6 7 Seasonal The Nation EYE, Sunday December 19, 2010 e indulgence The Nation EYE, Sunday December 19, 2010 Special festival Festive fun at Ramada Colombo Families share the joy and cheer of Christmas and New Year offers from Zden Galadari Hotel Families can enjoy a range of festive delights as you cel- ebrate the joy of Christmas and Tempt Inn Treat yourself to the Christ- Z den, the store the sparkle of the New Year mas goody bags packed with with Ramada Colombo. mouth watering seasonal de- for you and your lights, cookies and cakes on home, is tucked away in the quiet The Cookie Hut offer and kids can indulge in the free Christmas delights; and customer Be enticed by the aroma Gingerbread Santa, Love friendly location in Mel- of delectable goodies at the cake, X’mas Cake, Choco- bourne Avenue, Bambala- Cookie hut. late Brownies and Chocolate pitiya. The Cookie Hut will be Santa. It is impossible to ignore decked until January 1 with a and miss the colourful and delicious mix of X’mas goodies Carols eye-catching products that such as Almond X’mas Stollen, Gingerbread Bell, Ginger Bread ‘Tis the time to be jolly... be are peeking out from the a part of the Ramada Carols display windows Zden of- Santa, Ginger Bread X’mas every Friday and Saturday fers a vast range of porce- Tree, Love Cake and X’mas night from 8 pm to 10 pm. Join lain ware, steel kitchen- Plum Pudding. in and feel the spirit of Christ- ware, Share your favourites from mas as you listen to well loved To signify that Zden has the Cookie Hut with loved ones carols and Christmas tunes. everything a household this season. needs is indeed not an exag- Yuletide fiesta Oasis Lounge geration. sure that you would never Sip cocktails, kick back and The availability and good walk out of the store empty Ramada Colombo Experience the Christmas enjoy snacks and drinks at quality is what makes Zden handed. festivities until December 24, very special rates at the Oasis stand out from the rest. Celebrate this festive with the yuletide ﬁesta set Lounge this season. The inviting exterior of season with Zden and avail menu lunch and dinner at Blast Thru 2010- ‘Gypsies’ the house cum store is en- riched by the magenta and gray walls and piped mu- sic. special offers as: Discounts of up to 25% on selected items in-store until December 31. Colours of the Gardenia Tea and Cof- fee Shop and Alhambra Res- taurant. Rate per person Rs 1950.00 with the ﬁnest wines and rich blends of spirits. Sway to the live strains of seasonal rhythms and ‘Black’ will Rock the city on New Year’s Eve Ramada- Colombo is pre- senting ‘Blast Thru 2010’ New the season It does come as a shock Christmas eve gala and the music of ‘Uprising’. Year’s Eve Dinner Dance at when you walk around, 10% off on ALL items Rate per person Rs 1950.00 Liberty Ballroom featuring that such a small homely when you shop online Galle Face Hotel buffet dinner nett and 50% off for kids below Gypsies and Black. Tickets place as Zden could have all shirts, and shawls have con- – http://ibuy.lk/zden/ Savour the ﬂavours of Christ- 12 years are Rs 8,500 nett with a sump- the possible requirements tributed vastly to the amaz- until January 15 mas from around the world as tuous international buffet and you would want to get your ing interior of Zden. Gift vouchers purchased One of the most prominent symbols of you enjoy the live Christmas New Year’s eve gala dance only Rs 6,000 nett. Zden ensures that the lo- from the December 1 to buffet dinner hands on. The smiling and helpful cal produce made by hand January 31 are valid for- the Christmas season is the colourful tunes. Rate per person Rs 2100.00 nett and 50% off for Gifts, air tickets to exotic destinations including 2 return Welcome the New Year at the staff ensures that you have from those in need go into ever, and there is more! decorations that adorn every shop and Mount Lavinia Hotel kids below 12 years Gardenia Tea and Coffee Shop. air tickets to London, Bankok, been satisﬁed before leav- good use giving those poor 10% will be waived off Chennai and two return air ing this store, by catering to families a brighter life. the price of the voucher! residence around the country. Nowhere Christmas dinner Indulge in an international buf- fet and seasonal gourmet cre- tickets to Maldives and excit- all your needs and getting Zden is a truly family run ing surprises await lucky New you what you have wanted. business as the signature If you have been looking this is more apparent than in some of the Celebrate the joy of Christ- mas with family and friends at ations. Lobby will be lively with rhythms of the ‘Uprising’. Rate Year’s Eve winners! Tickets It is interesting to walk in store run by the proprietors who have been in the trade for a needed change in your home or even to pick up a ﬁve-star hotels in and around Colombo. the Gardenia Tea and Coffee Shop. Enjoy a delicious Yule- per person Rs. 2300.00 nett are available at the Reception or call 2422001/ 4794319 for to the store and be greeted and 50% off for children below by the mixture of colour for over ﬁve generations is special gift, do yourself a Here are the images of some of the tide gastronomic feast together 12 years details and reservations and the different range of an extension to their