Guess that Christmas Song Game

Gather the family around for a new holiday tradition!
Bond with your holiday guests with this festive game by guessing the name of the holiday song. This cheerfully illustrated Christmas game seeks answers to the names of traditional carol songs to the latest pop hits, a fun holiday challenge for all ages.
Three years in the making, audience testing and approved!

HOW TO PLAY: Each square has a picture telling a story based a holiday song. Guess the song’s name, write down your answer, and who ever finishes first with the most correct answers wins.

DIRECTION FOR THE PLAYERS: Distribute the picture sheet face down to participants. Make sure everyone has a pencil to compose their answers at the bottom of the page. Set a timer for 5 minutes. On “start” players guess as many songs as they can. The player with the most correct answers wins.

Download (and learn more about) this printable game for only $10 on Etsy at Jessica Haas Designs shop.

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Syracuse, NY Fall Foliage Planner 2016

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The above chart is the attempt to predict when autumn’s peak color will happen in  Syracuse, New York, based on the passed years’ reports from foliagenetwork.com. The gray columns are the 2016 weekends so you can plan ahead; this is particularly helpful for travelers looking to book a hotel in advance. Syracuse is a unique forecast because it falls right in the middle of the hills so many times the report was mixed, which means you could have peak on one side of the city and high in the next. Leaf drop is not included on the chart because if storms do come the leaves will still change around the same time. See my home page for other cities.

See the above chart for the 2016 predictions for Syracuse fall foliage. The best times to see autumn’s peak colors in the Syracuse area will be October 15 – 22rd, 2016.

Definitely plan some outdoor activities the weekend of October 15 -16th for the most beautiful fall foliage this year. 

Update: Baldwinsville, NY – October 23,2016,  Peak Color

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JimThorpe, PA Fall Foliage Planner 2016

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The above chart is the attempt to predict when autumn’s peak color will happen in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, based on the passed years’ reports from foliagenetwork.com. The gray columns are the 2016 weekends so you can plan ahead; this is particularly helpful for travelers looking to book a hotel in advance. Leaf drop is not included on the chart because if storms do come the leaves will still change around the same time. See my home page for other cities.

See the above chart for the 2016 predictions for Jim Thorpe, PA fall foliage. The best times to see autumn’s peak colors in the area will be October 15 – 25th, 2016.

Definitely plan some outdoor activities the weekend of October 22 -23th for the most beautiful fall foliage this year. 

If you do visit the charming small town of Jim Thorpe, I highly recommend taking a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. There’s a lovely 45 minute looped ride through the Lehigh Gorge’s mountain scenery. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the ticket booth in downtown Jim Thorpe. Trains depart on the hour from 10am-4pm on weekend days in October. If you are dressed warm enough ride the open car – it’s amazing (see my photos from my October 10 – 13, 2014 trip below – in High color.)

For more information and weekday train times, visit the official Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway website:  http://www.lgsry.com

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Buffalo, NY Fall Foliage Planner 2016

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The above chart is the attempt to predict when autumn’s peak color will happen in  Buffalo, New York, based on the passed years’ reports from foliagenetwork.com. The gray columns are the 2016 weekends so you can plan ahead; this is particularly helpful for travelers looking to book a hotel in advance. Leaf drop is not included on the chart because if storms do come the leaves will still change around the same time. See my home page for other cities.

See the above chart for the 2016 predictions for Buffalo fall foliage. The best times to see autumn’s peak colors in the Buffalo area will be October 19 – 25th, 2016.

Definitely plan some outdoor activities the weekend of October 22 -23th for the most beautiful fall foliage this year. 

Update 1: Photo by David Haas from Clarence, NY – October 10, 2016 in low color.

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Update 2: Clarence, NY – October 19, 2016, in high color


Days after this picture was taken the upstate New York region went under several days of endless rain. Leaf drop is happening.

