Our Favorite Holiday Memories

hw0_495766Traditions, laughter, family, friends are what make lasting memories that you carry through your life and get to relive and revive year after year every holiday. And if you are lucky you get to recreate and pass on to your children. We all have our favorite holiday memories and those memories are what tie us together in the merriment of the season. The smell of cinnamon-ey, ginger-ey, sugary baked goods, the taste of spiced wine or creamy eggnog, singing Christmas carols as you studied your Christmas tree and devised the best way to hand your ornaments or that time you sat on your father’s shoulders and reached up to put the big bright and shiny star on top of the tree. And that time your uncles strategized on how to best hang the Christmas lights on the outside wall of your home, or eyeing the Christmas presents siting at the foot of the tree and guessing what could possibly be in the boxes.

hw0_629767It could be going to midnight mass at church, or playing Mary and Joseph at you Sunday schools play of the nativity. Or going to a nursing home or children’s home with you parents to bring some Christmas gift and spreading some holiday cheer. or it could be watching the joy and surprise in your loved ones’ faces when they open the gifts that you put so much thought in or spent the money you worked so hard for.

Or it is  the stories you told, games you played, laughter and tears you shares with your family on Christmas eve. or that  time you went ice skating at your neighborhood skating rink, or the time you caught the Nutcracker at the theater. I could be the holiday trip your family took to a cabin for a special holiday trip, or the tropical Christmas that one year where you said Mele Kalikimaka instead of Merry Christmas.

hw0_495728We all have our own special memories that we will keep and treasure for all the days of our lives. And there are the memories we are going to make. Every holiday season is an opportunity to create a joyful memory for our loved ones. Every day of the season is an opportunity to make the days special for our families, friends and ourselves. But we should not limit this opportunity to only the holiday season. Every day of every year is an opportunity for lovely long lasting memories and and opportunity to make someone smile and have a heart full of joy and cheer. We urge you to make memories. We make memories every day, people never forget the day they received flowers, no matter ho many times they receive them in their lives.

Our Top 10 Gift Ideas this Christmas

HW0_247260We have all kinds of people with various hobbies, interests, obsessions, characters, personalities and experiences in our life. Old, young, man, woman, sporty, outdoorsy, techie, bookworm, fashionista, trendy and the list goes on and on and on and on. And this being a season of giving, you are wrecking your bran thinking about fun new ideas of gifts you can give them. So here we are with our hero caps coming to save the day.

Now we will tell you that flowers will ALWAYS be the best gift to give for any occasion any season and holiday. You just can never fail with flowers.  but we also know that there are other options out there that can satisfy anyone’s taste.HW0_495737

The key when choosing a gift think of something that that the recipient would like not necessarily what you would like. And don’t assume that the recipient is one dimensional, meaning don’t assume just because the giftee is a Redskins fan, you should get him or her Redskins paraphernalia year after year after year.

So here are some fun things that we thing are awesome gift ideas this year:

