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Revel, it's Christmas

THE HALLS have been decked with boughs of holly, mistletoe and candy sticks. Now that the hard part of decorating the Christmas tree and sending out greeting cards is over, it's time to relax.

Celebrate the carnival spirit at Le Royal Meridien where carol singers from the Jeroham Children's Home will be filling the halls with the season's best. Have an American Christmas with the buffet lunch that includes roast turkey with cranberry sauce, suckling pig, California salad, burgers, plum pudding and mince pies. After a sumptuous lunch (or dinner), stop off at the lobby to eat your way through their huge Ginger Bread House, stocked with cookies, ginger bread, puddings, cakes, bread, chocolates and brownies.

The Taj Group of Hotels is ready to jingle all the way with Santa Claus, lunches, carols and gift hampers. The Patio and Matchpoint at the Taj Coromandel have whipped up special menus for lunch and dinner, and an international band will serenade diners. Carol singers will set the mood at the Taj Connemara where the Verandah will dish up traditional Christmas lunches and dinners. Santa Claus will hand out gifts to diners who will be entertained by music makers Trio Rogers. There will be beachside revelry at Fisherman's Cove. Special holiday packages with exciting options are available at the hotels. Cascade, the chain of Oriental restaurants, will serve a special chef's menu till January 4, 2004. To add spice to the meals, Cascade, T. Nagar, is organising exciting games for the entire family and gifts for kids.

Dine at the Red E Food Court on December 25 and enjoy their special lunch. The restaurant also has exotic New Year's Eve dinner and celebratory lunch on New Year's Day. For cakes, pastries, Christmas goodies and fascinating chef special lunches and dinners head to Marmalade on Khader Nawaz Khan Road. Lotus Pond, the open-air restaurant is hosting Sham-e-Khaas, a biriyani and kebab fest till January 4.

If a Chinese New Year is your style, head for the sea food festival happening at Canton Chinese restaurant which is serving a specially compiled menu of Steamed Fish, Lobster Singapore Style, Mandarin Prawn, squid, Pomfret Canton Style, crab and tiger prawn.

Hotel Grand Orient's multi-cuisine restaurant, Pot Pourri will serve traditional South Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies till January 15. Keralites far from home but dreaming of home made Christmas treats, can contact Dream Kitchen (ph: 24914004) that delivers traditional Malayalee vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to homes and offices. Party orders are also undertaken. Enjoy a buffet lunch at The Sindoori Hotel on Christmas Day. Mom's Confectionery is having a Cake Festival until the New Year with fancy bread, marzipan, brownies and more. Gift hampers are also available.

The Festival Bonanza Package for Christmas and New Year at Mayajaal is loaded with games and fun. With every Mayajaal debit card purchased, customers get free games worth Rs.100. The offer is on till January 1. For the perfect party look, check out the offers at Naturals beauty salon. For revellers, who realise they've left an indulgent aunt or annoying uncle out of their Christmas shopping, Expressions Greeting cards has come out with new designs to spread cheer. Casa Mia is holding a sale of candles and aromatic products till the New Year.

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