Ugly Christmas Sweater http://www.uglychristmassweater.com Original Light Up Xmas Sweaters Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:54:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 How to Decorate a Fireplace Mantel for Christmas http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/decorate-fireplace-mantel-christmas/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/decorate-fireplace-mantel-christmas/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:48:01 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5395 This Christmas, go beyond just hanging Christmas stockings on the mantel; instead take the time to decorate your fireplace mantel and make it into a piece of art. There are plenty of items that can be used to jazz up your fireplace. Florals, candles, a nativity scene, and Christmas cards are just a few.

Florals, Greens, Acorns

While the Christmas tree may be the main attraction, it doesn’t have to be the only greenery in your home. Consider using floral arrangements, mistletoes, wreaths, and acorns. These can be real or artificial, and can be bought easily at crafts stores or even the dollar store.

Candles

Using candles is a great way to decorate your fireplace mantel. If there are children or pets in the house, it might be safer to use electric candles. Otherwise, let the flames of the lit candles bring in the warmth and comfort of the holiday season. Line up different sized candles across the mantle or place a large candle in the center. Electric candles even come in different colors, which are perfect for any home.

Nativity Scene

If your fireplace mantel is large enough, create a nativity scene to remember what Christmas is really about – the birth of Jesus Christ. Most nativity scenes include figures of Mother Mary, Baby Jesus, and Joseph, but others may include shepherds, sheep, the barn, and angels as well.

Christmas Cards

A fireplace mantle is the perfect place to display the Christmas cards you receive from everyone during the holiday season. Put a few of your favorite out or use a card holder stand to display them on multiple rows. Just remember, if you plan to have guests over, make sure to have their card on display.

The key to decorating a fireplace mantle for Christmas is to use a combination of these items. The idea is to mix and match and use various colors and textures to complement your existing Christmas décor.

 

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This Christmas, go beyond just hanging Christmas stockings on the mantel; instead take the time to decorate your fireplace mantel and make it into a piece of art. There are plenty of items that can be used to jazz up your fireplace. Florals, candles, a nativity scene, and Christmas cards are just a few.

Florals, Greens, Acorns

While the Christmas tree may be the main attraction, it doesn’t have to be the only greenery in your home. Consider using floral arrangements, mistletoes, wreaths, and acorns. These can be real or artificial, and can be bought easily at crafts stores or even the dollar store.

Candles

Using candles is a great way to decorate your fireplace mantel. If there are children or pets in the house, it might be safer to use electric candles. Otherwise, let the flames of the lit candles bring in the warmth and comfort of the holiday season. Line up different sized candles across the mantle or place a large candle in the center. Electric candles even come in different colors, which are perfect for any home.

Nativity Scene

If your fireplace mantel is large enough, create a nativity scene to remember what Christmas is really about – the birth of Jesus Christ. Most nativity scenes include figures of Mother Mary, Baby Jesus, and Joseph, but others may include shepherds, sheep, the barn, and angels as well.

Christmas Cards

A fireplace mantle is the perfect place to display the Christmas cards you receive from everyone during the holiday season. Put a few of your favorite out or use a card holder stand to display them on multiple rows. Just remember, if you plan to have guests over, make sure to have their card on display.

The key to decorating a fireplace mantle for Christmas is to use a combination of these items. The idea is to mix and match and use various colors and textures to complement your existing Christmas décor.

 

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How to Crotchet a Christmas Stocking http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/crotchet-christmas-stocking/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/crotchet-christmas-stocking/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:45:59 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5392 For those crafters out there, crocheting a Christmas stocking is a wonderful way to show off those dexterous skills during the holiday season. In addition to making one for yourself, handmade Christmas stockings also make a great gift for family and friends. There are plenty of patterns and tutorials to choose from, but for the beginner out there, here is a video tutorial from YouTube User, Crotchet Geek, that is easy enough to follow.

