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 


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


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


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


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 


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.



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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DIY Christmas: Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Ugly Christmas sweaters have become a delightful part of holiday tradition in recent years. People come to holiday parties dressed up in colorful and funny outfits all to celebrate the joys of the season. The more unique and ridiculous your ugly sweater is, the more popular you are at the party. This is why a lot of Christmas party-goers pull out all the stops in order to create the most whimsical gimmicks they can think of.

To help you come up with the best (or worst) ugly sweater for your next Christmas party, Tree Classics presents five of our favorite do-it-yourself sweater designs. With these fun and simple Christmas crafts, you can be sure to be the ugliest of them all.

Christmas Elf Sweater

What better way to cap off a great Christmas party than handing out the gifts dressed as one of Santa’s little helpers? This awesome elf outfit makes use of a light green sweater accessorized with red and white trimmings. Finish up the look by adding a few details such as the buttons, the small bells at the collar, and the large black belt and buckle. This is one ugly sweater design that even old Saint Nick will be proud of.

Pink Holiday Sweater

Let your ugly Christmas sweater feature a unique style by splashing it with loud and proud colors. This pink sweater is charming enough but by adding some colorful nutcracker and Christmas ornament prints, it became even more eye-catching. This is a great way to introduce some pink power to your traditional holiday party.

Stuffed Animal Sweater

For party-goers who prefer a cuter, more adorable way to dress up their ugly sweaters, you can definitely choose this stuffed animal sweater design.  Go through your collection of stuffed toys and pick out your favorite one. Create a nice bedding for your stuffed animal by attaching a wreath or garland on your sweater. Place the toy on your sweater through sewing and then a few holiday details around it.

Ginger Bread House Sweater with Lights

Give Rudolph a run for his money by sparkling your way to the party in this ugly Christmas sweater with lights. Upgrade a printed sweater by attaching a few battery-operated blinking LED lights to it. With this ugly sweater, you’re sure to light up the holiday scene.

Christmas Tree Sweater

Wow the crowd at your Christmas party by coming in dressed up as a Christmas tree. Take a plain dark green sweater then tie a gold or silver tinsel garland around it. Attach a few ornaments, such as Christmas balls and finials, and then wrap it up with a large star or angel tree topper. Whenever you feel in character, simply stretch your arms upward to form a pyramid, lift the tree topper, cross your legs and strike a pose to get that Christmas tree look.

This year, be the life of the party by donning the ugliest Christmas sweater around. Stretch the boundaries of your imagination and come up with the most unique design to suit your personality.

Traditional Christmas Dishes from Around the World

A Christmas Eve dinner varies from one country to another. While a roasted dish in Puerto Rico may lead to the clanking of Christmas dinner plates, a spicy chicken entrée could be the only showstopper in Ethiopia. The diverse cuisines this world has to offer is the reason why every one of us is always excited to cook something special during this time of the year.

Before you prepare Christmas dinner, though, you may want to check out these 10 traditional holiday dishes from around the world. One of these just might inspire you to come up with a new holiday recipe.

Roasted Pork Shoulder

The Pernil Asado is a Puerto Rican dish that means roasted pork shoulder. It is the Christmas ham’s counterpart in Puerto Rico. This slow-roasted dish, which is marinated in orange juice, cumin, and garlic, will take approximately 11 hours to prepare. Rest assured, the outcome of your effort will please anyone’s taste buds. Click here for the complete recipe.

The Feast of Seven Fishes

Introduce something new on your dining table with this traditional Italian seaside meal. It commemorates the wait for the birth of Jesus Christ at midnight, but others say that the number seven represents the number of days God created the world. Regardless of the story behind it, your family will love it down to the last fish. Check out the complete recipe here.


In English, this dish from Poland means bow tie fritters. These crunchy, sugar-dusted cookies would always stir kids and adults with excitement on Christmas Eve and other holidays. Prepare your whiskey glassware if you’re having these on Christmas Eve because according to the Polish folks, Kruschicki is best served with a glass of whiskey. Here’s the complete recipe for this dish.  

Doro Wat

A perfect Ethiopian Christmas dinner comes with Doro Wat or chicken stew. This flavorful dish is marinated in an array of spices, such as chili, garlic, onion, oregano, paprika, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, and Berbere, which is a special Ethiopian spice. The chicken is then cooked slowly for three hours at low temperature to release its natural juices. Click here for the full recipe.

