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Dec. 3
8 a.m. Jingle Jog
8:30 a.m.-noon Tri Kappa
Breakfast with Santa at St.
Rose of Lima Catholic School
10 a.m-5 p.m. Dec-A-Tree at
the Johnson County Museum
2 p.m. “A Christmas Story” at
The Historic Artcraft Theatre
1:30-4:30 p.m. Santa at the
Johnson County Museum
of History, 135 N. Main St.;
includes free photo, kids’
crafts and games.
2-8 p.m. Homegrown and
Handmade Winter Market,
Franklin Elks Lodge, 56
E. Jefferson St.
2-8 p.m. Bus rides provided
by Access Johnson County
3-4:30 p.m. Cookie contest
entries accepted at Mutual
Saving Bank, 80 E. Jefferson
St. Contestants must preregister at before
noon on Dec. 2. Info: Pam
Caito, 317-738-2957
3-7 p.m. Friends of
JCPL Holiday Book Sale,
Mutual Savings Bank, 80
E. Jefferson St.
4 p.m. Organ concert, First
Presbyterian Church
4:30 p.m. Melchior
Marionettes, Tabernacle
Christian Church
4:30-5 p.m. Johnson County
Public Library story time with
Mrs. Claus, Mutual Savings
Bank, 80 E. Jefferson St.
5:30 p.m. Holiday Parade
6-8 p.m. Entertainment at
the courthouse stage
6 p.m. Carriages and Access
bus rides at courthouse
6-7 p.m. Johnson County
Public Library craft time with
Mrs. Claus, Mutual Savings
A downtown visitor admires the lights on the courthouse as pedestrians walk by on a sidewalk along Jefferson
Street at the annual Franklin Holiday Lighting and parade last year.
Bank, 80 E. Jefferson St.;
cookie contest entries and
winners displayed
6 p.m. Lighting of the ground
display at Compass Park
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Santa Shack open
7 p.m. Lighting of the
Courthouse Holiday Display
7:30 p.m. “A Christmas Story”
at The Historic Artcraft Theatre
Schedule subject to change.
Info/updates: visit franklin or discover
Nov. 18-19: “Holiday Inn,”
The Historic Artcraft Theatre,
Franklin, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Info/
tickets: 317-736-6823, www.
Nov. 25-26: “Elf,” The Historic
Artcraft Theatre, Franklin, 2
and 7:30 p.m. Info/tickets:
Nov. 27: Joyful Sound,
community hand bell choir,
Nineveh Christian Church,
1261 E. Road 775, at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 18:
The Historic
Franklin, 2 p.m.
317-7366823, www.historic
Dec. 1: Holiday Painting
with Simplify, adult-teen program, Johnson County Public
Library, Franklin branch,
6-8:30 p.m. Info/register:
Dec. 1: Altered Book
Ornaments, adult program,
Johnson County Public
Library, Trafalgar branch,
6-7:30 p.m. Info/register:
Dec. 1: American Girl Club:
An American Girl Holiday,
Greenwood Public Library,
4:30-5:30 p.m. Info/register: 317-881-1953, www.
Dec. 1-2: Franklin
Community High School
Choir Christmas show, 7 p.m.,
Nov. 19
3-7 p.m. at Greenwood
Public Library, includes
carriage rides, Melchior
Marionettes puppet show,
crafts and pictures with Santa
for $2 each (2 years and under
free.) Evening ends with
lighting of Christmas tree at
Madison and Main streets.
Info: 317-881-1953, www.
Students from the Greenwood High School choir perform during last year’s Greenwood-A-Glow holiday celebration.
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Franklin Performing Arts
Center, 2600 Cumberland
Drive. Info: 317-346-8109
Dec. 2: Indiana Rail Road
Co. Santa Train stops on the
tracks near the Bargersville
Town Hall, 3-5 p.m., and the
Morgantown Fire Station,
6:30-7:30 p.m. Free.
Dec. 2: Trim-a-Tree at
Johnson County Public
Library, Franklin branch, 3:305:30 p.m. Info/register: www.
Dec. 2: Friday Teen
Movies: “Elf” at Greenwood
Public Library, 3-5 p.m.
Info: 317-881-1953, www.
Dec. 2-4: “A Christmas
Story” at the Historic Artcraft
Theatre, Franklin, 2 and
7:30 p.m. (Only 2 p.m. on
Sunday). Info/tickets: 317736-6823,
Dec. 2-28: Dec-A-Tree Voting
at Johnson County Museum
of History, 135 N. Main St.,
Franklin; Area nonprofits
decorate trees. Visitors vote
for their favorite. Info: 317346-4500, www.johnson
Dec. 3: Chocolate
Extravaganza Christmas
Shopping Bazaar at the Barn at
Bay Horse Inn, 1468 W. Stones
Crossing Road, Greenwood,
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Unique and
locally crafted items.
Dec. 3: 49th annual Beta
Sigma Phi Christmas bazaar
at East Side Elementary
School, 810 E. Main Cross St.,
Edinburgh, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More than 100 booths of craft
items, homemade treats and
gifts. Free admission.
Dec. 3: An American Girl
Holiday at Johnson County
Public Library, Trafalgar
branch, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Make
a craft that they would have
in their time; bring your
doll. Info/register: www.
Dec. 4: The Chordlighters
barbershop chorus, with
Isom Elementary chorus “The
Voices,” performs “The Secret
of Christmas” at Franklin
Performing Arts Center,
Franklin Community High
School, 2600 Cumberland
Drive, 3 p.m. Tickets: $15
($12 for students.) Info:
Dec. 5: Silly Safaris’ Reindeer
Reserve at Johnson County
Public Library, Trafalgar
branch, 6-7 p.m. One of
Santa’s elves with a live
baby reindeer and other
animals. Info/register: www.
Dec. 5: Full Steam Ahead
Ornament Workshop for
Grades K-5 at Greenwood
Public Library, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Turn household items into
ornaments. Info/register: 317-881-1953, www.
Dec. 6: Healthy Holiday
Desserts, adult/teen program, Johnson County Public
Library, Franklin branch, 6:308 p.m. Info/register: www.
Dec. 6: Wreath of the Month
Club – Jingle Bells, adult program, Johnson County Public
Library, Trafalgar branch,
6-7:30 p.m. Create holiday
inspired wreath. Supplies
provided. Info/register: www.
Dec. 6: Edinburgh
Community High School choir
holiday concert 6-8:30 p.m.,
school cafeteria.
Dec. 6: Holiday High Tea,
adult program, Johnson
County Public Library, ClarkPleasant branch, 6-8 p.m.
Karen Buckler from Suzy’s
Teahouse & Bakery will
bring teas, mini-quiches,
egg salad sandwiches and
treats. Info/register: www.
Dec. 7: Silly Safaris’ Reindeer
Reserve, Johnson County
Public Library, White River
branch, 6:30-7:30 p.m. One
of Santa’s elves with a live
baby reindeer and other
animals. Info/register: www.
Dec. 7: Crochet Christmas
Creations, adult program,
Johnson County Public
Library, Clark-Pleasant branch,
6-7:30 p.m. Make simple crocheted Christmas ornaments
and magnets. If you already
own a size F or G hook,
bring it. Info/register: www.
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Dec. 8: Franklin Community
High School Band Christmas
concert, 7 p.m. at Franklin
Performing Arts Center,
2600 Cumberland Drive.
Info: 317-346-8109
Dec. 8: Community Art Club:
Snowflake Earrings, adult
program, Johnson County
Public Library, Clark-Pleasant
branch, 6-7:30 p.m. Supplies
provided. Info/register: www.