whole- favour and drop by at Zden products that appear in the sale store Assena Marikkar at 36, Melbourne Avenue, beautiful décor captured by The Nation’s store changing every day . in Pettah. Colombo 4 or call them on photojouralist Rukshan Abeywansha A new selection of han- dloom, sarongs, sarees, The products being at very reasonable prices as- 0777 89 81 88 and you will not be disappointed. History of candy cane I t was not long after Europeans began us- The red Seylan Card ing Christmas trees that special decorations were used to adorn them. poinsettias – ‘Christmas Food items, such as candies and cookies were used predominately and straight white candy A Three Mix’ native Mexican plant, poinsettias were named after Joel R Poinsett, US ambassador to Mexico who In order to reward deb- sticks were one of the confections used as or- namentation. Legend has it that brought the plant to America it and credit cardholders during the 17th century, in 1828. during the festive sea- craftsmen created the Poinsettias were likely used son, Seylan Bank had white sticks of candy in and the custom of pass- the presence of three red by Mexican Franciscans in lined up the following the shape of shephreds’ ing out the candy crooks stripes the Holy Trinity. their 17th century Christmas promotions under the crooks at the suggestion at such ceremonies soon While factual evidence celebrations. campaign titled ‘Seylan of the choirmaster at spread throughout Eu- for these notions does not One legend has it that a Card Christmas Three the Cologne Cathedral in rope. exist, they have become young Mexican boy, on his way Mix’ for December; Germany . More recent explana- increasingly common to visit the village Nativity Exclusive offer for The candy treats were tions of the candy cane’s and at times are even rep- scene, realised he had no gift credit cardholders; given to children to keep symbolism hold that the resented as fact. Regard- for the Christ child. 1. ‘Triple your card us- using Seylan Debit them quiet during cer- colour white represents less, the candy cane re- He gathered pretty green age’ – All Credit Card- or Credit Cards for emonies at the living Christ’s purity, the red mains a favorite holiday branches from along the holders who triple Rs 500/- or more each creche, or Nativity scene, the blood he shed, and treat and decoration. road and brought them to the their November 2010 month from August church. Though the other Card usage during the 15 2010 to January children mocked him, when the month of December 15 2011 will stand a Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel leaves were laid at the manger, a beautiful star-shaped ﬂower appeared on each branch. 2010 will have their annual fees waived off for the following chance to enter the Super Marker Sweep draw, which is held Go green this holiday season year. Further, they e a friend to the envi- If you opt for a cut tree, The bright red petals, often mistaken for ﬂowers, are actually the upper leaves of the plant. will qualify to a draw and 5 winners will be awarded with Air . monthly With each purchase of Rs 500/- cardholders will stand multiple chances of Kiss under the mistletoe istletoe was “life-giving” power. Prize chance at Continental B ronment by showing good recycling and purchasing habits over the try to locate a lot that sells trees that are locally grown, and recycle it after the holi- Tickets to Bangkok with a free Traveller’s Card worth USD 250/-. Each cardholder will winning at the draw. Five debit and ﬁve credit card members M used by Druid priests years before the birth 200 In Scandinavia, mistletoe was con- sidered a plant Hotel set to be Colombo’s dazzling centrepiece on New Year’s Eve holidays. Re-evaluate some of your Christmas traditions and protect the planet. Christmas cards day. Christmas gifts If you are buying elec- tronic gifts to replace items will be randomly se- of Christ in their win- of peace, under Let’s face it; most Christ- in your home, dispose of C be notiﬁed of the tar- lected each month and ter celebrations. which enemies eylon Continen- the breakfast on January . Each event will host mas cards end up in landﬁll. old electronic components get spend with Novem- given ﬁve minutes to They revered could declare a tal will be hosting The feast will showcase exciting prizes and enter- They can be loving remind- and batteries responsibly. ber 2010 Credit Card shop at ‘Laugfs Sunup the plant since it truce or warring two sensational the chef ’s ﬁnest creations, tainment including rafﬂe ers to people far away, but Whenever possible, pur- statements in order to Super Market’ to ﬁll had no roots yet spouses kiss events to usher in great table deals on liquor draws with airline tick- this year, why not consider chase gifts made from recy- enjoy this unique of- their shopping carts remained green and make-up. the New Year - Continental and a midnight toast on ets to be won, Continen- sending e-cards to loved transportation costs. cled materials or from retail- fer. up to a maximum of during the cold At Christmas time Flight 2011 at the Sapphire the house. tal Flight is sponsored by ones who have computers. Your Christmas tree ers that support eco-friendly Offers extended to Rs. 25,000/- . months of winter. a