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                                    Seasonal                                                                                    The Nation EYE, Sunday December 19, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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-

           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-
                                                                 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-        –                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               t was not long after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Europeans began us-

 The red     Seylan Card                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing Christmas trees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that special decorations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           were used to adorn

 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-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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
                                           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
                                                                                                  years before the birth
                                                                                                                                                           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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                           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          (
                                                                                                     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.

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