The Best and Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

Christmas is a time to be happy, to feel good about life and to put up some exciting Christmas decorations.

Of course, we don’t all have the same taste in festive decorations. This means that some people choose to put up the worst Christmas decorations ever, while others do something a lot cooler.

The Nazi Ornaments

The Best and Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

Why oh why oh why? If you were faced with the challenge of designing an infinite number of Christmas ornaments I bet you could still avoid Nazi monstrosities like these. Still, there’s nothing a bit of the Third Reich to cheer up the family over the holidays, is there?

The Light Filled House

The Best Christmas Decorations Ever

What a brilliant thing to do to your house. The only problem is that you would probably annoy the hell out of your neighbors if you put up all of those bright lights.

The Boy Band Decorations

Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

I have no idea who these decorations are based on but I’m guessing that it’s some sort of boy band like The Backstreet Boys, Westlife or The Monkees. Of more pressing concern is the fact that they have all apparently been turned into mermaids. Why would you do a thing like that?

The Santa Toilet 

The Best and Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

Is there anything better than the idea of settling down for a festive dump on a cheery old Santa toilet? Err, yes. Yes there is. There are probably millions of better things, up to and including Christmas decorations showing boy band members made into mermaids.

The Crying Baby Decoration

Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

If you want to keep the kids away from the Christmas tree then this is one way of doing it. This crying baby decoration is just about the single worst thing ever inflicted upon my eyes.

The Cool Christmas Car

The Best Christmas Decorations Ever

We’re back on to the good stuff again, are we? How would you like to drive around in a bright and festive vehicle like this? You’d love it, right?

The Ronald MacDonald Decoration

Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

Christmas is about having fun, spending time with the family and being generous. So who encapsulates that ethos better than anyone else? Yip, everyone’s favorite marketing ploy and slightly scary clown dude type thing. Hang him on your tree and have a great day y’all.

The Octopus Tree Ornament

Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

Ah, there’s nothing like a traditional Christmas scene to warm the cockles of your heart, is there. Logs on the open fire, snow on the driveway and a giant octopus on top of the tree. Hang on a second? When did people start putting a toy cephalopod mollusc on top of their trees?

Just Santa Taking a Leak

The Best and Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

I have often wondered about Santa’s sanitary habits while he is flying round the world doling out gifts and goodwill. Does he poop down people’s chimneys, take a leak up in the air or just try and hold on until he gets home to the North Pole? Perhaps this strange Christmas decoration gives us the answer.

The Terrible Tree

Worst Christmas Decorations Ever

Just exactly how much festive cheer would this miserable looking tree bring into your life this year? It is probably the most depressing thing I have ever seen in all the many Christmases I have lived through. Even Santa is likely to get depressed when he slides down the chimney and sees this abomination.

Christmas Gift Ideas and Tips for Tight Budgets

christmas gift ideasSummer is long gone, Halloween’s over, which means that, for Christians all over the world, it’s time for Christmas. A nice tree, LED lights, church, good food and lots and lots of presents. But all those of us with a tight budget are dreading the ominous Christmas shopping, because there isn’t much out there you can buy with little cash. Or is there? We’ve got some Christmas gift ideas and tips that are going to make Christmas shopping easy!

Budget Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Buying presents for a kid has to be the easiest task in this world. Kids of all ages will make sure to tell you what they like and what they want the moment you meet them! Educational games are usually pretty exciting for kids, as they’re sponges who love fun learning. Get them something nice that they can play indoors during the colder seasons and don’t get them something for the warmer season, because they’ll get frustrated if they have to wait to take out the water pistol.

Budget Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Men are harder to buy presents for than women. Women are generally more vocal about what they like and don’t like when it comes to gifts, and men a bit more reserved. This may be a silly generalization that you need to take with a grain of salt, but there is some truth behind it. Is the man that you’re buying a present for into sports? Does he like soccer or basketball? Get them a ticket for a game or a piece of memorabilia. Is he into virtual games? Then an online subscription to a fun game would be nice.

Budget Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

When you’re doing budget gift shopping for a women, for anyone for that matter, the sooner you realize that you cannot make a cheap gift look expensive, the better. Get her a one month gym card at a fancy location, a massage or an iTunes card. You simply cannot go wrong with music or massages!  If she likes outside activities, you could get her some nice camping equipment, it’s usually quite affordable.

Definite DON’TS

What you definitely don’t want to happen when you give your Christmas gift to someone is see them look disappointed. It’s like a knife through the heart and nobody wants that. In order to avoid feeling that way, and to avoid them feeling disappointed then you should take our advice about to avoid buying as a Christmas gift.

  • DO NOT try to get someone a cool gift if you don’t know them well enough. You’re going to fail miserably.
  • DO NOT buy the same present for people in groups. Make an effort and get each person a cheap individual gift, even if you’re short on cash and the group is large.
  • DO NOT buy stuff for the car or the home. A Christmas present should be for a person, not an object. Smartphone cases aren’t included in this category and make pretty awesome and cheap gifts!
  • DO NOT get them perfume or cologne. Of course you can’t possibly know if they’ll like it!

