Archive | November, 2015

5 Holiday Gift Giving Traditions from Around the World

25 Nov

Families all over the world come together for the Holiday Season to celebrate time with their loved ones. Many families have special traditions to bring everyone into the holiday spirit. From festive dinners to unique folktales about giving gifts, the Holiday Season is the most wonderful time of the year!

To celebrate the Holiday Season, we’ve picked our 5 favorite gift giving traditions from around the world!

  1. La Befana, Italy

In some parts of Italy, Christmas gifts are delivered by La Befana – a benevolent elderly woman who flies on her broom on Ephiphany Eve (January 5th) to gift holiday treats to children. La Befana fills the stocking of children who behave with candy, fruits and other sweets and goodies. The children who misbehave get “coal” or bitter candy instead. The children traditionally leave out a small glass of wine and traditional holiday foods for her arrival.

  1. The Christmas Cracker, United Kingdom

The Christmas Cracker are a fun Christmas present given throughout the United Kingdom that holds a special prize. The cracker is made from a cardboard tube encased in bright wrapping paper. The ends of the cracker are each held by a person and pulled tightly, leading to an uneven break with the winner holding the larger half. The crackers are filled with small toys, bonbons, fortunes, or a colorful paper hat to be worn during Christmas dinner.

  1. The Cagatio, Spain

The Cagatio is a hollow log that graces the living rooms of Catalan homes around the holiday season. The logs are propped up with two stick legs, covered in a blanket for warmth, and are painted with a smiling face and a bright red nose. Families fill the log with fruit, juice, and other sweets before bed and wake-up to small gifts underneath the log. The better the children treat the log, the larger the gifts they’ll receive leading to Christmas.

  1. The Christmas Pickle, United States

This American tradition traces its origins back to Germany, where glass fruit ornaments were highly popular in the 1880s. Families in the United States still practice the same tradition as the Germans did. The Christmas Pickle was the last ornament to be hung on the Christmas Tree, hidden from view. Once the Christmas Pickle was set, the children would then search for the ornament in the tree with the first place winner receiving an extra Christmas gift.

  1. The Yule Lads, Iceland

The Yule Lads tells the story of 13 trolls who travel through Iceland, starting on the 23rd of December and ending on Epiphany (January 6th). The Children of Iceland leave their shoes on their window sills to be filled with treats and small gifts every evening. The children who behaved the preceding day received the treats and gifts, but children who misbehaved received a potato instead.

Family traditions are a fun way to celebrate time spent together over the Holiday Season. At Popcorn Palace, we’re beyond excited for our festive Gourmet Popcorn. We offer a variety of fresh flavors including our limited time only Double Chocolate. It’s the perfect gift to pass around the fireplace for your loved ones to enjoy. For more information about Popcorn Palace and our flavor options, visit our Popcorn Palace Holiday Gifts page or fill out the form below.

How to Find Great Holiday Gifts for the People in Your Life

23 Nov

The Fall and Winter holidays can be a whirlwind for your gift shopping list. Right after Halloween is the flurry of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve decorations and gift sets that are shining for your attention. With the holidays just around the corner and your, it begs the question – where do I start?

Luckily, we’ve created a How-To guide to help you organize your holiday gift shopping list for the best presents for the people in your life:

Find the Best Holiday Gift for Family

Holiday gift shopping for family can be difficult. Chances are you know their lifestyle, hobbies, interests, even their favorite colors. It can feel like information overload, leaving you with a blank holiday gift list. Having watched you grow older and attended life milestones, family members will know you the deepest. Give a gift that holds personal meaning.

Start by brainstorming a list of favorite memories or inside jokes that you’ve shared with family members. Did you see your favorite team win the World Series with your son? They may love an autographed baseball glove from their favorite player. Perhaps you have a funny first date story with your husband? Gift the perfume that she wore on the first date.

Holiday Gifts for Coworkers and Clients

Depending on your profession, it may be a good idea to consider giving a gift to your coworkers and clients. Spending 40-hours a week in an office and you’re bound to know your colleagues, especially if they’re your partner. Clients will always appreciate a tasteful holiday gift and it may help you stay memorable.

The key to a memorable gift is to make sure that is speaks uniquely to your relationship. Reflect back on any recurring conversational themes you may have. Does your client always talk about their love for golf? Then consider gifting a high-quality set of clubs. Is there a favorite Italian restaurant that you and your coworkers go to for lunch? They may love a cook book on authentic Italian recipes.

