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“The Sacred Trees” 3 “IGA Recipe Card” 7 “The White Peace Dove” 8 “Interview With Santa Claus” 10 “Flambe The Fire of Entertaining” 17 “New Years Weddings” 18


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MEDICINE HAT INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM Trees are rare on the Prairies; a river valley forest like that found in Police Point Park attract wildlife and provides habitat for an amazing abundance of birds, mammals, insects and plant life. Long before settlement in Alberta the only place that trees and shrubs could manage a

foothold were along the rivers and streams of the Prairies. For when the river floods in the spring it deposits fertile sediment and it is this rich sediment that encourages lush growth. The rich fertile land along our river is a gift of nature. Police Point Park is a natural point bar formed by the South Saskatchewan River. It is a perfect example of the habitat found near a meandering prairie river. Most of the trees found throughout the park are Plains Cottonwoods, which depend on river valley and flood moisture for reproduction. It is the roots of these trees and others that are an important part in the bank stability and prevention of erosion by holding the riverbank together and can sometimes contain destructive ice floes. Trees are also an important symbol in many cultures around the world. The tradition of bringing green branches into one’s home to celebrate faith in eternal life was part of winter rituals as far back as the Egyptians. Today the use of a Christmas tree is nearly universal, and it is tradition.

Family Fun; with Hayrides, Christmas Oranges, Hot Chocolate and Christmas Crafts. New Years Day will be quiet in the park, the cottonwood trees are shelter from the wind for the bush bunnies that leave their footprints on the newly fallen snow. At dusk the great horned owl glides silently down the trail, breakfast firmly gripped in its talons. The prairie forest is full of contrasts, make it your resolution to visit it often in all seasons, and to appreciate the ancient, twisted Cottonwoods standing throughout the Park. The Police Point Park Nature Centre will be Closed Christmas Day, Open on Boxing Day, and Closed on New Years Day. We are open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm – All Year Round For Your Enjoyment. The Medicine Hat Interpretive Program is Managed by the Grasslands Naturalists. Phone the Nature Line 403-529-6225. Valerie Martins – Nature Interpreter

Take time to make your own warm and wonderful traditions. During this holiday time, when family, community and friendship is so important. Traditions like the Christmas Hayrides in the park. Twentyeight Years of Tradition! The Lions Club Annual Christmas Hayride will be Sunday, December 4, from 1 to 4pm. There will be lots of Free, P. 3


Candy Canes

During the 17th century, craftsmen created white sticks of candy in the shape of shepherds’ crooks at the suggestion of the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The candy treats were given to children to keep them quiet during ceremonies at Nativity scene, and the custom of passing out the candy crooks at such ceremonies soon spread throughout Europe. According to the National Confectioner’s Association, in 1847 German immigrant August Imgard used the candy cane to decorate a Christmas tree in Wooster, Ohio. More than 50 years later, Bob McCormack of Albany, Georgia supposedly made candy canes as treats for family,

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Fun Facts

Hanging Stockings: The practice of hanging stockings over the fireplace on Christmas Eve comes from England. The legend of St. Nicholas has it that the latter was a kind saint who was believed to have left gifts of gold coins in the stockings of three poor maidens, who badly needed the money for their wedding dowries. They hung their stockings to dry over the fireplace, and to their great surprise, they found bags of gold in them the next morning. Following this, children kept hanging Christmas stockings

friends and local shopkeepers. McCormack’s brother-inlaw, Catholic priest Gregory Keller, invented a machine in the 1950s that automated the production of candy canes, thus eliminating the usual laborious process of creating the treats and the popularity of the candy cane grew. Many people have given religious meaning to the shape and form of the candy cane. It is said that its shape is like the letter “J” in Jesus’ name. It is also in the shape of the shepherds’ crook, symbolic of how Jesus, like the “Good Shepherd” watches over his children like little lambs. It is a hard candy, solid like a “rock”, the foundation of the Church. The flavor of peppermint is similar to another member of the mint family, hyssop. In the Old Testament hyssop was used for purification and sacrifice, and this is said When the to symbolize the purity Grinch discovered of Jesus and the There was no way, sacrifice he made. To keep Christmas from

coming Some say the white of the candy On Christmas day, cane represents He devised a new plan... the purity of Jesus Though not quite as mean. and his virgin birth. He licked all the candy The bold red stripe canes, represents God’s Till he turned them love. The three fine all green. stripes are said by some to represent the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. • The traditional candy cane flavor is peppermint, however, it is also made in a variety of other flavors and colored stripes • Over 1.76 billion candy canes are made each year. • The biggest candy cane ever made was 36 feet 7 inches. • Candy canes are sometimes added as a topping for foods such as ice cream or as an additive to drinks such as hot chocolate. They are hung as decorations on Christmas Trees. • Nearly 2 billion candy canes will be sold in the four weeks before Christmas.