Supplies

Red & White - 4-ply Worsted Weight Yarn
Size H Crochet Hook

Instructions

Start off with a foundation single crotchet stitches
Then use 15 galaxy crochet stiches on each side for a 30 of total. Begin with Chain 2 for each round and skip a single stitch between the elongated sections on the bottom part of the stitch.
Chain 2, turn, 1 galaxy stitch in each of the following 26 stiches. Slip stitch together in the center eye of the 5th galaxy stitch. The last 4 galaxy stitches will stay open for creating the toe of the stocking. The first 4 galaxy stitches will be shaped, folded over and sewn to the first four stitches.
Turn, chain 2, 22 galaxy stitches around, and join. Determine which side will be face up. Sew your toe together by weaving in a more rounded shape. Sew the 4 stitches on each side together and knot your tail. Then sew it in.
Turn, Chain 2, 22 galaxy stitches around, and join. Cut the yarn and tie a knot to secure once completed.

To make the stocking cuff:

Chain 5,
Row 1-17: 4 Single Crochet in each stitch for 17 rows. Fold over and sew in place on the inside or outside of the back part of the stocking.

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For those crafters out there, crocheting a Christmas stocking is a wonderful way to show off those dexterous skills during the holiday season. In addition to making one for yourself, handmade Christmas stockings also make a great gift for family and friends. There are plenty of patterns and tutorials to choose from, but for the beginner out there, here is a video tutorial from YouTube User, Crotchet Geek, that is easy enough to follow.

Supplies

Red & White – 4-ply Worsted Weight Yarn
Size H Crochet Hook

Instructions

  1. Start off with a foundation single crotchet stitches
  2. Then use 15 galaxy crochet stiches on each side for a 30 of total. Begin with Chain 2 for each round and skip a single stitch between the elongated sections on the bottom part of the stitch.
  3. Chain 2, turn, 1 galaxy stitch in each of the following 26 stiches. Slip stitch together in the center eye of the 5th galaxy stitch. The last 4 galaxy stitches will stay open for creating the toe of the stocking. The first 4 galaxy stitches will be shaped, folded over and sewn to the first four stitches.
  4. Turn, chain 2, 22 galaxy stitches around, and join. Determine which side will be face up. Sew your toe together by weaving in a more rounded shape. Sew the 4 stitches on each side together and knot your tail. Then sew it in.
  5. Turn, Chain 2, 22 galaxy stitches around, and join. Cut the yarn and tie a knot to secure once completed.

To make the stocking cuff:

Chain 5,
Row 1-17: 4 Single Crochet in each stitch for 17 rows. Fold over and sew in place on the inside or outside of the back part of the stocking.

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How Many Days Until Christmas http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/many-days-christmas/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/many-days-christmas/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:41:43 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5390 Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. It seems like yesterday that frantic customers filled shopping malls, searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones and soon it will be done all over again. Christmas 2015 falls on a Thursday and already, retailers are gearing up for the big sales. For some it’s the shopping that makes Christmas a wonderful time; for others, it’s family gatherings or the joyous decorations. Whether young or old, not many people can resist the countdown to the big day. Here is one creative way you can countdown to Christmas Day this year.
Christmas Countdown Wheel
For this project you will need:

Corkboard coaster
25 Wooden clothespins
Christmas themed scrapbook paper
1.5 inch diameter lid
Scissors
Construction paper
Markers
Glue gun.
12 inches of ribbon

Instructions for making your Christmas Countdown Wheel

Using the lid as a template, trace 25 circles on construction paper and cut each circle out
Number them from 1 to 25.
 Glue each one of the circles to a clothespin (use the side that doesn't clip).
Then take your corkboard coaster and put it on top of the scrapbook paper. Trace a circle and cut it out.
Glue the cutout on to the top of the coaster.
Next glue the ends of the ribbon together to create a loop.
Adhere the loop onto the backside of the coaster.
Then take the clothespins and clip them around the coaster in numerical order.
Beginning December 1st, remove one clip each day until Christmas.

 

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Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. It seems like yesterday that frantic customers filled shopping malls, searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones and soon it will be done all over again. Christmas 2015 falls on a Thursday and already, retailers are gearing up for the big sales. For some it’s the shopping that makes Christmas a wonderful time; for others, it’s family gatherings or the joyous decorations. Whether young or old, not many people can resist the countdown to the big day. Here is one creative way you can countdown to Christmas Day this year.

