Friday, September 28, 2007

Now That's What I Call Christmas, Vol. 3

Now That's What I Call Christmas, Vol. 3 features your favorite classic Christmas songs on this 2 disc set:

  • O Come All Ye Faithful - Nat King Cole
  • Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin
  • My Favorite Things - Tony Bennett
  • It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams
  • Silver Bells - Bing Crosby
  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Elvis Presley
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland
  • Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Frosty The Snowman - Gene Autry
  • The Little Drummer Boy - Peggy Lee
  • Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Burl Ives
  • Winter Wonderland - Louis Armstrong
  • Blue Christmas - Johnny Cash
  • Jingle Bell Rock - Brenda Lee
  • The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - The Chipmunks
  • You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
  • Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys
  • Noel - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • Up On The Housetop - The Jackson 5
  • O Holy Night - Al Green
  • Christmas Time Is Here - Dianne Reeves
  • Christmas Is My Favorite Time Of Year - Kenny Rogers
  • Shimmy Down The Chimney (Fill Up My Stocking) - Alison Krauss
  • Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Cyndi Lauper
  • Feliz Navidad - Celine Dion
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas - Gloria Estefan
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jessica Simpson
  • Merry Christmas, Baby - Christina Aguilera
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) - Mariah Carey
  • Santa Baby - Pussycat Dolls
  • Home - Ne-Yo
  • It Just Don't Feel Like Xmas (Without You) - Rihanna
  • Christmas Wish - Stacie Orrico
  • 12 Days Of Christmas - Relient K

Available at Amazon.com.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Charlie Brown Christmas

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas paegent. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.

Available at Amazon.com.

Make a Snowflake from Paper


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In this video, learn how to make a snowflake from paper.

Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook

With the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook, bringing the holiday spirit into your home has never been easier. From tasty recipes and entertaining essentials tocreative gift-giving and decorating ideas, this complete resource shows you howto add sparkle to the season (not stress!) and how to entertain with little fuss and lots of flair.

Plan wonderful menus with 250 tantalizing recipes, including classics suchas Roast Turkey and Do-Ahead Ravioli-Sausage Lasagna and variations. Make the holiday shine with Christmas Breakfast Crepes, Holiday Salad with Parmesan Fans, Merry Cherry Fudgies and more. Use the cocktail primer to make serving holiday beverages a snap, and surprise your guests with festive drinks like Merry Mimosas or nonalcoholic choices likeCinnamon Cider and Quick Cranberry Punch. Discover clever suggestions and how-tos in "Make-Ahead Magic,""Holiday Inspiration" and "New Twist" tips sprinkled throughout. They include special touches, time-savers and fun, creative serving ideas you can use all year long.

You'll also find two chapters packed with gifts you can make—for eating or for decoration. Turn your kitchen into Santa's Workshop and let the kids pitch in making cookies, candies and other goodies. Or choose from twenty-three fun craft projects and find unique packaging ideas to add extra pizzazz.

A Holiday Survival Guide and a Holiday Countdown Calendar help you with planning, organization and preparation so you can pull everything together smoothly and have time to relax and bask in the holiday glow with friends and family.

With a fresh, appealing design, beautifulcolor photos and illustrations and a comfortable, friendly style, this book will make you want to take your time and savor every page. So enjoy the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook—and have a wonderful holiday season!

Available at Amazon.com.

Holly Jolly Christmas Quilting

Give yourself and your family a Merry Christmas with the fun, whimsical quilt designs in this book. Quilters will find easy-to-make pieced and appliqued designs featuring Santa, angels, snowmen, penguins, pointesettias and others. Bed quilts, throws and wall quilts join smaller items like table toppers, tree skirts, ornaments and a lamp shade to create a book full of fun.

Available at Amazon.com.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Grown Up Christmas List - Amy Grant


Watch the music video for Amy Grant's Christmas classic 'Grown Up Christmas List'.

Get the 'Grown Up Christmas List' MP3 or on Amy Grant's CD Home for Christmas at Amazon.com.