  1. Star Wars is all the craze this year and just in time for christmas we have the ultimate toy for young, young at heart, star wars fanatics and tech junkies the Sphero BB-8™ the App-Enabled Droid.
  2. Gone are the days of the Segway PT, hard as it is to believe. We have now embarked the hoverboard era. This option will please the big and small kids, the speed junkies and the Back to the Future fans.HW0_325730
  3. Nothing says you put some serious thought into the gift like a personalized jewelry. and neckless with her name, cufflinks with his initials, a ring with her birthstone, or an engraved watch with a personal message. This will truly tough the heart.
  4. While we are on the personalized theme, nothing says truly personalized like a hand made.custom made item specifically made for a special person. You know how to knit? Then scarfs, gloves, hats, duvet covers are great for those that you know will appreciate the effort. You are a DIY kind of person then go to your neighborhood second hand furniture store and find a chair, a table, an armoire or a night stand that you can work on and make special for your friends or family.
  5. For the sporty people we  give you the Eliptigo. Some genius out there to out the elliptical machine outdoors. It’s and elliptical bicycle guys! How awesome is that?!
  6. Another great gift you can give (other than flowers) that will earn you major brownie point would be a gift certificate for a spa day or a massage. it would make a fantastic gift for a new mother, or a person with a high stress job or an athlete that is bound to have some serious sore muscle.
  7. For the bookworm in your family you can never go wrong with an e-reader. You can even load it with some books that you know the person will love.PHW_494935
  8. To the person that seems to have everything and needs nothing give the gift of your time. This quite possibly may be the best gift you can give someone that cannot be monetized (well it can be but try not to). Just spend quality time with the person.
  9. For the health nut err we mean fanatic err we mean conscious person, a great blender for the morning green smoothie or liquid protein lunch would earn you a thousand thank yous.
  10. Lastly for that person that never has time for anything offer the gift of your help. Maybe it is to go and cook for him or her once a week. or pick up the dry cleaning or get the groceries or do the wash or any other chore the person just hasn’t had the time to tackle and has been accumulating. this is a gift that will give someone some level of peace that s/he wouldn’t have otherwise.

Your gift doesn’t have to cost you a fortune 9it can if you want, nothing stopping you) but the point is in giving your friend or a family member something you know will put a huge smile on their face and lets them know that you put some thought in the gift. And give without expectation. Their reaction is reward enough.

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Avoid the Hassles of Holiday Shopping

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Yes, it’s true that the malls and stores are looking super festive with holiday decor and music and it’s fun looking at the shop windows and losing yourself in the holiday daydream they created for us. But it’s also the worst. Why, you ask? The long lines for the checkout counter, the crazy number of customers milling around on every square inch of the stores, the inability to decide between several items, the shleping of bags and coats and scarves and gloves and realizing that we only have two arms and hands. And they’re simply not enough. So as fun as it is to leisurely float from one store to another we believe holiday shopping can make our blood pressure rise higher than the loooong list of gifts we need to buy.

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So why stress yourself 0ut when you can sit back and relax on your favorite recliner with your laptop on your lap and hot coco on the side table surrounded by the twinkling lights of your christmas tree and the wonderfully warm scent of ginger and cinnamon cookies you just backed and are now savoring. A few clicks here, a few more clicks there and bunch of clickity-clicks over there and bam, you’ll have your gifts at your door steps. And if you are one of those people that can’t wrap a gift, some stores offer the option of gift wrapping for you and have it sent to your recipient’s address. And if, like some of us, find the joy in wrapping an exquisite gift and adding the finishing touch of a pretty bow enough to make the gift recipient not want to open the gift then you can have them all delivered to you and have yourself a nice (secret) party with an array of wrapping paper, ribbons and clear tape and singing (off key if you want) “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”.

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When you get down to the wires and there isn’t enough time to order your gifts online and have it delivered in time for Christmas and you just do not want to be within a mile of the shops (imagine the traffic) then we are here to save the day. Nothing says “you are in my thoughts this holiday season” like a festive poinsettia, or beautiful centerpiece for the table or a gorgeous vase arrangement with winter evergreens, pine cones and beautiful fresh flowers in holiday colors of red and white and touches of gold (or any other color you want). We will hand deliver your sentiments just in time for you to look like a superstar and for your recipients to have the Christmas twinkle in their eyes and spirits. It’s what we do.

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Be A Gracious Guest

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So you have your boss , your in-laws, your neighbors, you friends, your coworkers, your cousin, and that guy from college are all throwing a holiday party and you are invited. It’s exhausting just thinking about it. you have work, family and your own holiday get-together to think about, you can’t possibly RSVP yes to all. Some will get a no after careful deliberation on whose party is more important and which host has a thin skin and will get offended. But there are tactful ways of saying, “sorry but I am going to Beth’s party and so won’t be able to make yours”. Here is where a good florist will make you look like you are a Grade A kind of human.

