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Magical Holiday



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T’was The Night Before Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplumbs danced in their heads, and Mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled down for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave a luster of midday to objects below, when, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer; With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, and he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: “Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! Now, Prancer! and Vixen! On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall! Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all!” As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, so up to the house-top the coursers they flew with a sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas, too. And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof



prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; a bundle of toys he had flung on his back, and he looked like a peddlar just opening his pack. His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, His nose like a cherry. His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf. And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head, soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; he spoke not a word, but went straight to his work. And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, and laying his finger aside of his nose. And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.”

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Index T’was The Night Before Christmas................................... FAMILY TRADITIONS................................................... DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS.......................................... FAMILY ACTIVITIES.....................................................

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer............................. 12 Silent Night............................................................. 13 Little Drummer Boy.................................................... 13 O Holy Night ........................................................... 14 Let It Snow.............................................................. 14 Frosty The Snowman.................................................. 15 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.................................. 15 O Little Town of Bethlehem........................................... 16 Away In A Manger..................................................... 17 The First Noel......................................................... 17 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing ...................................... 18 God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen.................................... 19 Auld Lang Syne........................................................ 20 Winter Wonderland.................................................... 20 All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth................... 21

FAMILY HOLIDAY RECIPES................................ 22-33 APPETIZERS Festive Olive and Cheese Appetizer ............................... 22 Christmas Pizza Appetizer ........................................... 23

ENTREES Beef Wellington Parmesan........................................... 24 Parmesan Brussel Sprout Salad .................................... 26 Candied Yams ......................................................... 27 Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower .................................... 28

DESSERTS Cranberry Pate De Fruit............................................... 30 White Chocolate Peppermint Patties .............................. 31 Cherry Pecan Divinity................................................ 32 Baileys Chocolate Pretzel Sunday................................... 33 Adult Hot Chocolate................................................... 33

ACTIVITY PAGES.............................................. 34-37

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hen you think back on your favorite holidays, what do you remember most fondly? Whatever it is, it probably involves some sort of yearly tradition. It’s doing the same things year after year, and being able to compare how much you and your family have grown and changed in the 364 days in-between, that really strikes the nostalgic chord of the season. There are still plenty of ways to make sure that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is full of joy, love and fun. Here are some Christmas traditions — feel free to take these ideas, put your family’s twist on them and start using them in your own annual celebrations. From now until Santa’s arrival (Christmas advent calendar, anyone?), these ideas are packed with good cheer. It’s these little things you do to celebrate that your family will look forward to all year long, since the holiday rituals you start today become the good memories your family has in the future. Create a Countdown Routine Sure, you can buy an advent calendar based on your kids’ favorite activities and watch with joy as they get a new goodie each day. But it’s even more fun to make your own. “Each year fill an advent calendar tiny toys, sweets and speical notes. Try this: Fill 24 bags, boxes or drawers with love notes, candy, small toys or ideas for good deeds they can do that day to spread good cheer. Or, keep special ornaments aside in a box and add a new one to the tree each morning! Send Cards or Letters Your holiday cards just might be the only postal mail you send all year, so make sure they’re a big to-do! You can DIY a card, or get the whole family together for a photo (that actually has everyone in it, smiling, hair brushed and in nice clothes — for once). You can also figure out a fun way to display the cards you receive.

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Make the Tree Special When it comes time to trim the tree, find a way to commemorate a milestone or memory from the past year. Making DIY ornaments together is another way to sneak some bonding time into a busy time of year. And don’t forget the tree topper!

