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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Christmas LED Lights Are The New Way To Go Green

A new green way to light up your house is fast becoming the norm for homeowners. They are called LED lights and the new technology that runs them is cleaner and greener.

"It emits very little heat. It's very soft and warm to the touch. It's much more efficient light." Phil Watson, a lighting expert, says LEDs are the next big thing.

"We're told that in the next five to ten years it will be the dominant lighting," explains Watson. LED stands for light emitting diode. It's a kind of wafer like computer chip you sometimes see in newer street lights and traffic signals. "Incandescent light has a filament in it. LEDs do not. They are just flat chips."

While these lights are a little more expensive now, the payoff comes in energy savings. "The average led today is estimated to have a life of 50,000 hours." That means leaving the LED's on for four hours a day will give you 45 years of light...but they are not quite ready for all of your lighting needs.

"They're not decorative, so you wouldn't want to put them in a chandelier unless you had a cover over them like a shade."And as for using LED's for your Christmas lights... "You don't have any heat if you are using a live Christmas tree. You are not generating any heat and they are a very long life."


Courtney Love Posts Half-Naked Pics on Twitter ...again

In this ever-changing world, there are still a few things we can always count on -- like Christmas decorations at the mall, Fox News saying bad things about Obama, and Courtney Love over-sharing on Twitter. Love, 46, has a history of tweeting about topics that should really be between her and a therapist. This weekend, the Hole singer over-exposed herself on Twitter yet again -- and we do mean that literally. 

On Saturday, Love posted a series of racy pictures to her Twitpic account, without providing any explanation to her 78,000 followers. At some point, Love thought better of her display and took most of the pictures down, but of course, they'd already been scattered across the internet. A few of the photos  show Love reclining on an armchair wearing only heels and a t-shirt, her butt exposed to the camera. Two more show the singer stretching her limbs and in a matching bra-and-panties set

What was Courtney Love thinking by sharing these photoswith the world? Normally, we wouldn't be too surprised, given Love's well-established history of inappropriate public behavior. (Remember the incident with the homeless guy at Wendy's? If not, don't worry -- it's probably better that way.) But this year, she's made a big show of trying to change her public image: telling David Letterman that she was sober, telling the New York Times that she was tired of being "perceived as a train wreck." Most of Love's Twitter oversharing, of late, has been passionate pleas urging her daughter Frances Bean to give her another chance -- which, while it makes Love seem a little coo-coo, doesn't necessarily scream "train wreck." Unlike, say, posting half-naked pictures of yourself making out with a strange woman. 

Why does Love keep doing this? Is it a pathological need for attention? Does she have some kind of self-destructive impulse she can't control? Maybe it's just a desperate bid for more Twitter followers. We'll try to look on the positive side: at least she left her daughter out of it this time. 

© Donna Kaufman

Black Friday deals come early

Waiting until Black Friday is so 2006.

Retailers seem to be pushing an increasingly early start to the holiday season, and shopper Nasha Kohler is one of many Yorkers to notice.

She was working at Macy's before Halloween, when the Christmas decorations started rolling out.

"It just seems like everyone is doing it," she said. "Everybody already has their trees up. I guess maybe they want to make more money."

As consumers are stretching their dollars, retailers are stretching the season.

Area stores are hoping to inspire more shoppers earlier, offering extended hours and steep

discounts that start before the biggest shopping day of the year.

Target is advertising "Pre-Black Friday" deals on toys with a four-day sale that started Sunday and goes until Wednesday.

Boscov's is pushing "After Thanksgiving Pricing NOW," encouraging customers not to wait until after Thanksgiving to get "great buys."

The Bon-Ton's pre-thanksgiving sale started Sunday, as did sales at Kohl's, Toys R Us, and Fashion Bug.

Thanksgiving, too: Some stores that started to open on Thanksgiving when the economy was entering recession are keeping the new tradition alive.

Among those to swing open their doors for turkey-sated customers are Sears, Big Lots, Dollar General and Old Navy.

York Galleria General Manager Lucinda Hartshorne said a few of the anchor stores at the mall have always opened earlier than the mall's 6 a.m. start of business on Black Friday, but smaller mall stores are pushing to open even earlier this year.

