the aged father's tears his child!

VII
A murderous fiend, by fiends adored,
He kills the sire and starves the son;
The husband kills, and from her board
Steals all his widow's toil had won;
Plunders God's world of beauty; rends away
All safety from the night, all comfort from the day.

VIII
Then wisely is my soul elate,
That strife should vanish, battle cease:
I'm poor and of low estate,
The Mother of the Prince of Peace.
Joy rises in me, like a summer's morn:
Peace, Peace on Earth! The Prince of Peace is born!'

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Thérèse, M. I Sing of a Maiden. New York: Macmillan Company, 1947




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.:A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS EVE:.
by Patricia M. Klempa

Star filled night
Dreams of hopes
Children's' wishes
For games or telescopes
Restless sleep
While parents prepare
To surprise the young ones
With presents beyond compare
It's an endless night
Or so it would seem
To every child
With the fun filled dream
Of waking up in the morning
And to their delight
To have all their gifts there
That they dreamed of all night.

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.:CHRISTMAS BELLS:.
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’




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.:THE THREE KINGS:.
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Three Kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;
Three Wise Men out of the East were they,
And they travelled by night and they slept by day,
For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.

The star was so beautiful, large and clear,
That all the other stars of the sky
Became a white mist in the atmosphere,
And by this they knew that the coming was near
Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.

Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows,
Three caskets of gold with golden keys;
Their robes were of crimson silk with rows
Of bells and pomegranates and furbelows,
Their turbans like blossoming almond-trees.

And so the Three Kings rode into the West,
Through the dusk of the night, over hill and dell,
And sometimes they nodded with beard on breast,
And sometimes talked, as they paused to rest,
With the people they met at some wayside well.

"Of the child that is born," said Baltasar,
"Good people, I pray you, tell us the news;
For we in the East have seen his star,
And have ridden fast, and have ridden far,
To find and worship the King of the Jews."

And the people answered, "You ask in vain;
We know of no King but Herod the Great!"
They thought the Wise Men were men insane,
As they spurred their horses across the plain,
Like riders in haste, who cannot wait.

And when they came to Jerusalem,
Herod the Great, who had heard this thing,
Sent for the Wise Men and questioned them;
And said, "Go down unto Bethlehem,
And bring me tidings of this new king."

So they rode away; and the star stood still,
The only one in the grey of morn;
Yes, it stopped --it stood still of its own free will,
Right over Bethlehem on the hill,
The city of David, where Christ was born.

And the Three Kings rode through the gate and the guard,
Through the silent street, till their horses turned
And neighed as they entered the great inn-yard;
But the windows were closed, and the doors were barred,
And only a light in the stable burned.

And cradled there in the scented hay,
In the air made sweet by the breath of kine,
The little child in the manger lay,
The child, that would be king one day
Of a kingdom not human, but divine.

His mother Mary of Nazareth
Sat watching beside his place of rest,
Watching the even flow of his breath,
For the joy of life and the terror of death
Were mingled together in her breast.

They laid their offerings at his feet:
The gold was their tribute to a King,
The frankincense, with its odor sweet,
Was for the Priest, the Paraclete,
The myrrh for the body's burying.

And the mother wondered and bowed her head,
And sat as still as a statue of stone,
Her heart was troubled yet comforted,
Remembering what the Angel had said
Of an endless reign and of David's throne.

Then the Kings rode out of the city gate,
With a clatter of hoofs in proud array;
But they went not back to Herod the Great,
For they knew his malice and feared his hate,
And returned to their homes by another way.




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.:Christmas Stories:.




How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
The Little Match-Seller
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
by Dr. Seuss

