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ON THE COVER Congratulations to Dan and Kim Droege, the 2016 Distinguished Citizen “Good Turn Award” Honorees.

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his year has come and gone quickly, and with it many big events came to pass. For example, we elected a new President The Donald Trump, Dan and Kim Droege were awarded 2016 Distinguished Citizen “Good Turn Award,” and Emerging Leaders were recognized. Also, new businesses opened in Longview. Our main story is about Dan and Kim Droege. See Page 6 Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO) Kelly Overby has joined the Texas ACT State Organization as a member for the state council. See Page 15 Best of all it is our

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7

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anker Dan Droege hails from the heartland of classic Americana. A native of Blue Springs, Missouri he was within shouting distance of President Harry Truman's stomping grounds of Independence. He made it home from the time he was born until graduating from high school in 1981. He came to Longview via Dallas, where a visit his last year in college turned into a lifelong love affair with Texas. An only child, Droege was raised by a father who ran a business in Kansas City, and a mother who taught high school physical education for 31 years. Droege and wife Kim Casey Droege (they were married on Valentine's Day 1987) have one son, Dylan, who graduated from the University of Oklahoma last May, and is now studying dentistry in Oklahoma City at the OU Health Science Center's Dental School, where he also spends a great deal of time on tennis courts. Father Dan learned long ago the value of higher education. Growing up a football fan of the University of Missouri Tigers, Droege

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gravitated to this institute of learning as a student. After his sophomore year, he transferred to Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg and changed his major from accounting to finance. "This was when I discovered I wanted to be a banker instead of an accountant," he said. "I was bored with all of the general journal entries I had to do as homework. Plus, I didn't want to have to take calculus." While matriculating at Central Missouri State, he met a young lady from Independence, Missouri. She was Kim Casey, and the chemistry between them was just right. They have been married for almost 30 years, and their union just keeps getting stronger. Some things never change. "To me, Dan was the skinny, red-headed

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LOCAL BANKER kid that had a candy apple red 1957 Chevy, just like my brother owned," she says. "By the way, we still own that candy apple red 1957 Chevy." After graduating in 1985, Droege carried out postgraduate studies at OU and Southern Methodist, honing his developing skills as a financial wizard. To this day, he credits his parents' positive influence as a key component in shaping his present success. "I learned so many things from my parents--to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, to work hard, to treat others right, family comes first, and to learn about life from traveling around the USA," he said. "I was very privileged to have traveled across the USA with my parents during summer vacations, and when I heard about a certain battlefield I could relate to it more because I had been there and

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knew what it was about." His parents' influence also spills over into how Dan and Kim maintain a positive relationship with their son. As Dan's parents supported him in all his athletic events, strengthening both his self-confidence and his bonds with them, he and Kim never miss one of Dylan's matches, cheering him on to success on the court and grooming him for future positive endeavors. By coming to Longview, they have made the city a better, more prosperous place for all its residents. Locals seem to be following his own, giving example. "Folks in Longview give, and they give BIG," says Kim. "I'm extremely proud of the younger generation that is learning the value of service and being a servant." One of Droege's former employers, Robert Strong, tipped him off to a promising position as a commercial lender at Longview National Bank. On his and Kim's first visit they talked to some of the bank's well-satisfied customers and toured the town. They committed themselves to Longview and have never looked back. It was the end of a long and winding road. By working such banking jobs as a mail clerk/janitor, courier and drive-through teller, he learned the ropes of the banking business, moving on to Dallas where he

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"She's sassy. She's quirky, and she's my best friend and wife."

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worked as a lobby and bank vault teller for Robert Strong. He worked his way up to loan officer, but the bank president considered him too young to advance further. This led to his relocation to Longview, where he quickly climbed the ladder of success. He went from vicepresident of Regions Bank to executive vice-president to, in 2002, bank president. "I was president of Regions Bank for five years before

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moving several employees with me to bring First Bank & Trust to Longview in 2007," he said. "First Bank & Trust East Texas is a great community bank that cares about its employees and customers, and for that I am forever grateful." He is also grateful to reside in a city like Longview. The caring, giving nature of the people here strikes a loving chord in him, as it does in countless others. In Dallas, he never even became acquainted with his neighbors. Here, he and Kim are surrounded by friends and customers who are like a warm, loving family, both in business, church and various community activities. Droege serves as chair for the Great Texas Balloon Race, is secretary/ treasurer of the City of Longview Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corporation, treasurer of 100

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Cover Story Acres of Heritage Main Street Board, sits on the LeTourneau University President's Advisory Council, is a member of the Texas Bankers' Association, the Independent Bankers' Association of Texas, the East Texas Builders' Association, the Longview Chamber of Commerce, and the Sooners Parent Association. His plate has been full for some time. In the past he has worked as president of the Longview Economic Development Corporation and sat on the Spring Hill ISD Board of Trustees. He has also served on the boards of the local Salvation Army, PALS Foundation, Longview Beautification Association, Greater Longview United Way, the local American Heart Association, and the Longview Daybreak Kiwanis. His career has served to fuel his passion for helping others. "It's the greatest job in the world," he declares. "My greatest thrill is to help someone start up a business and watch them grow it and make it a success." Making Longview a better place in general for everyone who lives or works there is an obsession for Dan and Kim. After 20 years, here they consider it their hometown where they aim to retire and help raise their grandchildren. Boosting the city's economy and image is their personal labor of love. The Great Texas Balloon Race is their preferred means of spreading the news that Longview is a great place to live, work and worship. This particular balloon race is a true standout. "When I travel to another balloon race in a different town or community, I always hear about how great the balloon race is in Longview, Texas," he says. "This makes me so proud to be a part of this event." He and Kim are a great team. She

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works alongside him making sure the balloon race and the Keep Longview Beautiful initiative maintain their great success. Their personalities fit together like a dovetail joint, insuring both their successful marriage and toils on behalf of Longview. "She's sassy. She's quirky, and she's my best friend and wife," he says.