A Christmas Celebration - Celtic Woman

Irish producer/arranger David Downes, the creative mastermind behind Celtic Woman's chart breakthrough and burgeoning international success, here conjures up an inviting holiday showcase for his neo-superstar crossover quartet. He pushes the group's crowd-pleasing formula into more expansive arrangements with the Irish Film Orchestra, supplemented by a strong core of featured instrumentalists, including Downes himself. If the ethnic folk influences that gave the group its name are sometimes less pronounced, the result is a collection whose dignified, pop elegance often transcends national boundaries. The vocal performances are expectedly polished, with the quintet breaking off into smaller units and solo showcases such as Lisa Kelly's Broadway-lullaby take on "The Christmas Song," a neo-classical "Panis Angelicus" by Chloe Agnew, and the muscular orchestral/choral setting for Mariead Nesbitt's earthy fiddle on "Carol of the Bells." The quintet (backed only by Nesbitt's spare strings) harmonize richly on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and bring their trademark neo-Celtic charms more fully to bear on intimate translations of "Silent Night" and "The Wexford Carol" as well as a glorious take on the Gaelic traditional "That Night in Bethlehem." Perhaps to remind fans of their true range, the swinging, big-band bonus track "Let It Snow" closes the collection with upbeat flair.

Available at Amazon.com.

Christmas Unwrapped - The History of Christmas

People all over the world celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th. But why is the Savior's nativity marked by gift giving, and was He really born on that day? And just where did the Christmas tree come from?

Take an enchanting journey through the history of the world's favorite holiday to learn the origins of some of the Western World's most enduring traditions. Trace the emergence of Christmas from pagan festivals like the Roman Saturnalia, which celebrated the winter solstice. Learn how Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree to the English speaking world in 1841. And discover how the patron saint of children was transformed into Jolly old Santa Claus by British settlers in the New World.

Available at Amazon.com.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

How To Make Classic Stuffing


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A tasty homemade stuffing, The perfect complement to roast turkey or chicken. Why wait till the Sunday Roast! Experience our Classic Stuffing recipe.

Ingredients:
26.5oz sausage meat (optional)
1 onion finely chopped
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 tsp fresh sage finely chopped
1.8oz fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg beaten
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Place sauce pan on med heat and add the oil, onions and stir for 5 min and remove from heat. Place the fresh sage breadcrumbs and sausage meat (if you choose to use it). Season with salt and pepper, now add the onions and mix with hands. Not set aside to cool and use when ready.

How To Make A Christmas Centrepiece


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Florist, Trish Haunton demonstrates how to create a Christmas centrepiece using blue pine, red roses and berried ivy.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath


Knowing how to make a Christmas wreath enables you to add a personlized touch to your Christmas decor. AsktheDecorator.com host Meghan Carter will show you how to make Christmas wreaths so your Christmas wreahts won't only be personalized but also beautiful and stylish. With just a few simple tips, you'll have no trouble making christmas wreaths that are one-of-a-kind for your home.

Christmas is in the Air

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? Baking treats every night until after midnight for the kids’ schools, neighborhood parties, the office, etc.; adorning every square inch of your home with special homemade decorations; and spending 12 hours trapped in holiday traffic with an irritable spouse and three overly excited kids on the way to spend Christmas with the family. It’s enough to turn “Ho! Ho! Ho!” into “No! No! No!”

Maybe it’s time to rethink some of those Christmas traditions, especially if they’re getting in the way of actually enjoying the holiday. While traditions give us a sense of security in a changing world, experts agree that you can focus so hard on trying to make Christmas perfect and fun that it becomes a stressful chore instead of a celebration. According to Dr. Gail Saltz, a professor of psychiatry, you should “lower your expectations to what’s reasonable.”

