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YOU R L OC A L HOL I DAY GU I DE 2017 | Bainbridge Island | North Kitsap

Special Supplement to the Bainbridge Island Review, 98110 and North Kitsap Herald

Whether you cozy up by the fireplace, cook up some cheer in the kitchen, or decorate with enough lights to stop neighborhood traffic, your home is key to creating the holiday traditions you’ll enjoy year after year. All of us at Coldwell Banker Bain wish you happiness in your home throughout this wonderful season and the coming year!

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t seems the years go by faster as we get older. As children, Christmas couldn’t come soon enough. It seemed like a long time from one holiday season to the next. But as adults, we feel the months fly by. And what do you know? It’s the holiday season again. There’s lots to do on our “to-do” lists. But this year, why don’t we all slow down and enjoy the season? In order to help with that, we assembled some great tips to help you have a stress-free December. Take a look at the suggestions of how to make

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the season a happy one. We’re also giving you some gift suggestions for the lady or gentleman on your list, and for children, too. What about that book-lover? Inside you’ll find suggested books for the novel reader, the fiction reader, the young reader and the cook. There’s some suggestions of local places to go to buy great baked goods, candy and nuts that can be given as gifts, or consumed at your seasonal parties and family gatherings. Also, we’ve listed places to check out when you’re ready to buy your Christmas


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tree. And there’s many local events to choose from for entertainment. Don’t forget that ther are those in our communities who need help. We’ve listed the local nonprofits that gather food and gifts for those who are in need. Take time to give a donation to others. After all, this season is all about giving. This is the year to make holiday memories close to home. The staff of the Bainbridge Island Review and the North Kitsap Herald wish you the very best this holiday season and always.

Celebrate in Poulsbo and North Kitsap

Ways to give in your community

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Gifts for Guys and Gals

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CHRISTMAS PAST DEC. 21, 1935 “Santa Claus will be at Bainbridge Mercantile Store Friday, Dec. 20 and will present gifts to all the Pleasant Beach school children. Make a note of this date.” An advertisement for Bainbridge Gardens reported holly wreaths and mistletoe on sale. Also in the grocery area, fresh and candied fruit, minced meat and cookies. “Everything needed for the holiday dinner.”

NOV. 23, 1945 Eagledale Grocery and Market, owned by the Lewis Sisters advertised its special of the week — a two pound fruitcake in a decorative tin for only $1.98. At the Lynwood Theatre, “To Have and to Hold,” staring Humphrey Bogart, was playing. The next show up Abbott and Costello’s “Here Comes the Co-eds.” (From the Bainbridge Island Review archives)

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The annual Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot returns to Battle Point Park (11299 Arrow Point Drive NE) Thursday, Nov. 23. Runners and walkers both are welcome in the 5K- and the 1-mile events. The courses are mostly flat with gentle inclines and are family and stroller friendly. Dogs and food are not allowed on the turf fields at Battle Point Park. The beloved community tradition benefits Helpline House, and awards are given to the top three runners in each age category. Don’t miss one of Bainbridge Island’s most anticipated holiday traditions – it’s the perfect excuse for one more slice of pie. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the milelong event kicks off at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K jaunt at 9 a.m. Pre-registration for the trot ends at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Visit www. bainbridgeturkeytrot.org for registration details.

DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING AND OPEN HOUSE On Saturday, Nov. 25, sleigh bells will ring on Winslow and in Madrone Lane, a tree will glisten. Join the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association for a holiday open house, with free horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and the jolly man himself — yes, that would be Santa! Hours to be determined.

free tour stops at quaint historic cottages, farms, fascinating homes hand built by the owners, and nonprofit venues. Experience history, meet talented artists who create unique and handmade arts and crafts, and enjoy the tastes of the season along with festive holiday music, activities and décor. Visit www. christmasinthecountry.info/ home to learn more.



The beloved Christmas in the Country tour returns to Bainbridge Island Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. Get into the holiday spirit with a tour across the island; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Now in its 23rd year, Christmas in the Country supports home-based business entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, artists, authors and musicians. Visitors use a map to make their way across Bainbridge as the

Open Dec. 1-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 50 artists in seven studios and halls around the island, featuring beautiful hand-crafted artwork.Great places to buy unique holiday gifts. Free, self-guided tour. www. BIStudioTour.com. Or call 206-842-0504 for more information.

‘CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG’ An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children,

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 BLOEDEL RESERVE HOLIDAY VILLAGE Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher. Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, based on the MGM Motion Picture. Bainbridge Performing Arts performance directed by Kristi Ann Jacobson, musical direction by Kelli McAuley and choreography by Helen Heaslip. Everyone’s favorite flying car comes to life in this adventure for all ages. Performances are Dec. 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17, 2017, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., Sundays matinees at thlehem experience. For more go to www. bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

OVATION! Ovation!’s next scheduled mainstage production is “South Pacific.” South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific,” which in turn was based on James A. Michener’s short-story collection Tales of the South Pacific. This annual holiday production from Ovation will run from Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 18. The South Pacific production team includes Ron Milton, director, technical director and charge artist; Reece Sauve’, music director and conductor and Marijane C. Milton, costume designer. Tickets range from $15 to $22. Visit www.ovationmtb.com to learn more.

PET SANTA PHOTOS Haul the kids — and pets — on over to Bay Hay & Feed on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 to get their mug taken with Santa. The jolly old man will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. doling out good cheer and smiles. All ages and all pets welcome, with the exception of livestock. Proceeds benefit the Kitsap Humane Society.

