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PUBLISHERS Merry Christmas! Seasons Greetings! Well the Holidays are upon us once more! A time when families and friends gather to share love, the spirit of the season and reflect on our many blessings. We would like to remind you that as you go about your planning and shopping for the Holidays, to please Shop Local whenever possible. It is especially important to shop at independent retailers and restaurants who depend upon December sales to carry them through the Winter months and keep those local dollars right here in our Community. We wish you peace, joy and much happiness this Holiday Season.

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We’re on the home stretch of the festive season now! I’m sure some of you started your gift shopping already and are tucking them away as discreetly as possible, whereas others are last minute gift grabbers that’ll be scrambling right up until midnight Christmas Eve. Either way, we’re all in this together as we prepare for and celebrate traditions from Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, Fiesta of Our Lady Guadalupe, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Yule, and more. If you enjoy ornamenting your home with an ambiance of warmth, colour, and sparkle, take a peek at our Christmas Decorating article in the Home & Garden section for some great festive decorating tips. Once your home is adorned with the sights and smells of the season, you’re nearly prepared for holding a Festive Party. Find out how you can host an open house style party where neighbours, friends, and family can drop by to celebrate, socialize, and simply have a great time. There’s always someone who’s difficult to buy for at Christmas. Get some fantastic advice in our Unique Christmas Gift Ideas article. Giving to others is a common theme throughout the month of December. Read about how two local organizations dedicate their time to helping others feel valued and comforted during one of the most stressful seasons of the year. And to top everything off, we’ve provided some insight into where the biggest New Year’s Eve bashes will be around Simcoe County! Well, this issue will be wrapping up 2019. It has been fabulous meeting and speaking with so many interesting people in our community. I wish all of you the best in 2020! Happy Holidays, Hanukkah Sameach, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Akemashite omedetou, Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute zum neuen Jahr, and Happy New Year! Cheers!

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ecorating my home for Christmas always gets me into the festive spirit. The ambiance makes me want to curl up with a fleece blanket in front of a glowing fireplace as I sip a glass of wine, or hot cocoa.

I usually decorate the last week of November, but Pamela Martin, Owner & Operator of The Christmas Villager in Coldwater, starts her decorating on October 1st. “I like to enjoy the entire season and not feel stressed out about getting my decorating done.” Devon Byrne, Head of Retail Design for Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery in Barrie says, “I always say start with an element that inspires you. The Christmas season is the best time of year to get your creative juices flowing. The front entrance of your home is where most people start to decorate to make it welcoming for the winter.” “We usually start in the living room. This is where our families gather when visiting. I love to have it warm and welcoming,” says Sandi McMillan, Co-owner with sister Wendy Greene at Our House in Barrie. Every year I cut lush coniferous greenery such as pine or cedar and make my own decorative planters for the front of my garage. Byrne says it’s a great way to personalize and add texture, especially if you enhance the greenery with coloured ribbon and mesh. “We find that planters and wreaths are a great do-it-yourself project,” says McMillan. looklocalmagazine.com

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Byrne says, perhaps you’d like to add “a plaid bow with birch logs and large sugar cones to a decorative container that mimics your love for country, or a sparkly silver mesh bow with glitter sticks and opaque spheres to show your love for a more contemporary look.” “Follow your likes. You want to be surrounded by décor and items that make you feel comfortable and at peace. Pick a theme, or colour palette that coordinates with what you currently have in your home, and run with it,” says Byrne. Colour themes can be very personal depending on your style. Bright reds and sparkling silver and gold are some of the classics, but rustic or neutral pallets with a little bit of glitz can achieve an inviting space that make you and your guests relaxed and happy. When decorating Christmas trees, use oversized jingle bells, rustic lanterns filled with string lights, battery operated candles, light-up gifts,

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plush snowmen, grapevine baskets with Spanish moss, or real bird nests. “We’re always trying to achieve a sense of whimsy, and an imaginative design aspect,” says Byrne. Martin says llamas and lanterns are a trend this year, as well as batteryoperated snow globe lanterns you don’t have to wind up. “They don’t play music, but when you turn them on, they create a magical glow in the room, and they snow continuously. The cardinal lantern is the most popular.” And if you’re fond of colourful garden gnomes, they’re apparently quite fashionable for Christmas this year too. Be creative, and have fun decorating! LL

