We feed them, clean them, play with them, and even talk to them. We love our pets and, in many ways, they love us back. Pets provide us companionship, comfort, and amusement. What we don’t realize is how beneficial these adorable animals can be to our physical and mental well-being. This May, celebrate National Pet Month by learning about the positive effects of caring for a furry friend.
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1. Reduce Stress
After a difficult day, a pet can be just the thing to lift up your spirits. Research shows that people performing stressful tasks were more relaxed when accompanied by their pets. Spending time with a pet dog or cat induces physical changes in our bodies that enhance our mood. Cortisol levels are lowered and serotonin, a hormone associated with happiness, is increased.
2. Prevent Allergies
Studies reveal that children who grow up in a home with furry pets, such as cats and dogs, develop fewer allergies than those who don’t. Even kids who grow up on farms with large, domestic animals have less risk of allergies and asthma. This suggests that exposure to dirt and allergens at an early age strengthens a child’s immune system. This immunity boosting effect, however, only develops in children and does not affect adults with existing allergies.
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The public library is an amazing repository of knowledge that is free to anyone. Unfortunately, it seems that with the pervasiveness of digital media and the World Wide Web, poring over hardbound and paperback reads is fast becoming a vanishing practice. To celebrate National Library Week starting this April 14, we offer some great reasons to pick up the reading habit.
1. Boost Brainpower
Like any muscle, the brain benefits from a good workout. Reading is an active mental process that is intellectually more demanding than watching TV or listening to the radio. By keeping your brain active, reading helps make you smarter and keep your concentration sharp as you grow older.
If you thought you had the quirkiest seasonal decorations or the biggest decorating dilemmas, the Griswold family might just prove you wrong. One look at the Griswold family Christmas Tree, in the third installment of National Lampoon’s vacation series, makes our little Christmas tree quirks and seasonal issues seem like a walk in the park in comparison. Continue reading
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This might be the most patriotic and historic of all the iconic trees we’ll cover. The National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. has a long and bright history–from the Christmas Eve in 1923 when Calvin Coolidge first lit a 28-foot balsam tree on the White House lawn. Continue reading
The Christmas tree tradition reaches as far around the world as… the streets of Rome. Every year, an impressive tree graces Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican in Rome, giving a magical feel to the history-seeped streets of one of the world’s most historic cities. Continue reading
Today’s iconic Christmas tree isn’t exactly a tree, though at 242 feet tall, it makes the spruce in Rockefeller Center look like a seasonal lightweight in comparison.
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Looking for some holiday inspiration as you celebrate the season with family and friends? Feeling overwhelmed by your own decorating dilemmas? In this series, we’ll take you on a grand tour to visit the 5 most iconic Christmas trees of all time. Continue reading
To celebrate Christmas with our fans, we’re hosting a Christmas tree photo contest in which 10 participants will win a gorgeous Tree Classics wreath! We work hard to make our trees everything you need them to be, but we want to see how you put on the finishing touches to ensure it’s absolutely perfect for your family. Continue reading
Last month, Tree Classics launched the “Christmas Legacy Scavenger Hunt,” where a Royal Rockwell Fir Tree was up for grabs. We kicked off the contest by asking the first question, “What’s the tallest a Tree Classics’ Classic Noble Fir Tree can be?” (the answer is 12).
The mechanics were very simple: the first one to answer all of the questions correctly, wins. One eager fan prevailed as the 2012 winner of Tree Classics’ Christmas Legacy Scavenger Hunt, and the lucky participant is none other than (drumroll please!)… Continue reading
Kids love the holiday season – who wouldn’t with all the merriment and excitement? Sometimes, though, the real essence of Christmas is drowned out by all the glamor. With treats and gifts having become trademarks of the season, these images easily become the symbols of Christmas for children. Instill the timeless values of Christmas in your kids this season with these ideas: