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Holiday Classic shakes things up Girls teams invited to play in annual basketball tournament PIQUA — Now in its fifth year, the Buckeye Insurance Group Basketball Holiday Classic is nearly doubling the number of games in the three-day tournament by adding brackets for the junior varsity and varsity girls teams from the four participating schools, all while keeping the ticket prices the same as a single high school game. Basketball teams from Russia, Lehman Catholic, Piqua and Covington schools will face off in the tournament for the chance to house the traveling trophy until next year’s games. The same four districts have always competed in the Holiday Classic, but until now, it has been all about the boys. “I was looking for a little bit of a twist to change things up a bit, so I had the idea to add the girls teams,” said David Palmer,

in a similar setup, but because Lehman does not have a JV girls team this year, the girls bracket will work as a round robin tournament. Piqua and Covington girls will play each other at 10:30 a.m. at Piqua High School. The — David Palmer Russia girls JV team gets a bye since there is no Lehman team. see the boys teams of the The JV Russia girls will same schools go head to then play the loser of the head at 5:30 p.m. The girls Piqua/Covington game on play again at 7 p.m. with Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m., and Piqua pitted against Covthey also will play the winington, followed by the ner of that game on Dec. Piqua and Covington boys 29 at 10:30 a.m. Russia reat 8:30 p.m. ceived the bye because it “I hope the girls’ fans was Russia’s turn to play will come out and support Lehman in the rotation of the girls teams and stay the tournament, Palmer and support the boys explained. teams, and the boys’ fans In the JV boys bracket, will come early and supPiqua plays Covington at port the girls teams,” noon at Piqua High School, Palmer said. “I don’t know and Lehman takes on Rusof any tournaments around sia at noon at Piqua Junior here that combine boys High, the only game not and girls teams, so it’s played at the high school. pretty exciting.” The losers will play Dec. 28 On Dec. 28, the girls at noon, and the champiteams who fall short on the onship game will be Dec. scoreboard will play for PDC FILE PHOTO/MIKE ULLERY third and fourth place at Consolation finals of the 2011 Buckeye Insur- 29 at noon. Tickets for the JV games 6:30 p.m., followed by the ance/WPTW Basketball Classic at Garbry Gymnawill be $3 at the door. No boys at 8 p.m. The champi- sium in Piqua had the Piqua Indians vs. Russia. conference passes will be onship girls game will be accepted, and no pre-sale Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m., folaccepted. Students may will take place at Piqua lowed by the boys champi- High School. All tickets at purchase $4 pre-sale tick- tickets will be offered. onship at 8 p.m. the door will be $6, and no ets at each school. All of the varsity games conference passes will be The JV teams will play • See Classic on page 3

“I don’t know of any tournaments around here that combine boys and girls teams, so it’s pretty exciting.” director of athletics at Piqua City Schools. “I can speak for the Piqua girls and coaches, and they’re excited about it. It’s an event, not just a basketball game, so it makes it exciting for them.” Palmer set the tournament up so that supporters of each school can watch the girls game and then the boys game back to back, and for just one ticket. He’s hoping for a bigger crowd to cheer on the athletes. The Holiday Classic will take place Dec. 27-29, with each team playing twice. In the varsity brackets, Lehman girls take on Russia at 4 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stick around to

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Classic brackets. Lehman will defend its title as the girls compete to be the first to bring home the trophy for the girls. Basketball won’t be the only entertainment at the Holiday Classic. Lucky the Happy Hobo Clown also is scheduled to make an appearance. He’ll set up his wagon during halftime of the championship girls game and stay through halftime of the championship boys game. He will make balloon animals and entertain kids, said Rick Muzzy, owner of Muzzy Broadcasting and WPTW, which will broadcast the varsity games live on Dec. 27 and 29. “Lucky is very good, and he does events like this all over,” Muzzy said. WPTW and Hansbarger Home Solutions in Greenville also are spon-


The girls from Piqua, Lehman Catholic, Russia and Covington are joining the Buckeye Holiday Classic this year. Both varsity and JV teams will compete.

