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Why shop local? IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR when The Frederick News-Post thickens with sales circulars and holiday advertisements. Consumers looking to beat the hustle and bustle and steer clear of overwhelming crowds this year should patronize local businesses, because every time they visit local coffee shops to grab a latte, pick up a dress at a nearby boutique or patronize a farmers market down the street, they are supporting a small business. The Small Business Administration reported that, since 1995, small businesses have generated 66 percent of all new jobs in the United States. There are big reasons to shop small.
• Shopping small businesses helps give back to the community directly. According
to Civic Economics, a strategic planning business, on average 48 percent of each purchase made at independent businesses is recirculated locally through tax money and other support.
• Small business owners often strive to provide personalized, hands-on customer
service. Repeat business is key to their survival, so they want to ensure shoppers are happy.
• Small businesses, since they are not beholden to corporate oversight in terms
of what they sell, have greater flexibility. That allows them to offer a diverse product selection.
• Small business owners often live nearby, and they’re the people you see in town,
schools and elsewhere in the local community. Many consumers are comforted to know they’re supporting their neighbors, especially during the holiday season.
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Holidays at Home score this decor
4 Table Accessories to Revive
1. Place mats You don’t find embroidered linen and cotton place mats on the tables of most Americans these days. They evoke a fussy, grandmotherly look and are in constant need of washing and ironing. Yet place mats are a nice way to frame individual settings at a table. Sandy Chilewich, creative director of the company that bears her name, has offered an easy-care option for 19 years with her wipe-clean woven vinyl place mats. Her new line pairs the modern textile with designer John Derian’s evocative vintage botanical and historical motifs including cabbage roses, hummingbirds and ferns.
2. Place cards Karen Suen-Cooper and Martin Cooper love using place cards when setting the table for a dinner with friends. “They always spark a smile,” Suen-Cooper said. “It’s not something everyone uses in the age of paper plates.” They realized, however, that the plain white cards they were using “seemed so blank and boring,” Suen-Cooper said. So the couple, who both come from the fashion world and live in New York’s Hudson Valley, launched The Punctilious Mr. P’s Place Card Co. They produce a line of seasonal place cards featuring traditional European or Chinese illustrations, offering pheasants, reindeer, mushrooms and mid-century Christmas tree baubles. The cards come with custom digital calligraphy and can arrive with your guests’ names already inscribed.
3. Punch bowls In researching her new book “Entertaining at Home: Inspiration from Celebrated Hosts,” author Ronda Carman writes about Christy Ford, whose family in Charlottesville has given punch a new spin. At an annual mother-daughter holiday tea, a mixture of orange juice, cranberry juice
A punch bowl from “Entertaining at Home” by Ronda Carman is filled for a mother/daughter holiday tea.
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and champagne is ladled from a tall punch bowl into elegant champagne flutes rather than the usual small cups. It makes for a more festive, fizzier experience. There are plenty of modern options for punch bowls. Carman likes the Oregon punch bowl ($99.95 at Crate & Barrel for a 10-piece set), the Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure Punch Bowl ($129.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond) and the Octopus Bowl ($169.95 at Z Gallerie).
4. Decanters Most glass decanters or carafes were originally made for holding liquor or wine. You could pour red wine into a carafe so the flavor would
open up by being exposed to oxygen. Scotch was kept in a heavy cut crystal decanter with a stopper on top, a la “Mad Men.” As more relaxed lifestyles came into vogue (and day drinking diminished), many decanters were shoved into the back of cabinets or donated to thrift shops. But the truth is that many of them are really good-looking and are fun to pull out for a special occasion, if not more often. For Marian McEvoy, former editor of Elle Decor and House Beautiful, dinners are a bottle-free zone. She said decanters unify things. “Everything I put on my table goes into a decanter, carafe or pitcher, and that includes wine, water and Gatorade,” she said. And, yes, she puts all of those things into the dishwasher without worrying. McEvoy favors the Hotel Collection Glass Decanter ($67 at Macy's), Brew to a Tea’s Wine Decanter With Stopper ($23.99 on Amazon) and Lily’s Home's Unbreakable Indoor/ Outdoor Pitcher and Wine Decanter ($17.95 on Amazon). – Jura Koncius , The Washington Post
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>> Mini sleighs: Create miniature replicas of Santa’s famous sleigh. Paint several Popsicle sticks to form the main body of the sleigh and glue them together. Put one at the top perpendicular to the others to serve as the steering rudder. Two silver-painted Popsicle sticks placed on their thin sides act as the blades of a sled. >> Photo ornaments: Print several
photos that you love. Purchase round or square thin wood pieces from a craft store and attach the photos with Mod Podge. When dry, drill a hole through the top and thread with twine.
