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What are fun things to do with Christmas?

Celebrate Christmas at home
Many people celebrate Christmas at home, sometimes with family to visit or with little gifts around the Christmas tree. Fun things to do are home for Christmas;

Family Games,
Gift poses unpacking,
Provide an extensive brunch / dinner,
Family search / leave to visit that you do not often see,
Keep a filmmaraton,

Thus, there is much more fun things think to do at home. For example, read the biography of Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade, and check out his collectibles at

Family Games
Christmas is the appropriate time to play the game Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, Risk or with a group. Cozy candles there to, Christmas wreaths on the table and just make an atmosphere. Shorter games are fun to do, or you create a scorecard and there is a real contest, with prizes …

Provide an extensive brunch
A brunch is a combination between ontbijd and lunch, around the clock from 11 am. After sleep so! Tasty ideas are hereby; boiled eggs, bacon, croissants and fresh tasty balls. Clothe the table to atmospheric, with candles and possibly name plates on the table. Guaranteed to success!

Keep a filmmaraton
Rent several movies or all parts of a particular movie (such as the Matrix). Provide a large screen in the room, or a beautiful, large widescreen TV. Invite friends and / or family and you have a wonderful day! Occasional break for bite and snap, but then quickly look further ..

To church at Christmas
Many people also go with the Christmas holidays to church to celebrate the birth of Christ. Usually there on 1st Christmas Day (25 December), a children’s Christmas party, managed by children. Nice to go, even for small children fun to watch. On December 24, there is a verschijdene churches Kerstnachtdienst evening so. Very special to go, cozy and special atmosphere!

Eating out at Christmas
Of course there are many people who eat out with Christmas. Upscale restaurants are much in demand, but also nice dinner with friends or acquaintances is becoming more common. Make sure, if you want to go to a restaurant, or make your reservations in time, otherwise you risk that the restaurant is full when you get there ..

Create your own snow globe

The snow globe for many is an inspiring and attractive product. We all know they do; the water-filled glass spheres, which is nice to see a scene in swirling snowflakes when we shake the snow globe. Unfortunately, the snow, and especially the larger variant, often not very cheap to buy. A nice option is to make yourself a snow globe like this one.

SnowglobeTo make a nice snow, you need only a few simple things. In the first place, you need an empty glass jar with a lid. This is the snow itself. Additionally you need water, ordinary tap water, and white glitter that form the snow. Of course it is not required to actually fill the snow with “snowflakes”. You can create a different atmosphere in the snow by using colored glitter. You also have the choice of self-size and shape of the glitter. You also need a tube of waterproof glue and a statue to place in the snow. This can be anything from a rabbit to a house with a garden. As long as it fits in the cap of the jar and is highly resistant to water. Use no plaster figurines example, because it does not stay in beautiful water.

Make the snow
Ensure that all materials to be used are clean before you make the snow. Then, follow these steps to put the snow together nicely.

Put the statue in the pot and fill the pot with water and then, almost to the edge. Now take the statue out of the jar with something small, like a pin or tweezers. Your hand takes too much space, leaving water will flow out of the pot. The intention is that all the water remains in the pot, so that later you just have enough water in your snow globe.

Put the pot with water to get away and make the statue completely dry. It is important that both the lid of the pot when the figurine well be dry before the next step.

Put the lid of the jar upside down and stick the figurine inside the cap, at the place where you yourself like best. Several small figurines can also, if there is sufficient space around the edges to the pot still be able to run close. When the lid on the pot now would rotate the figurine hanging upside down so the pot. Put the lid with the glued side statuette now dried up well.

Fill the glass jar with glitter. Do not put too much in, because then it gets the effect of the snow away. Nevertheless, too little is not good, so try to estimate accurately how much glitter you find yourself beautiful. For a small vegetable jar is a tablespoon glitters often just right.

If the adhesive between the cover and the frame is already dry, the snow can be completed. Apply a layer of glue along the edges of the cover. It may well be that thick, but avoid that comes from all sides glue from the jar. Grasp the cover and flip it over so that the statuette now hangs on the head under the cover. You can now figurine through the opening of the pot into the water to lower the cap on the rim of the jar rest. Turn the jar tightly and remove any leftovers released glue along the edge.

Allow the container to stand until the adhesive along the edge of the lid is thoroughly dried and then put the pot on the head down. You now see directly the result of your homemade snow globe. And shake the glitter playful whirl around you statuette back! Of course you can still make yourself decorations on the pot when you want it. It is of course your creation and you have to make it the way you want it.

Tricks and tips to do more with stamps

Stamping. A very popular hobby, because you do not have much need for it. Simple too, just stamping and coloring. But did you know that you are also a lot of other things to do with it? A brief overview of the different types of stamps, different ways of working with stamps and tips and tricks.

