Where Do Christmas Trees Come From?

Don't you just love the smell of a real Christmas tree? Although I always had a fake tree growing up, I started putting up real trees a few years ago and can't imagine ever going back to plastic! I personally set my Christmas tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving so I can enjoy it for the whole month of December. Once it's up, that's when I really start getting into the Christmas spirit (no matter how early the stores start decorating!). But even though every public park, store and hotel lobby has its own Christmas tree, where did this holiday tradition come from?
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What Dish Should You Bring to Your Holiday Potluck?

Potlucks are a great way to have a holiday party with your friends, family and coworkers while saving yourself a lot of time, hassle and money! After all, as the host you're only responsible for a portion of the dishes (like the main meat and a side or two) and not the entire meal. In my opinion, hosting a holiday party should be fun, not stressful, so why not have a potluck? My personal rule is just to have the guests bring their favorite holiday side dish and I'll make the ham! So if you're one of the lucky ones who gets invited to a holiday potluck this season, here are a few easy-to-make meals that can feed a crowd!
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5 Fun Facts About Candy Canes

While they may not be your favorite holiday sweet, candy canes are undeniably an inherent part of the holiday season. Peppermint in general is a popular holiday flavor (although you can easily enjoy it all year round), and the peppermint candy cane is about as Christmas as it gets! Love 'em or hate 'em, here is everything you could ever want to know about candy canes:
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6 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Grownups!

While I don't have a fireplace to hang my stocking by, my parents still hang up my childhood stocking in front of their fireplace every year at Christmas and give me me a few stocking stuffers like candles, wool socks, or body lotion. If you are looking for a few stocking stuffer ideas for your grownup friends or family, here are some great ideas:
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