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The Cloverdale

2010 Christmas Edition - Volume VIII

Old Fashioned Christmas

Recipes, Stories & Memories...

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Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green, Oh here we come a wand'ring So fair to be seen. Love and joy come to you, And to you your wassail, too, And God bless you, and send you A happy New Year And God send you a happy New Year.

Celebrating the spirit of the holiday season Time-honoured traditions help us stay connected in a fragmenting world Welcome to the December 2010 edition of our Old Fashioned Christmas Magazine. Inside you'll find our annual collection of stories, memories and recipes – and a whole lot more. Christmas capers Christmas is a favourite time of year – but not because things always go smoothly, despite what the onslaught of impossibly picture-perfect images consumers are bombarded with might suggest. Quite the opposite. Some of our best-loved memories are forged in circumstances that are trying, even difficult at the time. We're delighted to include a wonderful essay by Ursula Maxwell-Lewis, our founding publisher/editor and current columnist for The Cloverdale Reporter, on precisely this theme. In Ursula's 2010 Old Fashioned Christmas offering (page 5) she recalls a particularly memorable Yuletide she spent as a child in a snowy Ontario acreage, with her family, some bootleggers and a dog. Speaking of our four-legged friends, turn to page 19 to peruse a couple of tempting recipes for seasonal treats for the trusty canine in your life. Tasty traditions The joy of keeping and sustaining long-observed traditions is an undeniable charm of the holidays. This year we're proud to introduce you to Ev Bishop, a talented writer from northwest B.C., where they know a thing or two about the true

spirit and meaning of Christmas. As Ev writes in Stirring Up Memories (page 9), even the littlest details – such the buttery smudged fingerprints on the pages of an old family recipe book – take on a deeper significance as we observe our traditions year after year. "Flipping pages stirs up memories that make my mouth water," she writes, explaining how food connects generations across the distance of time. She wisely reveals: when it comes to food and family, each person must forge her own way, while paying homage to the ghosts of the past. Sounds of the season Nothing connects our contemporary world to previous generations and societies quite like music, however. It's impossible to imagine Christmas time without the sound of seasonal music or the joy of singing carols. In a day when children grow up without ever buying a music CD much less actually wander into a record store – because we've all now got our own, individual playlists buzzing in our iPod earbuds – carols provide some common ground in an increasingly fragmented world. As you'll read starting on page 11, some of the best-loved Christmas

carols are so old their composers are lost to history. Trivia buffs will appreciate the answer to this burning question: What's a wassail? Further viewing We also look back at some of our favourite holiday movies, from old classics to more contemporary fare (page 17). You might find some good Christmas viewing suggestions (or gift

ideas?) here. Note: To learn more about the origins of traditions carried out today, such as sending out Christmas cards or making Christmas pudding, check out Victorian Farm Christmas, a series airing this month on TV's Knowledge Network. It continues at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 25.

From all of us Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our readers and our advertisers. Remember to support local businesses when you're Christmas shopping. On behalf of everyone at The Cloverdale Reporter, and our families, we wish you the very best this holiday season and a prosperous new year. – Jennifer Lang, editor

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I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six

