This week, CandysDirt.com staff are writing about holiday decor and the best places to hang Christmas stockings. Since graduating college, my best place for holiday stockings has been on my feet as I drove to an airport. Flush with money from my first big-boy job, I booked my first international trip to Europe for the precise purpose of escaping the holidays. I’ve never looked back.

I have never setup a Christmas tree, strung garland, or been awoken to a sugarplum dancing in my head. I’m sure it doesn’t take Freud to figure out my aversion.

My childhood holidays were a B O R E. My parents, brother, and I shredding through presents and then were kinda bored by noon followed by an early dinner and TV. Thank god when movies started being shown on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

So I am here to tell you it is not too late. Hang your stocking from the overhead bin and RUN AWAY!

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North PoleAs we count down to mere single digits before Christmas Day, what better town to visit than North Pole, Alaska, where we’ve found a renovated Midcentury cabin surrounded by trees?

That’s right, North Pole.

Now, purists will say that the town, with a population of a little more than 2,000, just 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks is not the true North Pole, but hundreds of thousands of children each year send their Santa letters there just the same, and thousands of people ship their Christmas cards to the post office there just so they can have the town’s postmark on the envelopes.

The charming community also responds to letters addressed to 1 Santa Claus Lane, too, and the city’s fire trucks and ambulances are all red, and the police cars are green and white. (more…)

ChristmasFor loyal Wednesday WTF readers, you may recall that last year, around Christmas, we at WTF headquarters happened upon a certain section of the Tiffany & Co. website that uh, caused us to hit the pause button.

On a whim, we checked back this year, and sure enough, there’s new stuff. I mean, of course, there’s new stuff. If you’re the target audience for the “Price Is No Object” offerings from Tiffany, you’ve played with your sterling-silver Legos and figured out that a $9,000 ball of silver yarn is about as useful as you’d imagine a ball of yarn that costs as much as a Kia Rio would be, and well, you’re ready for new stuff.

And we are here for that. I mean, rest assured that as journalists, we have zero dollars for any of this stuff, but we are here for this because seriously, we are so down for seasonal WTFery.

By the by, that useless ball of yarn is still on the list, despite being tagged as having limited availability last year, which likely means that even if the price is no object, you don’t want a cat toy that costs the same as a trip to the ER for a toddler’s ear infection.

Are you ready to see what you can buy if your toilet paper is made of actual $100 bills? Jump with me, won’t you? (more…)

home tourBuying a ticket for the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays home tour  is not only a chance to tour some of the most beautiful homes in Highland Park ISD, it’s also a chance to support things like kindergarten Spanish program, instructional materials, books, teacher workshops and more with every step you take through the gorgeously decorated homes.

And it stands to reason that since the tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the annual event has also become one of the must-dos of Dallas, just like the Trains at NorthPark, lighting the tree, and queuing up for Santa.

But for the initiated, the ABPA is a nonprofit that supports current and future families of Armstrong and Bradfield elementary schools, through social, community outreach, and fundraising programs. That fundraising supports the kindergarten and first-grade classes at the two schools.

More than 400 member families take part in the association, too. And the ABPA Home for the Holidays Home Tour is the main fundraiser — 97 percent of all the money raised goes to the two schools.

Last year’s tour raised $75,000 for kindergarten and first-grade classes at both schools, with half the funds going to support the kindergarten Spanish program at Armstrong, and the other half purchasing instructional materials, books, technology, math manipulatives and teacher workshops for Bradfield.

This year’s co-chairs are Chelsey Baker, Nina Sachse, and Jane Wallingford. This year’s tour is Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. 

This year five amazing homes have been chosen for the tour, and we’re going to give you teeny sneak peeks at four of them, and a bigger look at another one (and the family that lives there), next week. Ready?
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