20 Dec

Something That Will Light Up Your Holiday!

I don’t know if you’ve put up your Christmas Tree yet, or even if you bother to have one. What I do know is that it’s a Special time of Year and a chance to share the gift of giving.

I’d like to share a couple of Christmas traditions with you this holiday season.  The first is a link to the BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY I’ve seen accompanied by the music from “Amazing Grace”.

You can view the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnk0KjWxgMA

And if you need some inspiration for a Christmas Tree I Hope you enjoy the pictures of some of the most outstanding Christmas Trees around the world.

In Holland a xmas tree made out of plastic bottles in the city of Haifa, Israel. Because of a xmas tree shortage caused by forest fires. It was made up out of 5000+ bottles, collected by everybody in the city. LED lights were used in the tree to save energy, so it is safe to say that this tree is of the highest ecological level a xmas tree can get.

Pac Man xmas tress in Madrid, Spain. You can see a big Pac-man game projected on the sides of the xmas tress that you can find outside a shopping mall. This is one of the coolest xmas tress that you have ever seen. This tree features a fully-animated version of the classic arcade game, rendered across thousands of colored LEDs.

The Lisbon xmas tree is an artificial xmas tree erected annually in Lisbon, Portugal since 2004. From 2005, when it was an entrant in the Guinness World Records, the tree is called the Europe’s tallest xmas tree. The height of the tree varies every year and it was the highest in 2007 at 76 metres (249 ft).

Rio de Janeiro marks the start of the xmas season with the world’s first ever floating xmas tree measuring 85 metres. The 542 tonne structure, wrapped in 3.3 million light bulbs was the centrepiece of an eight minute fireworks show, which has become one of the city’s main tourist attraction.

Berlin, Germany created a giant xmas tree that is decorated with Swarovski crystals.  The tree, which measures around 20 meters tall, also features around
44, 000 different xmas decors.

The Pavilion Shopping Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has a white wire xmas tree. It looks gorgeous when light-up at night. To the already heavily populated shopping district, the newest addition.

A French-designed xmas tree is lighting up Dublin’s O’Connell street this year. The 60ft structure, which weights five tonnes and is composed of 100,000 bulbs of different sizes is an eco friendly substitute for the normal type of large evergreen xmas tree. The hi-tech tree arrive by boat, it took 3 days to put up at a site opposite the GPO.

The National Day of Romania was celebrated, besides the traditional way with the inauguration of the biggest xmas tree in Europe on the evening of December 1. The tree is decorated with some 2,300,000 lights. It is placed in the Union Square, Bucharest, at the moment of lighting the 76 meters high xmas tree, with 3 meters star and a base larger than 20 meters, weighting 200 tones.
There has been a National xmas tree every year since 1923. This years tree will be a new Colorado blue spruce. This living Colorado blue spruce is located on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.
Lobster Trap xmas tree in Kennebunkport Maine, USA. The annual Kennebunkport xmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. This picture captures the town’s unique holiday traditions.

To all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays!  Whatever your personal religious beliefs are, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas with memories that you will cherish for many years to come!

Peace and Happiness,

Kathleen Stegman Ed.D, R.N. & Staff