A child's Christmas in rural Ontario Or, the year Mother and Susie the Illegal Canine thwarted the bootleggers By Ursula Maxwell-Lewis That was the year I discovered the “Child! You’re abnormal!” ex- best presents come in tiny boxes. claimed mother enveloping me in a Among all the marvelous books sent hug. “Merry Christmas, Darling!” by family in Britain, was a little silPicture this: a German Shepherd ver initial ring. I couldn’t have been (normally banned from sharing the more thrilled if it had been the Scotfurniture), a raven-haired, pigtailed, tish crown jewels. During many years eight-year-old girl engrossed in unrav- of travel the ring vanished, but the eling “The Red Trailer Mystery” with memory lingers on. girl detective Trixie Belden, assorted In those years, the Eaton’s Catasmall treats, a cherry red Christmas logue was Canada’s bestseller. In Ocstocking anchored at the toe by a tober, my friend, Wendy, had arrived Japanese orange, all tucked into (or at Clarkson Public School resplenscattered across) an old four-poster dent in a ‘middy’ – a navy pleated bed. skirt matched with a long-sleeved Susie The Illegal Canine twitched white and white cotton midshipmana coal black eyebrow and vainly at- style sailor top. Anchored by blue and tempted to be invisible. white saddle shoes she was the height My 6 a.m. preview of the living of fashion. I was green with envy. room Christmas tree confirmed that “Well, maybe you’ll get one for Santa had located our snowy Clark- Christmas,” said mother. I didn’t hold son, Ontario, acreage. Armed with out much hope based on the housing a new book from the stocking on the bedpost, I was content to let mother sleep in. Amused at my It was also the year Mother got a lack of curiosity about the mysterious parcels under the tree, she gun for Christmas noted that perhaps competition from brothers and sisters (she had 10) might have changed my tune. We’d emigrated from postwar (still situation. But, sure enough, Eaton’s rationed) Britain to what was reput- and my parents came through. Under edly the last Indian trail in Ontario. the tree was a middy…AND saddle Our first Christmas on the land (now shoes! Both fitted perfectly. SubconMississauga) had been in a tent. sciously I took out life membership Surrounded by large farms, we in the better-late-than-never club. My faced virgin forest simply referred world was perfect. No batteries reto as The Bush. My parents had quired. roughed it, as they put it, until It was also the year Mother got a the house framing was complete. gun for Christmas. Demobbed WW11 British Lieutenant We’d just had a phone installed – a Commanders were discharged with party line. Three one ring four. In othmore medals than moolah. er words, four rings and we answered Now, a year later, the framed up via the oblong wood wall phone now house was incomplete, but habitable. featured in antique shops. Father (an engineering officer) was On Christmas Eve Mother was munching chicken in soaring Suez startled by hammering on the front temperatures. Mother and I pio- door. Securing the growling Susie neered onward, as she put it, in the by the collar, Mother blithely opened Canadian wilds. the door. Between Mother and our

flimsy homemade screen door stood two men and a woman demanding to be allowed into phone their lawyer. Their car had plunged in to the ditch at the foot of our land. No one was hurt. Acutely aware of how little stood between her and the strangers, she declined to let them in and firmly shut the door. While they circled the house Mother picked up the phone to ask the operator to connect her with the local police – wherever that might be. In true party line fashion the operator responded, “Is that little Ursula’s mother?” “Yes, it is,” replied mother having no idea who she was speaking to. “There are three people trying to get in here. In a minute I’m going to let this dog out, and I won’t be responsible for the result.” By this time Susie was clearly hunting for bear. The operator reacted instantly. I slept through the whole thing. Days later Mounties arrived to advise Mother three bootleggers had been arrested thanks to her call. The British relatives were impressed and entertained. What an exciting life Jean and Ursula lead! When mom’s pal Louetta heard the story, she immediately arrived with a gift for me – and a rifle for Mother. “John says you and Ursula can’t stay up here alone without protection!” she announced. “Take that thing away!” laughed Mother waving her off. “The first person I’d shoot would be you!” It seemed all we really needed was love, laughter, family and good friends for a very Merry Christmas. Oh – and a dog. – Ursula Maxwell-Lewis is a freelance travel writer and former owner of the Cloverdale Reporter and Old Fashioned Christmas Magazine.

