Soaring at 90 feet from the top of the star to the bottom, this magical Christmas tree is New England’s largest. It was definitely worth battling the cold and the crowd last night at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. Over 350,000 LED lights were used during the light show spectacular and lighting of the tree. As music played, the lights on the tree danced and “Blinked” changing colors. Going to the show, I see why the show is titled “Blink”. It reminds me of the lighting of the tree in Whoville in the Grinch Who Stole Christmas as the crowd counted down for Mayor Menino to pull the lever. Artificial snow was then blown on the crowd to add to the Christmas magic of the evening. If you are in Boston this holiday season, you must stop by Faneuil Hall and see this spectacular Christmas tree, which will be lit through January 5, 2014.
With Thanksgiving less then two weeks away, I am sure many of your are bustling and trying to make the holiday less stressful. Here are a few easy tips to help keep you sane through and after the big festivities.
- Don’t forget to defrost the turkey well in advance. This may sound silly, but even the best of us have forgotten to do this until the night before!
- Don’t forget to remove the insides of the turkey. I would share the full story, but my sister would kill me!
- Buy extra to-go containers for sending leftovers home with your guests.
- Create some extra countertop workspace in the kitchen. You will need plenty of surface area for large platters and prepping.
- Buy plenty of wine! for treating yourself to a glass while cooking and doing last-minute household tasks and decorating.
- Take lots of photos! Sometimes we get so caught up we forget these little but important things.
- Have everyone write on a card one thing they are thankful for and read it before or after dinner.
- Make a small party favor to send home with your guest. This will allow your guest to remember what a fabulous time they had. You can place favors on a tray or in a basket by the door.
- Light the path or porch with luminaries leading up to the door.
- Buy plenty of wine! for relaxing after in the quiet after your guests have gone home. Recall with gratitude all the good moments from the day’s celebration.