The mall's department stores are opening at 4 a.m., she said, and the Galleria's Web site is being updated with the extended hours of internal mall stores that are hoping to catch the traffic.

"Smaller shops never wanted to open before the mall," she said. "And a few years ago, nobody was open on Thanksgiving. Everybody wants to get those dollars. People only have so much to spend, and (retailers) are trying to get them to their stores first."

Despite the pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day deals, "we're still going to see very large crowds on Friday," she said.

'Gobblepalooza': York's Old Navy store is pitching a three-day "Gobblepalooza" from Thanksgiving to "Black Saturday" in place of the one-day Black Friday sale.

The chain has had a hearty turnout when opening select stores for Thanksgiving over the past two years, so the hours were extended to most stores this year, said Sarah Glazier, district manager for central Pennsylvania.

She said the York location has done exceptionally well on Thanksgiving, apparently providing an outlet for people who don't like football or post-consumption napping.

"There's nothing else really in that shopping center that's open," she said. "There are too many people in the house and it's like, 'What should we do? Let's go to Old Navy.'"

She said the biggest draws this year will be jeans starting at $10 and "puffy" coats for $15.

The York store is among those providing giveaways and video game kiosks to keep people busy while others shop. It will be open Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., then reopen at midnight for Black Friday, she said.

A gorilla costume? Best Buy in Springettsbury Township is noted for its lengthy line and creative customer behavior on Black Friday.

General manager, Cindy Kemmerly said she has seen "just about everything" from bargain seekers since the store opened a few years ago.

People grill food, play games, and watch portable televisions in front of the store, she said.

One couple who wanted to purchase a washer and dryer waited in line from noon on Thanksgiving until 5 a.m. Black Friday, she said.

There was a man who wore a gorilla costume to keep warm, and some people last year left a futon and a recliner they used to make their waits more cozy.

The store opens at 5 a.m. this year, with its entire team of 130 employees working a minimum of 12 hours each, except minors, Kemmerly said.

Dignified bargain hunting: The store tries to keep people happy, safe, and dignified, she said.

"We have a porta-pottie placed out back," she said. "We think that's a good investment. People know that it's there, and they don't have to do other crazy things."

Around 3:30 a.m. each year, the staff hands out tickets to the people in line, she said.

"You don't have to run. You don't have to push. You don't have to injure anyone, and you know you're getting that item," she said. "We do it right, that we have enough people to maintain control."

She said there's no one single item that's expected to be most popular this year, but there are deals on televisions and other home theater equipment.


Homes tour to benefit charities

The Young Matrons of Independence celebrate 70 years of caring for the community by inviting the public to the unforgettable and festive annual Holly and Mistletoe Tour.

An annual fundraiser for this civic organization, the tour features four homes, open to the public on Thursday, Dec, 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each home will showcase the owners' personal Christmas motif with ticket-holders enjoying self-guided tours throughout the day and evening.

The first Holly and Mistletoe Tour was held in 1959 and featured special and unusual Christmas decorations and now 41 years later has grown into what is considered an annual outing for many as to kick off the holiday season.

Steve and Terri Morgan began decorating their 1950s home a month ago and are excited to share their traditional Christmas décor with others.

From handmade Santas to decorated trees in all shapes and sizes, the Morgans' share treasured family heirlooms intertwined with the warmth of holiday cheer. Working at the Scandinavia Place on the historic Independence Square, Terri enjoys the unique and unusual, as well as traditional.

"I enjoy sneaking unexpected pieces into the mix of it all," she said. "It's a surprise around every corner."

The monies raised through the tour and other IYM fundraisers help fund many civic and local organizations. This year alone, IYM provided more than $18,200 in grants and gifts to Andrew Drumm Institute, Boys and Girls Club, Cancer Action, Child Abuse Prevention Association, Dental for Kids, Tabitha's Closet and the Jackson County Free Health Clinic.

Supporting life enhancing services, IYM donated to the Center for the Study of the Korean War, Shepherd's Center of Raytown, Re-Discover, IBS Industries and Mother's Refuge. They also have helped the Puppetry Arts Institute and William Chrisman High School Theater and Broadcast Department along with scholarships and bus transportation for children to special cultural events.