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Stirring up memories By Ev Bishop This time of year, I’m often found paging through my cookbooks, daydreaming about what I’ll make for Christmas. A lot of my favourites are found in the grease spotted, almost translucent pages of my Purity Flour Cookbook – so old that it has linen threads in the cloth of its hardcover. It’s the cookbook I first learned to follow a recipe from, when I was around eight. My mom passed it on to me when I moved out, as her mother had when she did. I don’t love the book because it has recipes for anything you can imagine (from Oyster Vichyssoise to pancakes!), along with cooking times and temperature charts for every type of meat, plus substitution and conversion lists – though those things are handy. No, I love it because my mother’s hand scrawled notes in its margins about how to double, triple, or even quadruple some recipes, along with other occasional comments, like “Mmm, good.” There’s even one foreboding “X” through a recipe with impatient capital letters announcing, “Doesn’t work!!!” Just looking at this book invokes the scent of oatmeal cookies baking and home made chicken soup simmering, and memories of sitting on the long wooden bench, feet dangling, in my Grandma Ruby’s noisy kitchen. Snuggled

between my favourite playmates, an aunt and uncle who were my age, I’d chatter and laugh, busily buttering crackers to go with my soup. The sauce-stained pages are a record of childhood events – like how at church or wedding potlucks, my brother and I would stand in line for food, bouncing foot to foot in anxious panic. What if we got to the table too late and the lasagna our mom made was gone? When finished with Purity Flour, I turn to another present from my mom: a journal called The Cook’s Notebook. With deliciously heavy pages, quotes about cooking, and wonderful brown-ink illustrations, it is both beautiful and besmirched with remnants of further cooking adventures – butter stains, sugary finger smears, the odd splash of soya sauce. Its pages contain my favourite recipes, plus special ones I get from friends or family, usually named after them. Flipping pages stirs up memories that make my mouth water: My Grandma Ruby’s potato salad, a savoury experience unrivaled by any other potato concoction. My Grandma Nora’s trifle – a fluffy, jewel-coloured, fruit delight. My Great-Grandma Peggy’s shortbread and what it was like to bite into it – the rich, lightly crisp outside, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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What's a 'Wassail'? And other carol trivia By Jennifer Lang Christmas is synonymous with music, and many of our favourite memories involve singing along to a carol. The world's most familiar composers and songwriters – from George Frederic Handel, a German born composer who moved to England, to American punk band the Ramones – wrote Christmas music. Other carols are so old their creators are lost to time, the authors recorded only as "traditional" or "anonymous." Caroling dates back to the pagan winter solstice celebration. And the custom of carolers going door-to-door at Christmas time began in the Middle Ages, when the poor went around to homes singing for food and drinks. The word itself – carol – is derivative of the French word, caroller, which means to dance around in a circle. Over time, it eventually came to mean not only to dance but also music and lyrics. Carols were banned in England

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. It's an English carol about a series of successively grand gifts originally published in 1780, but it may be French in origin – its irregular metre speaks to its folk song origins. The 12 days start on Christmas Day or St. Stephen's Day and end the day before Epiphany in January, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking. – Source:

under Oliver Cromwell, but enjoyed a revival in the Victorian era, when many of our current traditions were forged. The 12 Days of Christmas It's a cumulative song, with each verse building on the last, ending with the final verse: On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 12 drummers drumming 11 pipers piping 10 lords a leaping 9 ladies dancing 8 maids a milking

We Wish You a Merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas We wish you a merry Christmas We wish you a merry Christmas And a happy new year! This song dates back to 16th CenCONTINUED ON PAGE 15

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tury England. The origin lies in the tradition of wealthy people who gave treats to carolers Carolers who won't leave until they're given a cup of good cheer and some figgy pudding – much like today's Christmas puddings. Good King Wenceslas Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even Brightly shone the moon that night Though the frost was cruel When a poor man came in sight Gath'ring winter fuel. ... In his master's steps he trod Where the snow lay dinted Heat was in the very sod Which the Saint had printed Therefore Christian men be sure Wealth or rank possessing Ye who now will bless the poor Shall yourselves find blessing

(which included the present day Czech Republic) in the 10th Century. He was assassinated and martyred. His Saint's Day is Sept. 28, and he's the patron saint of the Czech Republic. St. Stephen's Feast Day was celebrated on Dec. 26, which is why this song is a Christmas carol. – Source: The Wassail Song Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green, Oh here we come a wand'ring So fair to be seen. Love and joy come to you, And to you your wassail, too, And God bless you, and send you A happy New Year And God send you a happy New Year.

