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Welcome to the Teahouse Message Board December 2014 Newsletter!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all you Teahouse members! The holiday season is upon us, and that means a whole month of fun, friendship, thankfulness, and treats! December at Teahouse has a lot to offer and we hope youÕll join us Š friendship on Teahouse is what keeps our holiday season merry and bright. Check out the newsletter below and let us know in the comments what youÕll be getting into this month at Teahouse!

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Congratulations to last monthÕs winner of the Member of the Month event, Sunny! Sunny received multiple nominations and we are very thankful to have her here at Teahouse. Send her a U2U or post a sweet message for her in the newsletter thread! She deserves this!

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Time to review last monthÕs contests and see who our winners were! Comment on your favorite entry below!

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The November photography contest winner was Kit, with this autumn leaf entry! Check out the thread here for the full size image.

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Contest entries were down last month, but let\'s not keep to that pattern! Newsletter Admin Kit is still offering a special prize to all who enter contests this month. Just U2U Kit with a link to the contest thread that you\'ve entered and you\'ll receive a holiday treat! Make sure to note each and every entry, as you\'ll recieve a virtual \"raffle ticket\" for each one! At the end of the month there will be a drawing for a special, custom prize! Don\'t miss out!!

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There are lots of fun activities happening this month at Teahouse MB! Check them out below and let us know in the comments what you\'re looking forward to entering!

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December Pixel Contest

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The theme of this month\'s pixel contest is \"Hungry Holidays\" hosted by Juliet! Get your entries in before December 31st to be entered to win a prize!

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December Photography Contest

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The theme of this month\'s photography contest is \"Winter/Holiday Lights\"! You can pick from one of two categories, or enter both! The contest is hosted by Kate! Get your entries in by New Years Day to be entered to win a prize!

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December Member of the Month

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Have a special Teahouse member on your mind that deserves to be recognized for their hard work, great personality, or activity here on the MB? Nominate them for December Member of the Month! The contest is hosted by Melissa! Get your nominations in by January 1st when we will announce the winner!

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What are we talking about this month at Teahouse? Check out these featured threads and join the conversation!

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What is your favorite Christmas Carol?
Love Christmas music? Can\'t wait to start hearing that special song on the radio? Post the lyrics, a video, or even your own cover here on this thread!

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What is your favorite Christmas tree ornament?
Do you put up a tree for Christmas? Which ornament means the most to you and why? Let us know here!

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Share a Kawaii Christmas Scan or Photo
Great inspiration for all your holiday artwork awaits! Check out this thread and post your own additions to get some inspiration and share with other artists!

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Share a winter scan or photo!
Makes great inspiration for pixels and graphics - use that inspiration to enter a contest this month!

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Christmas Cookie Ideas
Post your recipes, pinterest finds, or drool-worthy cookie photos here!

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Christmas Survey #2
We love surveys! Take this Christmas themed survey and read other members answers too!

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Christmas Gift Ideas
Stuck on ideas for that special gift? Check out this thread and dish out some gift advice of your own!

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What do you want for Christmas?
Do you have a dream gift you\'re hoping to receive? Let us know here!

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Plans for a New Years Resolution
Do you make new years resolutions? What are yours for 2015? Did you stick with your 2014 resolutions? Why or why not?

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Here are this months reads to enjoy by the fireplace (or maybe just with your space heater!) Either way, grab a cup of your favorite hot drink and enjoy!

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Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
\"There is no peace on earth,\" I said;
For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!\"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
\"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.\"

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Here is a list of ways to Say \"Merry Christmas\" all over the world! Do you speak any of these languages?
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Afrikaans...............Ges‘ende Kersfees
Czech....................Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish...................Gl¾delig Jul
Esperanto.............Gajan Kristnaskon
Finnish..................HyvŠŠ Joulua
French...................Joyeux No‘l
German.................Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek....................Kala Christouyenna
Hawaiian..............Mele Kalikimaka
Hindi.....................Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Icelandic...............Gledileg Jol
Irish......................Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian...................Buon Natale or Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese..............Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean..................Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latin.....................Natale hilare
Lithuanian............Linksmu Kaledu
Maori....................Meri Kirihimete
Norwegian............God Jul
Polish....................Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese...........Feliz Natal
Russian.................Srozhdestovm Kristovim
Spanish.................Feliz Navidad
Swahili..................Kuwa na Krismasi njema
Tagalog.................Maligayang Pasko
Thai Suksun..........Wan Christmas
Vietnamese...........Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh....................Nadolig Llawen
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50 Best Books of Christmas

