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Old 13-12-2009, 21:27   #31
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Christmas Trees Abroad

I thought I'd share these with cruiser that may already seen these and one's who have not.

1) The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling
evergreens in the 'Pathway of Peace' represent the 50 U.S. states.

2) The world's largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes
of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy's Umbria region.
Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire,
the 'tree' is a modern marvel for an ancient city


3) A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo's nighttime neon display is
projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

4) Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague's Old Town Square,
and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous
Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains
in the southern Czech Republic.

5) Venice 's Murano Island renowned throughout the world
for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree
in the world. Sculpted by master glass blower Simone
Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern
reflection of the holiday season.

6) Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox
calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with
festivities in anticipation of Father Frost's arrival on his magical
troika with the Snow Maiden.
He and his helper deliver gifts under
the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.

Continued on next post............
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Old 13-12-2009, 21:36   #32
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Trees abroad..........match paragraph number with photo number

7) The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall)
can be found in the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal.
Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special
enchantment of the city during the holiday season.

8) 'Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree': Even in its humblest attire,
aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany's Karwendel mountains,
a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.

9) Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris, even the Christmas trees are chic.
With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and
high fashion, it's no surprise this show-stopping department store draws
more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower

10) In addition to the Vatican's heavenly evergreen, St. Peter's Square
in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.

11) The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol
is dressed for a party. Madrid's two-week celebration makes
millionaires along with merrymakers. On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen
will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world's biggest lottery.

12) A token of gratitude for Britain's aid during World War II,
the Christmas tree in London's Trafalgar Square has been
the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.
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Last but not least....

13) Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer
Frankfurt's city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.

And a little something to brighten it all up! Goto the Holdman link below

Holdman Christmas
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I am a atheist. But I beleve that Christmas is about giving. Its a time when the young expirence a type of magic. and the rest of us try to recapture that magic.
If you want to say its about christ.. go ahead. But there are many in this world that celebrate the seaon of giving, that do not pretend its about that.

Its about giving. To your children, to each other, to your self, to your neighbor, to the crossing guard, and the teacher, the nurse and the doctor, the mail carrier and the local butcher.. what ever. Its a time to acknowledge that we all need each other, and that while there will be many times when we don't remember that, this one time we do.
So give away. And put up a tree. Decorate it with lights and balls and stuff. Put presents under, and invite your family, your friends and the neighbors to come over for some cheer. and remember that only this day will every one pretend that they all like you....

Or not.
I have to work christmas eve and christmas day... Saving lives. But I still love christmas.

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If you've ever seen a Christmas tree go up in flames you would never bring anything even remotely resembling one aboard a boat that you cared anything whatsoever about. Boats are already a fire hazard. Why bring a fire hazard aboard a fire hazard unless you're just asking for trouble?
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We made a "driftwood tree" out of different sized pieces of driftwood, drilled through the middle and stacked onto an aluminum rod.

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Just in case.......

someone forgets.............

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I made a paper envelope style advent calendar like this:

Easy DIY advent calendar: 25 small folded paper envelopes >> a peek inside the fishbowl

And then I wrapped ribbon around the grab rail over the salon table and paper clipped the envelopes to that. We also have a string of LED multicolored lights above the table because we are at a dock right now.
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Livia, Love the advent calender idea
Merry Christmas
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Very cool!...would be a fun thing for kids aboard too... make it natucal as well...1) Row the dingy to the nerboring anchord boat and knock on their hull...Merry Christmas as they give a small homemade gift...2) Offer as a family a couple hours work to someone in need....etc..etc..
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We have a wee little advent mailbox counting down to all of the holidays we celebrate aboard -- Hanukkah, Solstice, and Christmas. A little Tomten mans the mailbox and puts in a note each day with something fun to do.

And here is a link to a post about our seaworthy tree this year. I can't for the life of me figure out how to glue a photo right into here...
so a link it is for now.

Zach Aboard: The Perfect Tree
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I can't for the life of me figure out how to glue a photo right into here...
I the "REPLY" page, scroll down below to the "Attach File" and click on "Manage Attachments", select and up load the pictures off your decktop, close the attachments window and Submit Reply when your done with the message window. The pictures will show up below the message.

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Thanks. In addition to a lot of chocolates we put things in it like:

- write yourself an email in the future (futureme.org or something similar - again, we are at a dock right now but I assume anyone reading this forum has internet access!)
- listen to Christmas jazz at dinner
- re-write the 12 days of Christmas
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Here's our keel step mast christmas tree!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeynch...7622974188906/
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Looks nice, I never knew a mast could be a Christmas tree till this year lol.

(Psst.. Just between you and me I would have hidden the sailing for Dummies book lol, but hey thats just me )

Merry Christmas everyone!
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