 

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Your presence can be felt at the party without actually being there. And you can do that by sending a token of your appreciation for the invite in a form of flowers, gift basket or plant. You can sent a holiday centerpiece for the table, a chocolate, cheese and wine basket for the host and guests to enjoy in your name, or a beautifully dresses up poinsettia to add that little something festive to the party. This will say that you, wonderful human that you are, respect the host, are gracious and appreciative of the invite and you know how to say I won’t be coming with a ton of class. Make sure to have your “Thank you for the invite” gift the day before the party or the day of not after. Unless of course you were planning on attending and just couldn’t muster the energy to change into your party frock and step our into the cool evening (we’ve all been there). In which case then make sure to send a beautiful festive flowers arrangement that says “Sorry I couldn’t make it”.

 

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Now that’s we’ve covered the parties you will not be attending, let’s move on to the ones you will be. Rule numero uno: DO NOT GO EMPTY HANDED. A box of fruit cake is better than a hand full of empty air. But us being us, we have only the best suggestions for you. Of course we believe that flowers send the best message of holiday cheer. Although we know for certain are the best option, we know they are not the only option. A good bottle of wine, a cheese tray, freshly baked cookies, cakes and other yummy sugary baked goods are also good options to bring your host. Another alternative, especially if you have some dietary restrictions, you can opt to bring a dish of something you can partake from. You can’t dictate what the host prepares (unless your host if your BFF and will know that you have peanut, shellfish, gluten allergies and are lactose intolerant). therefore, by bringing your own dish of something, you can make sure you won’t be starving if there is nothing else for you to munch on.

 

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Another way to make sure you are being gracious to your host is to help clean up. We’ve all hosted a party at some point, and we know that, no matter the size of the shindig, the clean up is quite possibly the worst part of the whole affair. Everyone is tired or went hard on the special eggnog and the prospect of having to pick up all the wine glasses or beer dixie cups and paper napkins and pie crumbs peppered all over the house can trigger a headache worse than the morning after your copious amount of wine ingested. So offer to go around with a trash bag and collect the discarded disposable plates and cups and whatever else the guests left. Trust us, this will get you HUGE brownie points and the honor of THE BEST GUEST EVER!

 

This holiday is not about what you get, but what you give. Even a moment of your time to help, to listen, to understand is all one needs. Offer that and have the satisfaction in your heart that will bring you unmentionable amount of joy. and have yourself a holiday season full of peace, love, laughter and the gift of giving.

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Holiday Parties For Work and Home

 

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‘Tis the season to be merry and jolly. ‘Tis a season of giving and receiving and eating an abundance of ginger cookies and drinking an unnatural amount of eggnogs with or without spirits (wink-wink). ‘Tis the season of many many holiday parties, be it thrown by coworkers, at work, by family members or friends. Fun times! But it can also be overwhelming trying to attend all  those parties while trying not to offend your hosts. It could be also be overwhelming when you are in charge of your company’s holiday party or throwing one in your home. We’re here to help.

 

Party at home

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What kind of party are you throwing? A dinner party? A cocktail party? A potluck? What’s the theme? Do you have your christmas tree, poinsettias, garlands, mistletoe, wreath for your door, hanging stockings for your Christmas parties? Or your menorah, dreidel, and the Star of David for your Hanukkah party? Whatever you’re celebrating make sure you set the atmosphere first. People will enjoy a party that “happening” not snoozing. If you are planning a dinner party then have some soft holiday music in the background. Make sure that your table setting reflects the joy of the season. Centerpieces with winter evergreens and beautiful flowers and candles, pinecones and ornaments. You can use ornamental balls as place settings by writing your guest’s names on them and setting them on the plates. The possibilities are endless.

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If you are throwing a cocktail party make sure that every room the guests will be in, oozes the festive season. Distribute small flower arrangement with holiday colors throughout the house make sure the trimmings and ornaments and overall theme of the party is well distributed in all the areas of your home when you know guests will be in, even the powder room. Have some upbeat yet appropriate music (depending on who your quests are).