Christmas Countdown Wheel

For this project you will need:

  • Corkboard coaster
  • 25 Wooden clothespins
  • Christmas themed scrapbook paper
  • 1.5 inch diameter lid
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Glue gun.
  • 12 inches of ribbon

Instructions for making your Christmas Countdown Wheel

  1. Using the lid as a template, trace 25 circles on construction paper and cut each circle out
  2. Number them from 1 to 25.
  3.  Glue each one of the circles to a clothespin (use the side that doesn’t clip).
  4. Then take your corkboard coaster and put it on top of the scrapbook paper. Trace a circle and cut it out.
  5. Glue the cutout on to the top of the coaster.
  6. Next glue the ends of the ribbon together to create a loop.
  7. Adhere the loop onto the backside of the coaster.
  8. Then take the clothespins and clip them around the coaster in numerical order.
  9. Beginning December 1st, remove one clip each day until Christmas.

 

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When is Christmas 2014? http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/christmas-2014/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/christmas-2014/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:29:49 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5368 Christmas 2014 falls on the very same day that it does every year…December 25.  In the US as well as many other countries, the Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions that include Santa Claus, carolers, and decorations and for Christians celebrating the birth of their Christ.

Here it is and we are faced with yet another holiday season right around the corner.  Everyone always goes a little holiday mad trying to decorate the house, tree, yard and anything else, making sure all of the gifts are bought, wrapped and shipped if need be, planning the holiday trips or meals and all of the other hustle and bustle that accompanies the day.

A very large aspect of the holidays is decorating your home and that is what is up for discussion today.
Christmas Decorations
Some families have traditions that dictate even which day they start decorating.  Some families decorate as a family while others prefer to let just one person handle it.  Some families decorate inside and outside while others may not decorate at all.  Whatever you do in your family is what is right for you.  There is no right or wrong way to decorate.

When a house is decorated nicely, it gives your guests a warm welcome as they come to share the holidays with you.  It also keeps people from asking prying questions about why you don’t decorate.  If you are a creative person then there is no limit to the decorations that you can come up with.
Christmas Decorations
As a basic decoration, most people hang a wreath of some sort on the door.  Some people actually cover their doors with shiny foil and bows to imitate gifts.  Another basic is the Christmas tree.  Some people have the space to go large with this decoration while others may only have room for a small, table top tree.  Some people use live trees while others use fake ones.  Either way, there is nothing that says Christmas like a beautifully decorated tree…regardless of the size.
Christmas Decorations
From trees, there are knick-knacks to put out, candy bowls, door hangers and the list goes on for inside decorations.  The big attraction for outside decorations is generally lights.

Decorating for the holidays can be a great family experience and what better way to experience it that with an ugly Christmas sweater?  You and your family can all don your ugly Christmas sweaters and get the holiday decorating done in a few hours.  You can even choose to make a tradition out of making your own ugly Christmas sweaters too.  When you and your family al wear your ugly Christmas sweaters, you can have someone take a picture and then use it as a great family Christmas card.  Just be sure to send them in time to reach the intended recipients before December 25.

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Christmas 2014 falls on the very same day that it does every year…December 25.  In the US as well as many other countries, the Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions that include Santa Claus, carolers, and decorations and for Christians celebrating the birth of their Christ.

Here it is and we are faced with yet another holiday season right around the corner.  Everyone always goes a little holiday mad trying to decorate the house, tree, yard and anything else, making sure all of the gifts are bought, wrapped and shipped if need be, planning the holiday trips or meals and all of the other hustle and bustle that accompanies the day.

A very large aspect of the holidays is decorating your home and that is what is up for discussion today.

Christmas Decorations

Some families have traditions that dictate even which day they start decorating.  Some families decorate as a family while others prefer to let just one person handle it.  Some families decorate inside and outside while others may not decorate at all.  Whatever you do in your family is what is right for you.  There is no right or wrong way to decorate.

When a house is decorated nicely, it gives your guests a warm welcome as they come to share the holidays with you.  It also keeps people from asking prying questions about why you don’t decorate.  If you are a creative person then there is no limit to the decorations that you can come up with.

Christmas Decorations

As a basic decoration, most people hang a wreath of some sort on the door.  Some people actually cover their doors with shiny foil and bows to imitate gifts.  Another basic is the Christmas tree.  Some people have the space to go large with this decoration while others may only have room for a small, table top tree.  Some people use live trees while others use fake ones.  Either way, there is nothing that says Christmas like a beautifully decorated tree…regardless of the size.

