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CELEBRATIONS CELEBRATE THE SEASON

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your tree

Wether you ing light bulb sizes to add more choose a natural dimension. String an inner or artificial tree layer of small LED white this year, here are lights to produce an inner some tips glow on the tree before addfrom the proing larger, colored lights on fessionals to help top to increase visual apyou create a beautipeal. Just be sure to match the fully lit Chrismas same wattage of the lights so tree. First, keep in that you do not have power mind that wrapsurges and can prolong the ping lights around life of the bulbs. Courtesy the tree horizonMetro Services tally is more work and often he tradition of lighting doesn’t produce a multiup a Christmas tree, dimensional effect. Rathdates back to the days Photo Metro Services before Christmas lights. er, string the lights from the Before electric-powered twinkle trunk up to the top, working vertically. lights were invented and even This is actually how the tree decorators before electricity was discovered, at Rockefeller Center in New York City people used actual candles to do the famous tree year after year. This adorn the Christmas tree. As one method helps eliminate tangled wires can imagine, having an open and empty spots. Remember to plug in flame next to a dried-out tree was the strands of lights before you begin to risky, so it was customary to keep check for burnt-out bulbs and to adjust a bucket of water next to the tree the spacing of lights. Think about varyin the case of fire.

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While budgets are good ways to limit spending, a holiday spending budget doesn't mean shoppers can't still put a smile on their loved ones' faces. In fact, with a few tips, holiday shoppers can stick to their budgets and still enjoy a happy holiday season. • Get creative. Holiday gifts don't have to be bought at the local mall or from an online retailer. Gift-givers with unique talents can create their own gifts and save some money along the way. For example, shoppers skilled at woodworking can create a personalized wood carving for a friend or family member. Good at knitting? Knit a scarf, mittens or even a blanket for a loved one who lives in a cold weather region. Such personalized gifts are often especially meaningful to their recipients, who appreciate the time and effort such keepsakes take to create. • Be patient. Nowadays, many families are so spread out geographically that they don't always get together on Christmas Day. If that's the case and you won't be seeing your family until a few days after Christmas, take advantage of the special sales offered in the days after the actual holiday. Items are often heavily discounted, and if you can stay patient, your patience might just pay off with substantial savings. • Establish spending rules with family members before the

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shopping season begins. In an effort to reduce some of the financial burden of the holiday season, many families have begun to place spending limits on holiday shopping. This saves everyone money and ensures no one finds themselves with substantial debt come the new year. • Do a gift exchange with family and friends. Many larger families have also begun to do a gift exchange rather than asking members of the family to buy gifts for each and every member of the family. In a gift exchange, each member of the family draws a name out of a hat and then only buys a gift for that specific person. This even has the added benefit of allowing shoppers to buy

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The holiday season is all about gathering family and friends together. But hosting any kind of holiday gathering means stacking a lot of items on your plate during an already busy season, taking the fun out of the festivities. With a little planning and the right attitude, you can pull off a fantastic event and enjoy being the holiday host or hostess.

Make it Easy on Yourself You don’t need to create an over-the-top, gourmet feast that keeps you slaving in the kitchen. Choose dishes that you can make several days in advance, and then pace yourself. Soups, casseroles, marinated salads and some desserts taste even better when they’ve had time for their flavors to fully blend.

Author and television host Katie Brown understands that when it comes to hosting a gathering – especially a holiday event – success is in the details. Here she shares her top five tips to help you entertain with less stress and more holiday spirit.

Don’t Worry about Stains When people are having a good time spills are bound to happen. But it doesn’t have to ruin your holiday cheer. If an accident happens, you can help prevent stains from setting in by using a stain remover

product like OxiClean® Versatile Stain Remover, which is chlorine free and color safe. Add Simple Drama to Your Décor You don’t need a total room makeover to create a holiday masterpiece. Just think color, pattern and texture. For example, fill vases or bowls with cranberries and sprigs of evergreen, or fill baskets with red apples, or jars with candy canes – the more sizes and shapes the better.

ribbons, books and ornaments, and even leaves and branches from the yard–– they can all be used to help set a lovely table. Also important is to make sure your dishes are sparkling clean. According to a recent survey from the makers of OxiClean®, 88 percent of respondents admit they are embarrassed to serve food on dishes that are cloudy or have spots.

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a letter with their wishes to Father Christmas, but unlike mailing those letters like many North American children do, English children toss their letters into a fire so their Christmas wishes can go up the chimney.

France: Christmas celebrations in France begin

several weeks before December 25, but Christmas Eve is most special to many natives of France. On Christmas Eve, church bells ring as people sing noels, or carols. The following day, a feast is enjoyed upon returning home from church.