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Host a Movie Marathon There’s a Christmas movie out there for every personality. Do you like romance? Hallmark Christmas movies have you covered. Action? There’s always Die Hard or Batman Returns. Kids at home? There are tons of Christmas movies for kids to choose from. A common favorite is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — try wearing sweatshirts with funny sayings from the movie for our holiday portrait, In December, have every person in the family pick a favorite, then either take a weekend to binge them all, or watch one a week leading up to Christmas. You can even design a bingo card to keep track of movie tropes. Spread a Little Magic With Elf on the Shelf No doubt, come December your feeds are filled with elves that get up to mischief in the night. But whether you commit to an Elf on the Shelf or find another way to bring enchantment into the house — like hiding and “discovering” a Santa Key that lets Santa into the house on Christmas Eve — do something that keeps them guessing about the nature of Santa’s magic. Get In Touch With Santa A letter to the North Pole is probably the best (and most long-lasting) way to get in touch with St. Nick. But, in this digital age, of course you can reach out through an app, too. Portable North Pole lets Santa send a personalized video message, or just text him with Santa’s Magic Phone and he’ll respond. Either way, you get a helpful reminder to stay on the “nice” list.

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Go Caroling (or Host a Sing-Along at Home) There are so many good Christmas songs, and you only get one season in which to play them over and over and over again. (Unless you’re one of those people — the kind that listens to holiday music yearround.) Print out some lyrics, fire up a playlist and get ready to belt out your favorites. (Bonus: This is definitely something you can do over Zoom with far-flung relatives.) Play Holiday Hide-and-Seek Hide a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree for the family to find. The origins of the Christmas pickle tradition are murky, but experts believe that the glass gherkin ornaments have been hung on American Christmas trees since the late 1800s. But gets everyone involved trying to find it.

Look for Decked Halls on Christmas Eve Take a stroll and check out all the decorations. Walk the neighborhood to look at lights and sing your favorite Christmas songs,” It helps to move around a bit before you settle in for the big Christmas Eve feast. Or take a drive there are always neighbourhoods to explore that do amazing scenes. Let Everyone Open One Present on Christmas Eve Allow everyone to choose one gift each to open on Christmas Eve, It’s will be one of their favorite holiday memories. A pair of new pajamas could be a traditional gift. Go All Out for Christmas Eve Dinner Some families do a Feast of the Seven Fishes, a Southern Italian tradition that likely started due to the Roman Catholic mandate to abstain from meat on Christmas Eve. Other families do a Polish Wigilia, while some dig out their favorite passed-down recipes or try something new, but the end result is the same: food coma. Do anybody else’s pants feel a little tight?


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But Leave Room for Dessert! Whether it’s a family cookie recipe or holiday cupcakes, you have to leave something sweet for Santa — with plenty of portions put aside for you, of course. Teach Your Kids About Giving Back Each year have your child pick out toys they own but don’t play with anymore to give to other children as extra presents when Santa visits them, placing them in a special sack waiting for Santa under the Christmas tree. It teaches them that the best part of Christmas is not receiving gifts, but given them to others, especially those in need. You can also get them involved with the local toy drive and pick out a gift to donate. Build Memories One Gingerbread House at a Time Make gingerbread houses together. It’s fun and it allows you to teach the lesson that at the core we are all the same, but there are little things that make us special.

Make Place Settings Special Have your child get involved with setting the table for Christmas Dinner. Make Christmas Crackers for everyone to pull, also place cards with everyone’s names on it. Pass Down a Family Recipe Every family has a special recipe that has passed through many generations and kitchens. Make the holiday season special by getting together and teaching the next generatiuon how to make it. Wear Matching Christmas Jammies Matching or coordinating holiday PJs, heralded in many-a family photo and in song, makes for an extra pop in Christmas photos.

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Read Aloud to Hasten Santa’s Arrival Whether it’s The Polar Express or the Fezziwig scene from A Christmas Carol, pick a passage that’ll get sugarplums dancing in everybody’s heads, and dogear the pages for a yearly re-read. ‘The Night Before Christmas’ is a great choice then quiz your kids to see if they can remember the

Merry Christmas May the message of Christmas fill your life with joy and peace. Best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season.


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names of all the reindeer. Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater You leave it in the back of the closet all year long, waiting for its day in the spotlight. Now it’s time to bust out your tackiest fashions and wear them with pride (and possibly a Santa hat). Set Gift-Giving Rules Whether you do a Yankee Swap, Secret Santa or some other type of gag gift grab bag, when it comes time to giving presents to your extended family, the wackier the rules, the better. Try a spin on a white elephant where half brings gag gifts and the other half brings nice gifts. Regifting and trick wrapping also add to the experience.