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Wassail is an old English word for a toast, similar to wishing someone good health. The wassail is the content of the glass or goblet (spiced or mulled wine or ale). Author and composer unknown, but the tradition of going wassailing dates back to the 12th Century and continues well into the 21st. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Round yon virgin mother and child Holy infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace

White Christmas I'm dreaming of a White Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white. Irving Berlin's song – made famous by Bing Crosby, the ultimate crooner – was penned in 1942. It was commissioned for the score of the Paramount Pictures film Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. It earned an Academy award for best song and went on to become the best selling Christmas song of all time. -Source: Silent Night Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright

Originally a poem written by Austrian priest Joseph Mohr in 1816. When the church organ in the small alpine village of Oberndorf broke down on Christmas Eve in 1818, Mohr gave his poem, Stille Nacht, to his friend Franz Gruber to compose a melody suitable for singing without an organ as accompaniment. The music was intended for guitar, and the simple score was finished in time for midnight mass. – Source: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer This song started life as a poem created by an American advertising executive named Robert May. It was written in 1939 for an assignment for Montomery Ward, a department store, May's brother-in-law Johnny Marks adapted it into a song. In 1949 it was recorded by Gene Autry, and the song hit #1 in the charts. It became one of the biggest selling Christmas songs of all time. – Source:;

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It's a wonderful Christmas movie list Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer By Jennifer Lang A 1964 stop-motion animated clasCloverdale's historic downtown hasn't sic directed by Kizo Nagashima and changed much in 50 years, making it a Larry Roemer, and featuring the voices popular backdrop for films, TV shows of Billie Mae Richards and Burl Ives. and even commercials seeking a typical Teased about his light-emitting nose, small U.S. town. young Rudolph runs away from Santa's But there's more to Cloverdale than workshop only to save the day when TV's Smallville. Cloverdale was the setfog threatens to ruin Santa's Christting for one of Coca Cola's Christmas mas Eve flight. Features such colourful commercials. And some of the decoracharacters as the pick axe-wielding Yutions festooning main street were origkon Cornelius, the toothy Abominable inally props used in Deck the Halls, a Deck the Halls – locally filmed. Snowmonster and Hermey, the elf 2006 movie starring Matthew Broderick who'd rather be a dentist. It spawned and Danny DeVito about two competitive neighbours who try to outdo each other in the deco- several sequels, including Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1975) and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1975). rating department. Sadly, the critical consensus seems to be Deck the Halls spreads little cheer and rates a dismal six percent on the Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Animated and directed by Chuck Jones of Bugs Bunny Tomatometer, a rating that means just six per cent of critics gave the film a favourable review. It also earned the fame and featuring the voice of Boris Karloff as the nardubious distinction of one of Ebert and Roper's Worst of rator. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch, plotting to steal 2006. But take heart: the DVD will make a perfect pres- Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. Poor Max the Dog ent for that naughty person on your shopping list this and little Cindy Lou Who, who is no more than two. But it's a funny, thoughtful story – a true classic that year. With movie magic in mind, here are a few classics guar- captures the spirit of the season in a tidy 26 minutes. anteed to get you in the holiday spirit: CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore, and directed by Frank Capra. Long-suffering savings and loan operator George Bailey finds out what life would be like if he'd never existed. Not a Christmas movie so much as a long, dark teatime of the soul. A box office dud when first released, the film gained cult-like status thanks to syndication on TV. Much of it is quite bleak, even despairing and existential but the story ends in a triumphant celebration of courage and sacrifice for the common good. Best ending ever? A Christmas Story (1983) All little Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Rider BB Gun. "You'll shoot your eye, out, kid," he's warned time and again, thwarted in his efforts to convince his parents, teacher, and the big man himself, Santa, that he deserves one this year. It's set in the 1940s and written and directed by Bob Clark, the same guy who brought you the teen sex comedy Porkys! (1982) and Black Christmas (1974), a horror film about a sorority house terrorized by a prank-calling, homicidal murderer who's clearly lacking in Christmas spirit. A Christmas Story was narrated by author Jean Shepherd, who also wrote the novel. Still so popular, the

