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symbolize light and life. That tradition came to the United States in the 1700s when German settlers came to Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas and also brought with them their favorite memories of their homeland. Still today we bring out these favorite traditions around holiday time, perhaps for the same reason early settlers did—to give us a sense of comfort and family closeness. Even in modern times, we have favorites from our own childhood and pass them along to our kids and friends as a way to bond. One of these

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favorite pieces of nostalgia is “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which made its debut in 1965 and airs on network television every holiday season. Hearing Lucy’s request for a “big, shiny aluminum tree... maybe painted pink,” and seeing Charlie’s choice of a tiny scraggily Christmas tree is the stuff of legend. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Charles M. Schulz’s

creation of the Peanuts. Tina Ramos, manager of Fran’s Hallmark in Merrillville, says the Peanuts are a huge hit this holiday season which is why Hallmark has embraced the tradition. “It’s definitely a favorite. It’s so much of a favorite that Hallmark makes their musical plush Christmas item a Peanuts theme. Snoopy is at the piano and Woodstock is on top of the piano, and it lights up and plays two Christmas songs and the Peanuts Hallmark

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continued from page 7 theme song. Hallmark also produced a 60th anniversary Peanuts ornament this year and some other plush items, like Sally who talks and does a letter to Santa. We all have our memories of things that make you smile and Peanuts has been there for years and we all remember it. People love the tradition and everyone looks forward to that. It’s memories that make it so wonderful,” says Ramos.

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nother family tradition is decorating the Christmas tree with ornaments that have meaning and significance, such as the memory of a birth in the family, a wedding, or other events or even favorite hobbies. Wendy Bonarigo, assistant manager in training at Maria’s Hallmark in Munster, with another location in Crown Point, says there are families who come to their store every year to purchase collectibles that grow their family tradition. “Many people come every year for our ornaments. We have the Keepsake ornament series that continues every year so we have a large number of people who come to get the next ornament in the series. We have customers who have been collecting for decades and buy them, whether they have room for them or not. We also have a collectible called Elf on a Shelf which is an elf inside a little story book and I remember seeing it as a child. It’s an old-time looking elf and you hide

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the elf overnight and the kids try to find it.” Another favorite holiday show is the movie A Christmas Story which was written by Hammond, Ind. native and author Jean Shepherd. Everyone knows the phrase, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” or has seen the hilarious lamp shaped like a woman’s leg covered in fishnet. The movie is based in Hammond and the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond features the exhibit A Christmas Story Comes Home through January 10, 2010.

Hammond resident Leona Parsley, on left, and her friend Helen Austgen view the “Leg Lamp” diorama at the “A Christmas Story” display at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.

Visitors can have their photo taken with Santa on Santa’s Mountain like in the movie, enter contests, and enjoy exhibits of the set. Holiday cookies are always a favorite this time of year. But sometimes people are just too busy with all the hustle bustle of the season that they just don’t have a couple of hours to spend in the kitchen. Sylvia Furmanek, manager of Strack and Van Til’s bakery department in Hobart says, “This is the most fabulous time of the year. We get into it and just love it.

This is the most fabulous time of the year. We get into it and just love it. People always buy what they can’t make or don’t have time to make.

People always buy what they can’t make or don’t have time to make.” She says that their department carries all of the favorites of the holiday season, especially cookies. “We have our own butter cookie recipe that we make and we decorate the cookies with sprinkles and icing. We have the Star of David, logs, little things we add to the cookies to brighten them up. We also offer anything filled, such as apricot, cherry, and raspberry. Other holiday favorite are our nut rolls, our great fruitcake, fudge, holiday cakes, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, 12-inch cookies we decorate, our kolachkis are a big seller, cream puffs and éclairs, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, our breads, buns— anything we can help people out with.” Chuck Roth, owner of Chesterton Feed & Garden Center says evergreens and Christmas trees are part of the holiday tradition that bring in customers every season. “We carry trees, wreaths, poinsettia, evergreen roping for mantles or doorways, garland that is about three times as thick as the roping and is a mixed green that looks really nice. We do our trees a lot differently than everyone else. They’re all hand groomed and hanging from racks so you can see the shape when you come in and they’re standing in water so they’re nice and fresh. We deliver the trees with a stand and put them in the house and afterwards you call us and we take them out and recycle them. It’s been a great program for us.” From Peanuts characters to peanut cookies, the holidays are full of fun this season. By keeping one foot rooted in the memories of holiday past, the holiday present and holiday future will be a warm time shared by all.