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Boston, MA Fall Foliage Planner 2016

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Whether you live in or around the city of Boston, Massachusetts, its old world charm sprinkled in the warm colors of fall is something not to be missed. The above chart is the attempt to predict when autumn’s peak color will happen in  Boston, Massachusetts, based on the passed years’ reports from foliagenetwork.com. The gray columns are the 2016 weekends so you can plan ahead; this is particularly helpful for travelers looking to book a hotel in advance. Leaf drop is not included on the chart because if storms do come the leaves will still change around the same time. See my home page for other cities.

Last year, I was attending a wedding in the Boston area and I was curious if the wedding would be a beautiful fall affair. This year that same couple is having a baby shower/ Jack and Jill party in mid-October and I’m curious again to see if my commute will a colorful one.

See the above chart for the 2016 predictions for Boston fall foliage. The best times to see autumn’s peak colors in the Boston area will be October 23 – November 2, 2016.

Definitely plan some outdoor activities Halloween weekend, October 29 -30th for the most beautiful fall foliage this year.

Update 1: Boston, MA – October 15, 2016 in Low/Moderate color depending on your location in the city. I think these center city pictures show low color.

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Hudson Valley, NY Fall Foliage Planner 2016

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Planning to see fall foliage this year? The above chart is the attempt to predict when autumn’s peak color will happen in  Hudson Valley, New York, based on the passed years’ reports from foliagenetwork.com . The gray columns are the 2016 weekends so you can plan ahead. This is particularly helpful for the New York City folks commuting an hour away to the Catskill Mountains and may want to book a Hudson Valley hotel in advance. Leaf drop is not included on the chart because if storms do come the leaves will still change around the same time. See my home page for other cities.

This year’s Hudson Valley peak time doesn’t seem to fall directly on a weekend so you may want to plan for a long weekend or taking some time off mid-workweek to see it.

Plan for October 22 -30 for the most beautiful fall foliage in Hudson Valley, NY and Catskill Mountains.

Update: Amtrak (Empire Service) train views of Livingston, NY alongside the Hudson River on October 24, 2016.

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Bergdorf Goodman Windows 2015 Brilliant Holiday

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As always the four prominent windows on the 5th avenue side of Bergdorf Goodman NYC, are again undoubtedly the best Christmas displays in all of New York City. This year’s theme is “Brilliant Holiday”, which showcases each window uniquely telling a glamorous tale of fashion set in over 7 million Swarovski crystals. These 2015 windows celebrate Swarovski’s 120th anniversary and the release of a lavish monograph from Rizzoli documenting the company’s history and its far-flung collaborations in fashion, jewelry, performance, and design. This year is a truly a sight not to be missed.

Starting at the south window titled, the Crown Jewels.  Where a fashionable queen sits on her throne of tufted red interiors like a jewelry box, surrounded by 2 silver armored guards, 2 roaring gargoyles, 2 life sized maned lions, 1 antique telephone all topped with one large gold crown.

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Moving north up 5th avenue, the next window tells a story titled, Hidden Gem.  A women wearing a bejeweled headlamp and shovel she finds herself standing in a purple cavern with her feet buried in gems.

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Next window tells a story of a birthday celebration featuring cakes for every month, bejeweled musical instruments, balloons and fashionable party goers, titled Glittery.

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The next window is the underwater tale of Neptune, set in a stunning texture made of Swarovski pearls. Framed with waves of pearls and surrounded by the gems of the sea this window is titled, The Treasure Chest.

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Lastly, a fortune teller scene titled, the Crystal Ball. Whether it’s a wheel of fortune, a monkey with crystal ball or palm reading, today is your lucky day. Featuring large diamond rings and wheels spinning for love, power, truth and more.

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Three fashion designers—Johnson Hartig of Libertine, Naeem Khan, and CD Greene—have contributed Swarovski-embellished looks for the windows, and the store’s salons are tricked out with dazzling chandeliers by design maestros Michael Anastassiades, Tord Boontje, D.B. Kim, and Yves Béhar.

The windows were christened on November 16 by Nadja Swarovski, Linda Fargo (Bergdorf’s legendary tastemaker, fashion savant, and zeitgeist surfer), and David Hoey, BG’s senior director of visual presentation, who designed the breathtaking windows. Brilliant, indeed.

