Face 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...
Face 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!!!
Face 3: The Osborne Christmas Lights A 20-year-old holiday tradition has come to a close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with the plug on The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights being pulled after the 2015 Christmas season..“In order to prepare for some incredible experiences coming to the park, including the park announced at that time that Toy Story Land and a Star Wars-themed land, would require the area used for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.The massive display had been one of Disney’s signature events. Millions of lights lined the Streets of America in the park flashing 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. 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!
Germany's beautiful capital city lights up during the festive season with an impressive Christmas tree that stands illuminated next to the Brandenburger Tor Brandenburg gate, the former city gate and now one of Germany's most famous landmarks.
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.
Known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, it's no wonder the annual four-story Christmas tree at Galleries Lafayette in Paris is one of the most stylish Christmas trees around.
In Madrid, Spain's central Puerta del Sol, where crowds gather to bring in the New Year, you can even step inside the 12-storey-high golden tree.
Situated in the famous Christmas market in Old Town Square, Prague's grand Christmas tree stands as the festive centrepiece towering above the wooden stands which offer traditional delights and handcrafted goods and gives it fame as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Now officially the world's tallest floating Christmas tree thanks to Guinness World Records, Rio's festive tree can be found in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.
London, St Pancras station, UK
The crown for the tallest Christmas tree in the UK goes to the giant redwood tree at Wakehurst Place, a country estate near Ardingly, West Sussex, with an impressive height of 121 feet.
Every year since 1947 London receives a very lovely Christmas present during the festive season. As a thank you for support and friendship during World War Two, Norway donates a grand Christmas tree that stands in the centre of Trafalgar square.
Washington D.C, United States
The lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree has been a popular American tradition since 1964 when President Coolidge was in office. The giant Christmas tree lights up the grounds around the White House every year.