Dec. 8: Merry Grinchmas
family program, Johnson
County Public Library,
Franklin branch, 6:307:30 p.m. Celebrate one of
Dr. Seuss’ most famous characters. Info/register: www.
Dec. 8: Franklin Parks & Rec
Open House and Holiday
Concert, 6-8:30 p.m., Cultural
Arts & Recreation Center and
Beeson Hall, 396 Branigin
Blvd. Visit with Santa, refreshments, concert features the
Franklin Community Band
and Kickapoo Preschool.
Dec. 9: Holiday Storytime
family program, Johnson
County Public Library,
Trafalgar branch, 4-5 p.m.
Stories, songs and a
craft. Info/register: www.
Dec. 9-11: “It’s a Wonderful
Life,” The Historic Artcraft
Theatre, Franklin, 2 and
Santa and Mrs. Claus meet with visitors during last year’s Edinburgh Holiday of Lights. This year’s event will be
Dec. 10.
7:30 p.m. (Only 2 p.m. on
Sunday) Info/tickets: 317-7366823, www.historic
Dec. 10: Snowmen Cork
Ornaments, adult-teen program, Johnson County Public
Library, Clark-Pleasant branch,
2:30-3:30 p.m. Ssupplies provided. Info/register: www.
Dec. 10: Greater Greenwood
Community Band annual Christmas concert,
Greenwood Community
High School, 615 W. Smith
Valley Road, 7-8 p.m.
Donation of canned goods for
Greenwood’s Salvation Army
food bank is requested.
Dec. 10: Breakfast with
Santa at the Barn at Bay Horse
Inn, 1468 W. Stones Crossing
Road, Greenwood, 9 a.m.
or 10:30 a.m. reservations.
Unique and locally crafted
items. Reserve tickets at
Dec. 10: Edinburgh Holiday
of Lights. Downtown celebration includes carolers, shopping, decorations, parade,
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Dec. 10: Tom Wright of the
Wright Brothers, Christmas
show at the Edinburgh Pixy
Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St.
7 p.m. Admission: $10. Info/
tickets: 812-526-6513 or www.
Dec 10: Greenwood Parks
& Recreation Breakfast with
Santa, 9-11 a.m. Bring your
camera. Location and pricing details to be announced
on Parks and Recreation’s
Facebook page. Tickets
may be ordered at green-
Dec. 10: Saturday Showtime:
“The Polar Express,”
Johnson County Public
Library, White River branch,
2-4 p.m. Info/register: www.
Dec. 10: Franklin Parks &
Rec Breakfast with Santa,
9-11 a.m. at Franklin Cultural
Arts and Recreation Center,
396 Branigin Blvd. Breakfast,
photo with Santa and a
craft. Register: register.
Dec. 10: Visit with Santa,
Johnson County Museum
of History, 135 N. Main St.,
Franklin, noon-3 p.m. Free
photo for each family, holiday
crafts. 317-346-4500, www.
Dec. 12: Silly Safaris’
Reindeer Reserve at Johnson
County Public Library, ClarkPleasant branch, 6-7 p.m.
One of Santa’s elves with
a live baby reindeer and
other animals. Info: www.
Dec. 13: Try It Tuesday: Treat
Yo Self Cookie Decorating,
teen program, Greenwood
Public Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Info/register: 317-881-1953,
Dec. 14: Book & Movie
Discussion: “Skipping
Christmas” for teens, Johnson
County Public Library, Clark-
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Discussion of John Grisham’s “Skipping
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“Christmas with the Kranks.” Info/register:
Dec. 14: Edinburgh Community High
School band winter concert, 6:308:30 p.m., school cafeteria.
Dec. 14: Crafty Crafters, children’s program, Johnson County
Public Library, White River branch,
4:30-5:30 p.m. Info/register: www.
Dec. 14: Science Experiment Club:
Holiday Science, school-age program, Johnson County Public Library,
Trafalgar branch, 4-5 p.m. Info/register:
Dec. 15: Community Art Club:
Snowflake Earrings, adult program
at Johnson County Public Library,
Clark-Pleasant branch, 6-7:30p.m.
Supplies provided. Info/register: www.
Dec. 15: Home-schoolers holiday
party, Greenwood Public Library,
1-2 p.m. Crafts and activities; bring a
treat to share. Info: 317-885-5036,
[email protected]
Dec. 15: Silly Safaris’ Reindeer
Reserve at Johnson County Public
Library, Franklin branch, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
One of Santa’s elves with a live baby
reindeer and other animals. Info: www.
Dec. 16: Storytime with Mrs. Claus
family program, Johnson County
Public Library, Franklin branch,
4:30-5 p.m. Info/register: www.
Dec. 16-18: “Christmas Vacation,” The
Historic Artcraft Theatre, Franklin, 2
and 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. only on Sunday).
Info/tickets: 317-736-6823, www.
Dec. 17: Joyful Sound community
hand bell choir, First Baptist Church of
Greenwood, 99 W. Main St., at 4 p.m.
Dec. 17: Johnson County Museum
of History holiday open house,
135 N. Main St., Franklin, 1-3 p.m.
Decorations, treats, performance by
the Voices. Free. Info: 317-346-4500,
Dec. 19: DIY Christmas Ornaments,
Johnson County Public Library,
Trafalgar branch, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Family program. Make ornaments and
listen to music. Info/register: www.
Dec. 19: Monday Night Book
Club “Christmas Bells” by Jennifer
Chiaverini, adult book discussion,
Johnson County Public Library, White
River branch, 7-8 p.m. Info/register:
Dec. 20: Pizza and Pages: My True
Love Gave to Me, teen program,
Johnson County Public Library,
Clark-Pleasant branch, 6-7 p.m. Read
“My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve
Holiday Stories,” discuss the book,
eat pizza and make Christmas cards
and gift tags. Info/register: www.
Dec. 20: Novels & Nosh: Favorite
Winter/Holiday Reads for adults,
Johnson County Public Library,
Trafalgar branch, 6-7:30 p.m. Bring
winter or holiday themed book to
discuss. Coffee, tea and cookies. Info/
Dec. 29: Gingerbread Dreams,
Johnson County Public Library, White
River branch, 2-3 p.m. Build a winter
wonderland; enjoy stories, activities
and hot cocoa. Info/register: www.
Dec. 30: Happy Noon Year, Johnson
County Public Library, White River
branch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stories, songs, a new year countdown and craft. Info/register: www.
Dec. 31: Happy Noon Year at Johnson
County Public Library, Trafalgar branch,
10-11 a.m. Stories, songs, a new year
countdown and craft. Info/register:
Dec. 31: Happy Noon Year at Johnson
County Public Library, Franklin branch,
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Stories, songs, a
new year countdown and craft. Info/
Dec. 31: Happy Noon Year at
Johnson County Public Library, ClarkPleasant branch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stories, songs, a new year countdown and craft. Info/register: www. H
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The Circle of Lights lighting in downtown Indianapolis will be conducted on Nov. 25.
Nov. 11-15: Christmas Gift &
Hobby Show. 10 a.m., Indiana
State Fairgrounds, 1202 E.
38th St., Indianapolis, 317-9277500, 800-215-1700.
Nov. 18-Dec. 31: Lights at the
Brickyard. 6 p.m. Indianapolis
Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th
St., Indianapolis, 317-481-8500.