BAINBRIDGE CHORALE December concerts include a “Family Holiday Concert” at 7 p.m., on Dec. 9, at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. “Sing We Now of Christmas” will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, and again at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, also at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church Celebrate the holidays with a festive mix of seasonal songs, including new arrangements of traditional favorites, as well as stunning contemporary works. Along with the full 80-voice ensemble, the men’s, women’s and chamber ensembles, as well as the Cantabile ensemble of the Olympic Girls’ Choir will be featured. “Once Upon A December” will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Bethany Lutheran Church. For tickets and more information go to www.bainbridgechorale.org.

Dwight Shappell has been building miniature houses for a long time — more than 10,000 hours he estimates. And his models are no joke; the former flower shop owner has crafted fully functional chests of drawers, upholstered sofas and even parquet floors out of collected materials. Come see his handiwork at the Bloedel Reserve’s annual Holiday Village from Dec. 9 through Dec. 31. Entry is included with regular admission: $15 adult, $10 senior and military, $8 student ages 13 to 18, $5 child ages five to 12, free for children four and under. For more information, visit www.bloedelreserve.org.

OLYMPIC PERFORMANCE ‘NUTCRACKER’ Olympic Performance Group takes “The Nutcracker” around the world. “The Nutcracker” will return to the North Kitsap Auditorium in Poulsbo from Saturday, Dec. 16 through Monday, Dec. 18, with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and a final 2 p.m. matinee on Monday. This, the 12th annual production of the beloved holiday ballet staple by Olympic Performance Group, will feature a new, international twist of the old tale, including classic ballet, jazz, hip hop, Bollywood and gymnastics stylings in the brand new choreography. Tickets are $15 for children, students and military members, $18 for seniors and $20 for adults. Group discount rates are available. Visit www.olympicperformancegroup.org to learn more and purchase. Performances are held at the Kitsap Community Center, 1881 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo.

MOCHI TRADITION The annual Mochi Tsuki festival will once more take place at IslandWood from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. For over a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat “mochi” has been a celebrated New Year’s tradition in Japan, with generations of families and communities coming together to wish good health and prosperity for the new year. Each year, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community brings this celebration to Bainbridge Island and invite everyone, young and old, to bundle up against the crisp winter air and enjoy the tradition of mochi tsuki (moe–chee sue–key). Mochi making involves a centuries old method of first steaming the sweet rice over an open fire, then placing the cooked rice into a warm stone or concrete bowl called an usu. Visit www.bijac.org for more information.

WINTER WONDERLAND Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? There’s no guarantee unfortunately, Santa’s monopoly on toy delivery does not extend to the weather - but from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, your wish will be granted. The Bainbridge Island park district presents “Winter Wonderland,” a free evening filled with snow, hot cocoa, ice sculptures and holiday activities at Waterfront Park. Santa will, of course, make an appearance and his elves will teach you a thing or two about decorating wrapping paper and wrangling real reindeer.

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4:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 24 to Jan. 1 26730 Big Valley Road N.E. Poulsbo Walk the Enchanted Trail, a 600-foot path decorated with more than 65,000 Christmas lights. Start your journey by viewing the Jamesville Railroad, a 1/25-scale outdoor railroad. Walk past the pond and waterfall to the North Pole where elves and Mr. and Mrs. Claus are busy in their houses and workshops. Stroll down Candy Cane Lane to the Nativity; continue through the lighted orchard to your point of origin.

Dec. 2. The Poulsbo Fire Department will deliver Santa downtown to the annual Jule Fest. Santa and the fire engine will be making other scheduled routes. Check www.poulsbofire.org for the complete schedule.

COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING 7-9 p.m. Nov. 24 Corner of Viking Avenue and Lindvig Way Free Gather in the parking lot in front of the Historic Martinson Cabin on the corner of Viking Avenue and Lindvig Way. The cabin will be open for free tours. Sing carols with the North Kitsap High School choir, warm up with some hot cider and cookies, and join Miss Poulsbo at the base of the Norseman statue as she turns the switch to illuminate a large evergreen. Info: www.cityofpoulsbo.com/parks/parks_events. htm.

JULEFEST 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 2 Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park and Sons of Norway Lodge Scandinavian arts, crafts and gifts. Pea soup, rommegrot and more. Dancing by Leikarringen (children’s folk group), singing by Vestre Sund Mannskor. Hot chocolate and hot cider for sale. Lucia Bride, escorted by Vikings, will light the yule log; Miss Poulsbo will light the Christmas tree, followed by dancing around the tree and music by Vestre Sund Mannskor. Santa arrives to close the night.

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SINGING FOURSOMES 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 North Kitsap High School Community Auditorium. “Behind every successful man,” a Barbershop Harmony musical show that tells of Mrs. Claus’ role in Christmas doings, performed by the Kitsap Chordsmen. Tickets are $15-$20 and available by calling call 360-337-7464 or online at www.singkitsap.org. This is a two-hour seasonal music and themed stage performance.

THE ‘NUTCRACKER’ 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18 North Kitsap Community Auditorium 1881 NE Hostmark St. Olympic Performance Group’s unique rendition of the classic story introduces audiences to a charismatic explorer and his entertaining sidekick who take viewers around the globe, delighting with fresh takes on traditional dance and performance. From a visit to a Bollywood party and a contemporary celebration highlighting Mexican heritage, to tumbling karate dolls and graceful ballerinas dancing under the moon, there is something for everyone.


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WHAT’S IN SANTA’S PACK ? Christmas: The magical time of Santa, gifts and children with great big smiles. Just about everyone has a child — son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild — on their list of Christmas gifts to get. We know you know your children better than we do, and if they’re like most children, they’ve already given you their list for Santa. But, if you happen to be stuck and need some help, here’s a few of the things that are popular. And, you can find them right here at one of our local toy stores.

