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Ring in the Holidays with the Singing Christmas Tree

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Last year I discovered the Singing Christmas Tree in Portland, Oregon, but at that time I didn’t realize what a global tradition it is! Every year folks all around the world are performing holiday shows that include a singing Christmas tree. I’m amazed at all the talented people who build the sets and the many others who sing, dance, and play instruments. Below are a few hand-picked shows that you can enjoy across North America.

Augusta, GA

Singing Christmas Tree - Augusta, GA
If you live near Augusta, GA, clear your schedule next weekend, because the Singing Christmas Tree at Abilene Baptist Church is performing for just 3 days. With a full orchestra, an original drama sequence, and over 85 singers, you won’t want to miss it! To get a taste of what you’ll see, check out this clip from last year’s show.

Abilene Baptist Church
3917 Washington Road
Martinez, GA 30907

December 9–11
Admission: Free! But make sure you get your tickets in advance from the main church office.

Charlotte, NC

Singing Christmas Tree - Charlotte, NC
For the 62nd year in a row, the Singing Christmas Tree in Charlotte, NC is entertaining audiences. This event will include a variety of talent such as puppetry, dance, and—of course—music! In addition to the regular performances, the Singing Christmas Tree is also putting on 2 abbreviated shows for kids. So whether young or old, everyone will be filled with joyful spirit.

Knight Theater
430 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

December 10–11
Admission: $13–39 (Click here to purchase.)

Jackson, MS


The Singing Christmas Tree in Jackson, MS boasts as being the longest running singing tree in America! The first performance at Belhaven University was held in 1933, which makes this year the tree’s 84th anniversary.

Belhaven University Bowl Stadium
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS 39202

December 2–3
Admission: Free!

Muskegon, MI (Grand Rapids Metro Area)

Singing Christmas Tree - Muskegon, MI
If you want to see the tallest Singing Christmas Tree in America, then you need to visit Muskegon, MI. This gigantic tree stands a towering 67 feet tall! It can hold 240 singers and is decorated with 25,000 lights. Unfortunately this performance is completely sold out for this year, but mark your calendars for next year so you can get your tickets early. In the meantime, enjoy this video from a previous year that includes footage of the tree being built.

Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
425 W. Western Avenue #200
Muskegon, MI 49440

December 1–3
Admission: $15

Portland, OR

Singing Christmas Tree - Portland, OR
Folks in the Pacific Northwest can kick off the Christmas season at a performance of Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree. This musical production will delight audiences with two hours of traditional and contemporary music. A live orchestra, 350+ singers, dancers, and actors bring the spirit of Christmas to life!

Keller Auditorium
222 SW Clay Street
Portland, OR 97201

December 1–4
Admission: $20–48 (Click here to purchase.)

Sacramento, CA

Singing Christmas Tree - Sacramento, CA
For 60 years, the Singing Christmas Tree has been performing in Sacramento, and this year they are going all out to celebrate their anniversary. In addition to the choir, there will also be a 40-piece orchestra, dancers, actors, and soloists.

Capital Christian Center
9470 Micron Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95827

December 2–11
Admission: $5–25 (Click here to purchase.)

Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver Singing Christmas Tree is such a beloved Christmas tradition that all their tickets are sold out. But if you haven’t already secured a ticket, don’t fret because you can still try to grab a seat. Get there early and wait in the “non-ticket holders” line. Thirty minutes before each show, they’ll start letting folks in until the auditorium is full. To get updates, follow their Facebook page.

Broadway Church
2700 East Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia

December 2–11
Admission: Free!

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Etsy Item of the Day: Himmeli Christmas Tree Topper

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Earlier this year, I learned how to make a himmeli mobile using cocktail straws and thread. Since my discovery of this traditional Finnish decoration, I now see himmelis everywhere! It is most common to see a himmeli in the form of a mobile, so you can imagine my surprise and delight when I found this himmeli Christmas tree topper! Made with copper pipe and copper wire, this tree topper has a very modern and minimalist feel to it. If you’re really loving this tree topper, you might also be interested in a matching himmeli wreath.
Himmeli Christmas Tree Topper

Etsy Seller: Morrison Makers

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

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As I mentioned earlier today, one of my favorite things about Christmas is the lights! Cities and communities all over the world are decorating their towns with holiday decorations and are kicking off the season with a tree lighting ceremony. In many places, you can expect a variety of fun festivities in addition to a grand evergreen, such as Christmas carols or live reindeer. Grab your hats and mittens and take your family to a tree lighting near you!