Just in case this needed to be said, throwing someone a surprise birthday party is not a present in itself and you still need to buy them a separate present. Birthday parties are not gifts!

Also, if someone you know is born on Christmas day, you need to take them two presents, one for their birthday and one for Christmas. Tough luck!

What was the worst present you ever received for Christmas?

10 Great LED Christmas Lights Ideas

Christians around the world celebrate Christmas on December 25, by going to church, exchanging gifts and decorating their trees, houses and gardens. One of the most common ways of expressing one’s love for the holiday season is putting up LED Christmas lights for you and your family to enjoy and others to admire. If this year you’re feeling a bit uninspired, we’ve got just the thing for you! 10 great LED Christmas light ideas to inspire and motivate you!

10. Old School CharmLED Christmas Lights old school neon sign

Bring the real Christmas magic with some old school Christmas lights. Your vintage lit house will be the envy of the neighborhood and every other house in the neighborhood will pale in comparison to it. Get programmable lights, if you really want to make a good impression.

9. LED TreesLED Christmas Lights tree

How can you warm up the outdoor scene? Get some LED lights in a tree and make it festive. In the evening, all the trees are going to look pretty magical and you’ll really get to experience the wonderful Christmas spirit!

8. Reindeer Have All the FunLED Christmas Lights reindeer

No reindeer, no Christmas! Put those artificial lights to good use and bring some twinkling reindeer on the block. If you’re on a tight budget, then we recommend you make your own reindeer; take a look at our number 2 position.

7. Not Insane, Just Passionate about LED LightsLED Christmas Lights not insane just passionate

Do it! Look at all these pretty colors and tell us that’s not crazy, but also very appealing. Put up as many LED lights as you can; get some red, blue and green one, hell, get every color in the world! You’ll find wholesale colored lights at Target or on the world wide net.

6. Geeky ChristmasLED Christmas Lights let the Geek inside shine

Feed the geek inside with a Pac Mac LED Christmas tree. Go all the way and make it solar powered! The great thing about such a tree is that you can change it every year and no tree has to die!

5. Half a Million LightsLED Christmas Lights half a million LED lights

This picture above is of the house of a person who has put up half a million lights. If you’re planning to go near that, you should get clearance from your neighbors, have a massive battery ready in case your fuses blow and have a huge manual of troubleshooting. Or you could just relax and not put up half a million lights on your lawn and house.

4. Twinkle Up Your CarLED Christmas Lights jingle cars

Who said that LED Christmas lights are just for your tree, house and lawn? Go wild and decorate your car! Just don’t go as wild as this person did, or you’re going to give people an epilepsy attack when you drive by.

3. Keep it Simple LED Christmas Lights keep it simple

Minimalism is the key when it comes to having a classy Christmas. Keep it simple with a few white lights, one or two dripping icicle and some clear decorations. Why follow the mainstream folk when you can be special?

2. DYI LED Christmas LightsLED Christmas Lights get creative

If you’re on a tight budget, or you’re just cheap and have lots of time on our hands, you should make your own LED Christmas lights. Get some Phillips GE LED, some light wire (it’s always on sale during the winter season, or at least at a discount price) and get busy. The best thing about this is that you can create pretty much anything you like!

1. Whatever You Do, Remember that Pets are Off Limits LED Christmas Lights pets are off limits

Changing anything about your pet to get them or you in the Christmas spirit is simply off limits. Some dogs and no cats will seem to enjoy themselves, but they’re just trying to please you. Do them a favor and let them chill this Christmas and don’t put any C9 LED Christmas lights on them.

5 Great Wedding Decoration Ideas

The big day is approaching fast and you still haven’t come up with a theme and you don’t have a clue how your wedding’s going to look like? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, we’re here to give you some great wedding decoration ideas and themes that are going to transform your wedding from something simple to something amazing. If you want a wedding that you’re still going to remember on your 50th anniversary, read on and take notes.

5. Budget Doesn’t Have to Mean CheapWedding Decoration Ideas mason jars

These days, everyone’s searching for inexpensive stuff and when it comes to weddings, that can be quite tricky. A budget wedding is possible, but you will need to invest a lot of time and take care of the tiniest of details, just to make sure it doesn’t come out looking and feeling cheap. Here are a few ideas for a DYI wedding:

  • Mason jar party favors. Just look at this picture and tell us it’s not awesome?!
  • Hire a friend to take the pictures. Why hire a professional photographer when you can get a friend that knows their way with a camera take all the pictures?
  • Ask a friend to let you use their fancy car, instead of hiring a fancy car.
  • Have your wedding reception in your own backyard, or if you don’t have one, ask a friend to let you have the wedding in theirs.

4. Pick a Funky ThemeWedding Decoration Ideas indian

Most of the times, weddings are way too serious, so why don’t you make your super fun?! These years there have been a surge in Indian style weddings. If you, too, want a Bollywood wedding, do a bit of research and make a list of do and don’ts. We suggest you only pick things that you are comfortable with, and don’t just adopt the whole Indian theme. Red, gold and purple are nice colors for an indoor ceremony this winter. If you really want to go crazy with a funky/funny theme, you could try Western or Jamaican!