Stormtrooper. The InteracTech Imperial Stormtrooper figure uses a motion sensor to respond to specific movements and comes with over 65 different sound effects and phrases. Suggested retail: $19. • High-Tech Minion: Minion MiP Turbo Dave, Suggested retail: $80, .

For children ages 0-3 • Just Keep Swimming: UNO Splash Disney Pixar Finding Dory Card Game. Little ones will love playing Gone Fishin’ with their favorite Finding Dory characters. The pond rotates and the mouths of the fish open and close for added fun. Suggested retail $8. • Disney’s Frozen Sing Along Boombox. Who isn’t still obsessed with Frozen these days? Give your mini-Elsa or Anna the gift she’s been waiting for. This boombox comes packed with the movie’s famous songs and catchphrases so your Frozen fanatic can belt them out with the attached microphone. The toy also connects to MP3 players. Suggested retail: $40. • Learning Tablet, Fisher-Price Fun 2 Learn Smart Tablet: Make learning fun for your early learner with a smart tablet from FisherPrice. Featuring six different modes, this tablet helps kids learn letters, phonics, numbers and typing skills through stimulating games and activities. Suggested retail: $23. For children ages 4-7 • Unicone Rainbow Swirl Maker: Kids can customize, build, and dress their own cuddly friend at home with this neat kit. Suggested retail: $25. • Fairytale Salon: Disney Princess Royal Ribbon Salon Assortment. Have a future beautician on your hands? Give her this cool princess ribbon salon kit that features Princess Ariel or Princess Rapunzel as her first celebrity clients. Including five hair clips, eight ribbons, a brush, salon chair, and a ribbon spinner, your little princess will have all the tools. Suggested retail: $23. • Troll Buddies: DreamWorks Make-Your-Own Trolls Collection. The Dreamworks Trolls movie comes to life with cuddly Troll dolls from Build-A- Bear Workshop. Your kids can personalize their own Poppy, Branch, or Diamond doll with a number of cool outfits, hair accessories, sound chips, and more. Suggested retail $28 and up. • Emoji Creator: Crayola Emoji Maker: The popular text-message feature just got the Crayola treatment. The Crayola Emoji Maker allows your child to create their own customized emoji markers. With 16 custom stencils, your kids can create any colorful message and share them with friends. Suggested retail: $20. For children ages 8-13 • Blue Stars Guitar: For your little star, this is an affordable way to get them started playing music. Plus, it’s designed especially for small fingers and has Learn-a-Cord cards to get them playing right away. Suggested retail: $40. • Star Wars InteracTech Stormtrooper Figure: Get your in-house movie fan ready for the next Stars Wars movie with his very own

For teens • Hit the Mark, Nerf Modulus Tri Strike Blaster. With this fun toy, your child can put their aim and strategy skills to the test. Suggested retail: $28. • Dark Side Fighter: Star Wars Bladebuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber, hasbrotoyshop.com. For any Star Wars fan, owning this lightsaber set is must. Including the lightsaber, lightdagger, and more, your movie fan will become a hero of the dark side in no time. Suggested retail: $40. • Friday Net Lights: SKLZ Midnight Pro Mini Basketball Hoop. This glow-in-the-dark basketball hoop and mini b-ball will keep your kid’s basketball game going after the lights out—with your permission, of course. Small enough to fit on a door, easy to mount, and shatterproof, this set works at home or in an office, making it a slam dunk for other people on your Christmas list, too. Suggested retail: $35. And don’t forget things like board games, cards and puzzles which are available at local toy stores, too. Kids also like books and there’s plenty to choose from at the local book stores in our area. And a good old standby is a stuffed animal.

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What to buy that guy on your list? Sometimes our fellows tell us outright what they want. Or they leave us little hints like the newspaper ad showing chainsaws on sale. If your guy is a collector, then you already know what to give him. Another lighted beer sign for the man cave. A shot glass from that place you visited last summer. Or maybe even an autographed football from his favorite Seahawks player. But for most of us, shopping for the men in our lives can be — well — boring. So, here are suggestions of items that won’t break the bank, but will bring “Baby, I love it” on Christmas morning. • The good old flannel shirt. Really. These things are trendy for the high schoolers and look great on anybody. You can wear them buttoned and tucked in, or open with a T-shirt underneath. They come in many colorful plaids, and even solids. Find them are your local work wear store, feed store, or men’s clothing shops. Average price: $34. • Electronics travel bag. Electronics Travel Organizer Storage Bag for USB Cable Charging Cord Accessories iPad mini. This electronics organizer travel bag will keep all of your electronics accessories and USB cable together,keep them separated and keep them easy to be found. Your trip will be very happy. The multiple layers design gives this bag more storage space: 11 elastic loops, five mini mesh pockets, one mesh zipper pocket,one large zipper pocket, and three adjustable padded dividers. They will fit your power bank,phone charger,battery,USB cable,laptop adapter,flash drive,plugs and etc. The large zipper pocket can hold an 8 inch iPad mini. Start at $18.99. Available from your local department stores, or electronic stores. • Men’s soaps, lotions and scents. There’s the Burt’s Bees

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Men’s gift set contains five natural skin care products for men including shave cream, aftershave, body wash, hand salve and lip balm beeswax, and made with natural ingredients. Burt’s Bees is sold in local gift stores. But while you’re there, check out the locally-made goats milk soaps that men love, because they are unscented. Average price of gift set: $25. • Anything “toolish.” For the do-it-yourselfer. Local hardware stores and home supply stores will have what you want. Be it a leaf blower, a wrench and set of heads, a tool case, or even a new smoker or grill, there are plenty to choose from. Find the item that fits your budget and if needed, hide it at a friend’s house until Christmas morning. Suggestion: Padded Mechanic Stool with Tool Tray, in red by Torin that retails at $29.99, has a 0-degree rotating casters, large tool tray, steel construction, fully padded seat. • A new wallet, but not just any wallet. Try a Neal Front Pocket Wallet with RFID protection and money clip. Made of top grain quality leather. It’s a slim credit card holder, crafted from a soft, but solid, real leather, this slim wallet is fitted with six card slots, an ID window, plus plenty of space for cash and receipts. It retails for $47.95. If that’s a bit steep for your budget, look at local gift stores and leather stores for other options.