Every Who Down in Whoville Liked Christmas a lot...
But the Grinch,Who lived just north of Whoville, Did NOT!
The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
Whatever the reason, His heart or his shoes,
He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos,
Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown,
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew every Who down in Whoville beneath,
Was busy now, hanging a mistletoe wreath.
"And they're hanging their stockings!" he snarled with a sneer,
"Tomorrow is Christmas! It's practically here!"
Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find some way to stop Christmas from coming!"
For Tomorrow, he knew, all the Who girls and boys,
Would wake bright and early. They'd rush for their toys!
And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise!
Noise! Noise! Noise!
That's one thing he hated! The NOISE!
NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!
Then the Whos, young and old, would sit down to a feast.
And they'd feast! And they'd feast! And they'd FEAST!
FEAST! FEAST! FEAST!
They would feast on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast.
Which was something the Grinch couldn't stand in the least!
And THEN They'd do something He liked least of all!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Would stand close together, with Christmas bells ringing.
They'd stand hand-in-hand. And the Whos would start singing!
They'd sing! And they'd sing! And they'd SING!
SING! SING! SING!
And the more the Grinch thought of this Who ChristmasSing,
The more the Grinch thought, "I must stop this whole thing!"
"Why, for fifty-three years I've put up with it now!"
"I MUST stop this Christmas from coming! But HOW?"
Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
THE GRINCH GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!
"I know just what to do!" The Grinch laughed in his throat.
And he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.
And he chuckled, and clucked, "What a great Grinchy trick!"
"With this coat and this hat, I look just like Saint Nick!"
"All I need is a reindeer..." The Grinch looked around.
But, since reindeer are scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Grinch? No! The Grinch simply said,
"If I can't find a reindeer, I'll make one instead!"
So he called his dog, Max. Then he took some red thread,
And he tied a big horn on the top of his head.
THEN He loaded some bags And some old empty sacks,
On a ramshackle sleigh And he hitched up old Max.
Then the Grinch said, "Giddap!" And the sleigh started down,
Toward the homes where the Whos Lay asnooze in their town.
All their windows were dark. Quiet snow filled the air.
All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care.
When he came to the first little house on the square.
"This is stop number one," the old Grinchy Claus hissed,
And he climbed to the roof, empty bags in his fist.
Then he slid down the chimney. A rather tight pinch.
But, if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch.
He got stuck only once, for a moment or two.
Then he stuck his head out of the fireplace flue.
Where the little Who stockings all hung in a row.
"These stockings," he grinned, "are the first things to go!"
Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,
Around the whole room, and he took every present!
Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums!
Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums!
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimney!
Then he slunk to the icebox. He took the Whos' feast!
He took the Who-pudding! He took the roast beast!
He cleaned out that icebox as quick as a flash.
Why, that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!
Then he stuffed all the food up the chimney with glee.
"And NOW!" grinned the Grinch, "I will stuff up the tree!"
And the Grinch grabbed the tree, and he started to shove,
When he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.
He turned around fast, and he saw a small Who!
Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two.
The Grinch had been caught by this tiny Who daughter,
Who'd got out of bed for a cup of cold water.
She stared at the Grinch and said, "Santy Claus, why,”
"Why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?"
But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick,
He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
"Why, my sweet little tot," the fake Santy Claus lied,
"There's a light on this tree that won't light on one side."
"So I'm taking it home to my workshop, my dear."
"I'll fix it up there. Then I'll bring it back here."
And his fib fooled the child. Then he patted her head,
And he got her a drink and he sent her to bed.
And when CindyLou Who went to bed with her cup,
HE went to the chimney and stuffed the tree up!
Then the last thing he took Was the log for their fire!
Then he went up the chimney, himself, the old liar.
On their walls he left nothing but hooks and some wire.
And the one speck of food That he left in the house,
Was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.
Then He did the same thing To the other Whos' houses
Leaving crumbs Much too small For the other Whos' mouses!
It was quarter past dawn... All the Whos, still a-bed,
All the Whos, still asnooze When he packed up his sled,
Packed it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings!
The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!
Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mt. Crumpit,
He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!
"PoohPooh to the Whos!" he was grinchishly humming.
"They're finding out now that no Christmas is coming!"
"They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!"
"Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry BooHoo!"
"That's a noise," grinned the Grinch, "That I simply MUST hear!"
So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.
But the sound wasn't sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!
He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?"
"It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!"
"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
And what happened then? Well...in Whoville they say,
That the Grinch's small heart Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light,
And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
And he, HE HIMSELF! The Grinch carved the roast beast!




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YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS
by The New York Sun - 1897

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
- Virginia O'Hanlon

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.




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THE LITTLE MATCH-SELLER
By Hans Christian Andersen

It was terribly cold and nearly dark on the last evening of the old year, and the snow was falling fast. In the cold and the darkness, a poor little girl, with bare head and naked feet, roamed through the streets. It is true she had on a pair of slippers when she left home, but they were not of much use. They were very large, so large, indeed, that they had belonged to her mother, and the poor little creature had lost them in running across the street to avoid two carriages that were rolling along at a terrible rate. One of the slippers she could not find, and a boy seized upon the other and ran away with it, saying that he could use it as a cradle, when he had children of his own. So the little girl went on with her little naked feet, which were quite red and blue with the cold. In an old apron she carried a number of matches, and had a bundle of them in her hands. No one had bought anything of her the whole day, nor had anyone given her even a penny. Shivering with cold and hunger, she crept along; poor little child, she looked the picture of misery. The snowflakes fell on her long, fair hair, which hung in curls on her shoulders, but she regarded them not.

