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Much imagination was used to come up with thoughtful and creative decorations, including cookies and painted eggshells. The introduction of tinsel in 1610 was a huge favorite, originally made with pure silver.

• One of the first Christmas trees in England was an 1840 Royal Family celebration when Queen Victoria included a tree in honor of her Germanborn husband Prince Albert’s heritage. Being the great influence that she was, many people wanted their own trees! turn the page for more!

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Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth at 29,029 feet (8848 m) above sea level. The National Geographic Society has determined the mountain to be even taller by six feet (1.83 m), but that height has not been made official yet. • Mount Everest is in what is called the Sagarmatha Zone of Nepal, in the Himalaya Mountains, on the border with Tibet and China. Sagarmatha is the Nepalese name for the mountain, meaning “the head in the great blue sky.” • Scientists say that the shifting of tectonic plates in the region continue to push the whole Himalaya mountain range higher by 1.6-3.9 inches (4-10 cm) per year. • Mount Everest was originally named “Peak XV” (15) by Sir George Everest, who first recorded the location in 1841. He was Surveyor General of India from 1830-1843 and in 1865 the name was changed to honor him. • There are records of expeditions trying to ascend Mount Everest as far back as 1924. The first successful summit was not achieved until Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top on May 29, 1953. • That first ascent was via the first of fifteen routes that have been mapped to the top. Since that ascent there have been more than 3000 people who have reached the summit over 5000 IT’S ORNAMENTAL (continued): times. More than 75% of those climbs have been since the year 2000. The popularity of extreme sports and the availability of guides and travel privileges for many people have made mountain • Many of the ornaments in the early years of climbs of this caliber a reality for more people. decorating trees were handmade from paper, cloth or even foods, such as cookies. Handstitched snowflakes were also very popular.

• Special items that emerged for decorating trees in America were cranberries and popcorn. Early Americans would string the readily available, colorful foods for trimming their trees. •

President Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. president to have a Christmas tree in the White House, in 1856. The first “national” Christmas tree erected was by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. However, the first “official” tree was not switched on complete with electric lights until President Calvin Coolidge moved the tree to its location near the White House in 1923.

• Up until the 1880s Christmas ornaments were mainly handmade by families and friends and given as gifts. Many were disposed of after a season. The only ornaments sold publicly were hand-cast lead and hand-blown glass German decorations. • German entrepreneurs saw the possibility of a market developing for mass marketed ornaments in the early1880s. • Lauscha, Germany became the hub of the glass ornament business and had many glass companies. For years they had been producing glass articles such as marbles and bottles and soon began creating glass molds for ornaments. Their first ornaments were molds of Christian saints, famous people, children, animals and more. These new ornaments were a huge success and were in demand. Nearly every family in the Lauscha area became involved in the business of making glass Christmas ornaments either in a home-based foundry or local factory • Ornaments became highly prized possessions with the special touches of individual craftsmanship. Germany captured the world market for glass Christmas ornaments for many years. • Another German city, Dresden, near Lauscha, started its own ornament businesses, different from the glass ornaments of their neighbors. The Dresden artists constructed brightly colored designs of birds, fish and other animals out of pressed and embossed paper. Their treasures were a hit as well; for weddings, birthdays and other occasions in addition to Christmas. • As the decorations gained popularity in the


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IT’S ORNAMENTAL (continued): United States, F.W. Woolworth, an early American mass merchandiser, began importing German glass ornaments in the 1880s. By 1890, he was reportedly selling approximately $25 million worth of the ornaments! • When World War I broke out in 1914 many things, including sentiments toward purchases of Christmas ornaments, changed. There was a backlash against all things German. Sales and production of German ornaments slowed, but only for a while. • Also, Japan started producing ornaments on a huge scale in the 1920s and took a slice out of the ornament market that Germany held. The Japanese specialized in newer and more colorful designs. The Czech Republic also became known for their fancy Christmas ornaments and shipped many to the U.S. • More than 250 million Christmas ornaments were being imported to America by 1935, mostly from Germany, Japan, and the Czech Republic. This was when U.S. businessman and German immigrant, Max Eckhardt, an importer of ornaments, knew that America needed to be producing, not just importing. • Eckhardt and Bill Thompson of the F.W. Woolworth Company worked together to convince the Corning Glass Company of Corning, New York to enter the ornament market. Corning had been making thousands of light bulbs out of very thin glass using a “ribbon” glassblowing machine. The machine could produce 2,000 bulbs per minute! Eckhardt believed the machine could be altered to produce Christmas ornaments instead of light bulbs.

