Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks
The Worst Gifts and How to Fix it
Tips for a Happy and Safe Holiday
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Holiday survival tips and tricks By Dennis Box firstname.lastname@example.org
t is almost here. It begins on Black Friday with shopping frenzies for mom, dad, your wife or girlfriend and the kids. Then there is the task of wrapping and hiding presents from prying eyes. The holiday season is packed with fun times, frantic days and lots of filling (and fattening) food. Getting through the holidays may feel like a goofy reality TV show, but it becomes all too real as the day approaches. In this Holiday Survival Guide the staff has put together some tips, tricks and fun to help you get through the season and shopping. Think about how the holidays are akin to an athletic event: • During shopping a person can unknowingly walk several miles in a store or mall. • Individuals often tote around heavy packages and/or lift weighty items. • Long hours are spent on one’s feet. • Fast decisions have to be made on purchases. • Holiday decorating may entail climbing
up and down a ladder or bringing heavy boxes out of the attic. • People may keep long hours traveling to social engagements, taxing their bodies. These are just a few demands on the
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body. In order to prevent fatigue or more serious injury from holiday activities, consider these pointers. • Stretch out before you hit the stores. Warm up stiff muscles to prepare for the day ahead. • Drink plenty of water throughout the
day. Dehydration can tax the body and lead to feelings of sluggishness or even induce headaches. • Wear comfortable shoes with plenty of cushioning to withstand the impact of walking all day. • Use a backpack to tote essentials along. Also, packages can be stuffed into the backpack to free up hands or balance the weight of purchases. • Don’t carry around more than you can handle. Plan frequent trips to the car to drop off purchases. If lockers are available in the mall, use them. • Take breaks every hour and sit down to rest feet and de-stress. • Eat light, healthy foods. Greasy fast food could strain overstressed organs. Heart attacks during the holidays are common. Healthy foods can also help combat the average 6 pounds of weight a person gains during the season of overindulgence. • Caffeine can stress the body even more, so try to limit intake. • Know your limits. If your body is telling you enough is enough, call it a day.
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Music of the season brings joy every year South Kitsap High School’s band will be traveling to Hawaii to perform in the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Commemoration on Dec. 7, but the final month of the year is filled with plenty of local performances by musical groups throughout the school district. There are multiple elementary schools holding band performances. Bob Cooper, district director of visual and performing arts, said those generally begin at 6:30 p.m. The first is Dec. 8 at Hidden Creek Elementary, where that school’s fourthand fifth-graders will hold a performance. Cooper said that one will incorporate both vocal and drumming elements. He said it also might include recorders, a Renaissance instrument similar to a clarinet. South Kitsap High’s band also will host a performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in
the school’s theater. Because of the quick turnaround from performing in Hawaii, Cooper said it will be more of a vocal performance that also combines some instruments. South Colby Elementary School also will hold a performance by its fourththrough sixth-graders that night. “It will be more of a celebration of their learnings during the fall,” Cooper said. “Students will be doing both singing and playing with instruments.” Also during that night, there will be a kindergarten and first-grade performance at Sunnyslope Elementary. While those students are often just are learning music, Cooper said those events are some of the most well-attended in the district. “You come to a concert, it is filled to See MUSIC, A5
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the rafters,” he said. “Parents love to come.” Sixth-graders throughout the district will perform Dec. 19 at the high school. While many districts have cut band programs in elementary schools, Cooper said fifth- and sixth-graders in the district now are being driven by their parents to John Sedgwick Junior High School to take a class with junior high students. In addition to reducing costs, Cooper said integrating those students has been beneficial. “It’s a great program and the kids love it,” Cooper said. “We’re trying to break
down the barriers from elementary to junior high. We’ve found it to be very successful.” Sedgwick students also have their winter concert Dec. 20. There will be performances by the school’s band, choir and instrumental jazz group. All those events are free to the public. South Kitsap High’s choir also will stage its annual “Madrigal Feast” on Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3 at the Adventure of Faith Church at the corner of Jackson and Sedgwick. It is a medieval theme and the choir dresses in customs accordingly. There also is a Germanthemed meal served without flatware. Tickets for that event are $25 and can be purchased through the high school.
