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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.

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And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof the 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................................... COVID GUIDELINES..................................................... DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS.......................................... FAMILY ACTIVITIES.....................................................

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS 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 Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer............................. 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................................ 22-30 APPETIZERS Hot Spinach Dip ...................................................... 22 The Best Cheeseball .................................................. 23

ENTREES Prime Rib .............................................................. 24 Lobster Colorado ...................................................... 25 Apple Cranberry Relish .............................................. 26 Grandma’s Corn Pudding ............................................ 27 Land of Nod Buns..................................................... 28

DESSERTS Egg Nog Cheesecake ................................................. 29 Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes ...................................... 30

LEARN MAGIC...................................................... 32 KID’S HOLIDAY CROSSWORD.............................. 34 WORD SEARCH.................................................... 25 HOLIDAY MAZE.................................................... 36

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Covid Christmas Guidelines Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, is encouraging people to celebrate Christmas differently this year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Christmas is traditionally a holiday spent with loved ones, including those that may live far away and travel home for the celebration, this year British Columbians are being asked to keep to their ‘safe six’, or members of their immediate household. The BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has released a list of recommendations for how to celebrate Christmas safely this year. • Check-in with guests before they arrive to make sure that they are feeling well and don’t have symptoms or recent contact with a confirmed case. • Visit in larger rooms where there is more space for people to sit or stand farther apart. • Choose well-ventilated spaces (spaces where there is lots of fresh air) and open windows if you can. • Limit your time indoors together, the less time you spend in a confined space together, the better. For example, consider offering “just dessert” rather than a long meal. • Encourage non-contact greetings such as elbow bumps or waves to reduce physical contact • Keep music low to reduce the need for loud talking or shouting • Consider having only one-person plate meals instead of having a buffet service. • It is unlikely that gift wrap can transfer the COVID-19 virus although you should wash your hands before gift giving and receiving. To include high risk family members, such as the elderly or those with respiratory issues, consider using virtual means of connection, such as Facetime or Zoom. Even using the speaker function on a telephone can help connect someone unable to visit with their family. Christmas may be different in 2020, but that doesn’t mean it’s cancelled.

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December Celebrations Around the world, December is a month of celebration for old and young alike, with many different holidays and traditions spanning several cultures. Christmas: Perhaps the most well-known holiday here in Canada, Christmas takes place on Dec. 25, with Christmas Eve on Dec. 24. Evergreen trees are decorated as Christmas trees and gifts are typically exchanged. In North America, children leave milk and cookies out for Santa Claus, who flies the skies with nine magical reindeer, slipping down chimneys and leaving gifts in stockings that are hung the night before, and under the tree. In the UK, children leave mince pies and brandy out for Father Christmas. In Iceland, there is not only one Santa, but 13, known as ‘Yule Lads’. These mischievous, mountain dwelling pranksters venture into people’s homes and leave candies and gifts in children’s shoes, which are left on windowsills in the 13 nights leading to Christmas. While Santa and Father Christmas may leave lumps of coal for naughty children, the Yule Lads will fill a misbehaving child’s shoe with rotten potatoes. In the Southern Hemisphere, Dec. and thus Christmas, occurs during the summer. In Australia, people will often spend Christmas at the beach or camping. Some Australians may decorate a ‘Christmas Bush’, a native Australian tree with small green leaves and flowers that turn red in the summer. Hanukkah: Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire, which ended in 160 BCE. Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, and is observed for continued on page 8

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eight nights and days. On each of the eight nights, a candle is added to a traditional candelabra, known as a menorah. The ninth candle is typically elevated in the centre and known as a ‘shamash’, and is used to light the other eight candles. Typically, blessings are recited and traditional foods such as latkes (potato pancakes), Kugel (egg noodle casserole either sweet or savoury) and sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts). Children may play with traditional toys such as a dreidel, and in some households, gifts are exchanged. Kwanzaa: A relatively new holiday, Kwanzaa was created by American professor Maulana Karenga in 1966, following the Watts riots of Los Angeles. The holiday spans seven days, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. It is a celebration which draws on traditional harvest festivals in Africa. The name ‘Kwanzaa’ comes from the East African Swahili phrase ‘matunda ya kwanza’, meaning ‘first fruits of the harvest’. The Seven principles of Kwanzaa, Unity, SelfDetermination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith, are represented by seven candles placed in a Kinara. The candles, three green on the right, three red on the left and a single black candle in the centre, are lit one each day during the holiday. Observants of Kwanzaa are encouraged to wear traditional African clothing, and to decorate their homes with colourful African cloth. Libations are consumed, as are African foods. The traditional greeting is ‘Joyous Kwanzaa’. Although designed for African-Americans, Kwanzaa does not seek to alienate anyone and all are welcome to celebrate. Similarly, those that celebrate Kwanzaa may also celebrate Christmas and New Year’s as well. Boxing Day: Now seen as a commercial holiday, where shoppers can get the best sale prices of the year, the holiday is believed to have more philanthropic beginnings. Some theories have Boxing Day originating in the

