November 27, 2012

Do you know why you do the Christmas traditions you grew up with? Read on and find out!

Now that we have stuffed ourselves with a delightful Thanksgiving feast sprinkled with love, we can direct our attention to the next big feast—Christmas. Christmas is certainly one of the holidays with a treasure trove of traditions, but do you know why and how exactly these traditions came about?

Oh Christmas Tree

The most popular Christmas icon, especially for children, is the Christmas tree. We’ve all been though the phase of counting how many beautifully wrapped gifts nestled under the tree have our name on it. But did you know that the tradition of decorating trees came long before Christmas itself? It is believed that ancient pagan societies that practiced animism brought and decorated trees indoors to please the spirits and ensure a good harvest. Trees only became linked to Christmas when Christianity started to spread across Germany. The popularization of the modern Christmas tree came about when Prince Albert, originally from Germany, introduced the Christmas tree to England after he married Queen Victoria in 1840.

Christmas Stockings

The tradition of hanging Christmas stockings by the chimney is linked with the origin of Santa Claus’ story. It is believed that St. Nicholas threw three bags of gold coins down the chimney of a poor family whose father could not marry off his daughters because he had no money for dowries. It so happened that the daughters hung their stockings by the fireplace to dry and they caught the bags of gold coins that were dropped.

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November 22, 2012

Instead of lining up for hours, try some of these activities for a more fabulous Black Friday experience

Black Friday should not just be about lining up the whole night to get awesome shopping deals. If you don’t want to line up or are simply looking for other things to do on Black Friday other than shop with a huge crowd, try out some of our suggestions for alternative activities.

See the Great Outdoors

Really see the great outdoors by going camping, hiking, or swimming. If you’re not the active type, you can simply enjoy the scenery and take pictures. Whatever your level of activity is, you can be sure that nature will take you on a great journey of discovery.

Pamper Yourself

With all your preparations for Thanksgiving, it’s time you treat yourself to a well- deserved break. Pamper yourself on Black Friday by going to the spa to restore the energy you spent for that fabulous Thanksgiving feast.

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November 21, 2012

Celebrate how fabulous you are with a fabulous Christmas tree

With Thanksgiving drawing near, it only means that Christmas is just a few sleeps away. By this time, you should have already decorated a fabulous Christmas tree that fits your personality. If you haven’t found a tree that’s as extraordinary as you are, shine the spotlight on our incredible Diva Christmas trees. Each of these trees reflects its own personality but all of them scream FABULOUS.

Green Dazzling Diva

If you want a fabulous tree that is closer to traditional Christmas colors, check out our Green Diva Christmas tree.  This tree stands like a 6-foot slender supermodel ready for a fabulous pose on the catwalk while saying, “I may be traditionally colored but I am still one awesome tree!”

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November 20, 2012

Challenge yourself this Thanksgiving with these fabulous and sinful creations


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With only a few days left before Thanksgiving, we’re all getting ready to stuff ourselves with excellent food while attempting to avoid answering overly personal questions. Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a delectably juicy and absolutely awesome turkey on the table. You can even imagine the spirit of Thanksgiving whispering “you complete me” to the turkey à la Jerry Maguire. But how did the turkey become the symbol of Thanksgiving, anyway, and in how many artery-clogging ways can you prepare a turkey?

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November 16, 2012

Treetopia Secret Santa Sweepstakes Promotion


You know you’re fun and funky when you’re shopping for an artificial Christmas tree at Treetopia.com. Our company has been designing high quality artificial Christmas trees that are sure to make your eyes sparkle and tickle your senses. This year, we’re spreading Christmas love and cheer through our Treetopia Secret Santa Sweepstakes.

If you think that you and your friend are fun and funky enough to deserve an awesome Treetopia All-holiday tree, “like” the Treetopia Facebook page from November 8 to November 29, 2012 and enter the drawing by providing your name and e-mail address. Since this is a Secret Santa event, don’t forget to provide your nominated friend’s name, e-mail address, the Treetopia tree you want, and another Treetopia tree that you’d like your friend to receive. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your friend deserves that tree! We will e-mail your friend that he or she has a Secret Santa, but we’ll keep your identity a secret.

Winners will be drawn within five days of the sweepstakes’ end so you don’t have to wait too long.

Note that participation in this sweepstakes binds you to the Treetopia Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. For more information about the awesome Treetopia Secret Santa Sweepstakes, you can access the Treetopia Facebook Page.

November 15, 2012

Treetopia just stacked up on cool points

Did you think that the awesome Christmas tree featured in the December issue of HGTV Magazine looked familiar? We sure did! That’s because HGTV Magazine recognized how fabulous Treetopia’s Christmas trees are and featured our classic Balsam Spruce with multicolor lights in its December 2012 issue. Check out the feature below, as seen in HGTV Magazine:

We’re absolutely loving our moment in the HGTV spotlight. Thanks, HGTV!

