20 Items You Should Always Buy After the Holidays

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1. New Cars

If you’re thinking of treating yourself to a new car for 2018, wait until after Christmas is over to buy it. At the end of the model year, dealerships are eager to get cars off their lot to make way for new inventory, so the week between Christmas and New Year’s is your best bet for buying if you want to save yourself a good chunk of change.

 2. TVs

Since consumer electronics are such big sellers before the holidays, they tend to be significantly cheaper after December 25th has come and gone. Just don’t wait too long on these; by January 1st, many electronics sales are already over and new products have hit the shelves.

3. Holiday decorations

Most shops don’t want to hang onto their holiday inventory for another year, so holiday decorations, like ornaments, garlands, and lights, are steeply discounted after Christmas and Hanukkah. Even if you’re not in the market for tinsel or wreaths, you can also get plenty of holiday items that can be used year-round, like candle sticks and linens.

4. Gift sets

Gift sets aren’t big sellers when the holidays are through. If you’re in the market for personal care products, you’ll save big bucks if you buy them after the holiday season has passed.

5. Headphones

Much like other electronics, headphones are most likely to be scooped up by customers before the holidays as gifts. This means that after Christmas, there are tons of discounted pairs on the market.

6. Winter coats

If you can wear last year’s coat through the holiday season, you can save a ton of money on a new one. Clothing items are heavily discounted after the holidays, and winter gear, which is usually purchased in greater quantities in the fall, tends to come down in price post-Christmas.

7. Snow equipment

Do some manual shovelling now and purchase items like snow blowers after the holidays. Snow removal equipment gets a steep discount after Christmas is over.

8. Home décor

Home décor prices go down significantly after the holidays have come and gone. After the holidays is the perfect time to stock up on pillows, throws, serving trays, lamps, and rugs.

9. Exercise equipment

Get your New Year’s resolutions off to a good start by purchasing some exercise equipment between December 26th and January 1st. This week tends to have the biggest discounts on electronics, fitness equipment included.

10. Snow boots

Treat yourself to some new snow boots after the holidays are over. Outdoor apparel, including snow boots, tends to come down in price after Christmas.

11. Kitchen appliances

After holiday shoppers have scooped up blenders and standing mixers as gifts for their family, those remaining on the shelves of your local stores get a major price cut. This also applies to bigger items, like dishwashers, stoves, and refrigerators.

12. Food

Holiday treats, like baking mixes, candy, hot chocolate, Christmas-inspired coffee flavours, or basically any food in red and green packaging, will be sold at a serious discount after the holidays.

  13. Baking supplies

If you don’t mind using a red baking sheet or some snowflake-shaped muffin tins throughout the year, you can get them for virtually nothing when the holidays are over.

15. Candles

Candles, the gift everyone stocks up on for Secret Santa and out-of-town guests, are much cheaper after the holidays. If you’re cool with your house smelling like spruce or gingerbread outside of the holiday season, you can save lots of cash.

16. Stereo systems

If you want to turn it up to 11, but can’t see yourself shelling out thousands of dollars to do so, buy after the holidays. Stereo systems get their prices slashed when the holiday rush is over.

17. Cocktail sets

Those cocktail sets in your local liquor store aren’t big sellers after New Year’s. Stock up after January 1st and you’ll keep a lot more cash in your wallet.

18. Toys

Christmas and Hanukkah are, without a doubt, the biggest toy-buying holidays of the year. When the holidays are over, however, all those toys left at the store get some major price cuts.

19. Wrapping paper

The holidays aren’t the only time you’ll need wrapping paper, so stock up for birthdays and other gift-giving occasions after December 25th, when it goes on sale.

20. Cleaning supplies

Everything from sponges to dish soap comes in holiday packaging these days. That means that once the holiday season is over, those bottles of snowflake-adorned detergent and other holiday-inspired cleaning items are discounted to a fraction of their original price. Even if you’re getting down to the wire, these last-minute gift ideas are sure to wow your family and friends.

