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carols, recipes & gift ideas


Your Keepsake Christmas Edition

A special section of the

Look inside for a collection of Christmas carols, locally submitted recipes, and some heartwarming stories – all designed to bring you some holiday cheer. Enjoy!

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Sleigh Ride

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king;

Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing Ring ting tingle-ing, too Come on, it’s lovely weather For a sleigh ride together with you

Giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up it’s grand Just holding your hand We’re gliding along with the song Of a wintry fairyland

Outside the snow is falling And friends are calling “You Hoo” Come on, it’s lovely weather For a sleigh ride together with you

Our cheeks are nice and rosy And comfy cozy are we We’re snuggled up together Like two Birds of a feather would be

Giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up Let’s go, let’s look at the snow We’re riding in a wonderland of snow

Let’s take the road before us And sing a chorus or two Come on, it’s lovely weather For a sleigh ride together with you

Peace on Earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies; With the’ angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace! Hail, the Son of righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings. Mild He leaves His throne on high, 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!” Come, Desire of nations come, Fix in us Thy humble home; Oh, to all Thyself impart, Formed in each believing heart!

Christ, by highest Heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of the favoured one. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the’ incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with man to dwell; Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Peace on Earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king;

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!

When we finally kiss goodnight, 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.

It doesn’t show signs of stopping, And I’ve brought some corn for popping; The lights are turned way down low, Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

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!

Little Drummer Boy 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 pum pum Rum pum pum pum So to honor Him Pa rum pum pum pum, When we come. Little Baby 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 Pa rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Shall I play for you! Pa rum 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 I played my best for Him Pa rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Then He smiled at me Pa rum pum pum pum Me and my drum.

Deck the Halls Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la ’Tis the season to be jolly Fa la la la la, la la la la

Follow me in merry measure Fa la la, la la la, la la la While I tell of Yuletide treasure Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our gay apparel Fa la la, la la la, la la la Troll the ancient Yuletide carol Fa la la la la, la la la la

Fast away the old year passes Fa la la la la, la la la la Hail the new ye lads and lasses Fa la la la la, la la la la

See the blazing Yule before us Fa la la la la, la la la la Strike the harp and join the chorus Fa la la la la, la la la la

Sing we joyous all together Fa la la, la la la, la la la Heedless of the wind and weather Fa la la la la, la la la la

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

I love Thee Lord Jesus, Look down from the sky And stay by my cradle Till 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.

The cattle are lowing, The poor Baby wakes, But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes.

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

Jingle Bell Rock Jingle bell, jingle bell, Jingle bell rock Jingle bells swing And jingle bells ring Snowing and blowing up Bushels of fun Now the jingle hop has begun. Jingle bell, jingle bell, Jingle bell rock Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time Dancing and prancing In Jingle Bell Square In the frosty air.

What a bright time, It’s the right time To rock the night away Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, Pick up your feet Jingle around the clock Mix & a-mingle in the jingling beat That’s the jingle bell, That’s the jingle bell, That’s the jingle bell rock.

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Twelve Days of Christmas

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

On the first day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, A partridge in a pear tree.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember, Christ, our Saviour Was born on Christmas day To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray

On the second day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the third day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the fourth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the fifth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the sixth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the seventh day of Christmas, My true love gave to me, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the eighth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the ninth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the tenth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me, Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the eleventh day of Christmas, My true love gave to me, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree. On the twelfth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me, Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves and A partridge in a pear tree.

O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy In Bethlehem, in Israel, This blessed Babe was born And laid within a manger Upon this blessed morn The which His Mother Mary Did nothing take in scorn

O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy 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. O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy

Winter Wonderland Sleigh bells ring are you listening In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight Walking in a winter wonderland

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

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 And pretend that he’s a circus clown We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman Until the other kiddies knock him down

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

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 Walking in a winter wonderland Walking in a winter wonderland

The Christmas Song Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

And goodies on his sleigh And every mother’s child is gonna spy To see if reindeer Really know how to fly.

Everybody knows a turkey And some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

And so I’m offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it’s been said Many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you.

They know that Santa’s on his way He’s loaded lots of toys

Silent Night Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright, Round yon Virgin Mother & 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,

Heav’nly hosts sing ‘Alleluia, Christ, the Saviour is born! Christ, the Saviour, 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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Angels We Have Heard on High

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o’er the plains. And the mountains in reply, Echoing their joyous strains.

Come to Bethlehem, and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, our newborn King.

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous songs prolong? What the gladsome tidings be, Which inspire your heav’nly song

See Him in a manger laid, Whom the choirs of angels praise; Mary, Joseph lend your aid, While our hearts in love we raise.

Jolly old Saint Nicholas, Lean your ear this way! Don’t you tell a single soul What I’m going to say; Christmas Eve is coming soon; Now, you dear old man, Whisper what you’ll bring to me; Tell me if you can.

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to the perfect light. Born a King of Bethlehem’s plain, Gold I bring, to crown Him again, King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign. O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to the perfect light. Frankincense to offer have I, Incense owns a Deity nigh.

Pray’r and praising, all men raising, Worship Him, God most high. O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to the perfect light. Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume Breathes a life of gathering gloom; Sorr’wing, sighing, bleeding, dying, Sealed in the stone-cold tomb. O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to the perfect light. Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and sacrifice, Alleluia, Alleluia, Earth to the heav’ns replies.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Rocking around the Christmas Tree At the Christmas party hop Mistletoe hung where you can see Ev’ry couple tries to stop

You will get a sentimental feeling When you hear voices singing “Let’s be jolly; Deck the halls with boughs of holly”

Rocking around the Christmas Tree Let the Christmas Spirit ring Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie And we’ll do some caroling

Rocking around the Christmas Tree Have a happy holiday Everyone’s dancing merrily In a new old fashioned way

Here Comes Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Are pulling on the reins. Bells are ringing, children singing; All is merry and bright. Hang your stockings & say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

All the stockings you will find Hanging in a row; Mine will be the shortest one, You’ll be sure to know. Johnny wants a pair of skates; Susy wants a dolly; Nellie wants a story book; She thinks dolls are folly; As for me, my little brain Isn’t very bright; Choose for me, old Santa Claus, What you think is right.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

We Three Kings We three kings of Orient are; Bearing gifts, we traverse afar; Field and fountain, moor & mountain, Following yonder star.

