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New Styles from Soffieria De Carlini

The Krampus Tradition …

St Nicholas and Krampus

If you are a child in southern Germany or Austria, when St.

Nicholas rides through your village on the evening of December 5, he does not arrive alone. Krampus is his scary companion.

St. Nicholas Ornament
Vintage Krampus postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Krampus, a terrifying horned figure wearing chains and carrying switches, runs behind him. It’s his job to scare children into being “good.”

Krampus ornament

 

 

The Soffieria De Carlini Krampus ornament depicts a classic German orAustrian Krampus clad in black with a scary red face, horns and elongated tongue. And, don’t miss that tail. He is truly a frightening character … as bad as St. Nicholas is saintly!

Soffieria De Carlini has been a family-operated glass blowning working shop since 1947.  Located near Milan, the De Carlinis are the last workshop in Italy still producing these whimsical free blown holiday ornaments.

Krampus vintage postcard

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Winter At The Beach …

View from our table at Eladio’s beach restaurant, Progreso, Yucantán, México

YES!  Celebrate365.com is open for business … but no shipping until mid-March.

This is our sixth year wintering in the Yucatán.  We are renting a beach home for seven weeks and are “living the life”.  Temps have been in the mid-80s with sunshine nearly every day.

 

Slow roast chicken pieces in banana leaves & marinate in sour oranges

Pollo Pibil (Pibil style chicken)

with achiote spices. It is a Yucatán speciality.  It is traditionally served with pickled onion.  Here is it presented with wedges of sour orange.  A hollowed onion serves as a serving vessel filled with the pickled onion bits.

 

 

Panuchos are a light snack or breakfast dish.  Another

Eladio’s Panuchos

traditional Yucatán creation, these are tortilla filled with black beans. Then they are topped with fresh vegetables.  Here we have lettuce, cabbage, shredded turkey, tomato, pickled red onion, English cucumber, avocado.

 

 

Follow our lazy days on the beach … away from Ohio’s cold and snow.  And look for previews of the 2017 lines in the coming days.  I am editing the web site to reflect current inventory levels and I am indicating styles that have been discontinued.  Feel free to ask me questions … I am “connected”!

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It’s A Mini Sale … Act Quickly!

Give yourself the gift you really wanted!

Still have room on the tree? We can help!  Celebrate365.com still has a large stock of European artisan-crafted ornaments.  Why not give yourself a gift?

In addition, the shop will be closing soon for the winter.  We will be leaving behind the Midwest’s winter cold in favor of sun and sand in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.  We will be away for 7 weeks and the store will be closed during that time.

Follow this blog as well as the Celebrate365 Facebook page to see what life is like for us in the Yucatan area. I taught high school Spanish for 26 years but I never envisioned a retirement perk quite like this!

Use the coupon code GOOD16 for a 15% discount on your order. Expires 12/31/16 … at the stroke of midnight!

ONE TIME use only, exclusions apply including previously reduced items, one-of-a kind folk art and 2016 “New Arrivals”.

SHOP NOW!

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Iconic Fashion from Soffieria De Carlini

edith-headNew for Fall 2016 … Arriving in November

 

 

 

Thirty-five Oscar nominations and eight actual Academy Awards along with 1100 movies in her five-decade career … it’s not surprising that Edith Head became synonymous with Hollywood’s “Golden Age” of movies.  The iconic costume designer “dressed” dozens of actresses such as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.  Among Hollywood costume designers, Edith Head remains the queen!

DC-DO7311

 

Edith Head Dress Design Ornament
DC-DO7311, $54

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Winter Break … No Shipping Until Mid-March!

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Carnival celebration along the Malecon in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico 2015

One of the perks of being a retired Spanish teacher is avoiding Ohio’s frigid winter.  For the fifth time, my husband and I are heading south to the Progreso – Chicxulub coast of Yucatan, Mexico.  This year, we will be spending seven weeks enjoying sunshine, sand and hammocks!

Mother Nature seems to be having a little laugh at our expense this morning though.  Seems our 6:30 AM flight from Dayton to Detroit was delayed.  Delta has re-booked us later this morning through Atlanta and we are scheduled to arrive in Merida, the regional capital, just before midnight.  Keep your fingers crossed on our behalf!

This year, I have opted to leave the store open for browsing and pre-ordering.  BUT, be aware … the products are in Ohio while I’m on the beach in Mexico.  I will not be able to ship any orders until my return in mid-March.

Let the vacation begin!

Connie

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