Christmas Decorations

From trees, there are knick-knacks to put out, candy bowls, door hangers and the list goes on for inside decorations.  The big attraction for outside decorations is generally lights.

Decorating for the holidays can be a great family experience and what better way to experience it that with an ugly Christmas sweater?  You and your family can all don your ugly Christmas sweaters and get the holiday decorating done in a few hours.  You can even choose to make a tradition out of making your own ugly Christmas sweaters too.  When you and your family al wear your ugly Christmas sweaters, you can have someone take a picture and then use it as a great family Christmas card.  Just be sure to send them in time to reach the intended recipients before December 25.

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What to Get Your Boyfriend for Christmas http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/get-boyfriend-christmas/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/get-boyfriend-christmas/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:06:55 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5363 Show your boyfriend just how much you care by buying or making him a gift that he will love almost as much as you love him.  You can get him something practical, give him an experience he will never forget, give him a romantic gift or even make something for him.  No matter what you do, your man is sure to love it.
Practical
Practical gifts are often common things that we use all the time.  You can splurge on a pair of designer sunglasses or a watch – something that he will use all of the time and think of you when he does.  Clothing and picture frames are also good practical gift ideas.  Gift cards are neutral yet very practical and he will be able to get exactly what he wants with one.
Romantic
With a romantic gift, you can heat up the passion in your relationship.  Bottles of champagne or wine are timeless options and sure to set off a Christmas evening that won’t be forgotten.  You can also buy him a book of love vouchers or even make one yourself, filling it with things like candlelit dinners for two, breakfast in bed, free massages and anything else.  You might also like to make a scrapbook or photo album and fill it with things from your history together.
Experiences
Plan a trip, buy tickets to his favorite sports team’s next game, go skydiving…anything that will give him an experience to remember.  No gift will ever be able to compare to the gift of experiences.  Also, experience gifts live long after anything else in his memory.
Ugly Christmas Sweaters
This is a gift idea that is catching on all over the world.  It used to be that ugly Christmas sweaters were gifts that were given by relatives and were hated but had to be worn at least once so that the giver could see you in it.  Those days are gone.

Now, ugly Christmas sweaters are becoming more of the tradition.  There are ugly Christmas sweater parties where the person with the ugliest sweater wins prizes.  There are ugly Christmas sweater days at work and school.

You can make your boyfriend an ugly Christmas sweater with ease and have fun doing it.  You might even give him the materials and you could make one together.  It is also very easy to buy an ugly Christmas sweater like the ones seen here at uglychristmassweater.com.  There are all sorts of them to choose from.  Some have writing on them while others are just pictures and designs.  These sweaters are so ugly they are cute and when you give your boyfriend one of these, you are sure to see a huge smile.

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Show your boyfriend just how much you care by buying or making him a gift that he will love almost as much as you love him.  You can get him something practical, give him an experience he will never forget, give him a romantic gift or even make something for him.  No matter what you do, your man is sure to love it.

Practical

Practical gifts are often common things that we use all the time.  You can splurge on a pair of designer sunglasses or a watch – something that he will use all of the time and think of you when he does.  Clothing and picture frames are also good practical gift ideas.  Gift cards are neutral yet very practical and he will be able to get exactly what he wants with one.

Romantic

With a romantic gift, you can heat up the passion in your relationship.  Bottles of champagne or wine are timeless options and sure to set off a Christmas evening that won’t be forgotten.  You can also buy him a book of love vouchers or even make one yourself, filling it with things like candlelit dinners for two, breakfast in bed, free massages and anything else.  You might also like to make a scrapbook or photo album and fill it with things from your history together.

Experiences

Plan a trip, buy tickets to his favorite sports team’s next game, go skydiving…anything that will give him an experience to remember.  No gift will ever be able to compare to the gift of experiences.  Also, experience gifts live long after anything else in his memory.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

This is a gift idea that is catching on all over the world.  It used to be that ugly Christmas sweaters were gifts that were given by relatives and were hated but had to be worn at least once so that the giver could see you in it.  Those days are gone.

Now, ugly Christmas sweaters are becoming more of the tradition.  There are ugly Christmas sweater parties where the person with the ugliest sweater wins prizes.  There are ugly Christmas sweater days at work and school.