>> Wooden snowflakes: Have children collect small twigs from outdoors, as well as holly leaves and some sprigs of evergreen. Arrange similarly sized twigs in the shape of snowflakes and glue together, or tie with twine. Embellish with stickers, glitter and dried berries. >> Dough ornaments: Anyone can have fun molding their own ornaments, letting them dry and then painting them. Use cookie cutters to get perfect holiday shapes. Craft stores sell various types of modeling clays and lightweight modeling materials.
>> Reindeer bottle topper: Put those wine corks you have lying around to good use. Attach googly eyes and a small fuzzy nose to the front of a cork. Insert twisted, brown pipe cleaners to make the antlers. Add ribbons and small snippets of faux fur. >> Sweet sentiments: Use old
Scrabble letter tiles to form a favorite holiday phrase, like “Joy to the World.” Glue the tiles together and hang from the tree on a piece of ribbon.
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Holidays at Home about your festive greenery
Tree Trimming Tips
desired, since natural trees will have branches sticking out. Wear gardening gloves to avoid being covered in sap and scratched by the needles (real or artificial.) Position trees away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, vents or radiators, which can cause the tree to dry out prematurely and become a fire risk. For added safety, anchor a tree to a wall or ceiling, so it will not tumble over onto children or curious pets. In homage to the first German Christmas trees, decorate with natural ingredients, such as berries and pine cones. Also, use apples, nuts and marzipan candies. To free up more space for presents, place a narrow tree stand inside of a waterproof planting container. Place the tree inside. This will provide a more streamlined look that’s neater than a tree skirt. The more lights the better, especially on dense trees. For a whimsical approach, match the tree decor to home decor and the color of furniture. Make handcrafted ornaments with the whole family. Hang the most delicate pieces toward the top where they won’t be disturbed.
ong before the spread of Christianity, evergreen plants and trees held special meaning for people during the winter. Boughs and garlands were hung in homes and over doors and windows to repel evil spirits and illnesses. On the winter solstice, the greenery signified that spring would once again arrive and banish winter’s dreariness. Germans who decorated trees inside of their homes are credited with starting Christian Christmas tree traditions during the 16th century. Early Americans were late to adopt Christmas trees because early Puritan settlers thought the tradition— as well as carols and other concepts— were Pagan influences. It took the popularity of England’s Queen Victoria and her German Prince Albert appearing around a decorated Christmas tree to eventually win over much of Europe, Canada and the United States. According to StatisticsBrain, 10 million artificial trees are sold in the United States each year, while 34.5 million real tress are sold annually. Consider these tips for trimming both live or artificial trees. If live, prune the tree first. Be sure to shape the tree as
How to Make Poinsettias Last Poinsettias are beautiful and the bracts (modified leaves) can be vibrantly colored. That signature vibrancy is why many people would like to preserve their poinsettias to last beyond the New Year, which is possible with the right care. Start with healthy plants that have full leaves, bracts and deep colors. Poinsettias do best when the temperature is between 65 and 75. Temperatures below that or cold drafts from windows can cause leaves to drop. Position the plant in a room that gets indirect sunlight for at
least six hours per day. If direct sunlight can’t be avoided, diffuse the light with a sheer curtain. Poinsettias need welldrained soil. Overwatering or allowing roots to sit in wet soil can cause the leaves to fall off prematurely. Water thoroughly only when the pot looks dry. In households with temperatures around 70, the plant should be watered about once a week. Fertilize the plant after the blooming season with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Try placing poinsettias in or near a bathroom, as they prefer high humidity.
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Holiday Morsels cookie central
how to make better cookies
u Handle butter with care
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You’ll need colored sanding sugar for coating the dough logs, mini pretzels, flat almond slices and tubes of writing icing or gel in colors you like. Have fun drawing the angel hair and faces!
KITCHEN GEAR: Plastic wrap, cardboard paper-towel tube, cutting board, sharp knife, parchment paper, baking sheets (for homemade dough: measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowl, stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, spatula) MAKES: About 44 cookies HANDS-ON TIME: 1 hour total TOTAL TIME: 3 to 4 hours, including dough chilling, baking and decorating STEP 1: Roll the logs of cookie dough in colored sanding sugar. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, or up to 2 days. To help maintain their shape, place inside split cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls. You may also wrap and refrigerate 2/3 cup of dough for shaping the angels’ heads. STEP 2: Cut each log of dough into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. If the dough gets soft, put it back in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up. Lay the cookie dough rounds flat. STEP 3: Pinch together each round of dough at the top; this will create the angel’s body. Or you can wait and do the pinching once the body is atop its wings in the next step.
Butter can make or break a cookie recipe, as it’s often the glue that holds the cookie together. Smithsonian.com recommends leaving it at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes to properly soften it. This takes patience, but fiddling with butter too much can damage its integrity. While purists may say butter is best, margarine may be acceptable if it has a high fat content; otherwise, cookies may spread out and flatten. When it comes time to cream the butter with sugar, be sure to do so thoroughly to incorporate air into the butter and remove the grainy texture of the sugar.
u Measure flour properly
STEP 4: Place pairs of mini pretzel wings back to back on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet so that the double-rounded edges face outward. Place each angel body atop a pair of wings, pressing gently. STEP 5: Gently press a pair of almond slices on each angel body, about where the hands or songbook would be.