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tarting out in her hometown of Independence, Missouri little Kim Casey was much like her older brother and sister, both of whom were exceptionally talented, industrious and strong in their convictions. She kept up and expanded on her promising start as her family relocated to Warmego, Kansas and Blue Spring, Missouri. It was an idyllic life Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn would have recognized and appreciated, especially during the warm months. "There were always extra cars up and down the street due to the swimming pool in our backyard, and there were countless friends with whom we enjoyed irresponsible summer days," she says. Despite her carefree childhood and adolescence, she proved an ambitious, goalminded young lady as she struck out into higher education at Central Missouri State University, earned a teaching degree and met a young man named Dan Droege who became her husband and soul mate. She also found time to pull down a bachelor of science degree, and later a master's degree in education from the University of North Texas. They cemented their love on Valentine's Day 1987 when they married, and then moved into an apartment in Irving, Texas. Exploiting his financial genius and delightful personality, Dan rapidly moved up in the ranks of the Metroplex banking scene, but he and his bride always made

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time for each other. They would strike out on spontaneous trips with no particular destination in mind and go to wherever the highways took them, which always turned out to be an enjoyable destination. "We would just pack a tent, sleeping bags, a camera and head out with a map," she says. "Everyone should do that a thousand times in their life." Despite his ability, however, job promotions eventually fizzed out for Dan, leading him, Kim and baby son Dylan to Longview. Despite arriving in the dead of a snowy winter they fell in love with the place and have made it their home since as they plunged into the local working and civic scene. The couple set up their home in the woods of Spring Hill. Dylan proved as exceptional as his parents as he early on settled on orthodontics as a career. In July of 2016, he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center as a first-year dental student. Dylan already has an impressive college pedigree as past president of the Sigma Nu fraternity and member of the OU student government. He now serves as treasurer of the dental class that will graduate in 2020. He is as remarkable as his parents. They, too, followed excellent examples. Tom and Marci Casey influenced their daughter in several positive (and colorful) ways. "Pop gave me quick wit, a passion for the things I choose to have in my life, and some really good swear words," she says. "I know from my dad's preaching that silver duct tape and a can of WD40 can fix ANYTHING!" Marci Casey passed on to Kim the vital ability to consider other people’s hearts, to understand them, their needs and what they are trying to say even when the words do

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Cover Story not come out just right. Marci picked up and developed these skills during the years she spent working in human resources, and as a teacher Kim has found them invaluable. "She helped shape my conscious thoughts on what others may need, and to think issues through from the other person's perspective," says Kim. Kim's parents also taught her the work ethic that is the recipe for success in everybody's life. "Both Mom and Pop get up early, work all day and sleep hard at night," Kim says. "I'm blessed they get back up every day to do it all over again." It is a philosophy Kim puts to good use in her civic work. She is executive director of the Keep Longview Beautiful (KLB) initiative. By concentrating on litter reduction, recycling and overall beautification this ongoing project seeks to make Longview, a more beautiful city that will attract new and profitable business as well as be an even more delightful place to live. By operating the Adopt a Street project, Keep Longview Beautiful oversees the fourtimes-per-year cleanup of more than 60 miles of local thoroughfares. So far this year, 762 volunteers have removed 17,260 pounds of waste from local streets. This program also seeks to convince all Longview residents that littering is a sin. Kim Droege and KLB Board and volunteers put their unselfish, crucial inclinations into practice through their Beautification Awards program, Community Improvement Grant Program, GREENDAYS, TREEmendous Program, Municipal Tree Projects, Judson Median and the bi-annual Longview Green and Clean. "We have so many awesome community partners that are helping Longview be well on its way to becoming a truly beautiful city," she says. The Curbside Program and glass recycling bins are evidence of Kim Droege's and KLB Board and volunteers' efforts as they also work closely with the city's Sanitation Division. The message is that recycling is

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not only a wonderful way to stretch out our resources, but is also very simple. This all includes another coming local attraction-The GREEN. This will be a first-of-its-kind-inEast-Texas environmentally friendly outdoor event venue, and will be located at the northwest corner of Spur 63 and Highway 31. This nine-acre enclave of unspoiled nature will be adjacent to the two Green Ribbon projects KLB has already developed. Sited at such a heavily trafficked road junction the GREEN will not only be a delightful, clean venue for various activities, but very easy to find. Cost is foreseen at $1.2 million from public and private donations, the GREEN will be a boon to East Texas, furthering health, growth and a wholesome future. Along with the rest of KLB, Kim Droege is a prime mover for this project. Still, she points at others for their contributions. "Folks in Longview give, and they give big," she says. "I'm extremely proud of how the younger generation is learning the value of service and being a servant." She even finds time for a cocktail of additional civic functions and positions as she serves as director of the Good Shepherd Foundation Board, director of the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas, director for 100 Acres of Heritage, is a 2016 Keep Texas Beautiful Governor's Achievement Award judge, and sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Junior League of Longview. In 2015, she earned prestigious recognition as a Star Over Longview by Longview Regional Medical Center. She has also worked with Easter Seals, March of Dimes, Christmas at the Courthouse, Alley Fest, the I-20 Task Force and the Great Texas Balloon Race.

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Her passion for public service is endless, and is fueled by her obsession with both helping others herself and teaching them to help themselves. This is her way of preparing and recruiting locals to step forward to make their community a better place to live, work and worship. "Our community has its growing pains, and most folks are willing to help get through these changes," she says. "Seeing the completed project, the improved greenspace, a cleaner community, it makes me passionate. Individually, we can do so little, but together we can do so much." This carries over into her marriage as well. Their endless career and volunteer work mean she and Dan see little of each other during business hours Monday through Friday. But on evenings and weekends, they make sure they are doing something together even if it is a charity event. They make a great team and their delightful senses of humor make it even easier for them (and others) to enjoy each

other’s company. "With Dan, it's always a sly comment, hilarious joke or ornery remark, and me rolling my eyes at him but secretly laughing later when I think back to moments with him," she says. "Our friends all know 'It's all about the giggle' to us!" They blend smoothly and productively with each other as their ability to organize and work hard and competently enable them to talk through situations so that events are carried out flawlessly and profitably. Their abilities mesh perfectly and complement each other. "Dan is a detail thinker and wants every element accounted for and nailed down," she says. "I am more of a holistic thinker, keeping the entire occasion in mind while being able to see how pieces interconnect for the whole good." Theirs is a collaboration for which the city and people of Longview should be gladly grateful. Page 13

“With Dan, it’s always a sly comment, hilarious joke or ornery remark, and me rolling my eyes at him but secretly laughing later when I think back to moments with him,” -Kim Droege

Great Texas Balloon Race Chairman Dan Droege, Pilot Yadai Fujita, and Kim Droege at 2016 balloon race.