More than 40 scenes filled
with 400 light displays along a
1.7-mile driving experience.
Nov. 19-Dec. 24: Charles
Dickens’ “A Christmas
Carol.” Indiana Repertory
Theatre, 140 W. Washington
St., Indianapolis, 317-6355277, 317-635-5252.
Nov. 19-Jan. 8:
Christmas at Lilly House.
Indianapolis Museum of
Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road,
Indianapolis, 317-923-1331.
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving
Day Brunch. The Alexander,
333 S. Delaware St.,
Indianapolis, 317-624-8200.
Nov. 25-Dec. 23: A Beef
& Boards Christmas. Beef
& Boards Dinner Theatre,
9301 Michigan Road,
Indianapolis, 317-872-9664.
Nov. 25-Jan. 1: Celebration
Crossing. Indiana State
Museum in White River State
Park, 650 W. Washington St.,
Indianapolis, 317-232-1637.
Opening day includes the
file photo
Indianapolis Children’s Choir at
11 a.m. and Santa’s arrival by
helicopter at noon. Visit with
Santa and Mrs. Claus through
Dec. 24. Have breakfast with
Mrs. Claus, Snowflake Sam
and Raggedy Ann. Have lunch
or supper with Santa. See
recreated L.S. Ayres store windows rekindling Christmases
past. Special event dates
and times will be posted to
Nov. 25-26: Thanksgiving
Weekend. 10 a.m. Eiteljorg
Museum of American Indians
& Western Art in White River
State Park, 500 W. Washington
St., Indianapolis, 317-636-9378.
Nov. 25-Dec. 30: Christmas
at the Zoo. Indianapolis Zoo
in White River State Park,
1200 W. Washington St.,
Indianapolis, 317-630-2001.
Nov. 25: Santa’s Big Arrival.
8:30 a.m. The Children’s
Museum of Indianapolis,
3000 N. Meridian St.,
Indianapolis, 317-334-3322.
Nov. 25: Circle of Lights.
6 p.m., Soldiers & Sailors
Circle, 1 Monument Circle,
Indianapolis, 317-2327615, 317-237-2222.
Nov. 25-Dec. 31: Outdoor
Holiday Adventure. Conner
Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road,
Fishers, 800-966-1836. 10 a.m.
Nov. 27-Jan. 3: Gingerbread
Village. Conner Prairie
Interactive History Park,
13400 Allisonville Road,
Fishers, 317-776-6000, 317776-6006. 10 a.m.
Nov. 25-Jan. 1: Conservatory
Crossing. Garfield Park
Conservatory and Gardens,
2432 Conservatory Drive,
Indianapolis, 317-327-7580.
Nov. 26: Amy Grant and
Michael W. Smith with the
Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra. Bankers
Life Fieldhouse, 125 S.
Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis,
Nov. 26-Dec. 24: Santa’s
Indiana State
in White
River State
Park, 650 W.
Washington St.,
Indianapolis, 317-232-1637.
Nov. 26: Big Bad Voodoo
Daddy – Wild and Swinging
Holiday Party. 8 p.m. The
Center for the Performing
Arts, 355 W. City Center Drive,
Carmel, 317-843-3800.
Nov. 26-Dec. 18: Breakfast
with Santa (on weekends). Conner Prairie,
13400 Allisonville Road,
Fishers, 800-966-1836.
Nov. 27: Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer – The Musical.
Clowes Memorial Hall of
Butler University, 4602 Sunset
Ave., Indianapolis, 317-9409697. 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 27: Santa’s Holiday
Brunch. Indiana State
Museum in White River State
Park, 650 W. Washington St.,
Indianapolis, 317-232-1637.
Nov. 28: Moscow Ballet’s
“Great Russian Nutcracker.”
3 p.m., Old National Centre,
502 N. New Jersey St.,
Indianapolis, 317-2310000, 800-745-3000.
Nov. 28: Count Your Blessings
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– A Megan Hilty Holiday
Concert. 7:30 p.m. The Cabaret
at the Columbia Club, 121
Monument Circle, Suite 516,
Indianapolis, 317-275-1169.
Dec. 1-17: Holiday Sounds.
Indiana State Museum in
White River State Park,
650 W. Washington St.,
Indianapolis, 317-232-1637.
Dec. 2: Indiana Bicentennial
Celebration – Sandi Patty
Christmas Blessings. 8 p.m.
The Center for the Performing
Arts, 355 W. City Center Drive,
Carmel, 317-843-3800.
Dec. 2-Dec.23: Annual
Holiday Exhibition and Open
Studios. Raymond James
Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th
St., Indianapolis, 317-5036420. Opening reception,
Dec. 2, 5-10 p.m. .
Dec. 2-23: IPL Yuletide
Celebration with Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra. Hilbert
Circle Theatre, 45 Monument
Circle, Indianapolis, 317639-4300. 8 p.m.
Dec. 2-17: Conner Prairie by
Candlelight. Conner Prairie,
13400 Allisonville Road,
Fishers, 317-776-6006.
Dec. 4: Holiday Dinner
Theater. The Children’s
Museum of Indianapolis, 3000
N. Meridian St., Indianapolis,
317-334-3322. 3 p.m.
Dec. 4: Santa Slam pro
wrestling. Indiana Farmers
Coliseum, 1202 E. 38th
St., Indianapolis, 800745-3000. 7 p.m.
Dec. 6-28: Christmas at the
Puppet Studio. Peewinkle’s
Puppet Studio at Indiana State
Museum, 650 W. Washington
St., Indianapolis, 317-232-1637.
Dec. 7: Trans-Siberian
Orchestra – The Ghosts of
Christmas Eve. Bankers Life
Fieldhouse, One Bankers Life
Court, 125 S. Pennsylvania
St., Indianapolis, 800-7453000. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8: Yelp’s Totally Bazaar.
Indianapolis Public Library
– Central Library, 40 E. St.
Clair St., One Library Square,
Indianapolis, 317-2754100. 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 9: The K-Love Christmas
Tour. Old National Centre, 502
N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis,
800-745-3000. 7 p.m. With
Steven Curtis Chapman,
Crowder, Unspoken.
Dec. 10: Sixteen Candles
– Ugly Xmas Sweater Party.
The Vogue, 6259 N. College
Ave., Indianapolis, 317255-2828. 9 p.m.
Dec. 11: Christmas Warmth.
The Center for the Performing
Arts, 355 W. City Center Drive,
Carmel, 317-843-3800. 7 p.m.
Dec. 16-18: “The Nutcracker”
with Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra. Old National
Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St.,
Indianapolis, 800-745-3000.
Dec. 16-17: Angels
Sing. St. Luke’s United
Methodist Church, 100 W.
86th St., Indianapolis, 317940-9640. 7 p.m.
Dec. 17: Celebrate the
Season. St. Luke’s United
Methodist Church, 100 W.
86th St., Indianapolis, 317-9409640. 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 18: Santa Hustle Indy
5K and Half Marathon. Lucas
Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol
Ave., Indianapolis, 317262-8600. 9 a.m.
Dec. 18: Simply Sinatra
Christmas with Steve
Lippia. Warren Performing
Arts Center, 9500 E. 16th
St., Indianapolis, 317532-6260. 4 p.m.
Dec. 18: Tea with Dolly.
Indiana State Museum in
White River State Park,
650 W. Washington St.,
Indianapolis, 317-2321637. 2:10 p.m.
