DAY 1 - GINGERBREAD HOUSE CREATORS --every year the best gingerbread builders in our country gather in Asheville, North Carolina for the national gingerbread house competition. Let's look at some incredible gingerbread houses!
CREATIVE THINKING SKILL: CREATIVITY + HARD WORK
Creativity at its best takes time...
DAY 2: the Human Christmas Tree - the Nanjing Youth Olympic team created a YouTube sensation with their 500 person human Christmas tree. Just wait till you see this!
CREATIVE THINKING SKILL: Do the IMPOSSIBLE
Doing the impossible requires a whole lot of practice!!!
DAY 3: The Osborne Christmas Lights
A 20-year-old holiday tradition is coming to a close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is pulling the plug on The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. “In order to prepare for some incredible experiences coming to the park, including the recently announced Toy Story Land and a Star Wars-themed land, we will not be able to present The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in the future,” an announcement on the Disney Parks Blog said. The massive display has been one of Disney’s signature events. Millions of lights lining the Streets of America flash in sync to Christmas carols.
The event’s beginnings stem from the front yard of the late Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne. As his huge Christmas light display grew, so did his neighbors’ irritation. The battle ended up in front of judges, and the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled against the Osbornes, ordering the family to tone down the decorations. Then Disney played Santa Claus, stepping into save the display. Disney found the lights a home at Hollywood Studios. The company sent four 18-wheeler moving trucks to Jennings’ home to pick up more than 2 million lights. “My family and I are more than grateful for the opportunity and experiences that Disney World has given to us, and most of all, given to millions and millions of people around the world,” Osborne family members visited at least once a year to see the show. A Disney spokeswoman said the company is still working through the details of what to do with the lights themselves. Disney announced last month month it will build the 14-acre Star Wars land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – largest single themed land expansions ever. Disney will also build a smaller Toy Story land at the park. What will happen to all those lights? No one knows.
CREATIVE THINKING SKILL: WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES, FIND ANOTHER TO OPEN.
The Osborne family found another home for their lights; hopefully, Disney will do the same!
Video Link HERE
DAY 4: THE WORLD'S TOP 10 CHRISTMAS TREES!
This marks the 81st year of the celebration at Rockefeller Center in New York City. This year's Norway spruce tree measures 76 feet tall, 47 feet in diameter and weighs a total of 12 tons. The Rockefeller centre Christmas tree - a world-wide symbol of the festive season that appears every year in the Big Apple - has been decorated with more than 45,000 multi-colored, energy efficient LED lights.