The Cooking Channel advises spooning the flour lightly into a dry measuring cup, then leveling it off with a knife. Don’t dip the measuring cup into the flour or tap the knife against the cup, because if you pack too much flour into the measuring cup, you’ll end up with dry, tough cookies.
u Slow down the eggs
Add eggs one at a time to make sure each will emulsify properly with the fat in the butter. Adding eggs en masse may cause the emulsification to fail.
STEP 6: Use the reserved 2/3 cup of dough to roll into 44 dime-size balls. Press one into the top of each angel body, flattening it a bit, to make the angel’s head. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes, then cool completely.
u Chill out
STEP 7: Use small tubes of colored icing (the kind used to write on cakes) to decorate the heads on the baked Almond Angel Cookies. Let dry.
u Use a bottom rack
STEP 8: Store the finished cookies between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 1 week.
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Follow recipes that call for chilling cookie dough carefully. This process is important for making sliced and shaped cookies. When you chill it, the dough becomes more malleable for rolling and even slicing. Too much heat may compromise cookie integrity. The food experts at Delish recommend moving cookies onto a lower rack in the oven if they aren’t retaining their shape when baked. Put an empty cookie sheet on the top rack. That will block the cookies from the most intense heat that rises to the top of the oven.
Holiday Morsels merry making
Mini Merry Meatballs
This hot mulled cider was traditionally consumed while wassailing, a ritual of Medieval English Christmas and Twelfth Night celebrations. A warm beverage and caroling go hand-in-hand.
(Serves 8 to 10) • 1/2 gallon apple cider • 2 cups orange juice or pineapple juice • 1/4 cup lemon juice • 8 whole cloves • 4 cinnamon sticks • 1 cup orange juice • Whiskey, if desired Add all ingredients to a large pot over medium heat. Allow to boil. Reduce and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Strain out the cloves and cinnamon sticks. Add whiskey to desired taste.
Wassail is traditionally served out of a communal punch bowl, but can also be presented in individual mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks.
Spiced Yogurt Muffins (Makes 50 Servings) • 6 1/2 cups Dannon plain fat-free Greek yogurt • 4 cups water, room temperature • 1 box (5 pounds) Gold Medal Muffin Mix, whole grain variety
• 3 tablespoons McCormick pumpkin pie spice • 2 tablespoons McCormick Chipotle cinnamon Combine yogurt and water in mixing bowl. Whisk until blended. Set aside. Add spices to dry muffin mix in a large bowl. Add yogurt and water mixture to the muffin mixture. Mix until just blended. Don’t over mix. Using a scoop, portion into greased or lined muffin pans. Bake at 350 F for 24 minutes, or 17 to 20 minutes in a convection oven, until the tops are golden brown.
Meatballs • 1/2 pound ground beef brisket • 1/4 pound ground beef rib eye steak boneless • 1/4 pound ground beef (80 percent lean) • 1 cup seasoned stuffing mix • 1 egg, beaten • 3 tablespoons water • 1 teaspoon minced garlic • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon pepper Cranberry Barbecue Sauce: • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil • 1/2 cup chopped white onion • 1 tablespoon minced garlic • 2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries • 1/2 cup orange juice • 1/2 cup water • 1/3 cup ketchup • 1/4 cup light brown sugar • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar • 2 tablespoons molasses • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper • Salt
Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine brisket, rib eye, ground beef, stuffing mix, egg, water, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 24 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Place on a rack in a broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until the internal temperature reads 160 F. Meanwhile, prepare the cranberry barbecue sauce. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender, but not brown. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until cranberries burst and the mixture has been reduced to a thick consistency, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Transfer mixture to blender container. Cover, allowing steam to escape. Process until smooth. Season with salt, as desired. Serve meatballs with barbecue sauce.
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Giving for the cook
13 Next-Level Kitchen Gifts
he Washington Post teamed up with America’s Test Kitchen to compile this list. You’ll find ATK’s top recommended products alongside each item, with a few best buys included as well. ATK uses a rigorous evaluation process. Its team puts tools and equipment to work, over and over, to see how well they perform, then takes them apart to figure out why they work—or don’t. The team tries to damage them to assess durability, sends some for laboratory analysis, and even interviews engineers, designers and scientists about them. The ATK goal: to recommend well-made products that provide good, lasting value.
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GRILL PAN Lodge Square Grill Pan $27.95, lodgemfg.com
PHOTO | Perfect grilling at a low price made this a solid best buy. It has a smaller surface that fits just three burgers or two strip steaks and it can’t be cleaned with soap, but it scrubs clean with hot water and a stiff brush. It will also become more nonstick with use.
