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Showing posts from November 17, 2011


Located in downtown Vancouver on the Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (on Georgia, between Cambie and Hamilton), the Vancouver Christmas Market will be returning from 24 November to 24 December 2011 and will be open daily from 11 am to 9 pm.  Named as one of the 10 most Spectacular Holiday Markets Around the World, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a new, can't miss Vancouver Christmas event!
It is so much more than just a craft fair. An authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere for purchasing Christmas related merchandise and food. It also serves as an ideal setting for multiple cultural activities and events. The romantic setting of the Christmas Market with its customary rows of little wooden huts that are decorated in pine branches, strung with little white lights showing off the merchandise, will develop into the focal point of the holiday season in the city.

   During the pre-Christmas season the market is the perfect destination for combi…


This diy comes from  A simple and special diy for everyone at your next Thanksgiving dinner to talk about.  What better way to start off your meal, than to go around the table and have people talk about what they are thankful for this year.

am thankful for…printables

Oh, we have so much to be thankful for this year. We hope you enjoy these Thanksgiving printables. Each strip has an empty space to write what you’re feeling grateful for. They can be used as napkins rings, tags for branches of trees, which would make a terrific conversation piece, or be as creative as you’d like. You’ll see we printed them on kraft paper to make a very thankful paper chain. (A fun project for the kids while dinner is preparing.)


This comes from .  Make these early enought and send them not just for xmas cards but also, possibly an xmas party.  When someone gets one of these, it won't get thrown away, it will be shown and talked about for the holiday season. Enjoy!
   The art of handmade holiday cards is a treasure for the creator and recipient alike. This season, try your hand at one of our many holiday-card craft ideas. Whether the sentiment is embossed, decked in ribbon, or encasing a prized photograph, the extra time will be well worth it when your cards are opened.
With a few basic techniques, you can create a wide range of looks by varying shapes, color, and decorative details. These snowman and snowflake pop-ups are decorated with glitter and glue, and inscribed with a fountain pen dipped in red ink.

Tools and Materials Templates, enlarged to desired sizeFountain penRed inkCard stockUtility knifeGlueGlitterRibbon, optional
With a few basic techniques, you can create…


Plum pudding or Christmas pudding, as it is more popularly known, has its origins in England. It is often served about Christmas time, or usually around Advent time. It has been a family tradition in many homes to have a "stir up Sunday", when each child is allowed to stir the pudding and make a wish.

What is Plum Pudding?

    It's almost black color comes from the heavy dried fruits that are used to make it. Traditionally, plum puddings are boiled or steamed using a pudding cloth and would sometimes have charms mixed inside them. The charms may either be a silver coin, a silver thimble, anchor or ring which all stand for good things in life such as good luck, wealth, a happy marriage and a safe trip.
    A plum pudding does not really have plums in it, but it is full of dried fruits and nuts,mixed with beef suet and citrus fruit juices or alcohol such as beer, rum or brandy. It is often dried out before it is served, as the longer it is allowed to dry, the stronger …


It’s that time of year again! The holiday rush is here – finding that perfect gift for Gram, that new toy for Mikey, a unique gift for that special someone, long lines, parties and family get-togethers. Here’s a quick look at the numbers for this holiday season.


This come from the people at .  I hope they help you with your turkey quandry this Thanksgiving.

1. Should I buy a fresh or frozen turkey? Frozen turkeys are widely available and often on sale during the holidays. Some are prebasted to enhance juiciness. You can buy them well in advance of Thanksgiving, but you'll need to allow enough time for them to thaw.

Fresh turkeys are preferred by many people but are usually more expensive, have a shorter shelf life, and may need to be special-ordered. Don't buy one more than two days ahead.

2. What are other differences in types of turkeys that I should be aware of? Kosher turkeys are salted as part of the koshering process, so no additional salt is needed. This process makes the meat very tender and juicy, similar to the results you'd get from a brined bird.

Organic turkeys are raised and fed without the use of antibiotics, hormones, or artificial flavors or colors It is against the law to use hormones on any tu…


   Are you ready for Chicago's Grand Holiday Tradition?

   Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald and a cast of thousands bring you the 78thMcDonald's Thanksgiving Parade, marching down State Street on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th.
   Whether you're moving your feet to the uplifting melodies of marching bands, gazing skyward at gigantic inflatable helium balloons making their way down the street, or waving at talented entertainers in decorative floats dispensing holiday cheer, there is fun to be had by all at the biggest holiday parade in Chicagoland.


   In 1934, the United States had been in the Great Depression for six years. Many leaders in Chicago searched for ways to boost the economy as well as public spirit. Walter Gregory, President of Chicago's State Street Council, proposed a Christmas parade to Chicago Mayor Edward Kelly in the hopes that it would improve the moods of Chicago residents. The Mayor agreed to the parade, being primarily interested in its pote…


Dancing Fountains from WET Fantasy Gift
The company behind some of the world's most famous fountains will bring its magical waterworks to private residences. Founded in 1983 in Sun Valley, California, WET is the foremost pioneer in creating state-of-the-art fountain technology. In displays that include The Fountains of Bellagio and the world's largest fountain, The Dubai Fountain, WET has mesmerized people with the beauty of moving water. Now, for the first time ever, WET will create a personal scale fountain showcasing two of its amazing underwater robotic nozzles dancing as a couple, just for you. You will delight in the joyful movements made by the elegant duo as they whirl, twirl, sweep, and bow—sometimes in unison, sometimes as counterpoints, but always with engaging grace. These beautiful fountains will thrill onlookers for a lifetime, while their purchase will touch the lives of hundreds. NM will donate $10,000 of …