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A vintage steam train is passing through Surrey this Christmas and you can go on it

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The magical festive journey will take you to Bath’s alternative Christmas market

It’s Christmas again: da Ikea è già arrivato il Natale

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Con l’arrivo dei primi freddi il pensiero va subito al Natale e la casa si prepara ad accogliere parenti e amici in visita. L’ampia gamma di proposte Ikea a cui la nuova collezione Vinter si aggiunge, offre tutto il necessario per festeggiare insieme: accessori, illuminazioni, carta e altre confezioni regalo, complementi per la tavola, decorazioni per l’albero e, naturalmente, l’albero di Natale stesso, quest’anno disponibile anche in un’innovativa versione sostenibile in bambù.

Che la festa abbia inizio, quindi. Del resto, c’è sempre una buona ragione per festeggiare e pensare positivo, anche nei momenti che sembrano non propriamente sereni, come questo.

Tra le nuove proposte di Ikea, spiccano piatti, tovaglioli, posate e bicchieri di diversi stili e forme per apparecchiare, ogni giorno, la tavola delle feste. E per i più creativi, per i quali i dettagli fanno la differenza, c’è da sbizzarrirsi tra una carta con un motivo natalizio e le pigne raccolte durante le passeggiate autunnali che possono fare risaltare oggetti d’uso quotidiano, come i piatti VARDAGEN e i bicchieri POKAL, che diventano perfetti anche per la tavola delle grandi occasioni.

La luce, si sa, crea atmosfera, dona calore e magia alla casa. Con le illuminazioni a LED e le decorazioni della serie STRÅLA si possono decorare finestre, pareti, tavoli e naturalmente l’albero di Natale, che quest’anno è disponibile anche in una nuova versione completamente sostenibile in bambù, un materiale rinnovabile e a crescita rapida. Ogni albero è fatto a mano da abili artigiani, utilizzando piante che presentano una grande varietà di sfumature e che quindi rendono ogni pezzo unico, come la casa che lo ospiterà.

Le feste sono anche una buona occasione per rinsaldare legami familiari, ad esempio, cucinando insieme. Via libera a preparare biscotti fatti a mano con la pasta allo zenzero VINTERSAGA, il tagliabiscotti DRÖMMAR e il setaccio per farina IDEALISK.

E per ricreare un’atmosfera intima e raccolta, Ikea suggerisce di ricorrere a un tavolo rotondo, dove ognuno può guardare gli altri ospiti negli occhi senza sentirsi escluso.

Protagonisti delle feste, neanche a dirlo, i regali e impacchettare un pensiero è divertente tanto quanto donarlo. Se ben presentati e regalati con amore, anche gli oggetti più comuni come una grattugia o un peluche possono diventare un’idea regalo utile e originale.

Del resto, i pensieri migliori sono proprio quelli che non compreremmo mai da soli, come un nuovo grembiule per sostituire quello ormai logoro, nuove posate coordinate oppure il tappeto che desideriamo da tanto tempo. Tutti i prodotti di Ikea possono trasformarsi in doni: basta avvolgerli nelle carte natalizie o confezionarli nei sacchetti regalo della serie Vinter.

Nella gallery qui sopra un’anteprima delle novità della collezione Vinter, pensata da Ikea per rendere le feste speciali, quest’anno più che mai.

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Una casa versatile e sostenibile nel nuovo catalogo Ikea

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Dollar Tree has amazing bargains for holiday decorating!

Head to Dollar Tree where you may be able to find fun, affordable holiday signs or tabletop decor for only $1 – select styles are available to order online when you purchase by the case.

We spotted tons of cute, festive decorations to add some cheer to your home for very little spent out of pocket. It’s hard to believe some of these items are only a buck!

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Christmas-themed pop up bar Holidaze to return, set up in WAC Rose Garden this year

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Who needs a little bit of good news and holiday cheer in what has been a (to put it nicely) challenging year for pretty much everyone?

Here’s some. Holidaze is coming back.

