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Letters to Santa Dear Santa, How are your elves? Can you get someone shoes who is poor? Can you get me a laptop please? Thank you, Kale Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, What do you feed your reindeer? Please give poor kids clothes. Can I have a dolly for Christmas? Thank you

Season’s Eatings

Serving up some holiday joy, topped off with a generous helping of good cheer. Thank you for your loyal patronage. We look forward to serving you again in the new year. NEW YEAR SMORG Jan. 1, starts: 4:30 p.m. Mei Wang & staff


for all my presents, Santa. Ji won Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, How old is Rudolph? Please give someone in Africa water. Can I have a computer for my room please and thank you. From your friend, Lexi Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, How is Mrs. Claus? Please give someone in Africa food. For Christmas, I would like some Halo Lego please and thank you. From your friend, Ty Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, What does Mrs. Claus look like? I want someone to get a toy truck. I want a Lego guy for Christmas please. Thank you, Chaisyn Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, How many elves do you have? Can you give some buddy food? I want a toy skidoo. Thank you Santa, Bradlee Grade 1 Raymore School

ple in Asia food? I want a toy race car. Thank you, Tayden Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, Do your reindeer need to go to the eye doctor? How are you and Mrs. Claus doing, Santa? I want a cookie maker. Thank you Santa, Kaylen Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, Are your reindeer ready to fly? Can you bring more food for my Nana. Oh, will you bring me a horse. Thank you! Darby Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa Claus, Do you drink chocolate milk? Please give kids Jolly Phonics books and jackets. For Christmas I would like a stuffed dog. Thank you, Lauren Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, Can you give someone in Africa food and clothes? Can you please get me a cool big

toy airplane? Thank you for everything. Love, Tenacious Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, How do reindeer fly? Can you bring toys to poor kids in Regina. Can you bring me a Furby. Thank you, Ella Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, How many elves do you have? Please give kids in Africa clothes. Please give me Legos for Christmas. Thank you, Creedance Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, How many elves do you have? I want you to give kids in Africa clothes. I want a Barbie for Christmas. Thank you, Jaydah Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa, How many reindeer do you have? I want to give somebody food in Calgary. I want a Ski-Doo for Christmas. Thank you for all my presents. Hayden Grade 1 Raymore School

Christmas Message from Town of Nokomis Mayor David Mark As Mayor of the Nokomis Town Council, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The Council and I hope your holiday season is a time for family and friends to enjoy each other’s company and share in the spirit of the season. As a newly elected council we would also like to take this opportunity to thank our past Mayor and Councilors who performed such an excellent job, especially over the past Mayor David Mark very eventful years! We look to 2013 with renewed optimism and hope to continue moving forward for the betterment of our community and region. Mayor David Mark Town of Nokomis

With Glad Tidings

At The Holidays With warm wishes to our neighbours, friends and associates this holiday season.

For your trust and goodwill, we are sincerely grateful. Tim, Jan, family & staff

Manz’s Auctioneering Davidson, SK • 306-567-2990

Dear Santa, How are your reindeer? Can you give someone a sled? Can you give me a sled too? Thank you, Brody Grade 1 Raymore School Dear Santa Claus, When are you coming to Raymore? Will you give peo-

At This Season Of Giving –

Thank you so much for the gift of your friendship! Have a beautiful holiday!

Carrie’s Hairworks

May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at Christmas and always. From the Residents, Staff and Management

Nokomis Health Centre

Carrie & George and family

Govan • 484-2058

Hark! The Herald

Angels Sing!

We’d like to give you our well wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. We feel deeply honoured to have your friendship and trust.


Nokomis Pharmacy 528-2240

May the season bring a song of joy to your heart!

Watrous Dental Centre Dr. Michele Ackerman and staff Thank you for your unfailing support.


Many thanks to you, our neighbours and friends, for your valued patronage. We look forward to serving you again next year.

Hancock Radio & Electric GOVAN • 484-2072 Harold, Glen, Karen, Miranda, Sean, Eve Hancock

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The Christmas season seems to be a time for growth, a bigger TV, larger toys or the biggest tree – the list is endless. Even when the toys get smaller, they do more and more, with the latest Smartphones and music players being examples. Although watching TV on a phone screen seems more like a gimmick than a serious feature. Life this season is driven by the new and the wow. If something is not over-the-top, then it is underwhelming and a failure. Everything is about getting bigger and better in one way or another, which is ironic because Christmas is about a smaller, simpler gift. God coming down and being with us. Jesus, who accepted the frailties of a human body and lived among us. He left perfection to accept a body limited in this world. Not only did he accept a life outside of heaven and lived with us, but he accepted the time to become a man as well. He started as a baby born just like each and everyone of us. He did not appear magically full grown but took around Pastor Rick Shott 30 years to begin his ministry; a ministry to reconcile us to God. A simple gift that came over 2000 years ago has had a profound effect on this world for all time. As you look at the gifts this year and marvel at how elaborate or intricate or powerful they are, remember that the ultimate gift came so simply; God with us in Jesus. Pastor Rick Shott Nokomis Baptist

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Season’s Greetings From Management & Staff at

WE WISH YOU THE SEASON'S BEST! From all the members of the

Optimist Club of Duval

In the spirit of the season we offer you our sincere best wishes and deepest gratitude. Have a joyous Noel!

Village of Duval

Watrous Concrete 946-2040 Watrous

Village of Semans Council and Staff


Christmas Greetings May your holiday come alive with beautiful moments and memories.

