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name is probably familiar to most readers. Here’s a word that may not ring a Christmas bell with every American Press Sure, putting a gift in a bag, as opposed Holiday Gift Guide reader. It’s Furoshiki. to wrapping it, is faster and easier. Bags are Wikipedia describes it as a “type of tradiaffordable and easy to recycle. Holidays can tional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionbe hectic and any money- and time-saving ally used to transport clothes, gifts or other device is much welcomed. But wrapping goods.â€? gifts is also the ideal opportunity for creIt translates into modern English as ative types to strut their stuff, right? ‘bath spread,’ according to the article, “A For those who take the time to wrap and Short and Sweet History of Furoshiki.â€? take gift-wrapping seriously, we salute you. These cloths come in all sizes and Wrapping paper has been around for decorative patterns and were used as far over 100 years. Wrapping gifts in cloths has back as 710, when it was called a tsutsumi been around even longer. for storing important goods. In 1336, it was “A pair of brothers running a stationary associated with the Kyoto bathhouse built store in Kansas City, Missouri, were having by a feudal lord who invited dignitaries to an exceptionally good holiday season—so enjoy the splendor of his bathhouse. good, in fact that they ran out of their stan“At this time, furoshiki that contained dard inventory of tissue paper‌â€? writes the dignitaries kimono displayed the famMegan Garber in the online article, “Wrap- ily crest so that its contents could not be pers’ Delight: A Brief History of Wrapping mistaken for someone else’s. It is also said Paper.â€? that bathers dressed while standing on They rustled up some French paper cloths after taking a bath. This is the origin meant for lining envelopes and decided to of the term “furoshiki,â€? writes Ayaka Okoshowcase it for 10-cents a sheet. (Another chi in The Kyoto Project. article claims it was sold for 25 cents.) The furoshiki began After the paper to be used to transwas a hit for port items and wrap three years gifts. running, “Western culture they decided is beginning to pick to print their up on furoshiki, own. The especially envibrothers were ronmentalists and Joyce and minimalists. Rollie Hall, “You will founders of discover that it’s Hallmark. easy to wrap your That’s the own gifts,â€? writes same company Anna Gregory, that introduced author of How the gift bag in to: Furoshiki the mid-1980s. (Japanese Fabric That brand Wrapping). rlebleu@americanpress.com

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calendar Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

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events

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

Winter Wonderettes

7 p.m. Lake Charles Little Theatre 813 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles $10, $15, & $20 tickets (337) 433-7988

Charlestown Farmers Market 8 a.m.-noon Behind Historic City Hall on Bilbo St. (337) 309-1389

“Holiday Pairing & Sharing” Crave Gourmet Basket & Gifts Noon-3 p.m. 2801 Ryan St. Ste. 100, Lake Charles (337) 421-0040

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (377) 477-7487

Winter Wonderettes

7 p.m. Lake Charles Little Theatre 813 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles $10, $15 & $20 tickets (337) 433-7988

Sunday Brunch w/Live Music 10:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Blue Dog Café 609 Ryan St., Lake Charles (337) 491-8880

Pictures with Santa

12 noon-6 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (377) 477-7487

Winter Wonderettes

7 p.m. Lake Charles Little Theatre 813 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles $10, $15, & $20 tickets (337) 433-7988  

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (377) 477-7487  

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

Noon-10 p.m. Food booths, carnival, bands Heritage Square 1211 Ruth St., Sulphur

Jennings Christmas Festival

Parade starts at 4 p.m., fireworks at 7 p.m. Founders Park Main St., Jennings (3337) 821-5532

Santa’s Hot Chocolate Run

Chip-time 5K run/walk to benefit Literacy Council Central School Arts & Humanities 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles (337) 494-7000

Cinderella’s Holiday Dining

Holiday House (Market) Preview

Looney Tunes Exhibit

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Brimstone Museum Complex 900 South Huntington St., Sulphur $35 per person for preview party (337) 527-0537

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. v1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Holiday House (Market)

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Brimstone Museum Complex 900 South Huntington St., Sulphur $5 per person (337) 527-0537