 

 

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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Bake Up A Batch Of Santa Cookies

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For those who enjoy a challenge. What’s the perfect way to prepare for a visit from Ol’ Saint Nick? Put out a plate of these cute mini Roly Poly Santa cookies. Ho ho ho!

These mini Roly Poly Santa Cookies are the cutest of the cookie bunch! They’re buttery and delicious and you’ll almost feel bad for eating their legs and head, but you won’t regret it once you have a taste! Below is the recipe to make these little guys. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Roly Poly Santa Cookie Recipe

1 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

red food coloring

mini-chocolate chips (for eyes and buttons)

Red Hots for nose

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Beat the butter on high for 30 seconds. Add sugar, beat

until combined, scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour.

Remove 1 cup of dough and set aside. Mix red food coloring in the remaining dough. Make a one 1-inch ball and five 1/2-inch balls from the red dough. From the plain dough, make a 3/4-inch ball and four 1/4-inch. Attach them by pushing the dough together, like picture shows. Add the chocolate chips for the eyes and three buttons. After the Santas are assembled on a cookie sheet, bake them for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes.

Recipe for frosting:

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Directions: 

Beat shortening and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add powdered sugar and enough milk to make frosting piping consistency.

Spoon frosting into a decorating bag and use a medium, star tip to pipe the Santa’s beard, hat and add the nose! Voila, you have a charming little cookie!

 

A List of Holiday Movies

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  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • A Christmas Story
  • Christmas In Connecticut
  • Elf
  • Home Alone
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Love Actually
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Grinch
  • The Holiday
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Santa Claus
  • A Gift to Remember ( Hallmark Channel)
  • With Love, Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
  • The Christmas Train (Hallmark Channel)
  • Switched For Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
  • Christmas Next Door (Hallmark Channel)
  • Happy Christmas (Netflix)
  • Bad Santa 1 & 2 (Netflix)
  • Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Netflix)
  • Are We There Yet? (Netflix)
  • A Christmas Kiss (Netflix)
  • Holiday Baggage (Netflix)
  • Legend of Frosty The Snowman (Netflix)
  • Believe (Netflix)
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Netflix)
  • Merry Me For Christmas (Netflix)
  • Twelve Dates of Christmas (Netflix)

 

Party Games for the 21+ Crowd

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We’ve all been there: You’re at a party that’s just not quite delivering on the entertainment front. Great food and festive decor can only do so much when your guests are ending up stuck in the same circles of conversation. Before people start awkwardly glancing down at their phones, mix up the mingling at your next party with these super fun adult-friendly games that are sure to break the ice. Your guests will thank you. 

Left, Center, Right
All you need for this game is a pair of regular dice (though you can buy dice specifically made for this game at Walmart. Start each person around the table off with five one-dollar bills—or five pieces of candy for a less financially risky game—then have one person at a time roll the dice. 

The rest is simple: The amount you keep depends on the numbers you roll. One is left, two is right, and three is center—all other numbers mean you keep the amount you currently have. If you roll ‘left’, pass your dollars to the person on your left and if you roll ‘right’, to the person on your right. If you roll ‘center’, add your money to the pot. The person with the last dollar at the end wins the whole pot. 

The Newlywed Game: Family and Friends Edition
Test your knowledge of your family and friends by mixing up this classic game. Start by pairing off family members and having them sit back to back. For each question asked by the “host”, the pairs must quickly write down what they think the other will answer. The two that get the most answers correct win. 

Bobbing for Liquor
Forgo Granny Smith apples and instead purchase a variety of (nips) single-serving size bottles of liquor, placing them into a bucket filled with water. When someone pulls a small bottle out of the water with their teeth, they have to drink it.
 
If you’re a stickler for tradition and would prefer to use the traditional apples, carve a number into the sides of the fruits before putting them into the bucket of water. When someone pulls out the apple, they have to take that number of shots. 

Name That Tune  
Test even the best music buffs by choosing an obscure Spotify playlist and having one person be the DJ. Split off into two teams and see who can name the most songs after just a few seconds of listening. Extra points for the ones that know the artist and album.

