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Build A New Holiday Tradition With Gingerbread

(NAPSI)—Sugar, spice and delectably nice! Few things can serve as a more festive holiday centerpiece than a gingerbread house. Made popular by the Brothers Grimm tale "Hansel and Gretel," gingerbread dwellings were created by bakers as early as the 16th century. These charming holiday homes are absolute fun and the perfect memory-making activity to share with loved ones.

No time to bake gingerbread this season? No problem. Houses are easy to assemble and decorate with Pre-Baked Gingerbread House Kits from Wilton, while still providing the wonderfully spicy-sweet taste and smell of gingerbread.

There's a kit for every dream house—from a classic cottage to an intricate mini village. Even pre-assembled kits are available, leaving extra time for decorating. All that's needed to craft an ideal abode is included in the kits and ready for fun—pre-baked gingerbread, a cardboard base, icing, loads of colorful candies, an easy-to-use decorating bag and tip, plus instructions. The kits even offer decorating ideas or you can create your own design.

Decorating gingerbread houses brings the whole family together for holiday celebrations. Adults can put the basic frame structure together and watch kids have a ball decorating with their favorite candies to create rainbow roof tiles, festive holly wreaths and playfully patterned window designs. The results and memories will be special.

Completed gingerbread projects will amaze holiday guests while allowing creativity to shine. Everybody will enjoy the beautiful creations and you will join in the excitement by finding out just how great a gift they can be for others.

So spread some good cheer by sharing a holiday tradition that will bring joy all season long, and make sure to visit the leader in food crafting at www.wilton.com for more gingerbread ideas. While you're visiting, check out the "Ask Nancy" podcasts for step-by-step instructions for creating beautiful treats anytime of year!

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HGTV Host Emily Henderson Shares Secrets For Seasonal Home Styling

(NAPSI)—When the weather outside is frightful, a cozy home is so delightful. Emily Henderson, HGTV "Design Star" winner and host of "Secrets From A Stylist," shares her tips for creating a winter wonderland with timeless items from the Lands' End Home Collection.

"Whether hosting holiday festivities or an afternoon of winter fun, it can be easy to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that encourages friends and family to relax, unwind and stay awhile," says Henderson. "With just a few small changes, ordinary spaces can transform into a magical, memorable destination."

Here she shares her tips for creating a winter wonderland:

1. Keep it fresh. Fresh greenery is to winter what fresh flowers are to summer. Welcome guests indoors and out by hanging wreaths in the window with a ribbon for a classic, polished look. Instigate fun with family and friends with fresh mistletoe. Or infuse spaces with the scents of the season using scented candles and oil diffusers.

2. Make little changes for a big impact. Changing out accent pieces, such as pillows and throws, is a simple and affordable way to transform a space. Pieces like the Needlepoint Houndstooth Pillow Cover and the Let It Snow Pillow Cover from Lands' End offer a festive pop of color in patterns that extend beyond the holiday season. Mix and match them with solids for a bold statement.

3. Make it personal. Create a unique, inviting home with monogrammed items. Add initials to tablecloths, napkins and table runners to create an everyday gathering place that will be enjoyed all winter long. You can personalize throws and accent pillows for a living room that's one of a kind.

4. Dial up the warmth. Incorporate soft, plush textures to add warmth to any room. Velvet offers irresistible luxury, while wool and knit items create a comfy, homey feel. Choose classic patterns, such as the navy and white stripe of the Lands' End Mariner Knit Throw, to serve as a building block for other seasonal items.

5. Create a focal point. Spruce up the hearth. Give holiday greenery new life by changing out bows and adding new wintery accents. Swap stockings with rustic items, such as the Lands' End Birch Bark Candles and Vine Tree Set, that features elegant pine tree silhouettes crafted out of wood.

6. Don't put those ornaments away. Ornaments can do double duty. After the tree comes down, place winter-themed ornaments in shapes like snowflakes, leaves or mittens around the house as decorative accents. Choose ornaments made from materials such as pewter or antiqued "mercury glass" for a timeless look.

Learn More

For more home decorating ideas, visit www.landsend.com and click on "For the Home," call a Lands' End Personal Shopper at (800) 707-2244 or visit Henderson's blog at www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com.

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Smart, Safe Entertaining Ideas

(NAPSI)—When the party's at your place, you can be sure to feel secure that safety is in attendance if you follow these tips from the experts at the Electrical Safety Foundation International:

·        Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and make sure your home is protected by an adequate number of alarms. Both types of alarms should be installed on every level of the house and outside each sleeping area. You should also put smoke alarms inside each bedroom.

·        Share your family fire escape plan with any overnight guests.

·        Make sure halls, stairs and doorways are properly illuminated and free of clutter that could hinder an escape during a fire emergency. Use night-lights in hallways and bathrooms.

·        Inspect all decorations, cords and outlets for damage before use.