Every woman, whether it’s your girlfriend, wife, mother, sister, aunt or grandmother, knows that Christmas means getting something wonderful from the person they love the most. That’s a lot of pressure. Sure. Women like jewelry, especially diamonds. But if that’s a bit out of your price range, why not give these items a look? These are some of the most popular holiday gifts for women, according to many women’s magazines and internet sites. • The What Night? funny wine glass, quality USA made, 13-ounce modern stemmed glassware with a unique design. Drink ware featuring humorous jokes, sarcastic sayings, memes, messages, and quotes. A fun present for women who like their wine. Find them at local gift stores. Suggested retail: $25. Also keep in mind classic fine glass wine glasses, which come in set of four and can be used when your lady entertains. Suggested price:$50. • Essential oils for self-care. Aromatherapy essential oils including lavender, tea tree, peppermint, lemongrass, orange, eucalyptus, rosemary, frankincense, bergamot, ylang ylang, patchouli, geranium, grapefruit and sage. Buy vials of these individually at local gift stores for about $8, or look for a full set that costs about $32. And while you’re there, check out the selection of locally made soaps, including those from goat milk and beeswax. Put together a basket of oils and soaps and throw in a gift card for a massage.

Annie LaValle can take to work and use at her desk. Find them at gift stores or kitchen gadget shops. Try a cat mug for the cat lady, a mug with a humorous saying for that jokester, or maybe one with a beautiful nature scene, for the artist. Mugs sell for $10 on up. • The journal. Find them in many styles at local bookstores. They come with leather covers, or in styles that include places to put personal photographs. Some have hardcovers that depict famous paintings, or appear to be a library book of sorts. Journals come in all sizes, some with ring binders, some with lined pages and others with blank pages. Those work particularly well for the woman who journals and sketches. Add in a nice set of colored pens or pencils. And look for a gift certificate from a local book store or park department for a class on journaling or memoir writing. • An item of clothing. Nothing says “I love you,” and “I took the time to shop,” quite like a warm winter sweater, a vintage lace blouse, or maybe a new workout outfit. Many local women’s clothing stores will shop for you. Just give them your gal’s size and the colors she likes, and they’ll pull some options. Take a look at the size tag in something she wears a lot and go by that. Ask them to gift wrap the item because she’ll know whether the store wrapped it or if you did. Make sure you can make returns if you’ve picked something she doesn’t like. Or there’s always a gift card. $25 on up.

• Infusion Water Bottle. There’s many types and most have the feature of water flavoring from many fruit flavors. Simply add fresh or frozen fruit and herbs, along with still or sparkling water, to create your own thirst quenching detox water and iced tea. Perfect for the gym, beach, yoga, hiking, office. If your lady isn’t the water-drinking kind, select a coffee cup that she

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LITTLE THINGS TO FILL THOSE STOCKINGS You’ve been shopping for weeks now. The gift list has all been crossed off. And now all that’s left to do it wrap them. Wait! You forgot stocking stuffers. Here are a few suggestions for those small gifts for stockings for everyone in the family. Most can be found at local stores. • Pro iPhone Photography Kit, $10. With these fish-eye, macro and wide angle lenses, you won’t even be able to tell the difference between iPhone shots and professional photography.

• Sunflower in a Bag, $13. This tiny little bag fits right in a stocking, but once planted grows into a 10-foot-tall sunflower. It’s made with a biodegradable bag, so the seed can be planted in the garden as is. Can be found at Uncommon Goods. Or, just put together your own selection of vegetable and flower seeds for your gardener. • Bicycle Repair Kit, $18. Packed with a six-headed allen set, patch repairs, two metal tire levelers, glue, buffers and bone tool, no bicyclist will be stopped in their tracks with this kit. Check local bike shops for

more. • Poo-Pourri,$9. Doesn’t matter how mature you are, this toilet deodorizing spray is absolutely hilarious — and the best part is it actually works. Give it to your

favorite party pooper. • Head Massager, $2. These head massagers are the cheapest way to tell someone you appreciate all the hard work they do for you. Find them at local gift stores or online at Kikkerland. • Rainbow Notes, $8. Remember these? Scratch off secret notes on these black cards to reveal a rainbow print. Your kids will go nuts. Find these are craft stores

or online at Mellisa & Doug. • Stress Doll, $15. Grown-ups will get a kick out of this stuffed doll that’s meant for times “when things aren’t going to swell, and you want to hit the wall and yell.” Often referred to as the Damnit Doll, many holiday craft fairs have the homemade versions of these for sale. • Faux Tablet, $16. If your kids

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are too young to have their own iPad, this LCD e-writer lets them scribble notes, then wipe ‘em away with the touch of a button. Perfect for keeping little ones occupied on long car rides to grandma’s house. Check out your local toy store. • Mutt Magnets, $13. Doggy rear-end magnets look so hilarious on the fridge and will make any pet owner’s tail wag. The set comes with six magnets, including a fire hydrant. There’s a similar version for cat lovers,

too. Try your local bookstores for these. • Crumb Vacuum, $11.99. Get one of these adorable mouse vacuums for your messy foodie friend. Just vacuums the table crumbs away. Find these are cooking stores. • What I Love About You Book, $10. Fill out the pages of this sweet little book for someone that you care about. Find these and other similar items at your local book store.