“It’s all about setting priorities and understanding what’s really important,” says Rick Ruffolo, senior vice president of brand, marketing, and innovation at Yankee Candle Company. “Many of these traditions are how we relive and share special childhood memories of Christmas, like the aroma of your mom’s Christmas cookies in the oven, for instance. Fortunately, you can recreate that memory even if you don’t have time to bake yourself … simply light a Christmas Cookie candle and let the scent of buttery rich sugar cookies take you back home.”

There’s research to support this emotional relationship. A Brown University study shows that our experiences at the time determine our emotional response to a particular scent. Rachel Herz, the lead scientist of the study, says “when we like or don’t like a smell, that is learned.”

“Our sense of smell is intimately-linked to the brain’s emotion and memory functions, and it’s why scents can have such a strong impact on your state of mind and emotional well-being,” adds Ruffolo. “And that’s what we all really want during the holidays … that happy, warm feeling we call ‘the Christmas spirit.’”

Could it really be that simple?

“In some ways it can be,” Ruffolo explains. “For example, our Christmas Wreath scent is just like bringing in fresh pine boughs without the mess. Or, consider new Gingerbread … for some it’s a trip back in time to Grandma’s house. And, when you can’t physically go home for Christmas, warm spice scents like new Holiday Home Sweet Home and Home for the Holidays can still take you there … if only in your dreams. Even as traditions change because of changes in your life or work, these scents can help you balance these changes while still keeping you connected to the memories you hold dear.”

Whether you choose to bring fragrance home through candles, room sprays or electric home fragrance units, it sure seems like “scents-ible” advice. This year, why not rethink your holiday traditions and see if you can make them less frantic and more festive with fragrance, because Christmas really is in the air.

Merry Christmas!

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Candy Cane Martini Recipe

Anthony's back behind the bar making a Candy Cane Martini to usher in the holiday month!

Ingredients:
¾ oz vodka
¾ oz peppermint schnapps
½ oz white chocolate liquor
1 oz half and half
1 candy cane

Christmas Cookies Recipe


In this video, learn how to make Christmas cookies from scratch.

Shamelessly Simple Holiday Party Tips

Remember the days when a holiday party involved hours in the kitchen hand-making gourmet delights and even more hours cleaning up afterward? For many smart holiday hostesses, those days are long gone – and good riddance to them!

Modern holiday entertaining puts the focus on spending time with your guests and impressing them with your holiday spirit – not with your baking skills or expensive tableware. Savvy holiday hostesses are no longer ashamed to admit they use time-saving tricks like store-bought hors d’oeuvres and disposable tableware.

Here are some tips for shamelessly simple ways to make your holiday entertaining both easy and successful:

* Ditch printed invitations in favor of e-mailed ones. Chances are that the e-mail addresses of everyone you want to invite are already in your e-mail program’s address book. Can you put your hands on snail mail addresses so quickly? Probably not. Design your own e-vite using your e-mail program or join one of the many free Web sites that allow you to create great-looking online invitations, send them and keep track of RSVPs.

* Keep costs and complications down by serving simple spirits like wine and beer over complex cocktails. Unless you make your living as a bartender, chances are you won’t be able to satisfy the cocktail requests of every guest. Choose wines with broad appeal – like a sparkling wine, quality chardonnay or rich merlot – and add in a few domestic and import beer choices.

* Pick an easy food theme, one that emphasizes one course like dessert or appetizers, rather than trying to present an extravagant buffet or full meal. For example, go with a “holiday sweets” theme and serve a variety of cookies, cakes and chocolates – homemade or store bought. Or opt for an “appealing appetizers” theme and invite guests to bring their favorite appetizers.

* Prepare ahead as much as possible. If you feel compelled to cook, do so the week before and freeze as much as you can. Thawing and reheating the day of the party will be much easier than preparing food from scratch.

* Keep it simple with precut veggies for hors d’oeuvres platters or stir-fries. Don’t be embarrassed to serve store-bought dips. Or, if you really are hung up on the idea of fresh and homemade, remember a package of onion soup mixed into sour cream is still one of the all-time great dips.