Concerts around town • Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3: Madrigal Feaste, Adventure of Faith Church
• Dec. 13: Intermediate Winter Concerts
• Dec. 8: Winter Concert at Hidden Creek Elementary School
• Dec. 15: Grades 2-3 Holiday Concert, Sunnyslope Elementary School
• Dec. 13: Christmas Concert, South Kitsap High School Theater
• Dec. 19: District Sixth-Grade Band Concert, SK High School Theater
• Dec. 13: K-1 Holiday Concert, Sunny-slope Elementary School
• Dec. 20: Winter Concert, John Sedgwick Junior High School
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The worst gifts and how to fix it By Dennis Box and Jessica Ginet
’m willing to bet that every husband or lovesick boyfriend has seen the look. Your wife or girlfriend opens the gift and it is there. It’s the “you don’t know anything do you” look. Try as we always do or pretend to, all too often we make the classic Christmas morning mistake. Only the well practiced hangdog look of the male loser saves us. We all began learning this technique at a very early age. Men take note. The following may save your life this Christmas. The following list is from women in Kitsap County in response to being asked what is the worst gift they’ve received and what they really wanted. We’ve withheld the names to protect the guilty men who have endured a very chilly Christmas. Guys, while you may not be able to get her exactly what she wanted, our best advice is to listen a little harder for the hints she’ll drop about all the things she would love to have. Most importantly, if you waited until the last minute to get her that gift, she may enjoy it just as much... if it is the right one.
No. 1 Worst Gift: Really cheap perfume, ‘Wildfire’ or something like that. You could smell it through the box. Want: I really want a new sautee pan.
Want: Tennis lessons.
Want: If he were paying attention, he would get me a fountain pen.
Worst Gift: Aplets & Cotlets. Want: World peace.
Worst Gift: A sweater with a duck knitted on the front. Want: A camera.
Worst Gift: Pots and pans, plastic flowers and a brush and mirror. Want: I used to want jewelry, but now I have no special requests.
Worst Gift: Divorce papers. Want: A new significant other.
Worst Gift: A mechanical engineering book when I was 10. Want: iPod
No. 4 Worst Gift: A set of measuring cups. Want: A No-No from the infomercial.
No. 5 Worst Gift: Used perfume. Want: A new laptop.
No. 6 Worst Gift: A doughnut phone. Want: Something platinum!
No. 11 Worst Gift: The worst gift was getting nothing. He thought we didn’t have money therefore he got me nothing. Once. Want: This year I would love jewelry or clothing.
No. 12 Worst Gift: An exercise outfit and tennis shoes. Want: I want my bills paid.
Worst Gift: A T-shirt sized for a seven year old. It wouldn’t even fit over my head; and some magnets. Want: A nice new laptop.
Worst Gift: A bright pink snuggie.
Worst Gift: Hmmmm. A toaster. Want: I want jewelry! Worst Gift: A pair of slippers.
Worst Gift: An ornament. Want: A nice, warm jacket.
No. 17 Worst Gift: The worst gift was a carpet cleaner. Want: I’ve given up, so I ask for nothing.
No. 18 Worst Gift: A shirt someone else loved – but I didn’t. Want: Blues music.
No. 19 Worst Gift: A self-help book. Want: I want anything except a selfhelp book.
No. 20 Worst Gift: A vacuum, bath towels and a tattoo. Want: I want all the projects finished, which have been going on for the past
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No. 21 Worst Gift: A non-electric can opener.
No. 22 Worst Gift: I had just given birth to twins and that year I received a side view mirror from a totaled Jeep. I have also received crayons, a thermos and a socket wrench. Want: Tickets to the theatre.
No. 23 Worst Gift: None. I buy the gifts I want and have my husband wrap them up. Want: Diamonds always surprise me.
No. 24 Worst Gift: It’s a tie between a plastic laundry basket and a package of pasta. Want: I’ll take another year of fun with my husband and a new watch.
No. 25 Worst Gift: Bath sets. Nothing says, ‘I don’t know what to get you’ like that! Want: A couples massage!
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Staying healthy and celebrating the holidays By Timi Gustafson, R.D.
buffets, irresistible desserts. You will be encouraged to dig in, have seconds, have thirds, enjoy everything and leave nothing untried. You don’t want to be a party pooper or hurt unnecessarily the host’s feelings (especially not granny’s).
