New Year’s Eve Ideas & Tips for a Fresh Start

The holidays are at an end, but we’ve got one last weekend of celebrating to do before 2017 officially starts. Whether you’re on the lookout for a few fresh ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the family, trying to get a jump on your New Year’s resolutions or just searching for a few ways to spruce up your house for the new season, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of these LTD articles and start planning for a fantastic year!


What to Eat for a Lucky New Year

New Year: What to Eat for a Lucky New Year
When the holidays come to an end, we have an entire new year to start planning for. Although some people think of it as just another day, we allow ourselves to use New Year’s to wipe the slate clean and focus on the positive. Luckily, there are a few things to eat to bring us good fortune. Here’s what to eat for a lucky year!

New Year: Ideas for a Lucky New Year with the Family
Having kids changes the way we do everything! They bring joy to every event, but each event requires a bit of adjusting, including how we spend the holidays. If you have younger kids, you’re probably spending New Year’s Eve at home. But you can still celebrate! Here are a few ideas for a lucky new year with the family.

New Year: Ideas for Bedroom Decor to Start the New Year

New Year: Ideas for Bedroom Decor to Start the Year Fresh
Starting the New Year is exciting, but by summer all those resolutions will inevitably fall back onto the list for next year. Set yourself up for success from the start by redecorating and reorganizing your life to reflect your goals. The bedroom is where you start and end the day. Transform it before your tackle your goals for 2017.

4 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Sleep Better
The New Year means a new you! Getting more sleep, as well as getting better sleep might be at the very top of your resolution list, but sticking to that resolution requires you to make some additional changes as well. If you’re serious about sleeping better, check out these 4 New Year’s resolutions to get the job done in 2017.

New Year, New Kitchen: Tips for a Kitchen Makeover

New Year, New Kitchen: Tips for a Kitchen Makeover
Your kitchen is the place where your family eats, where friends gather and where memories are made on a daily basis. Whether your kitchen is overdue for a little facelift or ready for a major makeover, these tips will help you brainstorm ideas and start planning. Renovate, redesign and redecorate your kitchen this year!

Festive Breakfast Recipe Ideas for Christmas Morning

Christmas morning is a special time for families. For parents, it also marks the end of an exhausting holiday season. Making breakfast on Christmas morning might feel like one of the last chores to check off on a long list of holiday tasks, but it really doesn’t have to be. All you need is a few inspiring recipe ideas to get you in the mood to cook in the early hours of Christmas, and a few recipe ideas to prep your meal the night before.


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Must-Have Christmas Coffee

If you’re a parent with young kids, you know that Christmas Eve can be a late night and Christmas Day can start pretty early. Get the supplies you need for your morning coffee set out the night before so you can brew a delicious cup that gets you in the Christmas spirit. Of course, as we all know, that Christmas spirit requires generous portions of whipped cream and cinnamon to top off your favorite blend. Or, if you’re really up to try something new, go the extra mile with this tempting homemade peppermint mocha recipe at Pinch of Yum.

Eggnog French Toast Recipe

We know waking up on Christmas morning can be difficult. Even though you’ve put in plenty of hours trying to make Christmas perfect for your family, there’s still some work to do on Christmas morning. Thankfully, it’s possible to make breakfast less of a chore by prepping meals the night before. French toast is a great recipe to make ahead and throw in the fridge to speed up the process–which will come in handy when the kids are anxious to open gifts or you’re not in the mood to crack eggs. Add a special ingredient in this eggnog recipe.

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Christmas Tree Pancakes

Pancakes are one of the easiest and most desirable dishes to make on Christmas morning. Like the French toast, you can get the batter ready the night before. Pancakes are very easy to cut and shape into Christmas shapes that are perfect for your morning breakfast. It’s just a matter of cutting them up, stacking them up and adding the right toppings to decorate. Interested? Check out this recipe for Christmas tree pancake stacks.

Brushed Maple Bacon Strips

The best gift on Christmas morning isn’t always waiting under the tree. Sometimes it’s sizzling in the kitchen brushed with maple syrup and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Don’t overthink it. The holidays are still in full swing and New Year’s resolutions are for next week. Indulge with this amazing maple-pepper bacon recipe.

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Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Making the batter for French toast or pancakes will save you some time on Christmas morning, but it leaves a few cooking steps on the table. If you’re looking for a meal you can completely prepare the night before so you can throw it in the oven early in the morning, get out your baker or casserole dish. Great for big families, full hearty recipes like this sausage breakfast casserole are crowd-pleasers that will fill stomachs and bring smiles to everyone sitting around the table. It’s a great recipe to recreate for kids during their holiday break.

