Does your family get a real tree every year, or do you have an artificial one you always take out of storage?
If you typically use a fake tree, but are maybe open to switching up some Christmas traditions this year, here are eight great reasons why you should consider going for real over artificial.
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Once upon a time, I was a Santa’s helper at the mall.
Although initially slightly depressed I was taking a retail, seasonal job post-college it actually was a very rewarding experience I continued for a few years.
I gained customer service experience (applicable to so many work and life situations); I honed my skills for dealing with children; and I was able to master keeping calm under hectic, crazy conditions, like when there’s a 30 foot long line, and you have not one or two, but three or four or five crazy, crying children in front of you, and you have to get a decent picture with all of them looking and smiling at the same time.
Most of all, I learned how to step outside of my comfort zone, being so out there in the open. In Santa Land, there is no hiding behind a bookshelf or a clothing rack like at other stores in the mall. There is no ducking into your safe cubicle like in an office job. You are out there, front and center, for all to see.
The first year I started working at Santa Land was also the first year I started dating my now husband. We took a picture with Santa, thinking it was cute, and why not, since I worked there. And it’s just sort of continued every year since.
Do we people think we are nuts? Probably. Is anyone enjoying this other than our moms? Maybe not.
But here we are, in the open, stepping out of the comfort zone, out there for all to see, year after merry year.
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This past Christmas I tried something new – I gave the female members of my family canned preserved lemons.
My husband thought I was nuts, for not the first or last time.
“I was really concerned when you told me you were giving people lemons,” were his exact words.
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Not much is known about the history of candy canes – at least, not much that is backed up by reliable historical records. But we’ll go over what we do know.
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We learned in the history of Christmas cookies that gingerbread was one of the first cookies to be associated with Christmas.
But what about gingerbread houses, specifically?
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We’re not just going to look into where Christmas cookies come from.
We’re also looking at the specific traditions of leaving cookies for Santa, and cookie swapping.
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Let’s get into the holiday spirit with the history of eggnog.
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Within the general history of fruitcake, of course, we must investigate the repulsion behind this unusual, and yet festive, food item.
Perhaps you still have one from over the holidays that you’re using as a doorstop.
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