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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/26/13

Thursday, December 26, 2013

CHRISTMAS SPIRITS AROUND THE WORLD INFOGRAPHIC!

   One of my favorite parts of christmas is experimenting with festive holiday cocktails. Christmas parties are always packed with the regular beer and wine, but having a signature cocktail is a little more impressive. This infographic takes you around the world for some the signature christmas cocktails. Everyone seems just delicious to me, but that may mean something about my lifestyle. I would definitely go with a Gingerbread Sacrifice in Paris, Candy Cane Eggnog in New England and a Santa’s Stiff Hot Chocolate up in the North Pole.
   These days, Pinterest allows us to find many delicious cocktail recipes at the drop of a hat. Each one is more original and unique than the rest. At a holiday party last week we tried out a holiday sangria, containing two bottles of wine, 5 cans of sprite, orange liquor (as much as you’d like, we put in a bunch), pomegranate seeds and lime slices. It was a huge, refreshing hit. Another christmas classic is a simple mulled wine, with two bottles of red wine, a juiced orange, cloves in the orange peel, cinnamon sticks and what ever spices you could imagine. Let that concoction sit for about an hour, mulling over heat on the stove, and you end up with a spiced drink that tastes just like christmas.
What are your favorite christmas cocktails?




CHRISTMAS IN ALBANIA!



In Albania, Christmas is one of the most popular festivals and celebrated with great merriment by the local people who observe the occassion as a commemoration of the birth of Lord Jesus. The population of the country is mixed with Muslems and Christians. But Christmas in Albania is unique, what with both the communities celebrating the occassion with almost equal fervor.
Albanians share a wonderful bond with their family members and for them, family values stand above anything else. Hence Christmas in Albania is a family affair. Here, people love to celebrate the festival in the company of their entire family.
The Christmas traditions observed here are more or less similar to that of the rest of the world. Popular customs such as attending the midnight mass on 24th night and going to the church in the morning is religiously followed by all the Christians of Albania. The gift giving tradition, as observed in other western countries, has been in





practice here too for a long time. During Christmas, Albanians exchange gifts with their friends, family members and all those they interact with for the rest of the year.
Feasting takes a prominent place in the Christmas celebrations in Albania. On Christmas Day, every home in the country cook up sumptuous Christmas meals in the conventional manner. Stuffed Turkey and delectable desserts form the most important part of Christian meals. A specialty of the Albanian Christmas dinner is "Bakllava", the famous dessert known as "Baklavash" in America. One of the tastiest dishes of Christmas dinner in Albania, the "Bakllava" is actually like a pie, but far more tough to prepare.




The Christmas Tree is a prominent feature of Albanian Christmas. In Tirana, the capital city of Albania, a huge Christmas tree is decorated annually during Christmas. This is very similar to the famous Christmas tree decoration of New York. In many renowned hotels in the country, lavish parties are organized during the festival.

DIY SNOW GLOBE TERRARIUMS!!




I can remember the first time my mother showed me the beauty found in a single snowflake. Although teeny tiny, each one is uniquely different. Ever since, I’ve kind of adored snow. Some may say, even to the extreme (so what if I prayed for snow a time or ten).
At the top of our stairs rested some empty apothecary jars. It seemed only fitting to make snow scenes. The first attempt did not include the lights. Still beautiful but not magical. But let me tell you, finding that extra strand of lights (ironically with white wire) at the bottom of our Christmas bin was like finding gold!
Snowy Christmas magic all. day. long!








Start to Finish Time – 10 minutes. Apothecary jars (old) – Home Goods and World Market. Snow, trees, and village pieces ($1.00 – $4.00) – Walmart, Mini Lights (100) – Target




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HOLIDAY WINDOW DISPLAYS FOR 2013, PART 3 !!!

Cracking Liberty Christmas Window Display



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This year Liberty London is taking on their Christmas tradition for their Holiday window displays, Christmas crackers. Christmas crackers consists of a cardboard tube, looking like an oversized sweet-wrapper. Before Christmas dinner the cracker will be pulled open by two people, the cracker splits, gives a bang and little gifts fall out. The gifts are a colored paper crown, what will be worn during the Christmas dinner, a small toy and a joke or a riddle on a small paper.
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WATCH THE GRAND UNVEILING OF THE CRACKING LIBERTY CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAY:
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"The Enchanted Forrest" At Fenwick Newcastle Display


