Every December the White House decks the halls in holiday glory. Among the glitz and glitter, a gingerbread house has stood front and center since the Nixon administration. This year’s model used 250 pounds of gingerbread dough, 150 pounds of dark chocolate, 25 pounds of gum paste, 25 pounds of pulled and sculpted sugar, and 25 pounds of icing. That’s a house any gingerbread president would be proud to call home!
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Ugly holiday sweaters are getting uglier. And bringing more joy to the season than ever. Don we now our ugly apparel, fa la la, la la la, la la la!
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George from Portland, OR writes:
I have a new holiday story to tell. It’s Rude-olph, the Rudest Reindeer. Forget about Rudolph. Rude-olph could chew him up for breakfast and spit him out at lunch. He’ll tell you you’re really smart…on Opposites Day. P.S. It’s only ten dollars. How many can I put you down for?
Hey, George! The holidays are not a time for disrespect and bad manners. And charging ten dollars for this story is nine dollars too many. All I can say is that I hope Rude-olph learns to overcome his rudeness and is able to join in the festivities in a considerate and neighborly manner.
Let all light shine forth with peace and love during the Festival of Lights this holiday season.
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By now, most trees have dropped their colorful autumn foliage, but few have done it as beautifully as this 1,400-year-old Gingko tree in China’s Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple. Believed to have been planted during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), this tree is now big enough to rule the fall with a deluge of brilliant gold.
Show-offs can be a drag, but this magnificent tree is a shining exception. Let’s hope it tries to top itself next year!
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Hug a piece of pie today!
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Demilked.com has posted some wonderful new hybrid creatures born of the wonders of Photoshop. There may never be an opportunity to sight these animals in the Wild, but it’s best to know their names, just in case.
Behold the Butterphant!
And the Koaowl!
And the Orangupanda!
For further education on a few more important (and imaginary) species, refer to Demilked.
Every year on November 1st, the people of Sumpango, Guatemala celebrate the Day of the Dead with an All Saints Day Kite Festival.
But not with ordinary kites.
With HUGE, GIGANTIC, ENORMOUS ones made of rice, bamboo, and woven textiles, measuring up to SEVENTY FEET in diameter!
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Most of the kites display messages regarding caring for the environment and women’s rights, and attached to the tails are messages to departed loved ones. It takes more than 20 people to propel each one into the sky.
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Sumpango’s All Saints Day Kite Festival is a tradition that can be traced back to ancient Mayan culture. Kite-flying has been a joy for centuries!
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