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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/11/11

Sunday, December 11, 2011

WORLDS LARGEST SANTA SAND SCULPTURE!

Thousands of local people as well as tourists from both inside the country and outside had gathered on the beach to have a look at the colourful structure which is expected to figure in the coming edition of the Limca Book of Records.

Talking to Deccan Herald, Patnaik said it took him nearly 30 hours to create the 25


feet high sand Santa Claus. He was assisted by 15 of his students including seven girls from his Puri-based Golden Sand Art Institute. Six hundred tonnes of sand was used to create the structure.

The well known sand artist who had already won more than 35 international sand art championships including world titles said he had decided to dedicate his latest creation for world peace in this troubled time. “Peace is the only battle worth waging. We must give peace a chance”, he said.
Patnaik said, the sand Santa Claus created by him on the Puri beach was likely to be included in the Limca Book of Records as the record book authorities had given him their consent to create the sculpture. The Puri-based sand artist has already registered his name in the record book for creating the longest (100 feet) sand Santa Claus which was also created on the Puri beach during Christmas in 2006.

4 DIY CHRISTMAS STOCKING IDEAS TO MAKE!

This diy come from www.writefromkaren.com .  These would make great childrens stockings.  After they are sewn together, let them decorate them to the childs liking.  Good luck!

Here are some fun and cute stocking ideas.
In fact, wouldn’t these be fun to scale down and put on packages? OR, maybe you know a child who has a birthday around Christmas? You could scale them down and make cute little goodie bags, er, stockings to take home.


Fancy Boot Stocking

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This boot was made for stuffing, and that’s just what Santa will do this Christmas Eve.
CRAFT MATERIALS:
Scissors
2 pieces of purple felt, each 24 by 15 inches
2 pieces of black faux fur, each 24 by 15 inches
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Purple embroidery floss
Costume jewelry buttons and chains (sold at many fabric stores)
Clear tape
9 inches of black twist cord
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The Basic Stocking: Click here to download the fancy boot stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 boot shape from each piece of the purple felt and 1 from each piece of the black fur. Be sure to cut the fur boots so the toes point in opposite directions with the fur sides up.
3. Pin together the boots with the fur boots on the inside, furry sides in, and the purple boots on the outside.
4. Using the floss, whipstitch around the edges, sewing the boots together. Leave the top edges unsewn.
5. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2.
6. Fold down the top to make a cuff.
7. The Trimmings: Use floss to sew the buttons and chains to the boot.
8. Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging.


Elf Boot Stocking


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Here’s a whimsical stocking in honor of Santa’s hardworking helpers.
CRAFT MATERIALS:
Scissors
2 pieces of light green fleece, each 24 by 20 inches
3 pieces of dark green felt, each 24 by 20 inches
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Dark green embroidery floss
Red jingle bells, 4 medium and 1 large
Clear tape
9 inches of red twist cord
Fiberfill
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The Basic Stocking: Click here to download the elf boot stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 boot shape from each piece of the light green fleece
3. Cut a decorative shape from 1 piece of the dark green felt for the front of the stocking and 1 stocking shape from each of the remaining 2 pieces of the felt.
4. Place a light green boot on top of a dark green boot, pin the decorative shape on top, and use the floss to whipstitch (see page 131) around the inner edge of decorative shape through both boots.
5. Pin together all 4 boots with the dark green boots on the inside.
6. Using the floss, whipstitch around the edges, sewing the boots together. Leave the top edges unsewn.
7. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2.
8. Fold down the top to make a cuff.
9. The trimmings: Use the floss to sew the medium red bells to the decorative shape and the large red bell to the toe tip.
10. Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging.
11. Stuff the curly toe of the boot with fiberfill to keep it from flopping over when the stocking is empty.


Bare Foot Stocking

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Add a touch of color to the season with this stocking that celebrates every kid’s favorite footwear — none!
CRAFT MATERIALS:
Scissors
4 pieces of gold felt, each 21 by 20 inches
Red felt and red embroidery floss
Green felt and green embroidery floss
Purple felt and purple embroidery floss
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Gold embroidery floss
Pony beads
Clear tape
9 inches of red twist cord
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The Basic Stocking: Click here to download the bare foot stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 bare foot shape from each piece of the gold felt .
3. Cut 5 circles from the colored felts for the toenails.
4. Place one foot on top of another and pin the toenails in place.
5. Using the matching floss, whipstitch (see page 131) around the edges of each toenail, sewing through both feet.
6. Pin all 4 feet together and use the gold floss to whipstitch around the edges, sewing the feet together. Leave the top edges unsewn.
7. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2.
8. Fold down the top to make a cuff.
9. The Trimmings: Thread pony beads onto a 24-inch piece of colored floss, wrap it around the ankle, and tie together the ends.
10. Tape the ends of the cord to keep it from fraying, then sew it to the stocking for hanging.