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The Enchanted Forest is the theme of Fenwick Newcastle Christmas Window Display of 2013, created by One World Studio.
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The entire 30ft long window has been transformed into 8 individual portholes, where each window capturing a fairytale moment within the forest: Pixie Hollow, Hansel and Gretel, Jack frost, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, The Snow Queen, The seven Dwarfs and The Old Toymaker (Santa).
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE OPENING:
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WATCH THE VIDEO:
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De Bijenjkorf " Bring On The NIght" Display


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Dutch department store de Bijenkorf created great window displays for the holidays. The theme “Bring on the night” bring passers-by in a fantasy party world with caves, woods and clouds.
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Galeries Lafayette Window Display


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French actress Léa Seydoux (Ghost Protocol and Midnight in Paris) and actor André Dussollier from the upcoming movie “La Belle & La Bête (Beauty and the Beast)” unveiled the Christmas window display of Galeries Lafayette. Five of the Christmas windows displays different scenes of the movie, where an interactive window brings passers-by to the secret area of the Beast.
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WATCH THE VIDEO:
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The other 12 animated windows tells a story about the doll Lilly and the bear Martin who received a mysterious invitation. The clothing and the story of the doll and the bear is a collaboration of Little Marc Jacobs, Moulin Roty and Bear Story.
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Holt Renfrew "Northern Noel" Display



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Holt Renfrew got inspired by the Canadian North for their Holiday window displays. Each window has a different scene with fun holiday moments.
Holt Renfrew has done a great job on these window displays, by creating laughable moments where the passers-by can relate to.
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Anthropologie "Poinsettia Petals" Display


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Anthropologie call their Holiday window displays of 2013 there most festive yet, with heartwarmingly traditional as inspiration. The decor is created of corrugated cardboard in the shape of poinsettia petals in the colors red, green and gold.
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Boca Raton, FL
WATCH THE MAKING OF VIDEO:
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Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX
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Cranston, RI
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"Noel, Joyeuse Obsession" Au Printemps Display


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“Noël, Joyeuse Obsession” is the theme of au Printemps Christmas window display of 2013. The 11 Christmas windows are decorated by fashion brand PRADA with enchanted holiday seasons as inspiration. Where 4 are animated festive windows with teddybears wearing dresses designed by Miuccia Prada and animated by Puppeteer Jean-Claude Dehix. The other 7 are fashion window displays.
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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow unveiled the PRADA Christmas windows dressed in a pink PRADA strapless dress.
WATCH THE VIDEO:
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Christmas Windows At David Jones


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“WOW” that’s the theme of David Jones Christmas window display of 2013. The windows are not only to celebrate Christmas but also as a celebration of 175 years of David Jones, where highlights of the Australian department store are told by puppetry displays.
WATCH THE TIME LAPSE VIDEO OF THE MAKING OF:


"The Harrods Express"  Window Display


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Harrods unveiled their 2013 Christmas windows “The Harrods Christmas Express”.
If you think this sounds familiar, you are right. Liberty London had the same concept last year for Christmas:Liberty London “All Aboard The Liberty Express” Christmas Window Display 2012
The Harrods Express windows are inspired by the iconic British steam train, each carriage displays a different Christmas scene. The rolling wheels of the express train and the videos with landscapes that are played on the background definitely makes the concept stronger and give passers-by the feeling they are walking in a ridingHarrods Express Train. The landscapes videos are created by movingdesign.
WATCH THE VIDEO:
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John Lewis Christmas Window Display



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John Lewis and Peter Jones Christmas windows are unveiled, using household products to create animals.
WATCH THE VIDEO:
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Selfridges Destination Window Display


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Selfridges Christmas Window Displays has been unveiled early this year. The Destination Christmas Windows is a wish-list where the favourite things are super-sized.
best-window-displays_selfridges_2013_christmas_destination-christmas_02Cassandre python leather clutch from Saint Laurent
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best-window-displays_selfridges_2013_christmas_destination-christmas_04Beats by Dre headphone
best-window-displays_selfridges_2013_christmas_destination-christmas_05Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats
best-window-displays_selfridges_2013_christmas_destination-christmas_06Special edition crystal Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb fragrance bottle.
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Berry Place who offers a wide range of creative services, created a part of the Selfridges windows. In association with Selfridges and Kids Company, Berry Place created the oversized chocolate coins and accordion window.
Accordion window image courtesy of Jack Symons from Berry Place.
Kids Company is an organisation working therapeutically with vulnerable children and young people.
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