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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Lighted Marquee Monogram Ornaments
Set of 6 Mini Mason Jar Ornaments


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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28-Pc. Holiday Gift Bag Set
42-Pc. Designer Holiday Bag Sets
Holiday Northwoods Kraft Gift Bag Set

Creative Gift Card Holders

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Snow Globe Gift Card Holders
Sets of 6 Felt Gift Card Holder Tags
Don’t Count on It™ Gift Card Puzzle


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.

Christmas Checklist (Day 10): Personalized Gift Ideas

We all want to find perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on our lists. We want to give gifts that’ll be cherished, meaningful gifts that’ll show the people in our lives how much they mean to us. Sometimes all a gift needs is a personal touch to make it really stand out. LTD has a variety of personalized gifts for everyone. Check out some of our personalized gift ideas for sports fans, personalized jewelry, and family gifts to surprise holiday hosts below. But don’t wait! The deadline to get personalized gifts delivered by Christmas is December 1st.


Gifts for Sports Fans

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Personalized NHL Locker Room Prints
Personalized NFL Stitched Jersey Prints
Personalized MLB Locker Room Prints

Personalized Jewelry

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Personalized Five Hearts Name Bracelets
Personalized Always in My Heart Locket
Personalized Heart Pendants

Gifts for Families

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Personalized Family Wall Plaques
Personalized Bamboo Cutting Boards
Personalized Tapestry Throws


Christmas Fun Fact #10

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 was over, Christmas was finally a major holiday with traditions from all over the country.


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Host and Hostess Gift Ideas
Holiday parties are an exciting part of the winter months, but if you’ve ever tried to put one together yourself, then you know that throwing them can be a lot of work. Every host and hostess should be properly thanked for putting together an amazing party, preparing that delicious holiday feast or just for inviting people to their homes. Here are five great gift ideas to help you prepare for the holiday parties you’ll be attending this year.

Christmas Checklist (Day 9): Huge Markdowns Available Today

Today at LTD, we’re giving customers another opportunity to shop our great Cyber Monday deals. It isn’t too late to find incredible discounts on gifts for kids, toddlers, teens and adults. Get a look at some gift ideas that are 50% off or more today, and find cheap stocking stuffers under $2. Stock up while you can on great gifts with today’s amazing markdowns, and as we’ve been doing all week, find a few Christmas fun facts below.


Gifts for Kids — 50% Off or More

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Licensed Carry-Along Art Desks
Kids’ Licensed Cold Weather Masks
Licensed Water Bottles

Gifts for You — 50% Off or More

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Debra Shepard® Swarovski Threader Earrings
Fuzzy Fleece Realtree® Infinity Loop Scarves
Holiday Favorites in Mason Jar

Stocking Stuffers Under $2.00

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Perfect Scents™ Fragrances
Set of 5 Stylus Pens
Sherpa Lined Knit Hats


Christmas Fun Fact #9

DID YOU KNOW: America has an official Christmas tree, and it’s not the one outside Rockefeller Center. It’s not even the tree traditionally lit outside the White House every year. President Calvin Coolidge announced in 1926 that a giant sequoia (known as the General Grant Tree), located within Kings Canyon National Park in California, would be the Nation’s Christmas Tree. It’s one of the largest trees in the world: over 300 ft. tall.


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Holiday Travel: Tips for Packing Christmas Gifts
It doesn’t matter if you’re flying down the freeway or flying through the air–holiday travel can be a nuisance, especially if you’re packing precious Christmas gifts. It is never fun to get hit with unexpected fees at airport check-in, or pop the trunk at the rest stop three states east to find out your professional gift wrapping job has been torn to pieces by an overenthusiastic left turn. Maybe you’re heading home for the holidays for the first time, or haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing airports during the Christmas rush. Whatever you’re plans are, find out how to get all your Christmas gifts from point A to point B safely with these holiday packing tips.

Christmas Checklist (Day 8): Cyber Monday Toys & Electronics

Cyber Monday is officially here! We’ve got brand new markdowns in all kinds of categories, including toys and electronics. Whether you need a few gifts to complete your Christmas shopping or stuff stockings with with great accessories, LTD has you covered with discounts on our already low prices. Check out a few of our best toys & electronics deals available now, or read on for facts about mall Santas and Cyber Monday.


Cyber Monday Deals on Toys for Kids

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Press the button on the Star Wars Talking Plush to hear the character’s famous phrases or sounds. It has an exceptionally cute look with its oversized head and plush body. The perfect gift for kids new to the franchise.

Start creating your own town with a Click Brick Building Set. Assemble the interlocking bricks to build the site that every toy town needs. This great toy lets kids use their creativity, imagination and problem solving skills.

Your child will have hours of fun playing with 1:24 Realtree Friction Ford Truck. Each friction-powered truck has durable rubber tires, loads of realistic details and a Realtree® theme. Must-have for Christmas morning.

Cyber Discounts on Electronic Accessories

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The 2-In-1 Stand with Power Bank is a convenient way to charge your device on the go. It’s capable of fully charging all smartphones, as well as tablets up to 75%. It features a built-in stand to hold your smartphone.

Easily use your smartphone or tablet in the cold with the 3-Pk. Touch Screen Gloves. The gloves allow you to use your thumb, index finger and middle finger to text, surf the web and more while keeping hands warm.

Take your listening experience to the next level with Light Grooves Earbuds. The cords light up and flash to the beat of your music. The comfy earbuds are compatible with any standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.

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Christmas Fun Fact #8

Nearly 900,000 parents took their kids to visit Santa at the mall in 2014. The decades old holiday tradition is a favorite for many families leading up to the Christmas season, and isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. It’s always been a coveted position. In recent years, the competition has been so intense that many malls make the process easier by hiring Santas with certifications from Santa “colleges” like Noerr’s Santa University.