The Young Matron's history of making a difference in the lives of the community ranges from securing the first library and kindergarten class in Independence to forming a Children's Theater.

Along with the four homes on tour, patrons will also have the opportunity to stop by the Sweet Shop located inside Noland Road Baptist Church. Along with sweets and treats for purchase, raffle tickets will be sold for the chance of owning one of five holiday decorations, which will be on display at the church.

Three of the homes on tour are located in Independence and one in Blue Springs. Tickets are on sale now for $10 or $12 at the door the day of the tour. For a list of locations to purchase tickets visit or for more information contact the Tickets Chair at

Christmas Tree Allergies

For many people, it is not truly Christmas without a fresh and adorned tree standing in the middle of the living room. The smell alone can instantly shift people into the holiday spirit. But for those who suffer from allergies, the thought of a live Christmas tree can put a damper on even the most festive of days. I must admit its something thats never affected me but nodoubt brings a whole new meaning to "Bless You" over the Christmas period

Thursday, 18 November 2010

2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route & Tips

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns for the 84th year, kicking off the holiday season once again. 2010 promises to deliver even more fantastical giant helium balloons, floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrity guests, and of course, the jolly man himself, Santa Claus.


If you're fortunate enough to be in the NYC area this Thanksgiving, trekking down to Manhattan with 3.5 million other spectators will be an experience your family will never forget.


The 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route is the same as the 2009 route.


* The parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West, heading south on Central Park West.


* Once at Columbus Circle and 59th Street, the parade will turn east along Central Park South.


* When the parade reaches 7th Avenue, it will travel south until 42nd Street.


* The parade then travels east on 42nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenue.


* At 6th Avenue (Avenue of Americas), the parade turns south to 34th Street.


* Finally, at 34th Street the parade heads west to Herald Square, ending in front of Macy's.


The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade officially begins at 9:00am on Thursday, November 25th. If you want to view the parade, you'll need to get there early. Many start lining the streets at 6:00am. Public transportation is the only way to travel as many roads are closed and parking will be hard to find and expensive. 


Parade Day Tips


* Dress warm and in layers.


* Leave strollers/chairs at home.


* Bring snacks and a thermos for hot drinks.


* Use the restroom before staking your spot. Public restrooms are very limited.


* Your best bet is to find a spot closer to where the parade begins along Central Park West.


This years performers include, Kylie Minogue, India Arie, Miranda Cosgrove, Big Time Rush, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Gladys Knight, Mannheim Steamroller, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Jessica Simpson and Kanye West.


Two new giant character balloons will join the parade this year- Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Kung Fu Panda. This is in addition to returning favorites including, Buzz Lightyear, Hello Kitty, Kermit the Frog, Ronald McDonald, Sailor Mickey, Shrek, Smurf, Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants.


If you're just interested in viewing the balloons, you can get an up-close look at inflation on Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, Nov. 24) from 3-10pm at 77th Street and 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Ave. This is just outside the American Museum of Natural History and is a great way to experience the excitement and history of the parade, with fewer crowds

Guess this all helps make Macy's one of the favourite Christmas Tree Stores.

Ho, ho, ho ... it's off to Santa school we go

Britain's wackiest school has opened its doors, devoted entirely to educating a class of Santas.

Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset will instruct 50 students at its Santa and Elf Academy. And lessons on the course are being led by the real Santa Claus – at least according to the Wookey Hole staff.

The day-long course included the history of Santa Claus, zoology of the reindeer, costume and make-up essentials, fitness – to ensure the Santas can get down the chimneys in one piece – and acting.

The student Santas who attended the course were graded and, if they passed they received an official Wookey Hole Seal of Santa, qualification and certificate.

Students got to meet reindeer, learn how to feed and ride them, and studied the history of Santa Claus, how he evolved from St Nicholas in green robes to Father Christmas and Santa Claus dressed up like cola bottles.

They were also coached to stay relaxed when a young mum in a ra-ra skirt wants to sit on Santa's knee and also taught how to stay calm when a naughty child pulls off your beard © Thisis

I wonder if they are taught what to do incase they come across a Half Xmas Tree

Some live Christmas tree preservatives have sugar in them which make them seem yummy to your dog.

