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Christmas Short Stories Reading Holiday Favorites Together

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Ready to start a fun new tradition using great Christmas short stories?

Most families have a Christmas tradition or two that they look forward to sharing together year after year. Traditions draw us closer together and allow us to slow down and enjoy the Christmas season; they’re also something special to share with future generations. If you don’t have a Christmas tradition, try reading Christmas short stories together this year! It’s free, meaningful and gives a slight pause to each day of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season.

Begin on December 1st and read a story each night until Christmas. You may want to plan ahead by having each family member pick out several of their favorite holiday stories to have on hand. You can borrow some from your local library, download them to your iPod (many can be downloaded free), or listen to audio stories. If you are stuck and don’t have enough favorites for each day, explore some new stories. We’ve created a list below to help get you started.

Make story time special by turning off the TV, computers, and iPods after dinner each night (unless of course, you’ve downloaded your Christmas short stories to your iPod). Light some candles, or gather the family around the lit Christmas tree. Make some apple cider or hot chocolate and have a small treat like a Christmas sugar cookie or shortbread to go with your hot drink. Then settle in to read, or listen to, your Christmas short stories.

You’ll be surprised at how much your family will look forward to this quiet time with each other and you may even have some wonderful conversations during or after reading these timeless Christmas short stories together. Story time is also a great way to wind everyone down before bed, both young and old.

Make this Christmas special and begin a tradition that your family will look forward to each year. Your kids will remember this tradition and may even pass it on to their kids someday!

Here are some stories to get you started. You can find many of these free online.

The Gift, by R. Louis Carroll
The Story of Babouska
T’was the Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore
The Christmas Story, the Bible – Matthew Chapters 1&2
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
The Little Match Seller, by Hans Christian Anderson
The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
A Kidnapped Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
The Cobbler and His Guest, by Anne McCollum Boyles
The Story of the Candy Cane

We hope that you enjoy reading them and continue the tradition for years to come.


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Yes You Can Afford The Maldives With An All Inclusive Holiday Plan

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Maldives holidays may seem too good to be true with crystal clean waters, colourful fish and picture postcard beauty at every turn. This surreal place not only exists, but is also more affordable than ever with Maldives all inclusive holiday deals. Offering warm and inviting weather all year round, the Maldives is the ultimate in beachfront holidays at the price you want to pay.

Cool and breezy, light and easy is the antidote for civilization with a ready made all inclusive Maldive holidays escape. Your next holiday can be something special with surreal sunsets, turquoise waters and beachfront luxury at an affordable rate. Not just for the rich and famous anymore, Maldives holidays are easy to book and one of the best values in the Indian Ocean.

An all inclusive holiday plan is the smart way to travel, cutting the major expenses down to size. Your all inclusive Maldives escape covers the international airfare, fabulous waterfront accommodation, all you can buffets, and a rich array of water sports and beach activities for all ages and fitness levels.

Your all inclusive Maldives holiday allows you the freedom and flexibility to take on all the sights and sounds around town or luxuriate your cares away on a sugar sand beach. No schedules and no time tables to adhere to, the Maldives holiday is off the clock for timeless bliss on the best beaches in the world.

Twenty-four atolls gives you plenty of unique places to explore with island hopping fun on private sailboats, cruisers and sea planes. These small passenger vessels take you from port to port for surfing, jet skis, fishing and land you near to town to meet and greet new friends. And when love is in the air, your sailboat skipper knows where to whisk you away to for a pleasure picnic on a private pristine island for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Booking your all inclusive Maldive holidays is easy and stress free. No hassles, no reservations to make, and no worries getting to and from the airport. All inclusive means just that: you get it all at one rock bottom rate. Independent travel arrangements or the best offer from a local travel agent cannot undercut the all inclusive package deal. Group airline and hotel rates will not be undersold to bring you the luxury and total travel efficiency found only in an all inclusive package. Out with the old and in with the new, all inclusive travel is the wave of the future making piecemeal holidays obsolete.


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Season’s Favorite Holiday Cookies

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I have two childhood memories that center around Christmas cookies. My Mom’s no-bake cookies and my Aunt’s sugar cookies. I can still see my Mom stirring the cocoa for the no-bakes and can still smell their savory, sweet, aroma. I remember being just barely tall enough to peek up at the waxed paper-lined kitchen counter to sneak me a cookie while they were still warm.

My Aunt made the best sugar cookies that I can remember. The shapes that I remember the most were the Christmas trees, the candy canes, and the wreaths. I like soft doughy cookies and my Aunt’s were the best. She lived just three blocks down from our house and I still remember walking to her house with my parents…visiting, and eating those cookies. Those were the good old days.

