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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!” 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! 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! Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king; Peace on Earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn 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.

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;

All the stockings you will find Hanging in a row; Mine will be the shortest one, You’ll be sure to know.

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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As she begins her answer, she says she’s not sure if she’ll be able to get through it without crying.

The speaker is Bev Montgomery, one of the many volunteers with the North Shore Christmas Bureau, and she is describing what it feels like to do her job. She is one of the volunteers tasked with interviewing people that come into the Bureau looking for a little Christmas cheer to share with their families. When the interview process is over, deserving families walk out of the building with coats to keep them warm, toiletries )- 5%%, )"%/ '4%0. 0.&1 -$ '-(+*%1 #!$)* )- 244 )"% %/,)3 spaces under the tree. Many families leave crying tears of joy at the mini miracle that has saved Christmas.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

O Holy Night 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. 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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Montgomery and Brassington are two of the lucky volunteers whose job it is to meet with the families when they arrive at the Bureau, interview them, get to know their needs and get the ball rolling towards granting their Christmas dreams. Much of what they 7) 0& >7+0*0&%'>%0#5 6 2>%15'0*2 @*>*80>/ 0*4)'+>%0)*: 8)//58%0*2 8)*%>8% 0*4)'+>%0)* >*7 4>+0/; 075*%0@8>%0)* details – but there is one question they ask which often gets a deeply touching response.

It’s a question that any good news reporter knows well: is there anything else you’d like to add?

That question has a great chance of producing the best, most heartfelt comment from the person you are interviewing. And it’s a question, it seems, that makes incredible connections between Christmas Bureau volunteers and the families they meet.

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and that's when the work starts,” says Montgomery. “And that's the touching part because they're given an opportunity to basically say, yeah, this is what I love to do with my family. I'm not just in here asking for freebies, this is who we are.” There’s one reply that the volunteers hear surprisingly often, says Montgomery. “The one thing that gets me all the time is when they say, ‘One day I want to be on the other side of this. I want to give back.’ That is a comment that comes out quite a bit.” The job is an emotional one for Brassington as well. “Always heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking,” she says, adding that there’s much more to the connections made at the Christmas Bureau than simply giving out gifts. “I think the nice part about the Christmas Bureau is not only do we offer everything you see in here and

the hampers, but we get to connect (clients) to other organizations and services in the community, which is really helpful to a lot of people.” Brassington relates the story of meeting with a family earlier this year and, during the interview process, discovering that they did not have any furniture in their home. 3-15; <5'5 &/55(0*2 /0%5'>//; )* %15 ?))':. &15 &>;&9 Through her Christmas Bureau contacts she connected the family with a local charity that set them up with beds. New to the program this year, every family member who needs a warm winter coat can select one from the gently used offerings stored right there at the Christmas "$'5>$ )4@859 -)0/5%'; =>2& >'5 >/&) >#>0/>=/5 )* &0%5: life essentials that the volunteers have now separated from the toys and gifts and hampers that families get at Christmastime. It’s all part of the Bureau’s goal of making this a time of year that is a joyous one, not a stressful one, for all North Shore families. “We all love Christmas, we all love to give, and we just want to make sure that they feel that they leave here knowing that there's a community service like the Christmas Bureau that provides that compassion without judgment,” says Montgomery. “I would say the majority of people walk out of here a lot happier than when they walk in. We get a lot of hugs.” For more information about accessing the services offered by the Christmas Bureau, or offering support for the program through donations or volunteering, visit 9/'30&6:813$:6).$)$/(-%"*62!!#84($58364'/6*.28:/2(. !

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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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Holiday Traditions

Christmas season starts when you pick the perfect tree Andy Prest, aprest@nsnews.com

Christmas and give back to the community,” said Perez de Lara. We just love to see the happy families from the North Shore who come and choose their tree.”

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Lourdes Perez de Lara and her husband Graeme Conlon are joined by their son Martin in the Aunt Leah's Christmas tree lot at Lonsdale Quay.

