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7 Essential Christmas Sites

December 22, 2010
by findingDulcinea Staff
Christmas is a time of classic traditions, beautiful decorations, great food and long-lasting memories. If you’re looking for ways to make your holiday celebration extra special, these Web sites can help you ensure this Christmas is a merry one.

Learn About the History of Christmas

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The History Channel encourages readers to look beyond Christmas trees and colorful lights to learn the centuries of history behind the holiday. The videos here offer a great way to pick up some intriguing facts about Christmas, and there’s also an interesting story about the Christmas Truce of 1914. If you're feeling a little nostalgic about a favorite Christmas toy you received as a child, you might be able to find the story of its origins in “The History of Toys” feature.

Develop Christmas Traditions

Have you ever wondered about history behind some long-standing Christmas traditions? All Things Christmas explains how Santa Claus, mistletoe, candy canes and stockings became such common fixtures in the celebration of Christmas. Once you’ve learned about these holiday symbols, browse the lengthy section of Christmas stories, or get your children involved in the holiday hustle and bustle with the “Christmas for kids” section.

Cook Christmas Dinner

An excellent meal does wonders for creating warm hearts and fond memories of a Christmas holiday. Better Recipes will help you cook a Christmas dinner, complete with turkey and all the trimmings, and bake some Christmas cookies for dessert. If you’re hosting a holiday bash, visit the “Christmas Party 101” section for some more helpful hints about making your meal extra special with a beautiful table or buffet presentation and even napkin folding tips.

Make your Christmas meal really special this year by serving spiced pumpkin soufflés to your friends and family. Epicurious provides the recipe, and many other suggestions for unique Christmas dishes and desserts from Bon Appétit and Gourmet magazines. These tasty recipes are organized by type of dish, including stuffing, appetizers and sides.

Decorate Your Home

Many people dream of making their own elegant Christmas decorations, but lack that special bit of inspiration required to get started. The craft projects suggested by MarthaStewart.com are sure to help you give your home plenty of holiday class. The site has ideas for making wreaths, Christmas centerpieces, ornaments and much more. Once you’re satisfied with how the inside of your house looks, stop by the “Outdoor Lighting” section and discover how to make the exterior the envy of the neighborhood.

And if you want your home to look festive without spending all that time handcrafting your own decorations, never fear. Frontgate will outfit your home in style with Christmas stockings, garlands and other decorations available for purchase. The “Ornament Collections & Christmas Tree Decor” section is a must-see, offering several pages of unique ornaments.

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