What are the cookies that you remember as a child? Which ones were your favorites?

If you’re like most people…you will come up with the following four

*Sugar Cookies

*Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Peanut Butter Cookies

*Gingerbread Cookies

These four kinds of cookies are America’s top pick when it comes to holiday cookies. There are many variations of each kind. But my favorite…other than the cookies I mentioned at the beginning of this article, is chocolate chip cookies. Every Christmas, my Sister-In-Law brings everyone in the family a big bag of them. It’s a tradition with her. She enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies for us all.

Below is my Sister-In-Law’s recipe

(It’s actually the same recipe that is in the Betty Crocker cookbook)

bettycrocker.com

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened

1/3 cup shortening

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

(The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chopped nuts, my Sister-In-Law doesn’t include nuts)

Directions

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, egg and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

I look forward to these every year. I too, have made them many times and they don’t last long around our house. My Husband loves them.

Do you bake cookies for the holidays? Everyone has their personal favorites.

If you’re baking cookies this Christmas, don’t forget to leave Santa a special plate full of them.

Happy Holidays to all!


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Swinger Holidays Spend The Most Erotic Moments Of Your Life

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Since ages swinging has been a source of group entertainment for men. It is also termed as sharing or swapping of partners. It is a mutual consent practice that has been flourishing on a large scale. This lifestyle deals with enjoying sexual practices with multiple partners. Swingers are people who are honest about their sexual relationship with their partners as well as with other people. Therefore, anyone and everyone can become a swinger.

Thus, due to high popularity of the swinger lifestyle, swinger holidays have emerged as the ideal holiday plan for everyone. These days you can find various swinger cruises like couple swingers holidays, single men or women swingers holidays etc. These days travel companies arrange special yacht for swingers. So, all you need to do is enjoy some intimate moments with your partner or a stranger at the swinger holiday and the rest of the things would be taken care by the organizers. Your swinger holidays will include the pleasure of reconnaissance, sailing across the islands, playing water games on the beaches and enjoying a secluded walk with your sexual partner. You can enjoy your privacy in a cabin or you can make out on the deck. Many swinger holiday organizers throw cocktail parties where people can interact with each other and make friends. Thus, making the holidays all the more sexually interactive.

Most of the swinger cruises provide excellent facilities like pick up and drop, free meals, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, sunbaths, spas etc. You can book your tickets for the swinger cruises through an online travel portal. Most of the portals give a detailed description about the various swinger locations, so that you can choose the best swinger holiday location for yourself.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets at the most erotic swinger holiday location and spend the most memorable time of your life at these erotic locations.


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Destination India – Vacations And Luxury Travel

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For those of you who have always wished to visit India, here are some tips on planning the most beautiful vacation of your life.

The first step towards planning an Indian vacation is to get a visa from one of the Indian consulates close to your place of residence. You would need to submit two passport size photographs, a visa form and your passport along with the visa fees at the consulate.

In the mean time you can begin planning the places you would like to visit on your trip. Depending on your time of travel to India vacations can be planned according to the climatic conditions in a particular region. The best time to visit the northern plains in Rajasthan and the beautiful beaches of Goa is from September to April, it is nicely warm and sunny and ideal for sightseeing as well as relaxation. Rains in Kerala and some other parts of the south extend from May to November, therefore it would be advisable to plan your South India vacations between December and April. If summer is your chosen time of travel India offers numerous holiday destinations such as the cold desert of Ladakh with its unique landscape and culture or the green valleys of Shimla and Rishikesh for lovers of nature and sport.

With its charming mix of tradition and modern, India is a fascinating experience. If it is luxury you are looking at, let India surprise you with the magnificent forts and palaces, which you can not only visit but can stay in as well. Treat yourself to the sights of exquisite marble temples, the sounds of the gushing seas, the smells of the spices and the rustle of the silks. Let yourself be pampered like a Maharaja and Luxury India Travels will soon be etched in your memory.

If you are travelling with children to India vacations will be a truly memorable experience. With its vast variety of wild animals and unique activities, India promises you a journey right out of The Jungle Book. Elephant rides, camel rides, Jeep safaris, toy trains with steam engines are some interesting activities for children and grown ups alike. In case the South is your destination of travel India has unique options for your stay including tree houses in the jungle and charming villas on plantations, where children can help take care of the domestic elephant.