* The wholesale club is your friend when it comes to appetizers. Most frozen food cases at wholesale clubs are laden with a wide array of frozen appetizers – from Thai spring rolls to Italian mozzarella sticks and American buffalo wings. Many stores increase their stock and variety at holiday time, knowing time-pressed hostesses will be turning to them for help.

* Quit wasting time on cleanup. Every minute you spend in the kitchen washing dishes – during or after the party – is a minute you’ve lost from your holidays. Shamelessly purchase and use disposable plates, cups and tableware to avoid multiple runs to the dishwasher.

Lines like Hefty (www.heftybrands.com) now make durable, multi-use holiday-themed products that can significantly cut cleanup time. Disposable plates and tableware will keep your counters free of stacked dishes and your dishwasher free for items like pots and pans. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about getting your plates back when you send guests home with leftovers.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Christmas Pudding Recipe


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What would we do at Christmas without Christmas pudding? For the fans out there, this is a recipe to die for. Rich, moist, full of flavour and colour and simply scrumptious. Enjoy our Christmas Pudding recipe.

Holiday Etiquette: Simple Tips for a Perfect Gathering

You’ve spent the entire day cooking the perfect holiday feast. But it’s an hour before your guests arrive, and you find yourself standing in front of the table, listening to a little nagging voice in your head. Does the knife go on the left, fork on the right, or is it the other way around? Is that centerpiece too tall? Should I go ahead and put food on table before guests arrive, or do I wait until everyone gets here?

If you can’t answer those questions, don’t feel alone. In today’s eat-on-the-run world, you’re not the only one to flunk the dos and don’ts of proper etiquette. “Proper table manners have become a lost art,” says etiquette expert Jill Slatter. “Think back 15 or 20 years ago, families gathered every evening for a proper meal. But these days we’re all stretched so thin juggling work, school and home, most folks don’t have time to sit down together, so when holidays roll around no one’s sure how to act at a formal meal.”

Slatter is an etiquette coach at Greensboro, N.C.-based Replacements, Ltd., the world’s largest supplier of old and new china, silver, crystal and collectibles. The company gets bombarded with questions this time of year from folks looking for a crash course in proper table manners. She says the answers to their most frequently asked questions are sure to help you dazzle your guests.

Set the Perfect Table

* Forks to the left, knives and spoons to the right. Only set out utensils that will be used for various courses. “If you’re not serving soup or salad, you certainly don’t want an extra spoon or fork in your place setting,” Slatter says. “Not only will those get in the way, the extra utensils may confuse your guests.”

* The bread plate goes on the left of the dinner plate, glasses on the right.

* Wait to pour. Water glasses should be the only glasses filled before your guests arrive. Iced tea, wine and other beverages should be poured once everyone is seated. Wine should be filled halfway, not to the rim.

* Salad and bread should be the only food on the table when your guests arrive.

* Courses are generally served in the following order in the United States: appetizer, soup, salad, main course, dessert.

Be a Gracious Guest

* Avoid the smear. Female guests should blot their lips before sitting down at the table. This will keep you from getting lipstick stains on linen napkins or glasses, which could be hard to get out.

* Wait for the signal. Your host will let you know when it’s okay to dig in. They may make a prayer or statement or start by passing a dish.

* If you’re not sure which utensil to use with each course, start on the outside and work in toward the plate. If you’re still not sure, watch your host.

* Don’t cut more than one or two bites of food at a time, and never butter an entire roll or piece of bread. Instead, pinch off pieces small enough for one or two bites and butter those first.

* What about those scraps? Neatly push leftover food, fat trimmings, etc. to one side of your plate.

* If you don’t care for coffee, simply say “no thank you.” Turning your cup upside down may be considered rude.

* If you need to excuse yourself temporarily, gently place your napkin in your chair. Signify you’re finished with the meal by placing napkin to the left of the dinner plate. “Most folks aren’t sure what to do with their utensils once they have finished eating,” adds Slatter. “The common way to show that you've finished your meal is to lay your fork and knife diagonally across your plate at ten and four o’clock. Place your knife and fork side by side, with the sharp side of the knife blade facing inward and the fork, tines down, to the left of the knife.”