Pick a Festive Gift Theme If complicated exchanges are too unruly, try a theme instead. “Instead of stocking stuffers, have your family vote on a theme every year. Some ideas might be BBQ, baseball or do A Christmas Story.”



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Show Gratitude It might be too much to ask overstimulated kids to sit and do hand-written thank-you notes when they’d rather be playing with their new toys (though that’d certainly be meaningful if you can get them to do it). But it’s not too hard to make sure that everyone takes a beat before dinner to be thankful for the good holiday — and year — they’ve had. Play a Game Together Until Late at Night Organize a marathon of your favorite board games, or DIY holiday twists on classic games like Pin the Nose on the Rudolph. Keep a running tally of who in the family is most victorious, and that person is Champion of Christmas ... until next year. Cook Together on Christmas Morning Opening up all those presents sure whips up an appetite. If you can tear the kids away from their new toys for a minute, have everyone help out in the kitchen and make breakfast. (Put the little ones in charge of the toast.)

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Grandma got run over by a reindeer. Walking home from our house Christmas eve. You can say there’s no such thing as Santa, but as for me and grandpa we believe. She’d been drinking too much eggnog, and we begged her not to go. But she forgot her medication, and she staggered out the door into the snow. When we found her Christmas morning, at the scene of the attack, she had hoof-prints on her forehead, and incriminating Claus marks on her back. Now we’re all so proud of grandpa, He’s been taking this so well. See him in there watching football, drinking root beer and playing cards with Cousin Mel. It’s not Christmas without Grandma, All the family’s dressed in black and we just can’t help but wonder: Should we open up her gifts, or send them back? Send them back!!

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Now the goose is on the table and the pudding made of fig and the blue and silver candles that would just have matched the hair on grandma’s wig. I’ve warned all my friends and neighbors better watch out for yourselves, they should never give a license to a man who drives a sleigh and plays with elves.

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Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in Heavenly peace Sleep in Heavenly peace Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from Heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah Christ, the Savior is born Christ, the Savior is born Silent night, Holy night Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy Holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at thy birth Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

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Frank’s Mechanical Come they told me Pa rum pum pum pum A new born King to see Pa rum pum pum pum Our finest gifts we bring Pa rum pum pum pum To lay before the king Pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pa rum, pum pum pum So to honour Him Pa rum pum pum pum When we come Little boy Pa rum pum pum pum I am a poor boy too Pa rum pum pum pum I have no gift to bring Pa rum pum pum pum That’s fit to give our King CHORUS Shall I play for you Pa rum pum pum pum On my drum Mary nodded

Pa rum pum pum pum The ox and lamb kept time Pa rum pum pum pum I played my drum for Him Pa rum pum pum pum I played my best for Him CHORUS Then He smiled at me Pa rum pum pum pum Me and my drum

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Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Oh the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! It doesn’t show signs of stopping And I’ve bought some corn for popping The lights are turned way down low Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! When we finally kiss good night How I’ll hate going out in the storm! But if you’ll really hold me tight All the way home I’ll be warm The fire is slowly dying And, my dear, we’re still goodbying But as long as you love me so Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

O Holy Night O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. ’Til He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born; O night, O holy night, O night divine! Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O’er all the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wisemen from out the orient land Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim! His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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Frosty The Snowman Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corn cob pipe and a button nose And two eyes made out of coal. Frosty the Snowman is a fairy tale, they say, He was made of snow but the children know, How he came to life one day. There must have been some magic In that old silk hat they found, For when they placed it on his head, He began to dance around. O, Frosty the Snowman, was alive as he could be. And the children say he could laugh and play, Just the same as you and me.