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Dr. Atcha: Absolutely, in fact, about 145 million Americans don’t go to the dentist at all, mostly because of a previous bad experience—usually as a result of something that happened to them at the dentist decades earlier in childhood. Some are so fearful that it is difficult for them to even pick up the phone and call us to request information that can help. NWI Times: Medicine has come a long way in the area of pain, what about dentistry? Dr. Atcha: While regular dental anesthesia or “Novocain” as a lay person would call it, has improved over the years. The best news for those who are fearful is that there is a small category of dentists like me in the profession who have borrowed and adopted techniques and FDA approved medications directly from medical anesthesia so that even the most fearful patient can get through their visit with little or no memory and no pain. NWI Times: Well, I think most of our readers wouldn’t think about having their appendix removed, tonsils taken out, or of having sinus or laser eye surgery without some form of medical anesthesia. So it makes sense that serious dental treatment or dentistry for the fearful would be best performed with similar methods.

they’ve already heard things before at the dentist like, “I can’t believe you let your teeth get this bad, or, you have really neglected your teeth.” It’s worth repeating that patients with serious problems deserve the same respect as those with perfect teeth without any judgment or blame. Giving them hope and a choice to be able to get their dentistry done comfortably is the best thing possible.

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Dr. Atcha: Who wouldn’t want their dentistry done in the most comfortable way and as fast as possible? Our safe sedation technique is the goal for our patients. NWI Times: Doctor, let’s go back to that 145 million. That’s a lot! Why do millions say they are afraid, or even say they are terrified of the dentist? Dr. Atcha: Great question. Let’s face it. Dentistry for a very long time was not as gentle as it can be now. A lot of people developed deep seated fears based on their experience in those days. People with this type of fear often ask themselves “is something wrong with me?” Or “Do I have a psychological problem?” The good news is that the answer is a resounding NO! This response is part of natural “fight or fight response” which is a hard wired protective instinct embedded in everyone’s DNA. Thus, if someone has been hurt in the past creating a negative experience, their instinct tells them to stay away and avoid a situation that reminds them of the bad past experience. Because this is nature at work, a small group of us in the profession realize this and as a result never lecture or put anyone down for having a very natural instinct. NWI Times: Are there any side effects to the sedation medication Doctor? Dr. Atcha: A side effect is that these techniques leave you, in most cases, with no memory of your dental visit. This helps to diminish the effect of those past dental experiences that weren’t so great. NWI Times: Doctor, as many fearful patients have on average do have more serious dental problems than most individuals, how do they take the bad news about their teeth? Dr. Atcha: Most patients come into this knowing that they have serious dental problems. More importantly, they don’t want a judgmental attitude about their situation. It’s likely

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NWI Times: What’s the most common concern that you hear from these patients? Dr. Atcha: One of the biggest complaints is that with previous dental experiences that patient just couldn’t get numb. Often times the dentist had told them…”you can handle it” or “just a little more, I’m almost done”…or “you’re numb, you are just feeling pressure.” Some individual’s teeth are more sensitive than others. With these special techniques, they can be completely comfortable. NWI Times: How long has it been since your average fearful patient went to the dentist? Dr. Atcha: My average sedation patient hasn’t been to the dentist for nearly 10 years although it’s not uncommon for me to see someone about once a week who hasn’t been to the dentist in 20 or more years. Many of my patients have covered their mouth with their hands for years when they laughed or smile. Some men grew long mustaches and beards to cover up their teeth so they aren’t embarrassed. NWI Times: So how does all this work to get the fearful patient through their visits? Dr. Atcha: The sedation actually starts even before coming to the office with a special medication taken at home about an hour before the appointment. By the time a responsible adult brings them to the office, their anxiety is already greatly reduced. At the office, now that they are less stressed and anxious, other medications can be added via an IV to reach a deeper level of sedation customized to that individual. Once you are relaxed and asleep we do your scheduled dentistry. Some people can even have all their dental care completed in only one sedation appointment. When your visit is over, we use other medications to wake you back up. Patients lose all track of time. I can’t count the number of times that a patient wakes up from a 4 or 5 hour visit and says “that was quick or have you started yet?” For many patients, it’s a dream come true. NWI Times: Doctor, specifically, who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry? Dr. Atcha: Adults who have a lot of fear of the dentist or who had a horrible childhood experience. Those that really hate the sounds and smell of the dental office. Especially those who are fearful of getting shots or being around dental needles. Patients with bad gag reflexes. Those embarrassed by the state of their teeth. Those who are also time passed can benefit since what might take 3 or 4 visits with out these techniques can be accomplished in one longer yet comfortable visit for the patient. NWI Times: Dr. Atcha what is the best way to get in touch with you? Dr. Atcha: The simplest way is to go to our website at www.SleepDentistIndiana.com. In fact, we have the website set-up so that patients can request information on topics just like the one discussed today by requesting it via email. Of course, our phone number which is 219-227-5084 is also listed on the site. I also have a favor to ask of those reading this today. Some of your readers likely know of someone, a friend, a co-worker, or another family member who may be one of these fearful patients. If that’s the case, please send them to our website as this information could really help them.