Various types of stamps
Traditional rubber stamp mounted on wood
This classic takes quite a lot, but he’s very solid and gives the most perfect impression.

Foam Stamp
This is usually very large and more suitable for decorating walls. They also are not as detailed.

Clear stamps
The big newcomer to the market. This is a plastic sheet with different stamps in one theme. You have so many stamps for relatively little money. In addition, you also need a transparent plastic box to stick on the stamps for use. The advantage of these stamps is that they are translucent, so you can see where you stamp. After use make clean the stamp and stick him back on the plastic sheet. Another advantage is that they take up less space in the storage than the common stamps.

Stamps provide themselves with ink
Especially smaller stamps have this system. Whether it is true rollers is inside an ink mechanism, whether it is small stamps with a small ink pad is in the lid. That way you have everything in one, but usually the hallmarks of lesser quality that often do not very pure printing.

Homemade stamps
Can you make yourself with different types of materials. Potatoes, corks, stoppers iron, leaves, sponges, … Cut there any desired pattern and you can get started. Leaves and iron plugs you can use that. One plugs into the paint and stamp it! Also very nice for children. The advantage is that these stamps are very cheap, disadvantage is that you can wash them difficult or they have perished bar and that you usually have to throw away after one use.

Coloring stamps
Stamp Pads
Available in various colors. It is best to stock with the pillow down, so that the ink still is on top and the pillow so is ready for use. With large models, you can suddenly cover the entire stamp. The small ink pads have then the advantage that you can stamp your inks and so that you can use different colors on one stamp.

Stamp Marker
With stamp pens you can colorize the stamp itself and then make a print. Also useful when you want to use one stamp different colors.

What to do with your stamps?
Masking is the art to put different characters in succession without overlapping. To do this, mark the first character on a scrap sheet. You cut it off. On your right leaf stamp Now the figure for the first time. Cover this figure with the excised specimen. Punch now a second figure alongside the first, preferably a little higher, so that you get deep into your drawing. The figure is part of your net sheet gestemepld and partly on the kladbladje. Do you want a third figure, you do exactly the same again reinstate. Kladbladje the second figure, a figure slightly higher stamping and you have three little boys together! Would you like eg. a dog followed by a figure, you first punch the dog lay there on your kladbladje and stamp it on a figure. When you remove the kladbladje, it seems that the figure behind the dog stands.

Stamping 3D
Make your mark multiple prints. Finish such as simple 3D shapes. The first figure coloring and fully Adhesion:. The second layer of some details and Adhesion: coloring. Third layer ditto with even smaller details.

Stamping Backgrounds
With one small stamp, for example. a flower, you can also stamp backgrounds. Take a plain sheet and stamp equidistant flowers in one or several colors. Or take a colored sheet and stamp on it equidistant black motifs. So you can make yourself beautiful background paper with the colors you want. Consider also text temples, with it you can also make beautiful background paper for example. Christmas or Easter.

Bring the Christmas spirit into our own house

Christmas spirit

For many people in this country with the purchase or production of the Christmas decoration begins the anticipation of the celebration of love. Since the apartment is often eager to enchant a cozy cave of colorful and glittering elements that invites you to dream and relax. What a conventional Christmas decoration missing probably never should, these are the lights. These can get not only white but also with colored flames, which by the way, not only do well in the box. Also on the wall lights come nicely. Thus the windows seem a little Christmas, these alternatives may not be neglected. To conjure with snow spray colorful figures and stars is a classic, in the view of the outside almost gives the impression that even with lousy rainy weather a thick layer of white splendor covers the earth.

Bring the Christmas spirit into our own house

light-houseThere are many beautiful Christmas light houses and villages to bring the holiday spirit. Are you also looking for beautiful homes with light? Then they were here just browse at your leisure. You are sure to find the right thing. light houses can be joined to one another at will, regardless of whether you prefer to make individually or rather tend to a city.

Likewise, beautiful to look at the historic light houses , which you can also get at the store. homes with light are all the rage and are always, just at Christmas time would. Our light houses look like someone really lives in there. With small trees, see the lights and figures, it looks even more like it, as though we were looking really in a vibrant city.

Ideas for crafts

Christmas decoration does not always or even kitschy decoration be the same every year. With little sense of furnishing and decorating can always set new standards and combine well with existing Christmas decorations new. Is preparing for the Christmas decorations are already affected early and many decorative items produced in-house work, the apartment can be highly individual touch. Also a good advent calendar or postcard with Christmas themes can include the Christmas decorations.

Those who wish to make their own Christmas decorations like a bit, which should be at least conceptually possible to decide as early as September or October of this. For then it is important to gather chestnuts and acorns, beechnuts, but also other tree fruits and leaves can be used well for the decoration for Christmas. For pretty little straw star usually ranges from a handful of straw. Should also be tinkered a manger, in such different characters from children’s toys can be used, also the transportation of some hay is recommended.

