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3. Christmas Parking Rules, Dashing Thorugh The Mall 4. Dog Rules 5. Interpretive Article, All I need to know, Last Minute Gift 6 - 7. Coopons 8. Sweet Regards Article 10. Community Events 11. Crossword, Maze 12. Contest, Song Records

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Dashing Through The Mall Dashing through the mall… On a late December day, Through the $tores we go Charging all the way…

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Jingle Bells Jingle Bells The kids all yell and scream To us it sounds like anarchy But to them it’s harmony-HEY!

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells The children tipped the tree Antique ornaments smashed to bits The kids each say “not me” Dad goes to work each day Engineering things for flight But his real job is at home Refereeing little fights Mom drives the kids around In an ancient Caravan Karate, swimming, children’s choir Espresso in her hand-HEY! Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Jingle all the way Our wish to you is that you have A… Happy… Holi-dayyyyyyyyy.

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Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:

Dog Rules For Christmas Time

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Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans

Don’t eat off the buffet table

Beg for goodies subtly

Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa

Don’t drink out of glasses that are left within your reach

Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important: Observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people’s houses. (4a is particularly important)

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Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house Tolerate children

Turn on your charm big time

A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. Don’t bite him!!

A list of simple rules for the dogs out there, on how to behave during your Humans’ Christmas season.


Be especially patient with your Humans’ during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.



They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.

Be tolerant if your Humans’ put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.


They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

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..Don’t pee on the tree ..Don’t drink water in the container that holds the tree

. Mind your tail when you are near the tree . If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don’t rip them open . Don’t chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree

All I Need to Know about Life I Learned From a Snowman • It’s okay if you’re a little bottom heavy. • Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.

Think Locally – When Purchasing Christmas Gifts

• Wearing white is always appropriate. • Winter is the best of the four seasons. • It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection. • There’s nothing better than a foul weather friend. • The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul. • It’s not the size of the carrot, but the placement that counts. • We’re all made up of mostly water. • You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you. • Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize! • Avoid yellow snow. Don’t get too much sun. • It’s embarrassing when you can’t look down and see your feet. • It’s fun to hang out in your front yard. • Always put your best foot forward. • There’s no stopping you once you’re on a roll.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Sometimes, when we’re being cheapskates, we need someone just like this sales lady It was Christmas Eve and Ron had still not bought anything for his wife for Christmas. So, on his way home, he stopped at a large department store. I’ll just get her some nice perfume, he thought, as he entered the store. Walking up to the perfume counter, Ron said, “I’m looking for a nice perfume for my wife for Christmas.” The cosmetics clerk said, “Certainly, we have several very fine perfumes.” And she proceeded to show him a bottle of “Elegance”, $75 an ounce. “That’s a bit out of my price range,” Ron said. The clerk returned a moment later with another perfume, “Leave Him Wondering”, for only $35 an ounce. “That’s still quite a lot,” he grumbled. So the clerk brought out a bottle of “Smells Like Heaven”, only $20 an ounce. At this, Ron grew a bit angry. “Lady,” he exclaimed, “Can’t you show me something real cheap?” In response, the clerk handed him a mirror.

OR I AM DREAMING OF A GREEN-ER CHRISTMAS What can we do to make Christmas more earth-friendly? It is possible to have great celebrations without using a lot of resources! We have all heard and read about how buying locally is good for the environment, and we now know it’s good for our local economy too. So this Christmas instead of pushing your way through the hoards of grumpy holiday shoppers, why not do your Christmas shopping at a smaller local stores. Purchase some of your Christmas gifts at places you might not normally think to shop. Like here, in the Police Point Park Nature Centre Gift Shop! You’ll find lots of unique and interesting Christmas gifts for everyone on your list, and at reasonable prices too. For those men in your life, search the local hardware store for Christmas gifts. Support the local mom & pop hardware store by shopping for holiday gifts for all the handy people you know. Or browse for books, at a locally owned bookstore. Local bookstores will often carry books by local authors. In the Nature Centre Gift Shop we have nature books written by local authors. Alternatively, you could be thrifty and shop at a local used bookstore. Or try shopping at places like a camping store, a hobby store, a local ethnic grocery store, and locally owned gift shops. These places can be a treasure trove of gift ideas. You could even put together your own gift baskets of locally grown food, home made goodies, and wines if you like. Some other ideas include buying art created by local artists or photographers. You could also give gifts of tickets to local events to support local theatre, musicians, and artists. Or make your own gift certificates for services like babysitting or home made dinners. You could donate money to a local charity in your friend’s name as part of gift package or basket. Consider making a commitment to buy local during the Christmas shopping season. Shopping locally cuts down on driving all those non-festive miles. Plus you know that the money is likely to stay circulating in the local economy. Police Point Park Nature Centre is open all year round Tuesday through Sunday 9am to 5pm. For more information call the Nature Line 403-529-6225. Valerie Martins Parks Interpreter Medicine Hat Interpretive Program