Bacalao a la Mexicana

Mexico’s traditional Christmas dinner happens on January 6, when every home in the country features a dish called Bacalao a la Mexicana. This spicy food, which was inspired by Spain’s Bacalao, consists of salt cod and different kinds of spices that render its authentic taste. Click here for the complete recipe.

Christmas Goose with Stuffing

Back in the 17th Century, oyster and lamb dishes were often served in American homes during Christmas Eve. Nowadays, a traditional American Christmas dinner would include the rich taste of a roasted goose with apple and cranberry stuffing. Some Americans, though, prefer to use poussin instead of goose when cooking this dish because the former’s meat is more tender. Get the recipe here.


Incorporate a slice of art into your holiday feast with this Icelandic dish, which means leaf bread in the English language. It is a crunchy, thin, flat bread with intricate patterns. Families in Iceland make this delicacy a few days before Christmas Eve to ensure they accomplish the bread’s beautiful patterns flawlessly. Here’s how to make a Laufabraud.

Buche de Noel

This delicious buttercream cake was inspired by France’s tradition of burning a yule log in the fireplace on Christmas Eve. These days, the French would welcome Christmas Eve with a log of Buche de Noel complementing their Christmas dinner. Learn how to make your own yule log cake here.


If you’re still wondering what your main course should be, take inspiration from Germany’s pot roast beef or popularly known as Sauerbraten. Soaked in lemon juice and buttermilk marinade for three days, then slow-cooked for two to three hours, this dish will surely give your family and guests a memorable gastronomic experience. Get the authentic recipe for this dish here.


This list of traditional Christmas dishes wouldn’t be complete without Sweden’s Julskinka or glazed Christmas ham. In Sweden, the Julskinka is the dining table’s main attraction during Christmas dinner. Making this Swedish ham entails a lot of patience because you need to go through different cooking methods to achieve its authentic taste. If you want to include Julskinka in your Christmas dinner menu, follow this recipe.

Enjoy a virtual trip to international kitchens with this list of traditional Christmas dishes from around the world. Which of these entrees are you considering for your Christmas Eve dinner?

5 Simple Ways to Give Back to the Community

The Christmas season is all about the spirit of giving. While the most common idea is to hand out gifts in appreciation of others, there are other ways you can give back to your community. Here are Tree Classics’ five simple but meaningful ways you can lend a hand around your neighborhood and show how much you value all the help they gave you throughout the year.

Pay a Visit to Your Local Care Home

What better way to start giving back to your community than to drop by at your local care home? Many senior centers often accept volunteers. There are times when you don’t even have to do much other than to spend time with grandmas and grandpas and listen to their awesome stories. These are good folks who always appreciate meeting new people and having a great laugh, so paying them a visit and chatting with them from time to time would mean a lot.

Hand Out Desserts to Your Neighbors

The next time you whip a batch of your favorite dessert, make some extras and share it with your neighbors. Aside from strengthening your friendship with other families, this is also an excellent idea to build rapport and open communication around the neighborhood.

Make New Friends at the Animal Shelter

Animal shelters are almost always in need of extra hands. With so many stray or abandoned pets to care for, they could definitely use some help around the place. Sign up at a shelter near you and help take care of these poor little critters. Being a volunteer has never been this adorable.

Help Out at the Community Garden

For people who have a knack for cultivation, helping out at the neighborhood garden may just be the thing for you.  Here you can grow crops that could benefit your community as well help improve the environment around your neighborhood.

Share Your Skills and Smarts  

Another great way you can lend a hand in your community is to share your talents with other. If you’re good at painting and other crafts, why not join your local art group and start a mural painting drive? Ask your local officials if you could paint murals on public walls and make them more colorful and attractive. If storytelling is your strong suit, then you could volunteer at schools and orphanages to read stories to children during your free time.

Helping out in your community is one of the best ways to show appreciation for others. Whatever your talents and skills maybe, you can definitely make a difference if your share them with others.

Christmas Traditions Explained: The Candy Cane

Candy canes are in high demand during this season. In fact, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) informs that the candy cane sales of the US candy industry will climb swiftly this month, as people start decorating their homes.

Contrary to its popularity nowadays, candy canes were unheard of back in the 17th century. People at the time would decorate their Christmas trees with fruits and straight, white, sugary sticks. Legend has it that these sugary sticks were redesigned by a choirmaster in Germany to make them look like a shepherd’s staff. But even then, it took two more centuries before the candy cane acquired its red and white stripes.