Dec. 22: Winter Solstice
Celebration. Indianapolis
Museum of Art, 4000 N.
Michigan Rd., Indianapolis,
317-923-1331. 5 p.m.
Dec. 31: Countdown
to Noon. The Children’s
Museum of Indianapolis,
3000 N. Meridian St.,
Indianapolis, 317-334-3322.
Dec. 31: Family New Year’s
Eve. Indiana State Museum in
White River State Park, 650 W.
Washington St., Indianapolis,
317-232-1637. 6 p.m. H
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10 Southside Holiday Guide 2016
By Nola Sarkisian-Miller
CTW Features
Holiday gifts these days are a little more
involved than a pair of socks or pajamas, what
with drones and all, so it’s not too early to draw
up your shopping list. And while you’re shopping
for everyone else, why not treat yourself too?
Here’s a roundup of must-have gifts for 2016:
Plush velvet is having a moment this season,
especially in shoes. Deck her out in Anne Klein’s
Henrika peep-toed pump with block heels in
burgundy. $90.
Clean lines, architectural shape and a little
shimmer – a perfect troika for jewelry. Treat her
to the silver-toned cuff by INC International
Concepts. Pavé crystals add a touch of sparkle for
holiday fun. $39.50.
Help the environment, score a cool gift.
Handcrafted by artisans, handbags by Ono
Creations use natural, vegan materials like the
Stelo Shoulder bag made of cork and tencel
accented with sturdy gold-brass hardware. $320.
In the eco-minded spirit of the season, buy her
an exquisite robe stitched together from a pastiche
of colorful, reclaimed saris and produced by a
trade co-op in India. No two robes are alike. $59.
Rose gold is everywhere and she will want it
on her smartphone. Splurge on the new Samsung
Galaxy S7, available in a pink gold version
exclusively at Best Buy. It comes with more
wireless charging options, a dual-pixel camera
for blurry-free photos, water resistance and
fingerprint security. Pricing varies.
If eyelash-crimping devices give her the willies,
buy her the Chella Heated Eyelash Curler. With
the help of one AAA battery, the sleek wand will
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warm up to curve her lashes for lasting impact.
From tapestry prints to fur styles, a pair of
loafers are the ‘it’ shoe of the season, whether
paired with pencil skirts or boyfriend jeans. Buy
your honey Tory Burch’s Gemini Link loafers,
a patent leather style with a stacked mid-heel.
Help her reach her daily 10,000-step goal with
the newest fitness tracker, the super-slim Fitbit
Flex 2. This swim-proof model tracks how you
move and sleep and alerts you to calls and texts.
Accessorize the removable tracker with sleek
bangles and pendants. Starts at $99.95.
Billed as the ultimate selfie stick, the DJI
Osmo provides smoother video free of jitters and
technology that allows it to lock in on an object
and keep it in frame as it moves. $299.
Timberland boots aren’t just for construction
sites anymore. Outfit him with a pair of navy blue
walkers, a style exclusive to Macy’s, to add an
edge to his date night ensemble. $190.
For the beer-lover, give a six-pack – of beer
soap that is. Rinse, lather, repeat with these
six bars of soap handmade with six varieties
of beer, including pumpkin ale and chocolate
stout, along with feel-good oils for the skin. $42.
Rock his next cocktail party with the Stone
Drink Dispenser. This cobbled granite vessel with
a tumbled stone tap handle will quickly turn into
a permanent bar fixture for his swanky gatherings.
Up his style quotient with the schoolboy Thom
Browne Mackintosh backpack made in Italy. This
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dark grey carrier features a zipper pocket and
the brand’s signature triple-layer stripe down the
front. $1,490.
Help him decompress with the soothing scents
from Tom Dixon’s Materialism candle set. Light
these four votives, crafted from luxe materials
such as milky translucent glass and marble, to
experience immediate Zen. $195.
Japanese designer Taka Hayashi has given us
another collaboration with Vans, featuring a lowtop sneaker made of taupe leather and suede for
an uber-cool monochrome style with a pop of
contrast rust in the midsole. $180.
Give him his athleisure fix with Tommy
Bahama’s Pro-Formance half-zip hoodie and
jogger pants. The herringbone print and details
like a nylon hood and front pockets will make this
his weekend’s best friend. $158, hoodie. $110,
If it’s good enough for the pope, it’s good
for him. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
recently gave the pope a solar drone. How about
presenting a Parrot BeBop 2 camera drone to your
favorite guy that has solid flight time and a 14
megapixel camera? $549.99.
Finish off his look with aviators in a pure
titanium frame and lenses that cover the complete
periphery of the eye for extra protection. $299.
Serve your holiday guests a cheese flight or
an array of tea cookies on this Thirstystone
round board stylishly striped in wood
and marble. The only thing missing is the
wine. $47.
Cute enough to frame, these State Dish
Towels name drop the best in their locales and
are a perfect way to celebrate your state pride.
Geared to those ages 14 and older, Game of
Phones can turn your dinner into a party. The
card game sends guests on a scavenger hunt on
their smartphones, racing to find their latest
selfie or the weirdest Google Image result of
their name. $20.
Doesn’t everyone need a midnight blue,
mouth-blown glass serving bowl by British
design house Tom Dixon? The sculptural
wonder is a great gift from which to eat
popcorn or chips or to display ice on a cocktail
bar. $70.
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You can practically taste the effervescence
in these stem-less, champagne flutes by
Home Design Studio, festooned with
polka dots and happy toasts, “cheers!” and
“salud!” $50.
The H&M Home Collection will bring a
smile to your face with these shaped, flatbottomed porcelain mugs for a favorite
morning beverage. “You are amazing” and “I
know” cheekily adorn the set in gold print.
$17.99. H&
If your an on-the-go kind of person, be it
CrossFit or mud runs, the Lifeproof Fre Power
for the iPhone 6/6s is the perfect way to protect
your phone. Waterproof, dirt-proof, even dropproof, it keeps your phone charged with its
2,600-mAh battery. $129.99.
A Florentine leather checkers set adds
a handsome touch to a classic game with a
caramel/black design and leather pouch for
circular pieces. $228.
It’s still not too late to join the Apple Watch
party. Prices are dropping for the timepiece,
and when paired with an iPhone lets you listen
to music, check email and make phone calls.
Starting at $299. H
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Subscription boxes are holiday gifts that keep on giving – literally
By Cathy Cassata
CTW Features
The holidays come only once a year, but subscription boxes allow you to keep
giving all year-round. When you purchase a subscription box, the person receiving
the goods will get a box of stuff sent to them monthly or a few times a year,
depending on which product you choose. Forget one and done. These fun gift ideas
are all about more.
Here’s a rundown of five goody-filled boxes for all the different types of people
on your list this year:
For the Pet Parent:
Bark Box
Got a friend or family member who’s
in puppy love with their pooch? Bark
Box will give them endless ways to spoil
their furry friend. The subscription
includes a monthly delivery of four to
six curated all-natural dog treats free of
wheat, corn and soy.
Cost: $249 for the 12-month plan
For the Exercise Enthusiast:
Avenue A by Adidas
For the Caffeine Fiend:
Bean Box
Coffee fans will get their cup of joe
fix with a monthly sampler box, which
includes four 1.8 ounce bags of whole
bean coffee hand-picked by coffee
experts, or a coffee of the month box,
which includes 12 ounces of one coffee.
Brands may include Herkimer, Zoka,
Vita, Ladro and Slate. Every box also
includes tasting notes, roaster profiles,
brewing tips and an artisan treat.
