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December 14, 2006

A VERY HONKY HOLIDAY

You may be a little further from the North Pole this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you are far from Santa’s Workshop (even he gets things made in China!). And since you have only been a little bit naughty this year, we thought we’d share with you some of our Honky Holiday Secrets.

O Tannenbaum

No happy holiday home would be complete without a glorious Christmas tree. To get yours, check out Sophie’s Christmas Tree, which imports from North America and delivers straight to your door. Or, Clark Griswold, grab the fam, load ‘em in the station wagon and head down to Chun Hing Gardening & Landscaping’s beautiful outdoor nursery in Happy Valley where you can handpick your very own tree (Wong Nai Chung Road, opposite the Jockey Club’s Public Entrance, 2573 5408). Once you’ve chosen your Douglas, Noble or Fraser Fir, trim that tree on a trim wallet. Swing by Eastern Dreams (60 Lyndhurst Terrace, 2544 2804) for festive ornaments and decorations or troll the stalls at Stanley Market, which are choc full of holiday goodies. Still have some residual guilt from watching An Inconvenient Truth? Won’t be in Hong Kong to put up a tree this season? Plant some instead! Kee Club is offering you the chance to plant Olive Trees near the Shechen Monastery in the Himalayas to help reforest the area and benefit humanitarian projects in Nepal and Tibet (2810 9000 for details). That should leave you with some good karma!

Get Your Christmas Goose

Of course you could make your bird at home and fill your house with the scent of warm, happy family memories, but we find that Annick Goutal’s Noël candle (Joyce Boutique, New World Tower, 16 Queen’s Road Central) or L’Occitane’s Gingerbread Candle does the trick with much less effort. So put your Martha Stewart fantasies aside and call the Mandarin Cake Shop (2825 4008) to order your turkey with all the fixings and none of the stress. Ditch the box and claim all the fame! Feel like a domestic goddess this year and want to try preparing the holiday meal yourself? Pre-heat your oven and have your bird, beef, or fish delivered, fresh from South Stream Seafoods. You can even order organic!

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel

The Festival of Lights starts this week (Friday to be exact), and you don’t want to be caught unprepared! Oh the Horah! The Koshermart at the JCC (One Robinson Place, 70 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, 2801 5440) has everything you need to get your party started, with enough Hanukkah candles, chocolate dreidels and gelt for the whole mishpoke (family). They also have frozen foods and special ingredients to ensure that your doughnuts are plump and your latkes aren’t soggy. The big Hanukkah event in Hong Kong this year will be a giant Menorah lighting on Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm in Chater Gardens across from the Cheung Kong Centre. Holla! Er, Challah!

Spaaaaa-lalalaaaaaalalalala

This year’s holiday stress left you looking more like Scrooge than a Santa baby? Well, put away the hamper goodies and give the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Spa a call (2132 0011). During their special “Winter SPA-tacular” you can indulge in a soothing Winter Prescription Facial for just $680. Dreaming of a White Christmas? Lane Crawford is offering 20% off on Gentle Touch Tooth Whitening from December 18-24 at IFC (2118 3365). If having spa time during the holidays sounds more like “Christmas past” than “Christmas present,” create a winter wonderland right in your own shower with Philip B’s Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo. It’s a Christmas tree in a bottle!

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

And all you want is some peace and quiet! Kids home from school and bouncing off the walls from a candy cane sugar high? Before you turn into the Grinch, we have a few holiday outing ideas to keep everyone happy…
While it might not be Val D’Isere, Windows of the World Park in Shenzhen has recreated the Alps in its own Indoor Ski Dome. Ski, snowboard, and tube down the 262-foot long “mountain” complete with its own rope tow. Eighty RMB gets you slope access for one hour, including skis/snowboard, boots and a full snowsuit! (Windows of the World, +86 755 660 8000. Entry fee: 120 RMB. Take the KCR to Lo Wu and then take Shenzhen Metro Line 1 to the park’s stop Shi Jie Zhi Chuang). You don’t have to trek all the way to China to see man-made snow. Chater Gardens has been converted into Santa Town, boasting a foot of fake snow and lots of sparkly tinsel. Or, head to The Festival Walk Glacier, Hong Kong’s largest ice rink, to perfect your triple sow cow. Rather watch someone else do the pirouettes? The Nutcracker Ballet is showing at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from December 15-26. For tickets, call 2111 5999 or visit http://www.urbtix.hk. Too much eggnog and holiday cheer left you unable to withstand a full day’s activity? Not to worry, you needn’t travel farther than Admiralty. Santa will be accepting good little boys and girls at his gingerbread pied-à-terre in Pacific Place through December 25th



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