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Local mom creates special holiday crafts.


German Christmas market begins Friday, Nov. 23.

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Tips: How to go out and bring home a real tree.


Quick tips: Making hot chocolate the old fashioned way.


Local calendar of holiday events.

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Hometown Holidays This special section is produced by Colorado Community Media newspapers. For more information about advertising opportunities, call 720-409-4764 and please visit website. To comment on this section, email The Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights will light up the streets of downtown Denver, Nov. 30 through Dec. 1. High school bands from the north area participate in this annual event, including Legacy High School, shown above. File photo by Pam Wagner

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Celebrate the holidays in traditional German Style


Relive a centuries old German tradition when the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market kicks off Friday, Nov. 23, in connection with Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination and the Parade of Lights. This typical German Christmas market at Skyline Park along the 16th Street Mall will continue through Saturday, Dec. 22. The year 2012 will again bring the sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season with a German flair to the 16th Street Mall. Music, holiday lights and typical vendor cabins will dot Skyline Park across from the Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower. Be sure to see the Christkindl in person during the official opening ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 24, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The opening ceremony includes: Opening remarks by local representatives, musical performances by the Colorado Chorale Ensemble and the Austrian Connection and he Christkind arrival and prologue. Enjoy a great entertainment schedule with dozens of community and high school groups who perform or sing throughout the festival. The market includes vendors from Germany and other European countries, as well as local artisans, offering high quality, handcrafted gift items such as traditional hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles, and ornaments.

Traditional German food, bratwurst, potato pancakes, goulash and apple strudel will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) as you listen to traditional Christmas carols, or you can toast your friends with an authentic German Bier! Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, with extended hours for the Parade of Lights on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. “The Denver Christkindl Market is a great event for kids of all ages from toddlers to 100 years old. The German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter is proud to again host this great event and to help keep the rich German traditions alive in Denver,” according to Jesse Young, president of the German American COC. The Denver Christkindl Market is a production of the German Cultural Foundation of the Rocky Mountains and the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter, the initial contact for German companies considering business in the Rocky Mountain region, connecting German decision-makers with their U.S. counterparts. This article was submitted by the German American Chamber of Commerce. Please visit the website at


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Sending and receiving holiday cards is an important part of the season for many since it is often the only time of the year when people catch up with each other. Getting those holiday cards out in a timely manner during this busy time doesn’t have to stressful. Just remember these simple suggestions by the folks at American Greetings. 1) Plan for your cards to be delivered between Dec. 10 and Dec. 24. Make sure you have enough postage on hand. 2) Shop early for the best selection of greeting cards. Holiday cards are already out at major retailers. 3) Divide signing cards and addressing enveloped into a few short chunks of time. Ten cards a night for a few nights makes the job much more manageable. 4) Enlist the family to help. Have your spouse address the envelopes and let the kids apply the stamps

and decorative seals. Make it a family tradition. 5) Take advantage of down time – waiting in the doctor’s office, eating lunch at your desk, riding the train or bus. Keep several pre-addressed cards in your purse or bag to fill out while

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Christmas Past & Present November 17, 2012 5-9 pm FREE to the public! Adams County Museum 9601 Henderson Rd., Brighton

303.659.7103 Start your holidays at the Adams County Museum. Walk through time and stroll through Christmases past. All buildings will be open with special displays and musical presentations. Listen to strolling carolers, then visit with Civil War soldiers. Holiday crafts will be available for purchase. So bring the family and start your holiday season with us!

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Tabitha Durham creates Christmas tree hair clips at her home in Westminster.

