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Farewell for another year!

December 26th, 2010 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Merry Christmas to all!

It’s been delightful seeing all your smiling faces, reading your lists and being part of your Christmas tradition.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

And all through the house…

December 23rd, 2010 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

You know the rest, right?

It was on this day in 1823 that the poem “Account of a Visit from St Nicholas” was published anonymously in a New York newspaper.

More popularly known as “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” it was later attributed to Clement C. Moore.

Crossroads Bellevue!

December 20th, 2010 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

That rocking pony is one popular attraction!

It’s great for kids that aren’t quite ready to sit on Santa’s lap.  They’re happy to climb on the pony and rock away as we slide it a little closer to Santa and capture a portrait!

Come for a visit!

Click here for the schedule!

Christmas Movie Quiz!

December 20th, 2010 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

How well do you know your movies?

1. Which Christmas favorite features such characters as the angel Clarence, the old curmudgeon Mr. Potter and the generous George Bailey?

    Miracle on 34th Street
    The Gift
    The Spirit of Christmas
    It’s a Wonderful Life
2. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ was a made-for-TV animated film that debuted in 1965, the first animated ‘Peanuts’ special. In this special, which character quotes ‘the true meaning of Christmas’?

    Charlie Brown
3. The original 1966 animated version of Dr. Seuss’s Christmas book ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ has simply become a classic. Which actor, known for his horror film roles, provided both the narration for this show and the voice of the Grinch?

    Peter Lorre
    Bela Lugosi
    Boris Karloff
    Lon Chaney, Jr.
4. When one thinks of Christmas films, one can’t help but reminisce about ‘A Christmas Story’, the tale of a young boy named Ralphie who is practically obsessed with getting which type of item as a Christmas gift?

    BB gun
    Model car
    GI Joe doll
5. Many great versions of Charles Dickens’ classic short novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ have been released to the silver screen. One of the most beloved is the 1951 version, entitled ‘Scrooge’, which features which actor in the title role?

    John Mills
    Walter Huston
    Alec Guinness
    Alistair Sim
6. Which 1988 action film, starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, is not usually thought of as a Christmas film, but indeed has Xmas as a theme throughout?

    Lethal Weapon
    Die Hard
    Remo Williams
    Out for Justice
7. Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie and Sally are among the characters that can be found lurking about in which unconventional Christmas-time extravaganza?

    A Cosmic Christmas
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Forgotten Toys
    The House Without a Christmas Tree
8. ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ broke into theaters just in the nick of time in 1947. What is the name of the sweet little girl played by Natalie Woods in this heartwarming Christmas classic?

9. ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ was a fantastic animated short film, made originally for television in 1964. Which of these is not the name of a character that appears in this charming little story?

    Yukon Cornelius
    Heat Miser
10. ‘Holiday Inn’ was a 1942 film featuring two of the biggest names in Hollywood history, namely Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. Which Christmas-related song did Bing Crosby immortalize through voice and whistle in this film?

    Deck the Halls
    The Christmas Song
    Winter Wonderland
    White Christmas

The most popular gifts!

December 19th, 2010 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Top Ten Christmas Gifts 2010

Top Ten Christmas Gifts

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when the glistening shades of red and green adorn the peaceful and serene whites. Holiday season is a time for family, a time for friends, a time for joy, a time for celebrations and everyone’s favorite, a time for gifts!

2010 Hot Christmas Gifts
We start counting down; so here you go…

Number 10 – Nintendo Wii

Number 9 – Digital Camera

Number 8 – New Apple iPods

Number 7 – DVD Specials

Number 6 – Favorite Accessories

Number 5 – Gift Certificate

Number 4 – Holiday Package

Number 3 – Personalized Gift Basket

Number 2 – Collection Of Old Memories In A Scrapbook
And finally…

Number 1 – Very Personal Surprise
A truly customizable idea completely dependent on you and how you execute it.
All the best and yes, Merry Christmas!