·        Avoid overloading electrical outlets, which can overheat and start a fire.

·        Don't run electrical cords across doorways or in high-traffic areas, where they pose a tripping hazard.

·        Keep decorations, gifts and other combustibles at least three feet from heat sources or open flame.

·        Never leave an open flame unattended, including the fireplace.

·        Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking. Unattended cooking is a major cause of home fires.

·        Use space heaters properly and safely. Keep them out of high-traffic and exit areas, and at least three feet from anything that can burn.

·        Turn off and unplug all decorations before leaving home or turning in for the night.

Keep young visitors safe by preparing your home before they arrive:

·        If your home is not already "childproof," install tamper-resistant receptacles or use safety covers on all unused electrical outlets, including on extension cords.

·        Store breakables, candles, matches and other potentially dangerous items in inaccessible or locked areas.

·        Don't forget to put away small items, like buttons, coins and jewelry, which are choking hazards.

·        Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairways to keep babies and toddlers safe.

·        Make sure children are supervised at all times in the kitchen and anywhere space heaters, candles or fireplaces are being used.

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Seasonal Fire Safety Tips

(NAPSI)—There's no place like home for the holidays and no better place to implement good fire safety practices.

Here are a few tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI):

• If you purchase new decorations, shop only at reputable retailers. Make sure the products have been approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

• Carefully inspect each electrical decoration and extension cord before use; discard any damaged items. Cracked sockets, bare or frayed wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or fire.

• Avoid overloading electrical outlets, which can overheat and start a fire.

• If you purchase a live Christmas tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree will stay green longer and is less of a fire hazard than a dry tree. Be sure to keep the stand filled with water.

• For artificial trees, look for the label "fire resistant," indicating that the tree is more resistant to burning.

• Place your tree and other decorations at least three feet away from heat sources, like space heaters and the fireplace.

• Never use burning candles on or near your tree.

• Turn off all decorations, and extinguish candles and flames before leaving the house or going to sleep.

• Home fires involving cooking peak on major holidays with traditions of cooking, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Never leave the kitchen when something is cooking.

• Heating equipment also causes a significant number of fires. Have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a qualified service professional at least once a year.

• Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, such as bedding, curtains, furniture, paper, and clothing.

• Turn space heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

• Finally, make sure your home is protected by an adequate number of smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area. Test them monthly.

By following these simple steps, you can help ensure your holidays are memorable for all the right reasons. For more information, visit www.holidaysafety.org.

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Commit A Minute To Safety This Holiday Season Safety Tips From UL And The Muppets

(NAPSI)—The holidays are considered the “most wonderful time of the year,” but all the seasonal cooking, decorating and home entertaining contributes to many unintentional injuries each year.

To help, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety organization, and The Muppets have a series of online safety videos to teach families how to stay safer this holiday season—and for a lifetime of safety awareness.

The first video, featuring popular characters from The Muppets, educates families on fire safety and can be seen at SafetyAtHome.com.

The Commit a Minute to Safety campaign also includes a cooking safety video with the Swedish Chef and a national public service announcement featuring Kermit the Frog, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker.

To help get families in the holiday spirit safely, here are some additional tips from UL—and The Muppets:

• Water your tree daily: Dry trees pose a substantial fire risk. After bringing your tree home, make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk before putting it in a sturdy stand. Be sure to water it daily. Additionally, know your tree’s expiration date. After about four weeks, the tree will stop absorbing water, dry out and should be properly discarded or recycled.

• Check your lights, check them twice: Inspect all your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard.

• Decorate with a safe eye: Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked up with metal nails or staples. Small decorations can be choking hazards for small children or pets and should be kept out of reach.

• Be flame aware: Always blow out candles when leaving rooms and keep flammable materials “three feet from the heat” of lit candles or fireplaces.

• Indoor or outdoor? Look for the UL Mark: Indoor-use- only light strings are marked with a green holographic label. Indoor- or outdoor-use light strings are marked with a red holographic label. Only use light strings and other electrical decorations that bear the UL Mark near the plug, used by manufacturers to signify that safety standards have been met. UL has been a world leader in advancing safety for more than 100 years.

“The holidays are a happy time and we want to help keep them that way. Commit a Minute to Safety shows folks how easy it is to keep their home and family safe,” said Kermit the Frog, who adds this additional holiday safety tip: “Never mix mistletoe and romantic pigs. Trust me on this.”

To learn more about the Commit a Minute to Safety holiday campaign and for other safety tips, visit www.SafetyAtHome.com.

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Keeping Children Safe During The Holidays

(NAPSI)—Holidays are a special time for children, so naturally it’s easy to forget that the holidays can hold special risks for kids.

To help you and your young friends and family have a safer holiday season, here are a few safety tips from the experts at the Electrical Safety Foundation International:

• Keep young holiday visitors safe by preparing your home before they arrive.