Germany: In Germany, the weather is cold

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Much of what makes the holiday season so special is the traditions that people hold dear. Use this year as an opportunity to embrace new ones along with the old.

• Feed the wildlife. During the cold days of winter, birds and small animals that don’t hibernate may find it difficult to forage for food. By trimming an outdoor pine tree in edible snacks you’ll have Photo Metro Services a beautiful tree and one Families across the globe cherish their Christmas Mexico: Families in Mexico celebrate Christmas that benefits the wildlife as traditions. Customs may be unique to every family, by decorating their homes with lilies or evergreens. well. String peanuts and other nuts for the squirbut many countries boast their own unique tradiBecause the weather is warm, many families also rels. Make little ornaments tions as well. cut designs into brown paper bags before inserting out of suet and string for a candle and then setting the designs, called faroli- the birds. Berries and corn Australia: Many Australians celebrate Christ- tos, along the sidewalk, on windowsills, on rooftops, can be enjoyed by all. Be mas by coming together at night to sing carols and along outdoor walls. Many communities in the sure to choose a tree that is outside. That’s not as chilly as it might sound, as southwestern United States have adopted this tradi- far enough away from the home, so you don’t have too Christmas in Australia actually falls during summer tion, which they often refer to as luminaria. many scavengers hunting vacation. In fact, many of the country’s most popupecking around the lar Christmas traditions occur outside. Sweden: Christmas celebrations in Sweden be- and house.

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England: Contrary to Australia, England’s

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small doors that open up to photos of different family members. • “Adopt” a child for holiday gifts. Each year you can bring a smile to a child in need by purchasing a present for an underprivileged kid. Some post offices sponsor “Letters from Santa” events where participants can respond to one of the thousands of letters mailed to The North Pole. • Bring some joy to a public servant. Police officers, firefighters, military personnel ... many of these workers do not get off for the holidays. Treat these dedicated people to something enjoyable when they may be missing their own festivities. Cook or cater a meal for a fire house, deliver cookies to the police station or put together care packages for people living on a military base. • Create your own new tradition that fits with your family. Courtesy Metro

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In northern populations, reindeer tend to have white fur, while southern populations are darker in color. • Reindeer size can also vary depending on location, as southern reindeer populations tend to be larger than their northern counterparts. • In most reindeer populations, both males and females grow antlers. Among deer, reindeer have the largest antlers in relation to body size. • Males often battle with each other by locking antlers for the right to mate with certain females. • During migration, some reindeer reach speeds of 37-50 miles per hour. Courtesy Metro Services

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The thick, spiced drink we know as eggnog has become synonymous with the holidays. It is so linked with the Christmas season that a person may be hard-pressed to find it sold in the supermarket any other time of the year. But eggnog wasn't always the holiday beverage it has become. Eggnog is believed to have originated in 17th century Europe, primarily as a drink for the elite, since the ingredients in the beverage were hard to come by and thusly relegated to the very rich. There are different theories on the origins of the word eggnog itself. Some believe it has gotten its name from the Old English word "nog," which meant "strong beer." The "egg" refers to one of the ingredients in the beverage, fresh eggs. Others surmise that it comes from the word "noggin," which was a vessel for serving drinks in taverns. The drink was called "egg in a noggin," which was shortened to "eggnog." Still, there are others who say its name is derived from the term "grog," which was another term for booze. "Egg n' grog" was eventually abbreviated to "eggnog." Although there is little certainty to the origins of the name, the recipe for eggnog has essentially remained unchanged throughout the centuries. It consists of beaten eggs, cream or milk and sugar mixed with some sort of alcoholic spirit. The Old English were believed to mix it with wine, though once the drink was brought to the New World, colonists substituted rum for

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During the season of hospitality and togetherness, making charitable donations is ever-present in many people's minds. Volunteering one's time is a way to give back without expending funds. Just as charities and other organizations are in need of monHoliday Eggnog (Spirited) ey to operate their causes, 1 dozen eggs they also need manpower 1 pound powdered to put plans in action. sugar When considering volun1/2 teaspoon salt teerism, individuals can 1/4 cup vanilla pick a cause that is dear 8 cups evaporated to their hearts. Organizamilk tions that raise awareness 3 cups water about medical conditions 1 quart spiced rum to animal rights groups are Nutmeg, all charities that can use to garnish assistance. Here are some Photo Metro Services ways the average person Beat eggs until light in can volunteer service. pensive than another spirit. it was served at special color, gradually add sugar, • Business owners who As America grew and events and social occasalt and vanilla. Then add provide a particular prodeggnog was enjoyed in dif- sions. As a warmed bever- milk and water. Stir in uct or service can donate ferent parts of the country, age it can easily chase away rum (brandy, bourbon such items to the charity. the rum was replaced with winter's chill. This is how or rye may also be used). For example, a printing regional spirits, including it may have come to be Cover the nog and ripen company can offer to print bourbon or grain alcohol. enjoyed primarily during for 24 hours in the refrig- letterhead or envelopes Other ingredients were also the holidays. erator. Stir again and serve for an organization. A added to give it a custom- Love it or hate it, eggnog sprinkled with nutmeg. baker can offer food for Courtesy Metro Services ized flavor. However, the is a drink that can evoke luncheons or fundraisers. use of nutmeg, cinnamon strong feelings of the Donation of time doesn't and cloves has become holidays within minutes. the wine. Rum was readily available through tradesman running between the Americas and the Caribbean and therefore less ex-