Kiwanis Christmas Lighted Parade 6 p.m. Cypress St., Sulphur (337) 527-0357

Christmas Under the Oaks Festival

Santa, live music, carnival, lighting of the tree 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Heritage Square 1211 Ruth St., Sulphur

Downtown DeQuincy

5:30-8 p.m. Lighted parade down Main St. Program on Pine St. Fireworks at E. Velmer St., DeQuincy (337) 786-6451

Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration

6:30 Parade downtown Lake Charles 7:30 Lighting ceremony at Civic Center 8:15 Lighted boat parade 8:45 Fireworks over the lake (337) 491-9159

A Magical Cirque Christmas

8:30 p.m. Guests must be at least 8 years Golden Nugget 2550 Golden Nugget Blvd. Lake Charles (844) 777-4653

Holiday Art Sale

MSU Grand Gallery 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles (337) 475-5060

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Winter Wonderettes

7 p.m. Lake Charles Little Theatre 813 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles $10, $15, & $20 tickets (337) 433-7988

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Starks Christmas Parade & Gumbo

Pictures with Santa

Holiday House (Market)

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (377) 477-7487

Christmas Under the Oaks Festival

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (377) 477-7487

The Christmas Guest 7 p.m. Mines Theatre 2900 Ruth Street, Sulphur $7, $10, $15 & $25 tickets (337) 215-1602

Southwest Louisiana offers plenty of shopping, event, entertainment and creative venues throughout the holidays. Here’s a schedule of a few of those. Call to check times and cost of admission/tickets. Some events are FREE. Events are subject to change.

VFW Post 4759 Hosted by Women’s Auxillary (337) 287-3886

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Brimstone Museum Complex 900 South Huntington St., Sulphur $5 per person (337) 527-0537

Noon Actors in storybook character/dress and meal (Kids can wear costumes.) Central School Arts & Humanities Center 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles (337) 433-7323 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Family Art Project

10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Call for other dates and time.) Art Factory 1753 Common St., Lake Charles $50 per project, not per person (337) 602-6975

Winter Wonderettes

7 p.m. Lake Charles Little Theatre 813 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles $10, $15 & $20 tickets (337) 433-7988

“Holiday Pairing & Sharing” Crave Gourmet Basket & Gifts Noon-3 p.m. 2801 Ryan St. Ste. 100, Lake Charles (337) 421-0040

Charlestown Farmers Market 8 a.m.-noon Behind Historic City Hall on Bilbo St. (337) 309-1389

Handel’s Messiah

3 p.m. F.G. Bulber Auditorium, MSU 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles (337) 477-0662

Pet Photos with Santa

(6 p.m.-8 p.m.) Prien Lake Mall, Dillard Court 496 West Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Vote on Favorite Tree of Hope Charity to benefit area non-profits 8 a.m.—8 p.m. Delta Downs 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton (800) 589-7441

Local Downtown Farmers Market 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cash & Carry Historic Building 801 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles (337) 310-0405

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Vote on Favorite Tree of Hope Charity to benefit area non-profits 8 a.m.—8 p.m. Delta Downs 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton (800) 589-7441

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Vote on Favorite Tree of Hope Charity to benefit area non-profits 8 a.m.—8 p.m. Delta Downs 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton (800) 589-7441

Pictures with Santa

12 noon- 6 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (377) 477-7487

Sunday Brunch w/Live Music 10:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Blue Dog Café 609 Ryan St., Lake Charles (337) 491-8880

Winter Wonderettes

2 p.m. Lake Charles Little Theatre 813 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles $10, $15 & $20 tickets (337) 433-7988

Vote on Favorite Tree of Hope Charity to benefit area non-profits 8 a.m.—8 p.m. Delta Downs 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton (800) 589-7441

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Old Tyme Christmas Senior Citizens Brunch 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. West Cal Event Center 401 Arena Lane, Sulphur (337) 794-3113

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

F.G. Bulber Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert 7 p.m. McNeese Tritico Theatre 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles (337) 582-2466

Lake Charles Community Band Christmas Concert

7 p.m. St. Luke Simpson 1500 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles (337) 825-6864

Louisiana Choral Foundation Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church 812 Kirkman St., Lake Charles (337) 436-6656