Capture the Holiday Magic With Thomas Kinkade Christmas Gifts

Thomas Kinkade is America’s most celebrated artist, a painter whose paintings bring inspiration and joy to millions. Kinkade’s art is ideal for homes and all settings. Each painting expresses faith, hope, love, peace, and the tranquility of nature.

The artworks are very inspiring and has strong family values. And thomas kinkade Christmas collectibles are ideal gifts for the Christmas season and all year round as well. The spirit in Thomas Kinkade works will surely capture you. The “light” that is always shining on each piece he produces that makes Thomas Kinkade collectibles and art warm, inviting and simply one of a kind. There is no wonder he has earned the name Painter of Light.

People who love the holidays and enjoy making them extra special are looking for a beautiful, cozy, whimsical addition to their Christmas decor. Thomas Kinkade Christmas Gifts from can be one of the best gifts in holiday season. From a Thomas Kinkade Christmas village to a snowman globe, from a Thomas Kinkade tabletop tree to a porcelain Christmas collectors plate, this artist gives you a great way to bring originality and inspiration to your holiday season.

For example, the animated tabletop Christmas tree with moving train brightens the holidays with glowing buildings, moving trains. You can see the moving train climbs up around the Christmas tree with illuminated Christmas villages. And different styles of Christmas figurines such as Angels, Santa Claus, snowmen figurines also feature Thomas Kinkade’s artwork with illuminated buildings and music.

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The Thomas Kinkade Christmas collection brings back memories of small town holiday celebrations and reminds us what Christmas is really all about. One of the best things about the Thomas Christmas collection is the variety. With several village styles available, there is sure to be one that fits with your individual Christmas style.

With a Thomas Kinkade Christmas village or a Thomas Kinkade Christmas tree, you are able to transform your living room into a winter wonderland. The unique decors include all the magic of Christmas, from carolers to trains, from snow falls to sledding. You will get a collectible, memorable, item for generations to enjoy.

What is traditional Christmas tree decorations?

Apples and biscuits
We take them at the same time because the origin is similar. It involves sacrifice and whether it is healthy or sweet does not matter. With sacred trees were laid fruits as a tribute to the gods. When the Christmas trees are not yet in the churches had appeared was sporadic green or be decorated with some apples. It was a reference to the tree in paradise with those delicious apples.

Straw in the tree
Animals of straw in Scandinavia already created long around late December. Sometimes in the form of a head wreath with it dangling animal figures. It probably had to do it all with fertility. The Yule Goat hanging in the tree is a figure from the Joel Time. Usually he is put down as a dark and terrifying figure. The Yule Goat checked the offerings to the gods, and you’d better make sure they were okay. It was offered to the buck and a man dressed as Yule Goat went past the houses for drinks and food.

Candles and lamps
Christmas is a celebration of LIGHT and whether you in a Christian’licht’ sees or more like the end of a dark period and the beginning of longer days weather does not matter. Hear at Christmas candles, Christmas belongs to light. We lightly into a tree places we might owe to Martin Luther. One day he was walking through a beautiful forest where the trees glistened in the sun on the snow covered branches. This he wanted to show his children! At home he put some candles in the tree to let his children enjoy the brilliance of the light on the branches.

Nothing, really nothing at all related to the little guys with the Christian spirit of Christmas or all gods stories around the pagan midwinter. The girl Clara gets her uncle as a Christmas gift a nutcracker. In the Christmas night, it changes into a fairy tale prince and takes the girl to his fairy tale world. Unfortunately for the poor Clara discovered the next morning that it was all a dream.

Balls are a good defense against witches. The balls back to the midwinter time when belief in witches was still heavily present. At the door put you therefore heksenbal. This was a big mirror ball against witches but other demons and trolls were not resistant. Witches can not stand their own reflection! A shiny ball kept them out. It was also a great defense against the “evil eye.” The mirrored ball all the evil has returned. Another explanation is that the balls look like shiny fruit. Fruits were sacrificed to the gods in the midwinter period.

Car theft: tips to avoid theft of your car

Car theft is a phenomenon that frequently occurs in society. If your car is stolen, you stay with a frustrated feeling. A car is after something personal and not only in your personal life but also often used for traveling to work. Thieves steal not only for the car itself, but also for components such as airbags, s. GPS systems and car radio cars Here are some tips to avoid theft of or from your car.

Parking in the safest possible place
If you park your car, make sure you place it in a lit area. The better the place is lit up, the safer. Thieves will be less likely to come into the spotlight. If possible, you park your car best in an enclosed space such as a garage. Also, parking in a driveway is better than parking along the street.

