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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). For the next year or two, we plan to release one newsletter for all three sites, because there are only two of us, and there would be a lot of overlap if we tried to publish separate newsletters at this time.

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

As the sites continue to grow, who knows what the future holds? But in the meantime, we plan to use our "Christmas Times™" newsletter to announce new articles, provide seasonal hints, and link to Christmas-themed decorating, crafting, and collecting resources we come across. In part, this will also be our way of wishing you the very best that each season has to offer, at least four times a year.

If you would like to sign up for our newsletter, please fill out the following form. 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.

Update for 2015 - Our Christmas web pages are run entirely by volunteers and cost 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.

However, not everybody on the Internet is so well-intentioned. For example, we have become aware of scam web sites that promise to help needy families but publish our contact information instead of their own. As a result of this scam, every holiday season we get overwhelmed with e-mail pleas from other scammers, including career criminals with multiple e-mail accounts, fake names, and sad stories.

Worse yet, the scam "help" sites encourage real families that need help to send the names and ages of their children to random strangers. One woman, following the advice of a scam "help" site even sent me the social security numbers of every member of her family. I can't emphasize enough how dangerous this is.

I hope you understand why, for everybody's protection, we automatically delete every request for money, no matter how believable or desperate it seems to be. I do try to momentarily pray for each believable request that hits my in-box (a very small fraction), but that is all we can do.

We also get lots of fake signups from spammers who hope their disgusting advertisements will somehow get onto our pages (they don't). But we are now asking for information like city, state, and zip code, that we didn't used to, to help us filter out the scammers. The "comment" field is also required. Just enter anything about Christmas so we know you're a real person. Again, none of your information will ever be made public.

Click to see our article on where to get help at Christmas.If you landed on this page because someone else promised we would help you, I am sorry for your disappointment and confusion, but I can't stop other people telling lies on the Internet any more than I can keep people from telling lies in Congress. Please check out our page Getting Help at Christmas for information on resources that are already helping people in your community.

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

Paul and Shelia Race

Family Christmas Online™


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