Lights were shining from every window, and there was a savory smell of roast goose, for it was New-year's eve—yes, she remembered that. In a corner, between two houses, one of which projected beyond the other, she sank down and huddled herself together. She had drawn her little feet under her, but she could not keep off the cold; and she dared not go home, for she had sold no matches, and could not take home even a penny of money. Her father would certainly beat her; besides, it was almost as cold at home as here, for they had only the roof to cover them, through which the wind howled, although the largest holes had been stopped up with straw and rags. Her little hands were almost frozen with the cold. Ah! perhaps a burning match might be some good, if she could draw it from the bundle and strike it against the wall, just to warm her fingers. She drew one out—“scratch!” how it sputtered as it burnt! It gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her hand over it. It was really a wonderful light. It seemed to the little girl that she was sitting by a large iron stove, with polished brass feet and a brass ornament. How the fire burned! and seemed so beautifully warm that the child stretched out her feet as if to warm them, when, lo! the flame of the match went out, the stove vanished, and she had only the remains of the half-burnt match in her hand.

She rubbed another match on the wall. It burst into a flame, and where its light fell upon the wall it became as transparent as a veil, and she could see into the room. The table was covered with a snowy white table-cloth, on which stood a splendid dinner service, and a steaming roast goose, stuffed with apples and dried plums. And what was still more wonderful, the goose jumped down from the dish and waddled across the floor, with a knife and fork in its breast, to the little girl. Then the match went out, and there remained nothing but the thick, damp, cold wall before her.

She lighted another match, and then she found herself sitting under a beautiful Christmas-tree. It was larger and more beautifully decorated than the one which she had seen through the glass door at the rich merchant's. Thousands of tapers were burning upon the green branches, and colored pictures, like those she had seen in the show-windows, looked down upon it all. The little one stretched out her hand towards them, and the match went out.

The Christmas lights rose higher and higher, till they looked to her like the stars in the sky. Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fire. “Someone is dying,” thought the little girl, for her old grandmother, the only one who had ever loved her, and who was now dead, had told her that when a star falls, a soul was going up to God.

She again rubbed a match on the wall, and the light shone round her; in the brightness stood her old grandmother, clear and shining, yet mild and loving in her appearance. “Grandmother,” cried the little one, “O take me with you; I know you will go away when the match burns out; you will vanish like the warm stove, the roast goose, and the large, glorious Christmas-tree.” And she made haste to light the whole bundle of matches, for she wished to keep her grandmother there. And the matches glowed with a light that was brighter than the noon-day, and her grandmother had never appeared so large or so beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and they both flew upwards in brightness and joy far above the earth, where there was neither cold nor hunger nor pain, for they were with God.

In the dawn of morning there lay the poor little one, with pale cheeks and smiling mouth, leaning against the wall; she had been frozen to death on the last evening of the year; and the New-year's sun rose and shone upon a little corpse! The child still sat, in the stiffness of death, holding the matches in her hand, one bundle of which was burnt. “She tried to warm herself,” said some. No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen, nor into what glory she had entered with her grandmother, on New-year's day.




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12 Days of Christmas

I started a list of things to get my boyfriend for Christmas but it became very long and I wanted to do something really special. I thought of the 12 Days of Christmas song and how on the first day there is 1 gift and on the second day 2 gifts and so on. So I got him one big gift and then got really creative with numbers. For the big numbers for example I got him an 11-dollar gift certificate to blockbuster. Another example, for the "2nd Day" I got him a reversible jacket he wanted and called it "a 2 sided jacket"...and that was my two. After all the gifts and numbers were arranged I wrote down the song with the changes and left that part of the song on each present. He thought it was absolutely amazing and clever. So if you like creative ideas or want to stay away from boring gift giving then think about this - it was so fun! -submitted by Inlove77



25 Days of Christmas Cards

I have bought 25 cards, serious and funny, for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. He will get one card a day. He will be gone one week on vacation during December. On those days I will pack those cards in his suitcase, so he will have something to have while we are apart. I just know he will love it! -submitted by April



A Key To My Heart

My boyfriend and I have been going out for about 7 months now and I love him with all my heart. I'm stuck on what do get him for Christmas so after reading all your idea's, I've decided to find a small old key, put it in a small box and wrap it up with all the 101 ways of saying "I love you" on different colored paper (if they don't fit around the box, stick them inside the box). I'm going to get a silk cloth and place it on the bottom of the box. but make sure that some on the cloth goes over the side so that you can cover the top of everything later. Then write a little love note and place it on top of the silk. then place the key on the love note. In that love is going to be why I gave him that key. I'm going to say something like 'You are the key to me heart' and so on and so on. I'm also going to take the rose peddles that I've saved from our first date (he picked a rose for me as we walked through the park). I am going to put them over the key and lightly sent the inside of the box with perfume. Then I'm going to place the rest of the silk over everything and put the lid on the box. I think he'll like it! ;) -submitted by Amanda