Remember when?

December 19th, 2010 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

For anyone old enough to have ever had a Sears catalog at home, the memory of being a child and circling the toys they wanted for Christmas is a strong one.

Sears printed the catalogs from 1896 until 1993, and while the catalogs that millions of children tore into is now long gone, they’re available on the Internet in a new Sears catalog archive.

Remember these popular toys?

1903: Magic Lantern — “The young people not only derive great pleasure from giving magic lantern exhibitions, but the business training they gain…gives them the rudiments of money making…” ($1.90)

1919: Tinker Toy — “Tinker Toy is the wonder builder. An educational, interesting and amusing toy for any child.” (57 cents)

1927: Erector Sets — “The greatest construction toy in the world.” (89 cents-$12.98)

1937: Monopoly — “The shrewdest investor wins!” ($1.69)

1945: Model Plane — “For men and boys with hobbies!” (23 cents-$2.69)

1958: Coca-Cola Dispenser — “Looks just like regular dispenser in drug store…set up your own soda fountain and you’re in business.” ($2.79)

1974: Sidewalk Shoe Skates — “Oversized composition wheels provide greater stability for young skaters.” ($9.98)

1980: Video Arcade Cartridge System — “Console attached directly to your TV…turns it into an arcade of action-packed fun or educational games.” ($148.95)

1991: Exciting Gameboy by Nintendo — “With a dot-matrix screen plus standard controls you’ll recognize.” ($89.95)

Christmas quiz!

December 19th, 2010 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Bet you can’t top Santa’s perfect score!

Take the quiz!

What’s your favorite?

December 16th, 2010 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Tis the season to curl up with a cup of cocoa and watch a favorite Christmas flick!

These movies rank among the most popular!  Have you seen them all?

It's a Wonderful LifeIt’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – Tops on any list. We watch it every year, and it just keeps getting better.

Miracle on 34th StreetMiracle on 34th Street (1947) – Definitive proof that Santa really does exist?

A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story (1983) – We double dog dare you not to like this one.

White ChristmasWhite Christmas (1954) – Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye head up this Christmas classic. But the real star of the show is Irving Berlin’s score. A little “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” anyone? Great choice to impress your grandparents with your taste in movies. They’ll love you for it.

Charlie Brown ChristmasA Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 – TV) – I know it’s a made-for-TV movie, but to ignore it would be stupid. Generations of kids have grown up on it.

ElfElf (2003) – Will Ferrell drives this great-for-the-entire-family Christmas comedy. Of course the uncredited appearance of Peter Billingsley is a special holiday treat.

The Nightmare Before ChristmasThe Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Tim Burton’s stop-motion feature has already become a holiday classic. “And they call him Sandy Claws!”

The Chronicles of NarniaThe Chronicles of Narnia (2005) – Not really a Christmas movie but Santa Claus does make an appearance so it must be added to the list! A fantastic movie experience!

How the Grinch Stole ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 – TV & 2003 cinematic) – It’s fun to watch the TV version and the movie version back-to-back.

Because you’ve been so good…

December 15th, 2010 | Filed under: Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

The ‘big kids’ are getting a treat from Santa, too!

Santa has made a deal with Seattle Chocolates and as long as the supply lasts, Moms and Dads will get the pleasure of a dark chocolate truffle infused with double distilled peppermint oil smothered over crunchy candy cane.

These truffles are a gift complements of Arthur & Associates at the Bellevue Square, Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, The Commons at Federal Way, Crossroads Bellevue and Everett Mall locations, while supplies last.

And with each photo purchase, you will receive a 20% coupon good toward an online purchase of these delectable holiday treats!  Mmmmmmmmmm…..


Take a Christmas Lights walk!

December 14th, 2010 | Filed under: Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

Park the car and see the Christmas lights on foot!

Ravenna’s Candy Cane lane is a great place to enjoy the season!