Holiday Art Market

3 p.m.-7 p.m. Fine and handmade items Central School Arts & Humanities Center 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles (337) 439-2787

Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

11 a.m.-8 p.m Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

Winter Wonderettes

7 p.m. Lake Charles Little Theatre 813 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles $10, $15 & $20 tickets (337) 433-7988

A Christmas Story 7:30 p.m. ACTS Theatre 1 Reid St., Lake Charles (337) 433-2287


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think big. Spending money locally keeps more dollars in the community and benefits amenities we use every day By Rita LeBleu

rlebleu@americanpress.com When you support locally owned business owners by holiday shopping at their stores, you accomplish more than marking a name off your Christmas list and purchasing a great gift to put under the tree. More money stays in the community. The bulk of the money spent stays local, helping schools, paving streets, keeping you safe. Local businesses are owned by the people who live in your town. They’re the folks with whom you go to church and watch high school sports games. They coach and support Little League teams and they give to local charities. You’ll also find gifts at local small businesses and boutiques that aren’t the run-of-the mill mass-produced items offered at large chain stores. An online USA Today story published the following results from a Civic Economic research firm: • In a local small business, $68 stays in your community. • At a local branch of a chain store, $43 remains • Online, virtually no money stays local. Local businesses often offer one-of-a-kind gifts. Zimmerman Custom Pens is such a place. No two of Jude Zimmerman’s handcrafted marvels are alike. They’re carved from antlers, acrylic or wood, and some are fashioned to resemble rifles. Local stores in your community almost always offer superior and

more personalized service when compared to many of today’s chain stores. For instance, visit David Reid at House of Sole in the PZAZZ Shopping Center to buy your favorite runner a pair of shoes and you’ll get tips from a 22-year running veteran. “It’s important that runners choose a reliable, comfortable shoe throughout their lifetime,� Reid said. “It’s also important to find a great group to exercise with.�

“We especially encourage runners who are just starting out to join us,� he said. “It’s never too early or too late to develop a running habit. Steven Southgate didn’t start running until he was 60,� Reid said. “He’s won multiple events.� Reid might be Southwest Louisiana’s running shoe man, but James “Jim� Cotten is the “boot man.� His store, Cotten’s, is where Southwest Louisiana shops for Western boots or work boots. Few will remember that this business started out years ago when Jim’s father had his shoe repair business in the old downtown Charleston Hotel.

Nancy Gary shared that little tidbit with the American Press. She’s been with Cotten’s for the last 20 years, and she’s learned a thing or two about boots. “I have guys come in and say, I wear a 10 and they’re surprised when I tell them, ‘Not necessarily,’� she said. “Some people don’t realize how a boot is supposed to fit. Every boot brand is built differently. One brand runs big. Another runs small. You just never know until you put it on and walk around in it.� Temesha Nash is a pharmacist and natural medicine compounder. She developed Zydeco Naturals, a hair and skin 100% natural products line free from animal testing, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and artificial colors. Her, “I’ll Be Right Back� shampoo and conditioner for men and women use natural products to help stimulate growth and enhance existing hair. “I’m not just whipping things up in my kitchen,� she said. “I’ve traveled the world to study how other cultures heal without chemicals.� Finally, don’t make a trek out of town for a bicycle. Stop in and visit Ross Gerace at Capitol Cyclery to purchase a gift that can help promote family togetherness and health. “People may be under the impression that we only carry bikes for the serious racing cyclist. We do,� he said, “but we also carry very affordable brands for all and some of these brands are for all ages and begin at about $150,� he said.

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Charity to benefit area non-profits 8 a.m.—8 p.m. Delta Downs 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton (800) 589-7441

Children’s Make and Take Ornament Event

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Niche Creative Studio (Kids create while parents shop) 4706 Common Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 477-3810

Westlake Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

1 p.m. Sampson St., Downtown Westlake (337) 496-4335

Holiday Art Market

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fine and handmade items Central School Arts & Humanities Center 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles (337) 439-2787

A Christmas Story

7:30 p.m. ACTS Theatre 1 Reid St., Lake Charles (337) 433-2287

Lake Charles Civic Ballet: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Lake Charles Civic Center 900 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles

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Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

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Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

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Southwest Louisiana offers plenty of shopping, event, entertainment and creative venues throughout the holidays. Here’s a schedule of a few of those. Call to check times and cost of admission/tickets. Some events are FREE. Events are subject to change.