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necessarily have to mean manning the phones. • Schools are often understaffed and can use the help of parents and other community members. Volunteering beyond the typical call of duty can help school programs flourish. • Consider spending time with the elderly at a nearby assisted-living facility or as part of a home-visitor program. Individuals who don't have family nearby may appreciate a visit from someone, even if it's just to sit and chat. This is something the entire family can do, even children. There are plenty of ways to contribute without writing a check. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to think in a giving way. Courtesy Metro Services

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or many home cooks, the choice of a main dish is simple — but choosing all the other dishes isn’t always easy. Do you serve the same side dishes you always do, or try something different? What appetizers should you make — and can you find recipes that Photo Family Features aren’t complicated and time consuming? Sweet Tater if choosing holiday starters Twist Mashtini and sides is leaving you Prep time: 8 minutes stressed, relax. these recipes yields: 4 mashtinis will let you serve up some 1/2 package (12 ounces) traditional flavors with a Bob Evans fun twist — and they won’t Original Mashed keep you trapped Potatoes in the kitchen. 1/2 package (12 ounces) Put a fun — and delicious Bob Evans — spin on the holiday Mashed favorites of mashed potatoes Sweet Potatoes and sweet potatoes. Bob 1/4 cup mini evans mashtinis were marshmallows created by the chefs at 1/4 cup honey roasted Bob evans as part of the pecans mad about mashed recipe 1/4 cup cooked bacon, collection to spice up crumbled your entertaining options 1/4 cup maple syrup, this holiday. they start warm with Bob evans Original mashed Potatoes (found in Prepare sweet potatoes by your grocer’s refrigerated following the recommended section), so a lot of the work microwave instructions on has already been done for package. you. served up in a martini Place about 1/3 cup glass, they’ll be the talk of mashed potatoes in bottom of the party. each martini glass. layer about 1/3 cup (1/8 n the sweet tater twist package) sweet potatoes over mashtini gives you mashed potatoes. all your favorite sweet repeat layers, using about potato casserole 1/3 cup mashed potatoes, flavors and adds a little then 1/3 cup sweet potatoes. smoky bacon and sweet top with 1 tablespoon maple syrup. each marshmallows, pecans n the Classy Carbonara and crumbled bacon. mashtini brings in Drizzle with 1 tablespoon crisp prosciutto, bright warmed maple syrup. green peas, grape tomatoes and herbed cheese for an elegant mashed potato dish that’s a cinch to make. to get the full mad about mashtini recipe collection, visit http://mashed. bobevans.com.

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Classy Carbonara Mashtini Prep time: 20 minutes yields: 4 mashtinis 1 package (24 ounces) Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes 2 tablespoons crisped prosciutto, broken into 2-inch pieces 4 tablespoons Boursin cheese 1/4 cup frozen peas, heated 1/2 cup crispy fried shallots 8 grape tomatoes (optional) Prepare mashed potatoes by following the recommended microwave instructions on package. in mixing bowl, place mashed potatoes and cheese. using a rubber spatula, gently combine mashed potatoes and cheese. Be very careful not to over-mix. Place 3/4 cup mashed potatoes in a martini glass. stand 3 pieces of crisped prosciutto into mashed potatoes around rim of martini glass so they extend from the mashed potatoes about an inch. sprinkle 1 tablespoon peas evenly over mashed potatoes. top lightly with a pinch of crispy fried shallots. Garnish with a skewer of grape tomatoes. Courtesy Family Features

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What would the holidays be without snowflakes falling outside, a mug of hot cocoa in hand and a favorite Christmas movie on television? Television is full of feel-good movies come the holiday season. Choose from among classic flicks you have watched year after year or new movies vying for spots as soon-to-be favorites. Watching Christmas movies is a holiday tradition for many families. So much so that lines from popular movies are easily remembered and recognized. Those who can recite movies verbatim might enjoy testing their mettle with the following Christmas quiz loaded with memorable quotes from some holiday classics.