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Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer, Had a very shiny nose, And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows! All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names; They would never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say: Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

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O Little Town

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie, Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth, The everlasting Light, The hopes and fears of all the years, Are met in thee tonight. For Christ is born of Mary, And gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep,

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Their watch of wondering love. O morning stars together, Proclaim the holy birth, And praises sing to God the King, And Peace to men on earth. How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts, The blessings of His heaven. No ear may his His coming, But in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive him still, The dear Christ enters in. O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray. Cast out our sin and enter in, Be born to us today. We hear the Christmas angels, The great glad tidings tell, O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel.

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Away In A Manger

The First Noel the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east beyond them far, And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night.

Away in a manger, No crib for His bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head

No crying He makes I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side, ‘Til morning is nigh.

The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me I pray

This star drew nigh to the northwest, O’er Bethlehem it took it rest, And there it did both stop and stay Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to heaven To live with Thee there

Then entered in those wise men three Fell reverently upon their knee, and offered there in his presence Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.

The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus

And by the light of that same star Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a king was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went.

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!” Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th’ angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem.” Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!” Christ, by highest heav’n adored: Christ, the everlasting Lord; Late in time behold him come, Offspring of the favored one. Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail, th’incarnate Deity: Pleased, as man, with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel! Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail! the heav’n born Prince of peace! Hail! the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, Risen with healing in his wings Mild he lays his glory by, Born that man no more may die: Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

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God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen God rest you, merry gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Was born upon this day. To save us all from Satan’s pow’r When we were gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy! For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Was born on Christmas Day. In Bethlehem, in Jewry, This blessed Babe was born. And laid within a manger, Upon this blessed morn; The which His mother, Mary, Nothing did take in scorn. From God our Heavenly Father, A blessed angel came; And unto certain shepherds Brought tidings of the same: How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by name.

“Fear not,” then said the angel, “Let nothing you affright, This day is born a Saviour Of virtue, power, and might, So frequently to vanquish all The friends of Satan quite.” The shepherds at those tidings Rejoiced much in mind, And left their flocks a-feeding In tempest, storm, and wind, And went to Bethlehem straightway, This blessed Babe to find.

Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace; This holy tide of Christmas All others doth deface. O tidings of comfort and joy! For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Was born on Christmas Day.

But when to Bethlehem they came, Whereat this infant lay, They found Him in a manger, Where oxen feed on hay, His mother Mary kneeling, Unto the Lord did pray.



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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne! Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne.

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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland. Gone away is the bluebird, Here to stay is a new bird He sings a love song, As we go along, Walking in a winter wonderland. In the meadow we can build a snowman, Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

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Later on, we’ll conspire, As we dream by the fire To face unafraid, The plans that we’ve made, Walking in a winter wonderland. In the meadow we can build a snowman, And pretend that he’s a circus clown We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman, Until the other kids knock him down.

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When it snows, ain’t it thrilling, Though your nose gets a chilling We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way, Walking in a winter wonderland.

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Every body Pauses and stares at me These two teeth are gone as you can see I don’t know just who to blame for this catastrophe! But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be! All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth! Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you “Merry Christmas.” It seems so long since

I could say, “Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!” Gosh oh gee, how happy I’d be, if I could only whistle (thhhh, thhhh)

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All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth. Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you “Merry Christmas!”

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Directions: Cut rosemary sprigs and arrange into a 10-inch wreath. Start by placing 1 sprig at a 45-degree angle with the tip facing outwards. Continue adding sprigs in the same direction until you have formed a full circle. Arrange clusters of mozzarella balls, olives, and tomatoes over the rosemary. Serve with toothpicks on the side.