Seems you learn something obscure everyday.  It makes a certian amount of sense as sugar would be fairly easy for a live Xmas tree to absorb bur would also to tasty to your best friend. I remember being slight amazed when one of my boxers set about some fresh geranium flowers that were very scented, she just ate the flowers nothing else.  I suppose a number of the other new items will be of interest including tinsel, ornaments, trees, electrical cords, candles, fake snow and Christmas lights so just ensure they are well protected.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Lease a Living Christmas Tree

I just read a report about a company in San Jose that lets you rent a Christmas Tree. The Plantman Company will rent you a tree for 20 days. And if you get attached to it you can rent it again next year as they will put your name on it. I think it's a GREAT idea. I really hate seeing trees on the sidewalks after Christmas. Now if they delivered it complete with a Christmas tree skirt and decorations that would be service

Potted Christmas tree for indoo

An  often-overlooked category of live Christmas tree can be the plants that can be "portable" – moved outdoors in Summers and returned indoors during cold Winters. Norfolk Pines spring to mind almost immediately, with their stunning patterns and symmetry. And looking for something different how about Bay Laurels – Bay Trees – also can provide endless great smells, both outdoors and inside for those seeking an aromatic option which can also supply great stew and meat herbal flavorings.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

More Live Christmas Tree Internet Shopping!!

 Following on from yesterdays revelation of Live Christmas Trees on Ebay I found this article today. 

You might imagine that a guy who works for the National Christmas Tree Association would be the type to cut down his own fir for the holidays. But not Rick Dungey."I point and click, and it shows up on my front door," said Dungey, a spokesman for the Missouri-based retail and tree farmers' association. "For me, it's a convenience."

With consumers' growing comfort with Internet shopping, it seems that even tried-and-true holiday traditions are changing.Target Corp. began selling fresh Christmas trees online Sunday for the first time, joining Costco as one of the few national retailers to use the Web to sell live trees. Target spokeswoman Jill Hornbacher said the retailer believes the online-only offering will be an added convenience, especially for city dwellers.

Family farmers Jim and Beverly Whorton said online sales now make up about 10 percent of trees sold at their "choose-and-cut" Chub Lake Tree Farm in Carlton, Minn."It started by customer demand, and we saw a niche there," said Jim Whorton, who started taking online orders more than a decade ago. Back then, he built shipping containers out of discarded appliance boxes. "We have customers who've moved away to Texas or Nebraska or to the Twin Cities, or who like our trees and want to ship a fresh one to their families," he said.

No one tracks the exact number of online fresh tree sales, mainly because there are so many individual retailers and farmers doing it on the side. But it's somewhere less than 3.1 percent of the 28 million to 30 million farm-grown tree sales, according to polls by Harris Interactive Inc. for the National Christmas Tree Association.

About 50 of the 1,100 members in the association take online orders, a slight increase in recent years, Dungey said.

Having a retailer with Target's broad reach entering the fresh tree game is a welcome development, said Dungey, who is blogging about the process of getting his tree from a New Hampshire tree farm shipped to his St. Louis row house. "It signals that retailers realize that not all consumers are equal," he said. " ... Not everyone wants to buy a tree the same way."

Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst for market research firm NPD Group, said Target's online fresh tree sales are one more sign of how competitive the holidays have become. "We're watching the continuation of retailers try to figure out how to do they get any piece of the consumer spend as it relates to the holidays," he said. "Is it bad? No. Does it change the tradition of the holiday? Absolutely, yes. But guess what? That's not the retailer's issue. The retailer's job is to try to make your life better so you'll spend more money. If you want to go and cut a tree down, go ahead."

(c)  Jackie Crosby  Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Monday, 15 November 2010

Europe's Christmas markets: essential information

Getting ThereThe beauty of many Christmas markets is that they are close enough to make catching the train a viable alternative to flying.

AmsterdamFestivities start early in Holland with the arrival of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and his helpers, Zwarte Pieten, on November 14. Saint Nicholas traditionally leaves town on December 5, the eve of Saint Nicholas Day, but these days the Christmas fun continues with markets, concerts and a boat parade on December 23.

