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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/16/15

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A LOOK INSIDE THE 2015 HOLIDAY WINDOWS, PART 1!!!!

 

   The holidays are officially here, and nothing puts us in a festive mood quite like a trip to check all of the decked-out department stores. Each year, the biggest retailers unveil their magical window displays, filled with fantastical themes and dazzling details—and this season’s storyboards certainly don’t disappoint.


BARNEYS NEW YORK: CHILLIN’ OUT, ICE CASTLES


   Barneys New York is “Chillin’ Out” this year—quite literally. The retailer enlisted the help of ice formation company Ice Castles to create frozen-over windows for its Madison Avenue flagship. Kept at a cool 3 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the “Ice Castles” window is a fully operational ice locker that even has a custom misting system to help fuse icicles together for a full-on winter wonderland.










BERGDORF GOODMAN: BRILLIANT, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY


   Bergdorf Goodman’s 2015 holiday windows are decked out in Swarovski crystals for a dazzling “Brilliant” theme. The partnership celebrates Swarovski’s 120th anniversary, so it’s no surprise that the retailer’s central window, “The Birthday Party,” is devoted to the milestone. Featuring a ballroom setting, everything in the display is crystallized, from the wallpaper and furniture to a guitar and chandelier. Even a set of 12 birthstone cakes is completely blinged out to represent each month of the year.








LORD & TAYLOR: A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS, GINGERBREAD KINGDOM


   This year, Lord & Taylor’s windows are meant to evoke warm and fuzzy holiday memories. The “Gingerbread Kingdom” display features dozens of dancing gingerbread men holding up a Victorian house made of—you guessed it—gingerbread.












HENRI BENDEL: A RETROSPECTIVE OF RENOWNED FASHION ILLUSTRATOR IZAK ZENOU

   The windows of Henri Bendel’s Fifth Avenue flagship are meant to look like a vintage-inspired apartment filled with bright and colorful accessories. A golden tree sits in front of a white staircase in the main display, and designs by fashion illustrator Izak Zenou adorn the wall in the background. Framed in trompe l'oeil frames, more illustrations are on display throughout the store, which boasts a two-story tree decorated with 10 gigantic ornaments.

 

Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows 2015 themed "The Winter 


Palace."



Saks Fifth Avenue 'Winter Palace' Holiday

Saks Fifth Avenue 'Winter Palace' Holiday Windows 2015

Saks Fifth Avenue 'Winter Palace' Holiday Windows 2015

Saks Fifth Avenue 'Winter Palace' Holiday Windows 2015




Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue
   The flagship store in New York City will be illuminated for the holidays from November 13, 2014 to January 5, 2015 with a light display inspired by the Tiffany Diamond exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Expect exploding crystal fireworks every 15 minutes between 4 p.m. and midnight.

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Anthropologie, "​Sugared & Spiced":  Holiday 2015 Windows















 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 


 


COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG DOOR TOPPER!!

 COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG DOOR TOPPER



. During the Christmas holidays, the town of Williamsburg really turns out the decorations,  using fresh fruits and greenery.  Their door toppers always have impressed me, so I decided to tackle the project this year for myself.

MATERIALS
1/2″ or 3/4″ thick plywood half-circle (cut it yourself or cut a pre-bought plywood circle in half)
3″ Screws
Green spray paint
Large green leaves (magnolia are ideal or you can use silk)
Evergreen cuttings
Apples
Pineapple

STEPS
Sketch out arches on your plywood half circle with a pencil that will be where your apples go. Start the first one around 3″ down from the top and space them 3″ apart after that.

   
Using a power screwdriver, attach screws every 3″ along your pencil lines.  Screw them in about 1″, leaving the rest sticking up.  I cut a 3″ piece of cardboard and used it as a guide to put in the screws making it go really fast.  Put three screws right in the middle in a triangle formation.

Spray paint the whole thing green.

Lay your cuttings all over the board, letting the screws poke up through them.  Using the staple gun, staple the magnolia leaves in a fan pattern around the outer edges.

Attach an apple to each screw by simple pushing the apple down onto it.  Add the pineapple to the three screws in the center.



SANTA CLAUS, ST. NICK AND CHRISTMAS FIGURES AROUND THE WORLD!!!