Are You the Hostess with the Mostest?

* Remember, the hostess is always last seated.

* Unscented candles are a great part of holiday decor, but should only be lit during the evening. “Another thing to keep in mind, flickering candles are more than a distraction, those can cause headaches,” warns Slatter. “That’s why you never want to place burning candles directly in front of your guest, and make sure you situate the flame below eye level.”

* Centerpiece too tall? Sure those flowers you spent hours arranging are pretty, but will only get in the way if your guests have to crane their necks to look at each other. Make sure your guests can see over any table adornments.

* Passing isn’t just in football. Always pass food around the table counter clockwise to the right and refrain from serving yourself first. Always pass the salt and pepper as a set, even if you’re only asked for one.

If you’re still in doubt, a cheat sheet is just a mouse click away. You can find place setting guides outlining the correct layout for all meals at www.replacements.com, under the site’s “neat things” tab. With these tips in mind, you’re sure to throw the perfect holiday gathering!

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Monday, September 17, 2007

How To Make A Christmas Wreath


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Trish Haunton shows us how to make a Christmas wreath to welcome your guests with during the festive season.

Cooking The Perfect Roast Turkey


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Professional Chef shows you how to cook the perfect roast turkey with moist and juicy results every time. He also shows you how to make great home-made stuffing and delicious gravy to go with your perfect roast turkey.

How to Make a Pop Up Christmas Card


In this video, learn how to make a popup christmas card.

Make a Gingerbread House


India Galyean shows you step by step how to make a gingerbread house.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

How to Make a Christmas Keepsake Board


The holidays are upon us! No matter what your religion, or what you're celebrating, this is one time of year that is stressful for just about everyone! But this is also supposed to be a time of celebration! So, how can you ditch some of the stress and increase the fun? Let Madeline show you How-To! Madeline's making a seasonally festive memento/keepsake board that will capture the season, and the hearts of those you give it to!

How to Make a Christmas Holiday Centerpiece


This video shows you in a few simple steps how to easily create a beautiful Christmas centerpiece without spending too much cash.

Make Holiday Baking Extra Sweet This Season

The holiday season is a special time for family and friends to gather, and home-baked desserts have always had a place at the table. According to a Baker’s Joy Homemade Holiday survey, more than 75 percent of Americans are planning to bake more this year compared to years past.

But before you break out the sugar and cookie sheets, take a look at these baking and storage tips to make sure your homemade holiday treats will leave family members smiling all season long:

* When baking two sheets of cookies at once, place them on different racks at different angles to allow proper air circulation. Switch racks half way through cooking time to ensure even heat distribution and baking.

* Cookies are less likely to burn if they are baked on a light-colored metal cookie sheet versus a dark metal sheet.

* For soft-baked cookies that have started to dry out, re-soften by adding a slice of apple or a piece of bread to the container where they are kept.

* When rolling out cookies, use powdered sugar instead of flour. The sugar will add sweetness and you won’t have to worry about adding too much flour.

* Experiment beyond the usual holiday gingerbread. Surprise your family this year with a premium dessert; and nothing says gourmet like premium chocolate. With more than 50 percent of American adults preferring chocolate to other flavors, these delectable surprises are sure to become a new holiday tradition.

Chocolate cookies will bring joy to not only your family, but this season they can also bring hope, strength and joy to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant wishes through a $100,000 contribution. Consumers can show their support for the Ghirardelli Make-A-Wish program by baking with Ghirardelli chocolate and visiting www.Ghirardelli.com.

Want to bake delicious chocolate cookies and give back to the community? Try this easy recipe, created by 2004 James Beard Foundation Pastry Chef of the year, Emily Luchetti.

Ghirardelli’s Wish Star Chocolate Cookie

Shortbread:

2 cups flour

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 bar (4 ounces) Ghirardelli 60 percent Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar, chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt


Dipping:

1 bag (11.5 ounces) Ghirardelli 60 percent Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

1 tablespoon butter

Melt baking bar on double boiler and set aside. Mix flour and salt together and set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add melted chocolate and vanilla. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture and mix just until blended. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.