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e all have someone who’s difficult to buy for at Christmas. Maybe you’re that person! Either way, I’ve come across some unique gift options that just might suit their fancy and yours. The most unique gift is a memorable experience. There are so many take-aways from Jennifer Wolfe’s jewellery making course. “I’ve been offering very small jewellery workshops in the Barrie and surrounding areas since April. These hands-on workshops give folks the opportunity to try their hand at beginner metalsmithing classes as well as beginner lapidary classes.  Giving a gift experience can be so much more rewarding. My workshops are incredibly fulfilling as people see themselves create something out of nothing and leave with something very tangible that they’ve made with their own two hands,” says Wolfe, Owner of Bliss Jewellery in Barrie. Seventeen-year-old Dan Borg is a young entrepreneur who works out of his own shop in Sharon, East Gwillimbury, where he makes candleholders. “My unique candleholders feature reclaimed horseshoes at each end. They’re all individually distressed and stained to appeal to many tastes. While most of them have two votives and candles, I can create custom orders with any amount you choose. These candleholders would make a beautiful addition to anyone’s table or mantle.”

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This is probably my favourite unique gift. Ruby chocolate is the newest exotic sweet to come to Canada, making its debut in the summer of this year. It’s actually made from the Ruby cocoa bean and has no added colouring or flavouring. The fermentation process makes the chocolate have a pink hue and fruity taste. “Most people will not have heard of it let alone had a chance yet to try this incredible and complex chocolate,” says Sylvie Bauer, Owner of Sylvie’s Kitchen. You can find Sylvie’s Ruby chocolate at some local shops such as Country Produce in Orillia, Cheese Gallery in Thornbury, and the 100 Mile Store in Creemore. “This would make a great hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or something to share after dinner with friends,” suggests Bauer. For an artistic style gift, you can get Jim Clay, Artist & Instructor for Funky Glassworx in Orillia, to create a serving platter, coasters, rustic lanterns, or something more authentic.

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“This gift is perfect for someone who’s looking for affordable one-of-akind pieces of art,” says Clay. A family portrait makes a fabulous gift for extended family members, particularly grandparents. Buy a gift card for a photo shoot with Samantha Burt Photography in Barrie, then frame it with a rustic frame designed by Keith Tribe, Owner and Craftsman of Rustic Works in Barrie who uses locally sourced barn board or hardwood. “We all have something in our home, whether it’s a treasured photo, a piece of art, or something more unique like a family quilt. Having it preserved in a stunning, hand-made frame from local wood that’s a century old is a timeless way of showcasing it. Mirrors are also a beautiful way of opening up a room or space. Barn board can fit into any design space, modern, or rustic!” says Tribe. Happy shopping!

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Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Mozart's Sleigh Ride from Three German Dances, The Skater’s Waltz, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, and many more.Celebrate the joy of the holidays with a sing-along, carols, and childhood favourites complementing great orchestral works. 3:30 pm Collier Street United Church, Barrie huroniasymphony.ca

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f I were to have interviewed, or simply listed all the individuals and organizations in and around Simcoe County that take the time to help others fill their bellies, clothe their children, and feel loved and valued, I’d likely have taken up the entire issue.

The Shoebox Project for Women and The Sharing Place Food Centre are two of many local organizations who provide a program that relieves the increased financial and mental stress as well as the high expectations that can accompany the festive season. “The Shoebox Project for Women is a registered charity that collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness in communities across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. We've been in the Simcoe County area since 2013,” says Shannon Murree, Simcoe County & Simcoe Grey Coordinator.

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This program is for women who’ve been displaced from their homes and alienated from their families, explains Murree. Consequently, special occasions can be particularly challenging, and women often “report feeling disconnected from society, invisible and alone. A Shoebox gift is a powerful reminder for a woman that she hasn’t been forgotten, and that she remains a valued and respected member of her community.”

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“We’re happy to receive donations such as hand-written personal notes, services, supplies, and financial donations. What is great about this charity is that we’re on a National level. Donations are kept locally and help community members directly,” says Murree. The final collection for holiday shoeboxes is December 6th at Barrie City Hall in support of women’s shelters. If you don’t have a chance to drop one off for the holiday project, shoeboxes are also collected throughout the year for occasions like International Women’s Day or Mother’s Day. Another program that offers support and comfort to community members during the holiday season is The Sharing Place Food Centre in Orillia. They distribute over 450 holiday hampers to individuals and families who are food insecure, says Chris Peacock, Executive Director. “The hamper is filled with the fixings for a wonderful holiday turkey dinner and breakfast. The festive season can bring a great deal of financial and mental stress along with expectations of providing your family with a holiday feast. When living in poverty, this pressure can be all encompassing,  and we hope the support we provide during this season will help relieve some of that stress and provide comfort,” says Peacock. This time of year is joyful and full of parties and gift sharing, but there are many people who spend it alone without food, toys, or provisions for their family. “The Holiday Hamper program provides a great deal of comfort and support during the festive season, but it comes at a significant cost. If individuals in the community wish to help support this program, they can make a financial donation on our website. We can use these funds to purchase the ingredients that fill the hampers,” informs Peacock. Thank you to everyone in Simcoe County who takes the time to give a little extra to our community during the festive season. Cheers! LL

