Podcast #65- 90 Days to Go!

Yarn LightsPodcast #65- 90 Days to Go! Click here to listen to the newest podcast- Knitting ornaments and Trivia too!

Listen in to get the latest updates on the Yule Log’s entries for the 2014 Festival of Trees, some quizzes on Christmas Trivia, and an update on the return of our daily posts.  Natalie and Jeremy talk about some Christmas yard sale finds and deliver more details about their tree designs.  You too can be part of the Festival- volunteer to help with the fun! 

Podcast #64- 104 Days to Go!

Beach-Shell-Christmas-TreePodcast #64- 104 Days to Go!
Click here to listen to the newest podcast- Time to Start Again!

Natalie and Jeremy are getting back to work.  After a long nearly 6 month break, it is time to refocus our Christmas spirit. We are excited to get back to sharing all the joys of the season. Today we took to the mobile studio and recorded while on the go (forgive the poor recording quality- a little studio trouble). We discuss our lack of Christmas in recent months and our renewed energy for the Christmas spirit. We talk about elves and trees and make the announcements about our tree themes for the 2014 Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees. Give it a listen and let us know what you think about our tree ideas. Looking forward to getting back to our 2014 structure of KNOW, PLAN, and DO in the coming week.  Merry Christmas everyone!!

Podcast #56- 109 Days to Go!

christmas_RETURNSPodcast #56- Click here to listen to this week’s podcast- We’re Back (again)!

We’re back was what we said on our last podcast way back in June.  We took a long summer hiatus from our Christmas sharing, but don’t think we haven’t been busy with Christmas planning, thinking, and prepping.  THis week we get back in the swing of things and discuss the “fall” approach to the Christmas holiday. With just over 100 days remaining there is MUCH to share with everyone.  Don’t miss the announcement about our plans for this year’s Festival of Trees!

We share what we think you should KNOW about prepping and planning ahead for all your scheduled holiday events and happenings.  We discuss how best to PLAN for that Christmas budget and ways to continue to get some great finds for the holidays.  We encourage everyone with a plan for what to DO to take advantage of discounted school supplies and materials now to be ready for CHristmas.  Enjoy the discussion and apologies for the sound quality.  Turns out having all the studio windows open didn’t work so well.  Merry Christmas!

Podcast #44- 27 Days to Go!

Podcast #44Click here to listen to today’s podcast- Trees, Pudding, & Fruit!

We’re back for our first podcast after the Festival of Trees!  We start off with a review of the last week and our activities.  Listen as we discuss Black Friday and all of our adventures at the Festival.  Next we welcome our special guest Lauren and get to the heart of our podcast- tasting!  We taste cookies and fruit cake.  The reactions are varied, so listen to hear more.  Stay tuned this week as the Christmas season is now in full swing.


What sled? Santa arrives in style

We were back at the Festival of Trees in Timonium today, this time to celebrate my birthday in style, with many members of my family.  Since we had Noah, we made the obligatory visit to Santa’s lap.  Like many parents/grandparents, we were unsure how he would react to the stranger–in every family,  there’s one year of the crying photo with Santa.  This picture is of Noah telling Santa what Grumpa wants for Christmas.  Quite an interesting conversation.

Santa arrived at the Festival of Trees the morning after Thanksgiving, as part of the preview party, and that got me to thinking about his arrival in malls and gathering places all over the world.  We talked and wrote about the business of mall Santas several times early in The Yule Log’s history, especially on April 18.  I briefly considered making a Mrs. Claus outfit, and Jeremy revealed that he, too,  has worn the Santa suit.

Santa arrives in a number of unusual ways, and three days ago, in Reading, England, Santa was arriving by abseiling from the roof of Broad Street Mall when his beard got caught in the mechanism.  He was suspended for 40 minutes until a co-worker rescued him.  This is one time that an artificial beard is an advantage.  I’ve included a YouTube video.

Current pop rock hit by Train is “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.  On the internet I found just about 50 ways for Santa to say “Hello.”  Here are a few of the most interesting.

Annual Santa parachute drop cancelled due to high winds in the Shenandoah Valley. Polish American Fire Company provides transportation.

Anaheim, California (and several other places) Santa Arrived by hot air balloon.

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire–Santa arrives by dog sled team.

Kirkcudbright, Scotland–Santa arrives by boat.  YouTube Video.

Michigan Shopping Mall Santa arrives by helicopter.

What’s your ideal arrival?  Traditional parade, sleigh, horse and carriage or modern helicopter, motorcycle or limousine?

