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Christmas is the most anticipated holiday every year. In addition to preparing gifts and Christmas dinner, you can also use some creativity when arranging or preparing gifts to bring a little fun and atmosphere to the festival. Making some small activities with Christmas feelings to make the holiday more lively and the gatherings of relatives and friends will be more joyful.

Using some creativity when arranging the space or Christmas gifts can bring a little fun to the festival.
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Tennessee, USA (Merxwire) – Christmas is coming, are you busy preparing all kinds of gifts and sumptuous meals? Perhaps using some creativity when arranging the space or gifts can bring a little fun to the festival, increase the holiday atmosphere, make the space colorful, and the gifts will also be more abundant. Make a special Christmas memory for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Tips for Keeping Your Christmas Tree Energetic

The most important thing at Christmas must be the Christmas tree. As long as the tree is put up, there will be a feeling that Christmas is coming. The species commonly used for Christmas trees are evergreen trees of the coniferous family, and the tree shape is usually triangular. Evergreen trees also have the meaning of eternal life. Many people will start to put up Christmas trees on Thanksgiving, so they have to maintain vivid for at least one month. You can take some garlic from the kitchen, basil from the garden, and dry fennel seeds to soak in the water together, and then water the important Christmas tree, which can help with antibacterial and natural antiseptic effects.

Poinsettia Turned into Natural pH Paper

The connection between Poinsettia and Christmas is in the 16th century. There was a Mexican girl who wandered the streets on Christmas Eve and was homeless. Because she was poor, she had no gifts to offer to Christ. Under the inspiration of the angel, she began to collect seeds and planted them beside the church to dedicate to Christ. As a result, a miracle happened, these seeds grew red leaves, which we are familiar with as Poinsettia. Its leaves are acidic due to their color and composition, so they can be cut into pieces and heated in a beaker to dissolve the red pigment. After filtering, drip the red extract into the filter paper to make it saturated. It can be used as red litmus paper after drying. When encountering alkalinity it will turn blue. Poinsettia becomes a pH Paper.

Let It Snow in My House

You can go to the chemical industry to buy sodium polyacrylate with super water absorption. It is a white dry powder when you buy it. After adding water, it will absorb water like a sponge and turn into a gel-like polymer. You could add ice water which has a cold feeling like snowflakes. The powder can be sprinkled on the Christmas tree and then sprayed with water to create the feeling of snow on the tree. You can also put the powder into a cup, add water and turn it into a gel. Then put on plastic gloves to squeeze the gel into large and small balls and fix them together with bamboo sticks. Add your favorite small decorations, and it would turn into a cute little snowman. The artificial snow made of sodium polyacrylate is non-toxic and feels cool to the touch, just like real snow!

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Homemade Aroma Marbling Holiday Gift Wrap

Preparing Christmas gifts is also an important ritual. Arrange gifts from Santa Claus for children, Christmas and New Year gifts for relatives and friends, and it’s full of festive and joyful atmosphere. Everyone is ready to welcome the New Year. At this time, if there is beautiful, fragrant, and unique wrapping paper, it will impress the other party.

Making marbled wrappers is easy, just get a sheet of paper big enough, a flat wide metal container, food coloring, a spatula or paper towels, and most importantly the scented shaving cream. Mint-scented shaving cream will smell like candy canes. With aromas of sweet orange, cloves, or cinnamon, it is full of Christmas. For added romance, choose a shaving cream with a light floral scent.

  • You can create a scented coating by spreading a thin layer of shaving cream on the bottom of the container with a spatula, spoon, or your bare hands.
  • Use food coloring to draw the colors, lines, and patterns you want on the coating with your imagination. The tip of the fork is also a good prop for stippling or drawing lines.
  • Put the prepared paper on the colored aroma coating, and scrape it with light pressure with a scraper.
  • After taking out the paper, let it color for a while, then carefully scrape off the shaving cream gently or wipe it off with a dry paper towel. Remember that the action must be gentle, so as not to affect your color lines.
  • Once left to dry, it becomes an exclusive wrapper with a marbled texture and aroma. You can try different paper materials and paints, it will show different visual effects.

Delicious Creamy Snow Ice Recipes

Have you ever imagined yourself sticking out your tongue to taste the snowflakes like a child when it’s snowing? Homemade snowflake ice may satisfy your curiosity. Prepare 200 c.c. whole milk, 30c.c. fresh cream, 40g condensed milk, a little salt and honey, and your favorite seasonings such as chocolate sauce or jam.

You can choose to mix it in a juicer or with a hand-held blender but remember to mix the fresh milk, salt, and honey first, then add condensed milk, fresh cream, and seasonings. Mix them well and use a strainer to filter them into a wide-mouth container with a cover. Place it in the freezer for more than 6 hours and then take it out and scrape it with a spoon. It is recommended not to put too much food in the refrigerator to avoid affecting the temperature and mixing the smell of other ingredients with the snow ice.

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Making Cute Christmas Cookies withYour Family

Making cute Christmas cookies is a fun activity for the whole family. It is funny to make and eat, and it’s a cute hand-made gift to distribute to relatives and friends. The preparation work in advance cannot be sloppy. For the biscuit part, you need to prepare 200g of low-gluten flour, 25g of egg liquid, 50g of unsalted butter, 40g of fine sugar, 30g of honey, and a little cinnamon powder.

For the colored meringue, you need to prepare 120g of powdered sugar, about 17g of protein liquid from half an egg, 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice, a little sugar-free cocoa powder, a little matcha powder, and a little jam. Please weigh all the ingredients according to the weight beforehand, mix the flour and cinnamon powder evenly and sift them first. Leave the unsalted butter at room temperature, soften and cut it into small pieces.

  • Use an egg beater to break up the unsalted butter into a creamy form. Pour in fine sugar and continue beating until it turns white and the texture is slightly elastic so that horns can be pulled out on the egg beater.
  • Pour in the egg liquid and honey separately and stir well. Then add the sifted flour and cinnamon powder in two batches, press and mix with your hands or a spatula, and slowly form a dough. Remember not to overstir.
  • Put the dough into a plastic bag, flatten it evenly with your hands, and then use a stick to flatten it into a dough sheet with a thickness of about 0.4cm. Put it in the refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Take out the dough and cut open the plastic bag with scissors, and then use biscuit molds to press out various biscuit shapes on the dough, and arrange them neatly on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • The remaining dough can be gathered together and then squeezed into a ball, flattened, and then pressed into biscuit shapes until the dough is used up.
  • Put the biscuit dough into a preheated oven at 150 degrees, bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then take it out and let it cool.

The next point is to make colored meringue icing to decorate your Christmas cookies. Put the egg whites in the mixing bowl and beat a little foam with an egg beater. Add lemon juice and half of the powdered sugar and mix well. Remember to sift the powdered sugar first. Then add the remaining powdered sugar and continue to stir until it becomes thick. The meringue will not flow when the basin is turned upside down. Then you can add various colors to change your icing.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of colored powder, such as cocoa powder, matcha powder, or jam. Then add a little cold boiled water and mix well, then use a spoon or squeezer to decorate the icing on the cooled biscuit. Let it dry and enjoy the cute cookies.

A little more ingenuity will make Christmas more interesting, adding a festive atmosphere and turning it into a family holiday activity. Enjoy the snow scene, snow ice, and delicious Christmas cookies under the Christmas tree, let’s unwrap the scented presents together!

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