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Christmas Songs and Traditions

Look inside and you will find a fun selection of holiday songs, traditions, recipies, colouring, submissions from our local Elementary Schools and much more!


Holiday TRADITIONS

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The History of Christmas Carols Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, usually taking place around the 22nd December. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived! Early Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones. In AD 129, a Roman Bishop said that a song called 'Angel's Hymn' should be sung at a Christmas service in Rome. Another famous early Christmas Hymn was written, in 760AD, by Comas of Jerusalem for the Greek Orthodox Church. Soon after this many composers all over Europe started to write carols. However, not many people liked them as they were all written and sung in Latin, a language that the normal people couldn't understand. By the time of the Middles Ages (the 1200s), most people had lost interest in celebrating Christmas altogether. This was changed by St. Francis of Assisi when, in 1223, he started his Nativity Plays in Italy.

The people in the plays sang songs or 'canticles' that told the story during the plays. Sometimes, the choruses of these new carols were in Latin; but normally they were all in a language that the people watching the play could understand and join in! The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany and other European countries. The earliest carol, like this, was written in 1410. Sadly only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem. Most Carols from this time and the Elizabethan period are untrue stories, very loosely based on the Christmas story, about the holy family and were seen as entertaining rather than religious songs. They were usually sung in homes rather than in churches! Traveling singers or Minstrels started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling. One carols that changed like this is 'I Saw Three Ships'. When Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans came to power in England in 1647, the celebration of Christmas and singing carols

was stopped. However, the carols survived as people still sang them in secret. Carols remained mainly unsung until Victorian times, when two men called William Sandys and Davis Gilbert collected lots of old Christmas music from villages in England. Before carol singing in public became popular, there were sometimes official carol singers called 'Waits'. These were bands of people led by important local leaders (such as council leaders) who had the only power in the towns and villages to take money from the public (If others did this, they were sometimes charged as beggars!). They were called 'Waits' because they only sang on Christmas Eve (This was sometimes known as 'watchnight' or 'waitnight' because of the shepherds were watching their sheep when the angels appeared to them.), when the Christmas celebrations began. Also, at this time, many orchestras and choirs were being set up in the cities of England and people wanted Christmas songs to sing, so carols once again became popular. Many new carols,such as 'Good King Wenceslas', were also written .

New carols services were created and became popular, as did the custom of singing carols in the streets. Both of these customs are still popular today! One of the most popular types of Carols services are Carols by Candlelight services. At this service, the church is only lit by candlelight and it feels very Christmassy! Carols by Candlelight services are held in countries all over the world. Perhaps the most famous carol service, is the service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College in Cambridge, UK. This service takes place on Christmas Eve and is broadcast live on BBC Radio (and all over the world). In my house, we listen to it and it means Christmas has really started!! The Service was first performed in 1918 as a way of the college celebrating the end of the First World War. It is always started with a single choir boy singing a solo of the first verse of the Carol 'Once in Royal David's City'. Sing along to Once in Royal David's City! (on a different site) A service of Nine Lessons and Carols, has nine bible readings (or lessons!) that tell the Christmas story with one or two carols between each lesson. Sometimes you get carol services which are a combination of nine lessons and carols and carols by candlelight! So you have nine lessons and carols by candlelight!

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Holiday SONGS

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Let It Snow

Deck the Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la!

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!

'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la! Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la la la la!

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!

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la la la la!

When we finally kiss good night, 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.

See the blazing yule before us, Fa la la la la la la la! Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la la la la!

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!

Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la la la la! Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la la la la! Sing we joyous all together! Fa la la la la la la la! Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la la la la!

Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la! While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Fa la la la la la la la!

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Holiday TRADITIONS

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1. Make traditional dishes for your holiday meals and include foods from your culture or foods you ate growing up. Ask for recipes from relatives to keep your family food traditions alive. 2. Organize a cookie-baking party. Invite friends and family, or a group of your kids' friends. Ask everyone to bring their favorite holiday cookie recipe.  3. Make the same entree for Christmas Eve (such as stew) and Christmas Day (ham or turkey) every year. Or, choose a side-dish that becomes the yearly tradition, even if it's just for laughs. 4. Make a gingerbread house with your family. Those premade sets make it easy and provide you with everything you’ll need! Another option is to use graham crackers, some royal icing and candy you've saved for this purpose.