When the clock is striking twelve, When I’m fast asleep, Down the chimney broad & black, With your pack you’ll creep;


Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! He’s got a bag that is filled with toys For the boys and girls again. Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, What a beautiful sight. Jump in bed, cover up your head, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight

Have a holly jolly Christmas It’s the best time of the year Well I don’t know if there’ll be snow But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Christmas And in case you didn’t hear Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year

Have a holly jolly Christmas And when you walk down the street Say hello to friends you know And everyone you meet

Have a holly jolly Christmas And when you walk down the street Say hello to friends you know And everyone you meet

Ho ho the mistletoe Hung where you can see Somebody waits for you Kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Christmas And in case you didn’t hear Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year

The First Noel The first Noel, the angels did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay. In fields where 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. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel. 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. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel. The star drew nigh to the northwest, O’er Bethlehem it took its rest, And there it did both stop and stay, Right over the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel. Then enter’d in those wise men three Full rev’rently upon their knee

And offer’d there, in His presence, Their gold and myrrh and frankincense. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel. Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord; That hath made Heav’n and earth of nought, And with His blood mankind hath bought. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.


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Holiday Traditions

Wooden toymaker tugs on the heartstrings Maria Spitale-Leisk, mspitale-leisk@nsnews.com


The lines on the old woodworker’s hands lead to his heart. For 25 years, Bill Chalmers has toiled in a Santa’s Workshop of sorts attached to his house high in the hills above Caulfeild. Blocks of wood are piled in the corner, waiting for Chalmers, a retired butcher, to turn them into special presents for extraordinary kids. The 200 wheeled wooden toys – mostly trucks and race cars, and the occasional whale – are each handcrafted with love and precise detail. In this age of electronics, Chalmers’s gifts are rare and made to last.

He will soon deliver the fruits of his labour to the North Shore Christmas Bureau, which provides food, toys and other presents for local, low-income families. “It’s a great feeling to wake up on Christmas morning and know that children across the (North Shore) are waking up to a present,” says Chalmers, who was particularly inspired to take on the role of toymaker after learning many single mothers couldn’t afford Christmas. Two hundred handmade toys times 25 years equals about 5,000 delighted children on Christmas morning – thanks *1 &"/54%., /2' "!, ("/.!*/-5% (./$*,4/2,"!0+ )$3#%' to each wooden toy is a package of candy, for an extra special treat. Of course, the toymaker has a little help from Mrs. Claus, a.k.a. Bill’s wife of 45 years, Margaret, who is by her husband’s side in the workshop. For Chalmers, this is more than a hobby – it’s a way for him to pay it forward. You see, the toymaker understands the feeling of emptiness at Christmas. As a child growing up in the repressive culture of 1930s Scotland, Chalmers faced much adversity. The young lad was six when his father was killed in a car accident, leaving his pregnant mother to raise ten children.

Times were tough, not only around the holidays, but every

Bill Chalmers has spent the past 25 years crafting wooden toys for needy children at Christmas. day for Chalmers and his siblings. On Christmas Day he would reach into his stocking only to pull out a shiny penny, an apple and an orange. At nine years of age, Chalmers started working to support the family. He took a job in a butcher shop, running errands, sweeping up and learning to be a meat cutter. Fast-forward to 2018 and Chalmers says he’s been very

blessed in his long life. Chalmers embodies the spirit of Christmas, as he turns his attention to another toy that will soon light up a child’s face. By all accounts, the 88-year-old altruist is showing no signs of slowing down, which is a good thing. Christmas morning wouldn’t be the same without Bill Chalmers.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Joy to the World

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Ev’rywhere you go, Take a look in the five-and-ten, Glistening once again, With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come: Let earth receive her King; Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

Is the hope of Janice and Jen, And Mom and Dad can hardly wait For school to start again.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Toys in ev’ry store, But the prettiest sight to see is the holly That will be on your own front door.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Ev’rywhere you go, There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, One in the park as well, The sturdy kind That doesn’t mind the snow.

A pair of hop-along boots And a pistol that shoots Is the wish of Barney and Ben, Dolls that will talk And will go for a walk,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Soon the bells will start, and the thing That will make them ring Is the carol that you sing, Right within your heart.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Joy to the world! The Saviour reigns: Let men their songs employ, While fields and floods, rocks, Hills and plains, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy. No more let sin or sorrow grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make his blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as the curse is found. He rules the world with truth & grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders of His love.

Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town!

Little tin horns, little toy drums. Rudy-toot-toot and rummy tum tums. Santa Claus is coming to town.

He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town!

Little toy dolls that cuddle and coo, Elephants, boats and diddie cars too. Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake!

The kids in Girl and Boy Land Will have a jubilee. They’re gonna build a toyland town All around the Christmas tree.

O Holy Night

So...You better watch out, you better not cry You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town.

Oh....You better watch out, You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is comin’, Santa Claus is comin’ Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. a lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yule-tide gay, From now on, our troubles will be miles away.

Faithful friends who are dear to us Gather near to us once more. Through the years we all will be together If the Fates allow Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices O night divine, O night when Christ was born; O night divine! O night, O night divine! Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. Led by the light of a star sweetly gleaming Here came the wise men from the Orient land. The King of kings lay thus lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friends. Chorus

Do You Hear What I Hear? Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky, little lamb Do you see what I see? A star, a star, dancing in the night With a tail as big as a kite, With a tail as big as a kite.”