Holiday Classic schedule Dec. 27 • 10:30 a.m. — Girls JV, Piqua vs. Covington • Noon — Boys JV, Piqua vs. Covington; Lehman vs. Russia (at Piqua Junior High) • 4 p.m. — Girls varsity, Lehman vs. Russia • 5:30 p.m. — Boys varsity, Lehman vs. Russia • 7 p.m. — Girls varsity Piqua vs. Covington • 8:30 p.m. — Boys varsity Piqua vs. Covington Dec. 28 • 10:30 a.m. — Girls JV consolation game • Noon — Boys JV consolation game • 6:30 p.m. — Girls varsity consolation game • 8 p.m. — Boys varsity consolation game Dec. 29 • 10:30 a.m. — Girls JV championship game • Noon — Boys JV championship game • 6:30 p.m. — Girls varsity championship game • 8 p.m. Boys varsity championship game All games are held at Piqua High School unless otherwise noted.

soring “The Best Seat in the House.” Attendees can register to win a beautiful Lane recliner generously provided by Hansbarger Home Solutions. Attendees 18 years and older can register at the Holiday Classic or send a postcard with their name, address and telephone number to WPTW, 1625 Covington Ave., Piqua, OH 45356, by midnight Dec. 23. Entries will be combined and a lucky winner will be drawn and announced at halftime of the boys championship game Dec. 29. The winner also will be announced on WPTW Dec. 31, and his or her name will appear on the WPTW website. Winner need not be present to win. Like Buckeye Insurance Group, WPTW has been involved with the Holiday Classic since its inception. Muzzy said the station continues to lend its support because the event is one that can bring the whole family together. “It’s a wonderful event

at this time of year when families are together, and it’s a perfect entertainment venue for them to get together — all ages — for a minimal admission charge,” he said. “WPTW has supported sports for many years, and we like STAFF PHOTO/LINDY JURACK to partner with our The Lehman Caveliers took on the Covington Buccs clients (Buckeye Insurin the championship game in the 2011 Buckeye Inance) to lift up our area. surance Group Holiday Basketball Classic. We have had a great relaand we want to support would not be possible if tionship with the schools the community,” Haines not for Buckeye Insurance also. “This is an opportunity said. ” We’re very proud to Group, WPTW, Papa be a part of it from the be- John’s and all the sponto showcase teams that ginning to what it has sors,” Palmer said. “It don’t usually get to play each other, so it’s a unique evolved to today. We’re es- wouldn’t be a classic tourpecially excited about nament if not for our tournament,” Muzzy conhaving the girls teams business partners.” tinued. “It’s a fundraiser, this year. It’s a great benVisit too. Proceeds go to these for efit to the student athschools to help their athmore tournament details. letes.” letic programs.” Papa John’s is another Buckeye Insurance major sponsor of the tourGroup also is proud to be ROCKET CLEANERS nament. The Piqua the named sponsor in “CELEBRATING 50 YEARS restaurant will feed all order to bring the HoliIN BUSINESS” the teams after each day Classic to the the 329 N. Main • 773-4054 game. Unity National, community. Buckeye Shirts........5 for $8.50 Upper Valley Medical CEO and President R. Suits.....................$8.95 Center and Edison ComDouglas Haines said it is munity College also help a good time to see sports Dresses ...............$8.95 sponsor the Holiday Clasduring this busy time of Blouses ...............$5.50 sic, in addition to several year. Pants....................$5.50 smaller businesses in the “We feel, for the Upper Sweaters............$5.50 community. Miami Valley, this is a Professional Alterations Available “This tournament premier sporting event, 2344281

• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 For both JV and varsity, one ticket will get you into all the games at that level each day. “If you want six hours of basketball, you can get six hours of basketball, and all for $6,” Palmer said. In addition to the traveling trophies awarded to the champions and runners-up, in both girls and boys brackets, each member of the winning varsity teams will receive certificates. All the student athletes will get shirts — T-shirts for the JV players and all the cheerleaders, and v-necks and hoodies for the varsity teams. Tshirts also will be tossed into the crowd. Lehman currently holds onto the trophies after last year’s win in both the varsity and JV