FOR THE BOOK LOVER Just about everyone has a reader on their Christmas list. But taking a trip to the local bookstore at the holiday season can be overwhelming, unless you’ve got lots of time to mill around. So we’ve gathered a list of books that may be just right for your reader. At least this will give you a place to start! For the non-fiction adult reader: “What Happened,” by Hillary Rodham Clinton, published by Simon & Schuster. Hardcover $40, 517 pages. This book is a personal account of “What Happened,” her account of running for, and eventually losing, the presidency to Donald Trump. It’s part memoir and part and analysis of why she lost the election. It has many photos. “Grant,” by Ron Chernow, published by Penguin Press. Hardcover $40, 1,104 pages. Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as readers learn in Chernow’s book. For the fiction reader: “The Sun and Her Flowers,” by Rupi Kaur, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, paperback $16.95, 256 pages. Kaur is a New York Times’ bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. She started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said “draw your heart out.” Rupi views her life as an exploration of that artistic journey. After completing her degree in rhetoric studies, she published her first collection of poems ‘Milk and Honey’ in 2014.

The internationally acclaimed collection sold well over a million copies gracing the New York Times bestseller list every week for over a year. “The People v. Alex Cross,” by James Patterson, published by Little, Brown and Company. Hardcover $29, 432 pages. Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they’re above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? Book 25 in a series. For the younger crowd: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition,” by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay, published by Arthur A. Levine Books. Hardcover $39.99, 336 pages. For 12 long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. “The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” by Jeff Kinney, published by Amulet Books. Hardcover $13.95, 224 pages. Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. For the cook: “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It,” by Ree Drummond. Published by William Morrow Cookbooks. Hardcover $29.99, 400 pages. For home cooks, nothing beats

preparing a long, leisurely dinner for your family, stirring slowly, seasoning gradually, and savoring every flavorful step. OK, let’s face it: With school, sports, work, obligations, and activities pulling us in a million directions, not many of us can spend that amount of time in the kitchen anymore. What we really need are simple, scrumptious, doable recipes that solve the challenge of serving up hearty, satisfying food (that tastes amazing!) day after day, week after week without falling into a rut and relying on the same old rotation of meals. “Stock the Crock,” by Phyllis Good, published by Oxmoor House. Hardcover $21.95, 272 pages. The ultimate resource for a new generation of slow-cooker fans from the New York Times bestselling author who has sold 12 million cookbooks. “Stock the Crock” brings together the expertise of America’s most popular slow-cooker authority with a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative, and easy-to-prepare recipes-each with variations allowing readers to customize the dish according to their dietary needs. For the coffee table book collector: “Black: A Celebration of Culture,” by Deborah Willis, published by Skyhorse Publishing. Hardcover $35, 320 pages. Tucked away in the dusty halls of the Smithsonian archives and nearly forgotten by most historians, black culture is a vast, complex, interconnected web of different people, trends, and lifestyles. Willis has dug through the archives and hunted down the remnants that tell the wonderful and tragic history of a people. Tackling all subjects with bravery and frankness, Deborah Willis’s work is a true treasure to behold.

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KINGSTON HAS LIGHTS APLENTY KINGSTON — The opening ceremony for the ninth annual Kingston Cove Christmas takes place at 5 p.m., Dec. 2. That’s when Elvis, aka Danny Vernon, will sing, kids will drink hot cocoa (and their grownups something more spirited) and Santa Claus will ride into Mike Wallace Park on a North Kitsap Fire & Rescue fire engine and lead the countdown that lights the 40-foot Christmas tree and brings the park-full of holiday sculptures to sparkling life. When you think about all those lights, think big. Think one-half million lights, more than 600 lighted items (including a giant sea serpent), 3,000 feet of lighted railing and some three-quarters of a mile of rope lighting. “I think the lights are crucial,” said Kingston Cove Christmas co-chair Cheryl Graham. “They bring the Christmas joy to the kids. Park staff estimate some 30,000 children and adults will tour the lights and take part in other special events between the kickoff on Dec. 2 to Jan. 13, 2018 when the display closes. “It’s the biggest holiday light show in Kitsap County,” said Jim Pivarnik, the Port’s executive director. “Every year thousands of people come to Mike Wallace Park for the lighting ceremony. “Best of all, it’s free,” he said.

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“We have people who come down here from [as far away as] Bellingham for the lighting — 30 or 50 in a swarm — and when they leave here, their eyes are big and they have smiles on their faces,” said Raymond Carpenter, Port of Kingston facilities manager, who organizes the volunteers and has worked on the event since its inception. Lots of ‘elves’ But work on this year’s light show really began back in March. That’s when port staff member Steve von Marenholtz started to design and weld steel wire-frame skeletons for this year’s new light sculptures. Plans call for everything to be installed and ready to go by the end of the third week of November, Carpenter said. “Besides lighting the new sculptures, we’re going back and re-doing some of the older sculptures,” von Marenholtz said. “New pieces this year include a jack-inthe-box and sailboat and several of the sculptures are animated.”

KINGSTON COVE CHRISTMAS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 2 Downtown Kingston and the Port of Kingston Festival of trees decorated by merchants, Kiwanis’ Santa’s Workshop for kids, shopping, wine tasting and brews downtown for the adults, Elvis (Danny Vernon) will sing at 4:30 p.m., Santa arrives at 5 p.m. with the lighting of the town tree and the marina boats. Boats will sail out of port at 5:30 p.m.