Neighbourhood and Community Traditions 5. Get a handful of friends together and go caroling. You’ll be surprised by how well-received your singing group is, even if you’re out of tune! 6. See a local production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ or another holiday-themed show. 7. Check out holiday lights in your area. Get in the car, turn on your holiday playlist, and find brightly lit houses. 8. Record local holiday events on your calendar. Most cities have concerts, festivals, plays, and more to celebrate the season.

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

9. Walk door to door delivering Christmas cookies after you've made a batch. 10. Go visit Santa! Do your research and find out what times of the day are best to this, like mid-week during the evening. 11. Go sledding, ice skating, or other outdoor winter activity with your family. A great time to schedule this is on Christmas day, after the gifts are opened, the meal is eaten, and everyone is getting antsy from being inside.

Around the Home Traditions 12. Start the ‘Elf on a Shelf’ tradition. Your kids will love it and it will keep them on their best behavior! 13. Read holiday books before bed each night. The Polar Express, Santa Mouse, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are all excellent tales to boost your family’s holiday spirit. 14. Go to a tree farm to locate the perfect Christmas tree. At home, decorate it as a family or let the kids do their thing. Have some treats and hot cider or cocoa on hand to keep energy levels up! 15. Create a holiday playlist that your family listens to in the car or at home. Don’t forget classics like ‘White Christmas,’ ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas,’ and ‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’ 16. Use an advent calendar to count down to Christmas. There are many varieties of advent calendars, from candles that are burned daily to boxes you open daily.

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Holiday TRADITIONS 17. Set aside one night each week to watch a holiday movie or television special, such “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” 18. Have your child start an ‘I Am Thankful’ list. Have him add one thing he is thankful for each day. You can turn this into a decoration by having him write it on a paper Christmas tree or snowflake that you then hang across the fireplace or some other area. 19. Purchase or make a holiday ornament for each child every year. This is a great reason to reminisce during holiday decorating.

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22. Make holiday decorations yourself! Decorate windows with paper snowflakes, glue glitter onto pinecones and arrange in a bowl, and visit kid-friendly crafts sites to get creative and fun ideas that will involve your children. 23. Start a holiday village display. Add a new house or shop to your display each year. 24. Camp out in front of your Christmas tree one night. Keep the tree lights on, read holiday stories, and snack on holiday treats.

Giving Back Holiday Traditions 25. Volunteer your time as a family at a soup kitchen or a food bank that hands out food to families in need.

20. Sit down with your child and write a letter to Santa. 21. As a family, write your holiday letter. Have each member contribute one memorable moment from the year to be recorded to share with friends and family.

Wishing you all the joys of the holiday season, Merry Christmas

26. Find a giving tree that allows you to sponsor a family in need or purchase toys for children in need. Go shopping for the items together and donate them. Continued on page 16

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Little Drummer Boy Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, So, to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum, When we come. Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, On my drum?

Mary Nodded, pa rum pum pum pum, The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum I play my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum me and my drum.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say: “Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games.

Then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you’ll go down in history!

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Christmas Song

Holly Jolly Christmas

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Have a holly, jolly Christmas; It’s the best time of the year I don’t know if there’ll be snow but have a cup of cheer

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight

Have a holly, jolly Christmas; And when you walk down the street Say Hello to friends you know and everyone you meet

They know that Santa’s on his way He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And ev’ry mother’s Child is gonna spy to see if reindeer really know how to fly

Oh ho the mistletoe hung where you can see; Somebody waits for you; Kiss her once for me

And so, I’m offering this simple phrase to kids from one to ninety-two Altho’ it’s been said many times Many ways; “Merry Christmas to you”.