A Romantic Christmas Night

On Christmas, if you don't have any children, rent a room at a romantic inn that has a Jacuzzi bath in the room. Bring your gifts. Have an intimate dinner in the room while a Jacuzzi bubble bath filled with red rose petals waits for you to finish. Take a bath together, feeding each other strawberries and sipping champagne. After you exchange gifts, show your appreciation by making love to each other on the large bed scattered with rose petals. -submitted by Kiki



A Special Announcement Ornament

I had just found out I was pregnant. It was the 1st week in December and I wanted to surprise my husband. His cousin makes ornaments. So, I had her create me three of them saying... Richard, I'm Pregenant!!! -submitted by Carrie



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A Tree for Two

A fantasy come true that I shared with my husband was to go to the mountains on December 1st, in North Georgia, on our first Christmas and pick out a great big tree to decorate together. Each day we hung an ornament with a romantic love note inside for each other until Christmas eve. On Christmas morning we opened each ornament "love note" and shared them with each other, and then we made love underneath our Christmas tree. -submitted by Anonymous



Christmas Eve Romance

This is an idea for either the guy or the gal to use. A great way to spend Christmas Eve together! Get a sexy Santa or Mrs. Santa lingerie suit/outfit. Get naughty presents like edible undies, edible finger-paints etc. Wrap them up and sit down on the couch or biggest chair in a very seductive pose. Lay the presents around you then call your partner out to you and have fun opening and using the gifts. -submitted by Anonymous



Christmas Memory Box

During a year my fiancée and I leave lots of little love notes to each other, collect tokens of our dates, take pictures, save trip mementoes and menus, and so on. So, every year I take a box about the size of a boot box, and decorate it. (We like to travel so I decorate the boxes with little maps, etc.) I also take an X-acto knife to open a slot in the box large enough to slide little envelopes and things through. We keep the box in the bookcase all year and fill it with all of our goodies and notes. By Christmas it's completely stuffed and heavy. Also by that time we can't even remember everything in there. On Christmas Eve we open the box and spend hours looking through everything we put in there all year long. No matter how many surprises and gifts there are under the tree, this box will be the most special one to be opened as well as a wonderfully romantic tradition for every Christmas together. -submitted by Kristen Weiser



Christmas Spirit Returned

After having experienced a terrible couple of years, the thought of Christmas was the last thing I wanted to think about. I use to love the holidays, but the past experiences have put a bad feeling in my heart. I didn't decorate my house or anything that I would normally do, due to my mood. I had told my soul mate for months that I could care less about the holidays, including giving or receiving gifts. We had planned to meet for a couple days shortly after Christmas in a town neither of us lived in. Imagine my surprise when he opened the hotel room door and there was a fully decorated Christmas tree, complete with presents under it! He showed me that no matter what goes on in your life, the spirit lives in all of us; you just need to take the time to enjoy it. We did! The spirit is back, and my Christmas will never be the same after that incredibly thoughtful act of kindness! And we still laugh and talk about what the housekeeping staff must have thought when they first went in to clean the room! -submitted by Jammie Girl



Christmas Surprise

I'm a little strapped for cash right now but I really want to get my boyfriend something special for Christmas. I found this super cute stocking with little snowmen playing football on it (it's so hard to find a unique but un-girly stocking) and I'm filling it up with his favorite candy, notes, and poems. Also, when we exchange presents I'm going to gift wrap a blindfold and make sure it's the first gift he opens. I'm going to blindfold him and take him to the spot at the lake where we first made love, making sure to pack plenty of warm weather gear, and serve him dinner, finishing off with his favorite dessert, and my peanut butter pie. I'm so excited, I've never been able to surprise him (in 3 years!) and I know he'll love it. -submitted by Anonymous



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Christmas Tree Love Thoughts Garland

For our first Christmas as husband and wife, we didn't have very much money to spend on each other. We decided on a small amount we could spend on store bought gifts and then anything else we would have to make. Our Christmas tree was small and we only had a few decorations on it. I took colored paper and cut out ornament shapes and on each ornament I wrote things I loved and enjoyed and appreciated about my husband and then I strung them all together and hung them on our little tree for him to find on Christmas morning (I had over 100). He loved it and said it was the best gift that even money couldn't buy ~ the love in my heart. -submitted by Susan



