Hong Kong Skyscrapers Share Holiday Cheer

877448_160_160Neighborhood homes and local stores are not the only buildings adorned with flashy holiday lights this year- in fact, some of the most intricate and flashy designs can be found on skyscrapers in Hong Kong!

The light-images displayed are complex and enormous, displaying Santa Claus in various scenarios, frolicking reindeer, snowmen, Christmas trees, colorful gifts and so much more. Created mostly by Terence Wong, the images are an expression of the former electrician’s calling.

“It is my passion,” Wong explained. “I never want to stop.”

He added, “Every day I think about Christmas- all year!”

He explained that his enlightened career began over three decades ago, when a property developer wanted stars suspended from the tops of his buildings. Since then, Wong has developed new styles and techniques for building light displays. He began setting the lights up with the help of window-cleaning platforms, eventually perfecting his work to create intricate, moving images.

Wong added that his business is hardly affected by economic changes. In fact, businesses and property owners actually focus more on display when financial times are rough.

Wong’s craft actually follows an ancient tradition in Chinese culture. The people love light displays, and they have incorporated them in their art and celebrations for centuries. Traditional light displays use breathtaking lanterns and fireworks instead of electric lights.

New York Christmas Proposals

It seems that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have a thing on Christmas Day when it comes to romantically surprising the girl of your dreams and proposing.  According to an article in USA Today, Christmas 2011 was certainly the time to pop the question.  One guy said that it felt particularly appropriate because everyone’s in a good mood; there is lots of family around and it’s always nice to be near to those you love on this special, momentous occasion, so why not combine the two?

As well, according to NY professional proposal planner Sarah Pease, gets around one or two inquiries a week from grooms-to-be but from Thanksgiving it’s usually around one or two a day with most of them thinking about getting down on one knee from December onwards until the Christmas and New Year season.

It seems like people are still traditionalists at heart when it comes to romance and proposing, according to Pease.  People like doing the engagement-ring under the tree fanfare.  As well, diamond dealers see a huge jump in sales around this time.  There are also celebrity proposals around this time too – it certainly makes a great publicity stunt! 

So overall, December seems to be the month to get a wife.  Of the close to 40 percent of proposals that take place between November to February, 16 percent of these take place in December.

Giving in the Holiday Spirit

It truly is wonderful that so many individuals and companies try to get into the holiday spirit and, in the upcoming weeks and days to Christmas, really give back to those in need.  For example, the Great Clips hair salon chain – around Northwest Indiana and Chicago – is going to be making a real difference for the charity of Ronald McDonald House in the region.

The chain is asking its customers to purchase basic household items from the charity’s online gift registry (RMHC-CNI, which will be adding to Edward Hospital’s new Ronald McDonald Family Room in Edward Hospital as well as the Ronald McDonald House located near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago. As well, people can donate soda pop tabs to the recycling program.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Sudz – the Great Clips mascot – will be going with Ronald McDonald to the Palaos Park Salon a couple of days before Christmas.  Further, the salon will be offering free haircuts to those with a valid coupon, Christmas Eve.

So it really is a special time for everyone. So many kids are left without toys on Christmas – the season of gift-giving – as their parents cannot afford them; this is a great way of giving to those in need so that they do not feel deprived during this time.  Good job McDonalds and Great Clips!

Secret Santa Visits Kmart

Santa Claus has been very kind.  He went to Kmart last week and paid off a bunch of bills for them.  This story was featured in the “Making a Difference” segment of “Nightly News with Brian Williams.”  There were other news stories on this segment of random acts of kindness.  The Secret Santa in Plainfield Township paid off Mary Chapin’s layaway last week and she was sincerely grateful, attributing it to the best gift she ever received, as it really was the “gift of believing in people,” showing her that there really is good in people, which one does not always see.

And as they say, one good deed often results in another.  After the initial donation of $500 was given, a couple of days later another special giver donated $2,000 anonymously, which settled an additional 13 layaway bills. The following day a further $1,000 was given for the same cause and within no time at all this trend spread across the country.  Indeed, in California thereafter, Kmart received $5,000 to pay off layaway tabs and then the same thing happened in Montana at the value of $1,000.

It really is the season for goodwill and charity.  Once one person shows generosity, it becomes a bug and lots of people want to do the same.  Giving makes people happy and receiving – when one is really in need – is the best present one can get over the holiday season.

FedEx Smiles in the Holiday Season

 

Everyone enjoys a bit of festivity. Even busy businessmen and those who have to work over the holiday season can’t help but adorn their faces with a smile.  This is definitely the case for FedEx which delivers tons of packages around the holiday season.  Indeed, reports show that a couple of days ago the company delivered over 17 million packages in just one day!

The people at FedEx work especially hard around the holiday season.  Sometimes employees are working more than 12 hours shifts and it doesn’t matter if it’s snowing outside – those FedEx packages have to be delivered. But at least they bring smiles to the faces of the people receiving the packages. When people get their Christmas FedEx packages, you can feel the radiation from the smiles from miles away.

And, come Christmas 2011, FedEx is ensuring its customer base that every single package will be delivered for Christmas.  So if you’re looking for something to smile about, when you see those men and women in their navy-blue and purple-stripe clad uniforms, you’re sure to say goodbye to them with a smile on your face!  Now let’s see what’s in those packages…

 

Staying Healthy and Slim Over Christmas

So many people seem to totally break their diets over the Christmas and New Year holiday season.  It’s such a shame as they may have put months of hard work into meal planning, diets, and exercise, and then, come Christmas, it all seems to go out the proverbial window.  So what can one do to prevent this from happening, yet still enjoy the holiday season?  According to registered dietician April Kneifel, who works at Curves International Inc., (the women’s sensation for quick-changing exercises), says it is not necessarily the actual food, but rather the amount that ends up being problematic.  She thus suggests a very easy change to implement: the use of a smaller plate as if there is less room on the plate, there is less food to go on it!

Another easy-to-implement suggestion comes from a nutrition instructor who works for South University Online Programs, Rose Giordano, suggested just not keeping the junk at home.  If you know you cannot avoid it, make sure it doesn’t come into your house, she says.  In addition, there are ways to keep eating your favorite foods but just modify the recipe to lower the calorie and fat content.  As well, at parties over the holidays, first fill up on the veggie platters and then move on to the other stuff – that way you’ll probably be too full to eat anything else!

So don’t break all that hard work just because you’re getting into the holiday spirit.  Enjoy your Christmas vacation, but do it in a healthier way.  It really is possible.