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Family-Friendly Animated Holiday Film HOLY NIGHT! Available Free on YouTube!

Holy Night Movie Poster

If you’re the parent of small children and are looking for a fresh and fun Christmas film to watch with them, you might want to check out HOLY NIGHT! A family-friendly adventure film appropriate for children of all ages, HOLY NIGHT! takes place on Christmas Eve. Two toy worlds live together in the living room of a house. Two traditions confronted. On one side, the Christmas tree, home of Santa Claus and his elves. On the other, the Nativity Scene with the Three Wise Men and the rest of its inhabitants.

Holy Night Still 2

When everyone is ready to celebrate a quiet Christmas the alarm goes off: somebody has stolen Santa’s sleigh and Baby Jesus has been kidnapped! Follow our heroes, Sam and Sarah, in an incredible adventure to save the most magical night of the year! Sounds like fun, right?

Watch it now for Free at This Link!

Holy Night Still

Disco Ball Christmas Tree

Mirror Ball Christmas Tree
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I went all the way down town on a mission to investigate the Museum of Feelings, which turned out to be a bust, because the line was (realistic estimate) 90 minutes to 2 hours long. And we are about waiting in lines no. So, while we were down there (because Battery Park City is a fucking haul from our respective residences), we decided to just see what kinds of cool snaps we could take. Because Geoffrey is obsessed with the Instagram, and I know that I can always score a few blog hits with a fun photo.

And what we saw as soon as we walked into the Brookfield Place mall, which is what you have to walk through to get to the Museum of Feelings, was this awesome Christmas Tree studded with Disco Ball Ornaments. Super Groovy.

Mirrorball Ornaments 1

As you can see, the ornaments are  mix of the classic mirror disco ball variety, and red or green mirrored mosaic designs. Festive!

Mirrorball Ornaments 2

Very nice!

Disco Ball Tree

As we walked through the mall towards the water, we entered the famous Winter Garden, (which was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, but as since been beautifully restored) and that is where the full-on Disco Ball Christmas Trees were hiding.

Mirrorball Ornaments 3

If you end up in that part of town for whatever reason during the Christmas Holidays, take some time to walk around and enjoy all of the decorations, because it is really beautiful down there.

Winter Garden
Winter Garden Atrium as Seen from the Water

Take the “Which Christmas Movie Character Are You?” Quiz!

Christmas Movie Quiz
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Christmas is only 3 weeks away! Twinkling fairy lights are going up everywhere, festive music is playing, ice rinks are heaving and Starbucks are already on it with the Christmasy drink (Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Gingerbread Latte. Barf).

But when it comes to festive celebrations, are you more Buddy the Elf or Scrooge? To find out, take our “Which Christmas Movie Character Are You?” quiz and see which of our favorite famous Christmas icons matches your personality.

You can find the quiz at This Link! (If you leave a comment, I promise to tell you which one I got!)

Thanks to Morph Suits for the tip!

Christmas Things That Are Merry and Bright: Midtown, Manhattan

Radio City Tree and Marquee
Radio City Music Hall (All Photos By Gail)

On the Saturday that fell over the Thanksgiving long weekend, Geoffrey and I had the bright idea that it would be a fine time to visit  the Museum of Modern Art. By 2 or 3 in the afternoon, we felt sure that the crowds would have thinned out and we could just slip through the line and see some rad art. HAHA, how funny to have thought that, as we quickly discovered that the place was ridiculously mobbed and the lines were so endlessly long, that we had no choice but to bail on the idea of seeing any art that day. However, we decided to at least “take advantage” of the fact that we were actually in midtown, and perhaps do some window shopping and a bit of sightseeing.

Salvatore Ferragamo Building Front
Salvatore Ferragamo Store Front, Fifth Avenue

You may know that in a recent post that I admonished anyone who wants to maintain their sanity against even trying to be in the vicinity of midtown Manhattan during the Christmas season, because it will make you hate your life. But what made the trip worthwhile was getting to see all of the fantastic Christmas holiday decorations that make for some terrific photographs.

The photos in this post were all taken between Radio City, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and 5oth Street, on Fifth Avenue just a few blocks downtown, and then west through the 40s towards Times Square. I didn’t always take note of an exact addresses, but if you walk around that general area, you should be able to spot most of these. Because, they are kind of big and, well, lit up.

Uniqlo Store Windows

Uniqlo clothing store, window displays. 53rd St. on the Southwest Corner of 5th Ave.

Uniqlo Store Windows

Uniqlo Display

This is what the Window Displays looks like from inside the store.

Chase Plaza Red Christmas Balls

These oversized Red Christmas Balls are an annual fixture in the fountain at Chase Plaza, 1251 Avenue of the Americas.

Chase Plaza Red Christmas Balls

Night had not quite fallen, so I’m not sure if they are illuminated in the darkness, but I would guess that perhaps they are.

Reindeer and Red Trees

I really love these reindeer sculptures, and the bare trees wrapped in tiny red lights. I believe this is just down the street from Chase Plaza, but don’t hold me to that.

Reindeer and Red Trees

Giant String of Christmas Lights

This colorful String of Over-Sized Christmas Lights is in front of the McGraw-Hill Building, Located at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.

Giant String of Christmas Lights
Giant String of Christmas Lights

Tree of Lights

I am pretty sure this Holiday Tree of Golden Lights is inside a building that’s just one block further downtown than the Giant String of Christmas Lights. I love the fact that I captured a man working on this display.