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UK in the middle Ages, when the Alms Box of a church was used to collect special offerings for the Feast of Saint Stephen, which falls on Boxing Day. It is also the day in some areas where the Alms Box would be opened and the contents distributed to the poor. It may also have stemmed from the tradition of tradespeople collecting ‘Christmas boxes’ the day after Christmas as a token of gratitude for the work they had performed throughout the year. Similarly, servants of wealthy families would be given Boxing Day off after serving their masters on Christmas day, and may be sent home with boxes of gifts, a monetary bonus or occasionally leftover food. In Ireland, the day may still be referred to as Saint Stephen’s Day or ‘Wren’s Day’, where people dress up in old clothes and straw hats and go door to door with a fake wren attached to a pole, singing, dancing and playing music. It is a day typically spent visiting family. Omisoka: Omisoka is the Japanese holiday of New Year’s Eve, and is considered an important holiday in Japanese culture. People are encouraged to perform activities which will conclude the day and year and help one enter the new year fresh. These activities range from housecleaning to repaying debts to bathing. An hour before the New Year, people may gather together and eat toshikoshi soba or toshikoshi udon, the long noodles symbolizing ‘crossing over’ from one year to the next. At midnight, many will visit a shrine or temple for Hatsumode, to pray for good luck in the new year. New Year’s Eve: New Year’s Eve is celebrated in some way or another on six continents. It is typically a celebration amongst family and friends, closing out the old year on Dec. 31 and welcoming in the new one on Jan. 1. The celebrations centre around a countdown to midnight, when the old year comes to a close and the new one begins. Fireworks, dancing, the consumption of desserts or alcohol, and parties are all common to the night.

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Family activities to help you avoid cabin fever Being stuck at home isn’t ideal, but here are ways to keep busy and have a little bit more fun with the whole family.  It’s not fun being cooped up because of selfisolation and social distancing, but with a little bit of effort, you can create some fun things to do at home to help the time pass and make some wonderful memories. You’ve got this! Zoom around in cardboard race cars Let your kids zoom through the living room in their very own race car or just use the cars and have your own drive-in movie. Make cardboard dollhouses Create your own dollhouse, as intricate or as simple as you’d like. There are many variations. Just go online and create your own.

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Make your own pinwheel This simple craft is best enjoyed in a breeze, but standing in front of a fan gets the job done too. Play hide-and-seek Another classic fun things to do at home. Who can find the best hiding spot in the house?. Make a calming jar Help your kids cool down and relax with these easy-to-make calming jars. All you need is hand soap, water and a handful of shiny glitter and beads to help your kids find their inner peace. Create your own calming jar. Take any clear container such as a water bottle or mason jar. Decorate the lid. Fill 1/4 with water. Fill to 3/4 with clear liquid soap fill the rest with coloured liquid soap. Add your own mixture of beads and glitter. Put the cap on tight or better yet glue it on and shake.

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Blow bubbles Go buy some bubbles at your favourite dollar store, or make your own at home. Plus, learn how to make your own bubble wands.

Take lots of pictures Make sure that while living in the moment, you don’t forget to snap photos of the silly and fun times, too. Print the photos and have the kids help you finally put together that scrapbook or album you’ve wanted to make.

Play a game of hopscotch You might think this game is too simple, but it’s always a great time-killer and super fun to play at any age. You can always using masking tape and set it up in the rec room or hallway.

Have a scavenger hunt Put together a list of household objects and see who can be the first to find everything on the list!

Build a fort Any time of the year is the perfect time to build a fort. It’s great for some pretend indoor camping!