Cost: $17 for a sampler or $20 for
one bag a month
This box includes four celebrity-curated
boxes per year, each containing a selection
of seasonal apparel and a pair of must-have
sneaks for women runners. You pick your size;
they pick the goods. Past items have included
the FitSmart watch, Supernova tank top and
Adilette Ultra Slide flip-flops.
Cost: $150 per box, shipped quarterly
For the Hungry Snacker:
Those who are adventurous with their snacks
will crave this subscription box. They can
choose from over 100 types of snacks on the
website, and then Graze will hand pick a box
of snacks for them. Recipients can even rate the
snacks after they receive them, so if they didn’t
love something, they won’t see it again.
Cost: $11.99 for a box of 8 snacks
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Give these literary
gifts with extra
star-power this
holiday season
By Reedhima Mandlik
CTW Features
From reality stars to internet
sensations, the celebrity-penned
book is a must-have this year.
No matter what the genre, you’ll
have everything you need for the
celebrity-lover on your list.
“The Girl with
the Lower Back Tattoo”
Amy Schumer
5 Star-Studded
Books You
Need On
Your Shelf
The star of “Trainwreck” and
“Inside Amy Schumer” just released
her debut memoir, filled with a
collection of hilarious and (very)
personal essays. Perfect for the SNL
loving members of your family.
(Gallery Books, $28)
“Scrappy Little Nobody”
Anna Kendrick
The fun-loving “Pitch Perfect”
actress released her collection of
hilarious autobiographical essays
this November. Her quirky tales
of ineptitude are relatable to even
your snarkiest friends and family.
(Touchstone, $26.99)
“It’s Not Okay:
Turning Heartbreak
into Happily Never After”
Andi Dorfman
The debut tell-all book by former
“Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman reveals
everything after the “Bachelorette”
cameras turned off. This “anti
self-help” book is essential for the
reality show fanatic on your gift list.
(Gallery Books, $25)
“Girl Online: On Tour”
Zoe Sugg
Zoe Sugg, better known as
Zoella to her fan base, is an English
fashion and beauty vlogger with
over 11 million subscribers on
YouTube. This is the second book
in her fiction series about a girl
named Penny and her rock ’n’ roll
relationship with Noah. (Penguin
Random House, $17.99)
“Talking as Fast as I Can:
From Gilmore Girls
to Gilmore Girls
(and Everything in Between)”
Lauren Graham
In her first nonfiction title,
Lauren Graham reminisces on
her time on “Gilmore Girls” and
her life and love in Hollywood.
(Ballantine Books, $28)
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The Nice List:
Top 50 Toys
of 2016
Every kid has a wish list,
but how do you decide
what should actually
be under the tree
this year?
By Matthew M. F. Miller
CTW Features
While it might ring true
that everyone feels like a kid at
Christmastime, nothing beats the
excitement of actually being a kid
at Christmas. Few annual traditions
are more anticipated and toiled over
than the creation of a child’s holiday
wish list. For parents, however, few
things are more stressful than trying
to balance buying a kid what he
really wants with buying the best,
longest-lasting toys.
Today, with more toys than ever
from which to choose, how should
one go about selecting the right gift
for the kids on your list?
“The number one most important
thing to consider before buying a toy
is age appropriateness,” says Marissa
DiBartolo, senior editor, The Toy
Insider. “Always check the packaging
and see what the suggested age range
is for a toy. The manufacturers’
suggested age ranges exist for lots of
good reasons, including safety.”
Experts agree that toy
quality and durability also are
important considerations when
determining what to buy.
“There are landfill toys and
there are legacy toys,” says Richard
Gottlieb, Global Toy Experts, a
consultancy and resource for toy
industry insight and information.
“Landfill toys tend to be relatively
inexpensive, based upon some
character or brand a child currently
loves, and end up thrown away
within a couple of months.”
Gottlieb describes legacy toys as
those that are durable – typically
made from wood, metal or heavy
plastic – that can grow with
the child, involve some form of
mastery and can withstand being
passed down to other children.
“Because legacy toys are more
expensive they need to be seen as an
investment,” he says.
Premier legacy toys, according to
Gottlieb, are Lego sets, Tonka trucks,
Meccano robots, American Girl dolls
and even bears from Build-A-Bear.
DiBartolo also believes it’s
important to consider play value
before buying. “Ask yourself: Does
the toy allow for lots of imaginative
play? Can kids play together with
this toy? Will kids use it more than
once? Will it last for a few years, or
will they outgrow it quickly?”
And while learning toys aren’t
always the most popular with kids
– at least until they get their hands
on them and realize how fun they
can be – DiBartolo says parents
and grandparents should consider
how any new toy could help
a child develop.
“Will it help develop their fine
motor skills? Will it aid in enhancing
social-emotional growth? All kids
learn through play, but make sure
you are choosing toys that will help
kids grow in ways that are right for
them,” DiBartolo says.
Above all, parents should
purchase toys that match up with
their child’s interests. Part of the
joy of Christmas morning is getting
exactly what you want, and although
he stresses the importance of durable
toys, Gottlieb agrees that there’s no
harm in getting your child a quality
branded toy if it’s what she wants.
“Buying a toy featuring a beloved
character is fine, but make sure that
there is play value,” he says.
DiBartolo agrees.
“Think about what the child you
are buying for likes. Kids have big
personalities, and you should always
consider what their interests are
before purchasing a toy. Not all girls
like princesses and not all boys like
superheroes. If you’re unsure, go
with classic, gender-neutral options,
like board games, arts and crafts, or
cool tech toys,” she says.
For grandparents, Gottlieb
encourages them to forgo a child’s
wish list, at least for one gift, to teach
the child about something that’s
important to them.
“Grandparents should buy a child
a gift that reflects the grandparents’
passion. For an example, if a
grandfather was an Air Force pilot,
he may want to buy a model plane
or a book on planes. The best that
will happen is that the grandparent
will create an enthusiasm in the
grandchild that they can share. The
worst is that the child will get a sense
of who their grandparent is, which
will pay dividends in later years.”
The most popular toy trends for
2016 are toys that teach kids how
to code, small collectibles, small
technology toys and, as has been
the case in the past several years,
nostalgia toys remain trendy with
both parents and kids alike.
“Nostalgic toys are very popular
because they allow for a truly unique
parent-child interaction unlike any
other,” DiBartolo says. “In a world
where technology is constantly
evolving, parents have a strong desire
to return to simpler times and share
their childhood experiences with
their children. Nostalgic toys and
brands encourage families to unplug
from their devices and spend some
quality time together.”
