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The World’s Largest Gingerbread Town

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Pepperkakebyen - Bergen Sentrum
Photo Source: bergensentrum.no

Gingerbread houses and cookies are a fun Christmas treat that folks around the globe enjoy every holiday season. The citizens of Bergen, Norway have turned these tasty treats into an immaculate display—a gingerbread town (or Pepperkakebyen), which is a replica of the city of Bergen. Since 1991 children and adults alike participate in this annual Christmas tradition. The Pepperkakebyen is filled with all types of gingerbread structures, such as buildings, houses, cars, trains, and ships.

The Pepperkakebyen is open from November 22–December 31, 2014. To find out more information about admission and hours, view their website. You can view more photos on the city’s Facebook page or on Instagram using hashtag #bergensentrum.

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Etsy Item of the Day: Return Address Labels

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We all have several Christmas cards to send out every year, so why not add a festive return address label to your envelopes? If you’ve already sent out all your Christmas cards, go ahead and check out all the other whimsical labels from this Etsy shop. You’ll find labels, hang tags, and stickers for your holiday gifts, like baked goods, gable boxes, wine bottles, and more.
Return Address Labels

Etsy Seller: Stick ‘em up! Labels

A Paper Folding Tradition for 40+ Years

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At the American Museum of Natural History, their Origami Holiday Tree has been an annual tradition for more than 40 years. The tree is a whopping 13 feet tall and displays more than 800 origami ornaments—each one folded by hand! Origami artists from all over the world assist in making the plethora of paper models for the tree. The theme for this year’s tree is Origami Night at the Museum, inspired by the film Night at the Museum.

The 2014 Origami Holiday Tree will be on display from November 24, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

Here are some images from 2013’s holiday tree. The theme for 2013 was Wicked, Wild and Wonderful and was inspired by The Power of Poison exhibit at the museum.

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

For more information, please visit the American Museum of Natural History website, or contact them at:

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

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Etsy Item of the Day: Handmade Salt & Pepper Shakers

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I would love to have a beautiful set of salt and pepper shakers, such as this handmade set. I like the icy blue tones, the varying depths of color, and how the branches’ tips look like snow has just fallen. These sculptural evergreens stand 4.5" tall and come with a matching tray. They are so pretty that your dinner guests may mistake them for decorations! ;)
Handmade Salt & Pepper Shakers

Etsy Seller: Blue Sky Pottery

Sharing Happiness and Instilling Hope with Toys

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The holiday season is upon us, and while many of us are purchasing gifts for our friends and family, we can also spread the joy of Christmas to those who are experiencing hard times by donating presents, time, or resources to a charity. Today we highlight one particular charity that focuses on helping children.

Founded by Marines, Toys for Tots is a program that collects and distributes new toys to children who are less fortunate in local communities. Toys for Tots’ mission is to spread joy and instill hope in kids—through the gift of a new toy—thereby enabling them to become responsible and productive citizens.

How can you get involved?

Simply buy a new toy (or more!) and place it unwrapped in your nearest collection box. To find a toy drop in your area, you can use the toy drop locator. You can also take your toy(s) to one of these national drop-off sites: Toys R Us, Babies R Us, or A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts.

Toy collections run until mid to late December, but deadlines vary for each toy drop location. Be sure to check the date for the location nearest you.

2014 Drop-off Deadlines:

  • Babies R Us – December 7th
  • Toys R Us – December 7th
  • A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts – December 15th
  • Other local drop-offs – Contact your local Toys for Tots campaign.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can do so online at the Toys for Tots website.

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