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ho said there’s nothing to do around here on New Year’s Eve? If you’d like to change it up and ring in the New Year somewhere other than in your living room flipping between Niagara Falls and New York's Times Square countdowns, here are some places you might want to check out. The Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre in Orillia will be hosting their 4th Annual New Year’s Eve event, and part of the proceeds go to the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation. Their theme this year is Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. They’ll be spicing up the room with bling and Jimmy Buffet items as well as coordinating their food menu with the theme, says Michelle Weber, General Manager. “We get our guests to dress-up for that time period.” There are two different packages guests 19 and older can choose from that include conveniences such as accommodations, continental breakfast, dinner, dancing, champagne, and party favours, or you can simply attend just the dinner and dance, informs Weber. Doors open at 6 pm, and the celebration closes at 2 am. Local cab companies will be available to ensure guests get home safely. Barrie will be holding their family friendly New Year’s countdown at Barrie City Hall where you can skate, warm-up near a bonfire, watch various performers including Splash'N Boots, listen to live music, hop on a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy a variety of food, and view a dazzling display of fireworks. In Orillia, Rotary Place is also hosting a family friendly event that begins at 5 pm and finishes at 8:30 pm. “The community has come to love this event, and many families attend on an annual basis,” says Megan Visser, Recreation Program Supervisor. There’ll be free skating, arcade games, a rock wall, crafts, hot chocolate, professional face painting, and a DJ, says Visser. At 7:30 pm 2000 balloons are dropped and adults and children thoroughly enjoy the moment. Parking is available at Rotary Place, and a shuttle service will be provided every 15 minutes to and from Costco. looklocalmagazine.com

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For a more adult New Year’s celebration, Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club in Thornton will be having a Yuk Yuk’s comedy show, a DJ until 1 am, food, and a special toast for New Year’s, says Richard Edmonds, General Manager & Managing Partner. “We’re conveniently located south west of Barrie. All major cabs and Ubers have access to the property. We always ensure everybody gets home safely.” And if you simply just want to stay at home for New Year’s Eve and not worry about outdoor elements, or how you’re going to get home safely, you can still watch the New Year’s Eve celebration in Niagara Falls on television. Bryan Adams will be headlining this year’s bash along with Walk off the Earth. Regardless of what you choose to do this New Year’s Eve, have a fabulous time celebrating with friends and family. Plan your evening to ensure everyone gets home safely, and try not to make too many unrealistic resolutions. Happy New Year! LL

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After you’ve selected a date and have an idea of who you’re going to send invitations to via mail or social media, it’s time to consider your décor, food, and beverage choices.

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Decorating your home for a festive party should include warm and inviting ornamentation. Use poinsettias, wreaths, Christmas trees, lights, festive table cloths, candles, and garland, advises Monteith. “Balloons are an inexpensive and easy solution to keep it fun,” says Heather. “An often-overlooked item is sound. With the explosion of streaming services, fun and quirky holiday classics are abounding. You might also consider a woodfire video for your television. If children are attending, possibly have a streaming playlist of your favourite holiday cartoons ready to go,” suggest Monteith. Feeding your guests is the next step. Make sure there’s enough seating, rent dishes and cutlery, or use recyclable paper plates and cups to save on running the dishwasher. Provide small hors d’oeuvres, or make it a buffet style.

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“We’ve noticed a trend in potluck style for Christmas party open house style events. In recent years, we’ve also seen an increase in our pick-up catering service for this type of event. We’re often asked for assistance in menu ideas for things they can just order, pick-up, reheat, and serve,” says Lori Buch, Event Manager for Liberty North in Barrie. If you want to offer a full dinner, have your party catered with an on-site chef and servers. “We do this often, and the size of the party can be as small as four to hundreds of guests,” says Buch. “Keep it flavourful, but simple. Roasts, or items that can be baked like lasagna will keep you away from the stove and with your guests. Salads are also great sides. They can be prepared ahead of time,” says Monteith. Ask guests to bring dessert, or call up a local bakery such as Sweet Time Bake Shoppe and order a few sweet trays. Have an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages too. Provide drink recipes so your guests can mix their own drinks! LL

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