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Looking for a great holiday gift for the want-to-be-decorator in your life, a mom who has all of her Veranda magazines collected in a closet, or that someone who has a slight addiction to beautiful coffee table books…look no further!
Lisa Newsom, founder of Veranda will be at our Dallas store today signing copies of her beautifully curated book. Stop by, meet Lisa, grab a bite and get your holiday list checked off!
From all of us at Wisteria, we give thanks to you. Here’s to a safe and pleasant holiday season–and a lot of food!
1. This is the PERFECT gift for most all of my friends who love decorating
2. Love these for anyone who has recently graduated. I realize they may not even know what I calling card is, which is exactly why this is a great gift – something that they would never think to buy themselves!
3. Whenever I buy new glasses I get so annoyed with the bulky cases that come with them, right? These are so fun and love them for my friends who travel with multiple pairs.
4. This is something that my husband would like. Always looking for creative ideas to get away from the expected tie or sport gift.
5. For the kiddos! One of my favorite gifts to give. You can either design them for them or give them a gift card and they can create their own. The best part is you can personalize with their name!
6. This is what I will be buying for my parents this year. They live in a small town, therefore Starbucks is hard to get. With this they can set up their own coffee bar!
7. Make an impression with my favorite orange box when you arrive to a cocktail party. Also a great gift for the guy in your life.
8. I couldn’t do a gift list without including including something that I want…
9. I recently bought this for my daughter’s room and LOVE it! Would be great paired with a year membership to an art museum.
10. Our garden stools are one of my favorite Wisteria items. Love all the colors that this versatile stool comes in. Great gift if you are staying at someone’s home for the holidays. Put a bright bow on it and you will definitely be invited back!
11. I am a big candle gift giver! I think it is the one gift that everyone loves to get. I will be giving these with gardenia scented tea lights.
To all of our friends at home and around the world who celebrate the “Festival of Lights”
Diwali celebrates the triumph of the Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness. Is has a major religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains alike – not only in India, but also for Indians living abroad.
Diwali is a festival over 5 days. On the first day, Dhanteras people pray to Goddess Laxmi for prosperity and wealth. The second day, Choti Diwali is also known as ‘Small Diwali’, ‘Naraka Chaturdashi’ or ‘Kali Chaudas’ in some states. The third day is the actual day of Diwali. Families will light oil lamps with a cotton wick and place them on a Puja Thali and offer to the deities, praising the deity by singing wonderful Aarti songs. At night people light up little oil lamps called Diyas, Dipa Lights or Ghee Lamps and place them around their houses. They hang colorful lanterns and fairy lights, enjoying firework displays or blasting firecrackers. The forth day , Padwa people cook mountains of food resembling Mount Govardhana. Finally the fifth and last day of Diwali is called ‘Bhaiduj’ also known as ‘Yama Dwitiya’. This is the day for brothers and sisters to strengthen their relationships. Just like Yami prayed for her brother Yama (God of Death), sisters are praying for their brother’s well-being on this day, and brothers give little gifts to their sisters in return.
Here are some great ideas how you can make the most of Diwali 2012:
Light sparklers and make wishes for Diwali 2012
Turn off all lamps and enjoy the Gleam of Diyas and candles in the dark
Try out new Diwali recipes and dishes
Cast your own candles in star & lotus shape