 

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Party for the workplace

This season is a reasons to have fun with and celebrate your coworkers. It’s the season for evergreen wreaths on your walls and doors, poinsettias in every hallway, conference room and receptionist desks, garlands on your windows and railings, cinnamon-ey and ginger-ey baked goods in your kitchens, personalized holiday decor in each employees cubicle to celebrate their holiday. Workplace holiday parties shouldn’t feel like an obligation to the employees, it should be something they look forward to and enjoy while they network if they choose to. The season calls for some warmth, goodwill, peace, hope, joy, harmony and prosperity. All great things to wish mankind and great qualities to have in a workplace. Let your party reflect that.

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Whether your party is a formal one in a banquet hall with catered 5 course meal, live entertainment, and bottomless flow of wine and champagne and elaborate centerpieces gracing each guest table or a conference room turned party room with that cool guy from the cubicle at the end DJing and home baked cookies and pies or anything in between, it should reflect the joy of the season. It only takes small small special touches to achieve.

Bottomline don’t let the stress and the hustle and bustle of the season steal the joy from it. Enjoy yourself whether you are attending the party or throwing it. And find a great florist to help your shoulder some of the stress of the preparation.

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The Scent of Christmas

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We associate scents special scents to special occasions. and during the Christmas season we definitely associate many things that wake up our olfactory sense and remind us of wonderful childhood times during the holidays. Number One on our list of the ultimate christmas scent is the Christmas Tree. That almost spicy citrusy woody smell of evergreens trees is the reason many brave the pointy needles of the tree that give us ouchies and refuse to get the fake ones. The fact they have poured this intoxicating fragrance in diffusers and candles and air fresheners is testament to just how much we love it.

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Then there is the smell of peppermint candy canes. Not only are they delicious and we love walking around with them hanging from the corner of our mouth like a delicious extension to our face, but they make fun ornaments. Ornaments that don’t make it through the end of the season, but ornaments no less.

Cinnamon is the other smell that give us the warm and fuzzies of the holiday. we find them in our drinks, in our desserts, in our potpourri, as a special tough to our decor, just everywhere.

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The smell of baked goods, especially the smell of freshly baked gingerbread. First of, YUM, and secondly, nothing says welcome or feels as cozy as the smell of delicious cookies right out of the oven. and they are especially fun to decorate, and eat. We like starting at the leg when we munch on the gingerbread men.

The fun part of being in a flower shop during this season is being engulfed in all these scents. Our centerpieces full of winter evergreens, pines embellished with cinnamon sticks and candy canes make our days dreamy and festive.

10 People Who Need a Holiday Somethin’-Somethin’

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We made our list, and checked it twice, we’ve kept up with who’s been naughty and/or nice, because this is the real world and we are Santa. We don’t have elfs that help with the making and the building and the creating and the wrapping and the taping and the bows and the ribbons and the signing the cards and the….Just the thought of it is exhausting isn’t it?

But in our gift buying and sending to our friends and family frenzy we forget those people that are in the background in our world. Lets take a moment and think about those people that make a difference in our lives.

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  • The barrista at the coffee place we go to every morning and greets us with a bright smile and know our names and puts extra whip cream in our coffee.
  • The manicurist that payed extra attention to your nails and spent extra 5 minutes massaging your hands.
  • The neighbor that watered your plants while you were away for a week in the summer.
  • That guy that works in the office downstairs that that helped you haul your pothos plant when you started your job in your new office.
  • The mom that took your kids to school that morning you had a bad cold.
  • The hairdresser that gave you a that special scalp massage that made you almost fall asleep.
  • The boy in your neighborhood that cleared your driveway during THAT snow storm we had last year.
  • The girl that always comes to you to play with your pup and gives him extra ruv and belly rubs.
  • The door man that always offers to help you carry your grocery bags.
  • The mailman that is always on time and is always cheerful.