    Christmas is a Holy Christian observance that is often celebrated with imaginative, fanciful traditions from folklore and legend. Santa Claus is a legendary personality, similar to St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Sinterklass, and Julenisse. Christkindl, representing the Christ Child, started bringing small gifts to children in Germany during the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus and German Christkindl.
    Christmas personalities are authority figures who bring gifts to good children. In some cultures the Santa Claus figure is feared because he knows all and sees all and may decide children are bad and leave nothing or something like a lump of coal.
    As people move around the world, traditions mix and change with time. The United States is a melting pot of cultures with different traditions observed by the many ethnic groups in the country. Likewise, many cultures may adopt the traditions of neighboring countries.
The following are some different Santa figures and traditions around the world.



 


Christkindl


  • Austria- St. Nicholas Eve is celebrated on December 6th. Christmas Eve is when families gather for dinner. Christkindl, a young woman dressed in robes, visits Austrian homes and gives gifts to children




St. Nicholas


Pere Noel




















  • Belgium- Dutch speaking Belgians are visited by St. Nicholas on December 6th. Francophone's are visited by Pere Noel on December 6th.



Father Christmas

  • EnglandFather Christmas fills stockings or pillowcases with presents for children.




Jouloupukki

  • Finland- Finns know that Santa Claus, also called Jouloupukki, lives in the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland. Since Santa lives so close to the children in Finland, he is able to visit them while they are still awake and able to greet the "Jolly Old Elf."




Christkindl
Weihnachtsmann

















 
  • Germany- There are different traditions in Germany, depending upon the region and religion. St. Nicholas Day is observed by Catholic Families, Christkindl, an angelic figure in a white robe representing the Christ Child, visits many Protestant homes. There is also a Santa Claus type figure called Weihnachtsmann who brings gifts.




St. Nicholas



  • Hungary- December 6th is St. Nicholas Day, an important winter holiday in Hungary. Children leave their shoes out for St. Nicholas to fill with chocolate candy and other goodies.





Father Christmas


  • Ireland- Children in Ireland leave stockings or pillowcases at the end of their beds, hoping that Father Christmas will visit and fill them with treats.



 
La Befana


  • Italy- The Italian equivalent of Santa Claus is La Befana. The elderly, witch like woman flies above Italy on a broomstick to give gifts to the children on Epiphany Day.


 


Papa Noel


  • LebanonPapa Noel is the Santa Claus in Lebanon. Children wait for Papa Noel to leave presents near the manger under the Christmas tree.




St. Nicholas and Black Peter


  • LuxembourgSt. Nicholas is accompanied by his servant Black Peter (Houseker). Children leave out plates for St. Nicholas on December 5th to be filled with fruits, nuts and sweets.




Magi

  • Mexico- The Magi leave gifts for children on Christmas Eve.



Sinterklaas


  • NetherlandsSinterklaas is St. Nicholas in the Netherlands. Dutch children put wooden shoes filled with hay and sugar for Sinterklaas' horse. Good children receive shoes full of sweet treats.




Nisse
Julenisse



Fjonisse


Santa Claus


 
  • Norway- Elfin beings called Nisse are part of the Norwegian folklore. Norwegians offer Christmas Eve porridge to the Julenisse who lives in the barn to avoid elfin trickery and mischief by Fjonisse, who lives in the barn and cares for animals. Santa brings gifts for the children on Christmas.

 

Magi


  •  Puerto Rico- The Magi, or three Kings-Malchor, Gaspar and Baltazar, visit and leave gifts for children in Puerto Rico.


Grandfather Frost and handmaiden



St. Nicholas






  • RussiaSt. Nicholas delivered Christmas gifts in Russia until communist rule, when Grandfather Frost took over. Grandfather Frost usually wears a blue suit instead of the red suit of Santa Claus. A handmaiden accompanies Grandfather Frost.





St. Nicholas



 
SloveniaSt. Nicholas and mischievous elves visit to scare children who have misehaved during the year.





Santa Claus



  • South Pacific IslandsSanta Claus arrives on the beach in a magical canoe.





Tomte


  • Sweden- The Christmas gnome, called Tomte, is supposed to live under the floorboards of the house or barn. Tomte brings a sack of gifts and distributes them to kids.




Christkindl


  • Switzerland- The Christkindl appears as a beautiful angel dressed in white and lights the candle on the Christmas tree and distributes gifts to children.





Santa Claus


  • United StatesSanta Claus flies in a sled drawn by flying reindeer and slides down the chimney to deliver gifts to children. St. Nicholas also visits many homes on St. Nicholas Day.