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Elias Lists The Ten Worst Things About the Holidays – Christmas Downers!

This is from an ELIAS comment on my blog. It’s great, read them.
James Pilant

OK, the ten worst things about the holidays this year…
1)No Daily Show
2)Being Stuck at the airport
3)Being stuck at A DIFFERENT AIRPORT!
4)Had to buy a new phone charger…watched too much DVR with my TV Everywhere app, ran down the phone, plugged it in..and left the charger in the airport terminal
5)fruitcake, always fruitcake
6)Didn’t get Inception on Bluray
8)slipped in ice and fell, much to the amusement of all those around me
9)Still no Daily Show!!
10)that the holidays are over. Despite the stress and aggravation, I always love this time of year and am bummed when it’s over.

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An Eleven Million Dollar Christmas Tree??

An Eleven Million Dollar Christmas Tree??

From Huffington Post

United Arab Emirates – An Abu Dhabi luxury hotel that boasted an $11 million Christmas tree decorated with gold and gems admitted Sunday it may have taken the holiday spirit a bit too far.

A statement from the Emirates Palace hotel said it regretted “attempts to overload” the Christmas tree tradition by adorning it with premium bling including gold, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones from a hotel jeweler.

They celebrate Christmas in Abu Dhabi? with an 11 million dollar tree? with real jewels and diamonds?

Thorsten Veblen used to write about conspicuous consumption. It’s a pity he missed this one. I think conspicuous is a weak work in this case.

I think I’ll go with narcissistic aggressive ostentation.

It’s like an insult to all the other middle class trees.

There is supposed to be some kind of symbolism here. I could hypothesize here abut what that symbolism could be but really all that’s going on is a massive case of kitsch.

James Pilant

P.S. If you want to stay there, they have a million dollar package that enables you to stay for a week.

From around the web – Yabba Dabbi Dubai:

From the web site,

Big deal! It’s just a normal (tall) Christmas tree with a bunch of expensive necklaces hung out on the branches. It’s not like $11 million was spent on the tree. 99% of the visible value in front of your eyes will be returned to the donating jewelers store front window after Christmas. I look at the situation as a Green environmentally friendly display case, a unique and creative way to get public exposure to some beautiful original designer trinkets and another marketing hole-in-one for the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

From the web site, Gems and Jewelry:

For those seeking a glow to their Christmas this year, a jewelry store in downtown Tokyo has just the answer: a pure gold revolving “tree” covered in Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell and Cinderella.

The tree-like ornament is made of 40 kg (88 pounds) of pure gold, standing about 2.4 meters (7.9 ft) high and 1.2 meters in diameter. It is decorated with pure gold plate silhouette cutouts of 50 popular Disney characters and draped with ribbons made of gold leaf.

The price tag? A mere 350 million yen ($4.2 million)

And finally, from the web site, 5 Star Hotels:

A luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi which unveiled a Christmas tree decorated with jewels valued at 11 million US dollars has decided to put the record straight against criticism of having gone over the top.

The Emirates Palace hotel said it regretted “attempts to overload the tradition followed by most hotels in the country,” it said, in a statement quoted in Gulf News on Sunday.

“Putting the Christmas tree… is a tradition meant to share in celebrating occasions guests hold while they are away from their home countries and families,” said the hotel in the United Arab Emirates capital.

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