Silver Christmas Balls

These assorted sized Silver Balls were inside a  clothing store  window. I didn’t  notice  which one.

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These Giant Christmas Balls sitting atop a pair of revolving doors were possibly on W. 49th St. as we walked towards Times Square.

I hope you enjoyed my photos! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Pink Thing of The Day: Candy Cane Cooler Holiday Cocktail

Candycane Cooler

NoMa Social is bringing in the holiday season with a Candy Cane Cooler that just screams Christmas spirit! Not only does this concoction look wildly festive, but it decks the halls of your taste buds as well. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:
• 1 tbs crushed soft peppermint candy
• 1½ fl oz vodka
• Splash of white creme de menthe
• ¼ fl oz brandy
• ½ fl oz half-and-half
• Crushed ice
• Peppermint stick for garnish
• Mint sprig for garnish

Directions:

Combine the vodka and crushed peppermint. Stir to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and garnish.

Christmas Gift Idea: Hello Kitty Quilted iPad Case

Hello Kitty Quilted iPad Case
Keep Your iPad Warm This Winter

Hello Kitty Quilted iPad Case Features:

  • Luxurious quilted iPad case featuring Hello Kitty
  • Fits all versions of iPad – the original, iPad 2 and the new iPad 3
  • Also works for other tablets and eReaders
  • Padded case for superior protection
  • Soft fleece interior
  • Embroidered details
  • Zipper pulls with Hello Kitty details
  • Easy to clean surface
  • Comes complete with gift box
  • Size: 10-1/4″ x 8″ x 1″

Buy Now for only $49.95 at This Link!

Hello Kitty Quilted iPad Case Back

Pepperidge Farm and Swanson Present Holidays in July!

Product Display
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

The idea of Christmas in July has always been exciting to me, because I love the Holiday season, but I also love Summer. So it was extremely fun to be invited to a lovely Holiday-Themed Dinner Party thrown by Swanson and Pepperidge Farm that not only featured delicious foods but also easy cooking tips and beautiful home decorating ideas. Win win win!

Holidays in July Signage

Of course, the point of the Holidays in July Campaign is not rush the coming of the season but to point out that it is never too early to start planning!

Holiday Tree

Swanson and Pepperidge Farm (which are both owned by Campbell Soup Company, a fact I did not previously know) had the event space decorated beautifully complete with seasonally appropriate touches including a Tree, Wreaths and Wrapped Presents — very festive!

Cheese Table

Before dinner was served, we all enjoyed a spread of delicious snacks, including this insane Brie En Croute made with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.

Brie En Croute

Look at this gorgeous thing. Just look at it.

Bar

Pre-dinner cocktails included a signature drink, the Gingerbread Martini, topped with a Pepperidge Farm Gingerman Cookie! You would not believe how delicious and refreshing this cocktail was.

Gingerbread Man Cocktail

Plus, cute.

Table Setting

Nothing gets your guests excited for a delicious holiday meal quite like a beautifully set table. Mixing Christmas ornaments in with fresh flower arrangements really brings the seasonal atmosphere into your home.

Gingerbread House

And look, somebody made a Gingerbread Cookie House from a variety of Pepperidge Farm Cookies!

Floral Centerpiece

Here’s what was on the evening’s menu:

Roast Whole Turkey

Sliced Turkey on Platter

Herb Roasted Turkey and Pan Gravy with Swanson Chicken Stock.

Shortribs

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Swanson Beef Stock.

Two Kinds of Potatoes

Here’s a fun presentation suggestion: serve two different kinds of potatoes side by side in the same dish! Above, you’ll see a Sweet Potato and Parsnip Puree nestled alongside ultra creamy traditional Mashed Potatoes. All vegetables were cooked in Swanson Chicken Broth instead of water, which simply enhances the flavor of the food without imparting a chicken taste to the finished dish. This is a tip I am definitely going to put into practice, because the results are outstanding.

Macaroni and Cheese with Crushed Goldfish

Check out this rich Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese topped with crushed Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers. Kids (and Adults) will flip over this!

Three Kinds of Stuffing

Three varieties of stuffing included (Left to Right):

Caramelized Onion with Pancetta and Rosemary Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing and Swanson Chicken Broth.

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing.

Baked Apple Cranberry Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Unseasoned Stuffing and Swanson Chicken Broth. (My Favorite).

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing.

There was also an assortment of Pepperidge Farm Bake at Home Breads and Stone Baked Artisan Breads.

Puff Pastry Sheets

After a huge feast like the one I’ve just talked about, everyone needed a bit of a rest before dessert. Everyone was invited into the kitchen to watch one of Pepperidge Farm’s in-house chefs demonstrate how easy it is to make desserts with the brand’s best-selling Puff Pastry!

Chef Making Pastry

Puff Pastry with Fruit

Puff Pastries topped with Fresh Fruit.

Puff Pastries with Nutella and Hazelnuts

Puff Pastries filled with Nutella and topped with Hazelnuts.

Bananas Foster Pudding with Chessmen

And last but not least, Bananas Foster Pudding topped with a layer of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies! Delish!

Get recipes mentioned in this post and more by downloading Pepperidge Farm’s Holiday Recipe Booklet at This Link! Happy Holidays!

Dinner Menu