The holidays are a time for celebration, which means for many of us engaging in some form of overindulgence. With all the good cheer comes the almost inevitable straying from healthy eating habits (if you have them), or things go from bad to Avoid the Pitfalls without worse (if you don’t). The sweet treats that Missing Out on the Fun get passed around the office, the parties, So what do you do? For starters, plan the family events, the many traditions, they all contribute to the expansion of ahead. A forethought beats hindsight your waistline, which can be consider- every time. So have a strategy ready. For example, you (hopefully) able by the time you get know how you respond to make your New Year’s Happy Holidays to alcohol. Enjoy a drink resolution. or two, but don’t get so It doesn’t have to be relaxed that you forget this way, but, as you may about all your good intenremember from last year, tions and give in to every it probably will be. So how temptation that comes do you avoid falling into your way. If you have conthe same traps over and cerns in this regard, you over again? Here are some may consider volunteering suggestions. Based on as a designated driver. That experience, you probably Timi Gustafon will give you a valid reason have a pretty good idea to hold back and you won’t what’s going to happen be urged to drink more at the office party or dinner at Grandma’s. There will be lots of than you should. Also keep in mind that booze, tasty hors d’oeuvres, sumptuous alcoholic beverages have lots of calories
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and can cause weight gain as much as food does. Hors d’oeuvres should also be approached with caution. They are hard to keep track of, but they all count. When the trays arrive, choose the ones with the lightest ingredients. Cheese and crackers may be yummy, but they are loaded with calories and fat. How about carrot sticks with a nonfat spinach dip instead? Too boring? Seafood items (e.g. sushi or shellfish) are lighter than most meats. Filled mushrooms have probably less calories (depending on the filling) than mini pizzas, sliders or bite-size quiches – some of which provide almost a full meal. Keep your guard up when a buffet or banquet is on display and you are asked to help yourself. Never forget that your eyes may be bigger than your stomach. An elegantly arranged presentation of delicious food can be enormously seductive. This is the time to be strong and resist the urge of unrestrained gluttony – right? (Whom am I kidding?) If your party includes a sit-down dinner, your options are a bit more limited. Hopefully, you are left in charge of your own portion sizes. If not, tell
your host to go easy on certain items before you are handed your plate. This can be done in tactful and polite ways where you don’t cause hurt feelings but also get your needs met. If you are not comfortable with the thought of refusing well-meaning offers, you may have to think of a standard excuse that sticks. If all else fails, say you are allergic against this, that and the other. Most people will respect that and pity you instead. Some folks hope to escape extra weight gain by skipping meals before it’s time to party. Disrupting your usual eating patterns, however, will only make you more vulnerable to the temptations you are about to encounter. So don’t fast before you feast! Rather, eat a small but nutritious snack shortly before your event starts, so you don’t arrive absolutely ravenous. Be mindful that, although food is at the center of many celebrations (not only for us but in many cultures around the world), we also celebrate each other’s company. The holiday season is often a time for family reunions. Your loved ones will appreciate hearing that you See HEalthy, A8
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Tips for a happy and safe holiday Ileana LiMarzi,
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All of us here at Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue want to make sure that all of you in our community remain safe and healthy during the holidays. As our weather continues to become cooler we want to remind you of the following heating safety tips. • Make sure your chimney is clean before use – having it inspected annually by a licensed chimney sweep will ensure there is no soot build up, nests, leaves or other debris that may block your chimney. • Keep flammable items away from your fireplace and use a metal screen to keep the burning embers from popping out. • Extinguish the fire completely before leaving the room, keeping the damper open until ashes are completely cold. • Dispose of your ashes in a metal container with a lid. The ashes should cool for at least one week before they’re dumped. Place the container on a non-flammable surface, away from decks and siding while the ashes are cooling. • Remember that space heaters need space.They should be at least 3 feet from other objects and should be turned off when you’re not in the room. • If you use a generator during power outages make sure it’s in a well ventilated area outside. Never use it indoors
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missed them and that you had been looking forward to seeing them – whether you eat lots of food or not. Your reconnecting with one another can take place on a deeper level. Having said that, I also want to emphasize the social aspect of healthy eating. One of my favorite diets is the so-called “Mediterranean diet,” which is widely praised for its dominance of fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood and its restrained use of meat and poultry. The
or in an attached garage. Generators produce carbon monoxide – a deadly, colorless and odorless gas. With the holiday season comes decorations and many of
Mediterranean culture is well known for its appreciation of a leisurely lifestyle. Families love to gather around the dinner table where they spend long hours eating together. Belonging and sharing each other’s company are as important as the food that is served. One of the reasons may be that people take the time to enjoy both food and company, which is what all celebrations should be about. Happy Holidays! Timi Gustafson RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian, newspaper columnist, blogger \ TimiGustafsonRD).