Play freeze dance Choose some of your kids’ favourite tunes and turn up the volume. Ask them to dance until the music stops. When it does, they have to freeze in whatever position they find themselves in – even if they have one leg up. To make the game more challenging, ask the kids to freeze in specific poses: animals, shapes, letters or even yoga postures. Toddlers in particular love this game.

Get baking Ge the most out of baking with your kids. Pretend to be bakers while practicing essential skills like reading with recipes or counting with ingredients. Do a puzzle Exercise those creative, cognitive and problemsolving muscles with a good puzzle. You can use a store-bought variety or have the kids make their own. Have your children draw a picture on a sturdy piece of cardboard or Bristol board. Then use a pencil to outline puzzle pieces directly on their drawing. Cut

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out the pieces with a good pair of scissors, mix them up and get solving. Indoor games and craft in one fun activity! Make a bird feeder What better craft is there than making a DIY bird feeder? All you need is a plasic milk jug. Or try painting a birdhouse, which you can purchase at your local craft store. Make a time capsule A sweet time capsule filled with special trinkets and memories is always a fun indoor activity to do with kids. Have them help decorate the box and curate which items to put in it. Play card games Teach your kid some fun classic card games like Go Fish!, Crazy Eights, Slapjack and more! Improvise some paper-bag skits This indoor game is ideal for larger families. Divide the kids (and adults) up into groups. Give each group a bag filled with props, such as a spoon, toy jewelry,

a sock, ball or ribbon. Then give them 15 minutes to construct a skit around the props. This game is so much fun that it doesn’t have to be competitive. If the kids want, though, they can vote on a winning skit. Make a DIY balance beam If you have masking tape on hand, why not make your own balance beam? We all know how much kids love walking in straight lines any chance they get. Put on some music, and one at a time the kids can take their turn walking one-foot-over-the-other across the straight line of tape. Make the game more challenging by having the kids walk backwards or balance with one foot on the line. Play the listening game This game is sure to both educate and delight little ones. Take out several miscellaneous items. Have the children look at all the items, and then take them away. Next, ask one child to hide his or her eyes and listen as you pick up an item and make sounds with it. Ask the child to guess which item made the sound. Examples of items might be a comb (run your fingers along it), a glass (gently tap it), cymbals, shakers, sandpaper, blocks rubbed together, a pot and spoon. Be creative and have fun!

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Do some indoor bowling A great way to reuse water bottles (or you can purchase an indoor bowling set). Line 6-10 water bottles up at the end of your hall or living room. Place a line of duct tape at the starting line. Grab a medium-sized indoor ball and start bowling! If you want, keep score and give out trophies at the end. (Note: if you need to stabilize the water bottles or make the game more difficult, simply fill them up with some water. Don’t forget to screw the tops on tightly!)

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Play Hot Potato This game will have everyone giggling. Ask the kids to sit on the floor in a circle. Turn on some tunes and have them pass the potato (a bean bag or soft ball) around the circle as fast as they can. When the music stops, the player holding the potato leaves the circle. Keep going until only one player is left and wins the game. Set up a game of indoor basketball You can’t be too little for this version of basketball. All you need is a bucket and a rolled up sock (or a small, light ball). Each player takes a turn at throwing the sock-ball into the bucket. When a player scores a bucket, he or she takes a step back and throws again until missing. The player who shoots the ball in the bucket from the farthest distance wins. Play Simon Says This traditional favourite will never get old. To start, choose one player (probably a parent for the first round) to be Simon. The rest of the players will gather in a circle or line in front of Simon as he calls out actions starting with the phrase “Simon says”: “Simon says…touch your toes.” The players then have to copy Simon’s action, touching their toes. If Simon calls out an action without uttering the phrase “Simon says,” the kids must not do the action. If a child touches his toes when Simon didn’t say…, he or she is out of the game. There are lots of great ways Simon can trick players into doing actions when Simon didn’t say: Simon can perform an action without uttering a command, for example, or he can perform an action that doesn’t correspond with the command. Fun! The last player left in the game wins and becomes the next Simon.

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Season’s Greetings

Silent Night

May your holidays be full of warmth and cheer.

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

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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

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

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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!

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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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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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of Bethlehem

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,

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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.


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

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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!” 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!”

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!”

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.

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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.