over the fireplace on Christmas Eve in the hope that Santa would drop gifts and toys in them !

A The Poinsettia: Poinsettias chubby little are beautiful winter blooms, snowman had a native to Mexico. They’ve been named after the carrot nose. first US ambassador to Along came a bunny, Mexico, Joel Roberts and what do you Poinsett, who brought suppose? the plant from its land of origin to America. That hungry little Since the beginning bunny, looking for of the 19th century, some lunch, poinsettias have come to be associated with Grabbed that Christmas. snowman’s nose, Nibble, nibble, crunch!

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Trivia

Ten things to say abo gifts youut don’t like

Christmas trees generally take 6-8 years to mature.

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100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry.

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98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms. More than 1,000,000 acres of land have been planted with Christmas trees. 77 million Christmas trees are planted each year. On average, over 2,000 Christmas trees are planted per acre. You should never burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace. It can contribute to creosote buildup. Other types of trees such as cherry and hawthorns were used as Christmas trees in the past. Thomas Edison’s assistants came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees.

Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850. The tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington. Most Christmas trees are cut weeks before they get to a retail outlet.

In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day. Tinsel was once banned by the government. Tinsel contained lead at one time, now it’s made of plastic.

1. “The Christmas Song” refers to folks dressed up like what? 2. What were the last words of “Frosty The Snowman” 3. In “Joy to the World”, Jesus is said to rule the world with what?

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4. When the angels proclaim the birth of Jesus to the shepherds in “Angels We Have Heard on High” they sing “Gloria, in excelsis Deo.” This is Latin for what? 5. In “Let It Snow” what

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34 to 36 million Christmas trees are produced each year and 95 percent are shipped or sold directly from Christmas tree farms.

CHRISTMAS CAROL QUIZ

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Sadly, tomorrow I enter the federal witness protection program.

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consumable product does the singer offer as an inducement to his love interest to stay by the fire?

us all from what?

6. Complete this line: “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only….

11. In the English-language portion of “Feliz Navidad,” in what way does the singer say he wants to wish the listener a Merry Christmas?

7. What did the night wind say to the little lamb? 8. As Good King Wenceslaus looked out on the feast of Stephen, what sort of person did he see? 9. According to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Christ was born on Christmas Day to save

10. “Jingle Bell Rock” tells us it’s a bright time, the right time to…..

12. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas with every…. Answers: 1) Eskimos 2) I’ll be back again someday 3) Truth and grace 4) Glory to God in the highest 5) Corn for popping 6) In my dreams 7) Do you see what I see? 8) A poor man 9) Satan’s power 10) Rock the night away 11) From the bottom of his heart 12) Christmas card I write P. 5


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An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. – Bill Vaughn Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. – Unknown Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. – Bill Vaughn One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. – John Burroughs A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. – Anonymous Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. – John Wayne For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. – T.S. Eliot People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. Author Unknown

RECIPE CARD Roasted Turkey

Cranberry Stuffing

1 Sensations by Compliments Fresh Turkey (14 lb/6.25 kg) 10 dried Compliments Bay Leaves 4 cups Cranberry Stuffing (recipe below) 1 L Butcher’s twine 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL 1/4 tsp pepper 1 mL 1 cup Compliments Chicken Broth, 35% Less Sodium 250 mL

1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL 1 cup finely diced onion 250 mL 2/3 cup finely diced celery 150 mL 1/2 cup Compliments Dried and Sweetened Cranberries 125 mL 1/4 cup white wine 60 mL 1 tbsp fresh Compliments Thyme, loosely packed 15 mL 5 cups day-old white bread, cubed 1.25 L 1 cup Compliments Chicken Broth, 35% Less Sodium 250 mL 1/2 tsp pepper 2 mL