Heat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured board, roll dough to 3/8-inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. If the dough is very soft, chill again for at least 30 minutes. Bake for seven to nine minutes. Cool completely in pan.

Melt chocolate chips with one tablespoon of butter in a double boiler. Dip cooled cookie in melted chocolate mixture and let chocolate set. Makes about one dozen cookies.

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Season Dreams Gets Unique with a New Lineup of Pre-lit Christmas Trees and Innovative Holiday Accessories

Season Dreams, one of the nation's leading online artificial Christmas tree retailers, recently announced that the company is expanding its product line to include a full array of wreaths, garlands and unique holiday accessories to parallel its complete selection of artificial trees. The product line offers something for everyone--from the holiday decorating traditionalists to the trend-setters who dare to decorate outside the box.

The expanded collection of pre-lit trees has ushered in a new array of shapes, styles and colors. One of the newest additions is the Upside-Down Pre-lit Christmas Tree. Inspired by a 12th century European tradition, this unique pre-lit tree offers a dramatic twist on an old tradition and is a perfect solution for those with less-spacious areas to decorate. Another unique addition to the product line is the Bubble Tree, which includes a trunk that holds gallons of water and sends an enchanting display of colorful bubbles through the tree.

"At Season Dreams we have always strived to stay ahead of the marketplace and meet the needs of our customers through a product mix that is unique and innovative," said Christine Thompson, Product Marketing Specialist at Season Dreams. "Our goal is to be a one-stop-shop for customers wanting to honor their long-standing holiday traditions or looking to infuse a unique sense of personal style into their d├ęcor."

About Season Dreams
Season Dreams is one of the Nation's leading online retailers of high-quality pre-lit Christmas trees and unique holiday decorations and accessories. The company is committed to offering only the highest quality products, paired with exceptional value and superior customer service. For more information and to browse the complete product line, visit www.seasondreams.com.

Calliope Designs Adds Whimsical Snowball Scene Christmas Ornaments to their Collection of Personalized Holiday Products

Calliope Designs is thrilled to be offering a new line of personalized Snowball Scene Christmas ornaments exclusively on their website, http://www.calliopedesigns.com .

Designed by Calliope's lead designer, Dorr Eddy, the originator of personalized ornaments since 1972, these clay dough three dimensional globes offer a new handmade ornament for Christmas 2007. Priced between $19.99 and $25.99, these Christmas ornaments are highly collectible and a wonderful original holiday keepsake or gift.

Calliope Designs has been a designer, manufacturer and importer of personalized holiday ornaments seen at Gump's, San Francisco to Fortunoff of Westbury in New York, as well as at many gift shops and department stores, kiosks, and websites across the United States. With original designs ranging from traditional Santa Claus motifs to Penguins, Snowmen, and Teddy Bears, these new Snowball Scene Christmas Ornaments mark an exciting new addition to their product line and the website.

"Within each Snowball Scene ornament is a special Christmas story. We offer everything from the Night Before Christmas Snowball Scene to the Holy Family Nativity Snowball Scene. You'll find Snowball Scene globes that commemorate the family our Christmas tree shopping in a festive winter sleigh, a rocking horse personalized ornament marking Baby's First Christmas, and even a Christmas Snowball Scene wedding ornament with a bride and groom for Our First Christmas," said Owner and President, Stephanie Eddy.

"We wanted to offer a truly original concept in claydough. Each style is expressly created to become a personalized ornament, and each ornament will be dated with the year to increase its collectivity," she added.

These unique Snowball Scene Christmas ornaments can also be used in various holiday displays in the home. They are designed to hang on a tree or sit on a mantle or holiday table because they have a slightly flattened base. These ornaments can be used as pieces in a lovely holiday centerpiece, as party favors sitting at each guest's table setting, or as a hostess or housewarming gift.