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, “Do you know what I know? In your palace warm, mighty king, Do you know what I know? A Child, a Child shivers in the cold-Let us bring him silver and gold, Let us bring him silver and gold.”

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, “Do you hear what I hear? Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy, Do you hear what I hear? A song, a song high above the trees With a voice as big as the sea, With a voice as big as the sea.”

Said the king to the people everywhere, “Listen to what I say! Pray for peace, people, everywhere, Listen to what I say! The Child, the Child sleeping in the night He will bring us goodness and light, He will bring us goodness and light.”

Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise his holy name Chorus


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Lorelei Guthrie

Executive Sous Chef, Grouse Mountain Resort

Shopping Centre Manager, Lynn Valley Centre

Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding 280 g chopped, pitted dates

250 g sugar

500 ml water

5 ml vanilla extract

2 earl grey tea bags

285 g flour

5 g baking soda

8 g baking powder

140 g vegan margarine

pinch kosher salt

1. Place the two portions of dates into two separate bowls, each with half (2.5 g) of the baking soda. 2. Bring water and tea bags up to a boil. Remove from heat, strain out tea bags and pour 400 ml of tea over each bowl of dates. Stir and let sit and cool. 3. Blitz the bowl of halved dates with the water in a blender until smooth.

Butter Tart "This is my grandmother's recipe." Makes 12 tarts non-sweetened prepared tart shells 1 egg

4. Cream butter and sugar then add the vanilla extract. Then add to date mixture.

1 cup brown/golden sugar

5. Mix dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

¼ tsp nutmeg

6. Pour mix into a 9x13 baking pan and bake at 320 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Insert toothpick to check if done. 7. Cool then refrigerate, before removing from pan. Cut into desired shapes.

3 tbsp melted butter 1 tbsp vanilla

pecan or walnut pieces (optional)

1. Mix egg and melted butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 2. Fold in sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. 3. Add in raisins and nuts 4. Spoon into tart shells, filling

Toffee Sauce: 500 g brown sugar

10 ml rum

250 ml coconut milk

5 ml vanilla extract

1 cup golden raisins, soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes (drained)

2/3 of the cup (mixture expands as it cooks, you do not want it overflowing). 5. Bake at 375 degrees F, 12-15 minutes. 6. Let cool 10-15 minutes, then enjoy!

Turkey pet treat

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring well, for 5 minutes or so.

Recipe supplied by In The Raw (Dr. Karen Becker)

To Serve:

The dalmation Joshua - the inspiration behind In The Raw.

Heat pudding for 5 minutes until soft, place in shallow bowl, then soak generously in sauce.

Turkey, like chicken, is an exceptional source of protein for cats and dogs. However, make sure you use free-range organic turkey and not poultry from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Can be used for both dogs and cats 1 cup ground turkey

¼ cup cottage cheese

1 egg

½ cup sweet potato cooked, peeled, and mashed

1 tsp chopped parsley 1. Mix all ingredients together, and then roll into 1-inch balls.

2. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Store extra turkey balls in the freezer or refrigerator and consume within one week. If stored in the freezer, this treat can stay fresh for up to three months.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer” It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year It’s the hap - happiest season of all With those holiday greetings And gay happy meetings When friends come to call It’s the hap - happiest season of all There’ll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There’ll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago

When love ones are near It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year There’ll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There’ll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year There’ll be much mistletoeing And hearts will be glowing When love ones are near It’s The Most Wonderful Time It’s The Most Wonderful Time It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year There’ll be much mistletoeing And hearts will be glowing

O Little Town of Bethlehem 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 O morning stars together Proclaim the holy birth And praises sing to God the King And Peace to men on Earth For Christ is born of Mary And gathered all above While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondering love 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. Where children pure and happy Pray to the blessed child, Where misery cries out to thee, Son of the mother mild; Where charity stands watching And faith holds wide the door, The dark night wakes, The glory breaks, And Christmas comes once more. 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


It Came Upon a Midnight Clear It came upon a midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold, “Peace on the Earth, goodwill to men From heav’n’s all gracious King.” The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven skies they come, With peaceful wings unfurl’d, And still their heav’nly music floats O’er all the weary world: Above its sad and lonely plains They bend on hov’ring wing. And ever o’er its Babel sounds The blessed angels sing. O ye, beneath life’s crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow: Look now, for glad the golden hours Come swiftly on the wing; Oh rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing. For lo! the days are hast’ning on, By prophets seen of old, When with the ever-circling years, Shall come the time foretold, When the new heav’n and earth shall own The Prince of Peace their King, And the whole world send back the song Which now the angels sing. O ye, beneath life’s crushing load Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the arduous way With painful steps and slow; Look now, for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing. O rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing. “Peace on the earth, goodwill to men From heav’n’s all gracious King.” The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus Underneath the mistletoe last night She didn’t see me creep Down the stairs to have a peep She thought that I was tucked up In my bedroom fast asleep Then I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus Underneath his beard so snowy white Oh, what a laugh it would have been If Daddy had only seen Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night


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Maria Spitale-Leisk, mspitale-leisk@nsnews.com

;2<:%? /8,+ $2'!:%?+ .@B(#@5>+ <=@#(:%? $#%AB<<: :% the streets, roller skating en masse to mass, and evil Santa, a.k.a. Krampus – these are a colourful sampling of how people around the world celebrate Christmas. Many countries and cultures have added their own twist to the Christian holiday, making for some rather interesting traditions.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA While many families pile in the car on Christmas morning, in Caracas they strap on roller skates and glide through the streets. This rollicking ride to church has become so popular the local government closes some ><@BB<> <# <@2A.$ A#@ <=B >52<B@>- >2AB<&* 3<-> 0B4:B6B" this tradition started so Venezuelans could experience something similar to sledding – the feeling of gliding – around the holidays in the city with warm climes.

