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JAMBLES 1lb (2 Cups) Butter 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar (light) 1 Cup granulated sugar 2 tsp Vanilla 1 tsp Salt 3 3/4 Cups White flour 1 Cup Ground Almonds (check bulk sections for this)

1.5 Cups Jam or Preserves (Blackberry or Strawberry or Cherry…everything works) 1/2 Cup Slivered almonds Icing sugar

PreHeat your oven to 325F Beat the butter and sugars until fluffy, add in vanilla and salt. Stop the mixer, add in the ground almonds and mix, then lightly but thoroughly mix in all the flour. Grease or spray a 9x13 pan and pat down 1/3 of the mixture. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. While baking chill remaining dough. Once browned and still hot, spread the preserves/jam on the base, then crumble the remaining dough on top, it will be fairly thick but don’t pat it down. Sprinkle the slivered almonds on top and return to the oven for approx 30 minutes (until toasty brown on top) Remove from oven and cool on a rack in the pan. Once room temperature, finish with a liberal sprinkling of icing sugar then slice into either 15 large or 30 small bars.

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SUGAR COOKIES Yields: 5 dozen cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter (no substitutions), softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 tbsp vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt Frosting (optional) Coarse sugar crystals, silver dragees, holiday decors (optional decorations) 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy. On low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking powder and salt until blended. 2. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; flatten each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm

enough to roll. (Or place dough in freezer 30 minutes.) 3. On a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough 1/8 inch thick. With floured 3-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; wrap and refrigerate trimmings. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. 4. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings. 5. When cookies are cool, decorate with frosting if you like; use along with sugars and candies to decorate cookies. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.

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TRADITIONS

FRUITCAKE FACTS The holidays and fruitcake have long been intertwined. Fruitcakes are often mocked, detested and discarded. Few gifted foods create such strong derision. However, fruitcake is tradition. And as most people know, Christmas is all about tradition. Fruitcake is an enduring tradition, most simply because the food, well, endures. Most fruitcakes will last 8 to 12 months if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container. If frozen, their lifespan could be endless. Jokingly, many families have said fruitcake is the only food durable enough to become an heirloom. While mocked, it may entice a few people to know just how fruitcake has become a holiday treat. The oldest references to fruitcake date back to Roman times. Ancient crusaders and hunters consumed fruitcake made with preserved fruits, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, raisins, and honey.

Fruitcake was a durable commodity that could persevere on long trips. Because of its combination of ingredients, fruitcake was also a good source of energy, much the way a trail mix is good for today’s hikers. In the 1700s, Europeans baked a ceremonial fruitcake at the end of the nut harvest. It was saved and eaten the following year at the harvest, with the hopes it would spur another successful harvest. Fruitcake evolved to more of a delicacy in the 1800s, even being served with tea in high society. It is rumored that Queen Victoria waited a year to eat a gifted fruitcake as a show of restraint and moderation. Fruitcake can be an integral part of a holiday celebration, and not because it’s being used to block drafts from under a door. Instead of giving fruitcakes as gifts, they should be served as part of the holiday feast.

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TRADITIONS MOST POPULAR HOLIDAY SONGS

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Even though the first decade of the 21st century witnessed a change in how nearly everyone acquires and listens to music, some things about music -- especially holiday music -- may never change. 1. Winter Wonderland Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith 2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) Written by: Mel Torme, Robert Wells 3. Sleigh Ride Written by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish 4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Written by: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Written by: Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 6. White Christmas Written by: Irving Berlin 7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in Heavenly peace Sleep in Heavenly peace

Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 8. Jingle Bell Rock Written by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe 9. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Written by: Johnny Marks 10. Little Drummer Boy Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone 11. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Written by: Edward Pola, George Wyle 12. I’ll Be Home For Christmas Written by: Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram 13. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree Written by: Johnny Marks 14. Silver Bells Written by: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 15. Feliz Navidad Written and Performed by: Jose Feliciano

SILENT NIGHT

Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from Heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah Christ, the Savior is born Christ, the Savior is born Silent night, Holy night Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy Holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at thy birth Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS

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O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given; so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven. No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love. O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the king, and peace to all on earth!