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Bodum Chambord French Press, 8 cup $39.99, bodum.com
Bodum Columbia French Press Coffee Maker $79.99, bodum.com
BEST BUY | Tasters praised the coffee from this classic pot: “good flavor, lots of sediment,” with a “pleasant” taste and a “slightly richer,” “not-too-thin texture.” It’s easy and straightforward to set up and clean. But the thin glass walls of this traditional press lost heat faster than insulated pots did. It does a great job if you’re drinking the coffee right away, but it cools off quickly.
PHOTO | This thick, insulated pot was as simple to use as a traditional glass press, but it kept coffee hotter much longer. It’s also sturdier, with a round, comfortable handle. It took top honors in our tasting, producing coffee that tasters called “rich,” “rounded,” “nutty” and “full-bodied.”
Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine $69.99, amazon.com
The Ferrari of the pasta machine world, this model is a little more expensive than others on the market, but it sure is a pleasure to handle. It sported both the widest and the narrowest thickness settings in our lineup; we barely had to roll dough out to fit it through the machine, and we could effortlessly dial the machine down to produce gossamer-thin sheets. Its laser-sharp noodle attachment produced perfect fettuccine and angel hair every time.
Imperia Pasta Machine by CucinoPro $47.99, amazon.com
BEST BUY | This model has a slightly smaller range of thickness settings compared with others that we tested, and we needed to use both hands in order to adjust them, but it made beautiful, precisely cut fettuccine and angel hair every time. And it came with a handy plate that helped guide the sheets of pasta through the machine.
Swissmar Borner Original V-Slicer Plus Mandoline $50, swissmar.com
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This simple device makes cuts effortlessly with stunningly precise results. Its hat-shaped guard protects well; cleanup and storage are a breeze, thanks to its compact vertical caddy. Even with just four cuts, all this adds up to a slicer that we’ll use every day.
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AIR FRYERS Philips TurboStar Airfryer $199.99, amazon.com
Testers loved this machine, which has a compact footprint and shorter stature and thus takes up less room on our counters. Its cooking basket is roomy enough for one pound of food and has a nonstick coating. We also like that the bottom of the basket can be removed for even deeper cleaning, if needed. Its digital controls and dial-operated menu make setting the time and temperature easy and intuitive. It stops cooking as soon as the set time is up, and its drawer-like design allows you to remove food without exposing your hands to the heating element. GoWise USA 3.7-Quart 7-in-1 Air Fryer $79.99, gowiseproducts.com
BEST BUY | While this air fryer’s digital controls aren’t quite as intuitive as those of our favorite model, it’s still easy to set the time and temperature once you get the hang of the multiple buttons. It cooks food quickly and crisply, and its display is bright, large and easy to read. Though it’s a little bigger than our favorite model, it’s still short enough to fit under cabinets, and its drawer-style design and automatic shutoff are a boon to safety. Like other models, it has a nonstick interior, which is easy to clean.
SOUS VIDE Joule Sous Vide $249.95, breville.com
This slim, lightweight machine heated water almost as fast as the biggest circulators and was the most accurate in our lineup. Although it doesn’t have a display and requires a smartphone to work, its app was intuitive and simple, and its enclosed electronics meant that we didn’t have to worry about getting any part of the circulator wet. Our
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Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker $99.95, cuisinart.com
Preston Flipside Belgian Waffle Maker $52.99, gopresto.com
PHOTO | Featuring a six-point dial for customizing waffle doneness, this waffle maker quickly and consistently turned out two perfect waffles at a time, each with a crisp, evenly browned exterior and custardy interior. With indicator lights on both sides of the waffle maker and a loud audible alert, it was easy to tell when each waffle was done. Weighing nearly 10 pounds and measuring over 20 inches tall with the lid up, this model was by far the biggest and heaviest of those tested—but that extra bulk ensured stability and durability. Two minor flaws: the lack of a removable drip tray and the shortness of the handle, on which hot condensation tended to accumulate.
The Flipside made well-browned waffles that were almost 1 1/2 inches high. On the downside, if we wanted to make adjustments, doneness could only be varied by increasing or decreasing the duration of the cooking time using a built-in timer that must be reset before every waffle. But the timer itself proved quite useful, giving you an audible alert not only when the waffle was done, but also a minute before —a smart feature that helps ensure that you’ll never overcook your waffle. One small safety issue: Like several of the other machines, the Flipside tended to collect condensation in its handle, dripping hot water when flipped.
testers loved its magnetic bottom, which allowed it to stand stably in the center of metal pots. (We wished that the clip that was included with it was a bit wider for nonmetal vessels, but the company now sells a “Big Clamp” attachment for $24 that addresses that issue.) It also had the largest distance between water lines. That meant we could forgo refilling even during longer cooking projects, and it was small enough to store in a drawer when we were done.