Ballet Slipper Stocking



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“Nutcracker” nuts, for one, will dance with joy over this dainty stocking.
CRAFT MATERIALS:
Scissors
2 pieces of white felt, each 24 by 12 inches
3 pieces of pink felt, each 24 by 16 inches
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Pink embroidery floss
White embroidery floss
2 ½ yards of 7/8 -inch pink ribbon
Clear tape
9 inches of white twist cord
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The basic stocking: Click here to download the ballet slipper stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 stocking shape from each piece of the white felt.
3. Cut 2 shoe shapes from 1 piece of the pink felt and 1 stocking shape from each of the remaining 2 pieces of pink felt.
4. Lay out the pink stockings, toes pointing in opposite directions, with a white stocking on top of each one.
5. Pin a pink shoe on top of each white stocking.
Stitch diagram 6. Using the pink floss, whipstitch (see page 131) along the inner edge of each shoe, sewing through the pink and the white felt. Leave the outside edges unsewn.
7. Pin together the stockings so the shoes are on the outside, then whipstitch together the layers using the white floss along the white edges of the stocking and the pink floss for the shoes. Leave the top unsewn.
8. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2, with the white floss.
9. The Trimmings: Cut the ribbon in half, tie it in a bow, and then sew the knot to the stocking.
10. Crisscross the loose ribbon down and around the leg of the stocking and tack the ends flush to the top of the heel.
11. Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging.

Tips:A Stitch for All Stockings
Thread your needle with a length of floss and knot one end. Begin sewing by pushing the needle up through the underside of the fabric and then out the top. Loop the needle back under the fabric and repeat the stitch.

WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT FUDGE!

   This recipe comes from www.tastofhome.com .  Not just chocolate but peppermint too.  What two candies could you think of that would go better.  The taste of white chocolate and the breath freshening power of a peppermint candy cane.


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White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Recipe

 
  " Make many batches of this minty fudge to give as Christmas gifts. It's not too sweet, so it appeals to lots of palates. "                                   

 
This recipe is:
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  • 81 Servings



  • Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling


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    Ingredients

    • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup butter, softened, divided
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
    • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
    • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
    • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

    Directions

    • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
    • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, sour cream and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a rapid boil; cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 234° (soft-ball stage), about 5 minutes.
    • Remove from the heat; stir in white chocolate and marshmallow creme until melted. Fold in peppermint candy and extract. Pour into prepared pan. Chill until firm.
    • Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 pounds.

    Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.


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    DIY MATCHBOX TREE ADVENT CALENDAR!

       This diy is from www.countryliving.com.  It may be small in size but still cute and very ingenious.





       Use ordinary grocery-store matchboxes to count down the days till Christmas. Just hot-glue the tops of empty boxes to one another to form rows (start with nine boxes for the base, and decrease by two until you have a single box). Cut wrapping paper to cover each section; secure with hot glue. Next, hot-glue the rows in a pyramid shape as shown. Use number stamps (available at craft stores) to mark the boxes 1 through 25, then fill with candy and trinkets.

    CHRISTMAS IN ARGENTINA!



       Christmas Day in Argentina is observed every year on the 25th December.
       During Christmas the weather is warm in Argentina. But that in no way lessens the fun of the season. Preparations for Christmas Day begin much earlier than in many other parts of the world. Every house is decorated beautifully with lights and flowers. Living rooms of individual homes are adorned with wreaths of green, gold, red and white flowers. Red and white garlands are hung with an aesthetic touch on the doors of houses. Artificial or live trees are used to create the Christmas tree and embellished with laces, balls, Santa Clause figures, candles, colored lights, ornaments, small gifts and even "Papai Noels". The Nativity scene or “pesebre” is an important part of the Argentine Christmas decorations. Many set up a creche in their homes during the season, setting up Christ's manger with great care. The “pesebre” is placed close to the Christmas tree. A wonderful custom practiced be many people here is applying cotton balls on the branches of the Christmas tree to simulate snow throughout the nativity.
    Christmas here is an occasion for a get together with extended members of the family.





    On Christmas Eve, people go to local churches with their family to attend religious services. Thereupon, they visit each other's home. There are joyous family reunions in every Argentine home. Everyone relishes a savory meal followed by a toast(for adults only). Grown-ups usually spend time dancing on Christmas songs while kids indulge themselves in fireworks to commemorate the birth of Christ. At midnight on the 24 of December, sounds of fireworks can be heard from everywhere. Opening of presents, placed under the Christmas tree from beforehand, is a must at midnight. Then family members and friends are kissed goodbye and everyone goes to bed. Many may prefer to spnding the night away chatting or playing games. A wonderful tradition here is to light "globos", colourful paper baloons that take off into the sky when lit from inside. If you visit Argentina during Christmas, you will be spellbound by the beauty of the numerous "globos" flying in the night sky.
       On Christmas day, everybody is greeted 'Feliz Navidad', meaning 'Merry Christmas' in Argentina.




        About 92% of the Argentine population comprises of Roman Catholics and hence, religious services take up much of the day here. Family members sing carols to the accompaniment of the piano. Many people form groups and go from house to house singing carols on this day and receiving small gifts or goodies in return.
    Christmas dinner is served here on the night of 24th December. The traditional Argentine Christmas dinner may be served in a garden area and consists of delicious dishes like roasted turkey, roasted pork, stuffed tomatoes, mince pies, Christmas's bread and puddings. The main dish may be a suckling pig or a roasted peacock. A hot favourite here is "Ninos envuettas", made of steak cut in square pieces of 3 inches, stuffed with minced mean mixed with onions, hard-boiled eggs, and spices. The toast is usually a drink prepared with different kinds of fruit, cut into pieces, and mixed with juice and cider.
       In Argentina, children recieve their presents on January 6th, known as "Three Kings Day". On the eve of January 6th, Argentine kids place their shoes outside the front door of their homes to be filled with the Magi and also leave hay and water beside for the horses of the Magi as they journey towards Bethlehem for the Christ Child. Many also keep their shoes underneath the Christmas tree or under their bed.