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bout four years ago, I had an idea to decorate the Christmas tree using white feather boas, instead of tinsel or garland or ribbons. And I had a crate full of red lights, so I used those too. After I was done, I thought, “That is the tackiest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen.” But I just laughed it off. At my annual Christmas party, my friends went crazy for it, so I’ve done it every year as a running joke. When it’s lit up at night it looks like a giant soft-serve strawberry ice cream cone. And during the day, when the lights are off, it looks like a big, old drag queen. - Clinton Kelly

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he most potent symbol of “Good Will to All” for me is the pineapple. Pineapple?! In the 17th century, the pineapple came to symbolize welcome and warm hospitality in the Caribbean and quickly spread to Europe and the American colonies. To this day, you will see pineapples on signs or near doors of homes and shops all over New England. During the holidays, although many people wouldn’t know why, my mom decorates pineapples when we have guests over. This tradition came from colonial Americans who would decorate pineapples for the holidays and would compete with each other for the most Image courtesy of the Food Network lavishly decorated pineapple. Hmm, food-decorating competition? I can understand that. When I see a pineapple as decoration it makes me happy, not only because of its historical significance but also because I love being with family and friends. It’s amazing that after three centuries, seeing a pineapple still symbolizes a sense of welcome and well-being for so many of us.

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o me, Christmas is all about childhood memories and recreating them. I grew up moving around as an Army brat and one of my favorite places to celebrate the holidays was Germany. While living there, my family visited the eternal Christmas town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. There were holidaydecoration stores lining every street with everything from candles to ornaments, wreaths and more, but my favorite holiday decoration from that trip were these cute woodcarved smoker men. They were often wearing lederhosen or a Santa Claus outfit and they appeared to 'smoke' through incense-filled holes carved into them. At the time, I thought they were a cute and clever way to fill the home with the holiday scents of pine and cinnamon blends, plus they seemed like dolls. To this day I love to see them out among all the other decorations when I visit home for the holidays because they remind me of those years gone past celebrating Christmas abroad.

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he tree – it’s the center of attention during the season and from it all good things come. The season starts with a family trip to a local farm to chop down our own perfect specimen. The familiar walk in the woods with the kids and grandparents and seemingly endless debate about which tree is perfect makes for great fun and fond memories. And it’s always nice to see the farmer and the three generations of his family who help out every year. Once we get it off the car and into the house the smell of sap and evergreen fill the air, a pleasant aroma that stays with us right through to New Year’s. The kids are immediately anxious to decorate the tree, and when that day comes there’s nothing better than their contagious excitement. And of course, on Christmas morning all eyes and hopes are laid at the base of the tree. It wouldn’t be Christmas without one!

ike most of us, I LOVE the holiday season – everything about it. The cold, the snow, the wind chill and "lake effect" (I grew up in Chicago) – it's all part of what makes the holidays exciting for me. Decorating the house and the tree are definitely part of the process that makes it all one of the best times of the year for me, but its less a specific ornament or decoration than it is a favorite holiday event that has been happening for a few years now at my house that makes me know the holidays are in full swing and that I'm going to have a great time. I have been throwing my annual Holiday Cookie Party for quite sometime now. It started as a small get-together of just a few friends that couldn't get back home for the holidays. Everyone brought a dozen of their favorite childhood, homemade cookie and we passed them around and caught up and at the end of the night, everyone went home with the leftovers – if there were any. Well, now it has grown into a huge event but with the same casualness as that first year. The rules are still the same, you have to bring at least a dozen of your favorite holiday cookie and it has to be homemade by your own hands. No store-bought cookies. This makes for interesting conversations amongst the guests who never cook or bake and those who do all the time. Everyone has got a story or two or three and there's never enough time to tell them all, but we try. Now, there's also never enough time or people to eat all the cookies and everyone must go around the cookie table at least once before they leave with a goodie bag that they have to fill up before they go back home. It's my favorite way to kick off the holidays. I get the opportunity see people I haven't had a chance to see all year and spend some quality time with one of my favorite things about the season – COOKIES!

