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Win A Rachael Ray Orange Christmas Tree!!!

Ok, first things first. Treetopia, makers of some of the funkiest Christmas Trees is giving away a 6’ Rachael Ray orange Christmas Tree to the fan who posts the funniest holiday story on my Facebook Fan page. You can link to it here. Judging ends on Thursday, December 9th so post your stories soon!

Here are a few of my favorite ideas on how you can decorate your tree in a fun, colorful and meaningful way this season!

Create a “Family Tree”

Photocopy pictures, glue them to silver paper, and frame them with rickrack and other trims to turn your Christmas tree into a family scrapbook.

Use Unusual Materials as Decorations

I just LOVE this tree with cotton balls as ornaments. Just the cutest!

Go Classic!

I love the classic red and white on a bright green tree, it’s just beautiful! You can even use origami to make your own ornaments, all you need is paper, patience and a little time.

Pink and Silver

The silver tree is a swanky mid century classic and I love it with pink ornaments. so fresh and fun!

Use A Ladder

I just LOVE this alternative to the Christmas tree, just grab a ladder and put a string of lights and ornaments around it, top it with a star and you are good to go!

Use Your Shelves

I think this is SUCH a cool idea, use magazines and books in bookshelves to create your own makeshift tree. So creative!

Good luck everyone!

Here are some fun Christmas tree facts:

  • Christmas tree was decorated for the first time in Riga (Latvia), in the year 1510.
  • In the year 1979, only the top of the National Christmas Tree was lighted in the US, in the honor of the American hostages in Iran.
  • National Christmas Tree Association gives a Christmas tree to the President and first family of US every year.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House was started by President Coolidge in 1923.
  • Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and White pine are the most popular Christmas trees.
  • Teddy Roosevelt had banned the Christmas tree from the White House because of environmental reasons.
  • The first Christmas tree was placed in the White House in 1856, by the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce.
  • The tradition of using small candles to light a Christmas tree dates back to the mid-17th century.
  • There are more than 21,000 growers of Christmas tree and more than 12,000 cut-your-own-tree farms in the US.

13 Responses to “Win A Rachael Ray Orange Christmas Tree!!!”

  1. my favorite christmas memory; EVERY YEAR I BURNED THE ROLLS ONE YEAR WHEN I HAPPNED NOT TO BURN THEM MY SON-IN-LAW COMPLAINED THAT IT WAS NOT CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THEM SO I PUT THEM BACK IN THE OVEN burned them to a crisp everyone seemed happy after this

  2. Linda Summers says:

    When my children was small, we had a stuffed Santa. Christmas Eve we sat him in a chair, he was proably about 4 ft tall.He looked like a person sitting there. of course the kids got up early when they went around the corner, they thought it was Santa still there. they ran and got into their beds and they didn’t get up until we did, they are now 35 and 40 and we still talk about that Santa, up until a few years ago I still had the stuffed Santa

  3. Evette says:

    Hi folks!

    In order to be entered into this contest, funniest holiday story ideas need to be posted on my facebook fan page here!

    http://www.facebook.com/evetterioshome?sid=eba2fc38d54f210b579633fb91785795&ref=s