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Sounds Of Story By Dr. Glynn Stone Senior Pastor, Mobberly Baptist Church

ow fun to hear holiday music this time of year. Although, it seems we can get inundated by seasonal music, we are in danger of not hearing it at all! The next time you hear a seasonal song, stop to see if it’s about a holiday or a holy day. Christmas in the heart puts Christmas in the air. That’s why singing Christmas carols (not just holiday songs) takes us back to the original nativity, like that angelic choir who composed and sang the first anthem: “Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14) Imagine that sound – a myriad of angels singing, in perfect harmony – making the dark skies come to life with the glow of God's grand presence and the glory of His promise. It was a promise the Jews had been longing to hear, and what everyone in the world, even today, needs to hear – Jesus Christ the Messiah was coming to earth to save people from their sins! The greatest announcement in all the world, for all time was put to music! There are a few reasons why.

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The Season MUSIC CAPTURES OUR ATTENTION Needless to say, the radiating glory of God stopped those shepherds in their sandals! They may have been nodding off or simply not paying much attention, but suddenly, the angels had captured their attention. God can use music to capture our attention, too. That's why I love our church's Christmas Eve service, as the glorious sounds of His children singing His praises fill the air. Some people get scared of singing or even being a part of a big crowd, but the angels' music actually

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dispelled the shepherds fear. Music that praises God can actually change your attitude as it captures your attention. On one occasion centuries earlier, “After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: ‘Give thanks to the LORD; his faithful love endures forever!’” (2 Chronicles 20:21 NLT). If we all let praise precede our battles, we'd experience more supernatural victories!

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MUSIC CREATES AN ATMOSPHERE FOR WORSHIP

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The angels sang a song in words the shepherds could understand. When you think about all that God has done in fulfillment to His promises, in response to your needs, in demonstration of His love for you – it makes even the tone deaf want to sing forth in worship and praise! Charles Spurgeon once said, "When your heart is full of Christ, you want to sing." Not all music will facilitate godly worship. But as you rediscover the treasure in many of these precious songs that have fallen by the wayside in our pop culture – and even in some churches – you can find yourself breaking out in spontaneous moments of worship. Recently, my family all gathered around the piano before bedtime to sing a chorus of each of our favorite Christmas hymns. When you hear a carol at church or even in the store, pause and sing along, and allow your mind to zero in on the message. Fill your home with carols of Christmas, and you can enjoy spontaneous moments of worship throughout the day! The angels showed and sang the glory of God. Without a clear picture of God’s rescuing, forgiving love, we cannot fully comprehend the glory of the gospel.


We all could learn much about God’s glory from the great hymns of Christmas. Perhaps we all should keep a hymnal nearby. Hymns can emotionalize and personalize our doctrine. Let your heart beat to the rhythm, let your mind meditate over the message, and let the theology soak into your soul. (For example, Charles Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” contains a powerful affirmation of Jesus Christ: “veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity. Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.”) It’s not Christmas without CHRIST! The Scottish immigrant preacher and U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall put it this way: “Christmas is the beginning of Christianity and a second chance for us all.” Christmas is not just a day of the year. It’s also a condition of the heart. The angel did not command the shepherds to go to the nativity scene, but they willfully went! They had a choice. So do you. In calling us to glorify God, He is also inviting us to enjoy Him! If you do not currently have a church home, I would like to humbly invite you to enjoy a Christmas Eve Candlelight service at Mobberly Baptist Church. Our Longview campus will host

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Christmas Eve services at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. We’ll also host a service at the Marshall Convention Center at 6 p.m., on Christmas Eve. We’d love to join you in worship as we celebrate this holy day!

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After Jesus was born, Wise Men came to look for Him, probably from an area which is now in either Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia or the Yemen. Although they are often called the 'Three Kings', the Bible does not say how many there were, or that they were kings. One theory is that they might have been Kings of the Yemen, as during this time the Kings of Yemen were Jews. Three is only a guess because they brought with them three gifts: but however many there were of them, they probably would have had many more servants with them. They were definitely men of learning. They were certainly men of great learning. The word Magi comes from the Greek word 'magos' (where the English word 'magic' comes from). Magos itself comes from the old Persian word 'Magupati'. This was the title given to priests in a sect of the ancient Persian religions such as Zoroastrianism. Today we'd called them astrologers. Back then astronomy and astrology were part of the same overall studies (and 'science') and went hand in hand with each other. The magi would have followed the patterns of the stars religiously. They would have also probably been very rich and held high esteem in their own society and by people who weren't from their country or religion. They had seen an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a special king. Herod asked the Wise Men to find Jesus and tell him where he was, not so he could go and worship him as he said, but so he could kill him! He thought that Jesus sounded like a new King that could come and take his power away. When the Wise Men found Jesus and Mary, they gave their gifts to him. When the wise men were about to go to tell Herod where Jesus was, they were warned in a dream not to, so Herod could not carry out his horrible plan. www.infinitieplus.com

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This is how they are often described: Gaspar (or Caspar), who has brown hair and a brown beard (or no beard!) and wears a green cloak and a gold crown with green jewels on it. He is the King of Sheba. Gaspar presents the Frankincense to Jesus. Melchior, who has long white hair and a white beard and wears a gold cloak. He is the King of Arabia. Melchior presents the Gold to Jesus. Balthazar, who has black skin and a black beard (or no beard!) and wears a purple cloak. He is the King of Tarse and Egypt. Balthazar presents the gift of Myrrh to Jesus.

The gifts seem quite strange to give to a baby, but they had the following meanings: Frankincense: is sometimes used in worship in Churches and showed that people would worship Jesus. Gold: is associated with Kings and Jesus is the King of Kings. Myrrh: is a perfume that is put on dead bodies to make them smell nice and showed that Jesus would suffer and die for or sins. The gifts are also all things that come from east of Israel in Arabia.