According to DiBartolo, some
of the most popular nostalgic toys
this year include Spirograph Shapes,
Lincoln Logs 100th Anniversary Tin,
Strawberry Shortcake Rag Dolls (from
The Bridge Direct) and Nintendo’s
Super NES Classic Mini. H
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The Top 50 Toys for 2016
1. VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted
Princess Palace, Ages 18 months+ – $59.99
2. Little People
Sit ’n Stand
Skyway, Ages 18
months+ – $39.99
See Pages 16
and 17 for the
rest of the
top 50 toys
for 2016
7. Disney
Frozen Little
Kingdom Elsa’s
Magical Rising
Castle Playset,
Ages 4+ – $79.99
11. Think & Learn Code-APillar, Ages 3+ – $49.99
12. Star Wars Bladebuilders
Spin-Action Lightsaber,
Ages 3+ – $39.99
13. Melissa and
Doug Scoop & Serve
Ice Cream Counter,
Ages 3+ – $49.99
3. Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding
Activity Set, Ages 5+ – $59.99
4. Melissa &
Doug Wooden
Wash, Dry &
Iron Play Set,
Ages 3+ – $39.99
8. Imaginext Shark Bite Pirate Ship,
Ages 3+ – $49.99
9. Melissa &
Doug Home
Sweet Home
3-D Puzzle
& Dollhouse
In One,
Ages 6+ – $9.99
5. Bright Beats
Dance & Move
Beatbo, Ages 9
months + –$39.99
14. Lincoln Logs
100th Anniversary Tin,
Ages 3+ – $44.99
15. Pom Pom Wow Decoration
Station, Ages 5+ – $29.99
16. BOSEbuild
Speaker Cube,
Ages 8+ – $149
6. Spirograph
Shapes Set,
Ages 8+ – $29.99
10. American Girl Girl of the Year, Lea
Clark Doll & Book, Ages 8+ – $120
17. Tonka Classic
Steel Front
Loader Vehicle,
Ages 3+ – $39.99
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18. Melissa
& Doug
Lifelike Plush
All Ages – $34.99
30. Doc
Care Cart,
Ages 3+ – $54.99
24. Lion Guard
Lair Playset,
Ages 3+ – $59.99
36. 3Doodler Start, Ages 8+ – $49.99
19. Disney My Time
Singing Elena of Avalor,
Ages 3+ – $29.99
31. Speak Out Game,
Ages 16+ – $19.99
25. LEGO Friends Amusement Park
Roller Coaster, Ages 8+ – $99.99
20. Baby Alive
Go Bye Bye Doll,
Ages 3+ – $49.99
32. Shopkins Kinstructions
Deluxe Shopville Town Center,
Ages 8+ – $59.99
37. LEGO Star
Wars Resistance
X-Wing Fighter,
Ages 8+ – $79.99
38. Play-Doh
Ice Cream
Castle Playset,
Ages 3+ – $19.99
26. My Friend
Ages 4+ – $29.99
21. CHiP, Ages 8+ – $199.99
33. Love2Learn Elmo
Plush Toy and App, 18
months+ – $69.99
27. Sky Viper Streaming
Drone, Ages 12+ – $89.99
39. Mr. Potato Head Marvel Mixable,
Mashable Heroes, Ages 2+ – $21.99
40. FurReal Friends
Torch My Blazin’ Dragon
Pet, Ages 4+ – $79.99
28. Nerf N-Strike Elite
HyperFire Blaster,
Ages 8+ – $49.99
22. Shopkins Shoppies Dolls,
Ages 4+ – $19.99
34. Tyco Terra Climber Remote
Control Vehicle, Ages 8+ – $99.99
29. Hot Wheels
A.I. Intelligent
Race System
Starter Kit,
Ages 8+, $99.99
23. Meccano Meccasaur,
Ages 10+ – $99.99
35. Shopkins
Happy Places
Happy Home,
Ages 3+ –$34.99
41. CodeGamer, Ages 10+ – $149.95
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42. Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels
Treasure Mountain Train Adventure,
Age 1+ – $54.99
43. Razor
PowerCore E100
Electric Scooter,
Ages 8+ – $159.99
48. MC2 Project Ultimate Spy Kit,
Ages 6+ – $44.99
44. Bloxels,
Ages 8+ – $49.99
46. Air Hogs Thunder Trax RC
Vehicle, Ages 8+ – $74.99
45. Barbie Rainbow Cove
Princess Castle Playset,
Ages 3+ – $99.99
47. Little Live Pets Turtle
Tank, Ages 5+ – $24.99
49. Num Noms Lipgloss Truck Craft
Kit, Ages 3+ – $32.99
50. DC Super Hero Girls Dolls,
Ages 6+ – $19.99
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Tracking in Style
Who says fashion and fitness don’t mix? The latest in wearable
trackers proves the two are a match made in high-tech heaven.
By Renee Lee
CTW Features
There’s no reason why fitness trackers need to be clunky or unsightly. The
newest generation of gadgets goes above and beyond, evolving to include
stylish accessories from rings and bracelets to shorts and socks. Fitness trackers,
also known as ‘wearables,’ have increased in popularity ever since they hit the
market; the International Data Corp. says sales of wearables increased triple
digits during the last quarter of 2015.
Here are five stylish new wearable tech devices guaranteed to please the
fashionistas and techies on your holiday gift list:
Ringly Aries – $245
Ringly puts a new spin on wearables with beautiful, this-actually-looks-likejust-a-ring smart rings. These high-tech rings connect to Bluetooth, showcasing
notifications for text messages to calendar appointments.
Ringly also recently released the Aries, a smart bracelet that doubles as an
activity tracker. The slim, gold-plated bangle features your choice of a semiprecious stone and tracks steps walked and calories burned. The bracelets are
set to ship in the fall, making it a perfect hot item to snag for the holidays.
Bellabeat LEAF – starting at $119
This small but mighty leaf-shaped tracker
can do just about everything. It tracks all of
your physical activity as well as inactivity,
highlighting how much time your body is
in a deep sleep; helps you stay mindful with
guided meditation exercises; and even gets
to know your body’s reproductive cycle.
Wear the LEAF any way you want; clip it
on clothing or wear it as a wrap bracelet or
pendant necklace.
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Lumo Lift + Swarovski Jewelry Clasp –
$79.99 and $29.99
The Lumo Lift calls itself the world’s best-selling
digital posture coach. This small, quarter-sized
sensor magnetically attaches to your shirt and
tracks all of the traditional fitness stats. The coolest
feature: It helps you achieve better posture with
vibrations that notify you when you’re slouching
or off kilter. Pair the sensor with a Swarovski Jewel
Clasp (in options like a red dot or white flower) to
show your Lift off as a classy pin.
Lumo Men’s Shorts and Sensor –
Also from Lumo comes Lumo Run, a sensor
that acts like a running coach, tracking cadence,
speed, calories burned and more – all wrapped
up into a pair of shorts. Get up to 20 hours
of run time with a single charge and even
get on-demand feedback for better form and
posture during runs.
June by Netamo – $49
June by Netamo is a different kind of tracker.
It’s actually a beauty coach that measures
your sun exposure, alerting you when it’s
time to reapply sunscreen. Get it in three
striking color options.
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AccessoriZe Your Smartphone
By Reedhima Madlik
CTW Features
even adjust the color temperature to
create more natural and professional
looking photos.
Take your phone game to the
next level this holiday season with
these headphones, camera lenses and
other smartphone accessories.
6. Moment Phone Case,
1. Prynt Instant
Photo Case, $149.99
Love the ease of a Polaroid? This
innovative inkless printer case lets
you print photos directly from your
smartphone. Simply plug in your
phone, take a photo, choose a filter
and hit print. The app also records
a video linked to the physical photo,
which plays if viewed through the
app. Currently available in your
choice of three colors (white, blue
and black) for iPhone 5 and up.
2. LuMee Light Up Phone
Case, $38.95+
Wonder how celebs like Kim
Kardashian always have the perfect
lighting in their Instagram posts?
The secret is a light-up case.
With the LuMee front-lit iPhone
case, you’ll get the perfect selfie,
every time. LuMee comes in multiple
colors for iPhone 5S and up, and
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7.
3. Bose QuietComfort 35
Wireless Headphones,
Make surviving your flight
Prynt Instant Photo Case
infinitely easier with these wireless
noise-canceling headphones.
