Archive for December, 2012

HOLIDAY FIND:

The luxury Christmas Hampers from Harrods of Knightsbridge.

GIFT WE WANT:

The greatest invention of all time: the Down Mitten Covered Ice Scraper from Eddie Bauer.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Support Macy’s Believe campaign in support of Make A Wish.

I love polar bears.  There I said it.  With the Christmas season – and the start of winter – polar bears have made their way into my holiday decorating over the years.  My love of Coca-Cola memorabilia, especially Christmas-themed, contributed heavily to the polar bear count in recent years. 

However, my favorite polar bear decoration is this mid-century vintage ceramic set that is the first decoration out of the box and on my shelves every year:

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These little guys, complete with cave, go back as far as I remember.  My mother had them on 365 display for a long time before putting them into the Christmas decoration rotation. I always loved them and made sure everyone knew it.

Then one year a few years back, they disappeared, and when I asked my mom, she said that she couldn’t find them.  Then on Christmas morning, I opened one of the many gifts from “Santa” and lo and behold there were the two little polar bears and their cave.  A very special gift indeed.

Meanwhile, on my trip to Orlando last month, I spotted this little guy – part of a bronze polar bear statue outside of SeaWorld’s Artic exhibit.

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HOLIDAY FIND:

The Snowman Stripe Vintage-Inspired Child’s Apron from Sur La Table.

GIFT WE WANT:

A portable scanner with wifi from Doxie.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Help change the world, one smile at a time, but donating to Smile Train.

HOLIDAY FIND:

The great smelling scented ornaments of Scentsicles.

GIFT WE WANT:

A lifesized Polar Bear from Ditz Designs.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Find volunteer opportunities in your community through Volunteer Match.

HOLIDAY FIND:

The Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookie recipe from McCormick Spices.

GIFT WE WANT:

These Road Trip Appetizer Plates from Crate & Barrel.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Help end cancer by joining the ranks of Stand Up to Cancer.

HOLIDAY FIND:

Warm Up with a Cup of Starbucks® Christmas Blend

GIFT WE WANT:

Tickets to see The Book of Mormon (again) on Broadway.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Help animals that can’t help themselves -support the Humane Society.

HOLIDAY FIND:

Another way to save a turkey (see yesterday’s post) order a Whole Smoked Goose from Schiltz Foods.

GIFT WE WANT:

The awesome MicroSoft Surface tablet.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Protect our heritage for future generations – support the Smithsonian Institution.

HOLIDAY FIND:

The collection of traditional Christmas Crackers from Marks & Spencer.

GIFT WE WANT:

A Breitling watch.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

It’s too late for Thanksgiving but you can spare the life of a Christmas turkey by adopting a turkey at Adopt-a-Turkey.org.

HOLIDAY FIND:

The wonderful Holiday Collection of R. Nichols.

GIFT WE WANT:

A new Fiat.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Give back to American Disabled Veterans by supporting the D.A.V.

As you may know, I made a quick vist to Orlando in November to check in on Mickey and his mates.  I was struck by how quickly the theme park machine had moved from Halloween to Christmas over night.

I was not ready to hear nonstop Christmas music in the first week of November, but as we draw closer to the big day, it doesn’t seem all that long ago,

Anyway, I love this Christmas-themed Mickey I spotted on a t-shit on my recent visit…

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