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hristmas as we know it today is a Victorian invention of the 1860s. Probably the most celebrated holiday in the world, our modern Christmas is a product of hundreds of years of both secular and religious traditions from around the globe. Discover the origins of Christmas traditions from around the world, like the Yule log, caroling and how Christmas is celebrated “Down Under.” SWEDEN: ‘GOD JUL!’ Most people in Scandinavian countries honor St. Lucia (also known as St. Lucy) each year on December 13. The celebration of St. Lucia Day began in Sweden, but had spread to Denmark and

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Finland by the mid-19th century. In these countries, the holiday is considered the beginning of the Christmas season and, as such, is sometimes referred to as “little Yule.” Traditionally, the oldest daughter in each family rises early and wakes each of her family members, dressed in a long, white gown with a red sash, and wearing a crown made of twigs with nine lighted candles. For the day, she is called “Lussi” or “Lussibruden (Lucy bride).” The family then eats breakfast in a room lighted with candles. Any shooting or fishing done on St. Lucia Day was done by torchlight, and people brightly illuminated their homes. At night, men, women, and children would carry torches in a parade. The night would end when everyone threw their torches onto a large pile of straw, creating a huge bonfire. In Finland today, one girl is chosen to serve as the national Lucia and she is honored in a parade in which she is surrounded by torchbearers. Light is a main theme of St. Lucia Day, as her name, which is derived from the Latin word lux, means light. Her feast day is celebrated near the shortest day of the year, when the sun’s light again begins to strengthen. Lucia lived in Syracuse during the fourth century when persecution of Christians was common. Unfortunately, most of her story has been lost over the years. According to one common legend, Lucia lost her eyes while being tortured by a Diocletian for her Christian beliefs. Others say she may have plucked her own eyes out to protest the poor treatment of Christians. Lucia is the patron saint of the blind. FINLAND: ‘HYVÄÄ JOULUA!’ Many Finns visit the sauna on Christmas Eve. Families gather and listen to the national “Peace of Christmas” radio broadcast. It is customary to visit the gravesites of departed family members. NORWAY: ‘GLEDELIG JUL!’ Norway is the birthplace of the Yule log. The ancient Norse used the Yule log in their celebration of the return of the sun at winter solstice. “Yule” came from the Norse word hweol, meaning wheel. The Norse believed that the sun was a great wheel of fire that rolled towards and then away from the earth. Ever wonder why the family fireplace is such a central part

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of the typical Christmas scene? This tradition dates back to the Norse Yule log. It is probably also responsible for the popularity of log-shaped cheese, cakes, and desserts during the holidays. GERMANY: ‘FROEHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN!’ Decorating evergreen trees had always been a part of the German winter solstice tradition. The first “Christmas trees” explicitly decorated and named after the Christian holiday, appeared in Strasbourg, in Alsace in the beginning of the 17th century. After 1750, Christmas trees began showing up in other parts of Germany, and even more so after 1771, when Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited Strasbourg and promptly included a Christmas tree is his novel, The Suffering of Young Werther. In the 1820s, the first German immigrants decorated Christmas trees in Pennsylvania. After Germany’s Prince Albert married Queen Victoria, he introduced the Christmas tree tradition to England. In 1848, the first American newspaper carried a picture of a Christmas tree and the custom spread to nearly every home in just a few years.

Wishing you joy and happiness this holiday season.

MEXICO: ‘FELIZ NAVIDAD!’ In 1828, the American minister to Mexico, Joel R. Poinsett, brought a red-and-green plant from Mexico to America. As its coloring seemed perfect for the new holiday, the plants, which were called poinsettias after Poinsett, began appearing in greenhouses as early as 1830. In 1870, New York stores began to sell them at Christmas. By 1900, they were a universal symbol of the holiday. In Mexico, paper mache sculptures called pinatas are filled with candy and coins and hung from the ceiling. Children then take turns hitting the pinata until it breaks, sending a shower of treats to the floor. Children race to gather as much of of the loot as they can. ENGLAND: ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS!’ An Englishman named John Calcott Horsley helped to popularize the tradition of sending Christmas greeting cards when he began producing small cards featuring festive scenes and a pre-written holiday greeting in the late 1830s. Newly efficient post offices in England and the United States made www.facebook.com/IPmagazine2

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the cards nearly overnight sensations. At about the same time, similar cards were being made by R.H. Pease, the first American card maker, in Albany, New York, and Louis Prang, a German who immigrated to America in 1850. Celtic and Teutonic peoples had long considered mistletoe to have magic powers. It was said to have the ability to heal wounds and increase fertility. Celts hung mistletoe in their homes in order to bring themselves good luck and ward off evil spirits. During holidays in the Victorian era, the English would hang sprigs of mistletoe from ceilings and in doorways. If someone was found standing under the mistletoe, they would be kissed by someone else in the room, behavior not usually demonstrated in Victorian society. Plum pudding is an English dish dating back to the Middle Ages. Suet, flour, sugar, raisins, nuts, and spices are tied loosely in cloth and boiled until the ingredients are “plum,” meaning they have enlarged enough to fill the cloth. It is then unwrapped, sliced like cake, and topped with cream. Caroling also began in England. Wandering musicians would travel from town to town visiting castles and homes of the rich. In return for their performance, the musicians hoped to receive a hot meal or money. In the United States and England, children hang stockings on their bedpost or near a fireplace on Christmas Eve, hoping that it will be filled with treats while they sleep. In Scandinavia, similar-minded children leave their shoes on the hearth. This tradition can be traced to legends about Saint Nicholas. One legend tells of three poor sisters who could not marry because they had no money for a dowry. To save them from being sold by their father, St. Nick left each of the three sisters gifts of gold coins. One went down the chimney and landed in a pair of shoes that had been left on the hearth. Another went into a window and into a pair of stockings left hanging by the fire to dry. FRANCE: ‘JOYEUX NOËL!’ In France, Christmas is called Noel. This comes from the French phrase les bonnes nouvelles, which means “the good news” and refers to the gospel. In southern France, some people burn a log in their homes from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. This stems from an ancient tradition in which farmers would use part of the log to

