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Each year TCW, my employer, hosts a pull-out-all-the-stops holiday party for the children (ten and under) of all employees. The Dining Staff does an amazing job dressing up our dining rooms with red, green, gold and silver holiday decor accompanied by scrumptious mini-food for kiddies, plus tons of characters from Silly the Elf and Sponge Bob to Kung Fu Panda and, well, SANTA! The entire event is at a decibel level that’s off the charts and only occurs in nature when 100 kids are in one room at the same time, loaded up with sugar and holiday cheer.
This year the pièce de résistance was this gingerbread cathedral created by our skilled pastry chef Erick Reyes. Always ready to top his own creations this grand centerpiece, along with a few typical gingerbread houses scattered around it, took him 70 hours to create using 28 sheets of gingerbread. For perspective on size, see the mechanical train near the entrance. Yep, he also incorporated two trains into the village set-up. Up until the moment the kids arrived to meet Santa he was perfecting this sugary wonderland. Needless to say children and parents alike were awed by such holiday splendor - and its delicious aroma.
Cheers to Chef Reyes and his impressive baking skills!

Each year TCW, my employer, hosts a pull-out-all-the-stops holiday party for the children (ten and under) of all employees. The Dining Staff does an amazing job dressing up our dining rooms with red, green, gold and silver holiday decor accompanied by scrumptious mini-food for kiddies, plus tons of characters from Silly the Elf and Sponge Bob to Kung Fu Panda and, well, SANTA! The entire event is at a decibel level that’s off the charts and only occurs in nature when 100 kids are in one room at the same time, loaded up with sugar and holiday cheer.

This year the pièce de résistance was this gingerbread cathedral created by our skilled pastry chef Erick Reyes. Always ready to top his own creations this grand centerpiece, along with a few typical gingerbread houses scattered around it, took him 70 hours to create using 28 sheets of gingerbread. For perspective on size, see the mechanical train near the entrance. Yep, he also incorporated two trains into the village set-up. Up until the moment the kids arrived to meet Santa he was perfecting this sugary wonderland. Needless to say children and parents alike were awed by such holiday splendor - and its delicious aroma.

Cheers to Chef Reyes and his impressive baking skills!

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T-minus eight days until Christmas! My little fake tree is all lit up and covered in ornaments. Gift shopping is nearly complete and most things have already been shipped to the real tree in DC where I’ll be opening items on Christmas Day. I’ve been eating holiday sweets and treats as a show of my dedication to the season. What more is left? To watch ELF of course! It isn’t Christmas without a screening.
What’s your favorite quote from this new holiday classic?

T-minus eight days until Christmas! My little fake tree is all lit up and covered in ornaments. Gift shopping is nearly complete and most things have already been shipped to the real tree in DC where I’ll be opening items on Christmas Day. I’ve been eating holiday sweets and treats as a show of my dedication to the season. What more is left? To watch ELF of course! It isn’t Christmas without a screening.

What’s your favorite quote from this new holiday classic?

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Today is Tuesday, December 6th. There are 19 shopping days remaining until Christmas. How is your check-list of gifts coming along? Have you even started shopping?

I certainly cannot shop for you - I can barely do that for myself, often crippled with too many ideas and too few paychecks - but I have come across some fun items online which I want to share. Perhaps they will be exactly what you were looking for, or just spark an idea which leads to a perfect gift. At they very least they’re fun things to look at for a few minutes.

   

               Paul Thomas Camera Case - $16.80 from See Jane Work

                                  

              Colored Bubbles in Pink or Blue - $6.99  from Zubbles

                                                             

             Bacon Flavored Frosting - $5 from Archie McPhee

 

              Personalized Map Booklet - $8 from Inkello Letterpress

                     

     Mini Tasty Tubs o’ Cotton Candy - $12 for 4 from Tasty Tubs

             

                          Hemergency Kit - $25 from See Jane Work

         

                Shop & Ship Stuffed Chicago-Style Pizza                                                          $ Prices Vary $ - from Edwardo’s Natural Pizza

Judd Apatow Box Set with the Freaks & Geeks Yearbook Edition and Undeclared - $99 from Shout! Factory

                   

                     Late Anyways Clock - $110 from nexxt by Linea

          

                    Love Necklace in Pink Gold - $2000 from Cartier


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