Christmas Tree Proposal

This has yet to be done, but here’s the plan: On Christmas Day, I am going to have five presents under my girlfriend’s tree for her. She will of course believe that I am at my father’s celebrating Christmas but I will be hiding in the kitchen. The first present will be a ticket stub to our first movie which just happened to be our first date and where our first kiss was. The second will be a picture of her 5-month-old niece and me. That one will be representing the time when we casually began talking about kids and a life together. The next will be a picture of the two of us at my sister’s wedding a few months later. We had an amazing time and couldn't stop saying "I love you" to each other that day. The next one will be a Valentine’s Day stuffed toy gorilla reminding her of the amazing Valentine’s Day the two of us had a few months after my sister’s wedding. The last present will have a note in it reading: “You have given me more joy than even I thought possible, and at the end of this string I hope to give back just a fraction of that joy to you...” There will be a string attached to the bottom of the box leading around the tree 3 or 4 times and up to the top. Around the back of the star at the top of the tree will be an engagement ring. Just before she gets to the ring, I am going to come out from the kitchen and make my speech and get down on one knee and ask her to marry me. -submitted by Sean



Christmas Wish Come True

I go to school about 2 hours away from my boyfriend’s. For Christmas, the girls I live with all decided to exchange names and do a Secret Santa thing. We put up a list of stuff we each wanted. Jokingly, I wrote my boyfriend's name on the list. The day of the exchange, the girl who had my name gave me my gift. I opened it and she told me there was something in the bottom. I looked through the box and saw nothing. She ran back to the room and not even 5 minutes later ... I had 2 roses in my face. I turned around to see my boyfriend standing there complete with a gift tag and a bow. It was the best surprise ever! -submitted by Anonymous



Christmas wish

It was Christmas Eve of 1998. My boyfriend and I just got home from dinner at his parent's house. I had had a really bad day. As I got up from the couch to go take a shower, he pulled on my hand and wrapped me up in a hug. He said to me: I can't offer you anything and I don't have a lot of money. The only thing that I have to offer you the endless love that fills my heart. You have been so understanding and I love you deeply. I don't have a ring, all I can offer you now is this warm and loving hug. Will you be my wife. Needless to say I sad yes. -submitted by Anonymous



Cuddle Blanket

For Christmas one year, I got the idea to make my boyfriend a blanket that we could cuddle up in together. I got the softest yarn and crocheted the most comfy blanket ever. When he opened it, he didn't realize that I didn't buy it. He couldn't believe that I had spent so much time on something like that. -submitted by Megan



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Eggnog By The Fire

During the winter or Christmas time, on a cold night have a very nice and romantic indoor picnic set up with lots of candles in front of the fireplace or Christmas tree. Previously, make up some small snacks such as cookies or brownies and have some hot apple cider. Get out the nice plates and silverware and two wine glasses. The best part of all, drink Eggnog out of wine glasses! Then sit and talk for hours! -submitted by Brian



Finding the Christmas Spirit

Last year my girlfriend had a terrible Christmas where she sat around the tree with her girlfriends and complained about how terrible Christmas was. So her Christmas spirit is low. Since it is so low I am planning on trying to boost it. It's our first Christmas together and I'm hoping I can make it something she will never forget. Of course she has not told me what she wants so I am going to have to do something romantic. Since we will have to be with our families on the morning of Christmas, I was thinking either Christmas Eve or Christmas night. With the snow on the ground (providing there is some) you could make a snowwoman of her, and she could make a snowman of you. Explain why you picked what, for the features you add to them. For example, my girlfriend has a great smile so I would make a big deal out of that on the snowwoman. Work in a snowball fight and rolling around in the snow. Afterwards, find some way to get warmer, like hot chocolate and snuggling under a warm blanket together… -submitted by Anonymous



Flowers From Far Away

My husband and I just got married 6 months ago. In November this year, he was deployed overseas for 4-6 months. He missed Christmas with his 2 year old daughter and me...it was our first Christmas, very emotional, and sad for the both of us. The day after Christmas, a man came to my door, holding flowers. I didn't know they were for me until I had read the card, and it was sent to me from my husband all the way from where he was deployed. Somehow he had it all set up through someone he knew, to make this special gift happen for me. I swear that was the absolute best Christmas gift I had gotten this year. Just to know my husband was alright, and thinking of me. -submitted by Kathy



Football Memories

For Christmas, I've bought my boyfriend a few gifts, but I still want to do something else special. So, what I've decided to do is make a memory book page having to do with football since he has played football ever since he was little. I called up his mom and asked her if she had any pictures of him playing football when he was little leading up to now. She said that she will find some and give them to me. So, what I am going to do is go to a craft store and find little cut outs of football themes and football stickers and make a memory scrap book page about football and then buy a cheap frame from the craft store to put it in. Then, I think I am going to make him go on a scavenger hunt to find the gifts. I hope he will like it! -submitted by Anonymous