The kitschy-fun holiday pop-up bar with over-the-top vintage decorations and themed cocktails by the folks behind Maxine’s Tap Room and Leverett Lounge will return to Fayetteville in an indoor-outdoor space at the Walton Arts Center Rose Garden this fall.

The pop-up project as a huge success in its debut last year when it set up in a vacant space on Center Street just off the square, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, was in danger of not returning this year.

Co-owner Hannah Withers said they felt they needed an outdoor space to increase safety for their guests this year, and were having a hard time finding one. They needed heaters, which are in short supply, access to restrooms, and space to spread out.

Then they got a call from the folks at Walton Arts Center.

The WAC offered up their outdoor space in the Bradberry Amphitheater and Rose Garden, with access to their Joy Pratt Markham Gallery and Sudduth Garden Room and restroom facilities, and the project suddenly became feasible again.

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What: A holiday pop up bar
Where: Walton Arts Center’s Bradberry Amphitheater and Rose Garden
When: Nov. 20-Dec. 31

“We had pretty much resolved that Holidaze couldn’t happen this year because of space restrictions due to COVID-19,” Withers said. “But Walton Arts Center offered to partner and host, and it was nothing short of a holiday miracle. The gorgeous facilities with both indoor and outdoor space are sure to give us a holiday experience that we all need this year. We are excited to anchor Dickson Street with some obnoxious seasonal cheer!”

The bar will continue to offer their themed holiday drink menu, but will be using compostable cups instead of the vintage glassware from last year. It’s all in the name of safety for their patrons and staff, she said.

“We have a really solid plan about how to do this safely,” Withers said. “With social distancing, we’ll probably be able to fit around the same amount of people as our capacity in the small space from last year, just with a lot more room to spread out.”

There were other advantages, too. The WAC has access to outdoor heaters typically used by the Walmart AMP this time of year, for example, and the staff and equipment to take care of the production needed for music and entertainment events.

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An example of the holiday decor from last year’s Holidaze pop up bar / Courtesy

The project will also allow the partners to employ about 15-20 hospitality workers during the holiday season, and proceeds from the venture will go to the Walton Arts Center’s Ghost Light Recovery Fund to help provide revenue for the performing arts center that is facing a full year of lost revenue due to the pandemic.

As it did last year, the pop-up bar will also host select fundraising nights to benefit other local non-profit organizations.

“This partnership will allow us to give back to our community again this year, which was a big part of what this project is all about,” Withers said. “We are thrilled to be able to give back to the WAC, which is really an anchor of our downtown area.

“One of the beautiful things that have come out of the challenges of this year is seeing how we can all support each other, and to see how we can all help each other stay afloat,” she said.

Holidaze will expand their non-alcoholic drink offerings this year, since their outdoor space at the WAC could be more conducive to families that want to stop by before heading up to check out the Lights of the Ozarks. They’ll also be able to take advantage of the new Outdoor Refreshment Area for to go drinks for folks who want to park on Dickson, and take their beverage up to the square.

Withers said the extra space at the WAC this year will also allow for more of what has been her favorite part of her Holidaze pop up project; more vintage decorations and lights.

“We have been furiously collecting decorations for the past five weeks,” she said. “We are excited and enjoying the challenge of how to light it up!”

Local resident Richard Gathright, who volunteered as general manager for the project last year, will return to help out again. Gathright said with the way the year has been going for everyone, the community needed Holidaze more than ever.

“With COVID-19 and the year everyone is having and so many people feeling down, we feel like Fayetteville needed some holiday cheer,” he said. “We are so excited about the new space, and the opportunity to bring this back in a fun and safe environment.”

Holidaze is set to open on Nov. 20 in concert with Lights of the Ozarks. The bar will be open from 5 p.m. until midnight through Dec. 31 (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). To-go drinks will be available from 5-9:30 p.m. nightly.

A schedule of events and fundraiser nights will be released at a later date.

For more information about Holidaze, visit their Facebook page. For more info about the health and safety precautions at the Walton Arts Center during the pandemic, visit waltonartscenter.org.