At present, this holiday candy comes in a variety of color combinations, but the traditional red and white remains the favorite of many people. Aside from their delicious taste, candy canes make lovely Christmas tree ornaments. They are also used as pretty accents on other holiday decorations.

In the succeeding paragraphs, you will see four Christmas decorations inspired by the traditional candy cane.

Candy Cane Candleholder


Candle-holder with candy cane decorations.

Turn your ordinary candle into a pretty table accent with a unique candy cane candleholder. You just need four candy canes and a few minutes to make this tabletop décor. Hold your candy canes upside down, apply glue on each one of them, and then press them against your candle. Let the glue dry for a few minutes before putting your candy cane candleholder at the center of the dining table for all to see.

Stockings with Canes


Fill your holiday stockings with candy cane treats.

Here’s one candy cane décor that your kids will love to do with you. Get five colorful Christmas stockings and insert a cylindrical container into each one of them. Put your candy canes inside the containers, then arrange the stockings on your mantel or hang them if you wish. These simple decorations will surely delight your family and guests.

Sweet Wreath


Use candy canes as decorations on your Christmas wreath for a whimsical look.

Highlight your candy cane’s red and white stripes against the lush foliage of a classic Christmas wreath. Form different shapes with your candy canes before sticking them on the wreath. On the other hand, you can simply attach them as they are to obtain the natural beauty of this décor.

Snowmen on the Tree


Make your Christmas tree more festive by adorning it with snowmen and candy cane ornaments.

A tree that’s rich with round and shiny trimmings will appreciate a little contrast courtesy of this candy cane snowman. You’ll just need a white felt paper for the snowman’s body and another color of your choice for its hat and shawl, two beads for its eyes, a fabric glue, and two candy cane handles for its arms. Make as many snowman ornaments for the kids to hang on the tree.

This holiday season, explore the many ways you can decorate your home with candy canes.  What Christmas ornaments in your home were inspired by a candy cane? You may share them below.

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Keep Your Christmas Tree Shining All Season

Christmas lights add a magnificent dimension to any Yuletide display. With bright clear lights, you can give your Christmas tree a warmer and more inviting glow, while with multi-colored bulbs, you can instantly turn it into a festive holiday highlight. This makes keeping your Christmas lights running efficiently throughout the season that much important.


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In this post, Tree Classics takes you through the process of repairing and maintaining your Christmas lights. By following our step-by-step guide, you can easily handle Christmas lighting issues you might encounter during the holidays.

Why Aren’t Your Lights Working?

To find out what is causing your Christmas lights to malfunction, you need to check every string of your lights. Most of the time, the problem stems from a bad plug connection, a defective fuse in the plug, a broken, missing, or loose bulb on the light strand. By doing one of these steps, you can get your lights to function normally again.

Step 1. Pull the plug of the defective light strand out of the wall outlet and plug it back in. If the lights switch on, then you had a bad plug connection.

Step 2. Replace broken, missing, or loose bulbs on the strand, then plug it in. If the bulbs emit light, then the problem was on the bulbs.

Step 3. Plug the malfunctioning light strand into the wall outlet, and then plug a working strand of lights into its socket. If the latter fails to switch on, you need to replace the fuse in the plug of the damaged strand.

How Do You Replace Damaged Bulbs?

Regular Bulb Kit

Most stores that offer pre-lit Christmas trees also have replacement bulb kits available.

Replacing damaged bulbs can be done very quickly. Simply get the extra light bulbs that came with the package of your Christmas lights. If you don’t have any of these, make sure the ones you’re going to buy will match the brand of your lights. If they don’t match, the base of the new lights might not fit into the sockets of your light strings.

If you’re ready, here’s how you can replace defective bulbs.

Step 1. Identify the defective bulbs on your string of lights. They have dark spots that are not visible on the good bulbs.

Step 2. Hold the base of each defective bulb and pull it out of its socket.

Step 3. Center the wires underneath the base of your replacement bulb, then insert it into the socket of the string.

How Do You Replace a Broken Fuse?


Christmas lights use fuses to regulate the electrical current within the strands.

Suppose you discovered that a broken fuse is causing a string of lights to malfunction, here’s how you can to quickly replace the damaged fuse.

Step 1. Identify the strand or strands of lights with broken fuses.

Step 2. Open a tiny compartment in the plug of the malfunctioning strand.

Step 3. Replace the damaged fuse with a new one.

It’s not only in majestic pine trees and dainty ornaments that we see Christmas, but also in sparkling lights that deck every home. With this guide, you will be able to maintain your Christmas lights and keep your home beautifully aglow this season.

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