• If your home is not already “childproof,” install tamper-resistant receptacles or use safety covers on all unused electrical outlets, including on extension cords.

• Store breakables, candles, matches and other potentially dangerous items in inaccessible or locked areas.

• Don’t forget to put away small items, such as buttons or coins, which can be choking hazards.

• Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairways to keep babies and toddlers safe.

• Consider turning your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the risk of scalding.

• Do not use space heaters in rooms where children will be unsupervised.

• Adult supervision is required in the kitchen when something is cooking or when a range or stove is within reach.

• Keep children at least three feet away from cooking appliances.

• Decorations are not toys. Never allow children to play with electrical decorations or cords. Place cords out of reach of small children.

• Avoid putting Christmas tree lights, ornaments, metal hooks and other small decorations near the ground or on the lower limbs, where they may be reached by young children.

• In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable.

• Keep matches, lighters and candle displays out of reach of children.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is dedicated to promoting electrical safety in the home, school and workplace. ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries and fatalities.

To learn more about holiday safety, visit ESFI’s seasonal website at www.holidaysafety.org.

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Safe Ways To Set Up Your Home

(NAPSI)—Heeding a few hints from the experts at the Electrical Safety Foundation International can help you have a beautiful home for the holidays and a safer and happier new year:

• If you are purchasing new decorations, shop only at reputable retailers that you trust.

• Make sure your decorations have been approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

• Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany your decorations.

• Carefully inspect each electrical decoration and extension cord before use; discard any damaged items. Cracked sockets, bare or frayed wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or fire.

• Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together to make a longer string.

• Consider getting LED lights, which use less power and burn cooler than traditional incandescents, allowing you to safely connect more sets.

• Avoid overloading electrical outlets, which can overheat and start a fire.

• Don't pinch cords in windows or doorways or under heavy furniture.

• Keep cords out of walkways and high-traffic areas.

• If you get a live Christmas tree, check it for freshness. A fresh tree will stay green longer and is less of a fire hazard than a dry tree.

• Heated rooms dry out even fresh trees quickly. Be sure to keep the stand filled with water.

• For artificial trees, look for a "fire-resistant" label.

• Put the tree at least three feet away from all heat sources, including fireplaces and space heaters.

• Decorate your tree with non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.

• Avoid using candles when possible. Consider using battery-operated candles in place of traditional candles.

• When decorating outside, make sure all decorations and extension cords are marked for outdoor use.

• Always use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlet outdoors.

• Exercise extreme caution when decorating near overhead power lines. Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder instead of metal. Keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet from power lines.

• Outdoor extension cords and lights should be kept clear of standing water and snow.

• Remember to turn off and unplug all decorations before leaving home or turning in for the night.

• Learn more at http://holidaysafety.org or (703) 841-3229.

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Seasonal Solutions For The Happiest Of Holidays

(NAPSI)—To make your holidays more joyful—and less stressful—why not simplify the season with a few tips from Donna Smallin, the "One-Minute Organizer" and author of "The One-Minute Organizer, Plain & Simple."

Here are her seasonal solutions for some typical holiday hindrances:

Holiday Hindrance: You are gathering with the entire extended family for the holidays but don't have the time or budget to purchase gifts for all family members.

Seasonal Solution: Talk with your family about gift-giving strategies for the holidays. Suggest having each family member draw one name to buy for.

Holiday Hindrance: The name you select for the gift exchange is "that person," the one who seems to have everything, and it feels impossible to find a suitable gift.

Seasonal Solution: A single-cup brewer, such as the Keurig® Platinum Brewing System, is ideal for anyone who enjoys delicious coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other beverages in less than a minute. If the recipient has a significant other, the brewer allows each of them to brew their favorite beverage without the hassle and waste of brewing a full pot. There are over 200 K-Cup® portion packs, including an abundance of coffee choices and teas as well as hot apple cider and Swiss Miss hot chocolate.

Holiday Hindrance: The holiday dinner is being held at your house and the refrigerator is an unorganized disaster.

Seasonal Solution: Add a carousel tray to one or more of the shelves in your refrigerator to enable easy access to items in the back. Also, designate certain shelves or areas of your refrigerator for storing leftovers, so they are not forgotten.

Holiday Hindrance: Serving coffee after dinner is always a hassle. Some guests want regular; others prefer decaf.

Seasonal Solution: With a Keurig® Platinum brewer you can brew a different beverage for each guest—anything from hot apple cider to dark roast coffee to a lighter breakfast blend; something for everyone including cocoa for the kids.

Holiday Hindrance: You're ready to head out to exchange gifts with family and realize with dismay that you have to read the gift tag on every wrapped present to find the correct ones to bring along.

Seasonal Solution: Wrap all the gifts for each family member in different kinds of wrapping paper or use different-colored bows to make them easily identifiable.

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