Whether you’re trying to study in
a crowded dorm lounge, working
on a spreadsheet 50,000 feet in the
air, or just need some peace, these
headphones have got your back.
They have up to 20 hours of charge
and connect to all your devices via
Bluetooth. Plus the lightweight,
durable material makes these
headphones comfortable enough for
long-term wear.
4. Bose SoundSport Wireless
Headphones, $149.95
For the athletes on your list, Bose
also offers the new SoundSport
wireless headphones. Nothing
throws off your groove when
you’re exercising like a lost earbud;
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5. IBlazr 2 Wireless LED Flash,
This little flash packs a big punch.
Advertised as the “most advanced
light source for smartphones and
tablets,” this flash can also be used
for taking photos with a DSLR
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Vases, trifle dishes, canisters and apothecary jars are
creative, see-through showcases for bulbs, lights,
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glassware into show-stopping accessories.
By Dawn Klingensmith
CTW Features
The holidays come but once a
year. What comes less often than
that? An occasion to use certain
splendid pieces of glassware that
are tucked away in sideboards
and cabinets. It’s not just special
occasion crystal that’s languishing
but also common, if rarely used,
pieces like the trifle dish and brandy
balloons. Well, now is their time
to shine. With a bit of creativity
and a few craft supplies, you can
transform vases, dishes and jars into
festive holiday décor.
Beautiful Abundance
The simplest way to gussy up
glass containers is to fill them with
gorgeous things. Larger vessels like
hurricane vases and apothecary jars
are see-through showcases for pretty
assortments. For a traditional look,
pile on the Christmas tree balls. For
a natural or rustic look, layer pine
cones. Red and green peppermints
and old-fashioned ribbon candies
make festive fillers (though you may
need to keep replenishing them).
For a lantern effect, arrange a
battery-operated string of lights (the
kind sold for wreaths) into a glass
vase or jar. Artfully arranged lights
look magical on their own, or you
can arrange them among the jar’s
other contents.
“I don’t know that there’s an
art to it, but it does take patience,”
says Melissa K. Norris, author of
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“The Made From Scratch Life”
(Harvest House, 2016). “You just
have to mess around with it until
it looks right.”
Fragrant Fruit
For a homespun filler you can
make with kids, “take oranges and
stud them with cloves,” Norris
suggests. “You can make patterns
and designs, and they’ll not only
look charmingly rustic when you pile
them up, but they’ll also give off a
really good Christmas scent.”
You can take many of these same
items – ornaments, natural elements,
seasonal fruit – and arrange them
on a fluted or tiered cake plate.
On a fluted cake plate, you can
create a wreath around the edge
with greenery or garland and place
ornaments in the middle. Add a
candle or group of candles and you
have a centerpiece.
Winding greenery around each
level of a three-tiered dessert stand
creates a Christmas tree shape. Or
“you can stack two or three sturdy
footed bowls or cake plates, then
layer with real or faux greenery,”
says Melissa Michaels, creator
of the popular decorating blog
The Inspired Room.
Add ornaments and lights to
complete the effect.
Winter Wonderland
Apothecary jars, clear canisters
and other large glass containers with
lids provide the perfect setting for
idyllic winter scenes in miniature.
“Start with a base of faux snow – I
use Epsom salts – and from there
you can add things like little trees or
small plastic animals from the dollar
or craft store,” says Michaels, author
of “Make Room for What You Love”
(Harvest House, 2016).
If you have a holiday village, you
can use components from it for your
scene. For a personal touch, take
full-body photos of family members,
print or mount them on stiff paper,
and build a cheery scene around
them (or trap them with a polar bear
to get a laugh).
Michaels likes to scale down her
scenes, using mason jars with lids for
more of a snow globe effect.
Jack Frost’s Bouquet
You’d be surprised what you can
do with plain glass vases. Norris uses
hers to capture the magic of snow
and ice on a winter’s day. “I love
it when there’s glittery frost on the
trees,” she says. “I wanted to bring
that look and feel inside.”
Start by gathering nicely shaped
bare branches with pine cones.
Use a tacky crafting glue to cover
the branches with “diamond dust”
glitter, an iridescent white glitter
(you could use silver) and crushed
mirror glass – the kind you buy
in a package at craft stores, not
some mess you’ve made out of
an old compact.
“It works best if you apply the
glue directly to the branch, using
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larger globs where you want to
glue the crushed glass mirror,”
says Norris, adding that her “icicle
glitter branches” were inspired by
other sparkly branch projects you
can find online.
Glue the mirror pieces first, then
sprinkle generously with glitter.
On the pine cones, adhere glitter
only to the outer tips for a realistic
effect or coat them thoroughly
for added drama.
Decorate one side of the branch
and allow the glue to dry before
flipping to the other side.
You can use a sparkly vase filler
or just prop your frosty, glittery
branches in vases where they’ll
catch the light.
Merry and Bright
Rudolph is not the only one who
can make light. Assisted by little
elves if you choose, you can make
frosted luminarias using household
items and a quick, easy method.
All you need are clear mason jars,
Epsom salts, collage or decoupage
glue, and a brush to apply the glue.
Simply coat each jar with glue and
immediately roll it in Epsom salts.
When the coating has set, you can
embellish the jars with ribbon, holly
sprigs or other adornments. Lastly,
insert votive or LED candles and
enjoy the warm glow.
Traditional paper-sack luminarias
are usually placed in rows, sometimes
to line a walkway. You can create the
same impressive display with your
homemade luminarias if you have
enough jars lying around.
“I did like 20 jars in 30 minutes
and I only used one of those $1
Mod Podge (glue) containers,” says
Cristina Garay, founder of the DIY
blog Remodelando la Casa.
Though it may be tempting,
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What you’ll need:
• Parchment Paper
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• Sculpey III Polymer Clay in
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Before handling the clay, use a
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hands so that no dust or lint gets
transferred to the clay. Unwrap the
tan or chocolate clay and condition
it (knead it) until it is smooth and
easy to work with. Roll a sheet about
¼ inch thick on the parchment
paper using the acrylic roller. Cut a
gingerbread man shape.
Before handling the white clay for
decoration, thoroughly clean your
hands with baby wipes so that no
color gets transferred to the white.
Condition some of the white
clay and roll thin snakes and balls
to decorate your gingerbread man,
and press them lightly onto the base.
Insert an eye hook into the top of
the ornament for hanging.
Place the parchment paper with
the gingerbread man on top on a
baking sheet. Preheat oven to 275
degrees F. Bake for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool thoroughly before
handling; it will be slightly soft until
completely cool. Use the twine or
thread to create a loop for hanging.
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Step 2: Using craft glue, glue two
of the craft sticks together in the
middle, creating a cross.
Step 3: Glue a craft stick
diagonally across the middle, on top
of the two crossed craft sticks.
Step 4: Glue the fourth craft stick
in the opposite diagonal direction
across the middle. Let dry.
Step 5: Brush glue onto the top
of the snowflake and sprinkle glitter
on top. Let dry.
Step 6: Glue clear acrylic gems
onto the craft sticks to decorate
the snowflake.
Step 7: Make a loop with a
3-inch piece of ribbon and glue to
the top, back of the snowflake to
make a hanger.
Tip: Make a variety of snowflakes
using the different types of craft
sticks: jumbo, skill, mini and regular.
Paint them white or pale blue and
decorate using glitter and gems.