Town of Govan Mayor Pearce Council & Staff


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Enjoyable Christmas Concert in Nokomis The Nokomis Library and School Christmas Concert was held the evening of Tuesday, December 11. Peyton McNichol, Ashley Hards and Amber Reynolds did a great job as MCs. The night opened with some community singing led by Ruth Anne Richter on the piano. Next, the Kindergarten through Grade 7 students put on a play called Blue Hawaii. Daegan McNichol made a wonderful Elvis; Allie Edwards made an adorable pig and the other students looked very cute in their grass skirts and leis. They ended the play by singing a wonderful rendition of Mele Kalikimaka, accompanied by Ruth Anne. Next up were the playschool children, who looked very endearing playing the bells and singing a couple of tunes under the direction of their teacher Kelly Stein. Then, under the

direction of Mr. Pritchard, the school band showed everyone what they have learned in the last three months. The evening ended with the Library Hamper Draw, the Graduating Class of 2013 Elimination Draws, and of course – a visit from the jolly old man himself, Santa. -article and photos submitted by Maureen Tait

The True Value of Christmas

Daegan McNichol did a great job playing Elvis in Blue Hawaii.

Allie Edwards looked adorable dressed as a pig.

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS -Luke 1:31 A Baltimore congregation found the answer to their financial troubles on the wall of their church. And it had been “hiding” there for more than 25 years! Someone finally recognized a piece of art hanging in the chapel – it was a valuable woodblock print by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1493. The work shows the angel telling Mary she would give birth to God’s Son. Some members just could not believe they had been unaware of the value of the old masterpiece, saying in effect, “If it were real, why would it be here?” What about us? Are we overlooking the value of the event depicted on that woodblock print? Jesus does not hide from us. The truth is plainly announced in His Word, God came to earth in human form. It is reflected in our hymn books and pictures we hang on our walls. But often times the significance of Christ’s birth is still neglected. We get so wrapped up in

Pastor Ken Bruvold activities and programs that we miss the immeasurable worth of knowing who that Baby in the manger is. We miss worshiping Him, and the true meaning of His birth. That Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matt. 1:21) and give us eternal life (John 3:14-18). This Christmas, join with the wise men and shepherds and give praise to Jesus – God who became Man. Christ’s birth brought the infinite God to finite man. Have a very blessed Christmas season and a prosperous New Year! Pastor Ken Bruvold Semans Pentecostal Church

Some of the students dressed in grass skirts and leis for Blue Hawaii.

The school band performing.

MCs (left to right): Peyton McNichol, Ashley Hards and Amber Reynolds. Nova Patterson Kindergarten Nokomis School

Hunter Edwards Kindergarten Nokomis School

Wishing you and the ones you love the blessings of peace, love and contentment at this special time of year. We’ve enjoyed the time we’ve spent with you and look forward to your continued friendship! Drs. Allison & Amy Holly, Tami-Lynn & Kaili

Watrous Animal Hospital

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Humboldt · Southey · Watrous · Wynyard 1 (800) 667-2623 ·

The Southey office will be closed for holidays Dec. 21 to Jan. 1 (inclusive).

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Christmas Message from Town of Govan Mayor Wesley Pearce   The holidays are a wonderful time for loved ones to gather and reflect on the year gone by, a time to celebrate

from our home to yours

Elmer, Shirley & Blair Fraser

the coming year with hope and enthusiasm, and give us an opportunity to be thankful for what we have and support those who are less fortunate.   I would like to recognize Govan’s many volunteers. Without the hard work of these dedicated volunteers, the Town of Govan would not be such a wonderful place to call home.   This season, let us all reach out a little further to those around us. Let us thank the veterans and the volunteers for their service, the elderly for their examples, the young children for their hope and optimism, and friends for just being friends.   On a personal note, I am thankful to our Town staff and elected officials, all of whom are committed to working together with the community to make a positive and lasting contribution to our future.   On behalf of the Town of Govan I extend my warmest regards and best wishes to everyone. May the spirit of this wonderful season be with you and your loved ones throughout the holidays and many blessings in the New Year. Mayor Wesley Pearce Town of Govan

Jayda Braun Grade 2 Nokomis School

Jase McNichol Kindergarten Nokomis School

Sherisse Edwards Grade 1 Nokomis School

Christmas Greetings From Our Hearth To Yours

When it comes to Christmas, we’ve got you covered – with our warm wishes and heartfelt thanks. Rylee Wood Grade 1 Nokomis School

Green Teal Insurance Brokers Ltd. Cole Edwards Nokomis School

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“Thanks” for your patronage and to wish you well!


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“Home Town Service, Plain & Simple” Nokomis Drake Govan

Watrous Tire and Battery (1996 Ltd.) 946-3543

May the special joys of the season be yours.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here and that means it’s time to offer our best wishes to our neighbours, customers, associates and friends. We appreciate you giving us so much to celebrate this holiday season.

R.M. of Last Mountain Valley

Donna, Lawrence and Family

Reeve Magel, Council & Staff

No. 250

Edwards Farm Co. Ltd. 528-2140 - Nokomis

Joan, Blair, Shar, Rachel, Matthew and McLeod


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COLOUR THIS! Ho-Ho-Ho and away we go – into the season of Christmas! What are we preparing for? Family coming home! Celebrations with friends! Buying and wrapping “presents”! Christmas lights and decorations! Plum pudding and mince pies! All very lovely and ,truly, heartwarming! As we wrap our “presents” and wish our family and friends a Merry Christmas, let’s stop and take a deep breath and think why

Light Up Your Holiday! Thanks for adding a warm touch to our year. May your Christmas be aglow with peace and good will.

Nokomis Electric 528-2243

Rev. Vicki Young there is a Christmas season in the first place. Let’s think of the little girl, Mary, so very young and a virgin, who is expecting a baby boy, Jesus, our Saviour! In Mary’s culture pregnant, unwed girls could be totally disowned by their families, turned out into the world, alone, with no social assistant programs and even stoned to death. Joseph, her fiancé, had the cultural right to break their engagement and denounce her! Our Creator God told Mary He chose her to be the mother of His Son! He also told Joseph that Mary would have a child, His Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. What a way to start a marriage! Joseph and Mary’s “baby preparations” included travelling to Bethlehem, their family home town, by foot and donkey, to be registered for the first census that was to be taken of the whole Roman world. The baby, Jesus, was born in a manger because there was no room in any Inn. Too many travelers for the available accommodations! May the Peace and “Presence” of Christ be with you and your families this Blessed Christmas Season!

to our customers, friends, and family. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Dave’s Autowrecking & Towing Bulyea

Dave, Lorie & Wyatt

With Wishes Warm & Bright May your heart and your home be warmed by the spirit of Christmas this season.