Happy Holidays Peace on Earth. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness. From all of us at

@ MERRITT Y R T TIS AXATION MEETS CARE”

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250-378-4888

2731 Forksdale Avenue,

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Auld Lang Syne

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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Happy Holidays With best wishes and gratitude this holiday season. It’s been great getting to know you, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

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 He’ll say: Are you married? We’ll say: No man, But you can do the job When you’re in town.

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250-280-4499 HOURS OF OPERATION Sun. & Mon.: Closed • Tues. to Sat.: 10 am - 5 pm

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250-378-3903

2776 Voght St.

Merry Christmas Tis the season for Happy Smiles! We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a sparkling New Year

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. 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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2088 Quilchena Avenue

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

Call Today to Book Your Appointment. Ph: 250-378-5877

New Patients Always Welcome!

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All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth 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) 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!”

The happiest of holidays to you and yours! We so greatly appreciate having good friends and customers like you!

PHONE: 250-378-4943

2064 Coutlee Ave., Merritt, BC

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Appetizers Hot Spinach Dip

Ingredients 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained ½ cup red bell pepper, diced 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 (6.5 ounce) jar artichoke hearts, drained and mashed

½ cup sour cream ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese salt and ground black pepper to taste ¼ cup heavy cream Directons: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together spinach, bell pepper, garlic, artichokes, sour cream, and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Mixture will be thick; add cream to thin to dip consistency. Spoon into a 1-quart baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbly. Serve with crackers.

Thank you for all your support! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We are again offering FREE winter sand for your sidewalks and driveways. Look for the

“FREE SAND SIGN”

in Norgaard’s yard on the Spences Bridge Hwy.

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For a slightly spicy cheeseball with lots of zing, try this easy recipe. If you don’t care for cilantro, you can roll the ball in shredded cheddar cheese or fresh chopped parsley.

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NICOLA VALLEY COMMUNITY JUSTICE SERVICES SOCIETY

May you and your family be blessed with the Spirit of the Season which is Peace, the Gladness of the Season which is Hope, and the Heart of the Season which is Love. BOX 819, MERRITT, BC V1K 1B8 TEL: 250-378-5010 • FX: 250-378-5014

Ingredients: 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese ¼ cup shredded pepperjack cheese ½ green bell pepper, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon garlic salt Directions: In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt. Mix together and form mixture into a ball. Roll ball in cilantro and serve with your favorite crackers. Makes a great snowman!

Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder, and Joy that the Season can bring! Phone: 250-378-5252

2076 Coutlee Avenue

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Christmas Prime Rib

Ingredients 1 (6 pound) boneless prime rib roast 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper 2 teaspoons dried thyme 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 carrot, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 sm unpeeled onion, quartered & separated 2 teaspoons concentrated beef base (paste) 1 ½ cups water 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon water The day before serving, remove the roast from the package, and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Set the roast on a baking sheet, and place in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before cooking time to allow meat to reach room temperature. Rub the roast all over with horseradish and Dijon mustard. In a bowl,

mix together the kosher salt, black pepper, thyme, and garlic powder; sprinkle the spice mix over the roast. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Place the celery, carrot, and onion pieces into the bottom of a roasting pan. Place the roast on top of the vegetables. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and roast until the meat is browned and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast reads 130 to 135 degrees F (54 to 57 degrees C) for medium-rare. Remove from oven, transfer roast to a platter, and cover with a tent of aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 30 minutes. Temperature of the meat will rise about 10 degrees during resting time. To make au jus sauce, skim excess fat from the pan drippings in the roasting pan. Place the pan over a burner set to medium heat, and stir in the beef base and 1 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, scraping and dissolving any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the pan. Strain out and discard the vegetables. Combine the cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl, and whisk the mixture into the sauce. Allow the sauce to thicken slightly (sauce will be thin), pour into a gravy boat, and serve with roast.

Wishing everyone a

Merry Christamas and a Happy New Year! Wishing everyone Health and Happiness during these times. Join us next season for great fishing, food and hospitality.