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Original Painting of Ceramic Christmas Tree mini canvas art, Vintage Vibe Holiday Tree 4×4 Miniature Painting by SharonFosterArt

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NBA reportedly mulling shorter 2020-21 season, potential Christmas Day start

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In recent public comments, NBA commissioner Adam Silver expressed the desire for the 2020-21 season to include 82 games, played in front of fans in home markets, with a likely start date sometime in January. While that scenario could conceivably come to fruition, reporting from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe, Tim MacMahon and Brian Windhorst on Friday sheds light on various changes that could be in the offing.

ESPN reports that the league’s Board of Governors is convening on Friday to discuss myriad topics, including “playing fewer than 82 games,” as well as “not waiting for fans to be permitted to all league arenas.” From there, the discussion is also reportedly set to include a timetable that puts Christmas Day on the table and the general goal to start the 2020-21 campaign “as quickly as possible.”

Moments later, Marc Stein of the New York Times echoed the sentiment on a potential Christmas start, reporting that it is “gaining momentum” in some circles.

The push for a Christmas Day start to the 2020-21 NBA season, which would naturally please the league’s TV partners, is gaining momentum, league sources say

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 23, 2020

The ESPN piece does note that “numerous teams” are not sure a Christmas Day start is “feasible,” with the oft-discussed timeline of a Martin Luther King Day tip-off more reasonable. When examining the league’s current calendar, it does seem that Dec. 25 would be a highly aggressive start date, especially when considering the 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled for Nov. 18 and free agency will follow. Given the need for training camp and some sort of ramp-up to the season for teams that made deep playoff runs, a turnaround in less than a month could be too optimistic.

Multiple outlets have reported that the NBA and the NBPA have settled on Oct. 30 as the deadline for CBA modifications, though that date could be pushed back as it has been already. Still, that remains a date to circle on the calendar, as decisions have to be made in the coming days, especially with regard to the salary cap and other considerations necessary to hold the draft in typical fashion.

While this reporting is undeniably interesting, it also underscores the lack of clarity around the league for the 2020-21 season, though most seem to believe that the NBA is angling to establish (relative) normalcy for the calendar by 2021-22. Stay tuned as more information becomes available, but the Atlanta Hawks and the league’s other 29 teams will be keeping a close eye on the next steps.

Aldi launches nostalgic range of retro toys perfect for Christmas

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Aldi is to launch a range of iconic retro toys to give you the ultimate throwback Christmas morning.

If you want your kids to experience the same joy you felt as a child, you can splash out on one of these nostalgic toys that will take you right back to childhood.

The only drawback is that the range is only being launched in Aldi Australia at the moment.

The range includes a 1935 edition Monopoly board for $24.99 (£13), a vintage My Little Pony from more than 30 years ago and a $39.99 (£22) Tonka Truck.

If cuddly toys are more your thing, there’s a range of plush toys, including Sesame Street’s Elmo, Care Bear’s Best Friend Bear or Care Bear’s Hopeful Heart Bear.

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The nostalgia hits hard (Picture: ALDI Australia)

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Everyone loves Elmo (Picture: ALDI Australia)

Shoppers can also choose retro-styled My Little Ponies, which are based on the original moulds from more than 30 years ago.

Toy Story fans will love the Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head potato figures with more than 10 pieces for $14.99 (£8) each.

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A classic (Picture: ALDI Australia)

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Drive yourself bonkers with a $19.99 (£11) retro Rubix cube set or indulge any car enthusiasts with Licensed Die Case model cars – including, Ford Mustang, Porsche, Lexus, Audi and Mercedes. 

Parents can ‘adopt’ Pound Puppies for their kids, which you’ll probably remember if you were a child of the 80s or 90s – and each set comes with a stick sheet, name tag and adoption certificate.

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If you like your toys a bit more traditional, go for the vintage-style $29.99 (£16) scrabble board game – complete with a collector’s tin, 100 wooden letter tiles, four wooden racks and instructions.

The range hits shelves on Saturday, 31st October as part of the retailer’s Special Buys sale.

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Not many people would go this route – so why don’t I? I’ve been on a retro card kick lately as I’ve been looking for new ideas – and taking old vintage cards and changing them up to make them modern is a fun twist for my creative brain!

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