  4. Sherri Bankston says:

    Christmas Eve… Perhaps one of the most exciting nights of the year for a child, and quite possibly one of the longest for Santa. Can you remember the excitement as a child and how hard it was to go to sleep; I can remember my brother and I wanting to go to bed when it was still light, hoping that Christmas would come faster. Then there was the thought, “what if I wake up and Santa hasn’t come yet”? “What if I wake up and he is still here?”. (That would be kinda scary) lol.; and now as a parent/Santa, it too comes with some thoughts~ “Will they ever fall to sleep, they are gonna have us up at the crack of dawn”. Also, “Oh my, what if they wake and I get caught?”. Well, my Mother had a wonderful way of aiding with these thoughts. After tucking us in bed on Christmas Eve, Moma would tell us that we need to try really hard to fall asleep, because when Santa came he would come to our room and touch a piece of candy to our lips. She said that if we did not open our mouth to taste he would know that we were asleep and place our toys under the Christmas tree. The magic is in where Santa places the piece of candy under your pillow when he is done, therefor when you awake, if you slide your hand under te pillow and if the candy is there: Santa has came! If not, you better get you butt to sleep. Early one Christmas morning when I was about five, I woke up really early, it was still dark outside. I can remember sliding my hand beneath my pillow and there it was, a big o’l peppermint cane. Santa had come! I decided to take p peak before anyone else got up. Walking up to the living room door, I peaked through the key hole and saw something really big move past the door! Laughing to myself now and remembering that feeling; I really thought I saw Santa. This little tradition works well for a parent as well, because when a little one slides his hand under the pillow, they know whether it’s time to get up or not which lessens the chance of Santa getting caught in the act. By the way, the big thing that I saw move past the key hole as I peaked was a big blown up punching bag that was swaying back and forth in a draft! Merry Christmas :)

  5. Liv Hartline says:

    This is not so much a great holiday story but more of a holiday tip.When my children were very young…I think my son was about three, and my daughter was almost two,we had a hard time keeping the kids away from the presents under the tree before Christms day.
    Kids have a knack for getting up ridiculously early in December just to gaze at the tree. If you are still sleeping they will also open the pretty packages before the big day. How do you get the kids to leave the tree alone without having to nag at them all the time.
    While shopping at the mall I was admiring the Christmas displays when it occured to me….wrap empty boxes…..like the malls do. So I went home and wrapped some empty boxes and put those under the tree while I wrapped the real gifts and hid them away.So of course the next morning (not Christmas morning) I found my son by the tree….and of course he opened a pretty package to find nothing inside. You can imagine his face…lol. When he asked me why it was empty I said
    “That’s what happens if you open your gifts before Christmas.” “The gift disappears!” It’s part of the magic of Christmas.” Needless to say he wasn’t touching those gifts…and an added bonus…he kept his little sister away from those gifts too.
    Sometimes a little creative “storytelling” (I hate to say lie) can save a lot of headaches, as well as save the surprise for Christmas day.
    Happy Holidays.

  6. Kathy L. Harms says:

    One Christmas morning we were all opening up our presents. And all the gifts had benn opened, but my husband kepted saying there was another present. But there were no more under the tree. He kept insisting that there was. Him and the kids were laughing as i got down on the floor looking but nothing was there. So they started saying your hot no your cold. He had bought me a diamond necklace and earring and they were in a christmas ornament on the tree. they still remind me every year and laugh.

  7. TAMMY DILLS says:

    MY FONDEST AND FUNNIEST CHRISTMAS MEMORY IS ONE WHEN MY CHILDREN WERE ALL ARGUING ABOUT WHO HAD BEEN THE BEST BEHAVED AND WHO SHOULD GET MORE FOR CHRISTMAS,WE HAD TAKENN A TRIP TO MISSOURI AND VISITED THE LAURA INGALLS WILDER MUSEUM,SO BEING AN AVID FAN I THOUGHT I WOULD GET THE KIDS A TIN CUP WITH A PENNY TAPED TO THE BOTTOM AND A CANDY CANE FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING,IT WORKED!THEY REALIZED WHAT THEY HAD BEEN TAKING FOR GRANTED AND WE HAD A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Susie Crouch says:

    We were trying to make our 1st Christmas in Pittsburgh special. We went and cut a tree, brought it home, hubby put the lights on, kids put on ornaments, and I put on the icicles. We decided to watch White Christmas and enjoy our hard work. About half way through the movie, as if in slow motion, our beautiful/bountiful tree slowly fell to the ground. Now every year as my husband bolts down the tree stand to a substantial piece of plywood, we laugh and put on White Christmas.

  9. Courtney says:

    Love that ladder idea and may do the cotton balls.