Movie Quotes Quiz

1. "It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags." 2. "Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed." 3. "If TV has taught me anything, it's that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It happened to Tiny Tim, it happened to Charlie Brown, it happened to The Smurfs, and it's gonna happen to us!" 4. "I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200 shot range model air rifle." 5. "Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen." 6. "Iris, in the movies, we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you're behaving like the best friend."

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7. “One thing about trains: It doesn’t matter where they’re goin’. What matters is deciding to get on.” 8. "I want to wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow." 9. "We're not just doing this for us. We're doing it for the kids. For every kid who ever sat on Santa's lap. For every little girl who left cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas night. For every little boy who opens a package Christmas morning and finds clothes instead of toys. It breaks my heart." 10. "We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big Eastern syndicate you know." 11. "I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear your company, and do it with a thankful heart. Will you not speak to me?" 12. "No, there’s only one person authorized to operate this sack. His big, red, oneness: The Claus. " 13. "Light the lamp, not the rat, light the lamp, not the rat! Put me out, put me out, put me out!"

14. "Tell me something, Billy. How come a cute little guy like this can turn into a thousand ugly monsters?" 15. "Wanna see some magic? OK, let's watch you disappear!" 16. "That's not 'my' Christmas! 'My' Christmas is filled with laughter, and joy... and this: my Sandy Claws outfit. I want you to make it." 17. "What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary." 18. "I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel." Courtesy Metro Services

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Forget the naughty or nice list, parents and other caregivers can celebrate well-behaved children with a different sort of rewards system -- a good behavior calendar that can be used to mark days of minded manners, exemplary acts or help around the house. Children often respond well to positive reinforcement. Instead of just reprimanding children when they have done something bad, reward good behavior by focusing on all the things that they do well. A calendar that showcases the days that children were on their best behavior can be a

way to showcase all the good things kids do. Here's how to make a countdown calendar: 1. Purchase and gather supplies for the calendar. • posterboard • markers • construction paper • glue • ruler • pencil • glitter or other embellishments • Christmas-themed stickers or pictures 2. Lay the posterboard on the table and use the ruler and pencil to draw the boxes of the December calendar. Outline the calendar

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grid with markers, if desired. 3. Inside of the boxes, write different "prizes," such as a night out for dinner, a trip to the toy store, staying up an extra hour, etc. You can repeat ideas if you cannot come up with one for every day of December. 4. Cut out construction paper squares the same size as the calendar date boxes. Place a bead of glue at the top of the squares and attach them over the calendar grid so that you cover up the "prizes" but can flip up the construction paper to reveal the

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prizes when necessary. 5. Mark the calendar dates, 1 through 31, on each piece of glueddown construction paper. 6. Use the rest of the craft supplies to decorate the posterboard so that it is holidayinspired. 7. Explain to your child that if he or she behaves well on a particular day, the prize beneath that day can be revealed. Then the following day that prize can be redeemed. As the parent you can use your discretion when determining

which behaviors warrant a prize. This way you won't have to

have all 31 days' worth redeemed. The calendar will help encourage children to act responsibly and behave during a stressful month when it can be easy to misbehave. It will also serve as a countdown calendar for Christmas and New Year's. Vary the rules according to your household. If the calendar works well for December, consider making one a few times a year. Courtesy Metro Services

Test your knowledge: Popular Christmas movies

Answers: 15. “Bad Santa” 16. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” 17. “It’s a Wonderful Life” 18. “Elf ”

As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving holiday, we realize that your friendship is at the top of the list, and for this we are truly grateful.

Heidi Baker 350 West Derrynane Le Center (507) 357-4141 Toll Free: 888-609-4141 heidi@heidibaker.biz

Wishing you and your family a Thanksgiving filled with blessings of family, good friends, good food and fun. Ann Porter 806 Main Street Le Sueur (507) 665-2678 ann.porter.iy43@statefarm.com 799083

1. “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” 2. “Miracle on 34th Street” 3. “The Simpson’s Christmas” 4. “A Christmas Story” 5. “Home Alone” 6. “The Holiday” 7. “The Polar Express” 8. “White Christmas” 9. “Jingle All the Way” 10. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 11. “A Christmas Carol” 12. “Ernest Saves Christmas” 13. “The Muppets Christmas Carol” 14. “Gremlins”

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Looking for Stocking Stuffers? Piggy Banks, and American Eagle Silver Dollars. Currency Gift Envelopes still 25¢ each

Wednesday , November 14 & Thursday, November 15, 2012

Happy Holidays Holiday Open House

December 14th · 2-4pm · in our lobby · Live Music · Cookies · Cider & Coffee

2013 Calendars On display in our lobby. Eight designs.

Free, but limit one per customer, please.

we’re just a small town community bank, but...

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220 South Third Street • St. Peter • (507) 931-3310


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