Finding a Holiday Gift for Friends

The saying goes, “a good friend is hard to find”, but that doesn’t mean finding a gift has to be. Friends tend to share the same interests that you have, which makes finding a gift a lot of fun. Holiday gifts for friends should be enjoyable, sharing the fun of the holiday season.

Make a list of things that you and your friends enjoy together. Then breakdown your shared interests into topics. Is there a movie that you and your friend are always quoting? Consider gifting a holiday tin of Gourmet Popcorn by Popcorn Palace. The tins come in gallon sizes to fit an array of flavor combinations, from Milk Chocolate Drizzle to Chicago Chic® and Brown Sugar Caramel to Fruit Rainbow, perfect for even the pickiest of eaters.

To learn more about our delicious Gourmet Popcorn flavors and tin choices, fill out our form below or go to our website at Popcorn Palace today!


 

Last Chance to Win Free Popcorn! Holiday Giveaway from Popcorn Palace

16 Nov

Hi popcorn fans! This is your last change to win free popcorn in our 2015 Holiday Giveaway. Fill out the form below to enter for a chance to win delicious popcorn from Popcorn Palace. We will stop accepting entries on November 27th, and announce the winners on November 30th. Read below for more information.
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Three lucky winners will be randomly selected to win a delicious large tin filled with:

  • Double Chocolate popcorn
  • Milk Chocolate Drizzle popcorn
  • White Chocolate Peanut Butter popcorn

Entry is simple. Just fill out the form below to be entered for a chance to win.

Good luck and have an amazing November!!

Contest Rules and Disclaimers

  1. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contestants will enter by filling out an entry form.
  2. Entries must be submitted before midnight on November 27th, 2015.
  3. There will be a maximum of three winners. Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries received.
  4. All form fields must be filled in accurately or entry may be considered ineligible.
  5. By registering, you consent to answering a few short questions about your experience with Popcorn Palace, and give Popcorn Palace the authorization to use your name, photo, and quotes in promotional materials without further compensation.
  6. One entry per person.
  7. Must be 18 years old or older to enter.
  8. Participants and winner(s) must be U.S. residents, void in HI, AK, PR and international.

About Popcorn Palace

The company began over 15 years ago with just 2 winning flavors: our signature Brown Sugar Caramel and Cheddarific. One by one, as new flavors have been perfected, we’ve expanded the Popcorn Palace flavor realm. Pioneers in combining chocolate and popcorn, our Milk Chocolate Drizzle has become a holiday staple in homes and offices nationwide. Even as the company quickly grows, our focus remains the same: to deliver the best tasting popcorn you’ve ever eaten. Starting with premium ingredients. All of our flavors are heightened by the toasty crunch of freshly popped gourmet popcorn to ensure that your every bite is “a heavenly experience.” Guaranteed!

Popcorn Palace also offers a fundraising program perfect for any size organization or organization type. With 50% profit on each item, no up-front costs, no minimum orders, and an excellent support staff—we make fundraising easy and effective. Request your free information kit today.

5 Popular Thanksgiving Traditions for The Family

11 Nov

The fourth Thursday of November is a day that people across the U.S. look forward to every-year, Thanksgiving! Families and friends join together to celebrate the Pilgrim’s first feast with the Wampanoag Indians in 1621 as a time to give thanks.

Thanksgiving is also a holiday full of wonderful traditions that are widely celebrated today. While all families and friends have traditions that they’ve celebrated for generations, many traditions have a deep and championed history throughout the United States.

To celebrate the season of being thankful, we’ve made a list of 5 popular Thanksgiving traditions that make the holiday one of our favorites:

Turkey Trots

For some families, the morning of Thanksgiving is the perfect time to run a Turkey Trot – a 5K+ marathon held every Thanksgiving. Many Turkey Trots have a storied history, going back many generations to the late 1800s.

In today’s Turkey Trots, it is tradition for families to dress up as turkeys or pilgrims as they run through their city. There’s an expected 1,000 Turkey Trots across the United States with the largest held in Dallas, Texas, hosting over 40,000 marathoners every year. Many of these races are sponsored by local youth and fitness organizations with proceeds going to charity.