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Hol id ay Local Things to Do; Places to Go HOLIDAY EVENTS ONGOING Santa Claus in Crown Point, Sat noon-4pm, Lower Level Courthouse Shops, Crown Point. 219.663.1800. www. crownpointguide.com. Santa Claus will arrive in town on Nov 27 in a Crown Point fire truck and will bring Mrs. Claus and Elie the Elf with him. Children can share their Christmas wishes and take pictures with Santa every Saturday from Thanksgiving through Christmas as well as the Sunday before the holiday. THROUGH DEC 25 Christmas Fest, Hensler Nursery, 5715 N 750 E, Hamlet. 574.867.4192. www.henslernurseryindiana. com. Looking for the perfect place to pick out a Christmas tree or wreath? A wide variety of trees are offered at this nursery while swags and new snowflake greens are also available. Santa will be leading horse wagon rides with real reindeer on the weekends and Christmas gifts are always available in the barn. Once a tree is purchased from this nursery, it can be decorated and entered into Hensler’s 2009 Tree Decorating Contest. THROUGH JAN 4 Washington Park Festival of Lights, dusk-dawn, Washington Park, 6 on the Lake, Michigan City.219.873.1506. www.michigancityparks. com. More than 5 million Christmas lights will be display for the 19th straight year in the largest free drive-through event in the Midwest. With more than 30 acres of decorations and 40 displays, the American Bus Association has named this one of the top 100 events in North America for the past two years. THROUGH FEB 28 Ice Skating at Deep River Waterpark, Thurs-Sun., Deep River

DEC 12 Mainstreet Winter Wonderland & Stained Glass Tour, downtown Michigan City. 219.363.1407. www.mcmainstreet.com. Take a tour of historic downtown Michigan City in a horse-drawn wagon, enjoy the Stained Glass Tour, see free holiday movies and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays at these festive Saturdays.

Waterpark, 9001 E US Hwy 30, Crown Point. 219.947.7850. www. lakecountyparks.com. For the first time ever, Deep River Waterpark is open for ice skating. The 14,500 square foot, Deep River Ice Plaza will also have food stands and heated bathrooms to go along with seasonal lighting. Birthday parties are available and seasonal passes will be honored at the park.

DEC 12 Kouts Hometown Christmas Celebration, 8:30am, Birky’s Catering and Banquets, 205 S Main St, Kouts. www.kouts. org. Kicking off at a breakfast with Santa’s Elves in the morning, this event is free to kids first grade and under. In the afternoon, the winner of the town-wide window decorating contest will be announced and the official lighting of the tree will occur. Donations to the Kouts Food Pantry will be accepted.

DEC 10, 17 Twilight Thursdays, 5-8pm, Whiting. Stores will have extended hours on Thursdays throughout December to accommodate holiday shoppers and give them the chance to buy raffle tickets to win a Winter Weekend Getaway in Chicago.

DEC 12 “Porter Express” Christmas Party, 1-3pm, Hawthorne Park Community Center, 500 Ackerman Dr, Porter. www. townofporter.com. Santa Claus will be on hand at this festive and fun-filled afternoon that will feature games, prizes, crafts, cookie decorating, refreshments and holiday music.

