New Year’s Resolution: Learn to Knit

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Learn the basics of knitting with Tree Classics easy to follow guide on how to knit.

For some people, knitting is arguably one of the most worth-while activities you can do in your spare time. A lot of people get hooked (pun intended) to knitting because it’s very easy to learn and doesn’t cost much to pursue. All you need are a pair of needles, a nice ball of yarn, and your creative hands to create beautiful and useful crafts such as scarves, socks, and sweaters.

In this edition of Tree Classics’ New Year’s Resolution series, we present to you the fine art of knitting. As you welcome the beginnings of a new year, let us teach you the basics of this wonderful hobby so you can start your resolution by picking up another helpful.

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Use Christmas Lights All Year Round

Of all the Christmas decorations in your home, those strings of lights are hard to do without. In fact, now that the festivities are over, turning them off seems to be the most natural thing to do.

Holiday lights bring unexpected liveliness to a home, so switching them off would be like cutting the fun too soon. If you’re not yet ready to turn off your lights, here are some interesting ways to keep them lit in a not-so-Christmas fashion.

Create a Luminous Curtain

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How To Make DIY Snow Globes

Christmas snow globes add a magical touch to your home. These accents feature snippets of the snowy outdoors and other sceneries in nature. The great thing about snow globes is that they are actually very easy to make!

Customize a snow globe scene by picking out the elements you want, giving it your own style and personal touch. Follow these steps to make a do-it-yourself snow globe that you can add to your Christmas décor.

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Decorating Ideas for your Christmas Stockings

Stuffed Christmas stockings are always so nice to wake up to, making Christmas mornings even more exciting for the family. Inspire charm and cheer in your home by spicing up your Christmas stockings this holiday season with these decorating ideas.

Sequins for Sparkle

If you are recycling unused socks for Christmas, and you want to give it some shimmer, sew sequins onto them for embellishment. Using a variety of colors will give each a festive touch. Make sure to cover the entire socks with the shiny sequins to make them glitter from any angle.

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DIY Christmas Thank You Cards

A thank you card is one wonderful way to show your gratitude to loved ones and friends during the holiday season. This will show how much you appreciate their gifts and their presence in your life.

Signing your name on a ready-made card would be easy. But, making your own thank you card is a lot of fun and an excellent way to strengthen your relationship with the person you’re giving the card to.

Tree Classics gets in the mood for DIY Christmas crafts and shares five easy card ideas that will get your heart’s message across loud and clear.

Rainbow Card

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Christmas Tree Deals: Get Ready for Next Year

Gone are the days when one had to wait for the winter season, or until Thanksgiving, to purchase a Christmas tree. As more people start to see the advantages of having an artificial tree, stores are beginning to offer these prized products all year round.

The best time to shop for an artificial holiday tree is during the post-Christmas tree sale period, which runs from the day after Christmas until January. Aside from finding the best deals, this will get you ready for the next holiday. You may stock up on holiday ornaments and décor sold for a fraction of their regular price.

If this is your first time to buy an artificial Christmas tree, take note of these important reminders.

Measure the Space of Your Tree

Determine the space that your tree will fill in. Measure the distance from your ceiling to the floor and get the area’s square footage as well. Make sure to include some space allowance so your display doesn’t look stuffed.

If you want to place gifts underneath your tree, a full-shaped tree guarantees more room at its base. Online Christmas tree stores offer different types of spruce, fir, and pine in varying sizes. Determining the height and width of your tree will make the selection process less tedious.

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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

This year’s color reflects every individual’s need for nurturing and empowerment, say color authority Pantone. People will get inspiration from Marsala, coined from the famous Sicilian wine, which is going to dominate this year’s fashion and clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and home design.

In the area of home design, Marsala’s underlying brown tones and sophisticated reds will serve as the focal point of many designers. This flexible shade can produce a lot of red and brown variations to suit every homeowner’s personality and lifestyle.

Tree Classics offers a range of palettes that you can combine with the color of the year to give your home an amazingly new look for 2015.

Bronze and Amber Blend


Anyone with a penchant for warm, earthy tones will love the combination of Marsala, bronze, and amber. Play up Marsala on the walls of your home and the brown tones on your furniture, while using accent pieces tinged with amber, to create a beautiful contrast.

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The Guide to a Perfect Christmas Morning

Christmas Eve does not mark the end of the holiday celebration. The actual fun begins on Christmas morning; it’s when a series of activities await the whole family. Some people maintain their family’s annual Christmas morning traditions, while there are others who experiment with new activities each year.

Tree Classics has prepared a list of activities with which you can start your Christmas Day. For you to have fun in all of these, encourage your family to wake up at the same time so that you can do them together. It is, after all, by sharing these activities with them that you can attain a perfect Christmas morning.

Hang the Stockings 

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Spend quality time with your family by hanging your Christmas stockings together.

On Christmas Eve, fill your children’s Christmas stockings with goodies, then hang the stockings on their assigned seats at the dining table while they’re fast asleep. The next day, watch them as they happily pull the goodies out of their stockings.

Enjoy a Pre-made Breakfast

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Treat your loved ones to a hearty and delicious breakfast on Christmas morning.