Our readers opened their hearts and gave a record number of coats for those in need.

house where it was filmed has been turned into a tourist attraction. Don't forget to bring your Little Orphan Annie decoder pin and be sure to drink your Ovaltine! Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Judy Garland. A plot synopsis doesn't capture the true magic of this delightful film, an MGM musical about a family living in St. Louis in 1903 and who is reluctantly planning to move to New York City. Features Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and the memorable Trolley Song. A Christmas Carol (1951) There's a lot of imitators out there, but this one, starring Alastair Sims as Scrooge, is the ultimate film adaptation of the Charles Dickens story. Scrooge is portrayed not as a miser but as a tormented, lost soul. Chilling, supernatural and heartwarming at the same time. The Polar Express (2004) Directed by Robert Zemeckis and featuring the voice of Tom Hanks. An animated story of how a boy's faith is rewarded one Christmas Eve when a steam train pulls up outside his house and takes him on a mysterious, thrilling journey to the North Pole – home of Santa's Workshop. Adapted from an illustrated children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. Breathtaking on the big screen, like a storybook brought to life.


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Now in its 19th year, the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program (CCHP) has been providing local families in need with hampers of food, gifts and toys. Last year alone over 250 families and individuals experienced just that little bit of joy that they needed to get them through the holiday season. This program is a combined effort between many local churches, schools, businesses and public organizations. The program is growing each year and we would appreciate your involvement with donations of food, cash, new merchandise and/or toys. No donation is too big or too small – it all adds up. For more information or to pledge a donation contact: Scott Napier — Program Lead 604-574-4001 ext. 107 Or mail the donation form to: Pacific Community Church c/o Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program 5337 180 Street Cloverdale, BC, V3S 4K5

Thank you to our communities and members of the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association for their tremendous outpouring of support. Together we collected over one thousand Coats for Kids. The response was so overwhelming we 5IBOLZPVUPPVSDPNNVOJUJFTBOENFNCFST will be sharing the coats with the Christmas Bureau and the Union PGUIF(SFBUFS7BODPVWFS)PNFCVJMEFST¾"TTPDJBUJPOGPSUIFJS Gospel Mission. In a great show of support Cintas, the uniform people, USFNFOEPVTPVUQPVSJOHPGTVQQPSU5PHFUIFSXFDPMMFDUFEPWFSPOF is transporting the coats to these vital charities. UIPVTBOE$PBUTGPS,JET5IFSFTQPOTFXBTTPPWFSXIFMNJOHXFXJMMCFTIBSJOH UIFDPBUTXJUIUIF$ISJTUNBT#VSFBVBOEUIF6OJPO(PTQFM.JTTJPO*OBHSFBUTIPXPG TVQQPSU$JOUBT UIFVOJGPSNQFPQMF JTUSBOTQPSUJOHUIFDPBUTUPUIFTFWJUBMDIBSJUJFT

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"You say your hair is gone?" he said, with an air almost of idiocy. "You needn't look for it," said Della. "It's sold, I tell you – sold and gone, too. It's Christmas Eve, boy. Be good to me, for it went for you.

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A turkey dinner your dogs'll love – and won't upset their tummies. 1lb ground turkey 2 tbsp each carrot, fresh cranberries, zucchini and celery very finely chopped or grated 1 tbsp each rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage 1 egg 1 tbsp rice flour ( or wheat flour if no allergy) ½ teaspoon ground eggshell * Mix well and form into meat balls. Drop into simmering water and simmer for 3 minutes. Do not allow to rapid boil! Should make 8 meatballs For dinner for one 20 lb dog (double for 40lb and half for 10lb) Add 4 meatballs to ½ cup boiled rice or sweet potato or regular potato *Note: take eggshell from any use

Beat eggs till well broken, add turkey, olive oil and spices. Mix in flour. Work dough till soft and smooth but not sticky. May need additional flour.

