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Tips to a Perfect Holiday Photo

Tips to a Perfect Holiday Photo

A Christmas photograph doesn't have to be formal.  In fact, the best pictures are those that are casual, relaxed and fun.  Here are some tips on how to make your next Christmas photo shoot a success.  Lighting is key.  Experts say that morning light or late afternoon natural lighting is the best. The mid-day, when the sun is at it's peak, tends to created an unflattering glare.   If you are indoors the camera should be between the window and the subject.  Don't include the window in your shot. Don't use a flash indoors. As stated above natural lighting is the...

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All About Santa Claus

All About Santa Claus

Of all the Christmas legends and traditions, Santa Claus seems to be the most popular.  After all, Christmas is about giving and who started the tradition of giving presents at Christmastime?  Santa Claus himself, or should I say "Saint Nicholas".  Here in America, we didn't really know who Saint Nicholas was, until Dutch immigrants introduced "Sinterklass" (meaning St. Nicholas) to the colonies.  In Europe, St. Nicholas or "Sinterklass" was a legendary Bishop who lived in the fourth century AD in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now Turkey). He was a very kind rich man who had a reputation...

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Ten Christmas Myths

Ten Christmas Myths

While researching Christmas customs and traditions, I ran across something quite interesting.  Not all of what we believe about Christmas is factual.  We have been accustomed to celebrate Christmas a certain way, not realizing we are celebrating something that began completely different.  Somehow, over the years Christmas has evolved into what society wanted it to be.  Here are some myths about Christmas that many of us don't know about.   1. Myth: Jesus' birthday is December 25th. Most theologians agree that Jesus was born either in the Spring or the Summer, not in December.  Biblical narrative suggests that shepherds watching over...

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History of Hallmark Christmas Cards

History of Hallmark Christmas Cards

Hallmark began producing their own Christmas greeting cards in 1915.  Their story begins in 1910 when an 18-year old ambitious entrepreneur named Joyce Clyde Hall started selling his picture postcards. With little money, he made a name for himself and his small business gained popularity.  His brother joined the business and the company was named Hall Brothers. On January 11, 1915, a fire destroyed much of what they had and with $ 17,000 in debt, they almost gave up.  However, they decided to continue making their postcards.  Eventually, the postcards declined in sales and the brothers had to come up...

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How to Care for a Poinsettia Plant

How to Care for a Poinsettia Plant

Do you have a poinsettia plant that is still around from Christmas?  I usually purchase a poinsettia plant for my home during the holiday or receive one as a gift.  I don't have much of a "green thumb" and usually by the end of the holiday, it looks pretty dreary and ends of in the garbage.  I'm so glad I found tips on how to keep a poinsettia plant healthy, even to the point where you can enjoy it the following season.    First, a poinsettia plant is a tropical plant.  That means it likes a lot of sun and...

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