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his is actually a color mutation of the cape dove or ring neck dove. It is commonly confused with the white homing pigeon that is released for weddings and special occasions, the tame “white” dove should not be released as it quickly falls prey to predators. The white peace dove dates back to the time of Jesus birth, and maybe further back, as it was mentioned in the times of Noah. It is also used as a symbol of peaceful negotiations between countries. It is considered totally domesticated. The pairs have a strong pair bond,and usually bond for life. The male has a soft coo, coo voice. The pair have two eggs at a time and usually raise both babies. They can have up to 4 nests if conditions are right. The pair feeds the new babies, dove milk produced in it’s crop, it is high in nutrition and protein and the young grow very fast, after 2 weeks the young are fed a regurgitated mix of seeds and the milk. They continue to feed until the young are on their own. They like a varied diet eating various seeds( wheat, corn, millets) it must also have grit and oyster shell in it’s diet to grind the grain in it’s gizzard. A good vitamin supplement can be added to it’s water or food. The white dove loves bread as a treat,it can be crumbled up and they will wait and then consume most on one feeding. This dove is very peaceful and will tolerate most other doves species and finch. This one of the reasons many breeders find that people want to purchase it. It is not afraid of being in the dark, so many magicians use them in their acts. The white dove, can be messy, sifting through it’s seeds but it’s wonderful temperament and peaceful ways make it a favorite. They should be housed in as big a cage as possible, the smallest size being the size of a cockatiel cage. The white dove, and the ring neck can live up to 15 to 20 years old, with some reports of some living well into their 30’s. This dove is sometime available at pet shops, being relatively inexpensive. It is often available from breeders. For more info contact me: Greg Zora at gz1806@telus.net Next month-- The Australian Owl finch


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Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Harmony Hall in Redcliff. Cocktails 6:00 p.m., Supper 7:00 p.m. Songs by the Harmonie Choir. Dance by the Harmony Band. Tickets are available from the executive. Everyone welcome. For info call 403-528-3139 or 403-548-3556.

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Interview with Santa Claus

tree,” semantics, and the exclusion of Christ in the terminology?

Cowan: Santa it’s great to meet with you and talk about things without the stress of Christmas and the rush of the holidays …thanks for seeing me in the off season.

Cowan: Speaking of flying are the reindeer in shape?

Santa: Scott it’s a pleasure, I love talking with grown-up children and discussing real issues from time to time. Cowan: With so many differing opinions these days will you share with us your feelings on the “commercialization,” of Christmas. Santa: Great question, when I started this thing so long ago, I wanted to point the way back to the real meaning of Christmas. Those spiritual components that centered on Jesus Christ, his birth and what that meant to and for the world. Back then the gifts were practical things, not like today. Kids were lucky if they got some mittens or a small toy, maybe a piece of fruit. Now I have thousands of workers putting out millions of toys, electronics, it’s amazing. I might add there is no union in the North Pole factory. Some have tried to organize, but it is always voted down by overwhelming majorities. Cowan: So how do you feel about the “Season’s Greetings and holiday

Santa: Frankly it disgusts me that these weak knee politicians can’t show some back bone. I have lots of coal monogrammed with Liberal NDP names this season. I’ve thought of just quitting, but I still love the children so I can’t. I feel parents must step up and teach the truth of the season and that it is first and foremost a “spiritual time,” where we reflect on our sin and that Jesus came to forgive us. This is the message the whole world needs. I fly through some bad airspace every Christmas Eve. There are lots of people in desperate need of the life giving message and hope of Christmas.