November 15, 2012

Get to know who’s who on Santa’s naughty list

When the holiday season begins to make itself felt, people usually imagine warmth, love and everything nice. While everyone revels in the cheerful atmosphere of the holidays, these characters are waving their fists at everyone for being in a festive mood, at least at first.


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Ebenezer Scrooge

Bah Humbug! We’re sure you’ve heard of this phrase before but not everyone knows that it came from Ebenezer Scrooge, the old grouch from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This cold-hearted, greedy man hates Christmas, especially since he is forced to give his employee, Bob Cratchit, paid time-off. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed spirit of his old friend, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who reveal to him the evil of his ways. At these revelations, Scrooge experiences a change of heart and becomes a kind, generous old man.


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The Grinch

From Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. “Dr. Seuss,” the Grinch is a green creature who lives in a cave in Mt. Crumpit at the North of Whoville and once tried to steal Christmas. A grouch, the Grinch hated the noise made on Christmas day, so he took all the gifts from the Who girls and boys. That would really cross him off Santa’s list, but when the Grinch realized that Christmas meant something more than gifts and feats, his heart, which was originally two sizes smaller, became three sizes larger. How’s that for a change of heart?

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November 14, 2012

Have a fun and classy Christmas celebration with Treetopia’s Classic Trees

If you have not yet decided whether you’d like your décor to be fun or eccentric this Christmas, you start with a classic tree and go from there. Fortunately, Treetopia isn’t just all about awesome, funky trees – we have amazing, classic trees, too. In case you’re having trouble making up your mind, here are our top five for your consideration:

 

Balsam Spruce

Try your hand at doing a funky makeover with our Balsam Spruce Christmas tree. This traditional green tree offers you the chance to turn something conventional and simple into an imaginative work of art. The pre-lit Balsam Spruce comes with either clear or multicolor lights, but you can also opt for an unlit one if you want to start decorating from scratch. The question is: will you accept the challenge?

 

 

Winter White Christmas

Do you want to have a winter wonderland in your own home without having to clean up melted snow? Make a refreshing change and display a Winter White Christmas tree in your place. Its amazing whiteness offers a stark contrast to the colorful wrappings and holiday décor in your home, making it stand out wherever you station it. It also comes pre-lit so you can choose whether you want clear or multicolor Christmas lights illuminating your tree. Do we really need to say more?

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November 13, 2012

Whether you want to try something new on your next trip or just enjoy the unconventional, these tourist destinations will definitely shake things up.

When the holidays come rushing in, the travel bug bites and gnaws on our imaginations. The usual options for travelers at this time generally revolve around two choices: the Siren’s call of the rolling waves on white sand beaches for those who prefer the heat and the temptation of fresh powder for the adrenaline-pumping, winter sports enthusiasts. If you want a break from the usual vacation spots, here are some wonderfully weird but ultimately exciting activities and travel destinations:

 

Heat Seekers


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If you prefer warm places, you might enjoy traveling to hell and back. Located in Turkmenistan, the 60-meter wide and 20-meter deep Darvaza Gas Crater, also known as Hell’s Door, attracts tourists from all over the world. You won’t find devils carrying their tridents around the crater, though, because this attraction was accidentally made by Soviet geologists back in 1971. They discovered that this cavern was rich in natural gas, and to prevent the poisonous gas from escaping, they decided to light up the crater until the gas burned out – the crater hasn’t stopped burning since.

 

 


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Chilling Challenge

Experience a different type of cold while learning history in London. Follow the trail of the infamous Jack the Ripper or scurry along with the tour group along the walkways of London, not knowing whether the person you’ll meet will pass right through you. If you want to raise the probability of ghostly encounters, you can join the tour of infamous haunted quarters, churchyards, and graveyards. You can only wonder if the chill you’re feeling is coming from the weather or something giving you a welcoming hug.
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November 8, 2012

Have a fabulous time traveling this season by following some amazing big heads that can show you a really good time!

The holiday season is almost synonymous with vacation season, so if you’re itching to travel this fall or winter but still cannot decide where to go, try following some of these literal big heads and you might just have the best vacation experience ever:

 

The Great Sphinx of Giza

The mysterious Sphinx calls the country of Egypt home and beckons you to journey through the ruins of an ancient civilization that produced architectural brilliance like the great pyramids. This mystical being is definitely guarding a treasure trove of history that begs to be explored.

 


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Toltec Statues of Mexico

Some other civilizations that can match the greatness of Egypt’s arts and architecture are the ancient civilizations of the Mayans, Aztecs, and Toltecs, among many others that resided in Mexico. The country possesses an archaic and bittersweet yet magnificent history that still reverberates through their ancient sites today.

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