You can make your boyfriend an ugly Christmas sweater with ease and have fun doing it.  You might even give him the materials and you could make one together.  It is also very easy to buy an ugly Christmas sweater like the ones seen here at uglychristmassweater.com.  There are all sorts of them to choose from.  Some have writing on them while others are just pictures and designs.  These sweaters are so ugly they are cute and when you give your boyfriend one of these, you are sure to see a huge smile.

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How to Draw a Christmas Tree http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/draw-christmas-tree/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/draw-christmas-tree/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:56:20 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5360 Are you looking for something creative to do this holiday?  This is a great activity to do with your kids or by yourself.  For those who have Christmas parties for kids, this is a great group activity too.  For a group you might want to get a large roll of paper and spread it out on the floor for the kids to all work on together.

The first step in drawing a Christmas tree is to draw a triangle using a pencil.  This triangle will be the guideline that you use for your tree.  Now pencil in a star right at the top of the triangle.  While this step is generally last in real life, for the purposes of this lesson it will be first.  Make sure when you are drawing that you leave room under the tree for the stand.

Don’t try to be a perfectionist.  When you try to fix mistakes or wobbles it ends up just drawing attention to them.

Now it is time to draw the top part of the tree.  Make three pointy branches and remember not to try to get it perfect.  At this point, overlapping the triangle is not a big deal.

Now you need to add a row of branches that will be halfway between the bottom of the triangle and the top.  Make four points; one point will be on either side of the triangle while the other two will be inside the triangle.  Once you have done that, add the bottom row and make five points this time.  Keep all of your lines relaxed and remember this is supposed to be fun not a stressful, perfectionist activity.

Just under the tree, you will draw a box and then connect it to the tree with two distinct lines.  Add two more lines across the box shape – tree pot – to form a ribbon and then draw a bow in the center of the ribbon.

Now you can erase the guidelines of the triangle.

This type of drawing is great for use as a homemade Christmas card.  Make the drawing on a heavy piece of watercolor paper and then fold it in half with the drawing on the outside.  Write your message on the inside.  You can fill in the picture with crayons, watercolor, marker or anything else.  Trace over the outside lines of the tree with a Sharpie.

Once you have done all of this you can decorate the tree.  Use glitter, stickers, draw on the lights an ornaments and just have fun.  This is a great activity for kids to do during the holidays.

You might even want to try this on the computer with one of the drawing programs that are available.

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Are you looking for something creative to do this holiday?  This is a great activity to do with your kids or by yourself.  For those who have Christmas parties for kids, this is a great group activity too.  For a group you might want to get a large roll of paper and spread it out on the floor for the kids to all work on together.

The first step in drawing a Christmas tree is to draw a triangle using a pencil.  This triangle will be the guideline that you use for your tree.  Now pencil in a star right at the top of the triangle.  While this step is generally last in real life, for the purposes of this lesson it will be first.  Make sure when you are drawing that you leave room under the tree for the stand.

Don’t try to be a perfectionist.  When you try to fix mistakes or wobbles it ends up just drawing attention to them.

Now it is time to draw the top part of the tree.  Make three pointy branches and remember not to try to get it perfect.  At this point, overlapping the triangle is not a big deal.

Now you need to add a row of branches that will be halfway between the bottom of the triangle and the top.  Make four points; one point will be on either side of the triangle while the other two will be inside the triangle.  Once you have done that, add the bottom row and make five points this time.  Keep all of your lines relaxed and remember this is supposed to be fun not a stressful, perfectionist activity.

Just under the tree, you will draw a box and then connect it to the tree with two distinct lines.  Add two more lines across the box shape – tree pot – to form a ribbon and then draw a bow in the center of the ribbon.

Now you can erase the guidelines of the triangle.

This type of drawing is great for use as a homemade Christmas card.  Make the drawing on a heavy piece of watercolor paper and then fold it in half with the drawing on the outside.  Write your message on the inside.  You can fill in the picture with crayons, watercolor, marker or anything else.  Trace over the outside lines of the tree with a Sharpie.

Once you have done all of this you can decorate the tree.  Use glitter, stickers, draw on the lights an ornaments and just have fun.  This is a great activity for kids to do during the holidays.