You need not worry about your health and safety. No vaccinations are prescribed for travel to India, however one could take prophylactic treatment for tetanus and malaria. Normal precautions with regards to safety should easily see you through on your trip to India. Clothing depends on the time of the year, however cotton is the best fabric for all regions except the hills, where thicker clothing would be needed.


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Country Vacations Provides International Holidays For Whole Family

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Country Vacations, being mindful of its members holiday needs, offers access to all of its 54 own Country Vacations properties and more than 1000 affiliated properties. Country Vacations is very well known for its large network of clubs and resorts all over India. Country Vacations now started its worldwide expansion, starting from Dubai and other international locations. This is designed to provide the Country Vacations members, wide range of holiday options to choose from. Country Vacations proposed their new product Country Club Holidays.com, which offers choice to the members according to their requirement and need.

Life in this new age can be compared with mechanical production unit working round the clock. Where work takes its toll, turning hours into days and days into months and years gone forever. As we can remember the best time along all this is the time we spend with our loved ones who make our world and what we are. Country Vacations understanding the needs and requirements of its esteemed members who strive to spend their time with family and friends. Country Vacations being thoughtful about the Country Vacations members different choices according to their liking and taste designed to provide different options through County Club Holidays.com. Book exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating locations. Country Vacations features a growing collection of our favorite small hotels, guesthouses, retreats, eco-lodges, private rental properties and unforgettable travel experiences. This opens a door for the whole Country Vacations family to spend quality time and enjoy the different cuisines of India and the whole world. Since each place and region all over India or the world offers history and unique happenings, which help to increase the knowledge for all the family. Country Vacations is designed to provide all the comforts and provisions for the member to enjoy their membership privileges to the optimum.

Refreshing spiritual holidays for discovering the inner self and finding the perfect place to pray are offered by country vacations. Honeymoon holidays for the newly wedded couples, designed for unforgettable experience of honeymoon that will leave a lifetime experience and memorable times.Country Vacationsoffers information for regular updates. Country Vacations is perfect for expanding the members traveling horizons.

Now, Country Vacations members can Exchange local holidays to international holiday experience through dial and exchange.


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The Benefits Of Opting For Vacation Rentals By Owner

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Let us learn some advantages of staying in vacation rentals by owner. Vacations rentals by owners are usually private homes owned by their family and are rented temporarily. Vacation rentals by owner are a lot cheaper than the commercial hotels if you just want to rent out a place for week to three months. In a vacation rental by owner what you have is the amenities of a home. There is more privacy experienced in a vacation rental by owner because you are like living in your own home.

Family Atmosphere is present in vacation rentals privately owned. Most vacation rentals owned by owners have a family atmosphere, meaning the traditional old fashioned family ambience is present. Most vacation rentals privately owned are attached to main houses. There are common in Europe, and is becoming common in Asia. You can get invited to family dinners, and sometimes family gigs, if you allow them. This will depend on you.

Vacation rentals by owner are generally safer to stay than most commercial places, especially when you are staying in places like Asia in the rural areas. Scenic spots are fantastic, and yet you are not sure of the environment. Families tend to protect their guests. You have to check the environment by asking and reading on reports.

Nevertheless, vacation rentals by owner have a lot to offer you. In a hotel you can get a room that would cost you a different amount per each person staying in said room and be really crowded and just have a rather cramped, annoying vacation as opposed as to what you were planning on having in the first place. However, if you choose to rent a vacation home, you have a nicer, less crowded place to stay in. You don’t have to worry about who kicked you in your sleep or how you ended up on the floor with no covers like when you stay at a hotel. Nor do you have to fuss at the kids to stop hopping on the bed because they’re so anxious to move around from being stuck in one place for the last few hours.

You see, when you get vacation rentals by owner, you don’t have to worry about the kids and yourself being cooped up for hours on end in the same room-you have room to breath. Though most vacation rentals owned by owners are paid in deposit with one two months deposit, common globally, you can still get your deposited amount less other auxiliary expenses like laundry, housekeeping, food and parking fees. In some privately owned vacation rentals, the deposit is consumable; not refundable in cash. Likewise, if you need car rentals, do not hesitate to ask as most vacation rentals by owner have garage where you can park your car with a minimal fee.