during the week and microwave till dry but not burnt. Grind into powder; you'll need ½ teaspoon ground shell for every lb of meat in any recipe to balance calcium and phosphorus. Turkey Dinner Dogbones 2.5 cups chick pea flour ( or rice flour, potato flour or oat flour)

Roll out and use bone shaped cookie cutter or roll into log and cut in ¼” slices. Slice at ¼” spacing and pat into even rectangles or roll out dough and cut shapes with cookie cutter. Bake at 325 for 25 minutes for softer cookies ( these will need to be refrigerated). Or, turn off oven and let cookies stay in for another 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. Good for 7-10 days, longer if refrigerated. Makes 36 smaller cookies or 18 large cookies. – Recipes courtesy of Elemental Canine. Their dogbone dough is a best-seller.

White Christmas? Dream on Will the Lower Mainland wake up to a winter wonderland Dec. 25? Forecasters disagree White Christmases, where there's snow on the ground Christmas Morning or Christmas Eve, aren't a sure thing, at least not on the 'Wet Coast.' The phenomenon is more common in most parts of Canada, but is something of a novelty here. In the UK, where many North American Christmas traditions originate, white Christmases were more frequent in the 1550s to 1850s, an era known as the Little Ice Age, which brought colder winters to the Northern Hemisphere. Looking ahead to this December 25 in the Metro Vancouver area, things aren't exactly looking promising for those hoping for a seasonal deposit of the fluffy white stuff. The Meteorological Service of Canada has compiled a list of probability of white Christmases in selected cities in 2011. Vancouver has a 11 per cent probability of a White

Christmas this year – compared to 100 per cent in Sudbury, Whitehorse and Yellowknife. The 2011 Old Farmers' Almanac, on the other hand, says forecasts indicate winter will bring above-normal snowfalls and colder than normal temperatures in Southern B.C. It says it's going to be cold and snowy in the Lower Mainland and northern B.C., and mild and dry in the Kootenays and southern Okanagan. Winter of 2011, a weak to moderate La Nina is expected to form, resulting in above normal temperatures from southern Ontario and Quebec to Atlantic Canada. Abovenormal snowfall and colder than normal temperatures are in store for most of southern B.C. and the prairies. The first day of winter is Wednesday, Dec. 22. Sources: –;; Old Farmers' Almanac

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Celebrations around the region Pioneer Christmas On Dec. 11, celebrate Pioneer Christmas at Surrey Museum, a day of family-friendly holiday activities from 1-2 p.m. Holiday crafts, vintage Christmas card displays, short holiday films, and treats. Admission by donation to the Surrey Food Bank. Holiday Train The Bear Creek Park H Holiday Train is open ffrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. d daily to Jan. 2, 2011. Vancouver International Biennale To December 31, the V Vancouver International Biennale. Celebrate B s sculpture, new media a and performance in public spaces. p Themed In TransitI Ion, the 2009-20011 Vancouver Biennale V e expands beyond monumental sculpture m installations along park, i bike lane and urban plazas to include a range of works on the new Canada Line. Bringing internationally renowned artists to our communities, the Vancouver Biennale is an open air museum, where art is accessible 365 days a year. Locations:



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Vancouver Christmas Market A 700-year tradition makes its debut in Vancouver this year – a German-style Christmas market that aims to create the same festive "market village" atmosphere for which these popular European events are known. Billed as much more than a craft fair, the Vancouver Christmas Market at the Plaza at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton St., is open (after a delayed start due to a fire) to Dec. 24, offering a blend of shopping, music, and seasonal food and drink. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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2010 Old Fashioned Christmas Magazine  

The complete 2010 Christmas Edition ­ Volume VIII ­ of the Cloverdale Reporter's Old Fashioned Christmas magazine.

2010 Old Fashioned Christmas Magazine  

The complete 2010 Christmas Edition ­ Volume VIII ­ of the Cloverdale Reporter's Old Fashioned Christmas magazine.