JAPAN What started as a festive KFC marketing campaign in Japan 40 years ago has hatched a culinary tradition that can’t be tamed. Fried chicken has become synonymous with Christmas in Japan, despite the fact it isn’t even a national holiday there. However, that doesn’t stop 12!2%B>B !B#!4B A@#' B%7#&:%? >#'B ).%?B@ 4:$5:%good” chicken on Christmas – the busiest day of the year for KFC in that country.


Christmas traditions around the world AUSTRALIA Down Under, Christmas coincides with the beginning of the summer holidays. While Canadians dig into a hearty turkey dinner on Christmas Day, many Australians head to the beach for a barbecue on the balmy holiday. Camping is also popular at Christmastime. Once Santa reaches the Southern Hemisphere he gives the reindeer a rest and uses kangaroos or “six white boomers” to pull his sleigh. Jolly Old St. Nick also loses the fur trim in favour of a short-sleeve shirt and shorts. CENTRAL EUROPE If you aren’t on Santa’s good list, his evil counterpart (:44 .%" &#9 :% >#'B ,B%<@24 ;9@#!B2% $#9%<@:B>* /@2'!9> :> 2 =#@%B"+ 2%<=@#!#'#@!=:$ .?9@B described as “half-goat, half-demon,” who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. Several European regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Northern Italy celebrate the anti-Santa, and even throw him a parade where young men dressed as the creepy, horned Krampus roam the streets making terrifying noises. VIETNAM In Ho Chi Minh city, formally called Saigon, people gather on Christmas Eve in the city centre, where there is a Catholic cathedral. Young people celebrate

Christmas celebrations in Ho Chi Minh city. by throwing confetti, taking pictures and enjoying the Christmas decorations and lights of big hotels and department stores. Many of the cafes and restaurants stay open late for people to enjoy a Christmas snack. GHANA The holidays are a lively affair in Ghana, celebrated (:<= "2%$:%?+ "@9'':%?+ .@B(#@5>+ 2%" AB><:6:<:B> #% Christmas Eve, which often continue through the night. Ghanaians wear colourful, traditional clothes for church on Christmas morning, and afterwards feast on fufu and okra soup.


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6. To serve, divide pork between tortillas; top with pickled onion mixture, the cilantro, and radishes. Serve with lime wedges. For multi cooker or pressure cooker: follow instructions but cook at full pressure for 40 minutes. We've found that tacos are a fun family meal, and family is all about the holidays for us. So, we love to make tacos when we get together with friends and family anytime of year!

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Salad: 100 g whole pecans 100 g mixed baby greens 4 figs, quartered 60 g goat cheese, crumbled 1. In a bowl, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients until fully mixed. 2. Toast the pecans over the stove in a dry pan until they’re lightly browned. Once they’ve cooled, chop them.

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3. Place greens on four plates, and divide the figs, pecans and goat cheese equally. 4. Drizzle vinaigrette over each plate and serve.


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North Shore volunteers find true meaning of Christmas Maria Spitale-Leisk, mspitale-leisk@nsnews.com

Take a look inside the lit windows of North Shore -?8<:0#7=:##" 4#7;? #% *?$) 1. 2%" &#7 (833 /%" 9:? true meaning of Christmas. For more than two decades, the community hub on East Second Street has welcomed those who would otherwise be left out of Christmas.

“I just do it because I love it, and I think it’s doing a lot of good for a lot of different people out there.”

In addition to immigrants, seniors, and people with 38'89?" /%2%$823 '?2%;+ 9:? (2=' '?23 !=#68"?" 23;# caters to people who just need some company. It’s thanks to the efforts of approximately 75 volunteers, many of whom return each December, that Christmas dinner comes together for those in need. Side-by-side, the volunteers baste, mash, simmer and chop in the Neighbourhood House kitchen on Christmas Eve. The next morning they show up a little after 8 a.m. on ,:=8;9'2; *2& 9# !79 9:? /%23 9#7$:?; #% 97=5?& "8%%?= with all the trimmings for 200 guests.

“Without the volunteers and donors this day would not happen,” says North Shore Neighbourhood House executive director Lisa Hubbard. For other local volunteers, Christmas can start as early as September – that’s when Family Services of the North Shore starts building up their Christmas Bureau, which aims to brighten the spirits of the less fortunate by giving families, seniors and those with disabilities a hamper /33?" (89: !=?;?%9; 2%" 2 <8>9 $2=" >#= <=#$?=8?;) Inside the old Delbrook rec centre, bells were jingling and shortbread cookies were being eaten, as a group of festively dressed volunteers gathered at Christmas Bureau headquarters around mid-October. Halloween hadn’t even hit yet, but the ample lead time is necessary to ensure 1,800 North Shore children, youth, adults and seniors can be supported through the bureau this season. “I know there are really special things that we are doing here,” Family Services of the North Shore executive director Julia Staub-French told the more than 100 volunteers at the Christmas Bureau kickoff. Brandy Hughes, a busy mom, logged the most volunteer hours last year. Her role was to greet clients as they checked in to the meticulously merchandised Christmas Bureau, a place where parents can pick out gifts for their kids.