It’s an age-old debate at this time of year. Do you stick to the safety and stability of a fake Christmas tree, secure There’s no better place to feel the magic of the season, 1' "25 0'&</5635 "2>" 1" <1// 6& 1"# 6!"; <1"2 >$"1?71>/ said Perez de Lara. intelligence? Or do you spruce things up a bit, going for a real tree that “I love being around the trees, telling comes with an enchanting scent “Volunteering at the people about the work at Aunt as well as the slim possibility of a tree lot is a really Leah’s, and helping them choose squirrel living in there? fun way to kick off their perfect tree,” she said. “Seeing families build memories together For many families, there’s no Christmas and give back and get a feeling for the season, and substitute for the real deal, a fragrant to the community,” knowing that they are helping a 4$5#2 "$55 "2>" #13'1?5# "25 $5>/ #">$" really great cause.” of the Christmas season. And the best part of the whole tradition can be +1701'3 > "$55 7>' =5 ># #1(%/5 ># %&1'"1'3 >" "25 ?$#" =1" that trip to the tree lot, where families go to size up the of green you see in the lot and throwing it on the roof gathered greenery and pick out the perfect plant for their of your Subaru, but for many families, the fun part is own little winter wonderland. ?'61'3 "25 %5$457" "$55: That is where Lourdes Perez de Lara comes in. She has That’s where the volunteers from Aunt Leah’s tree lot volunteered at the tree lot run by Aunt Leah’s Place every come in. Aunt Leah’s Place is a Lower Mainland charity ;5>$ #1'75 1" ?$#" 7>(5 "& 8&'#6>/5 *!>; 1' -9.,: )25 that supports children in foster care and young mothers. and her husband plan their pre-Christmas season around The organization’s major fundraiser each year is a series spending some quality time amongst the trees every year, of Christmas tree lots, including the one at Lonsdale a tradition that puts them in the holiday spirit. *!>;: “Volunteering at the tree lot is a really fun way to kick off see page B17

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nsnews.com north shore news FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Jack Chen Executive Sous Chef, Grouse Mountain Resort

Tourtière Mince Mix:

"Tourtière is a Canadian meat pie dish that originates from Quebec. My wife grew up in the Laurentians and this dish has been a big part of her family's Christmas. With the family growing, this dish continues to be a big part of our holidays and this recipe is based on her traditional tourtiere preparation."

1 lb ground beef

2 cups chicken stock

1 lb ground pork

1 ½ cups breadcrumb

1 lb ground veal

¼ tsp ground cloves

1 tbsp fresh thyme – finely chopped

2 med onions – finely diced

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

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1. Cook onion and garlic in a little oil until soft with no colour.

1 bay leaf

2. Add meat and cook until fully browned.

4 cloves of garlic – finely diced 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

3. Add stock, spices and bay leaf. Adjust seasoning. 4. Lower heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until almost all the liquid is gone (discard bay leaf). 5. Stir in bread crumbs. 6. Adjust seasoning and chill completely.

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2 tbsp cold milk 1. In a bowl, mix flour and salt. 2. Work in butter until grainy consistency is reached. 3. Add eggs and milk and work just until dough begins to come together. (Do not over-work – it's normal that it will be chunky and wet/dry looking.) 4. Cover in saran wrap and rest in fridge. METHOD: 1. Divide dough into two equal portions and roll both doughs into rounds (about .5 cm thick). 2. Fit first dough into (2” inch tall and 10-12” wide) pie shell. Making sure corners are pressed in completely. 3. Fill shell with meat filling. 4. Punch 2-3 vent holes (3/4” wide) into the second dough around the centre. Wet rim with cold water and place second dough on top. Press to seal. Trim and flute edges. Any trim left over can be cut into shapes or designs to decorate the top of your tourtière. 5. Egg wash the top. Bake at 350 ° F for about 30-45 minutes (until golden brown). 6. Cool down on rack for about 10-15 minutes and serve.