young lady stand- Ballroom and the exclusive At midnight, all couples Oman Air and the Qatar That way, you can send lov- There is some controversy businesses. both credit and debit 3. Discounts - Cardhold- The ancient ing under a ball of Hush! at the Hotel’s rooftop present will be ten ﬂoors Airways will be the airline ing thoughts of the season over whether an artiﬁcial or Consider making an eco- cardholders: Celtics believed mis- mistletoe, brightly Cat’s Eye ballroom. high, in the epicenter of partner of the exclusive while showing your love for real tree is the most environ- aware donation on a gift ers will enjoy dis- 2. Super market sweep tletoe to have magi- trimmed with ever- This New Year’s Eve, a breathtakingly colour- hush. the planet. mentally responsible way to recipient’s behalf this year. counts and special cal healing powers and greens, ribbons, and - Cardholders who offers at over 50 mer- guests will ring in 2011 in ful experience, unique to Bulk purchase beneﬁts Gift wraps go, but it is a sure bet that if Teaching someone the value make purchases at used it as an antidote for ornaments, cannot refuse to I don’t think there is anyone you buy a living tree that you of giving is a great gift in it- chant outlets island- poison, infertility, and to ward of be kissed. style and dance the night the country – it will be an and special discounts are any merchant outlet wide. away at the Continental unforgettable and pictur- also available to groups and who hasn’t had a moment’s are planning on planting after self. evil spirits. Such a kiss could mean deep pause when disposing of all the holiday, you’ll be doing (suit101.com) The plant was also seen as a romance or lasting friendship and Flight 2011 Dinner Dance. esque experience,” Harsha parties that book early. The dazzling affair in- Samaranayake, director The twin event produc- of that wrapping paper the the planet a favour. symbol of peace, and it is said goodwill. day after Christmas. What When you shop for a liv- that among Romans, enemies If the girl remained unkissed, cludes a complete trans- sales and marketing, stat- tion stamps a ﬁnale on a a waste. This year, why not ing tree, select one that will who met under mistletoe would she cannot expect not to marry formation of the venue, ed. year that brought revitali- try wrapping smaller gifts grow in your area and can be lay down their weapons and em- the following year. where intricate and glis- Versatile female vocal- sation and energy to Cey- with fabric. There are thou- kept in a pot outdoors until brace. Few, however, realise that tening décor complements has gained its popularity ballroom, the Cat’s Eye. ist Sonali will perform at lon Continental Hotel. sands of Christmas fabrics your ground thaws in spring. Kissing under the mistletoe mistletoe’s botanical story earns the unique menu on offer. through dinner dances has The venue promises in- the event along with Ranil Through an assortment available that can be cut Plan on bringing your living is ﬁrst found associated with it the classiﬁcation of “parasite”. A gala dinner and break- performed over 26 dinner timacy and style, in addi- Rodrigo as Sonali & Cham- of unique and imagina- with pinking shears (so they tree indoors no more than a the Greek festival of Saturnalia As a parasitic plant, it grows fast will be held in the dances for this year alone. tion to the incomparably pagne. tive events that have tak- don’t ravel) and used to wrap week before Christmas, and and later with primitive marriage on the branches or trunk of a tree midst of a complete band The band’s repertoire breathtaking view of the The night’s entertain- en place during the nine smaller gifts. put it back outdoors right af- rites. and actually sends out roots that experience provided by will appeal to fans of Eng- city skyline and ocean. ment will also include a months of ownership and Buy local ter Christmas. If you live in They probably originated from penetrate into the tree and take Doctor and Kings. lish and Sinhala favourites The exclusive ﬁnale belly dance act, and non- management by the Hay- It is a good practice to an apartment, or don’t have two beliefs. One belief was that it up nutrients. Both ‘Kings with Chan- from the 70s to contempo- event named Hush! in- stop music from Eugene, leys Group, Continental get into the habit of buying room in your yard for an ev- has power to bestow fertility. But mistletoe is also capable dralal’ and ‘Doctor’ and rary times. cludes a dual set menu and ﬂown in from Australia, has gradually regained its local. When you buy local ergreen, check into the op- It was also believed that for growing on its own; like other have reached the zenith The exclusive 31st night buffet dinner concept lim- who will play a selection place in Colombo’s spot- seasonal produce or buy tion of donating it to a local the dung from which the plants it can produce its own food from local artisans, you are rest home or children’s cen- of popularity in Colombo. production will take place ited to just 60 couples. of 70s and 80s classics un- light. mistletoe would also possess by photosynthesis. saving on packaging and tre after the holiday. Kings, a leading band that in Continental’s highest The event also includes til dawn.