Lights! Dancing!


December 14, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Gone are the days of the traditional Hanukkah menorah. These days in area shops, you'll find eclectic and unique menorahs, from the frosted-glass variety to sculpted metal to electric.

Hanukkah begins Friday at sundown. This year, ZYZYX!, at Festival at Woodholme, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, displays and sells more than 250 menorahs and dreidels. Choices range from Tamara Baskin's Jerusalem-themed colored-glass menorahs ($170) to Lynn Rae Lowe's menorahs of steel dancing figures with patina finish (pictured above, $360).

Or stop by the gift shop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., and find menorahs, dreidels and Hanukkah-themed prints and wall hangings.

The shop 2910 on the Square, 2910 O'Donnell St., sells American-made and Israeli-made Hanukkah items, including candles and children's books. See stainless-steel menorahs by Seeka, made with artist's resin and Austrian crystal (left, $295) or contemporary electric chrome / gold-plated ones (above, $68). And don't miss the Israeli-made morphing dreidel, which becomes a menorah with a few changes of the pieces ($130).

Call ZYZYX! at 410-486-9785, the JMM at 410-732-6400 or 2910 on the Square at 410-675-8505.

Custom confetti

Sure, you've sent many holiday cards over the years. But have you ever sent holiday cards with Confoti Confetti inside them? Confoti Confetti is personalized photo confetti, created from your own digital prints. And it can add a personalized touch when slipped into holiday cards, party invitations or gift boxes or set out as decoration on the holiday table.

To begin the process of making the photo confetti, visit the Web site and follow the steps to upload your photos (up to 30), crop them into one-inch diameter circles, pick accent-color confetti and place your order. You'll get about 3,200 pieces in a .75-ounce bag ($16.95) in four to 14 days.

For more information, call 650-569-3220.

Christmas with the Bushes

Can't make it to Washington this holiday season? You can still see the festively decorated White House -- on the tube. At 9 tonight, HGTV is airing the program The White House Christmas 2003, which gives viewers a look at what's involved in decking the halls of the home of the president and first lady.

The program shows the three-day decorating process with insights from Laura Bush's team of decorators, volunteers and staffers, including the White House's chief usher, chief florist and executive pastry chef.

The show will be repeated at 9 p.m. Friday and at 5 p.m. Dec. 21. Visit for more information.


* Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St., is decorated for the holidays and open for tours, noon-4 p.m. today. Visitors can enjoy light refreshments and hear holiday music. $1. Call 410-516-0341.

* Take a tour of the festively decorated Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and learn all about Christmas traditions, such as why poinsettias are considered the flower of Christmas and why red and green are the holiday's traditional colors. $1. Call 410-848-7775.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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