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Paula Marucci Lynn Valley Centre Manager

Butternut Squash & Beets over Collard Greens with Mustard Vinaigrette 6 cups butternut squash cut into cubes

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

4 garlic cloves, minced

6 cups beets cut into cubes

½ cup olive oil

1 tsp ground cardamom

2 tbsp coconut oil ½ tsp sea salt

Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing: 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Cardamom Collard Greens: 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 cup chopped white onion (medium)

1 tsp dried thyme ½ tsp freshly ground cracked pepper 2 bunches collard greens (stems and ribs discarded) cut into ½” ribbons

½ tsp sea salt

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.

1. Preheat oven to 400 ° F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl toss butternut squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread in a single layer on a prepared sheet pan. 3. Place in preheated oven and roast 20 to 25 minutes, turning once until tender. 4. In same bowl, toss beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread in a single layer on a prepared sheet pan. Place in preheated oven and roast 30 to 35 minutes, turning once. 5. To make mustard vinaigrette, whisk vinegar and mustard. Continue to whisk while slowly drizzling in olive oil. Set aside. 6. To make collard greens, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 7. Add onions in remaining half teaspoon of salt and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. 8. Add garlic, cardamom, thyme and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for one minute. 9. Add collards to skillet in large handfuls letting each batch wilt slightly before adding more. 10. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until collards are just tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated about five minutes. 11. Tossed roasted butternut squash and beets with mustard vinaigrette serve over collard greens. Reduce or add quantities of beets and squash according to your taste. The beets, butternut squash and mustard vinaigrette can be prepared up to three days ahead. Refrigerate until ready to use. Reheat vegetables or serve at room temperature over hot collard greens.


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nsnews.com north shore news FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Allen Hsu Executive Chef at Westerleigh PARC

Peppermint Chocolate Bark This chocolate bark is simple to make and is perfect as a holiday treat. A delicious snack that is both sweet and salty to indulge in this holiday season. 500 ml dark or white chocolate chips

100 g craisins

5 ml peppermint extract

100 g sunflower seeds

100 g raisins

100 g toasted almonds

100 g pumpkins seeds

100 g apricots 1. Fill the saucepan with 1" of water and bring the water to a gentle simmer. 2. Place the heat-proof bowl with white/dark chocolate and peppermint extract on top of the saucepan. Gently melt the chocolate over the stovetop. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to simmer. Then turn off once fully melted. 3. Pour melted chocolate on a non-stick sheet and spread

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nsnews.com north shore news FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Linda Buchanan City of North Vancouver Mayor

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Mayor Buchanan’s Christmas Popcorn 12 cups popped popcorn

1 tsp salt

1 cup hard margarine (not butter)

½ tsp baking soda

2 cups brown sugar

½ cup mixed nuts (optional)

½ cup white corn syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1. Melt margarine, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir. Bring to a boil and then let boil for 5 minutes (no longer). Remove from heat.

2. Add soda and vanilla. 3. Pour over popcorn and nuts in a roasting pan. 4. Bake at 250 ° F for approximately 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread out on a lined counter (use parchment paper) and break up chunks immediately.

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1. Cream butter, sugar and syrup. 2. Add almonds. 3. Hold back about half a cup of the flour. Work it in a little at a time (I never end up using all the flour). 4. Make two rolls - wrap up in parchment paper. 5. Push slightly to make them oval. 6. Refrigerate a couple of hours or more. 7. Cut approximately 1 cm thick. 8. Bake at 325 ° F for 10-12 minutes. Note: I use less sugar and more syrup

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Holiday Traditions

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And the choices go much further than simply how tall the tree is. Aunt Leah’s stocks several different types of trees, each with its own individual characteristics. Some have needles that stay on longer, some are green, some are blueish, some are thick with branches, some are more spaced out. Some smell great, and others … well, they all smell great, some just a little bit greater. To help you sort through it all, Aunt Leah’s has provided a guide that describes the main characteristics of each tree. From there, it’s up to you, although the volunteers at the lot are there to help. Perez de Lara isn’t shy about sharing her favourite tree.