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The Weird History Behind the Word “Cyber”
Nowadays we use the word “cyber” so casually that it doesn’t really register as a strange word. In addition to being the driving concept behind Cyber Monday, it’s also the prefix for hundreds of modern words. We know cyber refers to the digital culture we interact with every day, but if we trace the word back through history, we start to stumble across some interesting facts. Take a breather from Cyber Monday with this cyber analysis.

Christmas Checklist (Day 6): Giving Books is a Holiday Tradition

Black Friday might be over, but Cyber Monday is just a couple days away. We’re starting the sale early with a special Cyber Monday Sneak Peek, which includes some fun books for the family. Giving books has been an important holiday tradition in one particular country for many decades. Find out which country and check out our article on better ways to give books for Christmas below. Enjoy LTD’s Cyber Monday Sneak Peek!


We’ve Got Low-Priced Books for All Ages

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Enjoy the work of three #1 New York Times bestselling authors with these Famous Author 3-Book Sets. Sit back this holiday season, relax and get lost in stories by Danielle Steel, Debbie Macomber, or Nora Roberts.

In Charlie the Ranch Dog Picture Books, Ree Drummond introduces kids to her beloved, short-legged pup. He has dangly ears, floppy skin, big paws and loves living in the country. Packed with colorful illustrations.

The best-selling Minecraft 4-Book Box Set features the game’s popular handbooks in a stunning, gold-foiled slipcase. Each handbook has tips and key information from the game’s creator to help you build your world.

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Christmas Fun Fact #6

DID YOU KNOW: One of Iceland’s deepest Christmas traditions is to give books to each other on Christmas Eve. Families spend the night reading their new books. The tradition is responsible for the “Christmas Book Flood,” an affectionate name for the big wave of book sales that occurs between September and November as families prepare for their favorite Christmas Eve tradition. Learn a few new fun ways to give books below.


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Better Ways to Give Books for Christmas
Books can be the star of your Christmas show or a solid supporting character. If you’re taking a chance on a new author or genre, you’re probably wondering how you can turn a humble paperback into one of the most interesting presents under the tree. Learn a few tricks on how to use books to create the perfect holiday gift.

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Christmas Checklist (Day 5): Get Into the Christmas Spirit

Black Friday is here, and we’ve got hundreds of discounts for you to explore. It’s the perfect time to stock up on everything you need for Christmas, from the finishing touches for your Christmas decor to a cute holiday mug to enjoy your favorite hot beverage as the weather begins to get colder. It’s officially Christmas season. Explore outstanding deals, and get into the Christmas spirit with fun facts about our favorite holiday songs.


Black Friday Christmas Deals

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The cheery Holiday Marquee Sign features a festive, uplifting holiday word and illuminates with white light. Place it on a shelf, mantel or any flat surface to brighten up any room with the spirit of the Christmas season.

Enjoy any classic cookies-and-milk combo with Set of 2 Cookie Mugs. Each adorable snowman has a wide, open mouth on the bottom that’s designed to keep holiday cookies or marshmallows warm and within reach.

Celebrate the flavors of the holiday season with Taste of Home Christmas Cookbook. With its 465 seasonal recipes, you’ll find new Christmas favorites with every turn of the page, from savory appetizers to tasty treats.

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Christmas Fun Fact #5

DID YOU KNOW: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is as popular in Australia as it is here, but the lyrics are entirely different. Instead of partridges, turtle doves and all the other birds, the Aussies use wombats, emus and all other kinds of wildlife from the outback. Learn the lyrics, and read on for more Christmas song facts.


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Interesting Facts About Our Favorite Holiday Songs
If there is anything that can bring us back to our fondest memories of the holidays, it’s the music. From 19th century Christmas carols to the magical voice of Bing Crosby, some of the very best holiday music is deeply rooted in the past. Discover a couple things about some of the songs that are always on our playlists during the holiday season with these interesting facts about our favorite Christmas carols and holiday tunes.

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Christmas Checklist (Day 4): Forever Thankful for Family Time

Happy Thanksgiving! For LTD’s Day 4 Black Friday Deals, we’re bringing attention to some products that’ll make your family time more memorable during the holiday season. Challenge the family to build a complex puzzle, read a holiday story to the kids or enjoy a classic treat with a glass of milk on Christmas Eve. Learn about what kids from around the world leave out for Santa, as well as tips for a stress-free holiday below.


Gifts for Family Time During the Holidays

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Inspire new memories while piecing together the good old days with 1,000-Pc. Nostalgic Puzzles. Features a collage of familiar favorites from the past. Assemble these delightful puzzles on our large felt Puzzle Mat.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Tin is filled with bite-sized versions of this popular treat. A lovely seasonal image adorns the exterior of the tin, which can be reused for storage or decor when the cookies are finished.

Enjoy a delightful, classic story during the holiday season with Inspirational Timeless Legend Stories. Each book features vibrant illustrations, and a page that explains the meaning behind familiar holiday traditions.

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Christmas Fun Fact #4

DID YOU KNOW: In America, its traditional to leave out milk and cookies for Santa. 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 type of sponge cake known as Pan de Pascua.


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Christmas Planning Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday
I’m not sure how this seems to happen every single year. The holidays sort of hide out there in the shadows, and when everyone least expects it–BAM! They jump out and surprise us. We wake up and realize we don’t have much time until Christmas. Why do we put everything off and make it so stressful for ourselves and our loved ones? Form a plan and make your holidays easier this time around with a few of these Christmas tips.

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