Gifts of Love

I'm saving up for college next semester, and I don't have much money for gifts this Christmas. My boyfriend understands this, and we made an agreement on only spending five dollars on each other. This is a great idea because it leaves more to creativity, thought, and love. This Christmas he's coming back for college, and I plan on wrapping 10 small boxes individually. Inside each box, I'm going to include a cutout heart with a reason why I love him on it inside. My boyfriend likes to shake the boxes to see what's inside. So, I'm going to put a box in another box, fill it up with different things, and in the smaller box, fill it with cutout hearts, and a pillow with his school colors and mascot. I'm going to spray my perfume on it, so when he's away, he'll always have a piece of me with him. The little boxes are going to go inside the box too. I can't wait to see him this Christmas, and I want him to know how much he means to me. -submitted by Desirae



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Going Overboard

Here’s a good idea for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries etc.: Choose something your mate can't get enough of, and go way overboard! My husband is a microwave popcorn-o-holic ... for Christmas, I bought him cases and cases of microwave popcorn, stacked on top of each other, and wrapped up as one gift! He loved it! -submitted by Heather



Guys, Do the Unexpected!

Okay guys, first of all, you need to learn to sew! I went to a craft store and bought a pattern for a "Couch Cozy" A warm garment that looks like a long sleeping bag with sleeves, foot holes, and a zipper. I went to a craft store and bought the pattern, polar fleece material, thread and pins - total cost so far: $28.00. My girlfriend is away right now, but will be home in 2 weeks. It will be our first Christmas together. We already agreed not to go overboard on gifts.... this year. I cut out the material from the pattern and am sewing it together. I'll be done by the time she gets home. I will wrap it and give it to her as a gift. As an added touch, I bought a sew-in tag that says: " Made With Love By ______________ (where you write your name). It didn't cost a lot and I know she will love it! Trust me, learn to sew! This is one gift she will never expect!! -submitted by Ryan



Holiday Calendar

This is a great idea that can be used for any holiday! Buy one of those calendars with a little window you open each day, and there's a chocolate behind the window. Then carefully open the top of the box, and pull out the tray holding the chocolates. In their place you can put folded up love quotes or reasons why you love them. You can even leave the chocolate in there too for an added treat! Give it to your love and tell them they can only open one window each day, following the numbers. It's a lot of fun, and it's cute! -submitted by Kimberly



Homemade Teddy Bear Exchange

My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost four years, three of them have been long distance, because I am away at school. Because of this I am also always broke. So, as part of his Christmas gift I found a kit at Wal-Mart to make your own teddy bear. I hand-made him a teddy bear and made a little velvet vest for him and sewed a little heart to his bum. He thought it was really cute! Then for Valentine’s Day he decided to make me a matching one. It was adorable and so incredibly sweet! The funny part is that his is way better than mine! -submitted by Dana



In His Kiss

For my honey's Christmas present, I had bought him things that I knew he wanted, and a few small little things, which were little inside jokes between the two of us. I wrapped them each individually and put them all in a tin box. I couldn't just have them floating around in the box like that, and Styrofoam packaging peanuts were just not going to cut it. So instead, I used chocolate kisses. And not just any chocolate kisses, for each kiss, I typed out one of the many reasons I love him and replaced the flags with these little pieces of paper. He hadn't even noticed the flags I had placed in it until I told him to open one. When he saw what I did, he immediately took me in his arms. He loved it, more than the gift I think :) -submitted by Lexie



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Journal Box

Last year for Christmas, I went out and bought my boyfriend a shirt and some other things, but I also wanted to make something special. I got an empty Nestle Quik container (the yellow ones) and cleaned it out. Then, I went through tons of magazines to find pictures and phrases that described our relationship. I covered the lid and container with these. Then, for the entire month of December I wrote little notes everyday about what I love about him, things we had done that day that made me happy, or other little things. I added some love poems and love quotes, each on a separate piece of folded paper. He loved it! It's still sitting on his desk! -submitted by Amber



Love Ornaments

What you do is get clear round ornaments, open the top and slip pieces of paper inside with reasons you are in love with your partner. Or, write about great memories! -submitted by StylishJess



Missing You At Christmas

My boyfriend was away for Christmas and I wanted to let him know how much I missed him. The phone calls weren't enough, so I downloaded a whole bunch of songs that said I missed him, and mailed it to him. Every time I would call I could hear the songs in the background, so it brought many smiles to both our faces ‘till he returned. -submitted by Fabianne



Missing you movie

During Christmas, me and my beautiful girl Brooke plan to spend the holidays with our families. Well, we both had talked about presents and stuff and I had planned to surprise her with my presence on the day after but it just isn't going to work out. So I'm going to make her a video with the camera and tell her how much I miss her and how special she is to me. -submitted by Brad