Have a holly jolly Christmas and in case you didn’t hear Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year

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RECIPES

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Cranberry Christmas Tree Bread Not only does this tree-shaped loaf use a convenient frozen bread dough, it also uses purchased frosting. What a time-saving gift to make! Number of servings: 1 tree-shaped loaf Ingredients: • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries • 180 ml (3/4 cup) sugar • 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh orange juice • 7 ml (1 1/2 tsp) grated orange zest • 1/2 package (8 oz) frozen bread dough, thawed • 30 ml (2 tbsp) butter, melted • 80 ml (1/3 cup) chopped walnuts (optional) • 60 ml (1/4 cup) cream cheese-flavored ready-to-spread frosting

Method: In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, juice and zest, stirring well. Frozen berries do not have to thaw first. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 10 minutes). Set aside and cool. Roll dough into a 23 x 46 cm (9 x 18 inch) rectangle; brush with melted butter. Spread cranberry mixture over dough to within 1,25 cm (1/2 inch) of edges. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired. Roll up dough, starting at long edge, pressing gently to contain filling; pinch ends to seal. Cut roll into 16 equal slices (about 2,75 cm (1 1/8 inch) thick). On lower third of a large greased baking sheet, arrange 5 slices, cut side up, in a row with edges touching. Form tree with additional rows of rolls, ending with 1 roll on top of tree and 1 roll on bottom for trunk. Cover and let rise in a warm place 30 ºC (85 ºF), free from drafts, 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 175 ºC (350 ºF). Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Place frosting in a 500 ml (2 cups) glass measuring cup. Microwave, uncovered, on high power (100%) for 20 to 25 seconds or until drizzling consistency; drizzle over bread.

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Holiday SONGS

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The Twelve Days of Christmas On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A Partridge in a Pear Tree On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and heartfelt thanks for your continued support. A-1 RADIATORS LTD Serving the North Island since 1979

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On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Thank you for helping us to make the most of our business with your loyal support. May you have a safe and happy holiday with family and friends.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 10 Lords a Leaping 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 11 Pipers Piping 10 Lords a Leaping 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 Drummers Drumming 11 Pipers Piping 10 Lords a Leaping 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

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Holiday KIDS

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CHOCOLATE SURPRISE Christmas!

T he tree was decorated by Kayla. W hen I was asleep, I heard trampolining! said Brandy. A special reindeer named, Dancer! smiled Brandon. S pecial presents are my favourite to hide! smiled Carter. A unty gives me presents! smiled Tyrus. C H O C O L A T E

hristmas morning I found a present in my stocking! said Parker. olidays cheer up Anya when she is feeling sad. live and I love the smell of Hot Chocolate! said Kaitlyn. olouring pictures for Mom & Dad for Christmas! said Mr. Frog. n Christmas Eve I love to drink Hot Coco! smiled Jeremy. ove you Santa Claus! said Mr. Dragon. aahh! The sun is going to melt me after Christmas! said Frosty. was the night before Christmas & Lindsey was so excited! veryone comes to Kai’s house for Christmas Eve.

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anta gives me presents every year! says Emma V. p at the North Pole, Santa prepares for Christmas! said Paul. unning for crickets, is Jamie’s Christmas present! rancing in the house is fun! smiled Daryen. eese likes to rip open the Christmas wrapping paper. t’s Christmas Eve... I’m feeling tingly! said Ellie in anticipation. eth’s favourite activity is going to Grandma & Grandpa’s! van and I like to look for the Elf on the Shelf! said Andrew.