Take your vehicle documents along
If you park your car for a fairly long time, make sure that you always bring your vehicle documents. Thieves are often out to steal documents such as registration certificates and attestations from your car. Board documents were indeed sought after by car burglars.

Take your keys with you
Make sure you always get your car keys from the steering wheel, even if your car “safe” park at your house. You leave keys in the car makes it easier for thieves to drive off right away with your car when they are broken into your home. It often happens that people in a house burgled only to steal a specific car. Thieves have kept that car than a while in the eye and strike after the garage to be broken.

Let your car is not just behind the engine running
Furthermore it is important to get your keys from the steering wheel at times when you leave your car just a little. Imagine going to go get something at home that you forget and leave your car just continue to run: that’s just enough time for thieves to make off with your car. So how short it takes you to your car behind, always take the keys with you.

Also not hide spare keys
Also make sure that you leave no spare keys in a “secret place”. Every place in your car where you have hidden a key can be discovered by a thief, even those places that you think only you know them. An experienced car thief will soon know which places to spare keys hidden.

Connect your car properly
If you park your car, make sure that all openings are properly sealed. It is not only the door, but also the sunroof and windows. It can, especially in hot summer periods are attractive to have the windows open while you’re away. This is a dream opening for a thief: the break in your car will be easier that way. Do not forget the trunk to properly exit.

Park the wheels against the curb
When you park, make sure to set the wheels of the car toward the curb places. So you can complicate the car. Quickly pulling away Potential thieves will be aware of this and an attempted burglary may be discouraged that way.

Activate the steering lock
Always make sure that you activate the steering wheel of the car. Is starting off the wagon This seriously hampered. The steering lock you can in most cars quite easily activated by the steering wheel after turning off the engine at a turning movement to the left or the right.

Close the doors of your car in the city
If you drive at low speed through a busy city neighborhood, close preventively the doors of your car and windows. This is to avoid so-called carjackings. Are thieves and robbers that way hindered in their attempts to rob you and steal the car. Even when stopped at traffic lights is good to remember this: especially you are in a vulnerable position.

Do not leave valuable items in your car
Valuables leave is out of the question. This rule seems quite obvious but many people tend to come up neglecting this basic rule. A car is also a bit of a living room or office for people on the job and they correlate even unconsciously valuable electronic stuff behind.

Have a car alarm installation
A good preventive action is to let install a car alarm. If the system detects an attempted burglary or theft, then there will be an alarm so the thieves will probably cease their efforts.

Take a good insurance against theft
Discuss with your insurance company the possibilities of a good insurance against theft and conditions. The insurance premium will depend on the type of his car.

Winter: Troubleshooting, ice skating and snow facts

Every year we have again by: winter. Sometimes it’s a mild winter. Other years it’s a harsh winter, with all its consequences. Start Problems with the car and misery for animals and humans. But a harsh winter has its charms. Some love polar bears, others like to take beautiful snapshots of enchanting landscapes.

Winter is cool!
We begin to enumerate a number of positive aspects of winter. Winter is the season of choice to engage in winter sports: skiing, skating, hiking in the snow, cross country skiing, bobsleigh, etc. Cycling is an option, if one has the proper equipment and pay attention to a few things.

Many people can not leave the bike, even in the winter. Others are forced to the bike, rain or shine, to get to work. Not always evident. First and foremost you have to get dressed extra to get it warm. Then you have to take a few points in mind to not slide slicing every time.

Winter Wonders is: ice skating. And preferably on natural ice. Nice whiz with the nose in the wind, without restriction and without people everywhere. Do not forget to watch out for obstacles of all types! Never been on skates? So difficult is not. With some simple tips you will soon be a real pro!

Snow and ice are beautiful!
Snow and ice are not just cool to sports, it also provides very idyllic landscapes. And then the cameras above! Or, children begin to ask tough questions about where snow comes from and how it arises.

Snow and ice pictures
Snow and ice shooting can be a difficult task, even for seasoned photographers. The intense white soon blue on your picture and that’s really not the intention. Is this problem but with a few simple tips and tricks to quickly. Now you put all these magical landscapes without problems, and you can show off your beautiful images.

How about snow in together?
When everything outside is white, you sometimes wonder how snow actually works. Beautiful crystals, almost all unique.

And Winter car
Are you in span of your car because it will not start in the cold, there are a lot of ways to get him back to work. But you can also take your precautions and your car in tip-top placing in order for the winter.

Effects on humans and animals
Very rosy is not always the winter. Especially when cold and snow persist, some people gloomy and depressed to be. There is even a Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year! Has to be careful even with dogs when it snows and freezes. They may get severe stomach problems by eating snow or frozen or sore feet from walking on sidewalks where salt is sprinkled.

The thaw finally!
Even when the thaw sets in, you have to be alert. You must protect your pipes, because they can jump through the ice back water and thus expands.