Port of Kingston


EGLON SCHOOL HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 2 Eglon Schoolhouse Art, crafts and baked goods for sale

NEW YEAR’S EVE BINGO 5:30 p.m. doors open, early Bingo at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 31 Greater Hansville Community Center, 6778 Buck Lake Road NE, Hansville

SUQUAMISH TREE LIGHTING 6:30-8 p.m., Dec. 7 House of Awakened Culture 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish Spend an evening with friends and family at the annual Suquamish Tree Lighting. The event, previously held at the Suquamish Museum, is now being held at the House of Awakened Culture. The event includes family activities, music by Kids in Concert, the lighting ceremony, a hot cocoa bar and carols from the passing Christmas Ship.

SUQUAMISH HOLIDAY BAZAAR 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 9-10, House of Awakened Culture 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish A variety of arts and crafts from local artisans. Free admission. For questions, or to inquire about becoming a vendor, contact Joey Holmes at 360-394-7144, email jholmes@suquamish.nsn.us.

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Walking distance to dining, shopping, coffee roasters, brew pubs, wine tasting, movie house & parks.

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LOCAL TREE FARMS HENRY’S TREE FARM 5321 NE Minder Road, Poulsbo 360-297-2183

Hours: Thanksgiving through Dec. 18; Thursday to Friday 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


1795 Sawdust Hill Road NE, Poulsbo, 360-779-7840

MANY TYPES OF TREES TO CHOOSE FROM Here’s a friendly guide to help you select just the right tree for your home:

NOBLE FIR The noble is by far the most popular Christmas tree with its strong, evenly spaced branches and tailored look. Un-sheared, there is plenty of space to hang ornaments.

SHASTA FIR Very similar to the noble, the Shasta has strong, evenly spaced branches and tailored look but with slightly longer blue-ish needles. It typically has very symmetrical growth with plenty of space to hang ornaments. FRASER FIR The needles are tightly curved, giving the Fraser a very alpine look. Branches are held at an upward angle. The tree is often very open although some of these trees have been tip-pruned to encourage denser growth. NORDMAN FIR The Nordman has beautiful, dark, glossy green needles that are longer than most fir and drape a bit on the branch. This tree often grows very open, showing its white-ish trunk.

Hours: The farm will be open Dec. 2 and 3 only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

GRAND FIR The Grand is typically sheared to increase density and give the tree a perfect cone shape.


BLUE SPRUCE Though the needles of a spruce are prickly, the shape and color make it one of the most

13610 Manzanita Road, Bainbridge Island 206-842-1429

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open Nov. 24 through Dec. 23

ST. MICK’S TREE FARM 29747 Hansville Road, Hansville, 360-271-3174

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; to Dec. 23.


(U-cut at 17526 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo, and tree lots) Phone: 360-3403246. Open Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. Website: www. olmstedtreefarms.com (for hours and addresses of all locations)

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This tree is considered the most fragrant.

desirable Christmas trees. While you may have to wear rubber gloves and a heavy jacket to decorate, the needles do keep the cats from climbing it or Fido from watering it.

NORWAY SPRUCE Not as prickly as the Blue Spruce but still a little difficult to decorate, these full,

dense, sheared trees are very popular. If you are looking for an extra large tree we have a big selection.

PINE There are two types of pine; White and Scotch. All are attractive and are sheared to a dense cone shape.

DOUGLAS FIR These sheared natives have a lighter green color and are a popular tree. Source: Henry’s Tree Farm

TREE CARE It is best before placing your tree in the stand to make a fresh cut at the bottom of the trunk to open the pores and to allow water to be absorbed. Be sure to water your tree every day and don’t allow it to dry out. An average tree can use between a quart and a gallon of water a day. It is a good idea to clean your tree stand with a little bleach and water before placing your tree in it as this eliminates bacteria that can clog the pores. (Be careful not to stain carpet, etc. with the bleach.) If the tree is not going to be put up right away, store in a bucket of warm water outside or in a cool garage away from sun, wind or freezing temperatures. Inside the house, your tree will last longer if it is kept away from heat sources and the room temperature is reduced when no one is home. Keep it away from sunny windows and televisions sets, too. Be sure to turn off the tree lights when away or sleeping. Never use lighted candles on your tree.


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GIVE THE GIFT OF GIVING The holidays are the time to think of others. Whether it be that hard-to-buy-for aunt, the letter carrier or your veterinarian, often times you don’t know the person well enough to select a personal gift. That’s when giving to a local charity is a great idea. Just about every nonprofit on Bainbridge Island and in North Kitsap has special needs at the holidays which requires more funding. So this is the perfect time to gift a gift to a charity in honor of someone you want to feel special. Most all the nonprofits will send an acknowledgement letter to the individual so that they’ll know you thought of them. And, if money is a bit tight this holiday season, try signing up to volunteer for four or eight hours at a nonprofit. Pick the charity and ask them to acknowledge your volunteer hours by mail to the person you are honoring. Your local food bank may be a place to start. In North Kitsap County, there’s North Kitsap Fishline & Supportive Services. North Kitsap Fishline opened its doors in 1967 and is now the largest food bank in the North Kitsap area, distributing over a million pounds of food every year to 1,600 individual households. North Kitsap Fishline is a major contributor to the well-being of the financially stressed population within the North Kitsap. They provide food through their emergency box program and their walk-in market where fresh vegetables, fruits, breads and dairy are selected on a daily basis. As the largest North Kitsap food bank, clients in the service area can also receive help with rent, utilities, medical co-pays and first-month rent. They provide access to short-term shelter for the homeless as well