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Volunteers Brandy Hughes and Ria Terns have made it their holiday tradition to give back to those in need, through the North Shore Christmas Bureau. “It’s magical when people walk in here,” says Hughes. Fellow volunteer Maureen Ritchie has been coming back to the Christmas Bureau for six years, despite moving off the North Shore. “I just do it because I love it, and I think it’s doing a lot of good for a lot of different people out there,” says Ritchie. There is still time to help out the North Shore Christmas Bureau this season by sponsoring a family, dropping off unwrapped toys, or making a monetary donation at familyservices.bc.ca

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Cannoli Siciliani Makes 4 cannoli

Cannoli Filling:

Cannoli Shells:

1 ½ pound fresh sheep's milk ricotta cheese 1 cup sugar 1 cup grated bittersweet chocolate candied fruit, finely sliced icing sugar (confectioners' sugar)

2 cups flour, plus extra for dusting if needed 2 tbsp cocoa powder pinch salt 2 tbsp cold margarine ½ cup white wine ¼ cup water extra-virgin olive oil, for deep-frying

Special equipment: Cannoli molds (tubes for shaping shells during frying) TO MAKE THE CANNOLI SHELLS: 1. In large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and cut in the margarine until evenly blended. 2. Gradually work in the wine and water to form a compact dough.


3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for an hour. 4. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out 5-inch-wide circles and cover. 5. Re-roll the scrap dough to form more circles. 6. In a deep-fat fryer or heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil to 350 degrees F. 7. Wrap each circle onto a mold, sealing the two edges that overlap with a dab of water and by pressing together.

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8. Carefully immerse a few shells at a time, into the hot oil and fry until golden and crisp. 9. Drain the shells on paper towels, let cool and remove the molds from the cannoli. TO MAKE THE FILLING: 1. In a bowl, whip up the ricotta and sugar until creamy.

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2. Add the grated chocolate. Mix thoroughly. 3. Using a piping bag, pipe the filling into each shell, starting at the middle and working out towards each end. 4. Garnish the ends of each cannoli with sliced candied fruit and then dust the cannoli with icing sugar. Recipe courtesy of Food Network Canada chef David Rocco.

Campari Spritz ice cubes 1 oz Campari 3 oz sparkling wine 2 oz lemon-flavoured soda or sparkling water 1 sprig of fresh rosemary 1 lemon peel twist (optional) 1. Place ice cubes in a glass. 2. Pour in the Campari and sparkling wine. 3. Top with lemon-flavoured soda or sparkling water. 4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and lemon peel twist.


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North Shore holiday traditions From spending time with family to lending a helping hand to help those less fortunate, here is how some community leaders spend the holidays. celebrate together. My husband and I have carried on this tradition with our own four children. When they were younger it would be breakfast and Santa, followed by the Christmas train. As they are now young adults, we do still go for breakfast and then we attend either a Christmas play, movie or musical event. In the evening we gather together, often with their friends, and share great food and drinks. Once everyone has gone to bed the presents are put under the tree. Magically, by 0-+.".$ )#&"+ *)-(!".$* ,+& /11&' ,.' )#&"+ $"%) %+-0 Santa has arrived. You are never too old to believe! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.”


“One of our favourites is doing a Christmas-themed jigsaw puzzle as a family each year. I always buy a 1000-piece one by Ravensburger, which produces beautiful reproductions of Christmas paintings. I set the pieces out in our living room on December 1st, and then our family works on it over the holidays until December 31st. It’s really old school, but there’s something about it that stimulates good conversation and the sharing memories of Christmases past.”



“Our favourite Christmas tradition goes back to when I was a child. On Christmas Eve, my parents would take me and my siblings out for breakfast and then we would visit Santa at Woodward’s. We would later attend church and as we got older we would have friends over in the evening to

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“Growing up, our family Christmas traditions were many. My favourite memories were going to the Christmas Eve church service and coming home to make Dutch ‘Ollie-Bollen.’ These are the most delicious type of deep-fried donut that has raisins, apples, and currants that you will ever eat. It is impossible to eat only one or two of them! To this day I keep up that tradition and look forward to it every year.”



“Our favorite family Christmas tradition is volunteering at the North Shore Community Christmas Dinner. We volunteer as a family as a way of giving back. We love serving others and sharing a special evening with our larger community. For us it is the true meaning of Christmas.”


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)-61> '#:8 .<:8 <>:!#%"><: working alternating shifts, many Christmases were spent /8 89> .<> :8/86#% (689 '& (#<1 family. Often, crew members with family nearby would have them come to the station for a visit and share in the treats that we brought in. For those Christmas days spent at home, my fondest tradition was to bring my mom to our house to open presents and have breakfast together. This was usually followed by a walk through Cates Park with my wife (Kath) and two children (Spencer and Kaitlyn) in hopes to work off a little bit of breakfast and take a short break before making Christmas dinner. On behalf of West Vancouver Fire & Rescue, I would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season.” DAN PISTILLI, FIRE CHIEF, NORTH VANCOUVER CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT “To me, Christmas tradition means spending time with family and friends and attending many different social events throughout the festive month of December. Family dinners are a valued and long-standing tradition for the Pistilli family. Typically, we enjoy a large seafood feast on

Christmas Eve followed by another family gathering on Christmas Day. Spending time with my parents who have lived in the City of North Vancouver for 60 years is a very special time for all of us. I wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season and hope you enjoy the precious time with your family and friends.” BRIAN HUTCHINSON, FIRE CHIEF, DISTRICT OF NORTH VANCOUVER FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES “The highlight of Christmas for me continues to be traditions around spending time with family. There are two Christmas morning traditions that I always look forward to. First is the opening of the stockings. We go around the room and everyone takes turns retrieving one item at a time from their stocking, always fun. The second tradition I always look forward to is spending part of Christmas Day at North Shore Neighbourhood House. This tradition was started by my wife Janelle many years ago, and we both enjoy being able to support the great work they do providing a festive meal to many in our community, and for everything they do all year long for the North Shore. Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all.”