BAKING STONE Old Stone Oven Pizza Baking Stone $42.99, honeycando.com
Our longtime favorite stone just keeps on performing. In our tests, pizza and bread came out deeply golden brown and crisp, and both light and dark turkey meat cooked evenly. It has held up well in the test kitchen for nearly a decade. One quibble: Testers noted the feet sometimes sit a little unevenly. [SEE NEXT PAGE]
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SPICE/COFFEE GRINDER Krups Coffee and Spice Grinder $19.99, krupsusa.com
This grinder received top marks for its clean, relatively even grinding and simple, easy-to-use design. We particularly appreciated its wide, clear lid, which gave us the best view of the grinding process, and we liked that its grind button was situated off to the side so we didn’t obscure the lid with our hands during grinding. Its grinding chamber was a roomy oval that provided a wide base for us to cleanly load and empty the coffee. It held enough coffee beans to grind 70 grams of coffee, enough for a full 10-cup pot, and its low-lying blade ensured that no whole beans remained after grinding.
STEAMER BASKET Oxo Good Grips Stainless Steel Steamer with Extendable Handle $19.99, oxo.com
This steamer fits a good amount of food, and we love its telescoping handle. When the handle is extended to the full four inches, it’s easy to grip to move the steamer in and out of the pot. The handle can also collapse to 2.5 inches when the steamer is in the pot or for compact storage. Our only quibbles? The metal leaves are a bit tricky to clean and bent a little during testing, although the unit remained perfectly functional throughout.
ELECTRIC TEA KETTLES Oxo On Clarity Cordless Glass Electric Kettle $79.99, oxo.com
This large, sleek glass kettle was one of the quickest in our lineup. The power switch lights up an icy blue when it’s activated, the handle is wide and comfortable, and the kettle sits securely on its base. We also liked its slow-open lid, which prevents accidental burns from steam and splashing water. It has a removable filter in its spout which, while not strictly necessary, is a handy feature in areas where the water has sediment. Capresso Silver H2O Electric Kettle $59.99, capresso.com
BEST BUY | This kettle impressed us throughout testing with its speed and deep, stable base. The power button is conveniently located on its handle. Our only quibble: Sometimes the light-up indicator was a bit dull in bright daylight. The kettle is much shorter and has a smaller capacity than our winner, which makes it a good option for people who prefer a smaller kettle.
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ICE CREAM MAKER Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker $59.95, cuisinart.com
PHOTO | We still love our former best buy. Its desserts were “even-textured,” “velvety,” and “delightful.” We also liked its lightweight, compact design and the simplicity of its one-button operation.
PROBE THERMOMETERS ThermoWorks ChefAlarm $64, thermoworks.com
This thermometer, with an oven-safe probe, was the most accurate among those we tested, plus it had
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an intuitive design. It’s the only model we tested that can be calibrated. We also liked the programmable high- and low-temperature alarms, the adjustable brightness and volume, the on/off switch and the small knob on the probe that stayed cool for overthe-pot adjustments. Polder Classic Digital Thermometer/Timer $24.99, polder.com
BEST BUY | This basic thermometer doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of our winner, but it has three key features: a timer, a programmable temperature alarm and the ability to work in the oven. We also liked its on/off switch and flexible, plastic-coated cord. Most important: It was a very close second in accuracy. –Becky Krystal, The Washington Post
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What to Get Your Pet
hristmas has certainly gone to the dogs (and cats) , as a greater number of people select gifts for their companion animals each year. A study by OnePoll conducted by Rover.com, which is the nation’s largest network of dog sitters and walkers, found that 95% of pet owners have bought holiday gifts for their pets. Gifts can range from items to meet everyday needs—like food and treats—to more lavish extravagances like spa treatments. Those who plan to get their pets gifts this year might want to consider some of the emerging pet trends as they browse wares and services. The Balance, a business, career and industry information site, says pet industry trends point toward these segments seeing growth.
products, which can include natural flea and tick remedies, holistic foods, organic items and all-natural grooming products, can make great gifts.
Specialty pet services The American Pet Products Association reported that with pets in more than 84 million American homes last year, the demand for high-end pet grooming and other services was substantial. In addition, personalized training, behavioral consulting, portrait photography, dog sitting and upscale spa treatments like pet Reiki and massage are booming.
Mobile pet grooming Mobile pet grooming has become the norm in many areas. It can reduce the potential stress on animals, and tends to be very convenient for customers, particularly seniors and others who have mobility issues. It can also help anxious pets stay calmer when they’re groomed in their home environment.