Mistletoe Fun

You go to a local craft store and buy some mistletoe and attach it to a headband with some wire so that it hangs over your head. When you see him, make eye contact and smile. When he comes over, look up; he will look up, and then lean over and gently kiss him. When he looks back at you, smile and say something like, "Hey, I'm just following the rules." -submitted by Melissa



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Music Nostalgia

My guy is really into music, it's more or less his whole life, and I must admit, he's one of the most talented musicians I've ever seen. I'm not musical at all, tone deaf to be exact, but I wanted to get him something musical. Neither one of us is really old enough to remember actual "records," but he has a record player at his house. I searched old music stores and bought several records of his favorite bands because he told me he's never heard them on records, only cassettes and cd's. It took some leg work to find places that carry records in good condition, but for a good old fashioned nostalgic feel it's kind of nice. I wrapped each one individually and then put them in a giant bag, just before Christmas I'm going to fill the rest of the bag with hugs and kisses candies, and I'm making him a giant card with a poem on the inside that I wrote just for him. I also wrote another poem that I'm going to say to him when I give him his present, I hope he likes it..... -submitted by Lisa



Naughty & Nice

We only get to see each other on the weekends. During the year we buy each other little things here and there, so when Christmas comes, we have family to buy for which leaves us no money to get each other anything. So, we started having a romantic night together cooking dinner together, dance to our favorite songs, and enjoy a "Fantasy Idea." We would pretend to be a teacher/student, librarian/student ... etc you get the idea. The night turns from nice to naughty. Use your imagination and have fun, just be safe! -submitted by Pumpkinz



Once a Day

My boyfriend is away at boot camp and I can't see or talk to him because he’s in Georgia and I am in California. I miss him a lot and I have been sitting here thinking about him constantly. I recently stumbled upon a site full of quotes and phrases. I came up with the idea to buy a little one-year blank diary. I wrote a quote at the top of each blank page and then I explained to him why I chose it. It took me about 15 hours to find 365 quotes and only choose special, meaningful ones but I managed to do it. I plan on giving this to him as one of his Christmas presents so he can start reading it on January 1st. I think he'll like it; he’s a great guy. I hope some of you can use my idea! -submitted by Jessica



Our Own Private Christmas

My boyfriend and I live in two different parts of the state, and we spend our weekends together. This Christmas, we will be with our own families for the most part, so we will have our own celebration a little early. We booked a jacuzzi room, and will decorate it in Christmas fashion. The jacuzzi will be illuminated by candles and poinsettias (instead of roses). I bought a couple of 12-inch Christmas trees with decorations at the dollar store, and will use them as centerpieces. I bought a mistletoe for the doorway and a red/green candle arrangement surrounded by more poinsettias on the bureau will host our gifts to each other. The table will have a formal table setting with dinner for two take-out from our favorite restaurant. The evening will be rounded off with Christmas and romantic music. -submitted by Odessa



Our calendar

I made a calender for my boyfriend for Christmas. It was composed of all pictures of us. I work at a copy place, so I just took a bunch of pictures and enlarged them on a color copier--it only costs 89 cents a copy!! However, I only had 11 pictures, so for February-Valentine's Day, and our anniversary month-I put a collage of cards and such. I copied the months from a calender-or you could make up your own-and lamenated them all together. The finishing touch was that I bound them all together, so it looks like a professional job. I know he must love it because he hung it in his room right away. -submitted by Danielle Marie



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Personalized Needlepoint For Him

My husband is currently in the navy, stationed in South Carolina. Our 20 month old son and myself are in Maine until the first of the year when we can move down to be with him. During this time, I've been making him small gifts for Christmas. The one that I think he'll enjoy the most is a needlepoint of a teddy bear in a sailor suit holding a pie, a blanket, and an apple by his foot. On his cap, I plan on putting his name rather than "U. S." to make it personalized. I'm then going to sew the finished product onto a red or blue background (to make it standout) and frame it. It's a nice, meaningful memento to let him know that I love him, even when he's 1200 miles away, and that I support his decision of joining the navy (he just joined in May of 2002). It takes a lot of time and patience, but I know he'll love it! -submitted by Shawna



Seashells Of Love

For Christmas one year, I gave my boyfriend a glass jar full of seashells. He loves to be by the ocean, so I thought it would be the perfect gift. I wrote every reason I could think of as to why I love him and put them on seashells. I put about 50 of them in a jar and decorated the jar with some ribbon and other things. He loved the gift very much, and now he knows all the reasons why I love him. -submitted by Jessica