–  , Architectural Digest

Of course, these are better in person, the Swarovski crystals sparkle beautifully and the craftsmanship is jaw droppingly impressive. There are extremely talented people working on these displays and I think I may have to go see these again this year.

See last years Berdorf GoodmanWindows 2014 Holidays on Ice here.

 

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It’s the time of the season for calendars

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The best calendar ever is hot off the press! The State by State Food Guide Yearly Calendar returns for 2016. Start your year off right with this beautiful art print that also helps you to live a healthier lifestyle.

Limited quantities remain for the following states:

California
Colorado
Florida
Illinois
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Oregon
Texas
Washington

The guide helps you to search for foods in season within your state. When eating seasonally there is a better chance produce was been delivered from local farmers and picked at the height of freshness. This means you’re receiving maximized vitamins, minerals, and most importantly flavor.

So don’t go on a diet this year, simply each real delicious food. The food guide helps you to eat balanced meals from all things found in nature. Each loop in the circle is a category, dividing foods into herbs and spices, salad, fruit, protein and vegetables.

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• Size: 11″ x 17″ (Frame not included)
• All produce is hand drawn from scratch (vector art)
• Printed on heavy matte, 100% Post-Consumer recycled paper
• Packaged in a Stayflat Mailer with a clear protective sleeve and cardboard backing to prevent damage.

Get’em while you can, quantites are limited. Order now for delivery before the new year.  Visit the “2016 Seasonal Calendars” Section of Jessica Haas Designs shop on Etsy today.

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New York City Captured

New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures photographer Scott Frances shooting aerial views of Central Park from Trump New York Hotel

The above picture was a surprising capture of photographer Scott Frances (ScottFrances.com). We were shooting Central Park views from the roof of Trump New York, Central Park Hotel. I was just clicking away with my camera from above the safety glass, without being able to see my digital screen or viewfinder and got this shot, amazing!

 

This is one of my best shots taken from that shoot day. You can see the Hudson River, Central Park and Upper West side, Manhattan. Since this view, I’ve haven’t been able to stop capturing New York. To see more of my photography of New York City and my travels follow me on Instagram at JessicaHaasNYC.  Below are some of my favorite New York City pictures, usually captured with my phone then adding some fun Instagram filters.

 

New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures a sunset over a New Jersey skyline and the Freedom Tower in downtown Manhattan, New York CityNew York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures Central Park row boating couple with San Remo building
New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures Central Park in autumn, overlooking 15 Central Park West building.New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures Central Park's Sailboat Pond reflections
New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures a misty Central Park on Columbus Circle at nightNew York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures the Empire State buildingNew York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures an aerial view over Sixth Avenue from Soho to Central Park, featuring the Empire State building
New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures an aerial street view of 7th aveNew York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures the Chrysler building surrounded by American flags
New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures Columbus Circle at night
New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures Fulton Street Subway Station

New York Art Director, Jessica Haas captures an aerial view of Central Park and The PlazaNew York Art Director, Jessica Haas and her husband capture a New York City skyline over the Hudson River from Jersey City, NJ

This last shot was taken by my husband, who sees this view every work day, from Jersey City, New Jersey. Such an a great view! Again, if you want to see more of what I capture  in New York City or my other worldly travels follow me on Instagram at JessicaHaasNYC.

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Over a Century The Plaza with a Central Park View

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I had the opportunity to see a stunning view of The Plaza along New York City’s 59th Street overlooking Central Park. Strangely enough, I also stumbled upon almost the same view from over a century ago (found on DailyMail.com). Even though a lot has changed over the years, it’s interesting to see what survives.

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One of the first ever color photographs from America – 1909

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“One of America’s most celebrated hotels, The Plaza opened its doors on October 1, 1907, amid a flurry of impressive reports describing it as the greatest hotel in the world. Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel was constructed in the most fashionable residential section of New York City.

Designated a New York City Landmark in 1969, The Plaza is listed on the Register of Historic Places and the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.” – The Plaza NY.com

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