CHRISTKINDLMARKT BETHLEHEM

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So Much More Than a Holiday Destination

Christkindlmarkt presented by Univest Bank & Trust Co. is a one-of-a-kind family event that brings the spirit of Bethlehem alive with the season. Twice recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, this heart-warming holiday event features:

  • Aisles of handmade works by more than 150 of the nation’s finest artisans.
  • The ring-ting-tingling sounds of live Christmas music and jolly, old St. Nick’s hearty laughter.
  • Ice carving and glassblowing demonstrations, including the popular Hot Glass Experience: Glass Ornament sessions.
  • Käthe Wohlfarht, offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and collectibles from Germany.
  • Breakfast with St. Nicholas (additional ticket required).

Christkindlmarkt 2018 season begins on Friday, November 16th and runs weekends until December 23rd! Click here to view the schedule.

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THE BEST GIFTS AND IDEAS FOR A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY

The right gift for your beloved is a choice that should come from the heart—but that doesn’t mean a little research can’t help. The following picks are the result of more than 100 hours of research performed by some two dozen testers tasked with finding the best items to help you plan your next romantic occasion (even if you secretly hoard all of the chocolate for yourself).

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CHOCOLATE BOX

RECCHIUTI CONFECTIONS BLACK BOX

The Black Box offers just the right balance of understated and seductive, and the chocolates inside are sure to excite the most jaded palate.

FULL ARTICLE @ wirecutter.com

50 Christmas Cocktails to Get You Through Holiday Drama

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Have one glass (or six) of these cocktails and punch bowls—who’s counting during the holidays, anyway?

via Alyse Whitney at Bon Appetit

All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

Take me to the cocktails! >>>

Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread

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‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.”

ApartmentTherapy.com has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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The Christmas City Tasting

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Come enjoy the 3rd annual Christmas City Tasting in historic downtown Bethlehem, hosted by South Italy Imports! Food is provided by a collection of the best restaurants in the Lehigh Valley while a great selection of Italian wines is supplied by local importer, South Italy Imports. Local greats, Craig Thatcher and Nyke Van Wyk, will be providing the live music!

Thu, December 21, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Historic Bethlehem Hotel

THANKSGIVING DECORATING, TABLESCAPE AND CENTERPIECE TIPS AND IDEAS

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via Food & Wine –  We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.

FRESH LINENS

Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.

MISMATCH YOUR TABLEWARE

Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.

USE CANDLES

Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.

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