C hristmas means to me... sharing & being thankful, said Sadie. H olidays are awesome! said Gage. R eading Christmas stories is my favourite thing! smiled Emma D. I hope all of us Chocolates have a great Christmas! said Tanner. S piderman is what I got Jamie for Christmas! said Chocolate. T aylor says, I always open my stocking first on Christmas! M y family gives presents to our cats! said Jaxson. A va likes to read Christmas stories! S anta, give me the big, big present... Please! asked Michael. By the grade 2/3 Penfield “Chocolates”

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Holiday

RECIPES

Santa's Whiskers Ingredients:

3/4 cup (6 ounces) flaked sweetened coconut 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons whole milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla or rum extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 ounces red candied cherries (coarsely chopped) 3 ounces green candied cherries (coarsely chopped) 1/2 cup (4 ounces) coarsely chopped pecans Equipment:

2 large baking sheets wax paper

Method: Arrange two approximately 12-by 12-inch square pieces of wax paper on a work surface and spread half the flaked coconut in the middle of each. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed, scraping the bowl occasionally, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla or rum extract and beat until fully incorporated. With the mixer on low, add the flour in 3 batches, followed by the red and green cherries and the pecans, and stir until just combined, about 2 minutes. Divide the dough in half and form each half into a 10-inch-long log, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Transfer each log to a sheet of wax paper and roll to coat them in the coconut. Once the logs are completely covered in coconut, roll the wax paper around each log, cover in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and a second rack in the lower third then preheat to 375°F. Slice each log crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick cookies and arrange on baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between cookies. Bake, switching the baking sheets between the upper and lower racks about halfway through baking, until light golden brown, about 12 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Continue baking cookies on cooled baking sheets. DO AHEAD: The cookies can be baked ahead and stored, in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 3 days.

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27. Start a canned food drive in your neighborhood or at your child's school. Ask neighbors to donate canned and non-perishable foods, then donate them to a food bank. 28. Go through closets and donate gently used clothing (coats are particularly useful this time of year) to a local shelter.

37. Spend Thanksgiving night planning your Black Friday. Check out all the sales, map your route, and make your list. 38. Start a gag gift tradition. Give a funny gift to a family member. Each year, pass the gift on to another unsuspecting family member.

Christmas Eve Traditions

29. Hold a book drive and ask coworkers, friends, neighbors, and family to donate books for kids that you can give to your local library, elementary school, or family shelter.

39. Open one gift on Christmas Eve.

30. Deliver cookies and treats to your local fire station, police department, and even the staff at your local hospital. After all, they’ll be working through the holiday.

41. Make reindeer food on Christmas Eve (oats and candy sprinkles) and toss it on the lawn for Santa’s team of reindeer.

31. Don’t forget senior citizens! Volunteer time at your local senior citizens center or see if there is a giving tree specifically for the residents.

42. Read The Night Before Christmas at bedtime.

Holiday Gift Traditions

44. Get matching pajamas for the kids to wear on Christmas Eve. Talk about a great photo op Christmas morning!

32. Draw names in your immediate family and make a gift for that person. It can be as easy as a playlist for an MP3 player or a photobook of your family’s greatest moments of the year.  33. If gifts have been sent from relatives that are far away (like grandparents), use Skype or another video chat service when they are opened so everyone can share in the joy. 34. Spend a day, and possibly a night, in a local metropolitan area and get your holiday shopping completed. Ask your mom, sister, or sisters-in-law to come along!

40. Track Santa’s progress across the globe on NORAD.

43. Leave a ‘trail’ of gifts from the chimney to the tree so show Santa’s route in the house.

Christmas Morning/Day Traditions 45. Open all the gifts under the tree at 12:01 a.m. on Christmas Day. This works best with older kids and teens. 46. Don’t open presents until after religious services or brunch. 47. Choose a family member at random to pass out gifts to everyone.   48. Call or have a video chat with loved ones who aren’t able to be with your family.

35. Pick names randomly and only give gifts to the person whose name you draw. Set a dollar limit to keep it even and have fun!

49. Invite family, friends, and neighbors over Christmas evening for games, dessert, and to decompress from the holiday.

36. If your extended family is large, make a deal among the adults to buy gifts for only the kids of the family.

50. Go out for breakfast and let someone else do the cooking!

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Holiday KIDS

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Happy Holidays Word Search

See how many of these words you can find in the puzzle. The words can be forward, backward or diagonal. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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Wishing you happy holidays and a new year filled with health and happiness!

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Seasom and throughout the coming year!