D & L Cymric Store Cymric • 484-4607 Holiday Hours posted at store

Holiday Hours: Dec. 24: 8am - 4pm Dec. 25, 26: closed Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30: regular hours Dec. 31: 8am - 4pm Jan. 1, 2: closed

Rev. Vicki Young Parish of the Cree People Punnichy

Kuan’s Cafe

Maddox Hendry Kindergarten Nokomis School

Nokomis • 528-2077

Rebecka Braun Nokomis School

Camden McNichol Nokomis School

Aidan Barnes Nokomis School

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Christmas Message from Greg Brkich, MLA

As the year 2012 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to offer all my constituents in Arm River-

Watrous my warmest greetings for this holiday season. It is during this festive season that we should reflect on the people and events in our lives that we are most thankful for. The Christmas season is filled with many gifts including the gift of spending time with family, reminiscing about old times and of children and laughter filling our homes. As we spend these days juggling the many responsibilities that are often associated with this busy time; it is important to keep in mind

E-mail your Winter & Christmas photos to

We Appreciate Your Goodwill May the old-fashioned delights of Christmas make yours a wonderful holiday! From the Board of Directors, Management and Staff

LAST MOUNTAIN CO-OPERATIVE LTD. Govan – Nokomis – Semans – Raymore – Punnichy

MERRY CHRISTMAS We wish you safe and happy holidays!

the true nature of the season and what it was intended for. I would encourage all my constituents to find the time to relax and spend it with friends and family. It is through quality time spent with loved ones that we learn the true meaning of the season. On behalf of my office staff and myself, I would like to wish all of you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Greg Brkich, MLA Arm River-Watrous Constituency

In this season of peace & goodwill, we’d like to take time out to thank you for all the kindness that you’ve shown towards us all year long. Merry Christmas! Council & Staff

R.M. of Mount Hope No. 279


We’ll publish in an upcoming issue.


It’s Christmas EVERYWHERE!


We value your business and hope that all your dreams come true this holiday season and beyond. Thank you!

Best wishes for the holidays from all of us at

On the farm and in the town, Goodwill and cheer are all around, In the mountains and the valley too, Signs of the season are on view So wherever you are, North, south, east or west... We’re sending you our very best And hope glad tidings come your way To brighten up your Christmas Day!

Management and Staff

Farm and Garden Centre Ltd. Watrous, Sask. – 946-3362

We’d like to join all of you in giving thanks for the Miracle of Christmas and the many blessings we share including your friendship. Merry Christmas!

Newschool Arts Jeffrey & Nadia Taylor Duval, SK | 725-3245


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Gift ideas for the food fanatic on your list

A Very Warm Holiday Season Wish to Everyone in the Last Mountain Area.

Some people are a cinch to shop for come the holiday season, while others can be more of an enigma. When it comes to the latter, shoppers should determine what tickles their mysterious friend or family member’s fancy, such as a favorite hobby or even something to do with his or her profession. Food is a passion for many people and provides holiday shoppers with a great opportunity to make a loved one’s holiday season even more special. Perhaps thanks to the increase in cable networks focusing on food, foodies, those people with an appreciation and passion for cuisine, have grown in number in recent years, and holiday shoppers with foodies on their lists have a host of potential gift options at their disposal. * Pressure cooker: Many foodies are fawning over pressure

Rick Roland ROYAL LePAGE Regina Realty 306-591-0163

As I was traveling home the other night, I noticed a bright shining star in the east. It got me thinking of a scene so long ago when a bright shining star brought the wise men to seek the place where Jesus was born. It also got me thinking, what if Jesus was born today? Would there be room in the inn? Or better still, would there be a stable or animals to be found? Honestly I don’t think so. Today Christ has been taken out of Christmas. We can’t say Merry Christmas as we might offend someone, we must say Happy Holidays. The day after Halloween, the Christmas decorations hit the shelves and its ho ho ho til December 25. The purchasing of gifts becomes a game of spending large amounts of money to impress people. Where oh where is the joy and love and simple things that was felt so long ago? It is there, we just have to

reach for it. The true meaning of Christmas is sharing – sharing time with loved ones, sharing time with people who are unable to get out or do not have anyone to care for them. Giving joy, love and yes, money, to the lessfortunate so they too can experience the joy and love of the Christ child. There are so many ways we can put Christ back in Christmas, and we can start with ourselves first. Loving thoughts, caring ways, respecting others and being the person God wants us to be. At this Christmas time, take time to be silent and listen for God, take time to enjoy family, friends and neighbors, share God’s love with everyone you meet, and see God’s face in everyone you greet. Merry Christmas and God Bless each one of you. Mary Anne Grand Layperson and the Raymore United Church

A Christmas Wish To You

cooking, which can cut down on cooking times without sacrificing nutrition. Some recipes may take half the time to prepare with a pressure cooker as they might with a more traditional cooking method, an important time saving element that’s attractive to foodies who want to enjoy their favorite foods but feel pressed for time on weeknights. And while pressure cookers employ steam to cook foods quickly, that steam also traps flavor, whereas boiling can wash flavor out. Many foodies also laud pressure cookers for their nutritional benefits. Steaming certain foods can intensify their flavor, which allows cooks to rely less on potentially unhealthy additions like salt or butter to ensure a meal is flavorful. * Serving dishes: Of course, many foodies want to share the fruits of their labors with friends

and family. For the person who loves throwing dinner parties, consider some serving dishes this holiday season. Serving dishes can range from casual (for the foodie who can’t wait to fire up the grill) to formal (for the gourmet foodie), so get a feel of your friend or family member’s preferences before purchasing a set of serving dishes. * Cookbook: The ideal fallback item for holiday

shoppers who can’t seem to find anything for their favorite foodies, cookbooks filled with recipes for dishes from their favorite type of cuisine (i.e., Italian, Thai, Cajun, etc.) are sure to please. When gifting with a cookbook, peruse a few of its recipes to determine if there are any special ingredients that appear throughout. If there are, purchase these ingredients and gift them as well.