This Just In…

The Yule Log 365 is officially part of the Christmas season kick-off now.  Check out the article from today’s edition of the Frederick News Post- Yule Log 365 article.  We are both so thankful to share this crazy adventure.  Wishing all our readers, friends, and family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

An entirely festive look at trees

On Friday morning, the Gaver Farm in New Market, MD  will open at 9 a.m. for the earliest birds who want to cut a fresh tree, officially beginning the 2012 holiday season. (Don’t get me started about those who are earlier than Friday!)   Jeremy and I visited the farm today, where the entire Gaver family was making its last-minute preparations.  We met with Danielle from the Frederick News Post to talk about  TheYuleLog and our participation in the Festival of Trees!  I guess there is some irony that we met at a live tree farm to discuss the artificial trees we decorated.

The Festival of Trees opens on Friday morning, too, and we can’t wait to see how our handiwork becomes a part of the entire winter wonderland at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.  I have included this link for ticket information and more about the celebration.

Meanwhile, Roger shared a link about an entirely different kind of tree–the first ever digital tree. Those on Facebook can donate $5.00 per ornament and then place the ornament on the digital tree.  ScentSicles (the only scented ornaments that smell exactly like a real tree) and Balsam Hill (the world’s finest artificial Christmas Trees) have partnered the first-ever global Christmas tree decorating party. The Communitree is an interactive event that lets anyone – anywhere in the world – remotely operate a tree-trimming robot and decorate a single, rotating Christmas tree. For every decoration attempt, ScentSicles and Balsam Hill will donate $5 to Toys for Tots, in an effort to achieve a donation goal of $20,000. Successfully hung ornaments can be shared on Facebook, where each “Like” they receive triggers an additional $0.25 donation. Over the course of the event, Balsam Hill will also give away 15 of their premium trees to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

As of this posting, the Communitree had raised $7,751, with a total of 632 participants, and 1,411 “Likes.”  The event is available through tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.

While I was reading about the digital tree, I was distracted by the sponsoring company, Balsam Hill.  Their website features amazing, look-like-real, absolutely expensive, Christmas trees. The Balsam Hill Company provides the life-like artificial trees on television sets, including Rachel Ray, The Today Show and my favorite, Ellen!

Podcast #43- 34 Days to Go!

Podcast #43- Click here to listen to this week’s podcast- Tree Time!!

“A Christmas Greeting”

It’s finally here!  The 2012 Festival of Trees sponsored by the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  We have been talking, planning, and preparing for the festival for months.  Back in the summer when we created our Christmas bucket lists we added sponsoring a tree for the festival.  That dream has now come true. Today’s podcast was recorded yesterday at the Cow Palace on the Maryland State Fairgrounds.  After seven hours of tree decorating we discussed the festival, the trees and people we saw, and the whole experience.  Listen to hear about zombie trees, alcohol trees, Noah’s tree, a strawberry tree, and more.  We’ll be writing all this week about the Festival and our experiences.  Check-out the Yule Log’s facebook page to see lots of pictures from our day of decorating.

“I Spy Christmas”

Be sure to make your weekend plans to include the 2012 Festival of Trees.  Our 4-foot entry is titled “A Christmas Greeting” and is decorated with all hand-made ornaments constructed out of old Christmas cards.  Our 7-foot entry is titled “I Spy Christmas” and is a puzzle tree with hidden ornaments you can find by following the clues.  You can also see hundreds of other decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, and more decorations.  There are crafts, music, a carousel, pony rides, and trains.  Santa will be there and so should you.  Order you tickets in advance and save- go to festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

Podcast #41- 47 Days to go!

Podcast #41- Click here to listen to this week’s podcast- Practice Trees!

Today Natalie and I hosted a small gathering to do a practice decorating of our tree entries for the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees.  Shirley, Beth , and Shawn joined us for lunch and a “dry-run”.  Listen as we recap the weeks and share thoughts about our trees and the holidays with our guests.  Be sure to plan now to see our trees in person.  We have our 4-foot entry decorated completely with items made from recycled Christmas cards.  We also have a 7-foot tree decorated in an I-Spy theme- quite a challenge to find the hidden objects!  Check out the Festival website to order your tickets and save a little on admission.  See you at the Cow Palace!

Podcast #33- 118 Days to Go!

Podcast #33- Click here to listen to this week’s podcast- Childhood wishes and Trees!

Natalie and I have a short dish on our conversation with the folks at the Festival of Trees.  As future “designers” for this year’s festival we might be part of some press for the event.  We also take a look at the week in review and then move into some good discussions on possible gifts related to your college students.  The Sears Wish Book and Christmas candy take a turn for talk (we’re making candy next Monday!!). We also beg some more for you to vote for our tree decoration theme.  Go to the Yule Log entry from August 18th to cast your vote before the Saturday deadline.