GEOFF PALMER, WEST VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT “I really love just getting together over the holidays with family & friends, but beyond that giving to others is something the season just doesn’t feel complete without. Working together with West Van .<>.;98><: >/$9 &>/< #% #5< 7'><;>%$& 2><46$>: 36=8 Drive for Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau always means a lot to me. And with my parents blessing, giving their gift each year as a donation to Union Gospel Mission.” MURRAY MOLLARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY RESOURCES SOCIETY “Growing up on the prairies, one thing I always crave at this time of year is some real, white snow. So our family tradition is to head up to the mountains and do some cross-country skiing with some apres-ski in =<#%8 #= / <>/0+ $</$106%; .<>*,

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Stuffed turkey breast 50 g dried wild mushrooms 1 tbsp butter 1 French shallot, finely chopped 50 g pancetta, cubed 150 g button mushrooms, minced 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, one finely chopped 2 turkey breasts 4 large slices Swiss cheese 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2. Following the package instructions, rehydrate the wild mushrooms. Lightly dry them with a paper towel and then chop. Set aside. 3. In a pan, melt the butter over medium heat and sautĂŠ the chopped French shallot and pancetta for about 3 minutes. 4. Add the button mushrooms, wild mushrooms and chopped rosemary. Continue to cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 5. Butterfly both turkey breasts (cut lengthwise, but not all the way through, so they open like a book). Cover each breast with plastic wrap, and pound with a meat tenderizer until uniformly flat. 6. Remove the plastic wrap, and cover the surface of each breast with slices of Swiss cheese. 7. Spread the pancetta and mushroom mixture evenly over the cheese. 8. Carefully roll each breast, making sure to keep the stuffing in. Wrap with kitchen twine to keep closed. 9. In an oven-safe pan, sear the rolls so all sides are browned. Cover and finish cooking in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer shows an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. 10. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve on a bed of roasted potatoes and garnish with the remaining sprig of rosemary.

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Christmas reads to help unwind during the holidays Meghan Crowe, Contributor

Holiday parties, family get-togethers, shopping, baking, wrapping … oh my! Make sure to carve out some time this year to sit back, relax, and enjoy a bit of down-time this holiday season. Some of your local North Vancouver District Public Library staff have put together a list of seasonal selections to help you get into the holiday spirit by curling up with a great book, ebook, or audiobook. Check out some of our favourite holiday books below. VERY RICH by Polly Horvath RECOMMENDED BY DANIELLE WING, CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN I have been waiting for this Canadian children’s book to be released and it has come out just in time for the holidays! Polly Horvath delivers a quirky and entertaining story full of twists, turns and adventures. Rupert, a very poor

-2"0 *3'$1')+'(6" 43(, #!5,'6& ,1'3(!3% Christmas Day with the very rich Rivers family. They each take Rupert on unlikely and strange adventures that include time travel, magical salads, and a bank robbery. While light-hearted in tone, the story contains important messages about social class and self-acceptance. This book is perfect for readers of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket. CHRISTMAS AT THE VINYL CAFÉ

and I can still hear Stuart McLean’s voice and treasure memories of his live performances as I re-read his wonderful stories. Heart warming, delightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, Christmas at the Vinyl Café is a Canadian staple that comes highly recommended. MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES edited by Stephanie Perkins


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With stories by young adult powerhouses like Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl, Eleanor and Park), and Holly Black (The Cruel Prince), this warm, cosy anthology feels almost too good to be true. It’s the type of book you can devour in a single sitting (like a certain librarian may have done), or savour all December long, one story at a time. Whether you’re

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RECOMMENDED BY JACQUELINE BELISO, LIBRARY TECHNICIAN A magical story of a girl who receives an unexpected gift: a journey into Christmas past! Ten-year-old Sal is disappointed when she and her parents spend Christmas at her grandmother’s house, instead of at home. In order to pass the time, Sal explores the contents of an old trunk and comes across a little girl’s winter coat; she tries it on, /3( 43(, #'.,'6& +./3,12.+'( !3+2 +#' past where she makes an unexpected connection to her heritage and her grandmother. Meghan Crowe is the events co-ordinator for North Vancouver District Public Library.

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Pantomimes tickle your funny bone at Christmas Maria Spitale-Leisk, mspitale-leisk@nsnews.com

North Vancouver has a rich tradition of actors poking fun at themselves at Christmastime.

Pantomimes, usually performed during the Christmas season, come from a long British music hall tradition dating back more than a hundred years. Panto purists will tell you the plays contain a special formula: there is always a hero, a villain, a couple of sidekicks to the villain who are also evil, certain amounts of crossdressing and men playing traditional female roles and vice versa.

In the early 1970s North Vancouver Community Players *)-#%& )"%!, 1,*) .-0)/ $/, )"% 0%!#"+/(,"//& '"!2&,%0 at Hendry Hall. That rollicking show put the theatre company on the road to producing entertainment for the young and young-of-heart every Christmas since then.

Sometimes, the scripts are home-grown and sometimes they are adapted from well-known English pantomimes. Lots of singing, dancing, slapstick comedy – and even audience participation – is to be expected from these entertaining shows designed for the whole family. Cheering for the good guys and booing for the bad guys is a popular treat for the audience.

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Mitchell MacKay (Dame Ursula) and Claire Paterson (Ariel) starred in North Vancouver Community Players’ panto production of The Little Mermaid in 2015.

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Holiday Traditions Marsh recalls a funny story from a past pantomime at Hendry Hall. “To illustrate how interactive these pantomimes are, one year it featured a dog,” explains Marsh. “As part of the props, some cookies were baked in the shape of dog biscuits. Suddenly a young boy from the audience, aged around three, walked onto the stage, picked up some of the ‘dog biscuits’ and proceeded to eat them – much to the surprise of the actors!” Another tradition is for Community Players to donate most of the proceeds (customarily $4,500) of the pantomime to charity, with an emphasis on young people. This year the recipient charity will be Wigs for Kids – a committee of volunteers that raises money to provide )*,+25-4++&( "*5/3-"/!. $!#, %2. children suffering hair loss due to cancer or other serious illnesses.