Peace On Earth.. Goodwill Towards All Mankind..


. .And many thanks for your business and goodwill this past year!

With warmest wishes to all our customers and their families this holiday season.

Welcome Advertisers to the 2010 Holiday Seas HE BORN! HE IS IS BORN! Last Mountain Times & The Market Connection May you and your loved ones rejoice in the Miracle of May you your loved ones rejoice in of May you and and your loved ones rejoice in the the Miracle Miracle of good Christmas, and may your home be blessed by His many Christmas, and may your home be blessed by His many good Christmas, and maythe your homeseason be blessed by His many graces throughout holiday and beyond. Noel!good graces throughout the holiday season and beyond. graces throughout the holiday season and beyond. Noel! Noel!

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We hope the holiday season bring s many gifts to you— Love, Laugh ter, Health and J oy The staff of Blair’s would like to thank you for your patronage over the past year. Have a Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring health and prosperity.


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Did you know? Poinsettias Many Christmas traditions are older than some celebrants might think. The tradition of lighting up a Christmas tree, for example, dates back to the days before Christmas lights. Before electric-powered twinkle lights were invented and even before electricity was discovered, people used actual candles to adorn the Christmas tree. As one can imagine, having an open flame next to a dried-out tree was risky, so it was customary to keep a bucket of water next to the tree in the case of fire. As if fire wasn’t enough, the tinsel used to decorate trees was made from strips of silver and

even lead – something that is now known to be a health hazard to adults and children alike. Although we’ve come a long way since candles and lead, even now trees that are overly dry and decorated with lights that have frayed wires can just as easily lead to fires. Plus, plastic tinsel can be a choking hazard for children and pets. One Christmas staple that has lost its status as a safety hazard is the poinsettia plant. It has long been thought that poinsettias are poisonous to people and animals. While there is some toxicity to the plant, it would require the ingestion of hundreds of leaves to get a toxic dose of a plant’s poison.

Waiting For The King!

CONGRATULATIONS! Colleen McNichol (shown with her husband, Robert) smiles with her poinsettia plant. Colleen won the plant when her name was drawn from the box of entries that were collected at the Last Mountain Times Nokomis office during the last two weeks.

Tyler Walker Nokomis School

The spirit is moving us to say, “Hope you enjoy a grand holiday!” Wherever you go, live, work or play, Our best wishes are with you all of the way.

Ryan & Sharon

AH R rucking Inc.


Make It Merry!

Nokomis, SK

Season’s Greetings

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During this season of Christmas – Advent, as the church calendar would call it – we experience to a small extent the same longings that the people of Israel experienced during their lifetimes. They were waiting for the Messiah to come. They were told that Messiah was coming. It was prophesied at the beginning of things in the Garden of Eden, and the prophecies kept coming throughout the ages. So each generation of Jewish people waited. And they waited... And they waited... And then they died... and the next generation continued the cycle. And they waited... And they waited... And then... the cycle kept going, and going, and going. And they waited... And they waited... And then... there were shepherds, abiding in their fields, Rev. Doug Armbruster keeping watch over their flocks by night... And then... there was a multitude of the heavenly hosts, praising God... And then... there was a baby’s cry... And nothing was ever the same again. We too are waiting... for the Saviour to return! Advent is a time of reflection, of waiting – sometimes not so patiently! – for Christmas to come. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the coming of the King! And so, we wait. And we wait... And we wait... And we wait some more. This Christmas time, as we wait to sing those joyful words, “Joy to the World, the Lord has come!”, may we also resonate with the mournful and wistful refrains of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” sung by the lips of those who desperately anticipate the return of “God With Us”. Rev. Doug Armbruster Raymore Baptist Church

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We wish you a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for your patronage, we look forward to serving you in the new year. Management & Staff at This holiday season, we’d like to acknowledge allbeen the folks This holiday season, we’d like to acknowledge all the folks who’ve sowho’ve good to usbeen this year, wishto you a very Merryand Christmas a all a soand good usallthis year, wishand you joyous Newseason, Year. Forwe’d your like generous support, we are grateful. This holiday to acknowledge all deeply theNew folks who’ve been very Merry Christmas an a joyous Year. so good to your us thisgenerous year, and wish you allwe a very Christmas and a For support, areMerry deeply grateful. joyous New Year. For your generous support, we are deeply grateful.

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By the time you are reading this, you will be tired of the cacophony of pseudo Christmas music. And maybe it’s time to reflect on the true reason for the celebration of Christmas! Not Happy Holidays, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Here Comes Santa Claus, It’s time to max out your credit cards buying gifts, etc. No, Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of Christ!! Who, one might ask is this Christ? Seems someone’s forgotten in the rush of the season! Well, this Jewish boy child was born to rather everyday parents, in a stable in a little insignificant village called Bethlehem of Judea. However, He was visited by Three Magi, who found his place of birth by following, of all things: a star! They knew there were unusual circumstances in connection with his birth. They foresaw His greatness. This child was a gift from God! Christ was His only begotten son, given to mankind in another effort to maintain a close relationship to Himself. We needed to be shown, as Christ showed us by word, and by example, as He grew to manhood. That our God was a loving God, and a compassionate God. Let us therefore remember what Christmas is all about: Birth of the Christ child: Jesus, Saviour of mankind. Gods greatest gift to mankind!! Alleluia... Alleluia... Alleluia ! Sieg Lang Layperson Raymore Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

Merry Christmas to all. The employees of Richardson Pioneer wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and prosperous New Year. We sincerely thank you for your business in 2012 and look forward to continuing to meet your needs in 2013.

Earl & Marianne Mosewich & Family, Allan Mosewich and Dave Sommers

Fotheringham - McDougall Funeral Service

HOLIDAY GREETINGS Wishing you and yours much good fortune this holiday season and beyond. We’re truly grateful for your support and look forward to serving you again soon!