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; o come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

h r C i s t mas! y r r e M May the Miracle of Christmas fill your hearts with Warmth and Love. Season’s Greeting’s from

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JOY TO THE WORLD Joy to the World , the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as, the curse is found.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

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TRADITION Most people have heard of mistletoe, particularly at Christmas time. It is a plant which often grows on other trees and shrubs. The white berries are full of a sticky juice. There are lots of legends and traditions surrounding mistletoe, the most well known and popular being the kissing one. It was believed that kissing under the mistletoe would lead to marriage.

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O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; Not only green when summer’s here, But also when ‘tis cold and drear. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; How often has the Christmas tree Afforded me the greatest glee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! From base to summit, gay and bright,

There’s only splendor for the sight. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! Thou bidst us true and faithful be, And trust in God unchangingly. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! !”

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS

WHAT CHILD IS THIS What child is this, who, laid to rest, On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? Refrain: This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring him laud, The babe, the son of Mary. Why lies he in such mean estate Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear: for sinners here The silent Word is pleading.

Refrain: So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, Come, peasant, king, to own him. The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone him. Refrain:

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TRADITIONS

CANDY CANES

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Candy canes are very popular holiday treats and are often used to decorate Christmas trees. That hooked shape certainly makes them whimsical and able to hang on tree boughs. But candy canes weren’t always the curved and colorful treats they are today. In the 1700s, candy canes were nothing more than straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorate Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided that having the ends bent to depict a shepherd’s crook and passing them out during church services would help keep children quiet. It was not until roughly the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes. Some surmise that the candy cane is shaped like a shepherd’s crook to represent Jesus Christ, who tended to his flock of supporters.

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When St. Francis of Assisi created the first “creche” or Nativity (manger) scene, he and others sang the first carols. Most carols were handed down by word of mouth for hundreds of years. Most of the early carols were about Mary, the shepherds, the Magi and the birth of Jesus . Later carols were sung by groups of people who would go to homes and sing in harmony.

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RECIPE

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

BROWNIE MIX IN A JAR INGREDIENTS: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 1/4 cups white sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans DIRECTIONS: 1. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt in a quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in the order listed. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer. NOTE: Be sure to wipe out the inside of the jar with a dry paper towel after adding the cocoa powder, so the other layers will show through the glass. 2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Brownie Mix in a Jar 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13inch baking pan. 2. Empty jar of brownie mix into a large mixing bowl, and stir to blend. Mix in 3/4 cup melted butter and 4 eggs. Mix thoroughly. Spread batter evenly into prepared baking pan. 3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely in pan before cutting into 2 inch squares.

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UP ON THE HOUSETOP Up on the housetop reindeer pause Out jumps good old Santa Claus Down through the chimney with lots of toys All for the little ones, Christmas joys Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with old Saint Nick

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with old Saint Nick Next comes the stocking of little Will Oh, just see what a glorious fill Here is a hammer and lots of tacks Also a ball and a whip that cracks Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?

First comes the stocking of little Nell Oh, dear Santa fill it well Up on the housetop, click, click, click Give her a dolly that laughs and Down through the chimney cries with old Saint Nick One that will open and shut her eyes


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LET IT SNOW Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! It doesn’t show signs of stopping, And I’ve bought some corn for popping, The lights are turned way down low, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! When we finally kiss goodnight, How I’ll hate going out in the storm! But if you’ll really hold me tight, All the way home I’ll be warm. The fire is slowly dying, And, my dear, we’re still good-bying, But as long as you love me so, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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JINGLE BELLS Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight

Was seated by my side The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot We got into a drifted bank And then we got upsot Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh yeah Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way

A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright

PIERCY’S MT. WASHINGTON Funeral Home F From all of us at Piercy’s - Mt. Washington Funeral Home we would like to wish you a safe & joyous holiday season.

Our tree of rememberance will be on display in our foyer throughout the holiday season. We welcome all to stop in and place an ornament on the tree in rememberance of someone who will be missed this Holiday Season.

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Dr. Leo C Johnson wishes patients, staff, and their families a safe and happy holidays! Thank you to all the dental practice patients for their support this year, and greatest gratitude to those who have made patient referrals.

New patients are always welcome. Dr. Leo C. Johnson Inc. F A M I L Y

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS

O HOLY NIGHT O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born; O night, O holy night, O night divine! O night, O holy night, O night divine! Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.

The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friends. He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim! His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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JOLLY OLD SAINT NICHOLAS Jolly Old Saint Nicholas Jolly old Saint Nicholas, Lean your ear this way! Don’t you tell a single soul What I’m going to say: Christmas Eve is coming soon; Now, you dear old man Whisper what you’ll bring to me; Tell me if you can.

