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Decorations & Holidays Special

This page compiles resources from Oklahoma State University experts about keeping your family safe and prepared for the holidays. Below you will find information regarding tips for secure shopping, nutritional aspects of holiday meals, special concerns for pets, decorating hazards and more.




Ladder safety

With chillier temperatures ahead, plenty of homeowners will be kept busy with light home maintenance projects such as clearing leaves and debris from the gutters and hanging holiday decorations, all tasks which will more than likely require a ladder.

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Safely decorating with pumpkins

For those who like to celebrate fall or get into the Halloween spirit, decorating pumpkins can be a fun family activity as long as everyone is participating in a safe way.

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Avoiding fall, winter and holiday decorating hazards

With the arrival of fall, winter and a parade of major celebrations and holidays over the next few weeks, lots of families will get into the spirit by adding festive decorations.

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Water is essential for Christmas tree success for the season

While Christmas trees in the living room are no longer growing, they still need just as much water as if they were. Keeping the focal point of your Christmas decorations fresh and beautiful is simple, if a few important steps are taken.

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Christmas tree facts sparks interest of OSU researchers

We have all heard the warnings and seen the clips of Christmas trees bursting into flames and ruining someone’s holiday season.

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History of the Christmas tree

The sight and smell of real Christmas trees gives us a reminder of many happy moments in the past, along with the promise of the bright future that spring is sure to bring.

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All that is left is the tree

The presents have all been opened. There are no more candied yams to stuff in your mouth. All of your company has left, and the Christmas decorations have been boxed up until next year.

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Christmas trees in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Christmas tree growers can pick any of the native adapted species of tree to grow and sell.

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Picking out the perfect tree can be a joy for the whole family

The Griswolds understood the significance of picking out the family Christmas tree, as do many Oklahomans about this time of year. Visiting one of Oklahoma’s “choose-and-cut” tree farms is a good way to jumpstart the holiday spirit.

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Consider a ball-and-burlap tree for Christmas this year

The majority of sales from Oklahoma Christmas tree farms are choose-and-cut operations. However, some customers decide to try and keep the Christmas spirit going long after the holiday season with ball-and-burlap trees.

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Think twice about gifts of clothing for holidays

As you make out your holiday shopping list, you are sure to find a variety of things on it. Some popular items may include toys, household items or electronics.

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Add a splash of holiday color with poinsettias

For many people, once the Thanksgiving dishes are washed and the leftover turkey and dressing safely are safely stored in the refrigerator, it is time to break out the Christmas decorations.

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Using heirloom textiles during the holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, many people are decorating for this special time of year. As tubs of ornaments and other festive decorations come out of storage, it is likely there are a lot of memories attached to them.

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