The joys of making holiday accessories By Ashley Reimers


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When it comes to craft show season, Westminster resident Tabatha Durham said she hopes for cooler weather. In her experience as a crafter, business seems to always do better during the holiday season when people are bundled up for winter weather. “When it feels like the holidays outside, then people feel like shopping,” she said. Durham sells homemade children’s accessories such as hair pins and bows at local craft shows. She started more than four years ago when she was laid off from her job. Since then she’s expanded her creative endeavors to include tiaras, super hero masks and hand-painted gourds. “I have a daughter so that helped

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because I wanted to start doing stuff for her,” Durham said. “Plus after I got laid off I needed something to do. And then people liked what I was doing, and they were selling.” With Christmas on the way, Durham focuses on holiday-themed products. She makes poinsettia, Christmas tree and snowflake hair pins and candy cane hair bows. She’s also busy transforming gourds from her garden into decorative snowmen. She recently sold her products at the annual craft bazaar on Nov. 3 at the MAC in Westminster. “This was my third year at the bazaar, and I always enjoy myself,”

Tabitha Durham shows her favorite craft she is working on this holiday season, snowmen made from gourds at her her home in Westminster. Photos by Andy Carpenean she said. “All of the other vendors are really nice and friendly, which you don’t always find at craft shows. Plus there are so many vendors that people really have a lot to choose from.” Durham said the money she makes is enough to keep gas in her truck, and not much else. But to her it’s not just about the money. She said she enjoys the creative aspect

and seeing the final product. She also tries to keep her products affordable, with her most expensive product costing $15. “With some things, like the super hero masks and the tiaras, children are paying for them with their own money,” she said. “So I want to make sure the kids are able to buy them. I just enjoy making everything and using my creative side. It keeps me busy.”

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Wally’s Quality Meats is a small, locally owned, old fashioned butcher shop. Wally’s has been located at 112th and Sheridan since 1997, after expanding operations from the original store location in Wheat Ridge, which Wally opened in the early 1970s. Wally’s is well known for its commitment to the highest quality meats available. All of our beef is graded U.S.D.A. choice or higher and is aged for tenderness. We cut a fresh meat case every day and all of our grinding is done in store. In addition to all the best in beef cuts,

Wally’s offers fresh Red Bird chicken, pork, lamb, veal, buffalo, elk, pheasant, quail, ducks, geese, seafood and deli meats and cheeses. We also offer a tasty selection of homemade sausages, homemade bacon and, of course, our hugely popular homemade beef and buffalo jerky. Wally’s also carries a wide variety of sauces, rubs, glazes, marinades and condiments. Many of which are locally produced. Article submitted by Dennis Sidell at Wally’s Meats.

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After years of taking the artificial Christmas tree out of the storage closet, you’ve finally decided to take the family on a day trip and cut down your own tree. You’ve selected a tree farm or a designated cutting site in the mountains. You’ve planned your strategy and are getting excited about the thrill of the hunt, and so are your kids. Before you load up the family and take off on your adventure, check to be sure you’ve packed plenty of water and snacks for the road. Taking along some paper towels, disposable wipes and a trash bag wouldn’t be a bad idea. Be sure you are dressing for the weather. Being cold and miserable would take the fun out of the trip. Wear the oldest clothing and your worst old shoes or snow boots. You could be getting down and dirty, especially if the ground is wet or muddy. Here’s your chance to wear those horrible “moon boots” that you’ve kept over the decades for no good reason at all. Heavy gloves, hats and coats complete your fashion statement. Temperatures can change in a jiffy in Colorado, so be prepared for anything. An extra blanket or two wouldn’t hurt. In case your destination doesn’t offer the tools to cut down and transport your tree, be sure to include a handsaw and a rope. If you’ve forgotten a saw, some of the treecutting sites will offer the use of one for a small fee, so be prepared with some cash. Two more items you should bring along are a tape measure or yardstick, and a stepladder. Why, you ask? Well, if you are REALLY prepared for the journey, you will have measured the height and width of your doorway, and the height of the ceiling in the room where your prized Christmas tree will be placed. Remember that trees look relatively small when you see them in their outdoor surroundings. It could be a different story once you get the tree to your door.