Merry Christmas!

For custom designed and personalized gifts, come in to Sweet Regards. (403) 488-8063 417 3rd St SE Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 0G9 email: We have a new:

It’s getting closer! Have you got your shopping done? I haven’t. Here at Sweet Regards, we firmly believe that candy is the perfect gift. Great for a small thank you, a hostess gift, stocking stuffers and for that person that really doesn’t need or want anything but you want to wish them a very Merry Christmas. Our candy bouquets are a special treat because they can be custom made to fit your budget and filled with the treats that the receiver will especially love. Perhaps you are looking for a gift for a pet lover, a

sports nut, or a classic car lover. A beautiful tea cup may fit the bill or a coffee mug filled with coffee flavoured candy and some coffee. A beautiful centerpiece complete with a candle makes a wonderful gift for someone or for yourself to decorate the table for your holiday meal. And then you get to eat it! Our biggest sellers are our soda glasses and our martini glasses filled with chocolate or your choice of hard candy. Another favorite is our unique Casino bouquet filled with chocolate mint playing cards, chocolate casino chips and hard candy playing cards. A great gift to grace the table on New Year’s Eve. Our solid chocolate roses in a bouquet are always a hit. Guys, if you want some brownie points, the chocolate roses always do it. Our best selling New Year’s Eve gifts are a bouquet done up in a top hat, a small tuxedo box or a glitzy vase. We have one champagne bottle left ….. made of 1 lb. of milk chocolate! Phone or come in to see us and we will help you find just the right bouquet or gift basket to fit your needs. From myself, Judy and Jody, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very prosperous 2011!



re You New to Medicine Hat? The Medicine Hat Newcomers Club Invites you to our get together at St. John’s Presbyterian Church located at 504 2nd Street SE (Entrance off 5th Ave. SE). For more information call Nick Medwid 403-580-3198 or Nick Cebryk 403529-9114


unrise Observatory, Medicine Hat Astronomy Club. Come visit us! Drop in on Visitor’s Night or call to arrange a Group Visit. Thor at 403-526-1025.

COMMUNITY EVENTS favours and snacks. Please call 403-548-3556 or 403-528-3139


Saskatchewan New Years Eve – Friday, Dec. 31st, 8:00 p.m. at the Monarch Theatre. Tickets $20 Includes popcorn, soda, sweet treats and party favors. Tickets available from Roset by Reid, Book Nook, Bridge Builders. Phone 403.526.9550


s Drinking a Problem? Alcoholics Anonymous Medicine Hat 403-527-2065 Brooks 403-793-4796

lues at the – proudly presents the European Blues Sensation “Ana Popovic”. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. For tickets or information 403.545.2340. Doors open at 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.


anadian Red Cross Society urgently needs volunteers. Call Debra (403) 5263048



ew Years Eve Dance, Medicine Hat Moose Lodge, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Midnight Lunch. Price: $20.00 Tickets available at the Moose office. Call 403-527-3227


edicine Hat College Conservatory of Music & Dance 2011 Gala, Saturday, February 5th, 2011, Annual Gala featuring performances from the Conservatory faculty. Support the Set the Stage for Life campaign $10 College Students, $25 Early bird (until November 30th), $40 Per person. Tickets available at the Cultural Centre

izard of Oz – Sunday, Dec. 19th at 7pm., Medicine Hat Arena. Call 403-5028777 for tickets.