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Cheese Appetizer

This easy-to-assemble appetizer platter makes for a beautiful display, and the rosemary smells amazing! Ingredients: 24 sprigs fresh rosemary 12 ounces marinated mozzarella balls, drained ½ cup pitted Castelvetrano olives, rinsed and dried ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives, rinsed and drained ¼ cup sugar plum tomatoes toothpicks

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A Special Thank You to all of our hard working employees. The operation would not be the same without each and every one of you. Parm Sahota/President/Founder & Management Staff. ~ A Magical Holiday 2021 ~

Christma Pizza Appetizer Ingredients: 1 (8 ounce) package crescent roll dough, unrolled and divided into triangles 1 (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese

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¼ cup light sour cream ¼ cup light mayonnaise-style salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip®) 3 tablespoons ranch dressing mix ¼ cup diced bell pepper ¼ cup finely chopped broccoli florets 1 /3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

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Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Arrange crescent roll triangles in the shape of a Christmas tree on a baking sheet. Pierce dough with a fork. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool while making the topping. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, salad dressing, and dressing mix together. Spread mixture over the cooled crescent tree. Top with bell pepper, broccoli, and Cheddar cheese.

May this festive season lift your spirits with enough joy to carry you through the new year!

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Chill for at least 1 hour.

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Beef Wellington

Ingredients 1 (2 lb.) center-cut beef tenderloin, trimmed kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Olive oil, for greasing 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 1/2 lb. mixed mushrooms, roughly chopped 1 shallot, roughly chopped Leaves from 1 thyme sprig 2 tbsp. unsalted butter 12 thin slices prosciutto Flour, for dusting 14 oz. frozen puff pastry, thawed 1 large egg, beaten Flaky salt, for sprinkling Directions Using kitchen twine, tie tenderloin in 4 places. Season generously with salt and pepper. Over high heat, coat bottom of a heavy skillet with olive oil. Once pan is nearly smoking, sear tender-



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loin until well-browned on all sides, including the ends, about 2 minutes per side (12 minutes total). Transfer to a plate. When cool enough to handle, snip off twine and coat all sides with mustard. Let cool in fridge. Meanwhile, make duxelles: In a food processor, pulse mushrooms, shallots, and thyme until finely chopped. To skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Add mushroom mixture and cook until liquid has evaporated, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then let cool in fridge. Place plastic wrap down on a work surface, overlapping so that it’s twice the length and width of the tenderloin. Shingle the prosciutto on the plastic wrap into a rectangle that’s big enough to cover the whole tenderloin. Spread the duxelles evenly and thinly over the prosciutto. Season tenderloin, then place it at the bottom of the prosciutto. Roll meat into prosciutto-mushroom mixture, using plastic wrap to roll tightly. Tuck ends of prosciutto as you roll, then twist ends of plastic wrap tightly into a log and transfer to fridge to chill (this helps it maintain its shape). Heat oven to 425°. Lightly flour your work surface, then spread out puff pastry and roll it into a rectangle that will cover the tenderloin (just a little bigger than the prosciutto rectangle you just made!). Remove tenderloin from plastic wrap and place on bottom of puff pastry. Brush the other three edges of the pastry with egg wash, then tightly roll beef into pastry.

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Once the log is fully covered in puff pastry, trim any extra pastry, then crimp edges with a fork to seal well. Wrap roll in plastic wrap to get a really tight cylinder, then chill for 20 minutes. Remove plastic wrap, then transfer roll to a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with flaky salt. Bake until pastry is golden and the center registers 120°F for medium-rare, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before carving and serving.

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Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad Freshly ground black pepper 2 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved and thinly sliced (about 8 cups) 1/2 c. chopped toasted almonds 1/2 c. pomegranate seeds Shaved Parmesan, for serving This ingredient shopping module is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page.

Ingredients 5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 5 tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley Kosher salt

Directions In a medium bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper until combined. Add Brussels sprouts and toss until completely coated. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours before serving. Fold in almonds and pomegranate seeds and garnish with shaved Parmesan before serving.

Merry Christmas We would like to thank our past, present and future clients. Wishing everyone a fun, safe Christmas and a Happy New Year! Your local RE/MAX Legacy Experts providing you with the highest level of care.

