Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread

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‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.”

ApartmentTherapy.com has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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SANTA AND FRIENDS PARADE

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The annual emergency services Santa and Friend’s Parade will be Saturday, December 16. The Fire Department and First Aid Squad sponsor this annual event as Santa Claus and friend’s parade around town to music with all of the equipment outfitted with holiday lights. The volunteers do their best to bring the holidays to your neighborhood by decorating all of the equipment with Santa and friends handing out candy canes to all.

The parade will stop at the following locations and times: NEW TIMES & ADDITIONAL STOP 5:15 p.m. – Community Center, 5:35 p.m. – Colony Clubhouse, 5:50 p.m. – Undercliff Avenue and Sterling Place, 6:10 p.m. – Undercliff Avenue and Hudson Avenue, 6:30 p.m. – Undercliff Avenue and Hilliard Avenue, 6:45 p.m. – Holy Rosary Church, 7:00 p.m. – EVG School, 7:30 p.m. Edgewater Harbor Main Street, 7:50 p.m. – City Place Mall, 8:15 p.m. – Independence Harbor, 8:30 p.m. – Edgewater Commons Mall.

Low-Stress Holidays: The Art of the Gift Basket

2017-12-01_13-04-42via ApartmentTherapy.com – Growing up, I remember the time leading up to Christmas being weeks that my mother had the makings of her annual gift baskets strewn throughout our infrequently used formal dining room. Baskets or buckets, Carrs crackers, pepper jellies, candied pecans were a few of the items. Oh, and rolls and rolls of cellophane and ribbon. Our dining room became her own little elf workshop where she carefully put together anywhere from 10-50 gifts for the people in her life – co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and distant relatives who might unexpectedly drop by for a holiday visit.

While I personally couldn’t stand the look of cellophane and curled ribbons (I know, what 10-year-old isn’t into curled ribbons?), I did appreciate the attention she put into making the perfect gift basket. It is, in fact, an art.

If you’ve turned your nose up at gift baskets in the past, I’m with you. They can be tacky, impersonal, and sometimes just full of, how shall I say, crap. But knowing how much time and effort my mother put into creating the perfect assortment, it might just be the way to go this holiday season – especially if you’re gifting to the masses.

Follow these simple guidelines for the best gift basket:

  1. Pick a theme. Having a game plan helps guide you in all your purchases. Think themes like A Cozy Night At Home, Family Game Night, Gifts for Hosting, or End-of-Semester Teacher Survival Kit to get you on the right track.
  2. Start with a good container. Pick something that can easily be reused or repurposed. And by all means, don’t just go for a brown basket! (See our favorite picks below.)

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Nutcraker Ballet at Bergen PAC

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Nothing says “holiday magic” better than the classic Nutcracker. New Jersey Ballet has been bringing this production to families for more decades. The troupe of professional dancers have all studied in the world’s finest academies and toured on every continent. Audiences will be delighted when the theater lights go down and the magical toys come alive on stage.

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Thanksgiving Decorating, Tablescape and Centerpiece Tips and Ideas

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via Food & Wine –  We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.

Fresh Linens

Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.

Mismatch Your Tableware

Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.

Use Candles

Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.

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Light up your Holidays

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After spending over 60 hours researching Christmas lights, interviewing experts, and testing 20 strands of lights side by side, we’ve found that GE’s Energy Smart Colorite LED Miniature Lights (available in multicolor strands of 50 bulbs or 100 bulbs and in warm white strands of 50 bulbs or 100 bulbs) are the best all-around indoor Christmas lights. This is the third year we’ve named these GE lights as our pick, and we can’t find any lights that match their color quality and their ready availability at Home Depot.

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