Merry Christmas and sincere thanks to all of you.

Services Ltd.

Parrish & Heimbecker, Ltd Doing Business Right!

It may be cold outside, but our hearts are warmed by thoughts of the many good people we’ve had the privilege to meet and serve.


Management and Staff at (Parrish Siding) – Watrous

Merry Christmas

Phone 946-2225 or Toll free 1-888-393-2225

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Two thirds of Canadians will set a holiday budget this year

Connor Stewart Nokomis School

Kennadie Kuntz Kindergarten Nokomis School

According to a holiday spending survey, two thirds (66%) of Canadians plan to set a budget for holiday spending, with 96% of these consumers indicating that they will purchase items on sale to help them stay within their budget. However, among those who intend to purchase a gift for someone special, they would go beyond their budget if they were to find the perfect gift for their spouse or partner (90%), child (87%), parent (83%) or themselves (74%). Despite the temptation to overspend, holiday budgeters do have the best intentions to avoid going into the red. They plan to employ savvy budgeting tactics such as shopping early (79%); shopping online (62%); shopping less using credit cards (60%); and making homemade gifts (38%). “As the holiday season approaches, many Canadians are thinking about what they can do to avoid the dreaded ‘holiday hangover’ in January when bill payments start arriving,” said Caroline Hubberstey, of the Interac Asso-

ciation. “By choosing to pay with Interac products and services, Canadians plan to stay within their budgets because they’ll shop using money already in their bank accounts.” Being more selective about who receives gifts may also impact the overall holiday expenditure. One out of four Canadians said they will buy gifts for their pets, while less than one out of ten (8%) will purchase a gift for their boss. More than one-third (35 per cent) of Canadian holiday shoppers will be buying gifts for themselves. When asked what the estimated spend is for each recipient, Canadians said:Spouse or partner: $203; Child/Children: $237; Self: $179; Pet(s): $63. When it comes to overall holiday shopping spend, more than one-in-four respondents (28%) indicated they will spend between $250 and $499 in total, followed closely by those spending between $100 and $249 (22%). Five per cent of respondents estimate that they will fork over $1500 or more for holiday shopping.

At Christmas

Owen Edwards Nokomis School

Thank you to all of our customers for their support during our third year of business. We wish you and yours the very best this holiday season & we look forward to seeing you again next year.

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We have good reason to rejoice and celebrate at Christmas. Christmas marks the moment in time when God intervened directly in human history by entering the world as a humble baby. It was with the birth of Jesus that God put into action his plan of salvation that would free mankind from their slavery to sin and their fear of death. Jesus came as the saviour of the world, to die for our sins and bring us into God’s family. Despite this good news, however, he was rejected by many. But the Bible says that “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The birth of Jesus was Pastor Richard Friedt foretold by prophets and announced by angels. It was attended by the meek and the great, both shepherds and kings, who came to marvel at what they saw, to offer gifts, and to bow in worship. Someday he will come again. His second coming has also been foretold by prophets and will be announced by the voice of an archangel and the sound of trumpets. Once again, both the meek and the great will bow their knees and confess that he is the King of kings. Now, before he comes again, is our time to celebrate his birth and accept the salvation he brought us. As we do, we look forward to the day when we will celebrate his return. Pastor Richard Friedt Temple Baptist Church in Jansen

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Essences by Betty Ramshaw, Nokomis Christmas was not always packages wrapped in brightly coloured paper or dreams fulfilled by writing a letter to Father Christmas. Father Christmas came down sooty chimneys and left books, if you were lucky. He did not descend from the skies in a sleigh with a rednosed deer bucking and prancing through the night. If Father Christmas ‘ho ho’ hoed and waved a red fur covered arm and wished “A Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night” when I was a child, his cheery wish would have been choked into silence by fog blackened air. Or, the old boy would probably have become so confused at the sight of so many tiny chimneys or become lost in the bowels of London’s East End maze of alleys and courts. When I was little, I don’t remember Christmas being as important as it seems to be to so many now. It was no big deal. Christmas in my young mind was experiencing an abundance of food and treats. Mum would make mince tarts, Christmas cake with raisins, and salmon sandwiches. Mum always cleaned the flat from top to bottom, which I hated. On one special occasion, we went up to the West End of London to see the Christmas lights. I’ll never forget that. Those people lived in a different world than we did. For us, the poor of the East End of London, the holiday was not the same as those lucky enough to have a secure position. The word, position, meaning attached to a steady job, was a symbol of wealth in those sad times. Nor was it today’s image of fat cooks carrying huge steaming plum puddings, or fat men and women eating huge pieces of roasting pig with their fingers, or joyful bells peeling from church steeples. It was the fun I had with my brothers making paper chains with flour and water paste from newspaper my father brought home from the fish shop. I was given the responsible job of cutting bits of paper into strips then pasting them into circles. My brothers climbed on chairs and fastened the chains to the ceiling with thumbtacks. We washed dishes to be used only on special occasions and were allowed to stay up late. That was Christmas. Christmas was not a promise of high priced magical toys that spoke in tinny voices or compact disk players that blasted the ears with the throb and clang of modern music. It was different in my youthful time and place. There is one Christmas that stands out in my memory. The year was 1936. The Dirty Thirties were still with us. My Dad had not had a permanent job for over two years and Dad was one of those individuals to whom work was the reason for being alive. I now realize as an adult what hell being unemployed must have been for him, especially at Christmas time with four kids, no money, no job and no hope. Earlier that year, my Mum and a few friends started a Christmas club. They planned to save a few pennies each week from what little income they had, and over an entire year, save the money to provide for Christmas. Mum was elected banker. On December the 14th, the ladies came to our flat and took their precious savings home with great anticipation, as it now felt like Christmas was really coming. That very evening we had a family chat. Family chats were called ‘conflabs’. It was agreed that my youngest brother, six years of age at the time would be the only one to receive a visit from Father Christmas. The rest of us would not. I was eleven years old and felt that was just great. I was happy for my little brother. I had seen the only thing I wanted for Christmas in Binto’s window when I was out with Mum on one of our regular trips up the road to shop. Mum always stopped to visit with neighbours when shopping. We had stopped outside Binto’s Sweet Shop to talk to Mrs. Nash. I was amusing myself counting all the bottles of sweets when I saw the red and blue box. It was a Smoker’s Outfit. A smoker’s outfit consisted of a flat box with a tiny scale and little bottles of miniature sweets, chocolate cigars and candy cigarettes. The scale was about