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Candied Yams For many, candied yams are an indispensable part of the Thanksgiving meal, along with mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce. We agree! Though candied yams might be super sweet on their own, they’re the perfect compliment to a plate full of savory dishes. Our version gets an added kick from bourbon—we think once you try them you’ll never want yams without it! Ingredients 1/2 c. dark brown sugar 1/2 c. orange juice 3 tbsp. butter, plus more for pan 1 cinnamon stick 2 tbsp. bourbon (optional) Pinch nutmeg Pinch kosher salt 5 medium sweet potatoes (about 3 lb.) Directions Preheat oven to 400°. Butter a medium baking dish. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine sugar, orange juice, butter, cinnamon stick, bourbon if using, nutmeg, and salt. Stir to combine and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until it has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. When reduced, remove and discard cinnamon stick. Meanwhile, prep potatoes: Peel potatoes and slice into 1/2” rounds, then layer in prepared baking dish. Pour thickened syrup over potatoes and cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake about 50 minutes to 1 hour more, basting with sauce every 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

May the magic of Christmastime fill your heart and soul with gladness!



Merry Christmas Thank you for all your support this past year

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Nicola Valley & District Metis Society

Nicola Valley & District Metis Society wishes all a healthy, loving holiday. May your traditions keep you warm. If you would like more information on our society please call 250-378-5015 or 250-378-0076 email: mcdomic@shaw.ca • Facebook: Nicola Valley Metis

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Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower I can’t get enough of this honey garlic sauce. It’s savory, spicy, and sweet, all at the same time. And crunchy bites of cauliflower are the perfect vehicle for soaking up the thick sauce. The sauce is so versatile, too. Ingredients 1 small head of cauliflower cut into bite sized florets 2 cups panko bread crumbs cooking oil spray 2 large eggs whisked 2 scallions finely sliced Sauce 6 tbsp honey 4 garlic cloves minced 1 tsp onion powder 6 tbsp water + 2 tsp cornstarch 1 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce 1/2 tbsp sriracha sauce

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Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread panko crumbs in a thin even layer across the surface of the baking sheet. Spray panko crumbs with cooking oil spray. Bake crumbs about 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Set whisked eggs aside in a small bowl. Line another large baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip cauliflower in egg mixture and then shake a few times so that excess egg drips off. You don’t want to dampen your breadcrumbs with excess egg because then they won’t stick to the cauliflower. Then place into sheet with panko crumbs. Cover cauliflower with panko, pressing the crumbs gently against the cauliflower to help them stick. Place coated cauliflower on empty prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all cauliflower is coated. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cauliflower is cooked and the coating is a dark golden brown. While the cauliflower is cooking, make sauce on the stove. In a small bowl, completely dissolve cornstarch in water and set aside. Add all sauce ingredients except the cornstarch +

water to a small pot or saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir a few times until ingredients are mixed. This should only take a few seconds. Then add cornstarch water to the sauce. Stir immediately to dissolve cornstarch into the sauce. Stir occasionally and let sauce come to a simmer (make sure to stir otherwise the cornstarch will clump up) and cook until sauce starts to thicken (about 2 minutes). Allow sauce to cool a few minutes and thicken even more. Drizzle over cauliflower. If you wish to completely coat cauliflower in sauce, it’s best to double the sauce and brush it on with a pastry brush. Garnish with scallions. You most likely won’t need all of the panko breadcrumbs, but to ensure the cauliflower is completely coated it’s easier to start with more than you need. The recipe makes just enough sauce to drizzle over a small head’s worth of cauliflower florets. If you are using a medium or large head of cauliflower or you wish to coat the cauliflower completely in sauce, you should double the sauce. If you make any adjustments to the sauce (i.e. add more soy sauce or other liquids) you may need to also add more cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Remember to dissolve any additional cornstarch in a little water before adding it.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s! All the best for 2022!

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stick and lemon peel. Stir in remaining tablespoon lemon juice. Quickly pour into prepared pan. Let stand at room temperature until cool and set, at least 2 hours. Place remaining 1/2 cup sugar on a plate. Turn pate de fruit from pan upside down onto a cutting board; remove plastic wrap. Cut into 64 squares. Roll squares in sugar. Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 1 week. Pate de fruit may need to be rolled in sugar again before serving or gifting.