Green Monday: LTD’s Top 12 Deals of the Day

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Stocking Stuffers: Santa’s Secret Formula Revealed

Christmas stockings are one of the best holiday traditions. Not only is there less pressure to find the perfect gift, there’s more of an opportunity to try out new gift ideas, surprise your family with little presents you found during your holiday search, and stock them up with things you know they’ll need in the upcoming year. And even though there is no wrong way to fill your stockings, Santa didn’t become the stocking master without a secret formula for success. Get the inside scoop on stocking stuffers with these 7 steps from Santa himself.


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Step 1: Something Sweet

Sweet treats are the perfect gift to feature at the top of your stockings. If you’re not wrapping the little gifts you put in the stockings, lining the top with sweets is a great way to disguise the stocking’s contents while giving the recipient something to get excited about. Everyone loves getting sweets on Christmas morning that they can enjoy later in the day. On a practical note, it’s better to allow sweets like chocolate to breathe at the top.

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Step 2: Something Snuggly

Don’t overlook the importance of practical gifts during Christmas. A warm pair of socks, stylish winter scarf or a fresh set of pajamas to lounge around in on Christmas morning will be appreciated long after the holidays, while a cozy blanket or a new pair of gloves will keep them warm and cozy inside and outside of the house.

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Step 3: Something Silly

Everything below the second layer of the stocking is completely hidden, especially if you went snuggly with the second layer for coverage. That makes the third layer great for the first surprise. Make them smile with a humorous toy, a hilarious game the whole family can enjoy, or a cute novelty mug for their morning coffee.

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Step 4: Something Smart

After making them smile with something amusing, it’s the perfect moment to surprise them with a gift that will help them learn about something new, especially if they’ve been meaning to try it out or are entering a new phase of their life. Books are great for this layer (even if you have to situate them vertically in the stocking).

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Step 5: Something Suitable

Something smart will keep their interest and capture their imagination, but it might also give them reason to look forward to the upcoming year. This fifth layer is perfect for expanding on smart with something suitable. Giving them something suitable means giving them something they can put to use to make their life easier, help them pursue a new hobby or use in their everyday life that’s unique to their passion or casual interest.

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Step 6: Something Stylish

Sometimes the best presents are the ones that serve two purposes, so if you’re on the lookout for a practical gift they can use for the rest of the winter, think apparel and fashion accessories that will keep them warm or organized while also giving them a stylish wardrobe staple–like winter hats, comfy scarves or a new wallet.

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Step 7: Something Special

The bottom of the stocking is the ideal place to put that special gift you’re excited to give. It’s the highlight of the stocking and the gift that the rest of the stocking is leading up to. If the first several layers you created did what you expected them to do, by the end of the stocking the recipient is already more than satisfied. So this is the perfect place to make them feel special. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Sentimental or personalized gifts work great at the bottom of the stocking, as well as shiny jewelry, electronic accessories, or collectibles.

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You don’t have to stick to Santa’s secret formula to assemble the perfect stocking, but we hope this list gives you some helpful ideas for how to layer your stockings to make your recipient’s experience sweet, snuggly, silly, smart, suitable, stylish, special and truly satisfying. Start searching and save with LTD’s great deals!

10 Interesting Christmas Facts You Might Not Know

It’s almost Christmas! Over the last couple weeks, we’ve been offering you some interesting fun facts about the holiday season–now you can read all those fun Christmas facts right here. Learn about U.S. Presidents, why reindeer drive Santa’s sleigh, what kids around the world set out on Christmas Eve other than milk and cookies, as well as facts about Christmas trees, gift cards, the book tradition in Iceland and so much more…


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Presidential Tradition

Grover Cleveland was the first President to decorate the White House Christmas Tree with electric lights in 1894, only three years after electricity was installed in the White House. Learn more interesting facts about why we decorate with Christmas lights, as well as how Thomas Edison was involved in this LTD article.

The Coldest Christmas

Overall, 1983 was the coldest Christmas in the United States. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, over 125 cities east of the Rocky Mountains broke low temperature records on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This Christmas probably won’t be that cold, but you’ll probably still want to bundle up while you travel and attend holiday get-togethers throughout the season. Get a few holiday fashion tips with our featured article here.

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Reindeer Origins

Reindeer were first domesticated by humans as early as 3,000 years ago. Today, almost half of the reindeer world population is domesticated. Anthropologists theorize that the reason reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh isn’t just because reindeer can survive up in the frigid climate where Santa lives. Some ancient cultures depicted the reindeer as leaping through the air, curious images that bring to mind reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh.

Milk & Cookies

In America, it’s traditional to leave out milk and cookies for Santa Claus. But this tradition varies from country to country. In Sweden, kids offer up coffee to keep Santa awake. In Ireland, a pint of Guinness isn’t out of the ordinary. In Chile, families leave out a sweet sponge cake known as Pan de Pascua to keep Santa moving.

Twelve Days of Christmas

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is as popular in Australia as it is here, but the lyrics are different. Instead of partridges, turtle doves and all the other birds, the Aussies use wombats, emus and all other kinds of wildlife from their native outback. Interested in some more interesting facts about Christmas songs? Keep reading.