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Holiday SONGS Rocking Around The Christmas Tree Rocking around the Christmas tree At the Christmas party hop Mistletoe hung where you can see Every couple tries to stop Rocking around the Christmas tree, Let the Christmas spirit ring Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie And we’ll do some caroling. You will get a sentimental Feeling when you hear Voices singing let’s be jolly, Deck the halls with boughs of holly Rocking around the Christmas tree, Have a happy holiday Everyone dancing merrily In the new old-fashioned way.

Wishing you a picture-perfect holiday season filled with beautiful moments. Please accept our sincere thanks for your business.

19 Away in a Manger Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes. I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky, And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever and love me I pray. Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, And take us to heaven to live with Thee there.

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Holiday SONGS

20 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town You better watch out, you better not cry Better not pout, I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He’s making a list, and checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town

Jingle Bell Rock

He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun Now the jingle hop has begun

Oh! You better watch out! You better not cry. Better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town. Santa Claus Is coming to town.

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square In the frosty air. What a bright time, it's the right time To rock the night away

Blue Christmas I’ll have a blue Christmas without you; I’ll be so blue thinking about you. Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree Won’t mean a thing if you’re not here with me. I’ll have a blue Christmas, that’s certain; And when that blue heartache starts hurtin’; You’ll be do’in’ all right with your Christmas of white, But I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas. The staff of Walco Industries would like to wish their customers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock Mix and a-mingle in the jingling feet That's the jingle bell, That's the jingle bell, That's the jingle bell rock

We wish you happy holidays! With warm wishes at Christmastime.

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Holiday

RECIPES

Butter Tarts

21 Almond Roca

Crust: • 2 cups flour • ½ cup brown or white sugar • Dash of Vanilla • 1 cup butter or margarine • 1 egg • Pinch of salt

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Mix by hand until sticky. Roll in small balls and flatten with finger into greased muffin tins. Filling: • 1 egg • 2/3 cups butter (or margarine) • 1 cup brown sugar • Pinch of salt • 1 tsp Vanilla Mix together over med heat until melted. Add whatever you like in your butter tarts I put about 1 cup of each: Coconut, Raisins, Walnuts & Almonds

1 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 1 tbsp corn syrup 3 tbsp water 2 cup white or dark chocolate wafers

Melt first 4 ingredients over medium heat, then bring to a boil until hard cracked (350 degrees on a candy thermometer). Layer cookie sheet with slivered almonds, pour candy mix on top, cover with white chocolate wafers (approx. 2 cups). Spread and once melted sprinkle with more almonds.

Mix and fill pastry shells. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 mins or until brown.

We wish you a Merry Christmas with warm wishes for a Happy Holiday Season.

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Holiday SONGS

22 Frosty the Snowman Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul, With a corn cob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made of coal. Frosty the Snowman, is a fairytale, they say. He was made of snow, but the children know he came to life one day. There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around!

Frosty the Snowman, knew the sun was hot that day, so he said, "Let's run, and we'll have some fun now, before I melt away."

Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, was alive as he could be; and the children say he could laugh and play, just the same as you and me. Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump, look at Frosty go. Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump, over the hills of snow.

Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand, Running here and there, all around the square, sayin', "Catch me if you can." He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop; and only paused a moment, when he heard him holler, "Stop!" For Frosty, the Snowman, had to hurry on his way, But he waved goodbye, sayin' "Don't cry, I'll be back again some day."

s e h s i W t s e B Dear friends, readers, and advertisers, As a newspaper, our mission is always to inform you of what’s happening in your community. Throughout the year, we have been your eyes and ears as we do our best to report the news that matters to you. In 2014, we will once again be your witness to the daily happenings in and around our town. We thank you once again for your loyalty and hope that you will take advantage of every moment of happiness in the year to come. Here’s to a calm and prosperous new year!

Best wishes from our entire team.

It’s Christmas time and the holiday spirit fills the air! We hope it also fills your heart with peace, joy and contentment, as you celebrate the season with family and friends.

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