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Celebrate the Festive Season in the New Land of Oz…

Xmas 2014

At the Grand Hotel Excelsior, we are eagerly anticipating the Festive Season and its associated joy, goodwill and celebrations. Our talented Chefs and Food & Beverage Teams have carefully prepared tantalising menus and packages. Whether you are seeking a celebrative meal with loved ones, an enjoyable event with your colleagues, or to relax and pamper yourself in style, we are sure to satisfy your requirements.

We invite you to browse through our Festive Season brochure for more information about our enticing menus. You can also enjoy snippets from our take on the classic tale, The Wizard of Oz – this year’s festive theme!

Festive Season 2014

Should you wish to be part of our Festive celebrations kindly contact our Christmas Desk on christmasdesk@excelsior.com.mt or on 21250520.

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Maltese Cribs: A unique Christmas Tradition in Malta

In Malta, the Crib is part of the Christmas season and tradition. It is believed that the very first Crib to be built in Malta dates back to 1617, and although there is no official document which can confirm it, the crib has been built every Christmas since.

Maltese Christmas Crib

The History of the Cribs

The design of the Cribs was influenced mainly by the Neapolitan style. However, although this style was popular in Europe till the end of the last century, many Maltese disagreed with it, claiming, that such a style did not represent the Holy Night. The more acceptable style was that of Sicilian model introduced by Benedetto Papale, a Franciscan friar from Sicily, during the second half of the 19th century. Popularity of building cribs bloomed during the 19th and beginning of 20th century. The most common material used was the rustic stone, coal residue and eventually papier mache. Another interesting part of the crib, of course, are the statues called ‘pasturi’, which were made of arth clay or candle wax.

Life-size Maltese Christmas CribThe Maltese cribs are part of the local culture, so if you happen to be visiting our beautiful Islands during the Christmas season, be sure to see some.

Nowadays you will find different displays of Maltese cribs in private homes, churches, and in exhibition spaces. Most of these cribs are hand-made and some are even life-size cribs. One popular life-size crib is “Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem” which is held at Ghajnsielem in Gozo during December. In fact the place (a 20,000 square meter of fields) is transformed into a nativity village where several volunteers take part in the reconstruction of the Christmas story. Witness horses turning mills, villagers going about their jobs, shepherds inhabiting caves, animals roaming in enclosed spaces and a poor unknown couple tending their newly-born in a grotto. The perfect Christmas atmosphere for all the family.

Are you visiting Malta during Christmas and the Festive Season? Celebrate the Christmas spirit at a luxury 5 Star hotel in Malta. Should you wish to visit traditional Maltese cribs and experience the local Christmas atmosphere during your Malta holidays please speak to Our Concierge Team who will guide you accordingly.

© Clive Vella & Viewing Malta.

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How to make your Christmas shopping easier…

Three kings bearing giftsOur own Three Kings will be with us again this year. In fact they took the initiative to come up with some great Christmas Shopping Hints for your busy schedule.

Christmas is an exciting time for most of us – both adults and children. However, there is more to it than just receiving a beautiful gift. It is also a way of showing our appreciation towards our loved ones.

When selecting gifts for our loved ones, we should put in extra thought and consideration. This may seem a mission impossible due to our busy schedule. Indeed, Christmas shopping is a task which many people dread, especially due to the extra expenses. However, if we make time to personally hand pick gifts or with a little bit of planning ahead, everyone will be happy, including your bank account! :)

xmas - tight with time

Christmas shopping can be turned into a fun experience. Here are some ideas on how to make your Christmas shopping easier and pocket friendly this year! If you don’t want to over spend, put a limit on the amount that can be spent and introduce Secret Santa, or as a second option. Rather than buying individual gifts, aim to buy one gift and pool in the same amount. When considering gifts for your family members, perhaps you could choose something that can be enjoyed equally by everyone. Whether it’s a family board game or a family trip to a fun park, choose something that would help you create the memories together as a family. Besides, it will also ease the technology gap between parents and children.

If you are a head of an organisation, you might want to consider getting a game for the common room, where most employees spend their time during the lunch break or where they hang out after work. It should be something fun which will reduce stress, strengthen working relationships, make people interact and build a stronger team… because a happy working environment equals happy employees and therefore positive outcome for the company.

You should always bear in mind that Christmas is a time for us to spend quality time with our closest ones, be it friends or family. It is the time to reconnect, have fun together and create memories. At the end of the day, Christmas is about giving without having any expectation of receiving anything in return – it’s about making others happy and having fun whilst doing so!

This Luxury 5 star hotel in Malta offers great ideas for your Christmas shopping list. Whether you would like to book an overnight stay in one of our luxury suites for your family-time, an end of year dinner for your work team or a spa getaway for your loved one, the Grand Hotel Excelsior will ensure you have a great and memorable experience.

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