Austin, TX

Christmas Tree Lighting - Austin, TX
Photo credit: Downtown Austin Alliance

Make your plans to head into downtown Austin this Saturday, December 3rd, to participate in the Holiday Stroll. You’ll want to get there early because there’s much fun to be had! Shop the farmer’s market for holiday gifts at 5pm, then lift your voice and join the holiday sing-a-long at 6pm. Just as you’re getting warmed up, you can see the tree light up at 7!

Dublin, OH (Columbus Area)

The tree in Historic Dublin will be lit tonight! Brace yourself for an enjoyable evening, as kids can see live reindeer and visit with Santa, plus adults will enjoy watching artisans carve an ice sculpture. If that wasn’t enough to entice you, perhaps the free hot chocolate will—yum!

Geneva, IL (Chicago Area)

Christmas Tree Lighting - Geneva, IL
On Friday, December 2nd (tomorrow!) the jolly folks in Geneva, IL are putting on a spectacular holiday celebration. Santa Lucia’s arrival kicks off the festivities at 6pm, followed by Santa Claus himself who will light the tree. Stick around and roast some chestnuts, enjoy music from strolling carolers, or go for a carriage ride with your sweetie.

LEGOLAND California – Carlsbad, CA

Christmas Tree Lighting - LEGOLAND California
LEGO™ lovers in California will want to visit the LEGOLAND resort to see the giant Christmas tree made from thousands and thousands of bricks! Positioned near the entrance to the park, stop by to see this big tree come to life with twinkling lights every day from now until Christmas Day.

Marana, AZ (Tucson Area)

For those of you in the the metro Tucson area, hop in the car and take a short drive over to Marana for their tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 3rd. Fun for the whole family, the celebration starts at 3pm with performances by a youth choir, dance troupe, and more. Then at 6:30pm, the much anticipated Christmas light show will begin!

Mt. Pleasant, SC (Charleston Area)

Christmas Tree Lighting - Mt. Pleasant, SC
For 21 years, the folks in Mt. Pleasant, SC have been celebrating Christmas with an annual holiday parade. This year the festivities begin on December 11th at 5:30pm when the town’s Christmas tree will be lit. The tree lighting will be followed by a display of fireworks, and then the holiday parade will proceed through the streets. Want to find a good spectator spot? Click here to find out where exactly the parade will travel.

Philadelphia, PA

Christmas Tree Lighting - Philadelphia, PA
Roasted chestnuts, hot cocoa, and Christmas carols are just some of the fun things you’ll enjoy at this tree lighting ceremony. Rittenhouse Square is home to Philadelphia’s largest Christmas tree, so when the 5,000+ lights start glowing, it’s truly a sight to behold. Clear your schedule, because these festivities are tonight, December 1st!

Trafalgar Square – London

Christmas Tree Lighting - Trafalgar Square
In keeping with tradition, the grand evergreen in Trafalgar Square hails from Norway. Tonight, the Christmas tree will be lit at 6pm by a few folks, including the Norwegian Ambassador. If you miss this evenings’s festivities, you can mark your calendar for the Blessing of the Crib on December 4th or Carol Singing on the Square throughout the month.

Free Wallpaper: Welcome, December!

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It’s December—yay! With only 24 days until Christmas, we are eagerly anticipating the big day and are rather busy up here at the North Pole. One of our favorite things about this time of year are all of the pretty, twinkling lights on Christmas trees and houses. Here’s a cozy digital wallpaper for your screen, so you can enjoy the sight of colorful lights all month long! Click the buttons below to download.

To download the free wallpaper, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

Enjoy this cheery Christmas wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Ending Poverty with Feed The Children

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Feed The Children Let’s stop for a moment and think what it would be like to live without food. Not only would we feel hungry, but it would be difficult to focus at work or school. For children, the effects of hunger are more far-reaching as it stunts their growth and development. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America face hunger? And that statistic worldwide is 1 in 4! Feed The Children is on a mission to make sure all children are fed.

Poverty is the biggest reason for hunger, and in addition to providing food, Feed The Children aims to end the cycle of poverty. They have programs in the U.S. and around the world that provide education, living essentials, and disaster relief programs.

With donations from folks like you, Feed The Children boxes up food and essential supplies and distributes the boxes to families in need. Food provides nourishment for children’s growing bodies, and things as basic as soap and toothbrushes allow children to go to school clean and confident. When children and families have their basic needs met, they then have the strength, health, and opportunity to be successful!

Wondering how you can help? There are several ways you can get involved with this organization.