iapot Lions Club 12th Annual Antique & Collectables Show and Sale. Maple Creek Armouries, February 5 and 6. Sat. 106pm. Sun. 10-4 p.m. Call 306-558-4802 for more information.


olice Point Interpretive Centre SLEIGH RIDE from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m on December 19th, 2010. Come sing Christmas songs, drink hot chocolate and join in the fun. Please bring a scarf, gloves or small toy as a donation to the Salvation Army. Organized by Marie-Anna Stephens - ACFA (Association for the Canadian francophone of Alberta). For more Information contact by email to 403.529.6225


to Carol Barton on winning the Find the Hombre Contest for one FREE 12 Month Personalized Calendar, valued at $24.95 from Copy Works Design & Gifts.



J’S Loan Cupboard needs volunteers to assist in our organization. We are also in dire need of donations such as wheelchairs, lift chairs and pellet shelving. If you can donate these or any other medical items or volunteer your time, please contact us at # 1 - 749 -14th Street S.W. Medicine Hat or telephone us at 403-580-5580.


hrist the King Assembly – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 24 at 7-8:00 p.m. Children’s story and candy bags. Everyone welcome 1101 Queen Street S.E. 403-504-0123


hrist the King Assembly – Sunday, December 26, 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service.


ew Year’s Eve Dance – The German Canadian Holiday Club. Friday, Dec. 31st, Dinner at 7:00 p.m., dance to follow. Party

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Across 2. A popular flower during Christmas. 4. Who has a shining red nose? 5. Who pulls Santa’s Sled?

Christmas Crossword 1

7. Frozen water that falls from the sky is _____?


8. Snack for Santa Claus? 11. Santa leaves the Christmas presents under the _____?



13. What helps Santa to find your home? 5

15. A song Jingle _____ Down




1. The Christmas kissing plant.



3. What holiday is on December 25th?




6. The name of a snowman.


9. Who is fat and wears a red outfit? 10. Christmas falls on what season? 12. Who helps make the presents? 14. What does Santa drive?

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Q: What do elves learn in school? A: The Elf-abet. Q: Why does Santa have 3 gardens? A: So he can ho-ho-ho. Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? A: Frostbite. Q: Where do polar bears vote? A: The North Poll.

8 CHRISTMAS RECORD BREAKERS 1. Biggest selling Christmas song is Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The song was written by Sir Bob Geldof, and sold fifty million copies and continues to be a holiday favorite today!

This record was set in Tasmania in 1999. Later The Guinness Book of Records has rejected The Wilderness Society’s claim for the world’s tallest Christmas Tree on the grounds that the tree was a eucalypt and not a spruce. “This is a mean-spirited, pedantic snub,” said the Wilderness Society’s Tasmanian Campaign Coordinator, Geoff Law. 7. Every year, the citizens of Gävle Sweden build the world’s largest Christmas goat out of straw. This is their Christmas tradition. Unfortunately for them, almost every year the poor goat gets burned down. Its an 13-metre tall, 7-metre long, 3 tonne goat. 8. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is a retail store in Frankenmuth, Michigan that bills itself as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store”. The store has grown to the size of five-and-a-half football fields and is home to over 50000 gifts.

2. The world’s largest gift was the Statue of Liberty. The people of France gave it to the US in 1886. It’s 151 feet, 1 inch high and weighs 225 tonnes. 3. The most valuable Christmas card was sold at an auction in Devizes, Wiltshire, UK in 2001 for £20,000 (approx. $40.000). The card was originally sent by Sir Henry Cole of Bath to his grandmother in 1843! 4. The largest Christmas angel ornament is over 18 feet (5.57 meters) high and over 8 feet wide at the bottom. It’s made out of 2946 beer bottles. The angel was displayed on Alfonso Reyes Avenue, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in January 2000. 5. World’s largest working Christmas cracker is 181 foot, 11 inch long and 11 foot, 9 inch high. It was made in Australia. It was pulled at a shopping center in Sydney, Australia on December 16, 1998. 6. With 3,000 Christmas lights, a towering Eucalyptus regnans, 80 meters (262 ft) tall, became the tallest-ever Christmas tree in the world.

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