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Newsletter #117 - Making gingerbread houses; purchasing gifts on a budget; creating snow globe cookie jars.

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Posted December 22nd 2019 at 09:52 AM by TeenHelp

TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #117 - December 22nd 2019 - http://www.teenhelp.org

Welcome to the TeenHelp Newsletter! Our Newsletter contains a lot of useful information about our current work, including updates to our site and services, new resources, details of upcoming events, short bits of advice, interesting links and more!

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The Newsletter team would like to wish everyone on TeenHelp and their loved ones a happy holiday.

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TeenHelp News

TeenHelp regularly makes changes to its site and services. Some of these are large and noticeable, and others are small and much less so, but each one contributes to the positive development of TeenHelp and how our users experience our community. Below are some of the most recent developments.

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New Newsletter Editor (24th November 2019)

TeenHelp is pleased to welcome a new Newsletter Editor to the Newsletter Team. We congratulate and wish Jen (Serendipity.) all the best in her new position!

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Latest Articles (December 5th 2019)

Activities to help you get into the spirit this holiday season
While the holiday season can be exciting, it can be tough for other people. This article shares things you can do to get into the holiday spirit.

How to make red velvet crinkle cookies
Red velvet crinkle cookies are an easy-to-make recipe for the holidays or just for fun. Read the recipe and try to make the cookies for yourself!

8 holiday gifts you can make
Handmade gifts are a great way to show you care and also help save money. This article suggests eight gifts you can make for your loved ones.

The controversy behind the song 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'
Baby, It's Cold Outside is a popular song around the holidays. While some people think the song is about flirting, some people believe the song's true meaning is about assault. Read this article to learn more about the controversy.


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Tips Of The Month

Each month we share small bits of practical advice that you can implement to improve your life or that of others.

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Making a gingerbread house from a kit

Making a gingerbread house is an easy and fun activity to help take your mind off things this holiday season. It can also make a decorative centerpiece if you're hosting a party.
  • Find a kit that you love. There are many different types of gingerbread kits, so shop around to find the one that you like the look of most. If you want, you can always buy more candy, colored frosting, and tips for the frosting to decorate with.
  • Prepare your equipment. Before you start, gather everything that you will need and set them out on the table.
  • Assemble your house. Use the frosting the kit gave you to glue all the parts of the house together and on the tray.
  • Decorate your house. You can use the picture on the box for inspiration or decorate it however you see fit. You could also search online for other ideas.
  • Enjoy your gingerbread house! Once complete, you can either eat your gingerbread house, or display it somewhere to add to your festive decorations.

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Purchasing gifts on a budget

The holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially when it comes to purchasing gifts and sticking to a budget. Read on if you're still looking for gifts!
  • Know what your budget is. Think about how much you are able to spend this holiday season and go from there. What is your limit? What is the amount you would prefer to stay around or under? Knowing exactly how much you can spend can help you plan your purchases accordingly.
  • Consider who you're buying for. Some people like to spend a certain amount of money on each recipient to keep things even. Others spend more money on those they are close to and budget differently for others.
  • Consider buying gifts at an "off time." The prices of gifts and festive items often rise during these months of the year. Consider buying gifts early, even by several months. You can also brave the stores or online sales shortly after Christmas to get a head start on next year. Some people purchase items when they see something that reminds them of the recipient, even if it is early. The downside, however, is that it can be difficult to store gifts if you have a small amount of space.
  • Get creative. You don't have to buy traditional gifts! Some of the best gifts are ones that you create yourself. Try making your own gift baskets, or making a holiday baked good or other dish. Your recipients will appreciate the thought you put into it regardless of what you give them.

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Snow globe cookie jar

Use your creativity and some baked goods to create a tasty and festive gift. Alternatively, skip the cookies altogether and use it as a craft instead.

  • Find what you'll need. For this tasty craft, you'll need a clear glass jar that it suitable for food, a paint brush, white paint, cookies, misc holiday décor and some ribbon.
  • Paint small white circles onto the front of a clear glass jar. Allow the jar to dry and make sure that the inside of it is clean and ready for cookies!
  • Choose the type of cookie you want to use. This craft is eye popping with snowball or wedding cookies, but can also be used with others. Bake the cookies or purchase the ones you would like to use.
  • Put the cookies into the jar, and add other décor to the top to create your desired scene. Get creative! You can use any cookies or decorations to make many different scenes.
  • Finally, wrap your chosen ribbon around the jar and give it to someone you care about. Know that if you don't want to use or gift cookies, this can be a non-edible craft when used with cotton balls to simulate snow.

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Interesting Things (on TeenHelp)

A lot of content is posted to TeenHelp every single day, from threads to articles, social groups to albums. But it is difficult for even the most veteran user to keep on top of it all, so we have selected a few items from among the masses that we thought were interesting to draw your attention to.

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Real or Fake Christmas tree?
Both real and fake Christmas trees can be great options when decorating for the holiday. Join in on the discussion and share which type of tree you prefer.

What's your favorite thing about Christmas?
Christmas has arrived and it can be a difficult time for many however there can still be things to enjoy The user in this thread wanted people to share things that they enjoy about the holiday. Come here to share your favorite thing about Christmas.

Christmas baking
Do you and your family have items that you like to able for the Christmas season? Share your recipes with us in this thread.

Post your holiday decorations
The user in this thread wants to see your Christmas decorations. Come here to share pictures with us.

Eating in Public
For many people, eating out with friends and family can be a joyous occasion. But for some, it can be stressful eating in front of other people; including strangers. How do you cope with eating out in public? Read the article for support on eating out in public if you struggle with an eating disorder.

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Picture Of The Month

Each month we feature a picture by one of our users. If you would like to see your picture here please contact us by replying to this Newsletter, emailing us at publications@teenhelp.org, or messaging our Newsletter Officer (.:Bibliophile:.) on the website.

Picture by arepo

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Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter

Our social networking pages are a great place to get a lot of high-quality information. We aim to connect you to interesting organisations, volunteering opportunities, events, news stories, pictures, videos, and more!

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Editorial team

Editor-in-Chief: Haley (Halcyon)
Newsletter Officer: Jenna (.:Bibliophile:.)
Senior Newsletter Editor: Cassie (cynefin)
Newsletter Editor: Dez (Hypothesis.)
Newsletter Editor: Frankie (Glass Slipper)
Newsletter Editor: Jen (Serendipity.)

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