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Websites to Celebrate the Season

Visit these online destinations for ways to make your holidays less stressful and more fun this year.

by Laura Emery, Field Editor


Christmas For Kids


November and December are busy months of the year, and a time when already-frazzled parents can use all the help they can get. Echo, the blogger behind The Mad Mommy, has compiled a list of the best websites for children during the hectic holiday season. These websites provide a host of interactive games, educational opportunities and read-aloud books, as well as almost unlimited ideas to inspire fun, non-computer-related activities.

“Tablescape” Tutorials


Nothing adds personality and elegance to dining like elegantly folded linens gracing your favorite holiday “tablescape.” When it comes time to plan your holiday meal, you can have all the delectable dishes one could possibly imagine — but you enrich  the dining experience even more by having elegantly folded linens inserted into wine glasses, standing alone on plates, or set to the side of plates holding silverware. It’s the added extra touch that makes your meal that much more special. This website will walk new napkin-folders through the process, and features a variety of napkin designs sure to impress.

Thinking of Others


Thanksgiving and Christmas are synonymous with indulgence, as we stuff ourselves with delectable delights and fill our homes with gifts galore. It’s easy, during this time of year, to forget that there are many families who are struggling just to put food on the table. Elaborate parties and holiday gifts just aren’t in the picture for them. This year, consider helping others in need by donating to a charity. The All Things Christmas website has compiled a pretty thorough list of top Christmas charity projects. They include Angel Tree, Save the Children, Operation Christmas Child, Make a Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots and My Two Front Teeth.

Holiday Budgeting


Take it from Santa. It’s time to make that holiday budget and check it twice. Otherwise, you may wind up with some post-holiday bills that are  naughty and not so nice. ’Tis the season of holiday gift giving, battling crowded malls, and shoppers

blowing budgets. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Those who dread opening the mail after the holidays, due to the abundance of bills you know have accumulated — you are not alone. To help keep your holiday bills in check, consider implementing holiday-budgeting techniques and strategies. You can start by visiting this website.

A Canine Christmas


Don’t find yourself enjoying your holiday with your family, only to look down and see your beloved pet giving you his or her most heart-tugging puppy-dog eyes. There are websites out there focusing on Christmas gift ideas for children of every age, but what about those special canine companions? They don’t necessarily have to settle for a cold bone on Christmas morning, because this website offers plenty of great ideas for making sure your pets have a special Christmas, too.

Gift-Wrapping Ideas


Gift-wrapping can be an enjoyable task for some, those who view the finished product as a work of art. For others, it simply involves crumpling paper around an object, taping it down, and then slapping on a bow. Martha Stewart’s website features many interesting holiday secrets and tips, including a slew of unique gift-wrapping ideas.

Shop & Give


’Tis the Season to Give! Our spirit of giving soars during the holidays. It’s the time when we give gifts, cherish family, reconnect with old friends and feel the urge to spread good cheer by giving to charities. At GoodSearch.com, the website’s tagline says it all: “You search. We give.” GoodSearch is a search engine that donates a percentage of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It’s a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine, and then a percentage of your purchases are donated to your chosen cause. The money the website donates to your charitable causes comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime.


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