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  • The Rudolph, the Christmaster and the Treemendous. (Courtesy OppoSuits)The Rudolph, the Christmaster and the Treemendous. (Courtesy OppoSuits)
    Your next holiday party is about to get a lot uglier.

    We’ve all heard of the ugly Christmas sweater, but U.K.-based brand OppoSuits is taking things to the next level by transforming the ugly Christmas sweater into a suit – and they’re flying off shelves.

    The Christmas suits come in three patterns: the Nordic-inspired Rudolph, the snowman/reindeer/tree/everything Christmaster and the self-explanatory Treemendous. There are a few other festive options including the Starring suit, as well as as a full green and full red option.

    “Once we created the designs we kind of realized ‘Wow, this is actually something that takes the ugly Christmas sweater thing to a whole new level,’ and that’s what everyone is saying about them now,” says Jelle van der Zwet, co-founder/director of OppoSuits.

    This is just the second year the company has produced the holiday suits. Last year, the suits sold out, and so they cranked up production for the 2014 season – but thanks to viral attention online and North

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  • ‘Tis the season of holiday parties and gatherings, and that means it’s time to bust out the fancy dishes, silverware and other hosting goodies.

    L.A.-based celebrity gifting expert Cynde Cassel, who curated this year’s holiday collection for Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls, recently shared her holiday hosting must-haves with us.

    Here are three items every host(ess) should have on hand to take their party to the next level.

    Great Dishes

    Cocktail plate set, $7.99 at Marshalls.Cocktail plate set, $7.99 at Marshalls.

    Having a wide variety of serving dishes and platters can help to add a touch of class and glamour to your holiday event, says Cassel.

    “You can totally mix and match – different patterns, sizes, colours – there are no rules here.”

    A Little Something Special

    Gourmet salt set, $29.99 at Homesense.Gourmet salt set, $29.99 at Homesense.

    Having a little something special or gourmet-inspired can really help to kick your party up a notch, Cassel says. Think herbed butters or flavoured sea salts in small bowls with fancy spoons.

    “It just adds that wow-factor. I mean, how pretty does that look?!”

    Candles

    Poured glass candle, $9.99 at Marshalls.Poured glass candle, $9.99 at Marshalls.

    It might seem cliché, but no

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  • Foods that taste better when frozen

    Baby, it’s cold outside. And while it’s easy to nosh on warm comfort food this season, let’s not overlook the joys of cold food, too. Really, really cold food. 

    Here are some foods that taste best when frozen. Eat slowly, or risk the dreaded brain freeze.

    Frozen bananas make a delicious ice cream-like treat. (Thinkstock)Frozen bananas make a delicious ice cream-like treat. (Thinkstock)

    Bananas

    Peel bananas before you freeze them. You’ll be surprised at how creamy a treat they become when frozen. If you’ve got an extra minute or two, toss frozen chunks of banana into a blender for one-ingredient ice cream.

    Grapes

    If you haven’t tried frozen grapes — they’re nature’s candy — you’re missing out. Epicurious reminds us that grapes are on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, so try to buy organic. 

    Also great frozen: raspberries and frozen canned fruit, like peaches and pineapple.)

    Frozen avocadoes are an unexpected treat. (Thinkstock)Frozen avocadoes are an unexpected treat. (Thinkstock)

    Avocado slices

    This is one snack we can’t wait to try. The Food Network recommends freezing avocado slices for up to four hours, then sprinkling them with chili powder and salt before eating. 

    Iceberg lettuce wedges

    Another

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