Prepare your Christmas breakfast the night before so that you can laze around all morning. After working on a hefty Christmas Eve dinner, it’s time to relax with a cup of coffee and a delicious slice of cinnamon monkey bread. While having breakfast, enjoy a long conversation with your family, as this is something you seldom do on regular school days.

Open Gifts under the Tree

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Have a grand time opening gifts together under the Christmas tree.

After breakfast, rush to the presents under the tree, then tear open your Christmas loot. On Christmas Day, adults are given the permission to feel and act like kids.

Watch Classic Christmas Films

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A heartwarming scene from the classic holiday movie Miracle on 34th Street.

Make a bowl of popcorn, then watch classic Christmas-themed movies, such as Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story, to name a few. Never mind if you’ve seen these films countless times. What matters is that you get to watch them this time with your whole family.

Play a Board Game 

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Do away with video games and have a good round of board games with the family.

Games on cell phones, computers, and other digital devices have succeeded in detaching one from his own family. This Christmas, forget the digital world and use board games to bond with your family. Reconnect with them though a checkers board game, domino set, and backgammon board game.

When shared with your loved ones, all these activities will lead to a perfect Christmas morning.

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Roast Recipes from Around the World

Roasting meat over an open fire, or in a closed oven, creates an aroma that is unlike any other. Whether it is the smell of roast pork, duck, or chicken, it builds up one’s anticipation for a scrumptious meal.

Roasting is part of most holiday celebrations because it produces delicious dinner table entrees. Because it’s a slow-cooking method, roasting gives everyone time to catch up on each other’s lives, while waiting for their roasted dinner to be served.
Tree Classics gives a rundown of several delicious roast recipes that everyone will love. Prepare the Christmas wine glasses, start the fire, and prepare a sumptuous feast with the family!

Peruvian Roast Chicken

Tree Classics Peruvian Roast Chicken

The Peruvian favorite roast chicken is best prepared marinated in herbs and spices.

It used to be served exclusively to the aristocrats of Peru, but the Peruvian roast chicken eventually reached the plates of the country’s regular folks, too. To make your version of this dish as flavorful as the original, marinate your chicken in herbs and spices before roasting it over charcoal. Wait for the chicken’s skin to turn golden brown, then serve it with French fries and a side dish of vegetable salad. Click here to see the ingredients and recipe for Peruvian roast chicken.

Lechon 

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The lechon is a staple in Filipino feasts.

Lechon is a delicacy that originated from Spain. In the English language, it means roast suckling pig; a piglet as young as two or six weeks old is used as main ingredient for this dish. It takes two days to prepare a crispy and juicy Lechon. The first day is allotted to the marinating process, while the second day is when the actual roasting takes place. In the old days, people would roast their pig over wood fire or charcoal. Nowadays, many households prefer to use their oven. Learn how to make Lechon here.

Roast Goose

Roast Goose

The roast goose introduces a burst of flavor with every bite.

A traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Germany includes a roast goose with crispy, golden-brown skin. The secret to achieving the perfect roast goose is to measure its cooking time to accuracy. You also have to note that the goose’s stuffing is just as important as the length of its oven stay. It includes rice, sweet apples, and aromatic leaves, among others. German households serve their roast goose with potatoes and cabbage on the side. You can find the complete roast goose recipe here.

Peking Duck

Peking Duck

The legendary taste of the roast Peking duck is known throughout history to satiate even the appetite of kings and emperors.

In Beijing, where this delicious dish had originated, a Peking duck is forced-fed and slaughtered at six weeks old. It is then marinated with maltose syrup, a sweet seasoning, and hung in a cool place to dry. You can tell a duck that’s been roasted to perfection through its crispy, thin skin. To achieve this, separate the duck’s skin from its fat before roasting it. Now that you know, pour some white wine into your Christmas wine glasses, and serve your Peking Duck with Mandarin pancakes and scallions. Click here for a delicious Peking Duck recipe.

Roast Beef

Roast Beef

Whether you eat it on a platter or as sandwich, the roast beef is sure to get your tummy full and satisfied.

To make a platter of succulent roast beef, you need premium beef sirloin first and foremost. Next, coat the meat with a generous amount of mustard flour, which, when mixed with the beef’s fat will create a delectable, crusty outer layer. Set your oven to 375◦ F, put your beef inside, then lower the temperature after roasting the beef for 30 minutes; this will enable the meat to retain its natural juices throughout the remaining cooking time. You can see the full recipe here.

Roast Turkey

Roast Turkey

The classic taste of the roast turkey is best enjoyed even beyond Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has just passed, but you’ll probably agree that no one has had enough of turkey meat. If you’re planning to serve roast turkey for Christmas dinner, make it taste extra special. Nothing could be better than moist turkey meat, so keep its natural juice from being absorbed by its stuffing. You can do this by precooking the ingredients that you’re going to stuff your turkey with. Once you have placed the turkey in the oven, brush it every now and then with a butter and herbs mixture. Here is how you can make roast turkey with herbs.

Make your Christmas Eve dinner with your loved ones memorable with one or two of these roast recipes.

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