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After getting lots of Christmas-related questions on our hobby sites, we started Family Christmas Online™ in 2007 to provide resources and ideas for folks trying to have a family-friendly and emotionally healthy Christmas in spite of our increasingly hectic lives.

Since we went online, we've many new friends who are interested in other aspects of Christmas collecting and decorating. To serve those communities, we have taken on two more Christmas-related web sites, OldChristmasTreeLights.com™ (2010) and CardboardChristmas.com™ (2011).

Go to Family Christmas Online.comLearn about collecting, restoring, and reproducing vintage cardboard Christmas houses.Learn the history of Christmas tree lighting.

People have also asked us to be notified when important changes or new articles appeared on those sites, so we invented the ChristmasTimes™ newsletter. It is a free e-mail newsletter that comes out irregularly and contains links to new articles, seasonal hints, and links to other Christmas-themed decorating, crafting, and collecting resources we come across.

This is one way we can wish you the very best that each season has to offer.

If you would like to sign up for our newsletter, please fill out the following form accurately and completely. The newsletters only go out by e-mail, so be sure and check the "e-mail" box. The street address information helps us plan articles for folks in various parts of the country, and may be used, once a year or so, to send a physical mailing. In case you wondered, no salesperson will call, and all of your information will be used only for our use in communicating with you.

We also require your City, State, Country, and Zip code to help verify that we are responding to real people, and not scammers (who, sadly, contact us in greater numbers every year, wasting time we would rather spend helping real people with real questions). In case you wondered, no salesman will call, and your information will not be given to anyone else under any circumstances.

The comment is also required, even if you don't have a question. Please type something specific that has to do with our site contents, and we'll take it as a sign that you're a real person. Scammers usually plug vague comments like, "Great stuff here. I'll be checking back."

Note: The system will sometimes allow you to submit an incomplete form, so be careful to fill out all the required fields accurately. If any request is incomplete or includes fake information, though, we have no choice but to delete it with no notice to you. We get so much e-mail, especially approaching and during the Holiday season, that we have to focus on real people who have real questions or interest in our subject matter.

If You are Writing to Ask for Money, please don't. This web site is run entirely by volunteers and costs us money to run. We do it gladly, without asking for any donations besides memories, poems, articles, songs, pictures, recipies, and stories, because we want to keep our favorite Christmas traditions alive and help other families establish their own traditions.

We have never made a practice of sending out money to strangers who ask for it (even if we could afford it, we are aware of too many unmet real needs in our own community). But every holiday season, we are flooded by so many e-mails from scammers pretending to be in financial distress that it's all we can do to find and respond to the questions and comments from real people who deserve our attention. For that reason, we automatically delete any e-mail requests for money that we receive. Please don't call us on the phone either (Yes, scammers have tried that, too.)

If you think this is a "harsh" response to a growing problem, please check out our article, If You Are Writing to Ask for Money. for more information.

Do good and avoid scams.  Click here for more information.In addition, our article Make Your Giving Count has information about organizations we support because they are "there for" people who really need help, as well as hints to avoid being cheated by scam "charities" this holiday season.



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Our free "Christmas Times" e-mail newsletter come out irregularly, about four times a year. It contains articls of seasonal interest and updates about new articles on the Family Christmas Online™, Old Christmas Tree Lights™, and Cardboard Christmas™ pages. To sign up for our the newsletter, please fill out all of the required fields and click the button labeled "Would you like to receive our free e-mail newsletter Christmas Times™?"




If You Want to Sign Up for the Discussion Forum

The Family Christmas Online discussion forums allow you to interact with other enthusiasts. The Family Christmas Online discussion forums allow authorized collectors, designers, crafters, musicians, and other fans of Christmas to exchange ideas with other members. We are still accepting members, but we have gone to a four-step application process to weed out fakers and spammers. If you want to apply for membership in our our online discussion forums (shown at the right), please follow the instructions here.

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Looking forward to serving you, and wishing you the best family times ever this year, we are

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Old Christmas Tree Lights™
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