Santa: You do realize they don’t live forever…the reindeer in my stable are clones of the original eight tiny reindeer. Technology has allowed all of them including Rudolf to in a sense, become immortal. Every few years I raise them all over again. Plus the sleigh is coated in the same stealth paint as the B-1 bombers. I get shot at a lot trying to love the whole world. They know I’ll be in their airspace during the December 25th night, so believe it or not, many lie in ambush. Cowan: I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask how you feel about the political situation here and abroad? Santa: Well I voted for Harper again, and I am happy he got his majority. I keep a summer house in the North West Territories and hold Canadian citizenship. I like his tough on crime legislation. Statistics show recidivism for drug and sexual offenses are in the 80 percentile and higher. The “be good for goodness sake,” just doesn’t work with most of these criminals. Addiction is epidemic and we have to start addressing this more aggressively. Cowan: How do you feel about celebrities lending their names to causes? Santa: Keep in mind I’m a celebrity, not an expert. These actors or sports celebrities that consider their opinion so far above others will be getting few gifts this Christmas. If anyone could brag it’s me. Keep in mind I get more letters than any actor. In the end I simply make and deliver toys. I’m not a psychologist or scientist, and my wife says not a good business man either, since I give everything away. People should stick to what they know and are good at doing. It seems liberals are confused, they think taxpayers are Santa Claus and they can constantly give to the needy. There is a reason Christmas is one day a year, the rest of the time people should work for what they expect to have. Cowan: Any last words for our readers? Santa: As I travel the world, I see a real mess. The message I believe that’s desperately needed is 2000 years old. “For unto you is born, in the City of David, a savior who is Christ the Lord.” These words will change any who listen and take them for their own. Merry Christmas and to all a good night.

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Twas the Month... ‘Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste at the holiday parties had gone to my waist. When I got on the scales there arose such a number! When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber). I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared; The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared, The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese and the way I’d never said, ‘No thank you, please.’ As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt and prepared once again to do battle with dirt I said to myself, as I only can ‘You can’t spend a winter disguised as a man!’ So - away with the last of the sour cream dip, get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip Every last bit of food that I like must be banished ‘Till all the additional ounces have vanished. I won’t have a cookie - not even a lick. I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick. I won’t have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie, I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry. I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore. But isn’t that what January is for? Unable to giggle, no longer a riot. Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Top 10 New Years Resolutions 1. Spend more time with the family. 2. Take more exercise - Get fit. 3. Lose (loose!) weight. 4. Give up smoking (again). 5. Get out of dept. 6. Learn a new skill, take up a new hobby. 7. Put something into

the community - help others. 8. Get organized. Else buy shares in diary, or companies selling electronic planners! 9. Become more security conscious. 10. Give up drinking, at least for the first week of January!

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Flambé, the of great entertaining to do. Now the steaks can be done in the kitchen and finished at the dining room table if you have a flambé stove. Why not, invite you guest into the kitchen when it’s time to flambé. Just do it with confidence.

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Forget the fancy cakes that take all day to prepare, Crepes Suzette or Banana Flambé will have your guest clapping their hands and taking pictures when you light one of these charming flambé. Fire is out, it’s time to plate up, and you just became a shining star with very little work.

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is the season, people are planning Christmas parties, family gatherings, and informal get to gathers with co-workers and neighbors. Too often we pour over cook books only to do the trusted roast. Got to play it safe. So there you are spending all your time cooking your heart out, when you should be out in the living room enjoying your friends. WOW your guest without you working your tail off. Why not serve a wonder with cocktails beforehand. How simple is that. Have everything ready to toss in your salad, want to serve soup, entertaining is the perfect time to serve a delightful cold soup. Most can be made the day before. Simply take it from the fridge and pour into fancy bowls or better yet, get out those lovely old tea cups and use them. Your soup presentation is now quaint and ever so charming. A mixture of potatoes and winter vegetables roasted with fresh herbs can be ready to pop in the oven, keeping life easy. Steak Diane or Steak Au Poivre, are both very impressive and easy

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New Years Eve has the reputation for being one of the biggest party days of the year and a New Years Eve wedding can be incredibly beautiful and romantic and is a perfect way to start off the New Year by showing your love and affection for your partner. The symbolism of exchanging vows and rings combined with the birth of the New Year will make your special day one that will impress your family and guests. The colors for a New Years Eve wedding are typically black and silver, gold and silver or purple and gold. Decorations should be festive with lots of noise makers, party horns, party hats and tiaras, candles and confetti on the tables. Use lots of lights and glitter as well as a large clock for the countdown, or perhaps a large screen tv and watch the ball drop at midnight. Release a lot of balloons at the stroke of midnight by placing them in netting over the dance floor. Be sure to have lots of champagne served and ready for midnight toasts. Start your event around 8 p.m. and offer either a full meal or appetizers and hors d’oeuvres served throughout the night, with snacks and coffee after midnight. Favors for your New Years Eve wedding can be small bottles of champagne with personalized labels, bells with labels that could say, “ring in the new year with .....(your names)”, chocolate bars wrapped in custom personalized label, personalized calendars, fortune cookies or a cd with your favorite hits of the past year. Bring out the candles and the glitz and ring in a New Year with your vows. Have your guests all hold a sparkler right after the New Year while you have your first dance. Imagine the beauty of that moment. P. 18