Brussels From November 26 to January 2, the heart of Brussels is transformed by 240 wooden stalls selling an array of traditional Christmas and seasonal products

Belgium, Germany and Holland: Enjoy the Christmas traditions and markets of three different countries in one trip. Travelling by train from London, this tour will take you to Liège's Christmas market, the traditional German market of Aachen and the pretty Dutch town of Valkenburg.

Reims If you prefer your wine chilled and bubbly rather than hot and spicy, then the Christmas market in Reims might be more up your street. There are more than 125 stalls plus parades, carols, concerts and a resident Father Christmas.

Live Christmas Tree on Ebay

I was just browsing Ebay when I came across an auction for Live Christmas Trees....   I kid you not, this actually seems like a great Idea.  They only offer 6/7 foot trees but the idea of getting a freshly cut tree delivered  by UPS seems appealing.  Now if only I can persuade the driver todo the decorating as well. 

Which way up is that Christmas Tree?

SHOPPERS may have been excused for thinking one of this year's Christmas decorations in Newport town centre were a little abstract.
Contractors for Newport Parish Council England, the Festive Lighting Company, caused shoppers to look twice at one particular Christmas tree decoration in St James's Square by installing one half of it the right way up and the other half, upside down.
Howard Smith, chef of the Blue Door cafe, Newport, said: "I tried to work out what it was and then realised it was supposed to be a Christmas tree. You've got to laugh." 
Parish clerk Maxine Yule promised to have the decoration corrected as soon as possible.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Go Green, with a Live Christmas Tree

We are all used to buying cut Christmas trees that you throw away after Christmas is over.
Why not GO GREEN! and buy an evergreen tree that you can plant outside after Christmas is over.

Wanna go eco-friendly this holiday season? Heres how: Head on down to your local Christmas Tree Store:

1-Buy an evergreen tree planted in pot.
2-Take it home and decor it and enjoy.

There are some things that you need to remember; these types of Christmas trees can only be inside for no more than 10 days, Do NOT WATER it and keep it away from all heat sources. Once your tree has reached the 9 day mark your tree MUST be put back outside. You can either plant it in a pre dug hole, or place it outside and put a mound of mulch around the base of the tree and then plant it in the spring. If you keep your tree inside longer then 10 days then the tree must stay indoors all winter long. This is because after the 10 day mark the tree has begun to actively start growing again and will not survive the harsh cold. When you purchased your tree it was going through its dormant period, as all trees do during the winter months. Once they have been in the warm house for 11 days they are tricked in to coming out of that dormant state and they will not survive outside during winter once this happens.

If you decide to pre-dig a hole for your tree you must remember to put the dirt you dig out into a bucket and place it inside a garage or a shed. This will ensure that the soil will still be loose enough for you to be able to plant the tree in the ground. If you intend to use a mulch for your tree, the mulch can consist of straw, bark chips or composted yard waste.

Buying a Live Christmas Tree This Year?

The holidays are fast approaching and it's time to think about that tree.  Don't put off buying your live Christmas Tree until the last minute! The best trees go early and you promised yourself and your family last year, you would be organised for now on.  But don't panic YET!!!!

You need to develop a plan, a couple of points to think about:  firstly what type of tree there is a large variety out there. Secondly how big and by big I mean not only height but also in diameter. The other major point to think about it when you don't want to early as unless you want some brown sticks in the corner.  At the same time you don't want to do to late with all the best trees gone. So think about it and put together a plan of action otherwise you might be the Grinch that stole Christmas.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Tallest tree in Inland area set to arrive Friday at Lake Elsinore Outlets

The Lake Elsinore Outlets on Friday will be receiving what officials say is tallest live Christmas tree in the Inland area as they prepare the White fir for hanksgiving lighting.

The 60-foot-tall tree will arrive at 6 a.m. at the outlets, located near Interstate 15 at the Nichols Road/Central Aveue exit, according to a news release.That will need one heck of a Christmas Tree Skirt!!)

The tree will arrive in the early morning hours on an 18-wheel flatbed truck from Mt. Shasta. A crew of five men will use an 80 ft. crane to meticulously hoist the 6,000 lb. tree into place. Over the coming weeks, the tree will be decorated with 17,000 red, blue and green LED lights, along with various colored ornaments.