    I have two hilarious holiday stories both involving the kids saying the darndest things!

    When I was a kid and my cousin was just a baby (and not yet talking) we were driving along when suddenly we smelled something. My Mom was babysitting her and dismissed it as “the baby needing a change”. Four years later, as our entire family sat silent at the holiday table, my now five year old cousin blurted out “I’ll never forget when I was a baby and Aunt Na farted in the car and blamed it on me!” Everyone died laughing. She had waited a whole four years for just the right moment to get my Mom back!

    Another Christmas, we were at some friend’s house who had an extremely precocious 2 year old. Her parents asked everyone to join hands and give thanks for something. Well, my sister, who is very New-Agey was going on and on and on and on, thanking the ancestry the stars, the moon, the sun, the land, the water and the like. So finally the wee one dropped her hand, gave her a hand and an eye roll and said “Just SAY, Amen!” Again, everyone burst out laughing and no one else could stop laughing long enough to thank anything, or anyone, else.

  10. Beth Lockhart says:

    One year our family(my husband,14 yr old daughter, 10 yr old son and myself) was putting up our Christmas tree and we ALWAYS video it! So we r putting the tree up and we have to keep turning the lights in the house out to see if there are any wholes in the tree..places with no lights. So we would turn them off and look at the tree and fix the lights and then turn them back on and continue to string the lights on the tree. We had the Christmas music going and all of the sudden the lights go out, the music goes off and we are in the dark…all except for the light on the video camera. So I say “OK ..TURN THE ELECTRICITY BACK ON”!! My husband had goneto the bathroom but I thought he had gone to the back bedroom (where the fuse box is)and turn the switch off. He came out of the bathroom and said “who flipped the switch”? And I looked at him and was like”go turn the electricity back on”. He said he didn’t turn it off. So I looked at the video camera and said ” well how is the video camera light still on then”? So all three of them look at me and say ” CAUSE ITS RUNNING OFF OF A BATTERY”!!! DUH!! And so every year they remind me that the video camera DOES have a battery and won’t go out if the electricity goes out!! LOL

  11. amber cousins says:

    One year my mom and I went to get a christmas tree at the christmas tree farm. We go through and pick one out and take it home , needless to say we get it home and take it in our house and my mom says oh hunny I belive we are going to have to trim the tree its too tall so I go get the clippers and beforeshe new it I had chopped the top off the tree :/ oh no my mom said you don’t chop the top you cut the bottom so that mom was like ok we have to have a top so we got the hammer and some trim nails and nailed it back on :) it wasn’t the straightest top but at least we had one lol that’s my christmas tree story ! Thanks for reading it – amber cousins, oklahoma

  12. Kathy Snyder says:

    First I would like to say Rachael Ray is such a down to earth person I love her show.
    I love christmas its my favorite holiday. I don’t know as if I really have a funny story. You would think that with seeing almost 50 christmas I would be able to remember at least one. I guess I just treasure the time I get to spend with family and friends. The best thing is listening to my kids laughter as they are playing games with each other. Its even better now that they are older. They are so funny as they all think that they are the best at the games even their dad and I gets in on the action. Although they are much more competative then I am.
    Any time I’m able to spend time with family and friends we have great memories. As for funny that is all in the eye of the beholder. Such as your brother saying he wants skies for christmas and then a week before christmas he goes out and buys them. The look on his face when he opens up another pair on christmas priceless.
    May you all have a blessed and Merry Christmas.

  13. JULES says:

    My most rememberable/funniest Christmas Eve was the year we spent it in the emergency room with my brother. We were at our Aunts house, when my brother was pestering her poodle, as usual. Well, to make a long story short the poodle finally got revenge. The poodle all of a sudden turned & jumped up, grabbed my poor brother’s private parts and just hung there! He needed a lot of stiches. The whole ER staff & patients were teasing him. Once comfortable, he couldn’t stop laughing either!!

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