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Pictures with Santa

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10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

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Looney Tunes Exhibit

10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

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10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

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Looney Tunes Exhibit

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10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

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10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

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10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

10 a.m.-2 p.m 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Pictures with Santa

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Prien Lake Mall 496 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles (337) 477-7487

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10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles FREE (337) 491-9147

Handmade Christmas Cards & Letters to Santa

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2018

Top-selling

little things By Rita LeBleu

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from years past

Using an Advent calendar, Elf on the Shelf or simple Christmas stockings are ideal methods for hiding away, low-cost pre-Christmas morning surprises. Christmas countdown gifting has its roots in the advent calendar. Advent is known as the Christian period of preparation for Christ’s birth. Originally, it was observed on the Sunday closest to the Feast Day of St. Andrew the Apostle and children received gifts on St. Nicholas’ Day, December 6. In the 1920s, the advent calendar was commercialized and the days of the countdown period opened to reveal a picture or Bible verse. Today’s “advent” calendars have been secularized and commercialized. They contain 24 little numbered flaps, pockets or windows. Inside each, parents place a small treat or toy to be discovered beginning the first of December and continuing through to Christmas Eve. Today’s “24” gifts have been tailored to audiences young and old. Parents can also use the Elf on the Shelf to “deliver” surprises prior to Christmas morning. This great marketing gimmick evolved from the 2005 book, The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas tradition. In the narrative, Santa sends the elves to keep an eye on things during the holidays. Of course, you don’t have to make or buy a fancy advent calendar or purchase

If you have an affordable family tradition that you’d like to share in the American Press Holiday Gift Guide next season, please let us know. Email rebleu@americanpress.com or call (337) 494-4072.

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Many children who grew up in the 1980s hoped to find a wrapped Cabbage Patch Doll under the tree on Christmas morning, and many parents went to great lengths to procure such dolls for their children. Cabbage Patch Dolls are just one example of a toy creating a shopping frenzy. Over the years, many toys have become the must-have presents of their times. The following is a history of some of the more popular gifts from bygone years. : Transformers were a must-have present in 1984. Originally produced by a Japanese toy company, Transformers were eventually produced by Hasbro and became so popular they were a toy that spawned an animated series (not the series leading to the toy) and later block-buster live-action movies. : Just about every child, and maybe even adult, wanted a Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas in the 1980s. The system ushered in a new era of gaming, and helped make Super Mario Bros. a household name. NES continued its success for several years, selling seven million systems during the 1988 holiday season. : Introduced the previous year, Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic bear that would tell stories from a cassette tape inserted in his back. : Were you a fan of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, or Raphael? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were named after Renaissance artists, but they were just pizza-eating teenage heroes at the start of the 1990s. Kids obsessed over these action figures and the animated series that featured them. : Barbie has always been a popular holiday gift, but her reinvented Barbie Dream House was something girls were clamoring for in the early 1990s. Barbie’s trendsetting home featured a ringing telephone, a working doorbell and a fireplace that lit up. : The Talkboy was a portable audio cassette player and recorder made popular by the movie “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” : Beanie Babies were a popular line of collectibles that enjoyed their heyday in 1995. Rare Beanie Babies would later be worth hundreds of dollars. : Tamagotchi made its appearance and became a premiere virtual “pet.” Industry insiders estimate that, at the height of its popularity, 15 Tamagotchis sold every minute across North America. : Building on the Tamagotchi success, Furbies were poised to become a hit as well. And they did, as 27 million Furbies were sold in 1998 alone. Pokémon cards, Razor Scooters, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and many other gifts have reigned supreme during the holiday shopping season. Last year L.O.L. Surprise Dolls were the sleeper hit, and who is to say which gift will capture the hearts of kids this year?