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How to choose a fresh Christmas tree Not all trees are the same! When choosing a tree you need to think about many factors such as how early in the season you are getting it, the spot where you’ll place it at home, your overall home decor style, the type and weight of ornaments you’ll be using, the scent you like and, of course, budget. But fear not, we have a guide for you with all our trees’ attributes to help you pick the perfect tree.

$",.)(- &/ " Needle length 2-4 cm long " Needle retention average " Dark forest green in colour " The most popular and least expensive cultured (shaped) tree. Ends up in 60% of homes.

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Alberta spruce (Table top) " Excellent needle retention " Uncultured " Sturdy branches " Strong minty smell

Jack pine " Medium needle retention " Natural grown B.C. tree " Light pine smell " Widely distributed in Canada

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nsnews.com north shore news FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Holiday Traditions The team is not just roping up, either. Sometimes they go down. Part of the annual decorating process is lighting up parts of the canyon below the bridge, including a 175-foot waterfall that cascades from the height of the bridge all the way down to the river below.

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“That was probably the most challenging of all,” says Lalumiere. And once the season is over, they take almost all of the 3687&' =+G, < &7;(; I(; -+(; &7I, I -6336+, +: &7;'*(;I= &7(+%87+%& &7; *I(4 ;$;(F !7(6'&-I' < &+ H; stored away for next fall.

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It may be challenging, but there is massive job satisfaction as well, says Lalumiere. That’s what keeps him coming back here every year. 9A G+%3=,/& H; 7;(; &+ G+(4 ,+(-I3 >+,'&(%>&6+, < &7; reason I’m here is because I’m working in the park and in the trees,” he says. “You go up, you decorate. … Then you go back and at the end of every day you see what you’ve =+,;C A&/' I $;(F 8(I&6:F6,8 5+H G7;, F+% ';; &7; K,I3 product and go at night. It’s exciting.”

Have you ever climbed the ladder to hang Christmas lights on your house?

“I love my job,” he says. “The part I love the most is climbing the trees. … In the trees, it’s impressive to be there, but what’s going through my mind sometimes is that OK, this tree is 800 years old.”

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Well, take those tricky tangles on your rooftop and add another 30 storeys of height straight up into the sky, and now you have a little feel for the job Marc-Luc Lalumiere does every year to get the lights shining at North Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

The Canyon Lights festival runs Nov. 22, 2019 to Jan. 26, 2020.

Lalumiere lives in the Kootenays but he’s been called upon often to lead projects in the park, an opportunity he always jumps at because it gets him back up in those beautiful trees. He was heavily involved in the design and installation of other park staples such as the Treetops Adventure and the Cliffwalk. “Anything that needs a harness and a rope, I do that,” he says. There are, of course, challenges that come with stringing Christmas lights on a tree 300 feet in the air. First of all, it’s a lot of climbing.

Every autumn for the past six years Lalumiere has led a team in charge of covering eight massive Douglas K(' G6&7 !7(6'&-I' 3687&' < H633;= I' &7; 3I(8;'& 8(+$; +: 36$6,8 !7(6'&-I' &(;;' 6, &7; G+(3= < :+( &7; *I(4/' annual Canyon Lights display. And yes, his name in French does mean “the lights.” “It’s kind of ironic,” he says with a laugh. 1+ 7+G =+ F+% >+$;( (I6,:+(;'& 86I,&' < ?I3%-6;(; 'IF' the average height of the trees is somewhere between 260 and 300 feet, and the tallest checks in at around 330 :;;& < G6&7 '&(6,8' +: !7(6'&-I' 3687&'# A& I>&%I33F -687& be harder than you think. The west side of the park is inaccessible to heavy ;)%6*-;,& < F+% >I,/& =(6$; I >(I,; I>(+'' &7; '%'*;,'6+, H(6=8; < I,= '+ I33 &7; G+(4 6, &7; &(;;&+*' 6' done with ropes and climbing. That, however, is just how Lalumiere likes it.

