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Wow! Thank you for the eye candy! I love the wonderful array of fabrics, textures and colors. This is a group of very talented designers, working for a great and worthy cause. Well done!
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Lauren Elyse Fine Art, LLC.
Are those crystals in the fireplace?? Brilliant! Everyone did a stellar job, it's all stunning!!
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Try celebrating the true Christmas season. The twelve days of Christmas start at midnight Christmas Eve and extend until January 6. The frenzy beforehand has nothing to do with it (that time is supposed to be Advent). Spreading celebrating (and shopping) over the twelve days AFTER Christmas means you just don't get caught up in all that commercialism after Thanksgiving and the stress and consumerist 'peer pressure'. Decorate on Christmas Eve, have Christmas dinner, and then do simple, fun and home-and-family-centred activities on the Twelve Days of Christmas, culminating in gift-giving on January 6th. In effect, you opt out of the commercialist frenzy and celebrate the traditional Christmas season instead of suffering and being manipulated by the commercialized shopping season.

Try looking up the Christmas traditions of your family's ethnic background. There are plenty of interesting foods and traditions from around the world that can make your Christmas season more meaningful.

If you do way too much to make a 'memorable' Christmas, only to find yourself frazzled and overwhelmed and not enjoying it, try asking your family which two or three things they remember and cherish most about Christmas and what they REALLY want to retain as traditions year after year. You may be very surprised to find that family members enjoy activities more than they remember any presents that they got. You may also be surprised by the number of things you pour huge amounts of energy into that nobody really appreciates all that much: you're doing them because you feel like you 'have to' or because you've always done them. Sit everyone down and do a little 'market research' by asking each family member to say what they really love about Christmas and really want to do. You may be very happily surprised by what they really want - and relieved by how much less work and expense will be involved.
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These are all great ideas. Our family has found great benefits in giving experiences: art lessons, cooking lessons, airfare vouchers, etc., rather than things. And if we give things, handmade, vintage and local are more meaningful than mass produced mall items. Finding a way to keep the holiday focused on family rather than volume consumption is not easy but very worthwhile. Thank you for this idea book.
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Really beautiful kitchen, I love everything about it!
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Clay Aragon
I wanna eat that cake!
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