Christmas AngelVisions of angels appear everywhere when Christmas time rolls around every year. You find angels in lights adorning the exterior walls of homes, you find angels overseeing the Christmas mantle or hovering above the dinner table, and of course, the most popular location to find a Christmas angel is on the top of your Christmas tree. Why are angels such a popular icon for the holiday season?

The fact is that angels were present at the very first Christmas celebration and they continue to be a welcome addition to our holiday decorating schemes today.

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I'll tell you why. Its because everybody needs a chance to unwind at the end of a demanding year, a chance to get ridiculously tippled without needing a decent excuse, a chance to try it on with someone you have lusted over since you started working there, a chance to mingle with the big boys (and girls) whom throughout the year have remained out of reach, a chance to make a complete fool out of oneself without feeling out of place, and not forgetting that chance to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ…of course!

As long as we all need this chance, then Christmas parties will remain a lucrative and important business to both the corporate and private industries. Organising a party can be a very demanding and stressful task especially for upwards of 100 people! Do they want the "Roasted chicken breast with an apricot and almond stuffing" or the "Rack of lamb on pommes dauphinoise served with strips of roasted parsnips"? What entertainment do they want? Where do they want it to be held? Do they want alcohol included in the price?

All these questions and many more need to be answered in order to fulfill such specific and individual requirements that we as a society now demand. So now we are seeing many new and established event planning companies entering into this market with one aim in mind, to reap the rewards. The Google search engine is returning 24,500,000 results for entering the term "Christmas Parties", which shows how popular the online marketplace is for Christmas parties.

The holiday operator Club 18-30s, who took package holidays to the next level for young people, enjoyed several years of unrivalled success in their niche until their reputation was destroyed by bad media. This was once the most popular seasonal industry to be involved in, but since this bad press, Christmas party planning has now taken the title.

Additionally, its not specifically event planners that are getting in on the act, venue finders such as www.venuereservations.co.uk/christmas-events, whom offer a variety of Christmas parties, have taken advantage of the situation by offering a venue finding service strictly for Christmas parties, through their partner website www.christmasparties.co.uk.

This industry is running itself, with the big players and their reputations generating profits for smaller organizations whom are affiliates through the Christmas parties they offer. It has created a big window for affiliate marketing with Google's pay per click (PPC) program "Adsense" leading the way. It also creates a huge supply of events, which an individual may find difficult to choose from, it does, nonetheless, provide opportunities for businesses like www.christmasparties.co.uk to help with this problem.

But perhaps the greatest positive to come from this, is that you can have parties in some of London's top landmarks, such as Tower Bridge, which in turn has rekindled our society's romance with the architectural beauty of London.

So just remember to take that chance, the chance you deserve, experience the festivities of a Christmas party, it is your right.

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Before electric Christmas lights were invented, people depended upon candlelight to illuminate their Christmas trees. As you might imagine, the practice of putting lighted candles onto a cut evergreen tree caused more that its share of fires. That hazard began to get a whole lot safer in the year 1882, when the first Christmas tree was set aglow with the aid of electricity. A man by the name of Edward H. Johnson invented the first Christmas tree that was illuminated by electricity. Johnson, who was an inventor and an associate of Thomas Edison, came to be known as the “Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights.” On December 22, 1882, he proudly displayed his electrically lit Christmas lights on his tree at his home on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Christmas lights have become a work of art in themselves, with new ways of displaying their illumination getting invented all the time. The incandescent lights that many of us grew up with are now being replaced in many homes with the more efficient and reliable LED Christmas lights. A number of years ago, bubble lights were all the rage. These lights featured long glass tubes with colored liquid bubbling within. This style of holiday lights peaked in popularity around the 1950’s, but you can still find versions of the bubble Christmas lights in stores today. They have become popular for a retro Christmas theme for many holiday decorators.

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Most people are familiar with the Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” even though many folks might have a bit of trouble keeping the lines of the song straight after about the sixth day! This song has been sung for generations, and is a traditional part of the Christmas season. There have even been many versions of the song that have come out, since the structure lends itself well to variation and even humor. But did you ever stop to think what this seemingly nonsensical song really is about?

While there is some disagreement over the actual purpose for “The 12 Days of Christmas” among historians, the theories regarding this fun and lively song are quite intriguing.

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Written by Cyndie King

Are you looking forward to Christmas this year? If so, there is a good chance that you cannot wait until it arrives. While it is difficult, in fact impossible, to make Christmas come any sooner, there are ways that you can bring the Christmas spirit into your house before the holiday actually arrives. You can do this by decorating your home for Christmas.

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, there are many individuals who place a focus on one room and one room only. That room is likely the room in which their Christmas tree is in. While it is important to decorate your Christmas tree and the room that it is in, you should also think about decorating the rest of your home. In a small amount of time, you can easily show your appreciation for Christmas, in each and every room of your home.

Since, the room in which your Christmas tree is in was already touched on, it is best to focus on other rooms, besides your living room, family room, or den. Perhaps, it is best to focus on the bathroom. After all, it is one of the most used rooms in any home. If you are interested in decorating your bathroom for Christmas, you can often do so with a few small, yet affordable Christmas decorations. You can hang a Christmas picture in your bathroom or replace some of your bath towels with Christmas bath towels. If you want to, you could even replace your bathmat or shower curtain with one that has a Christmas theme.

The kitchen is another room that you could easily decorate for the Christmas holiday season. With the kitchen, like the bathroom, there are a number of low-cost ways that you can go about getting your decorating done. For instance, did you know that you can purchase Christmas themed potholders, over mitts, and kitchen towels for only a couple of dollars each? If money is not an issue, you may want to think about adding some Christmas themed kitchenware into the mix. For a little bit more money, but still a relatively affordable price, you should be able to find matching sets of bowls, plates, and cups that come with pre-designed Christmas themes.

You may also want to decorate the bedrooms in your home, especially if you have children. One Christmas decorating idea that all children love is Christmas lights. In fact, there are some children who decorate their rooms with Christmas lights all year long. Simply by hanging Christmas lights along the perimeter of your child's room, you could easily help to create a Christmas-like feel in their room. If your child would prefer not to have Christmas lights in the bedroom, you could easily hang a small Christmas picture in their room. This picture can be a nice framed one or it can be one of the Christmas cardboard cutouts that you can purchase in a package at most dollar stores.

In addition to decorating the rooms inside your home, you may also want to think about decorating the outside of your home as well. If you are looking for a simply way to showoff your Christmas spirit, you could easily run Christmas lights along the outside of your home. There are special Christmas lights that are developed just for this purpose. If you would like to do more, you could also decorate your lawn for Christmas. A few Christmas yard signs may be nice; however, you can go even larger than that. There are a number of retail stores that sell large inflatable Christmas trees, reindeer, or Santas. No matter how much or how little decorating you do outside of your home, it may be a good idea to showcase your love for Christmas to your entire neighborhood.

The above mentioned Christmas decorating tips are just that, tips. If you want to decorate your whole home for Christmas, go right ahead; you will likely be pleased with your decision to do so. However, you don't have to. For some individuals a simple Christmas tree is all the Christmas spirit that they need have.

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