Heads Up
We have to give credit to our favorite talks show host Ellen for this awesome game idea. She turned it into an app, but you can play it on your own by having everyone sit in a circle and write down a person, place, or thing on a sticky note. Fold the notes in half, then place them into a bowl. One by one, each person picks a note from the bowl and without looking, sticks it onto their forehead. The person to the left has to to use clues to get the first person to guess what is on their head. 

Fill the Pumpkin
While the pumpkin makes this game perfect for Halloween, it can easily be adapted to any holiday by simply switching up the vessel. The game works best if everyone is drinking different kinds of drinks, because then the penalty for having to drink from the pumpkin is that much worse. The first step is to find a plastic container that doesn’t leak, then spread a deck of cards facing down around the pumpkin.

Next, assign different rules to different cards; for example, each person who draws a Jack can make up a dare and each person who draws a King can make someone drink. For every Four and Eight that’s drawn, the person who selects them must pour a bit of their drink into the pumpkin. Anyone who draws an Ace automatically drinks whatever is in the pumpkin. Good luck!

Please drink and behave responsibly.

 

Coping with Grief and Loss During the holidays

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The holidays, especially the first ones after losing a loved one, are especially difficult for people who are grieving. Often, friends and family members of those affected by a loss are unsure how to act or what to say to support their grieving loved one during the holidays.   

There is also a point of when the ones grieving are unsure how to act as well. They may feel they shouldn’t laugh or feel joyful, due to feeling as if they are disrespecting their loved one that has passed away. On the first holiday after my mom passed away, we still shared presents, and ate large meals, but it was all pretty subdued.

Below are a few suggestions that may help you or someone you know who is grieving cope with the holidays:

Start a new tradition. During a holiday dinner, place a lighted candle on the dinner table, leave an empty chair, or say a few words of remembrance.

Change the celebration. Go out to dinner instead of planning an elaborate meal at home. Or schedule a trip with friends.

Express your needs. People who are grieving may find it hard to participate in all the festivities or may need to let go of unsatisfying traditions. It’s all right to tell people you just aren’t up to it right now or to change plans at the last minute.

Help someone else. It may also help to volunteer through a charitable or religious organization. Make a donation to a favorite cause in memory of the person who died. 

Listen. If he or she wants to talk about the deceased loved one or feelings associated with the loss, LISTEN. Active listening from friends is an important step to helping him or her heal. Don’t worry about being conversational…. just listen.

Give yourself time. The grieving process doesn’t neatly conclude at the six-month or one-year mark. Depending on the strength of the bond that was broken, grief can be life-long. Nevertheless, grief does usually soften and change over time. Never tell someone that he or she should be “over it.” Instead, give the person hope that, eventually, he or she will enjoy the holidays again.

Monday’s Mindset

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Happy Friday!

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A Small Story With Powerful Lesson (moral)

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The Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students “How much do you think this glass weighs?”

’50gms!’….. ‘100gms!’ …..’125 gms’ …the students answered. “I really don’t know unless I weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my question is:

What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?”…. ‘Nothing’ …..the students said..‘Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?’ the professor asked.
‘Your arm would begin to ache’ said one of the student

“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”
“Your arm could go numb; you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to hospital for sure!”
….. Ventured another student & all the students laughed

“Very good.
But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?” Asked the professor.
‘No’…. Was the answer.
“Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?”

The students were puzzled.
“What should I do now to come out of pain?” asked professor again.
“Put the glass down!” said one of the students

“Exactly!” said the professor.
Life’s problems are something like this.

Hold it for a few minutes in your head & they seem OK.
Think of them for a long time & they begin to ache.

Hold it even longer & they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.

It’s important to think of the challenges or problems in your life, But EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is to ‘PUT THEM DOWN’ at the end of every day before you go to sleep…

That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh &strong & can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!

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So, when you start your day today, Remember friend to ‘PUT THE GLASS DOWN TODAY! ‘

Unwind with Kenny G

The holidays can be a very stressful time for many. Here’s some soothing tunes from Kenny G to hopefully help get you through it all.

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