You may look pretty silly to others as you carry around that stepladder, but consider this … there is the possibility that really, really small creatures have called your tree home. Case in point: In 2003, a family brought a tree home, put it up and decorated it before realizing they had brought a family of little field mice home with them! Check the higher branches and shake the tree. You might be the only one carrying a yardstick and stepladder around, but you’ll be the one who won’t encounter any problems once you’re home. After what seems like hours of walking around – and hearing dad say, “how about THIS one?” – you’ve finally spotted the perfect tree. Before you get all excited about cutting it down, take a peak at the bottom. Move the branches away and make sure the trunk is straight. If you get a tree with a crooked trunk, you might never get it straight in its base at home. When you load the tree on top of your car, make sure the base is facing the front and that it’s tied down securely. You don’t want to see your tree bouncing down the road as you look in your rear view mirror. Let’s see … drinks, snacks, extra blankets, boots, cutting supplies, transporting supplies … your day trip is pretty much covered, but wait! Don’t forget the camera. Just consider all the photo-ops of your adventure – not to mention documenting why dad didn’t win out on tree choice!

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Sisters Brooke, 3, and Hailey Asimus, 6, of Westminster play conductor on a toy train set up for the Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall. Hundreds of people show up for the annual ceremony with hot chocolate and children singing Christmas carols in addition to the lights being turned on for the season. File photo by Matt Gypin


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Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Christmas and, since Ms. Stewart won’t be coming, I’ve made a few small changes:


Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade paper bag luminaries. After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.

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Once inside, our guests will note that the entry hall is not decorated with the swags of garland, bows and berries I had planned to make. Instead, I’ve gotten the kids involved in the decorating by having them track in colorful leftover autumn leaves from the front yard. The mud was their idea.

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We will be dining fashionably late. The children will entertain you while you wait. I’m sure they will be happy to share every choice comment I have made regarding Christmas, shopping, houseguests and the turkey hotline. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5 a.m. upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds. As accompaniment to the children’s recital, I will play a recording of tribal drumming. If the children should mention that I don’t own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, ignore them.


We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the start of our feast. We nixed that. We also decided against a formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like. In the spirit of harmony, we will ask the children to sit at a separate table ... in a separate room ... next door.


Now, picture one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. This will not be happening at our dinner. For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in a private ceremony. I stress “private” meaning: Do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, unsuspecting children to check on my progress. I have an electric knife. The turkey is unarmed. It stands to reason that I will eventually win. When I do, we will eat.


I would like to take this opportunity to remind my young diners that “passing the rolls” is not a football play. Nor is it a request to bean your sister in the head with a warm roll.


Oh, and one reminder for the adults: For the duration of the meal, and especially while in the presence of young diners, we will refer to the giblet gravy by its lesser-known name: cheese sauce. If a young diner questions you regarding the origins or type of cheese sauce, plead ignorance.


There is one last change. Instead of offering a choice among 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. You will still have a choice — take it or leave it. Author Unknown — and rightfully so

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HOMETOWN HOLIDAY EVENTS THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION Thursday, Nov. 15 The MAC 3295 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster Noon – 2 p.m. Dine on traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings while enjoying live piano entertainment. HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Saturday, Nov. 17 Northglenn Elks 10969 Irma Drive, Northglenn 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission. Breakfast and lunch available. Bring two canned goods and receive one free raffle ticket. CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT Saturday, Nov. 17 Adams County Museum

9601 Henderson Road 5 – 9 p.m. Special displays, strolling carolers, musical presentations and holiday crafts available for purchase. Fun for the whole family.

9755 Henderson Road 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. See Santa each day from 1 to 3 p.m. Lots of holiday shopping inspiration. Free parking. Adults $3, 14 and under free. Lunch served all day by 4-H clubs.

SANTA’S SHOP CRAFT FAIR Saturday, Dec. 1 City Park Recreation Center 10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children can shop for everyone on their gift list. More than 20 vendors will be selling a variety of handmade items priced at $8 or less. Free gift wrapping, refreshments and visits with Santa, too!

HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY Sunday, Dec. 2 Westminster City Hall 4800 W. 92nd Ave. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy music by local school choirs and professional choral groups, complimentary refreshments, hayrides, a bonfire and visits with Santa.