The tree will be lit Thanksgiving evening during the annual Moonlight Madness Sale that begins at 10 p.m


Christmas Tree Chaos: Akron loses 2nd tree in two days

AKRON, Ohio - A holiday tradition in Akron hit another snag on Wednesday.  It was more like a snap and boom. For the 2nd day in a row, a tree selected as the city's live Christmas tree,  toppled over as crews prepared to move it to Lock 3 in downtown Akron.

This time, a city worker was injured while jumping from a toppling city-owned crane.The worker, who was not identified, was treated at St. Thomas Hospital for a shattered heel.

On Tuesday, the city's first choice, a more than 30-foot pine, split as crews tried to hoist the tree, which was donated by United Baptist Church.

"Clearly, luck has not been on our side this week," Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth said.

The Wednesday accident happened in front of a group home on Stull Avenue. The group home had also donated the tree, a 70-foot blue spruce, to the city. It came crashing down, along with the crane, and startled residents Wednesday morning.

Jacob Schramm watched the whole thing from his bay window. "It was a big, loud boom, like a collision," Schramm said. "It was a really big noise.  You could tell it was a crash, but we didn't know what kind it was," said Heather Shaull, who was startled out of sleep by the accident.

The city of Akron is trying to figure out how the accident happened. Fire investigators said there could have been a problem with the crane's stabilizers. "One of the outriggers failed and the crane itself toppled over with the tree," said Akron Fire Captain Michael Scott.

"I don't know if it's the wetness of the dirt that makes the crane a little bit unstable or if there was a malfunction with the crane," Lieberth said.

Lieberth said the city is currently searching for a third Christmas tree and several donation offers are being considered. "It wouldn't be Christmas in Akron without a real tree in downtown," Lieberth said.


What are your Christmas family traditions ?

For many families, the tradition of Christmas is associated with gathering around the Christmas tree and opening gifts. But beyond that stereotypical image, Christmas is also celebrated by families and individuals in other markedly different ways.

It might be something we do for charity. It might be an activity that is unique to your family. It might be going to church on Christmas Eve. It might be the traditional family gathering that only happens once a year where our relatives gather from all parts of the world. Or it might be creating a new special Christmas tree decoration every year.

 Let me know what your more unusual traditions are and see if we cand ring a few chords out their.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Christmas Tree Skirts

Just goes to show what I know you can get Christmas tree skirts that show off MLB, NFL and NCAA  as your sports team of choice.  You can get a whole range of  decorations for the inside and outside of your home so you can> There is a whole line of sports themed decor that lets your friends and neighbors know which team your home cheers for.

Christmas to provide a Job Boom

There is likely to be a minor job boom over the Christmas period as a number of Christmas Stores take on staff to cater for the increase in trade over the holiday period.  It will be interesting to see if this is a permanent reduction or just a small blip.  The latest figure show jobless static or up but output increasing indication that productivity is being squeezed upwards.

Go Green with your Christmas Tree

If you have bought a Live Christmas tree go green after Christmas participating in a Christmas tree recycling event.

After removing all decorations and lights take the live Christmas trees to a recycling centre. Trees will be reused as mulch or wildlife habitat. For the past 20 years Georgians have recycled their trees and kept them out of inert landfills with the "Bring One for the Chipper" annual Christmas tree recycling program. There is a certain to be a recycling event near you just contact your Public Works Departmen

Half Or Quarter tree

Every one  is singing the advantages of the half Christmas Tree but for me the corner Christmas tree has it beat - All you have to do is find a corner that's not being used  and we all have one of those. Then slide in the corner Christmas tree and there you are somewhere that is festive without you having to re-arrange the furniture totally. 

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Duluth Creation: Shiny Metal Christmas Tree

Crews in Duluth are building what will become the only steel fabricated Christmas tree in the United States standing over 120 feet tall.Last year over 200,000 people attended the Bentleyville Tour of Lights, and this year, crews are expecting the tree will draw an even bigger turnout.Rolls of LED lights will be wrapped around the tree as crews finished each section.The 50,000 LED lights are expected to use 37 amps of power, which is half the amount of power that was used on last years castle.Aside from its towering height, fans can expect the tree to twinkle and dance to music.