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Country Vacations India Provides The Royal Abode For Its Members

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There are several growing advantages for the country vacations India member, the option of travelling in style is just a small fragment of these advantages. The Country Vacations India member can enjoy his holidays with his whole family right inside a castle which is designed according to the lines of a Bavarian Castle-Schloss Neushwanstien, the perfect medieval European architectural style. This country vacations India property is one of the best for reasons that is like an advantage for the country vacations India member. Mainly because of the quality that the country vacations India provides and because of the well located property too. This country vacations India property is located right in the middle of the city and provides the best of accessibility for all the country vacations India members from all over. This fine hotels interiors are well designed to create the perfect blend for the all the country vacations India members. This hotel is one of a kind in all the country vacations India network of hotels and resorts because of the way the rooms are built and designed to make the country vacations India member feel like a king of the castle. This beautiful property is perfect for every country vacations India member who are located all over India and the world across. the country vacations India members can have the best of the Hyderabad city while they enjoy their stay. This city is known for many things.
Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, INDIA, is the city of Love and Joy ! Hyderabad city has lot of Charm, and the people who live here have an Intrinsic Goodness in them that touches one and all. Hyderabad is renowned for Hospitality, Hyderabad Biryani, Charminar, Irani Chai and Pearls.
Hitech City is considered Hyderabad’s Silicon Valley and has in fact been named Cyberabad. Lots of new buildings are popping up here and there around the Hi Tec city — all connected with IT. All the same, once bandwidth is sufficient, several US firms are likely to locate a part of their operations here ‘Hyderabad, “south to the north of India and north of southern India”, often referred to as the “Gateway to the South”. When food becomes the landmark, you are in Hyderabad. In the matter of Food, Grace and Elegance are Imperative and become Hyderabad is second nature. All this can be experience by the Country Vacations India member staying at the one of the trendiest country vacations India properties in city of Hyderabad. This exclusive hotel is perfect getaway for all the country vacations India international members too.


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A New Option Of Holiday In The Greek Islands Vacation Yachting

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A nice holiday, in nowadays society, is a quite essential thing: not only it is a source of enjoyment, but also psychologically necessary, to get rid of toxins of a whole working year.
Even if the most luxurious destinations might be too expensive for a number of people, still there is a clear need for a break. For instance, spending all of the available time for holidays in the same place, even a great one, would just replicate the usual daily routine in a different context.

The Greek isles are certainly among the most interesting places for their stunning naturalistic beauty. There is a high number of islands, some not inhabited even, with many different features: history and untouched nature, crystal clear waters and local products. Some of these wonderful islands are particularly apt for family holidays.

Vacation Yachting is the website and company that takes all of these characteristics and needs into consideration, to organise a quite out of the ordinary option for a sailing holiday through the Greek islands. It offers different routes to visit a number of the most famous islands enjoying the Greek atmosphere.

The Greek islands can be grouped into some main groups: the Saronic Gulf Islands, the islands off the Peloponnesian coast, the Cyclades, the small Cyclades and the Dodecanese Islands.

The itineraries on offer by Vacation Yachting make possible to visit some extraordinary places, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Lavrio, giving the option of a one or two weeks cruise.

This is made possible by the Yacht “Atlantis 60”, well equipped with all the comforts to sail in the best conditions. It can accommodate 8-10 guests, with children, in 4 double en-suite air conditioned bedrooms.

Vacation Yachting offers another option to avoid an ordinary holiday in Greece. It is a new option in the choices of holidays in Greece, but also a way to make happy someone who, loving nature and wanting to explore the wonders of the sea, would never be satisfied with an ordinary holiday.


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Get The Best Holiday Experience Through Our Holiday Villa Website

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Everybody likes holidays. They provide a great way to loosen up and enjoy your life. The one thing that you require in order to have a great holiday is a proper experience. If you do not properly arrange the holiday then it will end up just giving you more stress. That is why it is recommended that if you are visiting some place to enjoy with your friends or family you should get a villa instead of involving yourself in some hotel room. You can easily find villas on a holiday villa website and have a great vacation. Holiday villa websites have lots of villas available and also have other great options which make things much easier for you and your friends or family. Once you have found a good holiday villa website everything else will be very easy to do.
Holidays can only be fully enjoyed if you have a villa to yourself. Hotel rooms are way too cramped and formal. A villa on the other hand is very spacious and you are easily able to live their. The holiday villa websites provide a list of features which will help you decide which villa you want to choose. Each and everything about the villa is told in impressive detail. From the number of rings on the oven to the installations in the bathroom, everything is properly documented. This is because the holiday villa websites wants to make sure that you are getting the most information possible. If you have all the information then you will not be surprised by anything bad when you visit the villa because you will already know what is included in the villa.
You will also be told how near the villa is to the sea and other party areas. Holiday villa websites have lots of invaluable information which will help you in making a great decision. Once you have a great villa you will have an absolutely fantastic time with your people. You will have a great place to stay in a great location which will allow you to get the maximum pleasure out of your holiday.