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Friday, December 25, 2009  0 Comments

Lump of Coal or Treats from Santa

You may have heard that naughty children receive only a lump of coal from Santa Claus in their Christmas stocking instead of presents. Well we hope you got treats, and that you didn’t wish you had some lumps of coal on hand. In case you did, you might be glad to know that we’ve got bags of coal if you’ve got the naughty Neds and Nancys!

Each bag comes printed on two sides--one side with the message “You’ve been naughty” and the other with “Merry Christmas”. Three lumps of imitation coal are included to really drive the point home, or spread the wealth among many misbehaving family members. Or you might want to do what they do in Scotland, where it is customary and lucky to give coal as a gift on New Year's Day because it represents warmth for the year to come.

If instead you found that you had so many gifts to give, or perhaps you dressed as Santa and your costume didn’t include a bag made for the express purpose of being filled with goodies for good girls and boys, you’ll like our Santa Sacks! We’ve got three different styles:

The Santa Sack is a velvet bag that measures 30 x 36 inches, has gold embroidered lettering wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, a gold colored drawstring is detailed and two jingle bells. It even includes a 12 inch shoulder strap for easy handling!

The Santa Toy Bag is red velvet with a green velvet collar and bells and matches nicely with any of our elf costumes if you need a helper.

Santa’s Toy Bag is a red cloth bag, with a cartoon of Santa Claus with toys spilling from his sack and the message “Season’s Greetings” in bold black lettering.

It’s never too early to prepare for next Christmas—do it while you’re thinking of it!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009  0 Comments

The Nutcracker Suite

At the holidays, you’re bound to have heard about a performance of The Nutcracker Suite, or Nutcracker Ballet. If you’re not sure what it is, Wikipedia explains that it’s a fairy tale-ballet in two acts about a girl’s adventures with a Nutcracker.

In Act I, at a Christmas Eve party Clara's mysterious godfather produces a bag of gifts for all the children. Three life-size dolls each take a turn to dance, but Clara is left without a gift. It would seem that he is out of presents, but he gives her a toy Nutcracker, in the traditional shape of a soldier in full parade uniform. Clara is overjoyed, but her brother Fritz is jealous, and breaks the Nutcracker.

After the family go to bed, Clara creeps downstairs to have a look at her Nutcracker, but when the clock strikes midnight, mice appear and surround her. The Nutcracker comes to life and his band of soldiers rise to defend Clara, and the Mouse King leads his mice into battle. Clara helps the Nutcracker by throwing her shoe at the Mouse King, the Nutcracker seizes his opportunity and bests him. The mice retreat, and the Nutcracker is then transformed into a prince.

In Act II, Clara and the Prince travel to a world where dancing Snowflakes greet them and fairies and queens dance. They arrive at the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy where the people of the Land of Sweets perform several dances for Clara and the Prince. They can include a Spanish Chocolate Dance, a Chinese Tea Dance, an Arabian Coffee Dance, a Russian candy cane dance, Marzipan shepherds, and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. After the festivities, Clara wakes up under the Christmas tree with the Nutcracker toy in her arms and the curtain closes.

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Monday, December 21, 2009  0 Comments

The Three Wisemen


If you’re doing a Christmas nativity play, even if it’s at home, you’ll need the three wisemen, also known as the Magi, or as the three kings. Type in the word “wiseman” in our search field and you’ll see a great selection of Christmas costumes for both adults and children.

Imagine the Christmas classic “We Three Kings” playing in the background as these costumes parade across a stage!

We three kings of orient are bearing gifts, we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star!

Wikipedia has a wealth of information about these figures if you want to know more, but they tell us that since the 8th century in the Western Christian church, the three wisemen have been commonly known as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. We just call them Wiseman I, Wiseman II and Wiseman III. But we also have a Blue Wiseman and a Wine Wiseman—you can see the children’s versions of the wine and blue wisemen accompanying Wiseman III in the photo above, who holds a gift bearing either gold, frankincense or myrrh…or perhaps a combination of all three.
Wikipedia goes on to explain:

“In contrast, the Syrian Christians name the Magi Larvandad, Gushnasaph, and Hormisdas. These names have a far greater likelihood of being originally Persian, though that does not, of course, guarantee their authenticity.

“In the Eastern churches, Ethiopian Christianity, for instance, has Hor, Karsudan, and Basanater, while the Armenians have Kagpha, Badadakharida and Badadilma. Many Chinese Christians believe that one of the magi came from China.”

We’ve also got some shepherds and a Mary costume to complete the Nativity cast list. Now all you need is a manger and a baby! Of course, you could also include farm animals that have been displaced by the visitors. Check out our team mascots section for a horse and a cow, a ram, even a reindeer for a festive twist.