as connecting clients to other community resources. Through their thrift stores they are able to provide clothing and household items at no cost to clients who are not able to afford them. During the years, services have evolved to meet the changing needs of their clients. But one thing hasn’t changed - Fishline’s commitment to a community where all have the basic needs in life while maintaining the dignity of everyone who comes to us for help. Another food bank is Helpline House. Helpline House began, on Bainbridge Island, in the 1960s and has evolved into a nonprofit agency that provides a full range of social services and food. Nearly 1,000 Bainbridge Island households obtained food one or more times a month during 2016; about 25 percent are seniors, 25 percent are children under 18, and 50 percent are adults 18-54. Working closely with other agency staff, food bank volunteers provided clients with information about programs to access more food such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or “food stamps”) and Commodities (Federally-supplied foods).  This outreach resulted in many clients applying for, and receiving benefits, which in turn, helped food inventory to be freed up for those who did not qualify for benefits. Significant food donations were also procured through contracts with Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest for the cost of shared transportation.  Funding for purchases of food, and equipment to process, store and distribute food, was provided by the State of Washington Emergency Food Assistance Program, local churches and private donations and grants.


787 NW Liberty Road, PO Box 1517, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Phone: 360-779-4191; Online: www.nkfishline.org.


282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206-842-7621; Online: www.helplinehouse.org.


6061 United Road, Kingston, WA, 98346. Mailing address: PO Box 250, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: 360297-2266; Online: www. sharenetfoodbank.org.

BELLRINGER FUND, PO Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Donations are accepted yearround for the fund and are tax-deducible. Or stop by The North Kitsap Herald office during working hours. ONE CALL FOR ALL

PO Box 10487, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, Phone: 206-842-0659; Online: www. onecallforall.org.


26096 Bannister St. NE, PO Box 323, Kingston, WA 98346; Phone 360-297-4861. Online: Facebook Kingston Food Bank.

PAWS 4688 Lynwood Center Road NE, P.O. Box 10811, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110; Phone: 206-842-2451. Online: www. pawsbink.org.

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Port Gamble General Store

STEP BACK IN TIME If you long for the more simple life, and times when cell phones and the Internet weren’t so predominant in our lives, take a holiday trip back in time to Port Gamble. The unique town has everything you’re looking for in the way of shopping and it’s also decorated to the hilt with holiday lights. Stroll past the New England Victorian homes. Stop in at the Port Gamble General Store & Cafe for a bowl of soup and some hot chocolate. Or make it a weekend and stay over at the Port Gamble Guest Houses. If you visit on the weekend of Dec. 9 and 10, you’ll be part of the town’s annual County Christmas celebration with special events for the kids, and you might even see Santa himself.

PORT GAMBLE COUNTY CHRISTMAS Dec. 9 and 10 Enjoy a variety of festival holiday activities, including horse-drawn hayrides through a town sparkling with over 100,000 holiday lights, craftmaking for the kids at Santa’s workshop, followed by Western Washington’s only holiday fireworks display. Santa’s Workshop hours are Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the kids for a fun-filled day numerous holiday crafts, write a letter to Santa Claus, decorate ornaments and cookies, and of course meet the big man himself! Everyone is welcome to take photos of your young ones with Santa Claus.

Drive, Port Gamble. For tickets go to www. portgambletheater.com

TOWN TREE LIGHTING 5 p.m. Dec. 10 Enjoy more than 100,000 bright lights around Port Gamble and join in on the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree at the Observation Deck (across the street from the Post Office building). The town’s tree will be decorated with 5,000 lights.

DEC. 26, 1930

A story reported that “Mr. Lalander received a radiogram from northern Sweden wishing him a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This shows that distance is gradually being annihilated and the world’s in habitants are getting closer connections.”

NOV. 18, 1932

The Poulsbo Drug Co. was selling Christmas cards, 16 to a box, for 79 cents. At Myreboe & Sons, in Poulsbo, hole-proof pure silk stocking were selling for 75 cents.

DEC. 3, 1953

The week’s total in the Little Bellringer fund was $20.50 (The fund was up to $216.75 by Dec. 24.) Santa arrived in Poulsbo on Dec. 18 aboard the Christmas Ship Hilma III. At the Poulsbo post office, mail volume broke records that year, with about 10,000 letters and cards going out each day beginning Dec. 14.

PORT GAMBLE THEATER PRESENTS “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” You have a “Golden Ticket” to this Ronald Dahl family favorite! Charlie Bucket lives in poverty in a tiny house with his parents and four grandparents. But his life is about to change when he is the winner of the fifth golden ticket and enters the magical world of the mysterious Willy Wonka. Shows are Dec. 1-17, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m, An additional Saturday matinee will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 as part of Port Gamble’s Country Christmas. Shows are at 4839 NE View

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(From the Kitsap County Herald archives.)

Port Gamble Community

Port Gamble Play • Relax • Repeat

Holiday memories abound in Port Gamble! A house full of Gifts

for every occasion


for all ages & species

Home Decor & handcrafted


32220 Rainier Ave. NE Port Gamble


Open 7 days a week | Gift Certificates Available

Port Gamble SHELL page 1989145

Stocking Stuffers Gifts Treasures Wines Beer

32400 Rainier Ave. NE • www.portgamblegeneralstore.com •360-297-7637

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GIFTS WITH THE NORTHWEST FLAIR START A HOLIDAY TRADITION THIS YEAR Everyone around here knows we live in the most beautiful place on Earth. Whether it’s a friend on your holiday list, a family member, or someone you exchange gifts with who lives far away, giving a gift made right here is always appreciated. Friends love seeing what we have here and local artists can always use the business. Many local gift stores in North Kitsap and on Bainbridge Island feature uniquely northwest gifts, everything from pottery, to tasty snacks, to comical signs and lovely jewelry. Here’s just a few suggestions for you to consider. • Goldstone ceramic mugs, Millstream $23-$25. Earthy Northwest goldstone ceramic mugs. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Hand thrown in Bellingham. At most art galleries you can find pottery made locally by artists in Kitsap County, too.