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Mainstreet Piqua offers new collectibles the project by Piqua Paper Box Company. The cost per ornament is $12. “The Piqua Paper Box Company appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this great project,” said Lauren Gleason. “We are very pleased with the way our ornament turned out and are honored to be a part in representing the people of Piqua who have contributed to our continuing operation since 1908. After 104 years, we are still proud to be in Piqua, Ohio.” The idea for the collectible ornament came from former downtown Piqua merchant Doug Stilwell. A new ornament featuring a different item made in Piqua is produced each year. It is the goal of Mainstreet Piqua to feature items made by both historical business, as well as those still present in the community. Companies that have

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PIQUA — Mainstreet Piqua has several new collectible items available to celebrate its community this holiday season. The organization currently is selling the 2013 Made in Piqua ornament, gallerywrapped canvas prints and two new Cat’s Meow collectibles. Made in Piqua ornament Piqua’s rich industrial heritage continues to be honored by Mainstreet Piqua as the sixth Made in Piqua ornament honors one of Piqua’s oldest companies, the Piqua Paper Box Company. The new ornament features a historic view of the front of the company’s Covington Avenue building, the company logo and a set of three boxes like the ones it made. The ornament is brass with dark blue highlights, and comes packaged in a box specially produced for



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Ring in 2013 at Historic Sidney Theatre The Nook, 107 E. Court St., will hold “make your own mask” events. Each person can purchase the supplies to make the masks. “People need to call her to schedule a time to make the masks,” Moore said. Barr can be reached at (937) 726-6125. A photographer will be available at the party to take photos of couples and groups. “There’s no charge to have the photo taken, but if you want to get a photo, there will be a charge for that,” Tiffany Fullenkamp said. “We want it to be a really fun night for everyone who attends.” Cans of animal food also

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GET UP & GO Rhythm Winter Solstice Concert TROY — Brukner Nature Center’s Winter Solstice Concert will be Thursday evening. Come celebrate the new season with wine, nature and song in the beautiful, candlelit Heidelberg Auditorium and enjoy songs of the season with True Life Travelers. Chris and Linda Tatarian (of Rum River Blend fame) are joined by Charlie and Mary Jo Leet, creating musical harmony sure to bring a smile to your face. Bring your family and friends and enjoy homemade holiday goodies, a variety of seasonal drinks (including wassail) and toe-tapping, sing-along fun. Meet a wildlife ambas-

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ways been an experience guaranteed to make anyone’s holiday season complete. As such, it has been a regular feature of every Dayton Ballet season for quite some time. But now, for the first time in many years, the full Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will join the Dayton Ballet to perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score live. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $9 ◆ ◆ (937) 228-3630 ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ SPRINGBORO — La Comedia Dinner Theatre presents a musical version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” now through Dec. 31. You will see this uplifting story told like never before, concluding with La Comedia’s traditional rendering of “O Holy Night.” Whether you find yourself quoting the movie throughout the year, or you have no idea who Clarence Oddbody is, a visit to La Comedia this holiday season is sure to warm the hearts of your whole family. 765 W. Central Ave. ◆ Various showtimes through Dec. 31 ◆ Tickets from $53 ◆ ◆ (937) 746-4554


Dayton Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” every holiday season. Performances are coming up this weekend at the Schuster Center.

gallery exhibit “Nature through the Lens” opens at Brukner Nature Center Thursday. This is the result of BNC’s fifth annual “Nature through the Lens” photo contest, and will open following the Winter Solstice Concert. This exhibit will feature the work of both adult and youth participants that have captured the beauty only found on BNC grounds. BNC contest exhibit The exhibit will be open to TROY — The winter art the public during Interpre-


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tive Center hours and will run through March 17. A percentage of the sales of these works will support the mission of Brukner Nature Center. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Thursday through March 17 ◆ ◆ (937) 6986493 Hall of Holidays DAYTON — The Hall of Holidays exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute is on display now. It includes a Menorah display from the collection of Betty and Russ Remick, lent in beloved memory of Betty, a Kwanzaa display with artwork by local artist Willis “Bing” Davis and a display of several prints from the museum’s collection that honor Christmas. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Now through Jan. 6 ◆ Regular museum admission of $8 for adults, free for youth 17 and