Visit www.corbettlake.ca for more info Cabins and Rooms Available Phone: 250-378-4334 15 mins. east of Merritt on Hwy 97C

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Lobster Colorado Ingredients 4 (8 ounce) filet mignon (beef tenderloin) salt and pepper to taste ½ teaspoon garlic powder 4 slices bacon ½ cup butter, divided 1 teaspoon OLD BAY® Seasoning 8 ounces lobster tail, cleaned and chopped Set oven to broil 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Sprinkle tenderloins all over with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Wrap each filet with bacon, and secure with a toothpick. Place on a broiling pan, and broil to desired doneness, about 8 to 10 minutes per side for medium rare. While tenderloins are cooking, melt 1/4 cup of butter over medium heat with 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay® seasoning. Stir in chopped lobster meat, and cook until done. Spoon lobster meat over cooked tenderloins, and return them to the broiler until the lobster meat begins to brown.

While the lobster is in the oven, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook until it browns, turning the color of a hazelnut. To serve, spoon the browned butter over the steaks, and sprinkle with the remaining Old Bay® seasoning.

One of the many joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say Thank you and to wish you a prosperous New Year

Merry Wishes& Happy Holidays May this festive season lift your spirits with enough joy to carry you through the new year!

Find us at 2099 Quilchena Ave. or call us at 250-378-5151 www.merrittesc.ca

1964 Quilchena Ave, Merritt

250-378-2215

reception@carrieware.ca www.carrieware.ca Why Stress when you can bring it to the Best

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Apple Cranberry Relish Ingredients 2 navel oranges 2 (12 ounce) packages cranberries 2 apples - peeled, cored and chopped 2 celery, chopped 3 cups white sugar Grate peel of orange; reserve. Peel oranges and discard white membranes. Separate oranges into sections and place half in a food processor or blender. To the food processor add half of the cranberries, apples and celery. Process until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl; repeat with remaining oranges, cranberries, apples and celery. Stir in sugar and reserved orange peel. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Happy Holidays

Aspen Planers Ltd. www.aspenplaners.ca

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Grandma’s Corn Pudding Ingredients 5 eggs 1 /3 cup butter, melted ¼ cup white sugar ½ cup milk 4 tablespoons cornstarch 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn 2 (14.75 ounce) cans cream-style corn Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add melted butter, sugar, and milk. Whisk in cornstarch. Stir in corn and creamed corn. Blend well. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour.

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Land of Nod Buns 20 frozen dough rolls 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding powder 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon 3/4 cup raisins 1/3 cup melted butter The night before, grease a Bundt pan, add frozen rolls. Mix sugar, pudding powder, cinnamon and raisins. Sprinkle over frozen rolls. Pour melted butter over all. Cover with clean, damp cloth. Let rise overnight. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then turn out onto serving platter. Enjoy and Merry Christmas! Submitted by Jackie Tegart, MLA Fraser-Nicola Riding

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Desserts Egg Nog Cheesecake 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 2 tablespoons white sugar 3 tablespoons melted butter 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup white sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour ¾ cup eggnog 2 eggs 2 tablespoons rum • 1 pinch ground nutmeg Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan. Bake oven for 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). In a food processor combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and eggnog; process until smooth. Blend in eggs, rum and nutmeg. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 and bake for 45 minutes, or until center of cake is barely firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and immediately loosen cake from rim. Let cake cool completely before removing the rim.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s! All the best for 2021!

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Toll Free: 1-800-665-8711 www.danalbas.com @DanAlbas DanAlbas4COSN

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Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes Ingredients 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp ¾ cup white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 ½ cups sifted self-rising flour ½ cup milk Frosting: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temp 1 tablespoon milk 1 drop brown food coloring Decoration: 6 vanilla wafer cookies (such as Nilla®) 12 red jelly beans 24 candy eyeballs 24 chewy chocolate-flavored candy (such as Tootsie Roll®) 24 pretzels

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line cups with paper liners. Combine 9 tablespoons butter, white sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until well combined. Fold in half the flour and 1/4 cup milk and stir to combine. Repeat with remaining flour and milk. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Remove tin from oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes

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Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year. Cell Phone: 250-879-6306 Office: 250-372-2955 Ext. 259 e-mail: Kyle.schell@ig.ca http://advisor.investorsgroup.com/en/kyle_schell

s g n i t e e r G s ’ Season May Peace And Joy Stay With You During The Holidays And The Whole Year Through.