Natural pet products Just as people are interested in protecting the health of the planet
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(Admittedly some of these are more for the human!) • Tests to detect pets’ DNA and trace breed and ancestry • Interactive puzzles to keep pets engaged and banish boredom • Stylish storage baskets for pet toys • Hidden cat litter or dog crate items that camouflage these commonly used pet items • Heated pet bed for cozy nights and mornings • Signature vests, coats and sweaters for comfort and style
Help Choosing Gifts for Kids With Special Needs Children with special needs often benefit from gifts with specialized purposes. While general gifts certainly can be fitting, customizing the gifts to the recipient’s particular emotional or behavioral needs can be a great way to ensure they get the most use out of their toys. To get help with making selections, visit Miniland Educational USA at 16 SHOP LOCAL: LAST-MINUTE GIFT IDEAS • A special supplement to The Frederick News-Post • December 2019
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Dear Santa Claus, Check these out. (Prices listed are those suggested by the manufacturer.) –Marylou Tousignant, Special To The Washington Post
Invasion of the Cow Snatchers ThinkFun, $29.99 | Ages 6+ Be honest: Who hasn’t wanted to pilot their own UFO and fly around snatching cows from fields? This magnetic game develops logic and problem-solving skills with 40 challenge cards rated easy to super hard and 20 genius-level cards. So get ready to “Beam ’em up, Scotty.”
Harry Potter dolls
Mattel, $19.99 | Ages 6 to 10 You will need a sorting hat to decide which of these cuties you want first. Most of the Hogwarts A-team is available: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco (boo!), Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall ... with wands, robes, hats and Quidditch-ready broomsticks. Each doll has 11 movable “joints” for action-packed fun.
American Girl Blaire
American Girl, $115 | Ages 8+ This green-eyed, red-haired beauty is the latest in American Girl’s superstar lineup. Blaire is a country girl who enjoys helping out at her family’s farm and restaurant. She has a lot of great ideas, a bothersome allergy and, like many preteens, a BFF with whom she doesn’t always get along.
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Mudpuppy, $17.99 | Ages 8 + Players race around the board building two dog-care businesses. Get unlucky and your pup may cost you for grooming or other services. Get lucky and other players may land on your businesses and owe you money. Collect six tokens and you win at Doggy Monopoly.
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Fat Brain, $24.95 | Ages 8+ Your nose may run, but can it draw? In this team game, one player wears dorky glasses with an erasable marker attached and tries to draw objects that her teammates can guess. Can your snout draw a trout? Find out with this fun family entertainment.
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Crayola, $19.99 | Ages 6+ Fans of spin art and spiral art will love that they’re combined in this new Crayola product. The kit has three spin gears, six markers, three bottles of ink and 15 paper discs. When they run out, use paper plates. Do each activity separately or combine them for double the fun.
Mars Space Station and Mars Research Vehicle
Playmobil, $79.99 (station), $44.99 (vehicle) | Ages 6+ Two astronauts and a robot call the station—with its command center, sleeping area and fitness room—home. To explore Mars, they hop into their research rover. Both station and rover have lights and sound. Warning: An adult builder will need considerable time to assemble the station before it’s ready for kid occupancy. Batteries included.
Educational Insights, $69.99 | Ages 7+ Artie draws what you tell him to using forward, back and sideways commands given from a smartphone, tablet or computer. There are precoded designs for early learners, while older users will be doing their own coding in no time. Artie has a built-in WiFi server, so you don’t need an internet connection. Four AA batteries required (not included).
Andrea’s Talent Show
Lego, $49.99 | Ages 7+ Andrea and her friend Chloe are ready for showtime. This 492-piece set includes two minidolls, three stage sets, speakers, backstage areas and lots of props, including drums and a rabbit for Andrea’s magic act. An adult may need to play the lead role in building this, but after that the kids take center stage.
Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Colossal Stunt Set
MindWare, $199.95 | Ages 6+ If bigger is better, this year’s Q-Ba-Maze marble run is the best yet, with 270 pieces. Attach the cubes, rails and tubes in various combinations to see where and how fast the marbles will race. Younger kids will need adult help to build. Also, the set has 40 steel marbles, so keep it away from any wee ones. Batteries included. For a smaller starter kit, check out last year’s Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Rails Extreme ($99.95).
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Holiday Calendar it’s the most wonderful time
Things to Do Time: 2-4:30 p.m. Location: GW Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. N.W.., Washington, D.C. Contact: 301-587-3835; revelsdc.org
“The Ultimate Christmas Show” (abridged)
“ELF - The Musical Jr.”
