[caption id="attachment_62107" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Don't worry if your apartment is lacking a fireplace. There are plenty of other places to hang your stockings before Santa comes.[/caption] The stockings were hung from the chimney with care, But wait! There’s no fireplace! It’s just not there! Fireplaces are kind of an important part of the holidays. You put all sorts of festive decorations on your mantel, including hanging your stockings for Santa to leave his goodies. Maybe you even roast chestnuts over the fire. And don’t forget the most important detail: Santa slides down the chimney! How else is he going to get inside to leave presents? If you live in an apartment that doesn’t have a fireplace, the holidays can be a challenge. But don’t say “bah, humbug” just yet – there are plenty of alternative places to decorate if your abode is lacking a mantel.
[caption id="attachment_60777" align="alignleft" width="360"] Santa Claus, perusing the "Naughty or Nice" app on his smartphone. His review: 5 stars, "indispensable!"[/caption] Feeling overwhelmed by all the Christmas shopping you still have left to do? Why not put your smartphone to work… and relax! There’s a wealth of fun and convenient shopping apps that will help you get your holiday shopping done faster, easier — and on budget! Shop smart this season with a few of our favorite apps.
[caption id="attachment_62110" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Being green doesn't have to mean sacrificing fun -- gifts can still look festive and fun while remaining eco-friendly.[/caption] Is there anything more satisfying than ripping the paper off a neatly wrapped present, uncovering a hidden treasure inside? Probably not – but have you seen your living room after a morning spent unwrapping what Santa brought you? It’s an environmentalist’s nightmare; all that trash is hardly eco-friendly. On the other hand, you have to wrap your gifts in something. So what’s a tree-hugging Santa to do? Fortunately, there are ways to keep all the fun of Christmas morning while remaining environmentally responsible. Check out these alternatives to wrapping paper so you can keep your holiday season green – not Grinch green, but earth-friendly green.
'Tis the season to give, and you must keep in mind that giving unto others is actually a very strong form of communication. What message are you sending with the gifts you've picked out this year? Hopefully none of these are on your shopping list:
[caption id="attachment_60756" align="alignleft" width="360"] Wracking your brain to find the perfect gift that won't clutter up a small apartment? We've brewed up some fun ideas![/caption] ‘Tis the season! Let’s say you want to share a seasonal gift or two with your friend, partner, family member, coworker… but that person lives in a, let’s say, space-challenged apartment. There is no need to fret, dear, generous celebrant. Check out a dozen options to spread good cheer to a few lucky folks in your life. Sometimes, less truly can be more!
[caption id="attachment_60513" align="alignleft" width="360"] The trunk of a sedan is a perfect place to hide holiday presents so prying little eyes won't find them.[/caption] ‘Tis the season to do lots of shopping. And if you’re the type to get all your presents in one trip, you’re going to come home with a carload of gifts, unwrapped and out in the open, where anyone – even nosey little children – can see them. You know they’re going to look for them ... so, Santa? You’d better have a game plan. Where can you find places to hide presents before you get a chance to wrap them? Inquiring little minds want to know what’s in store for them this holiday season, but fortunately for you, we’re one step ahead of them.