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• Corning began trials with their equipment and employees, making ornaments in various shapes and sizes. Soon, it was clear they had the equipment and abilities for the job. Woolworth’s requested production of over 230,000 glass holiday items for their stores. In 1939 they began selling the American-made ornaments. • By 1940, Corning Glass was producing nearly 300,000 decorations per day and shipping them all over the U.S. Corning actually sold most of their ornaments to Shiny Brite, a company owned by Max Eckhardt. Eckhardt’s business was so big, he had four New Jersey locations and his main office and display room in New York City. • Eckhardt’s Shiny Brite factories continued making glass Christmas balls and decorations throughout World War II. They used innovative solutions when products were rationed. When metal paints and varnish were not available, the company would use lighter paints and cardboard instead of the usual metal tops and heavy paint. • In the post-war era, Shiny Brite began using vibrant hues and used metal tops again for their ornaments. They were stamped to show that Shiny Brite ornaments were U.S.- made! The boxes were even marked “American made.” These are valuable collectibles today.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Make a start on that new workplace challenge. But get more information before you find yourself too deeply involved without knowing in which direction you should go. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You might find things becoming tedious as your schedule slows down for the holidays. Use this time to get information about a possible post-New Year job change. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The creative Twin finds outlets for her or his ideas in the early part of the week. The practical Twin takes it a step further and rallies support to turn the ideas into reality. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It’s time to stop being intimidated by someone’s negative behavior. Start taking positive steps on your own to help strengthen your position down the line. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Look closely at that so-called golden opportunity. Best to be a cautious Cat who approaches things slowly, than one who pounces without knowing where you’ll land. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your apology can resolve that personal situation before it overshadows the holidays. You’ll feel better, even if you’re only partly to blame for what happened. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Avoid overtaxing yourself, even if your energy levels are high and you feel that you can do it all. Best to pace yourself so you won’t run yourself down before the holidays. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your sense of humor helps get you through a stressful period. Some of your quick quips can take the edge off any remaining negativity being aimed at you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your artistic talents not only help you express yourself these days, but they also set up a line of communication between you and someone very special. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) It’s fine to appreciate the importance of “proper form” for doing things. But relax a bit in order to allow newcomers on the project to feel less intimidated by you. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Use your boundless reserve of optimism to persuade others to work with you to resolve a difficult workplace problem before it can ruin your holiday fun. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You brim over with self-confidence as you begin to tackle a new challenge. And, before you know it, you’re not alone: Others have taken the plunge with you.


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MOUNT EVEREST (continued): → On Dec. 13, 1621, under the care of Robert Cushman, • Mount Everest is not a very hospitable place for man or animals. In ascending to the top, as the the first American furs to be exported from the continent altitude increases, the oxygen levels decrease. Consider that at 9,800 feet (2987 m) the oxygen leave for England aboard the Fortune. During the present is only about 2/3 of what it is at sea level. At 20,000 feet (6096 m), the level is down crossing, the Fortune was captured by the French, and its to roughly half. By the time the summit of Everest is reached at 29,035 feet (8850 m) (the new valuable cargo of furs was taken. Cushman was detained figure for its height) the oxygen is severely depleted to only about 1/3 of the normal at sea level. on the Ile d’Dieu before being returned to England. • The low oxygen is why climbers stop at camps along the way to acclimatize so they can breathe → On Dec. 14, 1799, George Washington, the first U.S. in the high altitude. Base camp is set at 17,500 feet (5,400 m) and then there are four other president, dies at age 67. Two days earlier, he rode out into camps along the way before reaching the summit. a freezing sleet to survey business affairs on his estate. He • Another thing that is done, that seems counterintuitive, is that climbers move up and down returned home late for a dinner engagement and refused again for about 30 days allowing their bodies to get accustomed to the reduced oxygen; all part to take the time to change out of his wet clothes. The next of the acclimatization. day, Washington developed a severe respiratory infection • Sherpas have been guiding expeditions on Mount Everest since the first ascents many years ago. and died the following day. His last words were “’Tis well.” Sherpas are a group of Himalayan people who live in Nepal and Tibet, usually Buddhists, who are famous for their skills as mountain guides. Good Sherpas are essential for successful trips → On Dec. 16, 1811, the greatest series of earthquakes in up Everest and other mountains in the Himalayas. They are aware of the needs, including the U.S. history begins in the Mississippi River Valley near acclimatization, of the climbers they assist. New Madrid, Mo., when a quake of an estimated 8.6 magnitude slams the region. The earthquake raised and • Along with the low oxygen on Everest, another major challenge is the strong winds. The blast of lowered parts of the Mississippi Valley by as much as 15 the jet stream is almost always present, with winds reaching hurricane force at times; sometimes more than 118 miles/hour (190 km/hr). The best times for climbing to the summit are in early feet and changed the course of the Mississippi River. May and a few days in the fall. → On Dec. 10, 1915, the one-millionth Ford car rolls off the assembly line at the River Rouge plant in Detroit. Between 1908 and 1927, Ford sold more than 15 million Model Ts in all; they initially cost $850 (about $20,000 in today’s dollars). → On Dec. 11, 1946, the United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide relief and support to children. Only two countries have failed to ratify the treaty -Somalia and the United States. → On Dec. 15, 1973, Sandy Hawley becomes the first jockey to win 500 races in a single year. Hawley achieved his historic win aboard Charlie Jr., in the third race at Maryland’s Laurel Park race track. → On Dec. 12, 1989, hotel magnate Leona Helmsley receives a four-year prison sentence, 750 hours of community service and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York. Helmsley became the object of loathing and disgust when she quipped that “only the little people pay taxes.”