Sing a song of love

For Christmas this year, I purchased soundtracks to several love songs. I got together with the sound man at my church and he helped me make a tape of myself singing these songs. I decorated the tape case with heart stickers and labeled it "For My Love - I'm Forever Yours". Hopefully it will be a Christmas present he will forever cherish. -submitted by Tracy



Tool time christmas

My guy loves tools. Home Depot is his favorite place to be. He wasn't going to get a tree for Christmas this year, and I wouldn't have it. So I purchased an 18" live pine tree and decorated it with lights and hardware ie. nuts, bolts, electrical "stuff" and the garland was the pull chain for light fixtures. He LOVES it! He says he plugs the tree in when he gets home at night. Not bad for a guy who wasn't going to get a tree in the first place. So if your guy is crazy about tools and hardware like mine, this idea worked well for me. Happy Holidays. -submitted by So Happy



Tree of Hearts

I used leftover small candy canes to make hearts (lay them with like ends touching to form the heart shape on a cookie sheet and bake for a few minutes until the ends melt together.) Then I tie them with ribbon, like ornaments on a tree. On the inside of each heart dangling from the ribbon is a favor he can turn in like a coupon. -submitted by Brandy



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Twelve Days Before ... Romantic Gifts

For our first Christmas together I wanted to do something special. So starting 12 days before Christmas I decided to get memorabilia that would remind my boyfriend of things we've done together. I got him things that I saved from our walks or things I remembered he said to me. I baked him star cookies and on the back of each one wrote a wish that I made on a star every night about him or us. I made him things, I used my imagination. Attached to each present was a letter explaining what it reminded me of and started off by saying ... “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ....” He loved it so much that he looked forward to them everyday, needless to say he was sad when the 12th day arrived. I think now he has a better understanding of just how much I care. This idea works for any holiday or special occasion as well. -submitted by Anonymous



What's In a Name

I recently started dating my first boyfriend. At first I didn't know what to get him for Christmas, then during school I wrote his name vertically up and down (along the side of the paper), and for each letter of his name I put a word that describes him. For example my boyfriend's name is Dan, so: D-ivine, A-ll mine, N-ice, and so on for his middle and last name. Along with it, in a small box, I will put a picture of him and I together, some chocolate kisses, and a poem I will write just for him. I hope he will like it, and I hope it helps you. -submitted by Gina



X-mas Gift To Remember

Last Christmas, my fiancee and I were both really low on cash and had already decided what we would give each other. So, on Christmas morning, after we opened our gifts, he handed me this beautifully wrapped box about three feet tall. In it was a smaller box which had an even smaller box inside it. Finally, there was a little jewelry box with a note inside. the note had a short rhyme on it about something either he or I liked, but never said what it was. I had to guess, then find where that item would be in the house. There, I found another rhyme note. The notes took me all over the house, to the fireplace, to the patio, the TV, the fridge, etc. Finally, in the fridge, on a case of beer, was a small gift bag. When I opened it, there was a gorgeous sapphire ring inside. It turned out tat his grandparents had given him some money for Christmas and he wanted to do something special for me. It sure was, I'll never forget that Christmas! -submitted by Eleni



Yearly Predictions for Couples

We actually started this two years ago as our Christmas tradition, but it would be great for Valentine's Day as well. Towards the holiday, each one of you writes a letter to the other telling them the things that you are looking forward to in the coming year and put it in a cute bottle (with Christmas we use glass ornaments). These are kept sealed for a year. Then next year, on the holiday, you read the letter - it's sweet and romantic and fun to see what things were predicted for the two of you and to see how much did actually happen. It's a great way to reminisce about the year! For the first year you write one letter for the coming year, and one letter for you to read this year that can be about anything - we wrote about what that first year was like together and what our favorite memories were. -submitted by Nikki




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.:Christmas Recipes:.
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    Sides

Green Beans with Tomatoes
Marinated Mushrooms
Matzo Ball Soup
Potato Pancakes
Roasted New Potatoes


Appetizers & Drinks

Angels on Horseback
Bite-Size Crustless Quiches
Button Ham Biscuits
Cauliflower Provençal
Champagne Reception Punch
Country Pate
Cranberry Punch
Cream Cheese Log
Flaming Cafe Brulot
Herbed Cheese Spread
Holiday Cheese Ball
Hot Chocolate Espresso
Marinated Sandwiches
Maryland Crab Cakes
Nutty Cheese Ball
Orange Eggnog Punch
Plaza Tea Sandwiches
Sangria
Sausage Bites
Shirley Temple
Shrimp Cocktail
Spiced Nuts
Spinach Dip
Surprise Cocktail Meatballs
Syllabub
Whiskey Eggnog


    Main Courses

Garlic-Roasted Lamb
Giblet Gravy
Holiday Roast Turkey with Stuffing
Roast Goose with Stuffing



Desserts