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ensure good luck for the next year’s harvest. ITALY: ‘BUON NATALE!’ Italians call Chrismas Il Natale, meaning “the birthday.” AUSTRALIA In Australia, the holiday comes in the middle of summer and it’s not unusual for some parts of Australia to hit 100 degrees Farenheit on Christmas day. During the warm and sunny Australian Christmas season, beach time and outdoor barbecues are common. Traditional Christmas day celebrations include family gatherings, exchanging gifts and either a hot meal with ham, turkey, pork or seafood or barbeques. UKRAINE: ‘SROZHDESTVOM KRISTOVYM!’ Ukrainians prepare a traditional twelvecourse meal. A family’s youngest child watches through the window for the evening star to appear, a signal that the feast can begin. CANADA Most Canadian Christmas traditions are very similar to those practiced in the United States. In the far north of the country, the Eskimos celebrate a winter festival called sinck tuck, which features parties with dancing and the exchanging of gifts. GREECE: ‘KALA CHRISTOUYENNA!’ In Greece, many people believe in kallikantzeri, goblins that appear to cause mischief during the 12 days of Christmas. Gifts are usually exchanged on January 1, St. Basil’s Day. CENTRAL AMERICA A manger scene is the primary decoration in most southern European, Central American, and South American nations. St. Francis of Assisi created the first living nativity in 1224 to help explain the birth of Jesus to his followers. JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA According to reports by Captain John Smith, the first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in his 1607 Jamestown settlement. Nog comes from the word grog, which refers to any drink made with rum.

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hristmas is almost here, and I’ve got one more treat that I just had to share. This adorable Christmas tree is a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will love and takes just minutes to make. I used Pillsbury pizza crust, cut in equal squares to make the bread. For my tree, I used the Pillsbury’s artisan crust to make it a little more healthy. But you can also just use the regular pizza dough, or even homemade pizza dough.

I also stuffed the little dough balls with cheese before forming the dough into the shape of a Christmas tree. My son was a big help with this tree too. After I spooned the cheese filling onto each piece of dough, he helped me form the balls and arrange the dough on the cookie sheet. After baking it, I brushed my tree with melted butter and minced garlic and then sprinkled it with freshly chopped basil and rosemary. It was so easy!

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1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated artisan pizza crust with whole grain or Pillsbury® refrigerated regular pizza crust 4 oz, or half brick, cream cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend shredded cheese 2 tablespoons butter 1 clove garlic, minced very fine 3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil and rosemary 1 cup warmed marinara sauce for dipping

DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat oven to 400°. Lay pizza dough on a work surface and stretch to a 10 x 15 inch size. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 36 equal squares. In a small bow, combine cream cheese and shredded cheese. Mix well. 2. Add one tablespoon of the cheese mixture to each dough square. Make a ball with the dough, sealing the edges. Place on a cookie sheet in a Christmas tree form as shown in the photos above. Bake for 15 - 17 minutes, or until golden brown. 3. After removing pull-apart from the oven, brush with butter and sprinkle with chopped herbs. Serve pull apart with marinara sauce. www.facebook.com/IPmagazine2

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ager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Broadway Square Mall. Children can visit and be photographed with Santa beginning November 5 through December 24 in Sears Court. Broadway Square Mall also provides children with special needs and their families with an opportunity to enjoy a carefully managed Santa photo experience through the Caring Santa program. Caring Santa will take place on Sunday, December 4 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in Sears Court. Guests can register in advance at simon.com/caringsanta. Caring Santa events have expanded from seven Simon malls in 2011 to 110 Simon malls today, a new high, reflecting the positive impact of this unique program. For local pet owners, the popular Pet Photos with Santa will occur on Sunday, December 4 and Sunday, December 11 from 7 – 8 p.m. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.

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Families were invited to welcome Santa to Broadway Square Mall during Santa’s Magical Arrival on Saturday, November 5 from 9 – 10 a.m. at the main entrance. The spectacular event sparks the beginning of the holiday season with a Christmas parade around the center ending at the main entrance with fun activities, a bounce house, face painting and more! On Friday, November 18, families brought little ones and those young at heart together to have Dinner with Santa from 6 – 8 p.m. in Center Court. Guests will enjoy dinner provided by Chick-fil-a, face painting, mascot, games and a variety of other holiday themed activities with Old Saint Nick! Families were invited to Brunch with Santa on Saturday, November 10 in Center Court. From 9 – 10 a.m., a delicious Chick-fil-a breakfast was be served along with face painting, games and more Christmas fun! “One of the great traditions of holiday shopping at Broadway Square Mall is the annual family visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience,” said Candace Foster, director of mall marketing at Broadway Square Mall. “I know Santa can’t wait to greet children bringing him their holiday wishes.” This holiday season, Simon invites everyone to celebrate “The Joy of Giving.” Giving is contagious and this season Simon invites everyone to pass that spirit on and ‘Give Love,’ ‘Give Sparkle,’ ‘Give Warmth,’ and ‘Give Fun.’ Join Simon to experience the season’s good cheer with the best of holiday shopping and entertainment. Shoppers will also receive Swag Bags on Black Friday and Surprise and Delight during their visit to Broadway Square Mall. Guests to every Simon Photo Experience will have another opportunity to share Santa’s heart by making a donation via The Noerr Programs to Save the Children. For nearly 100 years, this non-profit has given underserved children in the U.S. a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Since this program began five years ago, Noerr has collected over $1,000,000 largely due to the generosity of Simon shoppers.

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Cover Story

Tom Casey, Marcia Casey, Lori Casey Freeman, Curtis Freeman, Cati Freeman, Casey Aslan, Kim Droege, Dan Droege, Dixie Droege and Marvin Droege

Dan And Kim Droege Awarded The Boy Scouts of America has embarked on its Second Century of service to the youth of our country. It is our privilege to honor Dan and Kim Droege for their devotion and long-standing service to the citizens of Longview and the youth of East Texas. The Boy Scouts of America is a program built around the installation of values in young people to prepare them to make ethical and moral choices throughout their lifetimes. In

Scouting, young men and women learn leadership, develop character and serve their communities with the caring guidance and mentorship of adult volunteers. With this quality leadership, adequate funding for our programs, inclusion of youth from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds and the promise of a fun and exciting life lesson, we seek to mold young people to become extraordinary adults. Scouting was founded on the premise that to be a good citizen you must do for others. For over 100 years, Scouts and volunteers have committed their time and energies to serving others with sincerity and conviction. Dan and Kim have shown exemplary dedication to Longview through their involvement in all aspects of a healthy community including business prosperity, community and civic service and numerous charitable causes. With leaders like the Droeges, Scouting will continue to meet the needs of youth and families deep into the future in a way fitting with its storied past. It is a privilege to me to present this award to Dan and Kim Droege, exemplary citizens and community supporters. Congratulations to the Droeges, our 2016 Distinguished Citizen “Good Turn Award� Honorees.

