Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
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My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
For anyone who's never done it, all you need is a decent sized orange and some cloves. Stud the orange all over with cloves, using the pointy bit to pierce through and leave the round bit poking out. When the orange is completely covered with cloves, put it somewhere warm and dry like an airing cupboard or near a radiator. Within a few weeks, the orange will dry out and will have the most wonderful Christmassy smell in the world!
I made lots last year as a stress reliever during Uni. I tied some pretty red ribbons around some and gave them as little gifts to my friends. And because I'd left them in my window seat right next to a radiator, my whole room smelled of festive loveliness for weeks and weeks
I'm going to do the same again this year, I have a new room and want it to smell good. I'll probably start making them at the end of October so that they'll be totally hard and dried by the beginning of December when i go home.
I really recommend them to anyone who's never made one, they smell incredible!!!
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I live in Lafayette, LA, USA and it is quite humid here.
I am afraid my orange would mold. Could I speed up the process and put it in the oven for a time to dry it out?
I don't know why it is that the oranges don't mould, but I've never had a problem, keeping them in warm places. Perhaps they do mould but I don't see the process because I leave them untouched for weeks! I'm not sure.
Do you have an airing cupboard or a cupboard close to a radiator? As long as it's somewhere dry within the house, you'll be fine
I gave one of these to my college friend last year, and he says that his bedroom at home still smells lovely thanks to it. They don't really lose their smell, which is wonderful.
I hope that everyone who decides to make them enjoys doing so! It's a great thing to do with kids too, I wish I could share it with my little cousins but by the time I'm home, it'll already be December and will be too late