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Holiday Happenings CHRISTMAS FAYRE St. Agnes Anglican Church, North Vancouver, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. This annual family friendly Christmas Fayre and bazaar features a wide range of affordable gift items, including gift baskets, poinsettias, and homemade jams and jellies. There’s also a silent auction and “new to you” section. New this year: pottery made by local artisans. Delicious hot soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids are welcome!

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HOLIDAY POP UP MARKET The Pipe Shop, North Vancouver, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. Check out the debut holiday pop up market at the stunning Pipe Shop venue. This one-day-only market will feature a curated selection of Vancouver's most talented independent brands, artists, designers and Etsy sellers. Find one-of-a-kind gifts and delicious holiday treats. Contact: hello@vancouveretsyco.com, vancouveretsyco.com MINGLE OF THE JINGLES Kay Meek Arts Centre, West Vancouver, Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m. The unstoppable Conni Smudge and Marlee Walchuk will be hosting the 14th annual Mingle of the Jingles, a heartwarming holiday variety show and silent auction. Professional, local plus up-and-coming musical and dance talent will share the stage. This magical show is the perfect start to your holiday season. All proceeds go to the North Shore ConneXions Society, supporting people with intellectual disabilities. MONTROYAL HOLIDAY MARKET Montroyal Elementary School, North Vancouver, Nov. 29, noon-3:30 p.m. More than 30 tables of great holiday gifts, baked goods, treats, festive plants, used books and more will be available at the annual Montroyal Elementary Christmas Market. Book your own table, order a holiday wreath or come shopping. A fun and festive afternoon of Christmas shopping for kids and adults. Proceeds to the Montroyal PAC. Free admission. THE SHIPYARDS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL North Vancouver Shipyards, Nov. 30, 3-7 p.m. Come celebrate the season at this annual Christmas festival and take in the magic of North Vancouver’s waterfront. The Shipyards will be transformed into a winter 9'(43%,;(4 =,,34 9/#0 )"$/5 ;(4 #9/(-,/(1 ,/10#$7 +03%3 9/,, :3 2"( 2'% #03 90',3 family including live music and entertainment, pony rides for kids, photos with Santa, holiday crafts, a winter artisan market and the lighting of the giant tree at the foot of Lonsdale. Admission is free.

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KIDS HELP PHONE HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS West Vancouver and Vancouver, Nov.30-Dec. 1 The 15th annual Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays sees top professional 43$/1(3%$ #3;) "& 9/#0 0')3 435'% %3#;/,3%$ ;(4 <'%/$#$ #' ;4'%( =!3 :3;"#/2", Vancouver Westside homes and two luxurious West Vancouver homes with unique displays of holiday decorating that promise to inspire the holiday spirit. Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays is a local fundraising event aimed to improve the mental well-being of children and youth. Funds raised help to ensure that Kids Help Phone can continue to be there for the 6.5 million young people in Canada who may be /( (334 '2 ;('(8)'"$ ;(4 5'(=43(#/;, 5'"($3,,/(1 $3%!/53$7 +/5-3#$ #' !/39 #03 $3!3( homes cost $50 per person and allow participants a one-time entry into each home. ONLY JOY ALOUD! Kay Meek Performing Arts Centre, West Vancouver, Dec. 6-7 Pandora’s Vox and Espiritu Vocal Ensembles, along with their guests, CatchingART under the tutelage of Astrid Sherman, invite you to Only Joy Aloud, a program of the ensembles’ most requested repertoire in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Pandora’s Vox Vocal Ensemble Society. The concerts are a dazzling array of seasonal songs to warm the heart and lift the spirit! Shows are Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $38 general admission, $18 children aged 12 and under. Tickets: kaymeek.com or 604-981-6335. SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT WITH THE LAUDATE SINGERS West Vancouver Memorial Library, West Vancouver, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Bring the whole family to this fun all-ages holiday concert and sing-along. For the Laudate Singers, every concert is a joyful celebration. The choir combines technical artistry with the ability to make all kinds of choral music accessible, luminous and transcendent. For more local events and holiday happenings, or to publicize your own event with a free listing, visit the North Shore News online events calendar at nsnews.com/local-events.

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