Bobby wants a pair of skates, Suzy wants a sled Nellie wants a picture book, yellow, blue, and red Now I think I’ll leave to you What to give the rest Choose for me, dear Santa Claus; You will know the best.

Merry Christmas We thank you... for your support over the past year and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

When the clock is striking twelve, When I’m fast asleep Down the chimney, broad and black, With your pack you’ll creep All the stockings you will find Hanging in a row Mine will be the shortest one, You’ll be sure to know

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DECK THE HALLS Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While I tell of Yule tide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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AWAY IN THE MANGER Away in a manger, No crib for His bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me I pray

The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay

Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to heaven To live with Thee there

The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side, ‘Til morning is nigh.


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They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a King was their intent,

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The first Noel, the angel did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

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And to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. This star drew night to the northwest, O’er Bethlehem it took its rest; And there it did both stop and stay, Right over the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. Then entered in those wise men three, Full reverently upon their knee; And offered there in his presence, Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

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CHRISTMAS STOCKING The stocking is an important part of Father Christmas lore. Though Christmas customs around the world vary, many include footwear as part of their gift giving tradition. In a number of countries, children will fill shoes or stockings with hay and carrots for Santa’s reindeer to enjoy. As a token of appreciation, Santa Claus will leave small gifts or candies for the kids. This custom is said to have originated in Holland, where Dutch children would fill their wooden clogs with food for the reindeer.

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was born over a hundred years after his eight flying counterparts. The red-nosed wonder was the creation of Robert L. May, a copywriter at the Montgomery Ward department store. In 1939, May wrote a Christmas-themed story-poem to help bring holiday traffic into his store. Using a similar rhyme pattern to Moore’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” May told the story of Rudolph, a young reindeer who was teased by the other deer because of his large, glowing, red nose. But, When Christmas Eve turned foggy and Santa worried that he wouldn’t be able to deliver gifts that night, the former outcast saved Christmas

by leading the sleigh by the light of his red nose. Rudolph’s messagethat given the opportunity, a liability can be turned into an asset-proved popular. Montgomery Ward sold almost two and a half million copies of the story in 1939. When it was reissued in 1946, the book sold over three and half million copies. Several years later, one of May’s friends, Johnny Marks, wrote a short song based on Rudolph’s story (1949). It was recorded by Gene Autry and sold over two million copies. Since then, the story has been translated into twenty-five languages and been made into a television movie, narrated by Burl Ives, which has charmed audiences every year since 1964.

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CHRISTMAS TREE The practice of tree worship has been found in many ancient cultures.Often, trees were brought indoors and decorated to ensure a good crop for the coming year. Trees have also been linked to divinity. Egyptians associated a palm tree with the god Baal-Tamar, while the Greeks and Romans believed that the mother of Adonis was changed into a fir tree. Adonis was one of her branches brought to life. The modern Christmas tree was likely born in the 8th century, when St. Boniface was converting the Germanic tribes. The tribes worshipped oak trees, decorating them for the winter solstice. St. Boniface cut down an enormous oak tree, that was central to the worship of a particular tribe, but a fir tree grew in its place. The evergreen was offered as a symbol of Christianity, which the newly converted Germans began decorating for Christmas. Prince Albert, who was German, introduced the Christmas tree to England after his marriage to Queen Victoria in 1840. German immigrants to Pennsylvania brought Christmas trees to America.

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1. Heat oil and cook millet for about 5 minutes until golden brown. 2. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add the stock and port. 3. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 30 minutes until the stock is absorbed and the millet is tender. 4. Add spring onions and cranberries. 5. Cook for a minute before add-

ing the honey, then season to taste. 6. Arrange the mushrooms on a lightly greased baking sheet. Fill with the cranberry mixture and dot with margarine. Cook in the oven, 190º C, 375º F, Gas no 5 for 15-20 minutes. NOTE: Do not peel mushrooms or remove their stalks. They keep their shape better and all their nutrition. TIP: If you have any leftover stuffing and cranberry sauce after Christmas, mix them gently together, spoon onto some mushrooms and cook as above. Louisa Clements is the writer, recipe developer and photographer behind the Canadian food blog Living Lou. She creates healthy, nutritious and wholesome recipes that are simple and fun to make. You can also find Louisa blogging for The Kit as a Health and Wellness Blogger. Louisa Clements is the writer, recipe developer and photographer behind the Canadian food blog Living Lou. More delicious recipes are available on the Mushrooms Canada website at www.mushrooms.ca.