3. Shabby Chic RusticWedding Decoration Ideas sabby chic

The shabby chic style will pretty much never go out of fashion. Vintage is here to stay and if you love it, then we suggest you do a shabby chic rustic wedding. Perfect for summers and fall, country style inspired weddings are perfect for a couple who loves the great outdoors. Have the reception outside, if it’s warm enough, but have the church ceremony inside, you don’t want to get rained on when you walk down the aisle. If you have a garden, hold the reception there, but know that a fun and inexpensive shabby chic location would be a barn or a nice white tent.

2. The Beach, Your MistressWedding Decoration Ideas beach

A beach ceremony is all kinds of awesome. It’s also quite inexpensive: throw some chairs and tables, have a lovely flower arch and a nice gazebo and you’re done. Naturally this can only be done in the summer of if you live in a warm location. Some of the best wedding decoration ideas get their inspiration from the sea, so why not make the sea your wedding theme if you can’t have your wedding on the beach? Great sea-inspired decorations, a sea décor, includes shells, sea snails and blue and green. Decorating for a sea-inspired wedding isn’t hard at all!

1. CaketasticWedding Decoration Ideas cake

Do you and your significant other have a sweet tooth? Then, bring your love for sweets to your wedding! Have a fantastic cake, a wonderful sweets buffet and candy party favors on each table. Let the sweets be the inspiration for your wedding. Shower your guests with love, head over to your closest confectionary shop and go wild, it’s your wedding.

For more inspiration for wedding decoration ideas, we suggest Pinterest.

 

Top 5 Famous Women in History -part 1-

Despite their numerous contributions to history, women have been traditionally snubbed for their achievements, both during their lifetimes and in the process of writing history. Doubtlessly, many accomplishments by what should have been famous women in history are forever lost to posterity and are now either unknown or, more likely, attributed to a man. Despite that, many female figures still emerge as being pivotal to our civilization, be them leaders, scientists, artists, singers or athletes and have begun being truly celebrated. In the same spirit, here is a list of 5 famous women in history to teach us both of their individual feats, as well as the countless unsung heroines.

1.     Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852)

Famous Women in History 1

The daughter of the more famous Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace is considered by many to be first computer programmer in the world. Showing an affinity for mathematics from an early age, Lovelace befriended fellow mathematician and pioneer computer scientist Charles Babbage and have both worked on Babbage’s Analytical Engine. While translating an article by military engineer Luigi Menabrea from Italian, Ada Lovelace supplemented it with an elaborate set of notes, believe by many to contain the first computer program – an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine. Furthermore, while Babbage and other contemporaries focused merely on the Engine’s ability to crunch numbers, Lovelace envisioned numerous other applications for such a device. Sadly, at the age of 36 she was found dead, the same age as her illustrious father and was buried alongside him.

2.     Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954)

Famous Women in History 2

Mexican surrealist painter and feminist icon Frida Kahlo is among the most famous women in history or art and for good reasons. While she herself rejected the surrealist label, believing that her work reflected her reality more than her dreams, her art was described by surrealist pioneer André Breton as a “ribbon around a bomb”. Effortlessly beautiful and free-spirited, she came to epitomise the latina woman in an uncompromising and de-exoticized manner, using her myriad of self-portraits to define herself, rather than let herself be defined by others, becoming one of the most recognized figures throughout the Hispanic art world.

3.     Angela Davis (born 1944)

Famous Women in History 3

A symbol for African-American rights, feminism and the left and the most feared woman in America for the establishment, Angela Davis was one of the most divisive figures of the counterculture movement of the 60s and 70s. She emerged to public attention as the leader of the Communist Party USA and her strong affiliations with the Black Panther Party, as well as her academic career as professor at UCLA, position from which she was fired at the request of then-governor of California Ronald Reagan. Later on she found herself arrested, tried and sentenced to death for an alleged participation in a fatal shooting, being subsequently acquitted, following an international mobilization. Quotes from her famous speeches are still widely spread talked about both within and outside of academia today.

4.     Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901)

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Despite being only fifth in line to the throne when she was born, Victoria became Queen of United Kingdom, later Empress of India, at the age 18 and starter a reign of over 63 years that has seen massive expansion of the empire, as well as huge industrial, cultural, political and scientific changes in the UK and beyond. Routinely considered one of the greatest monarchs to have ever reigned, Victoria’s influence spreads far beyond the eponymous Victorian era, dictating the course of European history for more than a century, being called “the grandmother of Europe”, due to her children and grandchildren occupying almost every throne of the European royal families at one time or another.

5.     Wu Zetian (624 – 705)

Famous Women in History 5

The only empress of China in its history of over 4,000 years, Wu Zetian was for a long time, like other famous women in history, highly influential without being the actual leader. First the concubine of Taizong, then the wife of emperor Gaozong, Wu Zetian was always a decision maker in the Chinese court, but after the latter was left debilitated by a stroke in 690, she became the absolute leader of the Chinese Empire. Her reign saw major expansions of territory, deep into Central Asia and the conquest of the upper Korean peninsula, as well as an increase of state support of education and literature. Her influence did not end on her death, as three of her kids later became emperors and shaping Asian history for decades to come.