Cranberry Pâte de Fruit

Ingredients 6 oz. cranberries, thawed if frozen (1 1/2 cups) 3/4 c. cranberry juice cocktail 1 cinnamon stick 2 (3-inch) strips lemon peel, plus 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 3/4 c. granulated sugar, divided 1 (6 ounce) box liquid pectin Directions Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with plastic wrap. Blend cranberries and cranberry juice cocktail in blender until smooth. (You should have about 1 ½ cups puree). Combine cranberry puree, cinnamon stick, lemon peel, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a simmer. Add 1 3/4 cups sugar and pectin. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until candy thermometer reaches 225ºF, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, immediately remove cinnamon

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White Chocolate Peppermint Patties

10-second intervals until melted. Place 1 chilled peppermint disk on tines of a fork and dip into melted chocolate, tapping off excess; return to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining peppermint disks. Sprinkle tops with crushed peppermints. Chill until set, Ingredients 15 to 20 minutes. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight con4 c. confectioners’ sugar 1/4 c. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature tainer up to 1 week. 1/4 c. heavy cream 1 1/2 tsp. pure peppermint extract 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. kosher salt Cooking spray 12 oz. white chocolate, chopped 2 tbsp. solid coconut oil Crushed peppermints, for garnish Directions Line baking sheets withparchment paper. Beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, cream, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, and salt with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Roll into 30 balls. Place on prepared baking sheets and flatten into 1/4-inch-thick disks using a greased piece of wax paper. Cover and freeze 30 minutes. Microwave chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl 30 seconds; stir. Continue to microwave and stir in

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Cherry and Pecan Divinity Ingredients 1 (6-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped 2 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1/2 c. light corn syrup 2 large egg whites, at room temperature 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 c. chopped toasted pecans

speed to medium-high and gradually drizzle hot syrup into egg whites in a thin, steady stream, 1 minute. Increase speed to high and beat until candy is beginning to lose its gloss and holds its shape when dropped from a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes. Immediately stir in vanilla, pecans, and cherries. Working quickly using 2 spoons, drop candy by heaping spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, overnight. Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Directions 1. Place maraschino cherries on a plate lined with paper towels; blot dry. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir together sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 260°F, 8 to 9 minutes. Meanwhile, beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes. (If egg whites are ready before syrup, decrease mixer speed to low to slow process until syrup is ready.) Increase mixer

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Baileys Chocolate Pretzel Sundae 4 scoops ice cream (French vanilla or your favourite flavour) 4 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream A handful of chocolate covered pretzels (or any of your favourite toppings – be creative!) DIRECTIONS Place 2 scoops of ice cream in a glass. Pour 2 oz of Baileys Original Irish Cream over ice cream. Smash pretzels and sprinkle on top of sundae.

Adult Hot Chocolate

Ingredients 4 cups Whole milk 2 tbsp Sugar 1/2 Vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla 6 oz Dark chocolate (60%) 1 tsp Sea salt 4 oz Bourbon 2 oz Frangelico 2 oz Irish cream Marshmallows

Directions: In a small sauce pan heat milk, sugar, salt and vanilla over medium-low heat until sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Make sure the milk does not come to a boil. Add the chocolate in pieces, whisking until completely incorporated. Remove from heat. Once removed from heat, stir in bourbon, frangelico and Irish cream. Serve immediately with marshmallows.

Seasons Greetings Let the spirit of love, gently fill our hearts and homes. In this loveliest of seasons, may you find many reasons for happiness.

From Mayor Linda A. Brown, Members of Council and City Staff

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Lower Nicola Indian Band School

s y a d i l o H y p Hap May songs of joy fi ll your home with warmth and your heart with happiness this holiday season! from the Lower Nicola Indian Band School Staff & Students

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“ Season’s Greeting” from everyone at

Highland Valley Copper A virtual smile and kind words you hear, an email greeting from loved ones near, a gift of kindness from those held so dear, can make this a joyous season this year. May the holiday spirit be with you and your family today and throughout the New Year!

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