two inches high and the same in width. On the scale I could weigh the hundreds and thousands of seed size coloured sweets in the tiny jars and pretend I was in a shop selling sweets to my imaginary friends. Or I could pretend I was grown up. I could see myself on Christmas Day in front of the fire smoking my chocolate cigars and cigarettes. I knew this wouldn’t happen, but it was a good dream. It gave me some sense of hope to be able to imagine this. During Christmas week we tried to all go up the road to Christmas shop together, but sometimes my brothers were working and just Mum and I went. Bethnal Green Road was alive with noise, music and light. Night was the best time to shop. The market stalls with Naphtha lamps hissing and roaring, were piled high with Christmas temptations like grape fruit, figs from Egypt threaded on strings, dates, Japanese oranges and golden pomegranates. The stalls and barrows nestled their wheels close to the curbs while hawkers yelled, argued and vied for your business. Women in white aprons held out trays of red juicy savaloys – pickled pig’s feet cooked to perfection wrapped in white paper blankets. On the corner outside Phillips and Scoons there was a stall with a metal urn stoked with charcoal tempting the hungry with the aroma of roasting chestnuts. We went to Gregg the Butchers first. There were turkeys hanging from iron rods three and four feet high, dozens of them. Tey sight made me feel sad. The outside wall of the Butcher’s Shop was white and magnified those poor beast’s exposed breasts, bright red heads and wings spread, dead eyes staring. The front of the shop was wide open to the street, but somehow the dirt from buses and carts drifting over and upon the birds never seemed to affect the taste or quality of the turkey. Perhaps we didn’t know any better. To many, it would have been questionable to eat a turkey that had been hanging in such conditions, but for us, that turkey was perfection. We stood looking up at them hoping or pretending to be knowledgeable enough to pick a good one. Believe me, we didn’t know what a good bird looked like because we only ever had turkey at Christmas. When we finally made a decision, the butcher brought along a pole with a hook on the end and lifted the selected bird down for us to inspect. Mum, always worried anyway, pressed her fingers to her lips, touched the breast, then the legs, her worry increasing. She turned to us and asked us what we thought. We, feeling the enormity of the decision, touched the bird, looked up again at the others and nodded a yes. Maybe the others were better. We didn’t know. Mum took a breath, more like a sigh and nodded to Mr. Gregg. He smiled and assured us that we had chosen the best bird; really the best. It must be truly the best or so we wanted it to be. We had obviously known what we were doing, or did we. Did it matter? We had our bird. Mr. Gregg carried the bird into the shop and to our fascination cleaned it in front of us, saving the feet, head, liver and heart. He wrapped those treasured bits in a piece of newspaper. The turkey was then wrapped separately and placed very carefully into Mum’s leather shopping bag to be carried reverently by my older brother with the warning: “Don’t bang it or it might bruise”. It cost eight shillings, more than an average day’s pay. Where to next? We got one pound of mixed nuts, one pound of assorted sweets, some Cadbury’s and some Terry’s chocolates, creamy caramels, only the best for us! Then four bottles of Biddle & Gingles best ginger ale, oranges, apples, tiny bananas from the Canary Isles, a box of dried figs and dates, and a box of Binto’s Christmas Crackers – six Crackers in a box, each one with a different coloured fan attached to it. Inside each cracker was a surprise to be savoured on Christmas day when we sat down to eat. I was hoping for a necklace. The crackers would be laid at the side of the dinner plate and we would each help pull until the cracker snapped and a paper hat and toy fell out. There would be whistles, a ring, or perhaps a riddle to solve. Yes, Crackers were essential at Christmas. Next, we were off to Marks & Spencer. It was a long walk. Wet and cold, we were going to pick the best thing we could find for a six year old. We walked and talked and exchanged the heavy bags from hand to hand, exciting suggestions speeding our journey. Marks & Spencer was the five-and-dime store of the times. Nothing they sold cost more than five shillings. I remember looking at dolls dressed in pink frilly dresses, and blue and white Willow patterned dishes. My eldest brother was in charge of the money. At 16 he had been in the workforce for two years and was considered an adult. After much searching and discussion, we finally agreed on a bus for little brother Allan. It was a huge red double-decker bus, and it had a battery in it