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Friday, December 11, 2009  0 Comments

Top 3 Christmas Couples Costumes

We’ve chosen three pairs to spotlight this post that cover three categories: Classic, Cute and Naughty but Nice.

Classic
Our Classic selection is a Victorian Santa Claus costume accompanied by a Velvety Mrs. Santa. We have several Santa suits and a few Mrs. Claus costumes, but this costume hearkens back to a yesteryear when our ancestors would have celebrated. Santa has a velvet cape and caplet with a long hair border that’s trimmed in gold and is even partially satin lined. The short-sleeved green satin tunic is trimmed in gold with a gold colored rope belt. Mrs. Santa wears a long velvet dress trimmed in rich faux rabbit fur, and a satin apron with pocket brocade and faux rabbit fur trim.

Cute
Our Cute selection is Elves! In the photo, it looks like two costumes sold together, but it’s not--just two people wearing the costume two ways. The set includes a deluxe velvet red and green tunic with a red and gold braided belt cord. Two gold bell accents hang from the belt, and a separate collar has gold bells too. There’s a matching velvet elf hat with bells and a pair of deluxe elf shoes. (But the green and red tights are’nt included.)

If you’d like to let the man look cute-in-a-childlike-way, but prefer the woman to look cute-in-a-sexy-way, check out this little she-elf suit!

Naughty but Nice
And finally, our selection for the Naughty but Nice category—a Hug Hefner Meets Santa Style Smoking Jacket comes complete with red velvet, full black lining, faux fur shawl collar and cuff trim, and snow white Playboy logo embroidery on back. It also comes with a Santa hat, and pipe!

For the lady, the Adult Santa’s Helper costume is the perfect fit. A red velvety halter dress with white trim and bow, it even includes striped stockings!

No matter which you choose, you’re sure to have great holiday fun!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009  0 Comments

Ordering Fun Holiday Costumes

Going to our Christmas Costumes section will dazzle you with red, white and green! From Santa suits, elves and reindeer, to the traditional, the fun and even something for the ones already know they’re on the naughty list.

For those who only want to accessorize, there is also plenty to choose from—like antlers that light up, Santa hats (with and without bells), vests, elf shoes and toy bags for the loot.

We have something for pets and infants, inflatables for the lawn and mascot outfits for those who prefer to dress as snowmen and snow women! They’d certainly be warm and cozy inside, as would most Santa suits.

For those in the warmer climes who want to be a bit naughty, we have several “Santa’s Helper” outfits that are short, cute and trimmed with just enough white fur to give the impression of snowy holiday celebrations. We also have lumps of coal to give to those who have been so naughty they don’t deserve a gift from Santa!

Whether you’re in a play, hosting a party, or just having holiday fun, we’ve got something for everyone. From nutcracker costumes to Jesus and the wise men, (be sure to also check our Religious Kids Costumes for plays), we even have a book about magic tricks just for Christmas, stockings to hang by the fireplace and sleighbells to create the jingle we all listen for. We’ll look at a few favorites over the next few posts.

For the holidays, we offer prompt service! This means that we ship same or next business day for most orders. You can also check UPS transit times using the links provided on our FAQ and Shipping Page.

Happy Holidays!

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Monday, December 7, 2009  0 Comments

A Gamers Christmas Carol



The video above is from the web-series The Guild, about a group of online gamers—written for gamers, about gamers by a gamer. Created by and starring Felicia Day, it follows the Guild members’ lives online and offline. Episodes vary from 3-8 minutes in length, and since season 2, The Guild has been distributed by Xbox Live and Microsoft and sponsored by Sprint. You may have seen their previous music video, “Do you Wanna Date My Avatar?

The characters who make up "The Knights of Good" are:

Codex – a cleric and healer whose costume is reminiscent of Princess Leia’s slave outfit mixed with a Renaissance lady
Vork – a fighter, dressed like an armor-clad Robin Hood
Bladezz – a rogue, dressed like a noble knight
Tinkerballa – a ranger, scantily clad like the heroines in Final Fantasy
Clara – a mage in blue and
Zaboo –a warlock in blue and red, both also looking a bit like some of our Final Fantasy costumes.

The show follows the life of Codex, the healer of The Knights of Good, who attempts to lead a normal life after one of her guildmates shows up on her doorstep.

Cast members Jeff Lewis (Vork) and Robin Thorsen (Clara) were recently interviewed on The Bob Bendick Podcast, a comedic chat show about making it in the entertainment industry, and mentioned the show’s reception at conventions.

Jeff said, “We go to conventions a lot and there, like Comic Con, Blizz Con ...gaming conventions, we’re very well known. The fans are very fervent.”

Robin said, “It’s very flattering when people come up to you and want to take a picture with you…. They’re amazing, and I appreciate it. It’s nice.”

We can re-create the costumes from The Guild, or anything else you like! Check out our custom costumes form.

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