Pom Pom Snowman
Ornament (by Michaels)
Step 1: Cut two different color
green chenille stems to 4 inches and
twist together.
Step 2: Using the cool temp glue
gun, glue a green pom pom to the
ends of the twisted chenille stems.
Let the glue dry.
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Ornaments (by Michaels)
Step 1: Paint four craft sticks
(regular craft sticks, skill sticks or
jumbo craft sticks), either white or
pale blue. Paint both sides. Let dry.
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By Tara Shubbuck
CTW Features
How to Host an
Epic Holiday Bash
a number, and numbers can either correspond
to a single gift or guests can select any gift when
their number is called (play white elephant-style
to encourage “stealing”). If any presents are left
behind, Kertzner recommends donating them to
charity. Better yet, encourage guests to also bring
one desirable gift to be donated on their behalf.
Social calendars are packed during the
holidays, and this year your party is going to
be the event of the season. You need a special
something to elevate the event from onedimensional to unforgettable. A clever theme is
just the thing to help your party stand out.
When your theme is well executed, it will
spark conversation among guests and unify every
element from food to music to décor. These ideas
will help you create an event that wows guests.
3. Christmas Carol-oke
Without a doubt, you’ll need a karaoke
machine stocked with holiday music. Round it out
by adding props, “such as glitter microphones,
blow-up guitars, hats and sunglasses,” Kertzner
says. “You could even put your guests into groups
to make air bands.”
Let those who don’t want to rock out or
exercise their vocal cords be the judges that get to
award prizes to the best acts.
1. Christmas in July in December
Crank up the heat and break out your summer
clothes. Seri Kertzner, founder and CEO of Little
Miss Party Planner, New York City, recommends
decorating with a nautical style, but using holiday
colors. Go a step further with décor by setting out
pool floats instead of chairs, a palm tree decorated
with ornaments, and a snowman made from white
beach balls. Top it off with on-theme food. “Serve
Santa-themed cookies, but Santa should have
sunglasses and a bikini on,” Kertzner adds.
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bringing an awful present. Have participants draw
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coming out this holiday season, it is
sure to be a hit. “We would go for
a play on ‘Retro Holidays in Space’
and include Star Wars elements,” says
Narine Hovnanian, planning director
at Taylor & Hov, Washington, D.C.
To pull it off, set out costumes and
props – like lightsabers and Darth
Vader and stormtrooper masks – for
a photo or GIF video booth, and for
posing in front of Santa’s sleigh or a
Christmas tree.
Hovnanian also recommends
projecting neon, linear lighting
onto a black dance space and, of
course, having the DJ spin electronic
“intergalactic” music.
station where pets can get their
photo taken with Santa. Top it off
with a charitable component, like a
fundraiser for a local animal shelter.
5. Santa Paws:
A Pet-Inclusive Affair
7. Craft and a Craft (Craft Beer
and a Holiday Craft)
If you’re a pet lover, a holiday
party is a great opportunity to
include furry friends. In fact, make
it all about them. Hovnanian offers
creative ideas like holiday-themed
treats, a runway show for pets
donning reindeer costumes and a
6. Passport Potluck Holiday
This theme will make your party
a small-scale global event. Encourage
guests to bring a dish from another
culture and a beverage to pair, and
then use them to assemble aroundthe-world tasting stations for small
plates, desserts and drinks. Add
an upbeat soundtrack to get in the
holiday spirit. “Include traditional
holiday music from all over the
world,” Hovnanian says.
This theme requires you to go
beyond your living room. “Finding a
venue that already has the capability to
hold many craft beers on draft is key,
as well as a good open space to set up
tables with your holiday craft,” says
Jes Gordon, celebrity event producer
and author of “Party Like a Rock Star”
(Globe Pequot Press, 2009).
Head to an arts and crafts supply
store for activity ideas and pick
up a variety of options so no one
is left bored. Add a competitive
element to the event by doling out
prizes for “Most Creative Use of
Supplies” and “Least Likely to be
Hung on a Fridge.”
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Top Holiday Model
“Make this a night that your
guests won’t forget, whether it’s
the chance to wear that gorgeous
designer gown or just attend a highfashion event,” Gordon says.
Set the tone with artistic
invitations that mimic those from
NYC’s Spring Fashion Week. Then
select a venue to set the stage –
literally. “The venue can dictate the
flow and feel of your party,” Gordon
says. Put up a catwalk surrounded by
chairs and even hire a photographer
to capture the fun.
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Gingerbread House
Turn up the heat by using a
cooking competition TV show
like “Chopped” or “Iron Chef ” as
inspiration. Separate some guests
into cooking teams and let others be
judges so everyone is involved.
Gordon recommends working
with a creative catering company to
execute the theme. “They will help
you come up with the best ideas to
achieve your plans, as they have the
know-how with food,” she says.
Once you select a theme and
are ready to start planning, keep
Gordon’s advice in mind: “You
must appeal to the five senses,”
she says. “It is about creating an
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environment itself.”
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Scented laundry detergent irritates your mom’s
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Before donning the holiday host hat, use this
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Clean the house: If you don’t have time for
a deep clean, focus on the areas visitors will see
and use. If no one has used the guest room since
last year, there’s a chance a thick layer of dust has
settled on surfaces.
Light it up: Check for burnt out bulbs, especially
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Make it welcoming: Throw out the welcome
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there’s room in a nearby closet.
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Step 3: Shape the chenille stems
in a slight curve. ADULT: Using the
glue gun, attach the pom poms to
each side of the plastic ornament
where ears would be.
Step 4: Glue wiggle eyes in place.
Draw a triangle for the carrot nose
using the orange permanent marker
and five dots for the mouth using the
black permanent marker.
Check the guest bedroom: Does the bedding
need to be spruced? Alarm clock need to be set
to the right time? Putting a fabric softener sheet
in the pillowcases helps freshen them up quickly
before company arrives.
Put extra blankets at the foot of the bed.
Consider leaving some towels on the bed so your
guests don’t have to search for them.
Check the guest bathroom: Stock up on
toiletries. If you usually keep the toilet paper in a
cabinet, consider filling a basket with a few rolls.
Stack towels and washcloths somewhere visible.
Place a basket on the countertop for your guests’
bathroom supplies.
Anticipate needs: Ask your guests if they have
any dietary restrictions so you can be sure to buy
goodies suitable for everyone.
Satiate caffeine cravings: There are few
things worse than being the first person awake
at someone’s home and not knowing where they
keep the coffee. Create a coffee station with
everything your guests will need: filters, grounds
Step 5: Pull the metal ornament
top off and fill the inside of the
plastic ornament with white pom
poms. Re-attach the ornament top
by squeezing the ends and gently
inserting it back into the neck
of the ornament.
Step 6: Cut a chenille stem 3
inches long and twist it through the
wire loop on the top of the plastic
ornament. Bend the other end
into a hook shape. H
or beans, mugs, spoons and sugar.
If you can set your machine on a timer,
program it to make a fresh pot early in the
morning, or at least get it to the point where all
your company has to do is press start.
Provide reading material: Place a variety
of books and magazines on the guest
room nightstand.
Create a to-do list: Make a list of interesting
sights, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, so your
guests can get the local experience. Don’t forget
to provide a key and the alarm code if your
visitors will be venturing off on their own.
Perform final touches: This is your opportunity
to make things pretty. Pull out the decorations.
Cut some fresh flowers to place in vases. Leave
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Don’t forget the grand tour: Take this time to
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