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He said we could use it as long as we wanted, but that it was to be returned when we no longer wished to play with it. That same Meccano set was, eleven years later in 1947, given to Peggy and Stanley’s son Derek, when my family immigrated to Canada. It was considered a family treasure. What a lovely Christmas we had. The Meccano set was put together by my brothers. I was told: “Girls don’t like Meccano”. When it was assembled to their specifications, they would let me play with it. I accepted that and watched and waited as they built an overhead rail line. When it was finished, I was given the position of bucket loader. I would wait for the bucket to come round, read the instruction note they’d placed in it, loading nuts or sweets or whatever was requested into the little bucket, then sending it on its way. We never ate the nuts as we needed them to play with, and great care was taken not to lose any. We did eat some of the candy, but frankly we had more fun playing with it. My little brother had dutifully hung up his pillow case at the foot of the bed Christmas Eve. I know now he knew there was no Father Christmas, but went along with tradition to add fun to the make-believe. On Christmas morning we watched his new toy bus with the lights glowing, hooter hooting, and the rail line going to each of us with nuts and messages, smelled the turkey cooking in the fire oven, Aunt Madge laughing and playing with us, my father’s face lighting up with laughter, and Mum, relaxed, happy, enjoying her family. For one day of our lives worry ceased. There was plenty to eat. We could actually have extra helpings if we wanted. We would not shame our parents if we asked for seconds; there were seconds, even thirds. We had a Crystal radio set my brother Ron had built, playing music from Radio Luxembourg, and Dr. Fu Man Chu to scare us with stories. Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts could be forgotten, at least momentarily. Their terrorizing marches into London’s East End where we lived, their brutal smashing of Jewish shop windows ignored. It was Christmas. It was magic. This wasn’t Christmas as so many know it today. It wasn’t masses of gifts or stores ablaze with lights. The lights shone in the more affluent areas, but for the majority of families in the poverty stricken areas of England, the sameness was only changed for a short period of perhaps the week before and after Christmas, and perhaps hope in the New Year. We had no Christmas tree. Nobody asked for anything, though they may have been dreaming as was I of the Smoker’s Outfit. There was no worrying about maybe they, you, won’t like it. There was no disappointment when you didn’t get what you wanted. Nobody asked us what we wanted. We accepted what there was or wasn’t. We never expected anything or cried because we felt left out. I suppose we had so little in our daily lives that on this one special day, to just have an abundance of food, aunts, uncles and cousins visiting, to have a chance to play blind man’s bluff under a pile of coats with Aunt Madge and our dog Rover, made the day special. We had Christmas at my daughter’s house in Prince George this year. My daughter, my grandchildren and my great grandchildren, love pouring from, them made the holidays perfect. The great-grandchildren were happy tearing open boxes wrapped with such care and time by busy moms. I’m sure they received everything they wanted. But I wonder if, with all the excess, they will ever be able to get inside of their being and experienced the absolute joy of giving or doing for others. Or, are they only going to experience what pleasure there is in the moment, constantly frustrated in their lives because all they understand is instant gratification. What is it that I want them to feel? Or what the “it” is they are missing. Why do I feel the need for them to feel “it” when I don’t know if “it” is a feeling or a part of ourselves that develops with time and experience? What do I fear they are missing? Surely it is not the days of my youth – the crowded beds, the food distributed according to body health, age or earning ability. I love them all, and with every passing year my need to protect them from despair increases. Yet I do want them to understand that a measure of sacrifice and hardship does, from my experience and knowledge, develop positive character. I want them to become people who are caring, people who share their love of life with others and live their lives with compassion. I want them to learn how to reach out to people and to draw the best from them; to share the best with them. This may mean holding memories that are wonderful and never go away even when one reaches 80 plus years as I have, or it might mean holding the memory of a sorrow to be shared and a painful lesson learned. I can still feel that Christmas joy. I can still feel that day. I can still see my mother and father, worries gone and that gives me pleasure and hope for my little ones.

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Simple ways to save energy this winter Cold weather often means turning up the heat in an effort to stay warm. Saving

energy this time of year may seem impossible. However, there are ways to conserve

Merry Christmas. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. It’s the best time of the year! Christmas time has always been a time that we have always anticipated. We remember when we were little children, how exciting it was when December came around and we dreamed of what would happen on the twentyfifth. Christmas was always about Church and presents. When I was Pastor Ray Dahlen very young, I would get special gifts like my Lionel train set, a new pair of Jean Beliveau skates, my Montreal Canadians hockey sweater, and many toys and mechanical cars and trucks. As I got older, my Christmas gifts changed, I would open up my presents and would find a pack of four socks, the next present was two pair of long johns and maybe a sweater or a shirt. When I had children of my own, I shared their excitement as they opened their own gifts. I remember the year I had to search the whole city to find Cabbage Patch dolls for my two daughters – and my wife! Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year, But sometimes bad things happen in the Christmas season. People get sick and sometimes they pass away at Christmas time. So when the next Christmas comes, it is an unbearable time of the year. It is difficult for some people to share the joy of the season like most of us do. So this Christmas, let us share the joy, but also remember those who struggle in this time of the year. May God richly bless you and your family through this Christmas season! Pastor Rey Dahlen Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Govan St. Paul Lutheran Church, Duval Trinity Lutheran Church, Quinton St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Raymore

even when the mercury dips. Simply turning down the thermostat a degree or two can add up to considerable energy savings, but there are other strategies that can be used. • Figure out your comfortable temperature and reduce it. Find a lower thermostat temperature you can tolerate and turn the heat down. Then wear heavier clothing around the house. If you wear socks and slippers around the house, you may not even notice a difference. • Vary the temperature. Lowering energy bills means being flexible with the thermostat. Invest in a programmable model that can make automatic adjustments depending on the time of day. Set the temperature a few

degrees warmer when you’re home, but keep it lower during those hours when you’re away. It doesn’t make sense to heat an empty house so set thermostat lower when you leave for work. Do the same at night when you will be under the covers. • Invest in a humidifier. Moisture in the air helps it feel warmer than dry air. Purchase a humidifier that will blow moisture droplets into a room or place a pot of water on a radiator. You also can boil water on the stove. Having moisture in the air also can help reduce scratchy throats and dry noses from breathing in dry air. Your skin also may be less prone to cracks and itchiness. • Run the fireplace spar-

ingly. Having a blazing fire indoors can be warm and cozy in the room where the fire is lit. But that warm fire may be making rooms colder elsewhere in the house. That’s because a fire needs a constant draw of air to remain lit. It will be pulling air from the home to feed the fire and then exhausting it through the furnace. When the fireplace is not in use, keep the flue closed. • Insulate the windows. Drafty windows can make a home cold, increasing the likelihood that the home’s inhabitants will turn up the heat. Caulk around window trims and try to seal any holes where cold air can infiltrate. Replacement windows are an expensive investment, but they may

be worth it if you have old, drafty windows. If you cannot afford new windows right now, seal windows in a plastic film or use thick, insulating curtains to block drafts. • Turn down a water heater thermostat. The United States Department of Energy states that water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home. Keep the water heater set to “warm” to reduce energy consumption and also to avoid the risk of scalding from hot water.


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Traditional Christmas plants have their roots in the past

Holly and berries. Photo courtesy of Liz West.

“Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.” - Traditional Christmas Carol Many of our deepest symbolic associations with plants, particularly those centered on holidays such as Christmas and New Years, have connections with the past. As our cultural beliefs change slowly over time, so do the meanings of these plants. But their roots run deep. Roman Christians used holly as a Christmas decoration just as their pagan ancestors had for the Roman festival of Saturnalia. Early Christian folklore maintained that Christ had been crucified on a cross made of holly wood and the crown of thorns was of holly leaves. The yellow berries were believed to have become red with the blood of Christ. In fact, yellow and red species are both common. Throughout the Middle Ages, holly was associated with good fortune and used

to ward off witchcraft and the evil eye. If hung in the barn, animals were sure to fatten and thrive. Bits of holly kept from Christmas decorations were thought to bring good fortune through the remainder of the year. It seems ironic that a plant as lethal as holly continues to project such a positive image. Consumption of holly berries can cause vomiting and diarrhea, with drowsiness, coma, and death in severe cases. Fortunately, this rarely occurs, but twenty berries may constitute a lethal dose. Both the fruit and leaves contain a mixture of caffeine, the caffeine-like alkaloid theobromine, and glycosides. In small doses, this combination of compounds stimulates the nervous system, but in larger doses it acts as a depressant. North American First Nations in the southeast part of the United States knew this well. They used the closely related yaupon tree (Ilex vomitoria) to prepare a hallucinogenic beverage. The species name vomitoria alludes

to the fact that vomiting is a common side effect of consumption. Yet in Europe, holly has been used in the treatment of such diverse disorders as colic, fever, rheumatism, smallpox, and gout. In England, it was believed cure intestinal to worms. A holly leaf and a piece of sage were placed in water. The patient was encouraged to yawn over the dish – at which time the worms would drop from his mouth. Lovely. English holly (Ilex aquifolium) and American holly (Ilex opaca) are commonly grown as Christmas decorations, mostly along the Pacific coasts of Oregon and British Columbia. Much of the holly sold on the prairies is grown on Vancouver Island and shipped here in plastic bags. For a longer decorative life, treat it as you would any cut flower. After removing it from the bag, dip it in cool, fresh water, and place it in a vase of water. Daily misting helps preserve freshness. Keep it as cool as possible, out of direct sunlight, and away from heating registers. Mistletoe – The Greeks attributed mystical powers to mistletoe. The ancient Druids of the British Isles especially venerated the mistletoe that grew on oaks, perhaps because it was so rare. The word is derived from “mistle”, an Anglo-Saxon word for dung, and “tan” meaning twig; literally, “dung on a twig.” Why this name? Because it would often seemingly appear spontaneously on branches where birds had left their droppings. Although its evergreen leaves photosynthesize and make food, mistletoe is partially parasitic. Its roots grow into tree branches, absorbing water and nutrients. There are both European and American species, but it’s the American species that is commonly used as decoration. None are hardy on the Canadian prairies.

During the Middle Ages, mistletoe was hung from ceilings or over doors of homes and stables to ward off evil. It was believed that mistletoe growing on an oak could prevent fire. Because it was thought to arise spontaneously, it was said to have life giving powers and often associated with marriage rites, sexuality, and fertility. This is probably the origin of kissing under the mistletoe. And, there is etiquette to observe. A berry should be plucked each time a kiss is bestowed, and when the last berry is gone, kissing ceases! A word of warning: Although birds feed on the berries without harm, the leaves, stems and white sticky berries are extremely poisonous to humans. Keep them well away from children and pets. Perhaps there’s more than one reason for placing the mistletoe high and out of reach! Sara Williams Sara Williams’ new and expanded edition of Creating the Prairie Xeriscape will be published by Coteau Books in February, 2013.

It is less than a month before Christmas, and it is a time that we should be hoping for a better year. However, the times that we are living in are not easy, and sometimes we become daunted about what life will bring for us, and the world. Problems in our personal lives, whether it is family issues, work, church or our community can distress us. As well, news about the ongoing violence in the Middle East, natural disasters, murders and accidents let us question where is hope? However, Jeremiah 33:15 states, “a righteous Branch will sprout from David’s line” (NIV). From David’s line, Jesus Christ brings hope to a harsh world. His ministry of the love of God includes justice. Christ helped people on their journey in life by listening to them and caring for them. The story about the New York City police officer, Larry DePrimo, and the homeless man is heart-warming. On November 14, 2012, Officer DePrimo saw a man in Times Square sitting on

Rev. Rolanda Taylor the cold ground without socks or boots. Officer DePrimo bought insulated winter boots and thermal socks out of his own money for the homeless man. Then he put the boots on the man’s blistered feet. The selfless action of the police officer is a reminder for us to continue to hope. Hope begins with us through Christ to care for one another that shows peace, joy, love and goodwill to humanity. Merry Christmas! Rev. Rolanda Taylor Spirit of Hope Pastoral Charge Wynyard, Foote Copeland, Wadena and Rose Valley

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The first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center was erected in 1931, two years before the opening of Rockefeller Plaza, where the tree now draws thousands of tourists each year. The tradition began when construction workers hard at work on building Rockefeller Center decorated a roughly 20-foot tall balsam fir tree on Christmas Eve in 1931. Strings of cranberries and tin cans were among the items used to decorate the tree. While there was no tree in 1932, the first official tree was unveiled in 1933 in Rockefeller Plaza, and the lighting ceremony was broadcast over NBC Radio. The 1933 tree, at 50 feet tall, dwarfed the 1931 tree. However, the 1933 tree paled in comparison to the 10-ton Norway Spruce erected in 1999, which measured 100-feet tall and remains the tallest tree ever erected at Rockefeller Center. The tradition of the Rockefeller Center tree continues to evolve to this day, but the evergreen it is no longer lit with incandescent light bulbs. LED bulbs that consumea fraction of the energy of traditional bulbs are the bulbs of choice now. In addition, in 2007 Rockefeller Center partnered with Habitat for Humanity, who used the tree after it was taken down to furnish lumber for home construction.

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