Give a Gift in Someone’s Honor

A great way to make a charitable donation and give your family a gift is to buy a present in their honor. To do so, browse Feed The Children’s gift catalog. When you purchase a gift, the item goes to a person in need, and the honorary recipient gets the pleasure of helping someone. Some gift ideas include sending school supplies to a child, providing medicine for 500 children, or supplying a family with chickens that will provide eggs for food and income. If you’re having a hard time choosing a gift, you can always give a gift where it is most needed. Simply click here, and scroll to the bottom of the page until you see the pink stripe that says, “Give a gift to help where needed most…”

Feed The Children

When you give a gift in someone’s honor, you’ll want to give the honorary recipient something, so take advantage of the printable holiday cards Feed The Children has to offer. There are six different holiday cards that are available for you to download for free and print at home. (Click here to view, download, and print.)

Feed the Children Holiday Cards

Volunteer

Whether you live in the U.S. or not, there are several different ways to volunteer. Just a few examples include helping prep and pack boxes in a distribution center or greeting families and passing out boxes at food distribution event. To learn more about volunteering within the U.S., click here.

If you enjoy traveling and want to volunteer on the global front, then you might be interested in volunteering at one of Feed The Children’s offices worldwide. This volunteer experience can last 1–2 weeks, and you’ll be helping Feed The Children’s employees strengthen their communities. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, click here.

Feed The Children

Simply Donate

You can also make a tax-deductible donation to support Feed The Children.

Feed The Children

Etsy Item of the Day: Gold Magnolia Leaf Wreath

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A lot of silver and gold holiday items have been catching my eye this holiday season, so it’s no wonder why I stopped in my tracks when I saw this lovely gold magnolia leaf wreath. This stunning wreath is handmade in Charlotte, NC, where the maker collects and preserves the leaves prior to painting them. Amazing, right? I love crafting and making things by hand, but this is a whole other level of awesome!
Holiday Gold Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Etsy Seller: The Decor Room

Sugary Sweet Cyber Monday Deals

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Everyone knows that an elf’s four food groups are candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. To some people that may sound like a sugar overdose, but to us elves, that sounds wonderful. This Cyber Monday, your sweet tooth is getting an upgrade because these fancy sweets are on sale today! Stock up and get some goodies to give as hostess gifts, family gifts, or stocking stuffers.

Cyber Monday 2016 Deals on Luxury Candies and Sweets
  1. The top-notch sweets at Sugarfina are candies at their finest. This holiday bento box comes with 8 different candies, including candy cane caramels, mini gingerbread men, pumpkin pie caramels, and champagne bubbles. And when you spend $75 today, you’ll receive a Cheers 3pc Bento Box with code HOLIDAYCHEERS. Valid 11/28 only.

  2. Make everyone happy with this 6-piece box of Godiva chocolates.icon Drop a box in everyone’s stocking or give one to each of your (favorite) coworkers. Get an extra 20% off with code CYBER. Valid 11/27–11/30.

  3. A classic holiday confection that everyone will enjoy is peppermint barkicon, especially this snowflake-shaped bark from Stonewall Kitchen. For more tasty treats, shop the daily deals at StonewallKitchen.com today and every day from now until Christmas!

  4. Oh my goodness… One bite of this decadent dark chocolate peppermint brownie Belgium chocolate bar will make anyone happy and wanting more. Get this bar and save 25% off your order at DylansCandyBar.com! Use code STOCKINGSTUFFER. Valid 11/28 only.

  5. Know someone who loves sweet and salty crunchy munchies? Give them these gourmet chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows.icon Also available at DylansCandyBar.com, so you can get this scrumptious box of goodies for 25% off with code STOCKINGSTUFFER. Valid 11/28 only.

  6. This 16-piece box of limited edition Godiva trufflesicon comes in a lovely holiday gift box, finished with a bright red bow. This box contains the perfect amount of sweets for couples, and if you want a bigger box for a family treat, get a 32-piece box.icon No matter what you decide, you can get an extra 20% off at Macys.com with code CYBER. Valid 11/27–11/30.

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Etsy Item of the Day: Merino Wool Baby Elf Booties

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I love, love, LOVE felted elf booties—they make my heart leap with joy whenever I find a beautiful pair. These little baby booties are absolutely perfect for anyone who is welcoming (or has recently welcomed) a new addition to their family. Use them in a holiday photo shoot or add them to baby’s Christmas outfit.
Felt Merino Wool Baby Elf Booties

Etsy Seller: Owly Boutique

Etsy Item of the Day: Fox Gloves

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Do you know someone who has an affinity for foxes? I’m sure they’ll be quite pleased to receive a pair of these fox gloves for Christmas. Half of the design is hand-sewn onto each glove, so whenever the recipient cups their hands together, they’ll see the fox’s face. :) Not only are these gloves adorable, but they’re practical, too. The gloves themselves are a wool blend, so they’ll keep hands cozy on chilly days! (Note: This Etsy seller ships express, so you’re sure to get the gloves by Christmas.)
Fox Gloves by talkingloves on Etsy

Etsy Seller: talkingloves
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