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16 Cool Christmas Trees

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If you’re disappointed in your quirky version of a Christmas tree this year, don’t be. What is ‘classic’ anyway?

Finding a ‘classic’ Christmas tree is probably impossible; every Christmas tree seems to have a set of oddities that make it ‘cool’ rather than ‘classic.’

Imperfect or cool? It’s your decision:

1. Christmas trees with ambiguous religious backgrounds–
“Christmas tree 2004, proving beyond dispute that I am indeed the world’s worst Jew.”

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Tea-cycling #4: Tea Bag Pillows

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Tea-scented pillows are pretty easy to make. The instructions are so simple that one could simplify them into five simple sentences (i.e. five subjects and predicates).

Furthermore, the subjects are invisible—which may or may not be simpler depending on your feelings about ‘the implied you’.

This introduction is already more complicated than the tea-scented pillows.

Give it a try…

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3 Non-Alcoholic Wine Tips for ‘Bob’

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‘BOB’ is a Dutch acronym for ‘Conscious Non-drunk Driver’ [Bewust Onbeschonken Bestuurder]. It’s a common word on Dutch road signs and also, sometimes, in clever TV commercials (see commercials #1, #2 and #3).

In honor of these commercials, here are three tips for finding & serving non-alcoholic wines at parties, so that ‘Bob’ can look classier than a cup of water.

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Made in China: 7 Chinese Designers

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Instead of buying mass-made clothing from chain stores, try ordering your clothes directly from China; it minimizes the middleman and improves individual style.

Good results all around.

To get started, check out this sampling of seven designers, based in China and listed on Etsy:

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9 Ways to Use Leftover Chocolate

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Those familiar with the season of Sinterklaas know that giant chocolate letters have been profusely distributed throughout the Netherlands for the past few weeks.

[For those who are peacefully unaware of this peculiar holiday, David Sedaris has cleverly explained everything you need to know here.]

If you were lucky enough to receive a letter (or five) this year, you might be wondering what to do with such a reserve of chocolate—besides simply eating it. Yes, other options do exist.

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