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Attendees At The Distinguished Citizen Good Turn Award Ceremony

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Natalie Rabicoff and Fire Chief J.P. Steelman

Michael and Carolyn Northcutt

Richard Manley and his wife Carol

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Kelly Overby Joins Texas ACT ACT, Inc., is pleased to announce that Kelly Kinsey Overby has joined the Texas ACT State Organization as a member for the state council. Kelly Kinsey Overby brings a wealth of experience to the state council from her role as Industry Retention & Expansion and Talent Director with the Longview Economic Development Corporation. The ACT State Organization is important to ACT's work in Texas. Focusing on the needs of Texas, the organization: • supports and promotes education and career planning • coordinates and leads professional development opportunities • identifies educational issues and service needs • identifies barriers to college and workplace readiness • communicates research, tools, and other information on college and work readiness trends

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ACT to work with and support a variety of K-12, postsecondary, and workforce initiatives that are important to Texas," said Scott Montgomery, vice president of policy, advocacy, and government relations at ACT. "Kelly will provide leadership for the Texas State Council. We look forward to working with Kelly in support of college and career readiness initiatives in Texas." Suzanne Conquest, director of state organizations at ACT, added, "Kelly will bring fresh perspective on how we can improve the educational and workforce landscape in Texas." ACT is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies-nationally Tel. 903-753-7878 · Toll Free: 800-952-2613 · Fax: 903-753-3646 · www.LongviewUSA.com and internationally. Though designed to meet a wide array of needs, all ACT programs and services have one guiding purpose-helping people achieve education and workforce success. To learn more, go to www.act.org.

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Finances POLITICS

Beware Tricks Just Waiting To Be Played On You By Mary Hunt

We know to protect our personal identification and lock our doors at night, and we're learning from the director of the FBI to put a piece of tape over our webcams to protect our privacy. But the last thing we'd expect are nasty tricks from our friendly lenders, bankers and credit card companies. PAYDAY LOANS. You're broke, and payday is two weeks away. You request to borrow $100 from a payday loan company. It makes you hand over a personal check for $115 and sign a contract with all kinds of fine print, and it agrees to hold the check until your next payday. In two weeks it either deposits the check or hands it back to you with "VOID" stamped on it if you pay $115 in cash. But

you're as broke after those two weeks as you were before. For just $15 cash more, the loan shark says, you can extend the loan for another two weeks. In other words, the cost of the initial loan is a $15 finance charge — or 391 percent APR! Then you have to pay another $15 to start over. Soon, you owe more than you borrowed in the first place. Payday loan companies are in the business of bleeding people for as much money as possible. Now that's freaky. FURNITURE RENTAL. It sounds like a great idea to rent stuff when you can't afford to buy it. But don't be so sure. Let's say you go

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Finances to the local rent-to-own store. They say: "No problem. You can rent a 27-inch television for only 78 weekly payments of $9.99, and then you'll own it." It sounds great, but don't believe it. Renting to own is a creepy way to throw your money away. In 78 weeks you will have coughed up $779 for a television that retails in other stores for, say, $217. That translates to an annual percentage rate of 230 percent. If that doesn't give you goose bumps, nothing will! COURTESY OVERDRAFT. Banks across the country have adopted a frightening new type of overdraft plan with huge fees. Here's the scary part: You may not even know you have it. Known as "courtesy overdraft," this is different from overdraft protection tied to your savings account or line of credit. This "courtesy" service uses the bank's money to cover the checks you write over your balance. And the fees can be bloody outrageous. They don't even ask you whether you want it as incidents arise; enrollment is automatic if you made a blanket agreement when you opened the account. In addition to the bounce fee of $25 to $40 per overdraft, some banks tack on a daily fee of $2 to $5 until the checks are made good. Consumers must pay the money back within two to four weeks or risk facing severe collection actions. You do not want this service, so if they will not remove it, it may be time to look for a new bank. CREDIT CARDS. Just how chilling are some of today's credit card offers?

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My all-time pick has to be the Visa card offer from Plains Commerce Bank. You pay $79 to apply for the card. Once approved, you'll have to shell out an acceptance fee of $225, an annual fee of $50 and a monthly participation fee of $6, for a total of $281. And it gets scarier. When you add up all the fees, you've paid $360 for a credit line of less than $20, even though you've never used the horrid thing. If that's not enough to send chills up and down your spine, wait until you lock eyes with the interest rate: 19.92 percent APR! It's hard to imagine a more scary credit card. And so we come to the end of story time. But make no mistake. This is not make-believe. All kinds of tricks like these are just waiting to be played on you. Consumers, beware!

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Body, Mind, and Soul POLITICS

The Run On Wellness

Gift yourself with Healthy Choices

By Marilynn Preston

I'm not suggesting that you call off Christmas or cancel Hanukkah and retreat into selfishness. No way. Santa forbid. I’m just saying that if you don’t pay extra special attention to your own health and wellness this time of year –inhaling joy, exhaling tension – you’ll burn out trying to take care of others. Give, give, give. That’s what the December holiday season can feel like. So let me give you permission to take, take, take some time for yourself to realize your own deep desire to be healthier and happier, more active, less stressed. It begins with your acknowledgment that you – not your doctor, your mate, your employer – are responsible for your health. Your wellness isn’t the result for a five-star medical plan or even good genes, through that helps. Yes, sickness and disease can get in the way and push us off course. But that doesn’t change the essential truth that, for the most part, you’re in charge. The exercise you get, the foods you eat, the stupid TV shows you don’t watch, the anger you let go of – these are the conscious moves that dance you down the path of being the joyful, active, well –rested and easily loved person you long to be. Last week, we talked about giving gifts to others. I suggested that less stuff and more gratitude was the way to go. This week, I want to suggest five gifts you might give yourself this holiday season. OK, I confess I’ve mentioned these things a zillions times before: exercise more, eat smarter, stress less, blah-blah-blah. The fact is, like Rudolph’s hoofs on your roof, you can’t hear this stuff enough. It’s yoga. You have to keep coming back to the same basic postures time after time, discovering something meaningful every time, until eventually it all sinks in and you wake up to your freedom to make smarter choices. When that happens, the struggle is over, the spirit is engaged and suddenly you’ve joined a gym, lost 10 pounds and given up diet colas forever. 18

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GIFT NO. 1: GET MOVING.

