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It’s the time of year where silver and gold are soon to be decking the halls, and while decorating for the season brings nothing but smiles, the decorations can get a little pricey! There are some great DIY ideas to bring the holiday spirit into your home without breaking the budget.

1. Table Décor

Grab some old bottles or jars and cover the outside of them with some holiday paper. Use a contrasting color to write words such as “Joy” or “Noel” with one letter on each bottle! A paper mache technique works great for these!

2. Favorite Cuddly Snowman

Use a lone, clean white sock to make your favorite frosty friend come to life! Using some clear hair-ties to separate each section of the snowman and some black and orange felt for the buttons, nose, and arms, Frosty will be finished in no time! Add some google-y eyes and you’re all set!

3. Rudolph Candle

Take a candle (preferably of a brown color) and go outside to find some branches to your liking. These will serve as Rudolph’s antlers and can be hot glue gunned to each side of the candle! Grab a red cotton ball to put on the front and voila!

4. Frosty Fridge

Possibly the easiest and most inexpensive of them all would be to make your fridge Frosty inspired! Grab some orange and black construction paper to cut out buttons, eyes, and a nose and tape them onto your fridge! Top it off with some holiday patterned wrapping paper to act as a scarf for your new Christmas friend.

5. Candy Cane Bouquet

This is a simple and adorable center piece for your table: Grab some candy canes, ribbons, and either real or fake flowers. Tie the candy canes around the bouquet of flowers with the ribbon, tie a bow, and you’re done. A cute and polished way to add Christmas joy to your table top!

There are so many ways to add holiday spirit to your home, and with Christmas right around the corner, the decorating has just begun!

How are you DIY decorating this holiday season?

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Health

It’s that time of year where Jack Frost just seems to not want to leave us alone, and that means the sniffles and coughing are bound to start following soon enough. While a little cold might not be detrimental to your health, here are some tricks to keeping that bug away so you can enjoy a fun-filled winter wonderland!

1. Take Notes From Mrs. Claus

No one wants a skinny Santa! Likewise, make sure you’re eating right this winter. Getting the right nutrients is important, and while eating a salad is great to stay healthy, make sure you’re getting your protein and eating some warm foods like soup! The healthier you eat, the stronger your body and immune system will be when it comes to fitting off the cold.

2. Kris Kringle Knew a Thing or Two

The man himself sure knew how to make a statement with his wardrobe! And while we may not all feel like we’re able to rock a head-to-toe red velvet pantsuit, Kris Kringle knew that dressing to brace the cold was the only way to get through all those blizzards! Make sure you wear lots of layers and keep warm! Protecting your head, chest, hands, and feet are key points in your body to prevent you from getting sick; so don’t cut back when it comes to gloves and a hat!

3. We Can’t All be Frosty

As much fun as Frosty looked like he was having when he was running all about town in the snow, we can’t all live in the cold! Make sure you stay in once in a while, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while you’re at it! Being outdoors too much during the cold weather can really wear down your body.

While these tips seem simple, make sure to keep them in mind this winter! Staying safe and healthy really allows you to enjoy the holiday season; and while Rudolph looks adorable with his red nose, it might be better if we just leave that to him!

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