DEC 10 Cool Yule, downtown Valparaiso, Memorial Opera House. 219.548.9137. www.popcornfest.org. Christmas concert with Chicago jazz singer Spider Saloff. Scrooge, the Musical will be performed at the Memorial

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continued from page 18 DEC 13 Lunch with Mrs. Claus, 11:30am1:3pm, Centennial Park Banquet Facility, 9851 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.836.PARK. www.munster.org. Enjoy an early afternoon lunch with Mrs. Claus as she plays games with the children and shares stories about Santa, Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, as well as a special message from Santa. The last day to register for this event is Dec 7.

gourmet-style dinner, complimentary party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and breakfast afterward.

specials of Perry Como and Andy Williams, Hammond’s own holiday tradition features original vocal arrangements and commercials from the 1950s and ‘60s. DEC 11-13, 18-20 Scrooge, The Musical, The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. www. memorialoperahouse.com. This performance tells the age-old tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visit from three ghosts on Christmas Eve, but songs such as “I Hate Christmas” and “Make the Most of This World” put a festive twist on tradition.

DEC 16 Holiday Cookie Decorating, 4:305:30pm, Community Park Social Center, 8751 Lions Club Dr, Munster. 219.836.PARK. www.munster.org. Children ages 6 to 10 can decorate a dozen sugar cookies in the shape of candy canes, Christmas trees, snowflakes and more with icing and candies. All supplies will be provided for a registration fee that can be paid up until Dec 11.

DEC 31 Grande Finale, 5pm-1am, downtown Crown Point. Various family fun takes place around the downtown square, including a magic show, pizza party and a dance party with Sponge Bob Square Pants. There will be jazz music for adults and more. The night will conclude the city’s 175th anniversary when a time capsule will be closed and buried.

DEC 16 Senior Citizens Only Holiday Party, noon-3pm, Hammond Civic Center, 5825 S Sohl Ave, Hammond. www. gohammond.com. For area seniors aged 55 years and older, this party features a live band, dancing, snacks, nonalcoholic beverages and door prizes. Dec 2: Deadline to preregister and pay the $12 ticket price at the Hammond Civic Center Business Office, Mon-Fri 8am-6:45pm.

DEC 31 New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Main Square Park, Highland. www.highlandparks.org. Bring the family to enjoy the fireworks display. Noisemakers will be distributed and refreshments will be served.

DEC 17 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, 6:30-7:30pm, Centennial Park Clubhouse, 9701 Calumet Ave, Munster. www.munster. org. Families can enjoy milk and cookies while listening to a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas around the fireplace. There is also a festive candy cane hunt for the children.

DEC 31 New Year’s Eve Party, 6:30pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. This event features dinner, an open bar and dancing. Tickets are $50.

DEC 19 Yuletide Open House, 11am1pm, downtown Lowell. 219.696.6487. www.shoplowellindiana.com. Experience a Christmas past as Lowell’s historic downtown shopping and dining district features a holiday shopping extravaganza in an old fashioned setting. Find antique shops, jewelry, modern clothing, themed restaurants and more in the vintage turn of the last century buildings. Many locations offer free gift wrapping and Frosty the Snowman will make an appearance to hand out candy canes.

JAN 6 Twelfth Night, 6:30pm, 117th & Center Sts, Whiting. This beautiful tradition is filled with song, story and the Christmas tree bonfire as residents are encouraged to start the year out right. The King or Queen of Whiting will be crowned and the winner of the Whiting City Flower Contest will be announced.

DEC 20 Marilyn’s Bakery 21st Annual Cookie Walk, 10am-4pm, 8960 E Ridge Rd, Hobart. 219.962.BAKE. www.marilynsbakery. com. This annual event is the perfect solution for those who have gotten too busy to bake during the holidays. Walk among the platters of homemade cookies available for $12 per pound or take the opportunity to delight in some traditional English toffee for $15 per pound. DEC 31 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration, 7pm-2am, Halls of St. George, 905 E Joliet St, Schererville. 219.865.9411. Celebrate the coming of the new year with dancing, music by Northwest Indiana’s premiere show band, Together, a five-hour open bar for those 21 years and older, a

DEC 12-13 Candy Cane Express, noon5pm, Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E 1000 N, LaPorte. 219.778.2783. hesston.org. The Candy Cane Express will be running the first two weekends of the month, allowing visitors to celebrate an old-time children’s Christmas. Kids can ride the trains and visit with Santa Claus. Also, the museum will be running a Toys for Tots drive in which people who donate an unwrapped toy to the U.S. Marine Corps can receive a free train ride.

Mark your calendar and bring the kids Holiday Cookie Decorating, December 16 at the Community Park Social Center in Munster. Children ages 6 to 10 can decorate a dozen sugar cookies.