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RECIPES WARM UP WITH A WINTER FONDUE (NC)—Originally from Switzerland, the fondue started as a tasty way to use up leftover cheese. Today as well, there’s nothing like a warm cheesy fondue to bring together friends and family on a cold winter night. Take a look at this tantalizing recipe created by Chef Michael P. Clive: Ingredients • 1 bottle Rickard’s Oakhouse • 2 ½ cups, smoked gouda, shredded • 1 cup gruyere, shredded • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour • A few drops of Worcestershire sauce For Serving: • 1 ½ pounds cubed or thick sliced and browned sausage

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What would the holidays be without snowflakes falling outside, a mug of hot cocoa in hand and a favorite Christmas movie on television? Television is full of feel-good movies come the holiday season. Choose from among classic flicks you have watched year after year or new movies vying for spots as soon-to-be favorites. Watching Christmas movies is a holiday tradition for many families. So much so that lines from popular movies are easily remembered and recognized. Those who can recite movies verbatim might enjoy testing their mettle with the following Christmas quiz loaded with memorable quotes from some holiday classics.

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Movie Quotes Quiz

12. “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”

1. “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.” 2. “Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed.” 3. “If TV has taught me anything, it’s that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It happened to Tiny Tim, it happened to Charlie Brown, it happened to The Smurfs, and it’s gonna happen to us!” 4. “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200 shot range model air rifle.” 5. “Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.” 6. “Iris, in the movies, we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you’re behaving like the best friend.” 7. “Who gave you permission to tell Charlie there was no Santa Claus? I think if we’re going to destroy our son’s delusions, I should be a part of it.” 8. “I want to wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow.” 9. “We’re not just doing this for us. We’re

10. “We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate you know.” 11. “I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear your company, and do it with a thankful heart. Will you not speak to me?”

13. “Light the lamp, not the rat, light the lamp, not the rat! Put me out, put me out, put me out!” 14. “Tell me something, Billy. How come a cute little guy like this can turn into a thousand ugly monsters?” 15. “That’s not ‘my’ Christmas! ‘My’ Christmas is filled with laughter, and joy... and this: my Sandy Claws outfit. I want you to make it.” 16. “That’s neither pig nor pork, it’s beef.” 17. “I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.” 1. “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” 2. “Miracle on 34th Street” 3. “The Simpson’s Christmas” 4. “A Christmas Story” 5. “Home Alone” 6. “The Holiday” 7. “The Santa Clause” 8. “White Christmas” 9. “Jingle All the Way” 10. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 11. “A Christmas Carol” 12. “The Polar Express” 13. “The Muppets Christmas Carol” 14. “Gremlins” 15. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” 16. “Babes in Toyland” 17. “Elf”


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DID YOU KNOW? Many Christmas traditions are older than some celebrants might think. The tradition of lighting up a Christmas tree, for example, dates back to the days before Christmas lights. Before electricpowered twinkle lights were invented and even before electricity was discovered, people used actual candles to adorn the Christmas tree. As one can imagine, having an open flame next to a dried-out tree was risky, so it was customary to keep a bucket of water next to the tree in the case of fire. As if fire wasn’t enough, the tinsel used to decorate trees was made from strips of silver and even lead -- something that is now known to be a health hazard to adults and children alike. Although we’ve come a long way since candles and lead, even now trees that are overly dry and decorated with lights that have frayed wires can just as easily lead to fires. Plus, plastic tinsel can be a choking hazard for children and pets. One Christmas staple that has lost its status as a safety hazard isthe poinsettia plant. It has long been thought that poinsettias are poisonous to people and animals. While there is some toxicity to the plant, it would require the ingestion of hundreds of leaves to get a toxic dose of a plant’s poison.

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Reduce Holiday Waste

The Comox Strathcona waste management service supports reducing holiday waste as you shop, entertain and clean up after the holiday celebrations. Recycling is one way to “reduce holiday waste” but the real key to making a dent on the amount of holiday waste is to move beyond recycling to reuse and reduce. When everyone does their part to “reduce holiday waste” our region can rejoice knowing that all our efforts made a big difference at our local landfills. For holiday waste reduction tips and resources visit www.cswm.ca/greenholidays.html Follow comoxvalleyrd

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