5 Holiday Meals with a Healthy Twist

With the new year right around the corner, it’s easy to put off your diet for 2016 while you’re experiencing food-filled holiday celebrations at the tail end of 2015. The winter holidays are packed with irresistible feasts near the end of November and December, giving you all the more reason to pick up a few new and healthy recipes you can treat yourself to between dinner parties and family time.

Here are five healthy alternatives to a few traditional meals to let you get through whatever the holidays have to throw at you.
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Rhoda Vickers is Tree Classics’ Very Own Brand Ambassador

Rhoda Vickers is our new brand ambassador

Rhoda Vickers is our new brand ambassador

We at Tree Classics love working with like minds. We look to them for inspiration for recipes, costumes, DIY décor, holiday stories—almost everything we love to gush about and share with you!

This season, we couldn’t be more excited to introduce our new brand ambassador, Rhoda Vickers!
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How to Setup A Snap Tree™

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Christmas is an occasion best spent enjoying the company of one another and living out the spirit of the holiday. Spend more time with loved ones and less time decorating this season with Snap Tree™.

Tree Classics’ exclusive Snap Tree technology allows you to assemble your tree as quickly as possible and store it away without having to disassemble it completely. Read on to learn how it works, and find out how you can win your very own!

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The Tree Classics 40 for 40 Holiday Giveaway

TC-40-for-40_v4Every year, the holiday season creates special memories for families around the globe. As the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread fills the air on the morning of Christmas and familiar carols ring through the warm living room, homes are filled with bright and cheerful Christmas décor that warm the heart as friends and family present each other with thoughtful holiday gifts.

This year, Tree Classics is going all out in celebration of 40 joyous years delivering Christmas Trees, greenery, and accessories to your doorstep. In the spirit of giving, we’re getting 40 of our blogger friends to help us with our 40 for 40 Holiday Giveaway!

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3 Reasons to Choose a Tree with Color-changing LED Lights

 

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The Alberta Spruce Christmas Tree features Color-Changing LED Lights

Lighting can really enhance the look of your tree, and it isn’t far-fetched to say that the lights on a Christmas tree are an absolutely essential part of it. At Tree Classics, we’ve made landmark innovations to help ensure that your tree is always perfectly lit.

Along with our Quick Set™ technology, Tree Classics’ Color-Changing LED technology is one of our most popular tree-lighting innovations. Here are three of the top reasons why we love using Color-Changing LED  lights on our trees.

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Tree Classics’ Top 5 Christmas Ideas on Pinterest

Pinterest can be a great source of fun holiday decorating inspiration—from handcrafted ornaments with which to adorn your artificial Christmas tree to tasty and festive recipes to warm you up on a cold winter night. Featured in this post are holiday crafts, ornaments made from repurposed household objects, and holiday treats that we’ve found on Pinterest to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Colorful Mini Tree Ornaments

If you have an old box of crayons at home that you don’t plan on using anymore, don’t throw them away just yet. This quick and easy Pinterest Christmas décor idea from More Naps will help you put them to good use with little effort.

First, remove the paper wrapping and break them into smaller pieces so they become more manageable. Then, place the pieces into silicone molds in the shape of Christmas trees and preheat your oven to 275°F. Bake the crayons for 10 minutes and allow them to cool completely. Afterward, remove the crayons from the mold and use them as mason jar ornaments or stocking stuffers. Continue reading

5 Not-Too-Scary Halloween Stories for Children

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Haunting and eerie stories shared around a Halloween bonfire can be great fun, but spooky and gruesome tales aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for quality Halloween stories with just the right dose of spook, then your search is over.

We at Tree Classics have put together a list and corresponding synopses of our five recommended not-too-scary Halloween tales for children, as well as links that lead you to the full stories.

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Traditional Home Décor Ideas: 5 Recipes for Leftover Pumpkin

With the Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins just around the corner, you may be wondering what to do with all the left over pumpkin pulp from your jack-o’-lanterns. It would be a shame, after all, to throw away so much fresh and nutritious food. Pumpkins are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamins A and C, and potassium, as well as Omega 3 and 6.

No matter what traditional home décor ideas you have in store for your pumpkins, here are five recipe ideas to get the most out of these seasonal gourds and ensure that your Halloween season is free of worry and waste.

 

Pumpkin Waffles

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Perfect for the morning after you carve out your jack-o’-lanterns, this Pumpkin Waffle recipe will ensure right away that the leftovers of your fresh pumpkin décor don’t go to waste. Easy and quick to prepare, this recipe requires ingredients that are easy to find in your kitchen or at your nearest grocery store. See the full recipe by PumpkinWaffles here.

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Tree Classics’ Big 40 Celebration Sweepstakes

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‘Tis the season of giving and this year happens to be Tree Classics’ 40th season delighting you with fine and innovative artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, and more. As we celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re taking this opportunity to give back to our loyal customers by giving you a chance to win one of 20 prizes we have in store. But it doesn’t stop there! We’re also giving you a chance to nominate a friend to win the exact same prize!

Is there anyone who you think deserves a special gift this year? With Tree Classics’ Big 40 Celebration Sweepstakes 2015, we can give that gift on your behalf, as well as ours.

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How to Decorate with Christmas Garlands: 5 Ideas

A holiday décor staple, garlands can be used to adorn any space. Whether or not it’s embellished with lights or ornaments, green foliage creates a festive atmosphere as it brings a touch of nature into your home.

In this post, Tree Classics features tips on how to decorate with Christmas garlands, with suggestions on where to display this all-around foliage for a lovely holiday ambiance. Continue reading