Hmmm not exactly as eco friendly as a  live Christmas tree

Paddy Power: Call Of Duty Set Smash Records As Odds On Xmas Number One

Today's launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops marked the start of a huge sales rush ahead of the festive season. The new version of the game is quoted by Paddy Power as the clear 1/6 odds on favourite to be Christmas number one.

What will worry rival game manufacturers is Paddy Power is also quoting an odds on 8/15 the game will sell over 20 million copies and earn the owners, Activision, potentially over 1bn. Whilst some question if the game will maintain its appeal following the loss of the two key creative minds behind the previous Call of Duty games, the queues forming outside Christmas stores show demand for the game is still massive.

Roberto Coladangelo, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: "The number of reports on record pre-orders and the shops preparing themselves for a barrage of gamers leaves us with little option but to make the game a massive favourite for the Christmas top spot."

Christmas No 1 Video game

1/6 Call of Duty: Black Ops

7/1 FIFA 11

8/1 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

16/1 Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

World wide sales

11/8 Less than 20 million copies

8/15 20 million or more copies

Orlando In Black??

Universal Orlando Resort kicks off the holiday season this year with live black pencil Christmas tree

Artist Shop in port Clinton

The Studio, a member-driven art store, recently opened on Rice Street. Although the shop gives the artists a place to sell their work, it also gives them the camaraderie of other artists, a social place to work on their projects and a chance to meet more people in the community.

"Most of us sit at home and don't talk about our work," said member Carol Hovis, who makes children's clothes, pillows and aprons out of denim. "We make it and give it to our children and parents and friends and friends of friends.

"This gives us a way to display it. It is an outlet for those of us who make things."

Although there are many benefits to being a member of The Studio, the shop's customers have just as many. They have the opportunity to purchase high-quality handmade pieces of art, and one of the most notable benefits is the chance to buy something made in the America, something made locally.

"You hear it so much -- 'It's made in China,'" Freeman said. "I wanted to fix the problem. I thought, let's find these people who handmake these things."

It didn't take long.

After she started organizing the shop with the help of Hovis and their friend, Joan Reinbold, memberships started flying in.

Already, 21 artists have signed up to be members of The Studio.

They've brought in jewelry, embellished glassware, curling scarves, yarn necklaces, Alpaca yarn clothing, quilts, paintings and pillows. There are Christmas tree skirts, lapel pins made from wool, hand-painted sweatshirts, photographic art, lamps and handmade greeting cards. The cards range in price from $2 to $3.

"We're really making an effort to keep costs low," Freeman said. "We have neo-arts and traditional arts."

The business has members from Elmore, Genoa, Millbury, Fremont, Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. There are even artists from Michigan and New Mexico that were so impressed with Freeman's concept that they've joined as members.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Are you a Tschotschke Christmas Tree??

Tschotschke Christmas Tree:
Sentimental people love to cover their tree with all kinds of christmas tree ornaments and goodies, with every glance comes a new ornament discovery and often unexpectant insight into the family life. If your tree is covered in trinkets and tschotschkes, you are probably an open individual who is comfortable with expressing and sharing yourself. Chances are your considered child-like and playful when it comes to Christmas.

What Type of Christmas Tree Are YOU??

Fresh Cut:
A grown-in-the-ground tree not only has roots but is deeply rooted in ancient Christmas tradition. If your family takes the time each year to find their own fresh fir, that probably means that you have tremendous personality tied to old-fashioned traditions as well. Often, people with real christmas trees like to go 'by the book' and are authentic. It also suggests that you are a diligent and reliable individual and you find joy in the simple things in life.

Repurposed wedding dresses

"Grateful but Practical" wondered what she should do with her wedding dress (other than store it). I have redone many wedding gowns. I have made some into christening gowns, confirmation dresses and even Christmas tree skirts. 

Half Christmas Trree

  The Half Christmas tree, that stands next to wall saves room space. Seems like a great idea to me its great for office or reception area, Apartments, RV,  anywhere you want a second tree or to add holiday decoration. It assembles in minutes, is faster and cheaper to decorate. 

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