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information on toy safety and protecting children from accidents It’s that time of year again, when parents, grandparents, and friends begin to prepare holiday toy shopping lists. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants consumers to know that while safety should be at the top of everyone’s toy list, stronger federal rules are making a positive impact and restoring confidence in the safety of toys. New toy safeguards include: establishing the lowest lead content and lead paint limits in the world; setting a stringent limit on the use of certain phthalates; converting the voluntary toy standards into mandatory standards; requiring third party testing and certification of toys designed or intended primarily for children 12 and younger; closing in on new limits for cadmium in toys; and working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to track shipments in transit from other countries, thereby increasing seizure of dangerous imported toys. These safeguards, along with safety-conscious steps taken by many toy makers and sellers, have contributed to a continued decline in toy recalls since 2008. There were 34 toy recalls in fiscal year 2011. This is down from 46 toy recalls in fiscal year 2010, 50 recalls in 2009, and 172 recalls in 2008. In 2011, toy recalls related to lead declined to 4, down from 19 in 2008. “Strong toy standards support the production of safer toys in the marketplace,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Parents and toy shoppers also always need to be vigilant by choosing age appropriate toys and keeping small parts, balls, and balloons out of the hands of young children.” Toy-related deaths to children younger than 15 increased to 17 fatalities reported in 2010, up from 15 reported in 2009. Nearly half of these toy-related fatalities were attributed to choking on balloons, small balls, and rubber balls. A new report released by CPSC today also notes that about 181,500 children younger than 15 years of age were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments due to toy-related injuries in 2010. Nonmotorized scooters continued to be the category of toys associated with the most injuries. Frequently these injuries involved lacerations, contusions, and abrasions to the child’s face and head. Importantly many of the incidents were associated with, but not necessarily caused by, a toy. Here are some safety steps that consumers can take while shopping this holiday season: • Balloons - Children can choke or
suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8 years old. Discard broken balloons at once. • Small balls and other toys with small parts - For children younger than age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking. • Scooters and other riding toys like skateboards, and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit. • Magnets - For children under age 6, avoid building or play sets with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur. Once the gifts are open: • Immediately discard plastic wrappings or other packaging on toys before they become dangerous play things. • Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings. • Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging. Along with educating the public, CPSC is committed to working with foreign and domestic toy manufacturers, importers, and retailers to help them understand and comply with U.S. toy requirements.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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Avoid the holiday charity scams artists A flyer in the mail, a phone call, a personalized email — everyone receives requests for donations in one form or another. Many legitimate charities use telemarketing, direct mail, email and online ads to ask for contributions. Unfortunately, scam artists also use these techniques to pocket your money. If someone asks for a donation, take your time and familiarize yourself with the charity. The following are a few guidelines to follow when considering whether a charity is legitimate. • Ask for the charity’s name, address phone number and written information about its programs. • Ask whether the person contacting you is a professional fundraiser and how much of your contribution will go to fundraising costs. • Check the history of the organization with the office that regulates charities in your state. For a list of state offices, visit the National Association of State Charity Officials.
You should also know the warning signs of a scam. • High pressure pitches. Reject them: It’s okay to hang up. • A thank you for a pledge you don’t remember making. Be skeptical; scam artists will lie to get your money. • Requests for cash. Avoid giving cash donations. • Charities that offer to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect your money. • Charities that guarantee sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. • Charities that spring up overnight, especially those that involve current events like natural disasters, or those that claim to be for police officers, veterans, or firefighters. They probably don’t have the infrastructure to get your donations to the affected area or people. For more detailed information about charity donations, read Charitable Donations: Give or Take.
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• Polar Express Movie • South Kitsap High School Marching Band • Pooch and Purrs on Parade Costume Contest • Christmas Lane Decorated Boat Contest • Choirs and Community Sing-Along • Jingle Bell Boutique – Gift Fair • Holiday Tree Lighting & Clock Tower Chimes • Arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus • Mary Shaver’s Marionettes performing A Holiday Cinderella • Free Hayrides, Crafts, and Refreshments Presented by the City of Port Orchard and these generous sponsors: Kitsap Bank, our presenting sponsor, Olympic Peninsula Antique Tractor Club, Fathom’s O’Fun,
This coupon is good for 15% off
any one regularly priced item.
Del’s Feed and Farm Supply, Yachtfish Marine, Port of Bremerton – Port Orchard Marina, Jones Tree Farm, Dennis and Michele Simpson – Santa and Mrs. Claus, Cedar Cove Association, Arthritis Foundation - Pacific Northwest Chapter, Wave Broadband, Saints Car Club, Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club, Roger Jensen & Port Orchard Independent
SK Holiday Survival Guide
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