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Planning the perfect country Christmas

Celebrate the holidays with these country crafts, activities, and recipes!
  • Find the tree of your dreams

    Before you head to the Christmas tree farm, think about where you plan to place your tree, measure carefully, and select the type of tree that best suits your decorating style. Here are some tips from a certified arborist for choosing the best tree and taking care of it once you bring it home.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Give a special gift

    We have compiled a broad selection of unique holiday gifts for anyone who is living the country life. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Light up the country

    As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, hanging holiday lights around your acreage is a great way to combat the dreary landscape of winter. A quick trip to the local hardware store can equip you with all the supplies you need to brighten up your place. Or, you can hire a decorating company to do the work for you.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Warm welcome on a cold night

    Making ice luminaries is fun and easy. Use oranges, pine boughs, cranberries, poinsettia blooms, or whatever you like! When frozen in water and used to hold a candle, they provide an unexpected welcome for your holiday guests.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Decorate with nature

    Pine cones, twigs, gourds, dried flowers and berries, and even abandoned birds' nests can be used to make festive holiday decorations. Before you spend a cent at the crafts store, scan your own property for supplies.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Fun for everyone!

    It's wonderful to have the kids home for a long Christmas break, and to have a house full of relatives, but sooner or later, hearing, "I'm bored" is inevitable. Put on your coats and boots, head outside, and enjoy one of these fun winter pastimes together!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Make a memory

    Some of the best family traditions are built around the holidays. See how some of our readers spend their holidays, and learn about the traditions that are special to their families. You may find an idea you'll want to start using in your own family!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Bake cookies!

    Everyone loves Christmas cookies! Make them with your kids, share them with neighbors, and add a beautiful tray of decorated Christmas cookies to your holiday buffet. Learn to make butter dream cookies, molasses cookies, and peppermint sandies with white chocolate glaze. Yum!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Tastes like home

    Like so many of us today, Betsy Freese lives half-way across the country from her parents. When they can't be together for the holidays, she feels a little closer to home when she serves her mom's famous treat. Get the recipe for Ruth Ann Johnson's amazing pecan pie, and her to-die-for fruitcake! (She's pictured here with Betsy's dad, Phil, on their Maryland strawberry farm.)

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012

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