You might even want to try this on the computer with one of the drawing programs that are available.

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How to Decorate a Christmas Tree http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/decorate-christmas-tree/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/decorate-christmas-tree/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:52:39 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5358 Believe it or not there is a secret to decorating a Christmas tree beautifully.  It is really simple too.  The secret is simply to do it in layers.

Surely we all enjoy seeing all of the beautiful Christmas trees in the window of every house we see during the holidays.  Decorating the tree is a great family tradition that is looked forward to each year.

Decorating the tree wasn’t a popular thing to do in America until the late 1800’s and back then, decorations were things like popcorn garland and handmade ornaments.  Now though you can find all sorts of ornaments from vinyl records to souvenir ornaments and even more.  Out of all of the available ornaments though, probably the most popular ones are the lights.

The lights are in fact, step one of decorating a beautiful tree.

Tree lights come in a variety of styles but most of them will have either white or green wire strands.  It is recommended that you get the color wire strands that match your tree which will enable you to hide the wires more efficiently.

When you start with the wires, begin at the base of the tree and then work your way around and up to the top and then back again.  Make sure that you wrap lights around each of the branches.  Be sure not to skimp on the lights.  For each foot of height the tree has, you need at least 100 lights for it to bit lit properly.

Steps 2 and 3 can be reversed if you like but for the purposes of this article we will say that step 2 is garland.

The only real thing to remember about garland is that you don’t want to wrap it too tightly around the tree.  You should start all the way at the top of the tree and then work your way down and around, increasing the amount of garland each time around the tree.  For a beautifully garlanded tree, plan on using around 2 strands of garland times the height of the tree.  If you have a 7 foot tree then plan on using 14 strands of garland.

You can also switch the garland up.  Use some fancy beaded garland for branch to branch draping while using the thicker garlands made from foil, ribbon or paper for the overall decorating.

Step 3 is the ornaments.  In order to showcase the ornaments that are your favorite, put them on first in prime positions.  Once you finish with those, find the larger ornaments and place them on the tree making sure to evenly space them.  Fill in the spaces with the rest of the ornaments.  Make sure that you hang some of the ornaments close to the tree trunk in order to give it more depth.

 

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Believe it or not there is a secret to decorating a Christmas tree beautifully.  It is really simple too.  The secret is simply to do it in layers.

Surely we all enjoy seeing all of the beautiful Christmas trees in the window of every house we see during the holidays.  Decorating the tree is a great family tradition that is looked forward to each year.

Decorating the tree wasn’t a popular thing to do in America until the late 1800’s and back then, decorations were things like popcorn garland and handmade ornaments.  Now though you can find all sorts of ornaments from vinyl records to souvenir ornaments and even more.  Out of all of the available ornaments though, probably the most popular ones are the lights.

The lights are in fact, step one of decorating a beautiful tree.

Tree lights come in a variety of styles but most of them will have either white or green wire strands.  It is recommended that you get the color wire strands that match your tree which will enable you to hide the wires more efficiently.

When you start with the wires, begin at the base of the tree and then work your way around and up to the top and then back again.  Make sure that you wrap lights around each of the branches.  Be sure not to skimp on the lights.  For each foot of height the tree has, you need at least 100 lights for it to bit lit properly.

Steps 2 and 3 can be reversed if you like but for the purposes of this article we will say that step 2 is garland.

The only real thing to remember about garland is that you don’t want to wrap it too tightly around the tree.  You should start all the way at the top of the tree and then work your way down and around, increasing the amount of garland each time around the tree.  For a beautifully garlanded tree, plan on using around 2 strands of garland times the height of the tree.  If you have a 7 foot tree then plan on using 14 strands of garland.

You can also switch the garland up.  Use some fancy beaded garland for branch to branch draping while using the thicker garlands made from foil, ribbon or paper for the overall decorating.

Step 3 is the ornaments.  In order to showcase the ornaments that are your favorite, put them on first in prime positions.  Once you finish with those, find the larger ornaments and place them on the tree making sure to evenly space them.  Fill in the spaces with the rest of the ornaments.  Make sure that you hang some of the ornaments close to the tree trunk in order to give it more depth.

 

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Christmas In July Infographic http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/christmas-in-july-infographic/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/xmas-2/christmas-in-july-infographic/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 06:32:21 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5170 Please enjoy our Christmas In July Infographic!