Football

With family members and friends traveling across the United States to join their loved ones, Thanksgiving is a time to toss around the old pigskin. Watching football on TV and playing a game with the family on Thanksgiving have become a major tradition for sport fans. The tradition started in 1934 during the midst of the Great Depression when the Portsmouth Spartans played a game against the then World Champions, the Chicago Bears.

Today, the NFL has an average over 27 million viewers per-game on Thanksgiving with the Dallas Cowboys – Philadelphia Eagles game sporting around 32 million viewers.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1924 by Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan, New York to showcase the “World’s Largest Store”. The parade fills the streets of New York with 3.5 million in attendance and 50 million viewers to watch the floats, massive balloons, and marching bands.

Although plenty of celebrities attend the parade, Santa Claus has been the family favorite for decades. The parade has been shortened from 6 miles to 2.5 miles and has grown to showcase complex floats and detailed balloons each year to signal the winter holidays.

Lucky Wishbone Break

The tradition of catching a “lucky break” by snapping a wishbone is older than the United States, dating back to 322 B.C with the Etruscan people. It involves two people, each grabbing the end of the bone with their pinky finger and tugging at it with a wish in mind. The one who ends with the largest piece of bone has their wish fulfilled.

Most families enjoy the lucky wishbone break after the turkey meal. The wishbone is removed from the turkey before cooking and set aside to dry for a crisp break.

Thanksgiving Dinner          

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Thanksgiving dinner! The dinner celebrates the first feast at Plymouth in 1621 between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. The feast was held to celebrate a bountiful autumn harvest as a way of giving thanks after a hard year of scarcity.

Many families celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pies and other sweets. The dinner is an important centerpiece to the holiday as families and friends come together from great distances to share thanks over a meal.

To celebrate Thanksgiving dinner, we offer a variety of sweet and savory gourmet popcorn flavors that complement any feast. We recommend our Brown Sugar Caramel flavor for its crisp taste and hint of butter and Better Salt ‘n Pepper, a winning combination for a perfect Thanksgiving meal. For dessert, our Milk Chocolate Drizzle or Double Chocolate are the perfect sweet treat.

Thanksgiving is a holiday of rich traditions where friends and family to give thanks for another great year. Let us be part of your celebration with our gourmet popcorn flavors. We offer discounts for multiple bag orders and always ship fresh. For more information about Popcorn Palace and our flavors, visit our popcorn flavor page or fill out the form below.

Happy November! Holiday Giveaway from Popcorn Palace

2 Nov

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In order to get into the holiday spirit for the upcoming holiday seasons, Popcorn Palace is happy to present our Holiday Giveaway!

Three lucky winners will be randomly selected to win a delicious large tin filled with:

  • Double Chocolate popcorn
  • Milk Chocolate Drizzle popcorn
  • White Chocolate Peanut Butter popcorn

We will be running the contest for six weeks: from October 19th to November 27th, and we will announce the winners on November 30th!

Entry is simple. Just fill out the form below to be entered for a chance to win.

Good luck and have an amazing November!!

Contest Rules and Disclaimers

  1. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contestants will enter by filling out an entry form.
  2. Entries must be submitted before midnight on November 27th, 2015.
  3. There will be a maximum of three winners. Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries received.
  4. All form fields must be filled in accurately or entry may be considered ineligible.
  5. By registering, you consent to answering a few short questions about your experience with Popcorn Palace, and give Popcorn Palace the authorization to use your name, photo, and quotes in promotional materials without further compensation.
  6. One entry per person.
  7. Must be 18 years old or older to enter.
  8. Participants and winner(s) must be U.S. residents, void in HI, AK, PR and international.

About Popcorn Palace

The company began over 15 years ago with just 2 winning flavors: our signature Brown Sugar Caramel and Cheddarific. One by one, as new flavors have been perfected, we’ve expanded the Popcorn Palace flavor realm. Pioneers in combining chocolate and popcorn, our Milk Chocolate Drizzle has become a holiday staple in homes and offices nationwide. Even as the company quickly grows, our focus remains the same: to deliver the best tasting popcorn you’ve ever eaten. Starting with premium ingredients. All of our flavors are heightened by the toasty crunch of freshly popped gourmet popcorn to ensure that your every bite is “a heavenly experience.” Guaranteed!

Popcorn Palace also offers a fundraising program perfect for any size organization or organization type. With 50% profit on each item, no up-front costs, no minimum orders, and an excellent support staff—we make fundraising easy and effective. Request your free information kit today.