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Also Dec. 14, 21, 22. $20. Time: Doors at 11:30 a.m. for lunch; Show at 12:30 p.m. Location: Way Off Broadway, 5 Willowdale Drive, Frederick Contact: 301-662-6600; wayoffbroadway.com/elf-jr
“Frosty the Snowman”
Heart-warming tale brought to life. Also Dec. 14, 21, 22, 27, 28. $12. Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: The Performing Arts Factory, 244 S. Jefferson St., Suite B, Frederick Contact: 301-662-3722
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. There’s mayhem and fun when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on. Ages 8 and up. Repeats Sundays, Fridays, and Saturdays until Dec. 15. No evening performance Dec. 14. Time: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Location: The Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg Contact: 301-258-6394 gaithersburgmd.gov
Breakfast with Santa
Menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, pudding, scrapple, hot
DEC. 13 | “The Nutcracker” Ballet
WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Full-length ballet featuring guest artists from the New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classic Ballet, it’s a holiday tradition at its finest. Additional shows 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15, and 7 p.m. Dec. 14. 8 p.m. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-600-2828 or weinbergcenter.org. apples and beverages. BYO camera for photos with Santa. $8 adults, $5 ages 3 to 12, 2 and under free. Time: 7:30-11 a.m. Location: Urbana Volunteer Fire Department, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick Contact: 301-606-3008
Christmas with the Frederick Chorale
Festive performance of choral works. also Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Time: 4 p.m. Dec. 8 Location: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 118 E. Second St., Frederick Contact: frederickchorale.org
Holiday Train Display
The Town of Thurmont and the Frederick County Society of Model Engineers
presents a Christmas train display every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22. Donations requested. Time: noon-4p.m. Location: 12 E. Main St., Thurmont Contact: thurmontmainstreet.com
The Christmas Revels: “Celestial Fools”
Magic is just around the corner in a rustic village in Europe! As the winter days grow short, three wandering performers from far-off lands weave music, dance and stories from their cultures into an enchanting and dramatic tale of the Winter Solstice. But when the sun finally sets on the longest night—and darkness seems to stretch on without end—these “Celestial Fools” lead us on a journey to reclaim the light and restore its warmth to the world. See website for full schedule.
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’Tis the season for the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church! But what’s this? None of the acts scheduled have arrived?! Three brave church members are pressed into service to perform the entire show by themselves. $24. See website for additional show times and dates. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-694-4744 marylandensemble.org
Step back in time to the Christmas season in the 1800s and discover Elizabeth Ann Seton’s inspirational story. A guide will lead you by lantern to the historic homes decorated for Christmas. $10/ adult, $7 ages 7-18, 6 and younger free. Continues through Dec. 15. Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg Contact: 301-447-6606
A Celtic Family Christmas
Starring Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. $39 to $51. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, Pa. Contact: 717-337-8200 or gettysburgmajestic.org
Holiday Calendar laugh & sing
Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Location: Downtown Brunswick Contact: 301-834-5591 or brunswickmainstreet.org
Kris Kringle Procession
Sponsored by Frederick County Bank. Begins at the corner of South Carroll and East Patrick Streets in Frederick and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the city tree. Free. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Downtown Frederick Contact: 301-600-2489 or celebratefrederick.com
Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concert
The concert features classic holiday favorites, including: “Christ Is the Day,” “The Christmas Song,” “Here Comes Christmas,” “The Jesus Gift,” “Sing We All Noel,” “Take Me Back to Toyland,” “We Call It Christmas,” “What Child Is This,” “While by My Sheep,” “Winter Wonderland Medley.” Additional solo selections. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: St. John’s Union Church, 8619 Blacks Mill Road, Creagerstown Contact: See the group’s Facebook page
Eric Byrd Trio Performs “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!”
The show begins with a screening of the Peanuts holiday classic followed by a live performance of the Vince Guaraldi masterpiece score, complete with choral accompaniment during “Christmastime is Here.” $19 to $34. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Maryland Theatre Ballroom, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Contact: 301-790-2000 or mdtheatre.org
Holiday Film Series: “It’s a Wonderful Life”
An angel is sent from heaven to help a suicidal man by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Rated PG. This free showing takes place in the theater that’s inside the Shrine Visitor Center. Free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg Contact: 301-447-6606 or setonshrine.org
“Winter Serenades” Concert
With the FCC Wind Ensemble. Free. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Frederick Community College, JBK Theater, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick Contact: frederick.edu
Holiday Open House
Breakfast with Santa
This is a fun family event. Reservations recommended. Time: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Location: Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. Baldwin Road, Monrovia Contact: 301-865-8600; adventure parkusa.com/santa-breakfast
Museums by Candlelight
Visit historic museums by candlelight. Free. Time: Varies by museum Location: See website for museum locations Contact: visitfrederick.org
5K, 10K and 1-mile Elf Run. Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Frederick County. Course goes through the park toward Schifferstadt Boulevard and TJ Middle, returning back to the park.
JOE WILLIAMS/MARYLAND ENSEMBLE THEATRE
DEC. 14 | Junie B. Jones in “Jingle Bells Batman Smells” Based on the children’s books by Barbara Park, this play follows the feisty and irrepressible Junie B. Jones as she plays Secret Santa to her least favorite classmate, Tattletale May. Continues Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 28. $14. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. See website for full schedule. Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-4744 or marylandensemble.org Holiday wear encouraged. $20 for 5K and 10K, $10 Elf Run, $10 ages 9 and under. Time: 10 a.m. for 1-mile Elf Run, other races follow Location: Monocacy Village Park, 409 Delaware St., Frederick Contact: frederickraces.org
Holiday Santa Visit and Toys for Tots
Visit with Santa, holiday music, carolers, games for kids. Bring a new, unwrapped
toy for Toys for Tots. Free. Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Location: Westview Promenade, Buckeystown Pike and Crestwood Blvd., Frederick Contact: 410-561-1300 or shopwestview.com
Breakfast with Santa at the Ambulance Co., 200 W. Potomac St.; holiday marketplace, activities for kids, horse-drawn carriage rides from 1 to 4 p.m. Free.