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6:30 p.m. Join the Westminster Historical Society for a free event featuring Christmas tree lighting, caroling and pictures with Santa. THORNTON WINTERFEST Fun in Santa’s Village Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Multipurpose Fields, 11151 Colorado Blvd. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy ice skating on the Village Pond, musical entertainment, ice carving demonstration, children’s craft shop, puppet theater and food vendors. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Saturday, Dec. 8 Thornton Senior Center 9471 Dorothy Blvd. Calendar continues on Page 11

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Enter our Letter to Santa Contest and win a bike! This holiday season, Colorado Railroad Museum’s Santa Claus Special will be delivering letters to Santa, gift shopping and train rides on December 8, 15, 16 & 22. Share your wish list with Santa and Mrs. Claus, between 10:00am-3:00pm, ride the train between 10:00am-4:00pm and shop from 9:00am-5:00pm. Kids, color and write your gift wish list on this Letter to Santa, tear it out, and drop it off in the Railway Post Office Car during the Santa Claus Special. You could win a bike from Bicycle Village and your letter might be selected to be published in the Great 8 Newspapers on December 20.

Santa’s List

_____________________________________________ First and Last Name:

_________________________________________ Parent Phone Number:

_________________________________________ Parent Email:

• Please do not put your letter in an envelope if you would like it published, we will try to include as many as we can fit. • Letters to be published must be dropped off at the Colorado Railroad Museum by Wednesday, December 12. • To be entered into the contest for a free bike, letters must be dropped off at the Colorado Railroad Museum by Saturday, December 22. • The Colorado Railroad Museum will notify the winner of the bike by December 31.

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Letters to Santa brought on other days other than December 8, 15, 16 & 22 can still be dropped off in the Depot Museum. Please note that the cachet will not be available for letters brought on non-event days.


HOMETOWN HOLIDAY EVENTS Calendar continued from Page 10 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the 55+ Organization. Adults and seniors $4, 12 and younger $2.50. Photos taken with Santa for a nominal fee. With questions call 303255-7850. HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE Event Tent, Multipurpose Fields 11151 Colorado Blvd. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find holiday gift-giving ideas and shop all day at the Village Holiday Bazaar. TASHCO’S HOLIDAY ARTS & CULTURE CORNER TASHCO tent, 11151 Colorado Blvd. Friday, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday 5 – 9 p.m. Learn how various cultures celebrate

the winter holidays and enjoy photos, crafts and other icons from holiday traditions spanning the globe. VILLAGE ICE SKATING POND Santa’s Village 11151 Colorado Blvd. 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. TREE DECORATING CONTEST Businesses, schools and organizations will be decorating trees to compete in the Wonderland Woods Community Tree Decorating Contest. Fee is $35 per tree for schools and organizations and $60 per tree for business entries. Enter before Nov. 26 and receive $5 entry discount. Deadline to enter is Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. For more information call 720-977-5914. ICE CARVING DEMONSTRATIONS Santa’s Village, 11151 Colorado Blvd.

10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., professional sculptors will complete a frozen surprise that will provide a fun holiday photo opportunity. Don’t forget your cameras! THORNTON COMMUNITY BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT Winterfest Event Tent 11151 Colorado Blvd. Saturday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Reserved seat tickets ($2 each) are available in advance at the Carpenter Recreation Center front desk starting Nov. 9. Tickets also available at the North Pole Visitors Center until 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. HOLIDAY FIREWORKS Santa’s Village, 11151 Colorado Blvd. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Fireworks choreographed to holiday music right after the holiday concert.

Action: Center served 28,000 residents last year Action continued from Page 9 said Mag Strittmatter, executive director of the Action Center. Last year, the Action Center: served 28,000 Jefferson County residents; distributed 62,944 five-day supplies of food; provided toys to 4,415 low-income children through Santa Shop; provided 6,513 Thanksgiving meals; gave School Supplies to 5,120 children;

gave away 189,684 articles of clothing; provided 5,630 nights of shelter; and distributed $400,494 in utility assistance. From the donors who make financial contributions and drop off food and toys to the volunteers that help

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