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

GET UP & GO Ornament auction DAYTON — Dayton Art Institute will host its silent auction for artistdecorated ornaments on its holiday tree Friday through Dec. 30. Dayton artists have created ornaments for a holiday tree on view in the museum’s General Motors Entrance Rotunda throughout the holiday season. Ornaments will be sold through a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the DAI Summer Art Camp Scholarship Program. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Friday to Dec. 30 during museum hours ◆ ◆ (937) 223-4278 Studio 14 TIPP CITY — Photographer Terry Glass has an exhibit of his artwork at Studio 14 in Tipp City. The artwork depicts the four separate trips Glass took to cover all 2,448 miles of U.S. Route 66

from Chicago to Santa Monica in 2011 and 2012. 14 E. Main St. ◆ Now through Dec. 29 ◆ ◆ (937) 890-3614

Family fun Wintergarden Wonderland DAYTON — Wintergarden Wonderland is open at the Schuster Center now and throughout the season. Free activities are offered throughout the holiday season. The whole family can enjoy the Rike’s Wonderland Windows in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. The animated elves and animals first appeared in NCR’s New York office windows in 1943, but many Daytonians remember them from their annual holiday pilgrimage to the Rike’s Department Store, which sat on the corner of Second and





Main streets, where the Schuster Center now sits. The little ones can visit Santa, shop for holiday gifts at the Tike’s Shoppe and create holiday ornaments with K12 Gallery. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Through Jan. 1, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed during private events ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 228-7591 Discovery walk DAYTON — Aullwood Audubon Center is hosting a morning discovery walks for adults Thursday. The weekly walk in Aullwood’s rapidly changing sanctuary reveals many exciting discoveries. Tom Hissong, Aullwood’s education coordinator, will lead walkers as they experience the frosty landscape. Binoculars are

encouraged. 1000 Aullwood Road ◆ Thursday 8 to 9:30 a.m. ◆ ◆ (937) 890-7360 Gun show DAYTON — Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Show returns to Hara Arena this weekend featuring war memorabilia,

hunting accessories, guns, knives and other related items for gun and knife collectors. 1001 Shiloh Springs Road ◆ Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ◆ Admission $8 for adults, $1 for children younger than 12 ◆ ◆ (937) 278-4776

Stained Glass Class – Beginning In this stained glass class students will work with local artist, Lisa Seger to learn the basics of stained glass cutting, grinding, copper foiling and soldering.

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younger ◆ ◆ (937) 223-5277 Holocaust exhibit DAYTON — The annual Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Exhibition is presented in Dayton Art Institute’s lower level galleries now through Jan. 6. The exhibition features art from students from public, private and parochial schools throughout greater Dayton. The art contest is held under the auspices of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton and is sponsored by Renate Frydman and her family, in memory of their grandfather Max May. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Through Jan. 6 ◆ Regular museum admission ◆ ◆ (937) 233-5277 Lightpaintings DAYTON — Stephen Knapp’s lightpaintings are on view now at the Dayton Art Institute. The lightpaintings expand the concept of light sculpture and light art and continue the traditions of op art and abstract painting. His sculptural canvases are created entirely with light and glass. Knapp’s lightpaintings are the intersection of sculpture, painting and technology. They explore color, light and space, and are one of many possible directions for the future of painting. Called a new art medium of the 21st century, lightpaintings dispense with traditional media and narrative content. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Through Jan. 6 ◆ $12 for adults, includes museum’s permanent collection ◆ ◆ (937) 233-5277



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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

‘Monsters, Inc. 3D’ (Opens today) Hulking, blue-furred behemoth James P. “Sully” Sullivan and his one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowski are employed by Monsters, Inc., a scream processing factory. It seems that the denizens of their realm thrive on the screams of kids spooked by monsters lurking under their beds and in their closets. Starring (voices): John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly Genre, rating: Comedy/family, G


‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Opens today)

For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. “Zero Dark Thirty” reunites the Oscar-winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”) for the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler Genre, rating: Drama, R

‘The Guilt Trip’ (Opens Friday) Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce. After deciding to start his adventure with a quick visit at mom’s, Andy is guilted into bringing her along for the ride. Across 3,000 miles of ever-changing landscape, he is constantly aggravated by her antics, but over time he comes to realize that their lives have more in common than he originally thought. His mother’s advice might end up being exactly what he needs. Starring: Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand Genre, rating: Comedy, PG-13

‘This is 40’ (Opens Friday)

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand star in “The Guilt Trip.”

Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow brings audiences “This Is 40,” an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete and Debbie from the blockbuster hit “Knocked Up” as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life. Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, Melissa McCarthy Genre, rating: Comedy, R

‘Jack Reacher’ (Opens Friday) Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says, “You got the wrong guy. Get Reacher for me.” And sure enough, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter — a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right, and soon the case explodes. Starring: Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins Genre, rating: Suspense/drama, PG-13

‘Django Unchained’ (Opens Christmas Day) A slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with Germanborn bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie, the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen, Candie’s trusted house slave. Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz Genre, rating: Western/drama, unrated

Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio star in “Django Unchained.”

‘Les Miserables’ (Opens Christmas Day)

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Ex-prisoner Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried Genre, rating: Musical/drama, PG-13


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Home and Away with Dana Wolfe Dana’s mom gets to try out cruising this Christmas

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always be thankful for what we have and that we are together. Happy sailing Pauline, we will miss you this year on your new Christmas adventure! Merry Christmas to all of you as well, and happy holiday cooking! I’d love to hear from readers. Email me at Holiday idea: Use champagne flutes as candleholders. Fill flutes with beautiful red cranberries to anchor candle tapers snugly in place. Tie a sprig of evergreen to the base of the flute. These make a nice centerpiece for your holiday table. Here are some last-minute cooking gift ideas: Mocha Cocoa Mix in a Jar 1 1/2 cups powdered milk 1/2 cup instant coffee granules 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed 2/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pack in a 1quart, wide-mouth jar and attach the following instructions. Makes 12 servings. Instructions: Combine 2/3 cup boiling water with 1/4 cup mix in a blender. Blend until frothy and serve in a mug. Makes one serving. Glazed Cashews 2 cups whole cashews 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Combine cashews, sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar turns a rich golden color. Remove from

heat; stir in vanilla. Spread on a greased baking sheet to cool. Makes 2 cups. Sherry’s Buckeye Candy 1 pound oleo (real butter) 2 pounds peanut butter (two 18-ounce jars) 3 pounds powdered sugar 2 bags semi-sweet chocolate morsels 1 tablespoon vanilla Paraffin bar Mix well 1/2 of oleo, peanut butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. Roll into balls. Place balls on cookie sheet and cool in refrigerator. Melt chocolate chips and 1/4 of paraffin bar (shaved). Melt paraffin in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes until melted or add paraffin to mix by shaving it directly into chocolate. Dip balls on a toothpick into melted chocolate and set aside to cool. Makes 160 balls. Wrap buckeyes into a plain white gift box and decorate with red and gray ribbon. Stencil “Ohio State” on the box for your Ohio State fan.

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end of the movie and it is snowing, and they are singing “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas …” it makes me want to tear up just thinking about it. I’m over the moon thrilled that my precious mom will be doing something different this year for Christmas. She is taking a cruise with my sister and her family. For an 86year-old who has never been out of her element for Christmas, this is going to be different and exciting for her, especially since she is deathly afraid of water. She was involved in a near-drowning episode when she was a little girl and has been afraid since. Growing up on the Ohio River, and always on it in our houseboat, she never showed fear to us. She said she never wanted us to be afraid of the water. At the age of 2, I would just go over the side of the boat with no fear. Oh yeah, that little trick landed me in a harness tied to the steering column of the boat for years. The other day, she told me that she was getting a little nervous. I don’t want her to be afraid. I guess that is the mother in me, so now I am nervous for her. What goes around will truly come back to you. I want her to be tied to my sister the whole trip. Please don’t loose her or let her go over the railing! I know once she feels the warm sun on her face, she will be just fine. This Christmas, we will be spending it on my son’s farm with our immediate family. We will be loud and silly, eat way to much, but


The holiday season is here … already! It is now just a few days before Christmas, and I have to say I’m so excited. Not for myself, but for my family and friends. You see, I think this year, for the first time ever, I got gifts for them that are not expected. That is the best gift ever for a gift giver, right? I have wrapped, baked and now I’m ready to just sit back with a big cup of Starbucks and enjoy the holiday season. I have to say though, we could use a little snow as a backdrop, just like my favorite movie “White Christmas” when they open the big doors at the



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