 

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Please enjoy our Christmas In July Infographic!

Christmas in July Infographic

 

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Where to buy Ugly Christmas Sweaters http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/buy/buy-ugly-christmas-sweaters/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/buy/buy-ugly-christmas-sweaters/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 06:11:36 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5159 It seems like every year all of the Christmas hype starts a bit earlier.  Remember when you were a kid and Christmas always seemed so very far away?  Ah, the halcyon days…a thing of the past.  Now we know there are Christmas parties to attend…and maybe host, gifts to be bought for nearly everyone you know, decorating, planning Christmas dinner and/or travel plans, waiting in line at the airport or train stations, endless shopping and all of the rest that we have to remember to do during the holidays. 

One bright spot of the holiday season for a lot of people though is getting their ugly Christmas sweater.  Maybe you need one for ugly sweater day at work or you may be attending an ugly Christmas sweater party or three.  Regardless, it is best to find your yearly dose of ugliness early before they are all picked over.

More and more, shopping is being done in the comfort of our own homes.  It is much easier to sit at the computer and get all of your Christmas shopping done in an hour as opposed to spending days going from store to store looking for something for everyone on your list.

Shopping for ugly Christmas sweaters is becoming more of an online thing too.  For example, when you visit our site uglychristmassweater.com, what do you think we would have for sale?  You got it…ugly Christmas sweaters.

We have them in all shapes and sizes with designs that range from traditional to movie inspired to adult themed…sort of…in a elfish kind of way.  We have something here for every taste up to and including for the Scrooge in your life.  You know there is one in your life…everybody has at least one.

The sweaters that you will find here (these include sweatshirts and even a couple of “belly” sweatshirts) are all pretty reasonably priced and if you happen to order more than $50 worth of sweaters then we ship them free of charge.

You will even find sweaters in our product line that light up…bring ugly and head turning ability to a new level.  One thing that everyone knows about ugly Christmas sweaters is that they act as ice breakers and can be conversation starters no matter where you are.

By the way, when you visit our site and find a sweater that you would like to purchase you can do so right on the site or over the phone.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can call or email us.

Honestly, were you aware that there is an online store open all year around that is dedicated to nothing but ugly Christmas sweaters?  Now you know.

 

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flashing-lights-ugly-christmas-sweater (1)It seems like every year all of the Christmas hype starts a bit earlier.  Remember when you were a kid and Christmas always seemed so very far away?  Ah, the halcyon days…a thing of the past.  Now we know there are Christmas parties to attend…and maybe host, gifts to be bought for nearly everyone you know, decorating, planning Christmas dinner and/or travel plans, waiting in line at the airport or train stations, endless shopping and all of the rest that we have to remember to do during the holidays. 

One bright spot of the holiday season for a lot of people though is getting their ugly Christmas sweater.  Maybe you need one for ugly sweater day at work or you may be attending an ugly Christmas sweater party or three.  Regardless, it is best to find your yearly dose of ugliness early before they are all picked over.

More and more, shopping is being done in the comfort of our own homes.  It is much easier to sit at the computer and get all of your Christmas shopping done in an hour as opposed to spending days going from store to store looking for something for everyone on your list.

Shopping for ugly Christmas sweaters is becoming more of an online thing too.  For example, when you visit our site uglychristmassweater.com, what do you think we would have for sale?  You got it…ugly Christmas sweaters.

We have them in all shapes and sizes with designs that range from traditional to movie inspired to adult themed…sort of…in a elfish kind of way.  We have something here for every taste up to and including for the Scrooge in your life.  You know there is one in your life…everybody has at least one.

The sweaters that you will find here (these include sweatshirts and even a couple of “belly” sweatshirts) are all pretty reasonably priced and if you happen to order more than $50 worth of sweaters then we ship them free of charge.

You will even find sweaters in our product line that light up…bring ugly and head turning ability to a new level.  One thing that everyone knows about ugly Christmas sweaters is that they act as ice breakers and can be conversation starters no matter where you are.

By the way, when you visit our site and find a sweater that you would like to purchase you can do so right on the site or over the phone.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can call or email us.