"We're also excited about these Snowball Scene ornaments because our wedding theme ornaments are often used as holiday wedding favors, as gifts to the bridal party, or as part of a wedding or shower centerpiece! Our goals at Calliope Designs are always to provide a wide selection of holiday ornaments to our customers and these exclusive, fabulous, and versatile Snowball Scene Christmas ornaments will be another wonderful addition to our site and catalog."

Calliope Designs has also added over 75 other new clay dough Christmas ornaments to be personalized for Christmas 2007. As well as new Penguin and Snowman groupings, there are all kinds of new themes including Irish ornaments featuring shamrocks and Celtic crosses, fresh New York ornaments, new Las Vegas ornaments and New Orleans ornaments!

About Calliope Designs
When Dorr and Stephanie Eddy began making bread dough ornaments in their kitchen in 1972 they had no idea how popular their handmade Christmas tree decorations would become. Today, after more than 35 years of distributing their Christmas tree ornaments through fine retailers and major department stores nationwide, their whimsical little clay dough ornaments are treasured by children and grownups all over the world.

Each Calliope dough and claydough ornament is an original creation designed by Dorr Eddy. The unique character of each personalized Christmas ornament adds to the style of a completely handmade product. The bright colors and high gloss coating add to the ornament's attractiveness and durability. The special techniques and the tools we have created greatly enhance our consistent quality.

Source: PRWeb

A Green Solution for Holiday Lighting

HolidayLEDs.com, an ecommerce company which specializes in light emitting diode, or LED, holiday and Christmas lighting is promoting its product as a green and cost-effective solution to holiday lighting.

Incandescent lighting has been the standard in holiday and Christmas lighting since it replaced candles over 100 years ago. However, in the last 3 years LED holiday and Christmas lighting has become increasingly available to consumers through the internet and retail stores.

Although LED technology has been around since the seventies, until recently its use was largely limited to applications in commercial instrument display panels. Recent improvements in LED technology have made LED lighting viable in other applications such as LED Christmas lights.

LED lighting is preferable to standard incandescent lighting for several reasons:

  1. Environmentally Friendly - Because LED lamps use so little energy and are longer lasting they environmentally responsible choice in Christmas or holiday lighting.
  2. Energy Efficiency - LED lamps use approximately 90% less energy than standard incandescent lights.
  3. Safety - LED lamps operate at approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit above room temperature and are safer than incandescent lights which are responsible for over 300 home fires each holiday season.
  4. Longevity - LED lamps will last for 50,000 hours or more compared to about 2,000 for standard incandescent lamps.
  5. Durability - LED lamps are more durable because they do not contain a fragile filament and are covered in hard plastic not glass like incandescent lamps.

Although LED holiday and Christmas lighting is more expensive than standard incandescent string lighting, LED lights will pay for themselves in a few seasons. A household which illuminates an average size Christmas tree with LED lights will save approximately $12 per year in electricity compared to incandescent mini lights. The savings jump to over $70 per year for those who like to use the larger C9 model lights. The cost savings can be even more significant for those Christmas lighting fanatics out there.

A 2003 report conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that the U.S. consumes about 2,220,000 KWh of electricity each year to illuminate miniature holiday lights. (*2,220,000 KWh is enough electricity to run approximately 200 homes for an entire year.) Based on these figures, the EPA report concluded that a 20% market shift to LED holiday or Christmas lights would reduce annual electricity consumption in the U.S. by 400,000KWh. These figures are especially compelling when one considers that this report only took into consideration miniature holiday lights used for a period of approximately 30 days.

HolidayLEDs’ brand of LED holiday lights are currently used on the national holiday tree in Washington, D.C., the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City, and several other high-profile displays including over half of the state capital Christmas trees.

HolidayLEDs.com offers LED holiday and Christmas lights suitable for general home use and a professional grade suitable for larger installations. Both types can be purchased online through HolidayLEDs’ website at HolidayLEDS.com.

Source: PRWeb