Santa and Mrs. Claus bring cookies to share. Free. Time: 3 to 8 p.m. Location: ThorpeWood, 12805A Mink Farm Road, Thurmont Contact: 301-271-2823 or thorpewood.org
Frederick Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Second show 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Hood College, Coffman Chapel, 521 Coffman Chapel Drive, Frederick Contact: 301-685-3585 or fredericksymphony.org
Traditions of Noel
Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto.” Second show at 3 p.m. Dec. 15. $22 adults, $13 students.
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Holiday Calendar candy canes & silver lanes
Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Coffman Chapel, Hood College, 521 Coffman Chapel Drive, Frederick Contact: 301-685-3585 or fredericksymphony.org
Holiday Film Series: Classic Christmas Specials
Animated classics including “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965), “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966) and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964). The free showing of these classic Christmas specials take place in the theater that’s inside the Shrine Visitor Center. Free. Time: 3 to 5 p.m. Location: National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg Contact: 301-447-6606 or setonshrine.org
15 Holiday Concert
Presented by Encore Creativity for Adults, featuring the Encore Chorale of Frederick and other chorales performing holiday music. Free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Saint Katharine Drexel Church Contact: 301-261-5747
MSO Concert: Home for the Holidays
Big Country Breakfast with Santa
The buffet will feature scrambled eggs, smoked sausage, bacon, French toast, pancakes, biscuits, home fries, sausage and chipped beef gravies, baked apples, waffles and beverages. $10. $8 ages 6 to 12. Children under 5 free. Time: 7:30-11 a.m. Location: Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co. Reception Hall, 1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy Contact: 301-829-0100
Annual Christmas Tea
Finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, seasonal soup and tea. $18 adults, $12 12 and younger. Advance tickets only. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Union Bridge Fire Co., 8 W. Locust St., Union Bridge Contact: 443-605-6252 or 443-652-2598
Seasons: A Celtic Christmas Concert
Featuring the regional Celtic band Seasons. This award-winning Celtic family band is made up of five siblings who play a variety of traditional instruments including the harp, hammered dulcimer, fiddle, pennywhistle, Irish drum and more. Free-will offering. Free. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. Location: National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg Contact: 301-447-6606 or setonshrine.org
WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS
DEC. 20 | “A Christmas Carol”
Experience the beloved holiday story with a message that never grows old. 7:30 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22. Tickets are $12, $20 and $24. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-600-2828 or weinbergcenter.org
Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concert
The concert features classic holiday favorites, including: “The Christmas Song,” “Here Comes Christmas,” “The Jesus Gift,” “Sing We All Noel,” “Take Me Back to Toyland,” “We Call It Christmas,” “What Child Is This,” “While by My Sheep,” “Winter Wonderland Medley.” Additional solo selections. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Homewood at Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Road, Frederick Contact: See group’s Facebook page
20 Festival of Lights
Sponsored by Friends Meeting School. Holiday greetings, carols and an inspirational message. Candle lighting ceremony. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: City Hall Courtyard, 101 N. Court St., Frederick
Contact:: 301-600-2489 or celebratefrederick.com
21 “A Dickens Tale”
For ages 5 through adult. Join old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, old Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future while discovering the true meaning of the season. Free. Registration required. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Mount Airy Branch Library, 705 Ridge Road, Mt. Airy Contact: 410-386-4488
Christmas Tour of Historic Country Churches
12+ country churches in northwest Frederick County are featured. Self-driving tour. Details at mwahistory.com. Free. Time: 1 to 5 p.m. Location: Begins at Myersville Town Hall, 301 Main St., Myersville Contact: 301-926-4613
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The most highly anticipated holiday show of the season. Also 3 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets are $14 to $74. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Contact: 301-790-2000 or marylandsymphony.org
23 25th Annual “Messiah” Sing-Along
Presented by the Chamber Singers of the Frederick Children’s Chorus. You can sing along! $30 adults, $25 ages 62 and older, $25 ages 13 to 17. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-600-2828 or weinbergcenter.org
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In downtown Frederick. See participating churches on website. Free. Time: 4 to 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Frederick Contact: 301-600-4047 or visitfrederick.org
Historic Houses of Worship Tour — Hagerstown
15+ sites in the downtown area. Time: 3 to 7 p.m. Location: Begins at Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center, 6 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown Contact: 301-797-8782
Coloring merry & bright
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Coloring tidings of great joy
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Coloring be jolly
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