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Bruce Savory and Joanne Firby star in &''. )(!' +-*$' +("0'-,/# 1%#- '!'% pantomime, Cinderella, circa 1981. Other Cove residents joined the panto ranks and became staples on the stage at Christmastime, including Mike Jarvis who was coerced into being a dame. Other pantomime diehards included Damian Inwood, usually a villain, and Judi Price, as the black fairy with the Madonna cone chest plate.

This Christmas season there will be hijinks on the high seas, when the Community Players stage their “Part of the pantomime, fun is you see Treasure Island, “Pantomimes, usually some of your Nov. 30-Dec. neighbours in performed during the 16. The actors the shows or Christmas season, come from a are counting their kids in long British music hall tradition on you to help the chorus,” their hero Jim dating back more than a says Marsh Hawkins race hundred years.” of the Cove’s Long John Silver community to the secret theatre. “Families like things to do treasure, by singing and dancing along. together at Christmastime, hence a Pirates, parrots and puns – oh my. tradition was born and Deep Cove Stage Down in Deep Cove, one of the resident has been doing them for 37 years with theatre companies has a pantomime grandchildren carrying on the acting history that dates back to 1981, when Ann tradition.” Booth and Pat Chetwynd produced their 4.,+ 1/3+25!5&0 '!3(&.&66/0 !3 +"& 62)/6 community hall.

“When trying to decide what to do for a Christmas show, a bunch of Brits were reminiscing about what they did in England and all agreed that going to a traditional English pantomime had been heaps of fun all round,” explains Marsh, of Deep Cove Stage Society’s foray into pantomime theatre.

Deep Cove Stage’s pantomime this season is Santa in Space. The evil alien Vileun has almost achieved her desire to rule the planets – except Earth. She decides to blackmail earthlings into subservience by kidnapping Santa. Can Santa’s friends rescue her and save the world? Find out for yourself in Deep Cove this Christmas. Santa in Space will be staged from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 in the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre.


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Joanne Firby, John Baker and Gail Dorey perform in the 1981 Cinderella pantomime.


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John Ribalkin stands in front of his festive home decked out for charity, at 4967 Chalet Pl., during a previous holiday season.

Making seasons bright one last time /6;9; 6-1; ,;;% +975 "-5;7) '-994-8; proposals and anniversaries celebrated in the family’s driveway at Christmastime. Perhaps more importantly, as a team the family has managed to take a string of colourful lights – OK, many, many strings – and create a conduit for giving. Preparation starts early, in September, at the family home situated at the top of Skyline Drive in North Vancouver. The parents, John Ribalkin and Aurore Viau, unbox the lights and start putting pieces of the festive puzzle back together. Then, in late October, the now-adult Ribalkin siblings move back home every weekend until almost every exterior square inch of the family homestead is wrapped in Christmas cheer – from eavesdrop to the sidewalk. More than 100,000 lights, intricate +8394%;7 -%" ";$#9-54#%7 8# 4%5# 56; making of the magical Christmas display, topped off with a glowing star shining down from a large spruce tree.

The Christmas before the Vancouver Olympics was when John was challenged by his daughters to “do better” with the decorations. Dad accepted the challenge, gleefully.

“I’m sort of a Christmas guy,” he says.

On Boxing Day 2009, John set out for 7#'; :;7541; +%"7) -%" ,;:#9; 6; 0%;( it had racked up $6,000 in Christmas decorations on sale. That kicked things off, he says.

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A brilliant display of Christmas lights in the dark of winter has the power to transform lives. This is what the Ribalkin/ Viau family has come to learn.


Chalet Pl. has become a destination for locals and Lower Mainland residents -.40; .##04%8 5# +%" - .455.; 6#.4"-& 2#& :#9 themselves and their families. Through this one story alone, John’s son, Ethan, explains what makes spending six to 10 hours a day in the cold November worth it in the end.



There was gentleman with a young son who stopped by the display one night in a beat-up car. He got out of the car and hobbled up the steep hill on crutches. “Clearly, he was not someone with a lot of means,” explains Ethan. “And he saw the donation bin out front and he went to his son and said: ‘There’s people out there that need more than we do, so I want you to go in the trunk and grab a can of food for the donation bin.’ That was really touching.” The Ribalkin/Viau family is on track to reach the $100,000 total donation mark by the end of this holiday season. Last year alone, people stopping by Chalet Place contributed more than $31,000 and 182 bags of groceries for Harvest Project, which -.7# 9;$;41;7 - !#954#% #: 56; +%-%$4-. donations, along with Shriners Care for Kids and the B.C. Epilepsy Society. Six hundred hours of volunteer work in a short amount of time has taken a toll on the Ribalkin clan, so next Christmas they are taking a well-deserved break. “It’s the end of a big era,” says John, 9;*;$54%8 #% 6#( 56; :-'4.& $9;-5;" 56;49 own Christmas story. “You please a lot of people.” This year’s opening night for Chalet Place is Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The rest of the holiday season the lights will be on from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.



A fresh and jazzy take on the beloved Nutcracker Suite, plus more holiday classics.


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Holiday Happenings GREAT GIFTS A holiday exhibition and gift sale offering unique crafts, artwork and distinctive gifts handmade by 39 local artists and artisans. On now until Dec. 16 at Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. 604-925-7290, ferrybuildinggallery.com WINTER GIFT GALLERY The Seymour Art Gallery will be selling a selection of holiday gifts by local artists until Dec. 23 at 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. 604-924-1378, seymourartgallery.com

MONTROYAL HOLIDAY MARKET Montroyal Elementary will hold a market with holiday gifts, baked goods and treats, festive plants used books and more Friday, Nov. 30 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at 5310 Sonora Dr., North Vancouver.