There is no substitute for moving your body, challenging your heart, juicing your joints. You can’t fake exercise, you can’t hire someone to do it for you, you can’t avoid the bad-health consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. The trick is to find activities you enjoy and do them often enough so that NOT doing them feels bad. Then you’re hooked. When you’re hooked on regular exercise, life is very sweet.

GIFT NO. 2: DAZZLE YOUR DENDRITES.

The mind is a terrible thing to waste on Twitter and “Desperate Housewives”. Toy keep your body vital, you must churn your brain while challenging activities. Do puzzles. Study a foreign language. Tutor a child. Play bridge. Take a course is bicycle repair. When you stop learning, your brain goes to sleep, and the next thing you know, you’re dead.

GIFT NO. 3: RELISH REAL FOOD.

You can’t fool Mother Nature. She despises fake foods, processed foods, foods with additives and pesticides, foods that are genetically modified or artificially sweetened. It’s everywhere, and it’s toxic, and it’s your job to read labels and resist. There is plenty of wholesome, delicious, real food out there. Find it, eat it in modest portions and support the conscious people who grow it.

GIFT NO. 4: STRETCH.

As you age, your body grows tighter less flexible. The good news is it’s never too late to unlock a tense body and experience less pain and more energy. Give yourself the gifts of s-t-r-e-t-c-hing any way and anywhere you can: at your desk, in the kitchen, at the gym. Don’t say you’ll try. As Yoda teaches. “Do, or don't. There is no try.”

GIFT NO. 5: THINK IT, DO IT, BE IT.

Your thoughts influence your health to a remarkable degree. Negative thinking – I’m too fat, too lazy, too klutzy – gets I the way of making positive change. So do anger, jealously, intolerance. Happiness is a choice. Hallelujah! You can learn to live your life with kindness and compassion. That’s why yoga was invented. Mediate on that, not your flabby thighs and awaken this holiday season to your body’s natural desire to be healthy, strong and Cinnabon-free.

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MONEY Talks

Gold Coin Affordable but Elusive This Holiday By Peter Rexford Ready or not, the holiday season is here. It includes Christmas, Hanukkah and Festivus, the creation of the TV show “Seinfeld.” For the record, Festivus features an unadorned aluminum pole (instead of a tree) the “Airing of Grievances” and easily explained “Festivus miracles.” Those of us more inclined to celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas know part of the fun is finding that special something for someone equally special. That thrill evaporates when we discover what we had wanted to buy is sold out. Regular shoppers know how often that can happen. That’s now the case with one of the most consistently popular coins produced by the U.S. Mint — the 1/10th ounce gold American Eagle. This small coin, roughly the size of a dime, is sought after because it is a great way to affordably own just a little gold. The size makes it non-ostentatious for use in demure necklaces, bracelets or cufflinks. Maybe it’s a result of gold prices dropping — now between $1,000 and $1,100 an ounce — but the 2015 version of the coin is completely sold out at the Mint. According to Mint officials, there are no plans to produce any more 1/10th ounce gold coins this year. The larger one-half ounce and one-ounce American Eagle and Gold Buffalo coins are available but that’s it. So, what’s one to do? The good news is that many coin dealers have ample supplies. Dealers are usually the primary wholesale buyers from the Mint and are the go-to source for the coins. For the 1/10-ounce golden gems, expect to pay around $125 per coin. Yes, there is a premium charged for the coins, but dealers also pay a premium when collector/investors opt to sell them. So, you win on the back end. With precious metals prices down across the board, www.facebook.com/IPmagazine2

silver, too, is affordability gleaming at under $15 an ounce. Packaged silver U.S. Eagles are available online from the Mint at $40 for uncirculated and $49 for the proof version. If packaging isn’t essential, most coin dealers carry uncirculated silver one-ounce Eagle dollar coins for just around $18 each. That’s an attractive price for a traditionally popular stocking stuffer that sold for upwards of $40 each just a few years back.

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Junk Food As A Human Rights Issue? By Chuck Norris

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hile the war on dietary fat is now officially over, the fight against junk food is about to escalate. According to a report released this week by the Associated Press, the U.N.’s special representative on “the right to food” has proclaimed junk food to now qualify as a human rights concern. “Within the human rights framework, states are obliged to ensure effective measures to regulate the food industry,” says the United Nation’s Hilal Elver. Her concerns center on policies that have allowed large global corporations to flood the world market with cheap, nutrient-poor foods, forcing poor people to choose between economic capability and optimum nutrition. The UN believes that the current situation is in effect violating their right to adequate food. Elver is particularly concerned by aggressive marketing strategies to promote junk food to children, especially in developing countries. A recent report by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems Nutrition has proclaimed that diet and nutrition now pose the biggest risk factors for people’s health across the globe, as well as its concern that the sale of processed foods is now growing the fastest in developing countries. Also consistent with the UN’s frustration that trade liberalization has allowed large corporations to flood the global market junk food, an International Food Policy Research Institute report also raised similar concerns regarding the consequences of a changing global food environments where healthy foods are becoming increasingly expensive the world over, while unhealthy food is becoming cheaper and easier to buy. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services removed the limit on total fat consumption in the American diet. As noted by nutrition expert Jane Brody in a recent article in the New York Times, fat is now making a comeback. Unless you have a medical condition that dictates otherwise, there’s no reason to cut anything from your diet any longer be it butter, ice cream or steak, she writes. She does place one condition on such advice. She recommends maintaining a diet mainly of plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Add to it lean animal protein and fish, but we should not go 20