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You may say that some of the people in this list are just doing their job. That may be true, but look at how much positives warm and fuzzies they are adding to your life in the smallest way. The simplest gestures and the smallest acts of kindness without expectation of something in return are the ones that deserve a 10 fold return. You don’t have to go crazy with the gifts but a small acknowledgement from you will make their day. A greeting card, a small gift card, a poinsettia, a box of chocolates, a plate of cookies, small stocking stuffer is all that is needed to say “Thank you for your kindness”. Embrace the true spirit of the the holiday. It never is about what you receive. It is about spreading the joy, making someone smile and giving. Especially to those that won’t be expecting it.

Holiday Fun in DC

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Are you looking for some activities in the Washington, DC, area this holiday season?  If so, here are some of the best events for the entire family.

The first thing to do this holiday season is, of course, to visit the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace.  This is one of the most amazing trees in the area, and it is lit up from dusk until 11:00 p.m. every day of December.  What’s more, there’s a different musical group playing in the area each evening.

If you want to do a little walking, you might be interested in taking a candlelight tour.  These tours give you a chance to get outdoors and enjoy the holiday decorations of different historic homes.  Some museums also offer tours.  There are a number of these candlelight tours in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and many feature music and snacks in addition to the beautiful sights.

If that sounds too cold for you, stay inside and watch the holiday favorite, the Nutcracker.  Several different ballet companies will be performing the Nutcracker.  Many other seasonal performances such as A Christmas Carol are also being performed around D.C.

Don’t forget to order your Christmas flowers for delivery in Washington, D.C.

Old Fashioned Christmas Gifts

imagesThese days, it seems like everyone wants some kind of electronic device for Christmas.  But that can get expensive.  You also then have the entire family sitting around with their faces glued to a screen for the rest of the day.  How about getting some old fashioned Christmas gifts this year?  You could even make that the theme of your entire holiday—decorate your tree with old fashioned ornaments and use wreaths and other items that invoke the past.

What exactly qualified as an old fashioned gift?  Basically, anything that would have been given about 50 years ago.  Many people enjoyed jigsaw puzzles then, and you can find puzzles with thousands of different designs.  There are some aimed at kids, and then there are the 5,000 piece monsters aimed at those who consider themselves experts or want a challenge.

Another old fashioned idea is candy, such as a jar of jelly beans, a box of ribbon candy, or an assortment of hard candies.  Food such as cheese or summer sausage is also somewhat old fashioned, but it’s usually very appreciated.

Clothing can be an old fashioned gift, too, especially if it’s something like a nice dress shirt or a dress.

Some people like to give a single Christmas ornament to each member of their family at Christmas.  You’ll find many different vintage and old fashioned ornaments at most stores that carry decorations.

One more thing you need for an old fashioned Christmas: a beautiful arrangement of Christmas flowers delivered in Washington, DC.

Our Favorite Christmas Movies

One favorite tradition of many families during the holiday season is to set back, pop some popcorn, and watch those great Christmas movies.  There’s something magical about these films, and they can often put us in the holiday mood when nothing else can.  Here are some of the best Christmas movies (including TV specials).

It’s a Wonderful Life – the classic Christmas movie.

A Christmas Carol – there are a number of different versions of this Dickens classic, including one featuring Kermit the Frog and his Muppet friends and one starring Bugs Bunny.

Die Hard – If you want a little more action-adventure in your Christmas movie.

White Christmas – Nobody does it like Bing!

Elf – a great comedic Christmas movie.

Hogfather – the BBC adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel is a great holiday movie for fantasy fans.

Miracle on 34th Street – another holiday classic.

Animated Specials

A Charlie Brown Christmas – everyone knows that scene where the gang decorates their pitiful little Christmas tree.

Frosty the Snowman – and everyone knows the lyrics to this show’s theme song!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – who doesn’t love to hate the Grinch?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – they just don’t seem to make specials quite like this stop-motion classic these days.

Television Series Specials

Many different television shows have Christmas specials or episodes dedicated to Christmas.  Here are some popular series with Christmas episodes:

Bones
NCIS
Pysch
House
Eureka
Community
Glee
The Big Bang Theory

Have you orders your Christmas flowers in Washington, DC, yet?