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✷ Clothing & much more

HOURS: Mon to Friday - 5 am to 11 pm Saturday & Sunday - 6 am to 11 pm

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LEARN A FEW MAGIC TRICKS Who doesn’t love magic? Learn some simple sleight of hand with this easy guide. It’ll Cost You Preparation: You’ll need a quarter, a piece of tinfoil just bigger than the quarter, and a small square of paper (big enough to fully cover the coin). Place the tinfoil over one side of the quarter and around the rim, and gently rub it to set the coin’s impression on the foil. Remove the quarter and cut off any excess foil. Trick: Place the foil quarter in the palm of your hand and show the audience; tell them you’re going to make it disappear. Place the piece of paper over the quarter, wave your magic wand, say the magic words and remove the paper. When the audience sees that it’s still there, say you’ll try again. When it doesn’t work for the third time, apologize to the audience and crumple the paper and the foil into a tiny ball. Make sure the paper covers the foil so it looks like the quarter has been crushed.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

N.V.C.L. would like to wish everyone a Safe & Happy Holiday Season. Safety Begins with

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Magic Touch Prep: Fill an aluminum pie plate with just enough water to cover the bottom. Arrange some toothpicks in a square in the middle of the pie plate, making sure their tips overlap so they stay together. Dip another toothpick in dish detergent. Trick:  Have your audience gather around the pie plate, which you can either set on a table or the ground. Tell them that you will fill a toothpick with your power, and then use it to make the square of toothpicks separate. Take out your toothpick dipped in dish detergent, say your magic words, and place the soap-dipped end into the middle of the square. The soap will cause the toothpicks to fly apart in the water.

Best Wishes

for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

250-378-4695 2145 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, B.C.

Happy Holidays

to all students, families and staff of SD#58

This message brought to you by the

School District #58 Board of Education

Success for all Learners - Today and Tomorrow

Quick Switch Prep: Sit at a table in front of your audience with a piece of paper and rip off two little pieces, each a bit bigger than your fingernails. Tape a paper piece to one fingernail on each hand and tell your audience you’re going to make the paper disappear and reappear.  Trick: Place your two fingers with the paper on them on the table. One at a time, put your hand behind your back, quickly switching fingers and placing a finger with no paper on it back on the table. Repeat with the other hand. Tell your audience you will now bring the paper back. Repeat the first step, this time replacing the fingers without paper with the fingers with paper. Use your index and middle fingers since they look the most alike.

Serving Merritt for over 20 years

Merritt’s Auto Glass Specialists

Experienced professionals on hand 2663 Granite Avenue, Merritt BC

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KIDS CROSSWORD

Merry Christmas May your holidays be Safe & Filled with Great Memories

CONTAIN-IT STORAGE

1750 Hill Street Phone: 250-315-3000

Scw’exmx Child & Family Services Society We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday! We are all somebody’s 7th generation.

Across 1. Pumpkin or mincemeat 3. Santa’s ridce 6. Celebration 8. Newborn 9. Northpole crew 13. World of praise 14. Words on a Christmas Card 17. It’s opened on Christmas

Phone: 250-378-2771

Frank’s Mechanical

would like to wish

Down 1. Alternative word to 17 across 2. Christmas drink 4. Christmas dinner centerpiece 5. Dec. holiday 7. Christmas warmer 8. Jingle _________ 10. Christmas tree 11. O. Hentry’s “The Gift of the _____” 12. What carolers do 15. French Christmas 16. Snow glider

Everyone a Happy Holiday

FRANK’S MECHANICAL SERVICE 2026 Mamette Avenue

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS WORDCalling SEARCH Birds Christmas Days Drummers Drumming French Hens Geese Golden Rings Laying Leaping Lords Maids Milking Patridge Pear Tree Pipers Pipping Swans Swimming Turtle Doves Twelve

Nicola Valley & District Metis Society

Nicola Valley & District Metis Society wishes all a healthy, loving holiday. from the staff at the

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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HOLIDAY MAZE

s g n i t e e r G s Season’ May the Christmas season fill your home with peace, your heart with love, and your life with joy. Wishing you many blessings in the coming year! Melody Simon - Guiding you home 250-315-8539

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Dr. Comartin and staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

Cascade Family Dental Located in the Railyard Mall

#110 - 1700 Garcia

378-4000

Warmest thoughts and Best Wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year. MLA Jackie Tegart

Fraser Nicola 2–2152 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, BC 250 378-8831 Jackie.Tegart.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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Lower Nicola Indian Band School

s y a d i l o H y p p Ha 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 gentle smile and kind words you hear, a special 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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