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10 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE!

1. The First Tree
   The first tree debuted at Rockefeller Center on Christmas Eve, 1931. The tree, erected by construction workers eager to receive a day’s pay in the depths of the Depression, stood only 20 ft. tall — a quarter of the size of this year’s holiday specimen.



  Here's a look at some of the 79-year-old tradition’s most historic moments:


2. The $1.5 Million Star
    In 1931, tin cans and scrap paper were used to adorn the tree — appropriate decorations for Depression-era America. Then came garlands and glass. Colored lights and ornaments in the shape of dogs and sailboats made their appearance in 1934. A 4-ft. plastic star, a white spray-painted tree and 10-ft.-long aluminum icicles were staples of the 1950s. The 1990s took it up a notch with a gold-leaf star. But that was nothing compared to the 550-lb. Swarovski star unveiled in 2009. Created specifically for the tree and standing 10 ft. tall, the estimated $1.5 million star is made of 25,000 crystals and 1 million facet…

PATRAS CARNIVAL FROM GREECE!

The Patras Carnival, Patrino karnavali is the largest event of its kind in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe. It has more than 160 years of history. The events begin on 17th of January and last up to Clean Monday. The carnival of Patras is not a single event but a variety of events that includes balls, parades, hunting of hidden treasure, kids’ carnival etc. Its apogee is in the last weekend of Carnival with the Saturday evening parade of carnival groups, the extravagant Sunday parade of floats and groups, and finally the ritual burning of king carnival at the St. Nikolaos Street wharf in the harbour of Patras. Its characteristics are spontaneity, improvisation, inspiration and volunteerism.

History

   Most people agree that starting event of the Patras Carnival was a ball given in the residence of the merchant Moretis in 1829. However the carnival, as most carnival events in the Mediterranean and the Balkans, is connected with ancient pagan rituals, as those to honour Dionys…

A TRADITIONAL NEW ORLEANS CAKE, BUT REMEMBER NOT TO EAT THE BABY!

Get in on the fun of the King Cake. Hide a little toy baby in the cake and whoever finds it has one year of good luck!







Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Yield: 12 Servings
Ingredients 40 25 65             Ingredients2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)3/4 cup sugar, divided1/2 cup butter, softened1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)2 egg yolks1-1/4 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon grated lemon peel1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 egg, beatenGLAZE:1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar2 teaspoons lemon juice2 to 3 tablespoons waterGreen, purple and yellow sugars
DirectionsIn a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1/2 cup sugar, butter, milk, egg yolks, salt, lemon peel, nutmeg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a fl…