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Big Wave of Books

One of Iceland’s deepest Christmas traditions is to give books to one another on Christmas Eve. Families spend the night reading their brand new books. The tradition is responsible for the Christmas Book Flood, an affectionate name for the huge wave of book sales that occurs between September and November as families prepare for their favorite Christmas Eve tradition. Get creative with book-giving using these ideas.

Official Christmas Tree

America has an official Christmas tree, and it’s not the one outside Rockefeller Center. It’s not even the tree that’s traditionally lit outside the White House each year. President Calvin Coolidge announced in 1926 that a giant sequoia (the General Grant Tree) living within Kings Canyon National Park in California, would be the Nation’s Christmas Tree. It also happens to be one of the biggest trees in the world at over 300 feet tall.

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After Thanksgiving

Christmas actually became an official national holiday in America in 1870, seven years after Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by Abraham Lincoln. It took awhile for Christmas to turn into the holiday we recognize today. The British brought Christmas to America in its earliest years, but strict Puritan beliefs did not allow for the “pagan” celebrations typically associated with the holiday. It was even outlawed in certain cities in the 17th century. After the Revolutionary War, many British traditions were no longer celebrated in America, including Christmas. The holiday resurfaced in the early decades of the 19th century, and by the time the Civil War ended, Christmas was finally a major holiday, mixing traditions from across the country.

Gift Card Craze

Gift cards have been on a steady rise in popularity over the last decade. In fact, the average person bought at least two gift cards in 2015. But even though gift cards are one of the most frequently requested gifts, they have yet to show that they’re truly valued by all. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly $1 billion in gift cards went unused in 2013, and about a third of that the next year. A big percentage of the numbers comes from people losing the physical card before using it, giving priority to digital gift cards as the solution for the near future.

Forests for Sale

Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states in America. Somewhere between 25-30 million Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year, while 300-350 million are currently planted to meet the future demand. The average growing time for a real tree is around seven years, and the states producing the most trees yearly are Oregon, North Carolina and Wisconsin, among others. It’s not too late to get your tree. Start right here.

Christmas Checklist (Day 12): Still Time to Trim the Tree

Quite a few families already have their Christmas trees up and decorated, but some of us are just catching up on our holiday decorations after a hectic Thanksgiving and a busy week of shopping. There’s still plenty of time to get a tree and decorate it with time to spare for Christmas. Take a look at two of our favorite pre-lit artificial trees, and get some last-minute ornaments to trim the tree or put to use as hostess gifts this season.


Artificial Christmas Trees

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6-Ft. Pre-Lit Pop-Up Christmas Trees 
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Ornaments Under $5

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Sentiment Globe Ornaments
NFL Sled Ornaments

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Christmas Fun Fact #12

DID YOU KNOW: Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states in America. Somewhere between 25-30 million Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year, while 300-350 million are currently planted to meet the future demand. The average growing time for a real tree is around seven years, and the states producing the most trees yearly are Oregon, North Carolina and Wisconsin, among others. Trim your tree with some tips below.


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Ideas for Hosting a Tree-Trimming Party
The holiday season is a crazy time of year. Between holiday shopping and getting the house ready to host all of the out-of-town guests, you also have to get the tree decorated. Holiday decorating is a big task. One easy way to help get your holiday decorating started while making it feel like less of a chore is by hosting a tree trimming party. Here are five quick ideas to make your holiday decorating party festive and productive.

Christmas Checklist (Day 11): Wrap Presents Like a Pro

Just a reminder that today is the final day to order personalized gifts to get them delivered by Christmas. It’s also the perfect day to finish off your hunt for the perfect gifts and stock up on gift bags to wrap presents like a pro. If you’re trying to avoid the headache of wrapping gifts yourself, check out our selection of decorative gift bags and gift card holders. And if you have your heart set on wrapping gifts, check out our article below.


Simplify with Gift Bag Sets

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Creative Gift Card Holders

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Christmas Fun Fact #11

Gift cards have been on a steady rise in popularity over the last decade. In fact, the average person bought at least two gift cards in 2015. But even though gift cards are one of the most frequently requested gifts, they have yet to show that they’re valued across the board. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly $1 billion in gift cards went unused in 2013, and about a 3rd of that the following year. A big percentage of these numbers comes from people losing the physical gift card, giving priority to digital gift cards as the solution for the near future.


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6 Tips to Make Your Holiday Presents Look Professional
Let’s face it. We can’t all be Martha Stewart, no matter what we see on Pinterest. It’s okay. If you want to up your gift presentation game this holiday season we’ve got you covered. From picking the perfect wrapping paper and color selection to embellishments and tricks for using double-sided tape for a clean, classy look, here are 6 tips to make your holiday presents look like you paid some professional to do the work for you.