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overboard on foods rich in saturated fats that can cause harm when consumed in excess. And as for those PB&J sandwiches moms during the 1960s stuffed with love into a child’s lunch bag? Come to find, they could be really good for you. According to a 2013 study published in the publication Breast Cancer Research Treatment and funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, girls who regularly ate peanut butter between the ages of 9 and 15 were 39 percent less likely to develop benign breast disease by age 30. Today, nut butters come in many varieties; the key is to make sure that the nuts, and possibly some salt, are the only ingredients listed and that you avoid those products that have added sugars or vegetable oils. The task now, according to Brody, is to appreciate the positive effects that different non-processed nutrients have on the body and adopt a rational and enjoyable diet that takes both health benefits and risks into account. In this quest, what really matters is where the source of fat is coming from. Not all fats are created equal. The fats found in processed junk foods and storebought baked goods — not so good for us. The fat from more natural foods like avocados, grass-fed beef, and olives — they can be beneficial in moderation. The reality is that the “low fat” movement of the last 40 years has led to a typical Western diet of highly processed foods with large amounts of refined starch and sugar. It is a diet that has been shown to raise many health issues, including the risk of cardiovascular disease. Many experts now believe that it’s time we place our attention on the overconsumption of simple and refined carbohydrates — from sugary drinks, desserts, pastries and snacks, as well as white bread, white rice and potatoes, rather than things like saturated fat and dark chocolate. According to Dr. Boris Hansel, a French endocrinologist-nutritionist who specializes in obesity management, these are foods shown to promote obesity and that now threaten to reverse the decades-long decline in cardiovascular disease. As to the relation of diet and exercise, it’s advised to follow a standard where energy intake matches energy expenditure when looking to not to gain or lose weight. All other things being equal, if you eat more calories, you will gain weight. And all other things being equal, if you exercise enough, you will lose a small amount of weight. As to label reading and calorie counting, at least one study has shown that showing people how much they would have to exercise to work off the food they eat to be a more effective way of stopping them from overeating.

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Christmas Trivia

19. (I'm Dreaming of a) White Christmas (just like the ones I used to know) 20. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost nipping at your nose) 21. It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas 22. O Little Town of Bethlehem (how still we see thee lie) 23. Winter Wonderland (Sleigh bells ring, are you list'nin'? In the lane snow is glist'nin') 24. I'll Be Home For Christmas 25. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (We Wish You A Merry Christmas) 26. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day 27. Frosty The Snowman (was a jolly, happy soul)

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Reindeer (You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen) 11. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (underneath the mistletoe last night) 12. Silver Bells (City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, decked in holiday style) 13. Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Glory to the newborn King) 14. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer 15. Oh Holy Night (the stars are brightly shining) 16. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth 17. Jingle Bells (Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh) 18. We Three Kings (of Orient Are)

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23 Answers 1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 2. The First Noel (the Angels did say) 3. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Let nothing you dismay) 4. IIt Came Upon A Midnight Clear 5. Silent Night (Holy night, all is clear, all is bright) 6. The 12 Days of Christmas (On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me) 7. Deck The Halls (with boughs of holly. Fa La La La La La La La La) 8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (You'd better watch out, you better not cry!) 9. Joy To The World (the Lord has come) 10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed

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How many of these Christmas songs can you identify using just the initials of their starting phrases? 1. HYAMLC 19. IDOAWCJLTOIUTK 2. TFNTADS 20. CROAOFJFNAYN 3. GRYMGLNYD 21. IBTLALLC 4. ICUAMC 22. OLTOBHSWSTL 5. SNHNAICAIB 23. SBRAYLITLSIG 6. OTFDOCMTLGTM 24. IBHFC 7. DTHWBOHFLLLLLLLL 25. WWYAMCWWYAMC 8. YBWOYBNC 26. IHTBOCD 9. JTTWTLHC 27. FTSWAJHS 10. YKDADAPAVCACADAB 28. JOSNLYETW 11. ISMKSCUTMLN 29. GKWLDOTFOS 12. CSBSDIHS 30. UOTHRPOJGOSC 13. HTHASGTTNK 31. JBJBJBR 14. GGROBAR 32. IHABCWY 15. OHNTSABS 33. WUNWTAGC (LSN) 16. AIWFCIMTFT 34. JHTSBRTTT 17. DTTSIAOHOS 18. WTKOOA 35. CTTMPRPPP

Answers 1. Montgomery Ward created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 2. "White Christmas" is the best-selling Christmas song. 3. Dec. 25 was the ancient Roman "birth of the unconquered sun" and the birthday of the Iranian "Sun of Righteousness." It was also close to the winter solstice and embodied the Roman Catholic Church's identification of God's son with the celestial sun. 4. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" first aired in 1966. 5. Franklin Pierce, our 14th president, was the first to decorate a tree in the White House. 6. The name derives from Dr. Joel Poinsett, U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who brought the plant back to the U.S. over 100 years ago. 7. In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge started the tradition of lighting a national Christmas tree. 8. The 12 days of Christmas begins on Christmas Day and ends on Jan. 5, on the eve of the Epiphany. 9. FALSE: "The Twelve Days of Christmas" wasn't a coded reference to important elements of Christianity. 10. Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly.

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1. Name the department store that created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 2. What is the best-selling Christmas song of all time? 3. Why is Christmas celebrated on Dec. 25? 4. In what year did the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" cartoon first air? 5. Which U.S. president was the first to decorate a White House tree? 6. Where does the poinsettia plant get its name? 7. When did the U.S. start the tradition of lighting a nation Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.? Which president started this tradition? 8. When do the 12 days of Christmas begin and end? 9. TRUE or FALSE: The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," was created as a coded reference to important articles of the Christian faith. 10. Name this famous Civil War cartoonist who first drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862. He went on to draw Santa for an additional 30 years.

28. Jolly Old St. Nicholas (lean your ear this way) 29. Good King Wenceslas (looked down, on the Feast of Stephen) 30. Up On The Housetop (reindeer pause. Out jumps good old Santa Claus) 31. (Jingle bell, jingle bell) Jingle Bell Rock 32. (I'll Have A) Blue Christmas (without you) 33. Way Up North Where The Air Gets Cold (Little Saint Nick) 34. Sleigh Ride (Just hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling, ting, ting, ting-a-ling) 35. CTTMPRPPP Little Drummer Boy (Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum)

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