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FRUIT CAKE Fruit cake has been baked as a holiday treat since at least the 16th century – and maybe before. Some think the same cake has traveled the globe many times and no one wants to eat it! • Fruitcake, sometimes spelled as one word, other times as two, is defined as: “ 1) a rich cake containing nuts, dried or candied fruits, and spices; also as: 2) a foolish, eccentric, or crazy person.” • The earliest known recipe for fruitcake that exists was from ancient Rome. Among the ingredients were pomegranate seeds, raisins, and pine nuts, mixed in a barley mash. Later, honey, preserved fruits and spices were added.

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• In 16th century Europe, fruitcakes were baked at the end of the nut harvest and saved until the beginning of the following year’s harvest. The thought was that this would help bring another successful harvest the next year. Europeans also referred to fruitcake as plum cake and it was reserved for special occasions because it was so “sinfully rich.” It later became an essential serving for Victorian tea time. •

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Adoptables To Give or Not to Give Most people know that animals should not be given as gifts. But in case you have ever thought about doing so....please don’t. Christimas is just around the corner and it might be tempting to put a little bow on a puppy, kitten, hamster or gecko and present them to a loved one on Christmas morning. Instead of doing that please consider presenting your loved one with a gift certificate from your nearest shelter. After the craziness of the Holiday Season subsides they can go to their shelter and bring home a new family addition that fits into their life. Or maybe they would rather sponsor an animal at a local shelter. Or maybe they will opt for a foster situation. Let your loved ones decide because an animal, any animal, is a living, breathing being that depends on humans for all it’s needs. Gifts shouldn’t be that demanding and that kind of responsibility should never be given as a gift. Izzy is a sweet older lady who would love to go home with you for the holidays, or shortly after if that works better for you, as a permanent foster.

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Q: Ever since “GCB” was canceled, I’ve scoured the networks to find some of my favorite actors on other series. I haven’t seen Mark Deklin on anything recently, so I wondered if you could tell me what he is up to. Ñ- Gigi W., via email A: Mark recently filmed a guest spot on “Castle” (it is episode 10, which is set to air in early January), where he plays a man whose girlfriend is found dead. Later in 2013 (an exact date has not been set yet), you can see Mark on the big screen in a live-action

version of “Tarzan.” Mark told me about the film and his character, John Greystoke: “It’s not the Victorian ‘Tarzan’ that we all grew up with. It’s a modern take on it. My character is almost like a Richard Branson type -- a wealthy but wellintentioned adventurer and entrepreneur. He discovers there’s a serious energy source -- a sort of meteorite, which crashed in Africa -- and he wants to find it. “He brings his family with him, which of course is a stupid decision, but I suppose in the moment it doesn’t seem stupid because he doesn’t go thinking he’s going to die. He ends up unleashing a mystical force that he never could have anticipated, and everything goes south.” *** Q: I just rented “The Queen of Versailles”

Community Events Wizard Of Oz On the maind stage at the ACT, Maple Ridge. Friday January 18 & Saturday January 17, 7pm. Accompanied by Jonathan Reichert and teh Ridge MEadows Orchestra. For tickets, phone 604-476-2787. $12 advance; 4 packs $40; $15 at the door. Open Mic/Stage at Kanaka Creek Cafe Every week until January 30, 2013; 101-24155 102 Avenue, Maple Ridge. Do you sing or play an instrument? Come out every Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30pm! An acoustic only evening, open to musicians and audience alike…a really good way to spend a couple of hours, perform or just come and have a good time. Ladies Coffee/Tea ‘N More get-together Every Thursday morning from 10:30-12noon at Grace Community Church, 12240 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows. All Ladies are invited and welcome for friendship, caring, sharing, snacks n’ more. The theme for Fall is ‘Various Themes, Topics and Conversation’. Look forward to seeing you - any questions call Jayne @ 465-6897

Do you have a community event? Send info to: sales@tidbitsrm.ca and was mesmerized by the story of David Siegel, his wife, Jackie, his family, and his struggle to save his time-share/real-estate business. Do you have any updates on how he is doing now? -- George F., Naples, Fla. A: David recently made national news when he sent a memo to his employees encouraging them to vote for Mitt Romney in the recent presidential elections. But, politics aside, David was quoted in a Reuters interview this past summer: “We’re the most profitable we’ve ever been.” He also is continuing work on his family’s new home, which is modeled on the Palace of Versailles in France. In fact, just before the movie’s premiere, David filed a defamation suit over the film’s portrayal of his business as failing, asserting that some of the film’s scenes were staged or exaggerated.

*** Q: When will “Merlin” return to Syfy? -- Felix S., via e-mail A: Season five of the popular fantasy series, which premieres Friday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy, will be the final season of the show. Executive producers (Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy) promise fans that “Merlin” is “leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best-known elements of this much-loved story, and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.” *** Q: Will there be an “Avengers” sequel? -- Paul G., Tulsa, Okla. A: After “The Avengers” smashed all sorts of box-office records this summer, you can bet there will be a sequel. “The Avengers 2” is set to premiere May 1, 2015, with the original cast, as well as some new faces. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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