Millstream • Native art. Many items are available at the tribes’ gift stores. Other local gift and clothing stores stock beautiful shirts, scarves, wall hangings and even totem poles that have been made in Washington. Select something that tells a story. Try a nice beaded pendant or a wood-carved bowl. Prices vary greatly depending on the size and item.

• Wood cutting board, $34. Warm Acacia wood cutting board or serving platter with engraved Puget Sound Salmon imprint. Natural finish. Add a set of drink coasters to match for $20. Or a salad serving set at $32. • Locally crafted jewelry, silver, gold or gem stone. All throughout the season there’s plenty of holiday bazaars where local jewelry makers show their wares. Some necklaces, earrings or bracelets are made with sea glass found right near here in Port Angeles or on Whidbey Island. Other items include ethnic beadwork, in styles from baroque to industrial to Bohemian. And don’t forget to look at local art galleries where they show jewelry made by the artsy folks who live among us. Costs vary. You can find items from $10 and up. • Food baskets. Grab a nice wicker basket and fill it with all things to eat and drink made right here. Start out with a piece of flash-frozen salmon, available at local grocery stores. Add a bottle of locallymilled cider or wine. Add a nice jar of honey made at the Sweet Life farm, and top it off with a fresh loaf of bread from a local bakery. All things considered, you can put this together for $50 and up. But consider, if you’re not giving this to someone local, select items that will make it well through the mail.

Suquamish Museum

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FIVE WAYS TO REDUCE HOLIDAY STRESS Everything doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to do everything yourself. Get your family involved and delegate. For example, instead of taking on the responsibility of preparing an entire meal alone, ask everyone to bring a dish. Or, if you feel that hosting an event at your home is too much, don’t feel obligated to entertain relatives and friends. Know your limitations and learn how to say “no.”

Many people look forward to the holiday season and the start of a new year. It often provides an opportunity to spend quality time with family, take a few days off from work, or go on a winter getaway. While the holiday season can be a fun and joyous time, it can also be very stressful. The combined effort of shopping, attending social events, and entertaining guests can quickly become too much to handle. A poll by the American Psychological Association shows that eight out of 10 people anticipate increased stress over the holidays. In some cases, the increase in stress and anxiety may even lead to depression. The Mayo Clinic reports that depression is often an unwelcome guest during the holidays. Though the holiday season can be a difficult and stressful time, there are several ways to minimize stress and anxiety so you can thoroughly enjoy this festive time of year. • Set a Spending Budget The holiday season and spending go hand-in-hand. Between buying gifts for your children, spouse, and relatives, you can drop hundreds of dollars between Black Friday and Christmas Day. A 2016 Gallup poll reported that shoppers around the United States were planning to spend an average of $929 on gifts over the holidays. Although spending money during the holiday season may be unavoidable, you can control how much you spend. Some of the stress you feel over the holidays may have a lot to do with financial pressure. To help prevent stress over money, plan ahead, review your finances, and come up with a realistic budget for gifts. Buying gifts shouldn’t affect your ability to pay your bills, nor should it result in costly credit card debt. Don’t let others pressure you into spending more than you can afford. Using a credit card is tempting, but it can also complicate matters. It might take several months or years to lower the balance. Decide on a maximum amount and stick to that budget. You can even have a discussion with friends and family and agree to only spend up to a certain amount. You can also get creative and think of gift ideas that don’t involve money. A friend or family member might appreciate the gift of time better than an actual item. For example, perhaps you can offer to watch a friend’s child for a

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weekend so she can spend some alone time with her partner. • Get Plenty of Exercise When you’re running around during the holiday season, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. What you may not realize, however, is that being active can elevate your mood and help you cope with stress. Exercise and other types of physical activity stimulate the production of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are brain chemicals that function as a natural painkiller. They can trigger a positive feeling in the body, boosting mood and reducing feelings of anxiety and stress. Understandably, you might be busy and have little time for physical activity during the holidays. However, it doesn’t take much time to maintain a calm mental state. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a minimum of three times each week. Find an activity that works for you and your lifestyle. You may want to consider: walking, jogging, swimming, biking, playing sports or aerobics. • Keep It Simple The holiday season is particularly stressful when you have too much on your plate. This might be the case if you’re welcoming out-of-town guests and hosting family festivities. You don’t necessarily have to cancel your plans, but make sure you’re not setting unrealistic expectations for yourself.

Setting aside time for yourself is another great way to cope with stress during the holidays. With so much happening, you might not have a moment alone. However, it’s important to make time for yourself so you can take a breather and clear your mind. Even spending as little as 15 minutes alone might make a world of difference. Doing activities you enjoy can help you maintain your sanity as you juggle family obligations, social events, and holiday shopping. You can try going a walk, listening to relaxing music, or getting a massage to take your mind off your to-do list. • Pick Your Battles Being in close quarters with some of your family members for long periods of time can be stressful in itself. You all have your own personalities. Because of your differences, it may be easy to rub each other the wrong way. Remember that if you let every remark get under your skin, you’ll be miserable and stressed out the entire time. Set aside your differences, and agree to disagree. This is easier said than done. But if you can learn how to let go and pick your battles, you’ll have less anxiety. Don’t let the actions of others rob you of your joy. Even if you’re a calm and collected person, the holiday season can still be a trying time. Your stress level can still skyrocket. These practical tips may minimize your stress and anxiety, and help you cope. However, don’t be afraid to speak with a doctor or mental health professional if you’re having a difficult time. They may help you improve your coping skills so you can get through the holiday season with a smile on your face. Source: www.healthline.com. For more health articles check the website.

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