About Karen Riedl

webmaster of Countyfairgrounds.net , CountyFairsUSA.net, and HalloweenEventsUSA.com. I love, knitting, organic food, running, web techie (well about 75% of the time) , and my dogs Freddie and Scamp, Tucson and the Rocky Mountains.

Lets Play Secret Santa

Liven up your school, office, neighborhood or even family Christmas party with a traditional “Secret Santa” game. If you are hosting, begin by getting the participants to agree on the price range, typically $10 - $20. Be considerate to those on a tight budget and do not encourage anything too expensive. Next, ask the group [...]

Why Hang the Christmas Stocking?

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there," reads the passage from that timeless “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” poem that people my age used to recite out loud in school come Christmas time. So indeed, hanging stockings over the chimney has long been an [...]

By |2014-11-25T15:08:59+00:00November 26th, 2013|Christmas Stockings, Odin, Saint Nicholas, Santa, Sinterklaas|0 Comments

Christmas Wreath History

In the USA, one of the traditional Christmas practices we still like to observe is hanging around our homes wreaths made with real or artificial evergreen branches which are decorated with bows, leaves, flowers, fruits, nuts and other ornaments. The places where we commonly hang such wreaths are on the doors, walls and over fireplaces. [...]

By |2013-11-19T23:55:09+00:00November 19th, 2013|Advent Wreath, History|0 Comments

Santa’s Reindeer

At his home somewhere at the North Pole, Santa Clause has a stable where he keeps his team of flying reindeer which he uses to pull his sleigh through the air whenever he delivers gifts to all the nice little boys and little girls on Christmas eve. Literature professor Clement C. Moore's 1823 poem “A [...]

Different Types of Christmas Trees

A Christmas tree is a designed shrub, usually an all time natural conifer such as brighten, or maple or fir, generally associated with the party of Xmas. The Xmas shrub is one of the most well known and respected Xmas customs. Each year, a thousand live plants are purchased and designed .Evergreen coniferous plants stand [...]

By |2013-11-10T18:01:11+00:00November 10th, 2013|Types of|0 Comments

Christmas Tree Trivia

Did you know that the use of evergreen trees to celebrate the winter season occurred before the birth of Christ or before the first Christmas, that the first recorded reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531, that using small candles to light a Christmas tree dates back to the middle of the 17th [...]

By |2013-11-05T00:40:14+00:00November 5th, 2013|Christmas Trees, Trivia|0 Comments

Christmas Elves – Santa’s Little Helpers

Elves have long been a part of American Christmas folklore. They are often depicted as tiny magical beings with pointy ears and long noses. They are also typically shown garbed in green or red and wearing pointy hats and pointy shoes. They live with Santa Claus and act as his helpers at the North Pole. [...]

By |2013-10-31T01:01:46+00:00November 3rd, 2013|Santa's Elves|0 Comments

Christmas Dinner

On Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, it is customary for most families to get together for that special traditional Christmas dinner. Considering that for much of the season, we have been very busy buying gifts, wrapping them, writing greeting cards, and so forth, come Christmas dinner time, we take pause, sit back a while and, [...]

By |2013-10-31T00:12:51+00:00October 31st, 2013|Christmas Dinner|0 Comments