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Stylist.Co.Uk brings us this list of 50 best books of Christmas! We won\'t list all of them here, but you can click the link above to be taken to the article! It has everything you\'d want to read for adults and kids alike to get into the holiday spirit! Here are some of the books on their list:

  • The Polar Express
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Snowman
  • The Greatest Gift

Curl up with a cozy blanket and enjoy some of those great books! Have you read any of the books on the list? Let us know below!

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Leggings as Pants!? Why Not?
Written by Kit

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For years I\'ve been \"rocking\" the leggings as pants look and I have to say not everyone has been thrilled about it. Leggings as pants have been a huge fashion debate for years now, and I can see why as some overly tight (and see-through) leggings have given all of them a bad wrap, but I\'m here to defend my fashion choice and tell you how you can rock some leggings this winter like the ones pictured above from NanaMacs Boutique!

Reasons to love leggings:

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1. They\'re insanely comfortable and YES they do keep you warm!
I always choose a mostly cotton blend for everyday wear (80-90% cotton and 20-10% spandex). These keep my legs warm, cozy, and they\'re great because they\'re so soft! Layer them up with scarves and a long sweater with boots like the image above and you\'ve got a super cute look you can take just about anywhere this holiday season! You can grab that super cute cardigan to wear with your leggings at Piace Boutique here for 39.99!

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2. The colors, patterns, and styles are absolutely endless!
Check out those holiday leggings! You can\'t tell me those aren\'t cute! You can get leggings in virtually any color or pattern. I have tie dye, galaxy print, damask, and checkers just to name a few! They are great to pair with plain shirts or sweaters to give your outfit a pop! These particular \"Log Cabin Leggings\" are available for only 19.99 at WhitePlum.com! Click the image to be directed to their webpage!

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3. They create fun, stylish, and functional workout looks!
I cannot imagine a winter workout outdoors without my leggings. For exercise I buy blends that are thicker with more spandex than cotton. These wick moisture and keep you warm and dry on winter runs! They\'re also great for the gym and indoor workouts too. Leggings are form fitted, so they don\'t restrict your movement - I do yoga in them! The models outfit came from Albion Fit as seen on BlogLovin!

Hopefully now you can see some of the perks and will give leggings a try this winter! Make sure to try on your leggings first and make sure they aren\'t too tight - that makes them see-through! Look for thicker pairs that aren\'t like tights (which are similar to panty-hose). I\'ve found the best places to buy leggings are online if you\'re looking for a unique style! I\'ve also bought them at Target, Marshalls, TJMAXX, and even Walmart in the US!

All images have been credited to sources as found on Pinterest.com! Check pinterest out for more great fashion ideas for winter!

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This just in! Here\'s some December news from all around the web! Want news to be featured in the next newsletter? U2U the Newsletter Admin Kit and have your features posted here!

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Human Rights Day is December 10th
Hanukkah Begins December 16th!
The Winter Solstice is December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere
Christmas Day is December 25th!
Boxing Day is December 26th for Canada

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December Movie Releases

Top Five - December 12th
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies - December 17th
Annie - December 19th
Into the Woods - December 25th
Unbroken - December 25th

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Special Thanks to Lisa for providing and opening Featured Threads for the newsletter.

Special Thanks to all staff hosting contests this month!

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Snowmen pixels, animated tree pixels, ornaments divider, girl hugging snowman, shiny reindeer, boot with treats, gold bells, holly berries, snowglobe, kissing snowmen, moose, teddy, snowman, teddy with hat,
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Christmas scenes from SayClub

Cookie bouquet, baking girl, gingerbread scene, animated gift, teacup, light bulbs, and peppermints divider from ashtonirwns.tumblr.com original sources unknown.

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