FAIR TRADE CHRISTMAS MARKET 7C% 7=#:?5%" 3;665@C?+ 5 B5;A <A5"C %#%*!A#1< organization, partners with thousands of artisans around the world and its presenting a market Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St. Georges Ave., North Vancouver. Handcrafted gifts, decorations and products for the Christmas season will be for sale. Info: 604-985-0408 or st-andrews-united.ca

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE A Christmas special featuring Micah Barnes with Sing City Rock Choir opening the show Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. $25. fnlnorthvan.com VANCOUVER WELSH MEN’S CHOIR – SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS Get into the spirit of the season with the resonant and inspirational sound of dozens of male voices Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. $34/$30/$15. 604-984-4484, tickets.centennialtheatre.com BRIGHT CHRISTMAS AT MOLLIE NYE HOUSE Participate in the annual Light Up Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. The free festivities include entertainment, a visit from Santa, crafts and refreshments. lvss.ca

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Artisans, local businesses, holiday baked goods, A5B0C?+ !=#<#? (;<= 85%<5 5%" '#AC 8:%"5&+ -#9) 4/+ 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Pius X Elementary School, 1150 Mount Seymour Rd., North Vancouver. stpiusxschool.org

MINGLE OF THE JINGLES North Shore Connexions Society will hold a holiday variety show and silent auction to support people with intellectual disabilities Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. at Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. The show will include professionals, local talent and performers with disabilities. $28. 604-981-6335, kaymeekcentre.com

HOLIDAY BAKING TIME Families with kids ages three to eight are invited to follow doughy characters through holiday baking mischief Dec. 6 and 13 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 1 and 4 p.m. at Presentation House Theatre, 333 ,=C?<CA1C6" .9C)+ -#A<= 35%$#:9CA) >5A<;$;!5<;#% B#A young audience members. $20/$15/$10. 604-990-3474, phtheatre.org

CAP CLASSICAL AND CHORAL – BAROQUE BRILLIANCE Welcome December’s festivities with a performance by Capilano University Festival Chorus, Capilano University Singers, soloists and a professional orchestra Dec. 1, 8 p.m. and Dec. 2, 3 p.m. at Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. $30/$25/$10. 604-990-7810, $,-!1,/.%($,&*1%#)".+#0/,/$!,1$#/'+#&

HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP A one-day workshop to make natural wreaths using $#%;BCA 2A5%$=C?+ <A#!;$56 B#6;5@C+ "A;C" 0#(CA? and ribbon Dec. 1 or 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Maplewood House, 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver. Guests will receive an introduction to the tools used as well as a demonstration. $85 (materials included). nvartscouncil.ca

FALL FOR LOCAL HOLIDAY MARKET One-of-a-kind event that prides itself on curating high quality modern pop-up featuring independent brands from over 95 vendors Dec. 8 and 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver. The event includes free do-it-yourself workshops, food trucks and more. $5/$3. fallforlocal.com

THE NUTCRACKER Seymour Dance students perform this classic seasonal ballet Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 and 5 p.m. at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver Tickets: $25/$21/$18. 604-984-4484, tickets.centennialtheatre.com O CHRISTMAS TEA: A BRITISH COMEDY James and Jamesy of the U.K. present a jolly aquatic escapade brimming with whimsy, action and ingenuity in a celebration of friendship at Christmas Dec. 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. at Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. $39/$19. 604-981-6335, kaymeekcentre.com


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Econo Moving & Storage takes the stress out of moving

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying, selling, downsizing or relocating — moving can be stressful. That’s why choosing the right moving company is so important: You don’t need any added stress when moving day finally arrives. North Vancouver’s Econo Moving & Storage Ltd. has been providing quality moving and storage services at affordable rates since 1989. Whether you need expert movers, packers, moving supplies or storage for your household items, Econo Moving & Storage is there to help make sure your move goes smoothly. “We take pride in what we do, guaranteeing all our work and rates to ensure customer satisfaction. We are proud of our friendly professional staff ”. “Buyers, sellers, downsizers, anybody that needs a move, we are there to help.” Whether packing your family’s delicate china or moving the grand piano, Econo Moving & Storage’s exper skilled and experienced movers

know how to handle it all. The North Shore-owned and operated company also offers Mobile Mini Storage. It’s super easy: They bring a POD to your home and then load and store your goods inside temperature controlled, alarmed and sprinklered space.

“After you call, we re-deliver and unload. Your goods are handled once”. “A lot of times if people are selling their home they want to declutter before and store a bunch of items.”

The company now has four trucks painted in a distinctive bright yellow and a 80,000-square-foot warehouse space, which is just west of Rona on West 1st Street. “We have an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau and 80 per cent of our business is repeat and referral.”

The North Shore-owned and operated company also offers Mobile Mini Storage.

Econo Moving & Storage started in 1989. They began with a warehouse with 4,000 square feet of storage and no trucks — “we used U-Haul.” “We’ve been growing every year since.”

So what’s been the secret to that success?

“We come and give estimates, it costs you nothing. We’re always on time, we reconfirm a week before, which is important for people to know that yes we are coming, and our crews are well-trained, full-time employees. Our trucks are well equipped,”. “Having a happy customer, that’s what we are striving for. We work hard and we are reasonably priced.”

We have seen a lot of moves and

got a few tips to share if you’re planning a move soon. “The first one – start early enough so you’re not in a panic and pack in advance. The second is deal with a reputable moving company – that’s also really important.” To do that he suggests calling the Better Business Bureau, speaking with friends and checking with your realtor. “As we said 80-85 per cent of our business is repeat or referrals. We get referred by many real estate agents. Some agents even have us on their website. There’s a reason we’ve been in business since 1989, we want our customers to have a safe and successful move. ” Econo Moving & Storage is located at 991 West 1st Street, North Vancouver. Call 604-980-3333 or email info@economovingandstorage.ca to get a free estimate. To find out more, visit economovingstorage.com

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Feel the enchantment and radiance of twinkling lights, the calm echo of the snow, the warmth of Santa’s smile as he greets you in his workshop and the joy of witnessing real reindeer – only here at Vancouver’s North Pole.

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