an official Elf on the Shelf book and doll to make children happy. One of my most memorable Christmases was the year Santa made a visit every day starting the 12 days before Christmas. That’s when my parents (though I didn’t realize it until I nosed out their treasure trove) put a small gift in my brother’s and my Christmas stocking for us to find the next morning. The stockings were dad’s stretched out black socks thumbtacked to the fireplace mantle. Two of those gifts stand out: The temporary tattoo and the Fortune Telling Fish. The small plastic Fortune Telling Fish moved on the palm of our open hands, curling up on one side or the other, even flipping over. The movement was supposed to indicate if we were in love, fickle or other “fortunes or traits” impossible to recall after 50 years or more. Traditions don’t have to be fancy to please children. Another affordable tradition was shared in this Holiday Gift Guide last year, but is worth repeating. Stephanie Blocker Potter of Lake Charles wraps 24 holiday-themed books (her advent calendar of sorts and she already owns these books). Children get to choose one a night and open it. The book is read by the glow of the Christmas tree.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018 2018

C R E AT I V E C R A F T ER A R T I ST PR O FI L E

By Rita LeBleu

rlebleu@americanpress.com Bridgett Vallery may live in Houston where she’s made a home for herself after 35 years, but her heart – and art – are also at home in Southwest Louisiana. The Lake Charles native, who describes herself as a joiner and very social, visits once a month and has become involved with Gallery by the Lake as education director.

“Gallery by the Lake is a little known treasure in Lake Charles,� she said. “It’s where you’ll find some of the best Southwest Louisiana has to offer, not just paintings but wire art and pottery. Admission is free.� Last week Vallery hosted a Lake Charles holiday card workshop and other classes are planned for this area. Adding one more thing to the ’71 LaGrange graduate’s plate energizes her. She works full time, comes home and practices her passion during evenings and weekends. Lunch breaks are sometimes long enough to pick up the materials she needs for a new project. “Watercolor is the only medium I work with,� she said. “I love the planning, the detail. It’s a challenging medium.� Watercolor artists plan for, and protect, their “whites,� by planning in advance

where the lightest and darkest areas of the painting will be. The amount of water used changes how the paint reacts on the paper. Control is necessary. “I don’t paint loose,� she said, “I’m more of a realistic artist, drawn to the light and shadows of a composition.� She has been commissioned to not only do paintings, but to also create greeting cards. She also used a painting she had created for a New Hampshire bed and breakfast to create cards that could be sold in the B&B’s gift shop. How does she stay inspired to keep doing what she loves? “Like anything in life, you have to persevere,� she said. Her favorite saying is, “Life has two rules. Number one is, never quit. The second is, always remember rule number one.�

She’s joined the Facebook pages of other artists, tours galleries, watches YouTube tutorials, takes classes and learns from the students she teaches. “It’s so important to network with other artists,� she said. She is a member of the Watercolor Art Society of Houston and loves to read, often listening to audio books while painting. To find out more about Bridgett Vallery or to order prints or notecards, visit her website, Bridgett Vallery Fine Art or go to her Facebook page, Artwork by BV. Bridgett Vallery is one of the American Press Creative Crafter advertisers. To find out how you can join this group to advertise your creative talent, skills, products or available equipment or materials for creative pursuits, email djean@ americanpress.com or call 337-494-4000.

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Wrap a gift Wrapping with newspaper is an inexpensive (and green) option for gifting this season By Heather Mulkey and guest Stacey St. Amant hmulkey@americanpress.com

Using wide red ribbon, we created an oversized bow that pops off the background of the newsprint.

Begin with gift face-side down and centered on paper. Paper should be large enough to just cover all sides; trim off excess. Fold over first long side, creasing paper along edges for a clean finish. Fold over second long side and secure with a small piece (or two) of tape.

On short sides, start by folding in outside edge, one at a time. Creasing along box edge and along top and bottom fold, creating a triangle on top and bottom flaps. If you have too much paper, you will need to trim or fold in the excess.

Fold down top flap and crease along box edge. Secure with tape. Fold up bottom flap and crease along box edge. Secure with tape. Repeat on other side. If you have jagged edges from being cut, you can fold the cut edge inward before taping for a nice clean edge.

Now that your gift is wrapped, it is time to add some special touches to add wonderment and excitement as to what’s inside! We pulled out a box of various gift crafting materials to adorn our present. You can use floral picks, ribbons, cloth scraps, and even cut out decorations from old greeting cards to make your gift extra special!

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