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New Years Word Scramble

CRIME STOPPERS The Medicine Hat Police is asking for your help in solving a break and enter and theft from a business. During the early hours of November 21, 2011 suspect(s) entered the Burger King restaurant at 3140 Dunmore Rd SE, Medicine Hat. Once inside, thieves were able to gain access to the safe and leave with the previous night deposit. Crime Stoppers and the Medicine Hat Police Service want to remind Medicine Hat residents to keep safety in mind when out finishing up the last of their Christmas shopping. The Christmas season not only means spending time with family and getting gifts it also brings out an increase in theft from vehicles and homes. When out celebrating the holidays keep the following in mind: 1) Avoid leaving gifts in your vehicle in plain view, even the trunk 2) Carry minimal personal identification and financial cards when out shopping in case of a lost/stolen wallet 3) When going out for the night ensure that your home is secure, lights are on and you let your trusted neighbors know you’re gone. The Medicine Hat Police Service is seeking any information in regards to a break & enter and theft from a residence. Between Friday, September 9-Saturday, September 10, 2011 unknown person(s) forcefully entered a residence located at 475 10 St SE, Medicine Hat. Once inside the thieves took computers, gaming systems, movies and games valued at over $3,500.00. Crime Stoppers is asking for your help in identifying those responsible for an assault cause bodily harm. On October 16, 2011 at approximately 0210 am the victim was attacked in the parking lot of Ralph’s Bar and Steak

House located at 1249 Transcanada Way SE, Medicine Hat, and suffered significant injuries to his head and face. The only description of the attacker was that he was a white male and was driving at white 4-door Range Rover SUV. Crime Stoppers is asking for your help in identifying the person responsible for committing an assault causing bodily harm. On October 14th, 2011 at approximately 10:00 p.m., members of the Medicine Hat Police Service attended to 1051 Ross Glen Dr SE. Medicine Hat Lodge Casino for a report of a male that had been assaulted and was unconscious. A 26 year old British soldier was transported to hospital, and it was later found that he had a brain bleed and was flown to Calgary. Suspect described as stocky build, black zip-up hoodie, white t-shirt, dark colored hat, blue jeans and white runners. Crime Stoppers and the R.C.M.P. need your help in solving a theft of property worth over $5000.00. Sometime between September 29, 2011 and October 1, 2011, unknown persons entered the compound of a business in the 200 block of Saskatchewan Drive in Redcliff, AB. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole a white 2011 Keystone Outback travel trailer with Alberta plate R71943. The trailer is 35 feet long, with blue accents and is valued at over $35,000.00 Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Remember if you have any information about ANY crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, Use WEBTIPS at www. mhcrimestoppers.ca *8477-ROGERS  OR  #8477- TELUS.  Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display or call trace.  You do not have to reveal your identity, and if your information leads to an arrest, you qualify for a reward!  Crime Stoppers is a community program that will pay cash rewards for information on any unsolved crime.

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Across 1. Santa _______ 2. Holds groceries 5. Opposite of cool 8. Polka _______ 9. Tie this around a present 10. Heavenly being 11. December 25 13. Eaten with soup 15. Pals, buddies 16. Used to fasten gift wrap 18. Metallic tree decoration 20. Myself 21. God’s so 22. Christmas carol “Away in a _______” 23. Santa’s helper 25. Christmas plant 27. _______ the snowman 28. Decoration for door 29. Journeys

Down 1. Mailed greeting 2. Christmas songs 3. Santa is this 4. Red & white peppermint sticks 5. A season 6. Mary is this to Jesus 7. Gifts 12. Christmas kissing plant? 14. Christmas color 17. All 18. Name cards for gifts 19. ______pole 20. Tune, melody 22. _______ Christmas 24. Giggles 26. Outside Christmas decoration

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