Honestly, were you aware that there is an online store open all year around that is dedicated to nothing but ugly Christmas sweaters?  Now you know.

 

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas – Homemade http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/diy/ugly-xmas-sweater-ideas-homemade/ http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/diy/ugly-xmas-sweater-ideas-homemade/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 05:59:22 +0000 http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/?p=5155 If you are in the mood to get creative and make your own ugly Christmas sweater this year, there are a ton of ways to make them.  The first thing that you will need to do though is to get a sweater.  It is generally a good idea to get one that is all one color.  You may have such a sweater already, but if not you can pick one up at a thrift store for next to nothing.

The next step is to decide what type of design you want to put on it.  If you are good with paints, you might decide to get some fabric paints and make your ugly Christmas sweater that way.  If so, draw out your design first and stencil it onto the sweater, then paint over the stenciled design with the fabric paints and let it dry.

Talking about stenciling leads to talking about transfers.  You can get iron on transfers at any craft store.  These are easy to do and only take a few minutes.  Just follow the instructions on the transfer and you are good to go.

You may decide that you would like your ugly Christmas sweater to be a bit more…um…3D?  If so, once you decide on the design, make a list of the materials that you will need (glue gun, glue sticks, fuzz balls, jingle bells, wreaths, tiny Christmas ornaments, LED lights, etc.) and head down to the craft store to get what you need.  Most of the time designs of this nature can be hot glued onto the sweater and this can actually become a tradition to do at holidays with the kids.  The sweaters can then be kept as keepsakes from past holidays together.

If you are truly industrious, you can actually make the entire thing from scratch.  It helps to know how to sew or knit if you are going to follow this route.  It also helps to have a lot of time on your hands coupled with the drive to get it done.  Generally, ugly Christmas sweaters that are entirely made by hand like this will have the ugly Christmas design knitted or sewn in as the sweater is being made.

As you can see, in just a few paragraphs we have covered all sorts of ways to make your own homemade ugly Christmas sweater.  Think of all of the ways and designs that we don’t have the space here for.  The ideas are absolutely endless.  Your sweater can be funny, ironic, Christmas movie inspired, traditional, and religious and anything else you want it to be.  Regardless, anytime you wear an ugly Christmas sweater you will turn heads and the sweaters are actually a great conversation starter.

Happy designing!

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homemade ugly christmas sweaterIf you are in the mood to get creative and make your own ugly Christmas sweater this year, there are a ton of ways to make them.  The first thing that you will need to do though is to get a sweater.  It is generally a good idea to get one that is all one color.  You may have such a sweater already, but if not you can pick one up at a thrift store for next to nothing.

The next step is to decide what type of design you want to put on it.  If you are good with paints, you might decide to get some fabric paints and make your ugly Christmas sweater that way.  If so, draw out your design first and stencil it onto the sweater, then paint over the stenciled design with the fabric paints and let it dry.

Talking about stenciling leads to talking about transfers.  You can get iron on transfers at any craft store.  These are easy to do and only take a few minutes.  Just follow the instructions on the transfer and you are good to go.

You may decide that you would like your ugly Christmas sweater to be a bit more…um…3D?  If so, once you decide on the design, make a list of the materials that you will need (glue gun, glue sticks, fuzz balls, jingle bells, wreaths, tiny Christmas ornaments, LED lights, etc.) and head down to the craft store to get what you need.  Most of the time designs of this nature can be hot glued onto the sweater and this can actually become a tradition to do at holidays with the kids.  The sweaters can then be kept as keepsakes from past holidays together.

If you are truly industrious, you can actually make the entire thing from scratch.  It helps to know how to sew or knit if you are going to follow this route.  It also helps to have a lot of time on your hands coupled with the drive to get it done.  Generally, ugly Christmas sweaters that are entirely made by hand like this will have the ugly Christmas design knitted or sewn in as the sweater is being made.

As you can see, in just a few paragraphs we have covered all sorts of ways to make your own homemade ugly Christmas sweater.  Think of all of the ways and designs that we don’t have the space here for.  The ideas are absolutely endless.  Your sweater can be funny, ironic, Christmas movie inspired, traditional, and religious and anything else you want it to be.  Regardless, anytime you wear an ugly Christmas sweater you will turn heads and the sweaters are actually a great conversation starter.

Happy designing!

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