PERFORMANCES, EXHIBITS AND ARTS THROUGH DEC 20 The Christmas Schooner, The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. www. theatreatthecenter.com. Based on the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago, The Christmas Schooner is a truly original holiday musical. THROUGH JAN 10 A Christmas Story Comes Home, South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7979. www. achristmasstorycomeshome.com. Six animated displays depicting scenes from A Christmas Story will be showcased at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority. The scenes, which debuted in the windows of

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Macy’s in New York City, feature some of the beloved characters and locations of the movie. In addition to viewing the displays, kids can also participate in various events, including the “Mommy’s Little Piggy” eating contest, “Oh Fuuudge!” relay race and photos with Santa atop “Santa’s Mountain” before sliding to the ground just like Ralphie does in the film. DEC 10-13 Greetings!, Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. www.footlightplayers.org. This play for all seasons really rings true during the holidays. Telling the story of Andy, who brings his atheist fiancé home to meet his Catholic family on Christmas Eve only to watch them overreact. It takes an ancient, wise and witty spirit to heal the family in the nick of time for a wonderful holiday. DEC 10 Holiday Pops, 7:30pm, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.836.0525. www.nwisymphony.org. Even Santa joins in on the mix of classic and contemporary holiday music from the Indiana Symphony Chorus at this family favorite tradition featuring a chorus-led carol sing-along. DEC 11-13 Fabulous 50s Christmas, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm, Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. www.towletheater.org. Honoring the Christmas

DEC 12 Wynonna – A Classic Christmas Tour, 8pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711, 888.879.7711. www.bluechipcasino.com. Partnering with the Palmetto State quartet to put attendees in the holiday spirit, this concert will feature popular songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “White Christmas” as well as some of Wynonna’s own holiday creations. DEC 12-13 Holiday Celebration of the Arts, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, Schoolhouse Shop, 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.1551. www.schoolhouseshop.com. Media ranges from crafts and custom jewelry to fine art paintings and drawings to metal sculpture and wood turning at this indoor show. Food and music will also be available at this unique holiday experience. DEC 13 The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show, 4pm, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. www. starplazatheatre.com. The Oak Ridge Boys return for their annual Christmas show. The group that has had such hits as “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” in their award-winning career will be performing songs off of its five Christmas CDs and mix traditional hits with some contemporary songs. DEC 31 Damon Williams’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Bash, 8pm, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. www. starplazatheatre.com. For the 11th-straight year, Damon Williams comes to the Star Plaza Theatre to present his Comedy Bash and ring in the New Year. Williams has opened for acts such as Aretha Franklin, R. Kelly and the Temptations. He is considered to be one of the elite and upcoming comedians on the comedy circuit and has done shows all around the world.

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Frazier, a gift basket industry über-expert and author of “The Gift Basket Design Book” (Globe Pequot, 2004). But they are especially great for friends and family of all ages because the carefully chosen products express close ties between the giver and receiver. That said, according to O’Neill, it is OK to do carbon copy baskets for different people. Not only will you save time by making multiples, you can also save cash by buying items in bulk. Themes that most people love include: soothing toiletries like home-facial supplies for women or luxury shaving lotions, potions and razors for men; coffee, tea or cocktail kits; and homey edibles, such as all the dry ingredients and tools for making chocolate chip cookies, or a barbequethemed basket with gourmet sauces, rubs, a bag of charcoal and some recipes. Just be sure the contents are truly appropriate for each recipient.

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If you’re still having trouble deciding on a theme, use some of the following ideas from Sara Toliver, author of “Bountiful Baskets: Creating Perfect Gifts for Any Occasion” (Sterling, 2005), as a starting point: For Families: the “Movie” basket. Fill a popcorn bowl with bags of popped or microwave popcorn, popular movie candy like Junior Mints and Red Vines, classic sodas and a gift certificate to a local movie theater or video rental store. For women: the “Spa” basket. Stock a container with bath salts, bath pillow, loofah, eye mask, a lavender-scented candle and, if you want to make it extra indulgent, a soft robe and slippers. Another female-friendly idea is the manicure/pedicure basket with files, polishes and individual hand and foot creams. For Men: the “Hobby” basket. For the wine lover, use a champagne bucket to hold a bottle of unusual wine, a bottle opener, a couple of wine glasses and a subscription to “Wine Spectator.” Or, for the golf fan, fill a container with golf balls, a good golf shirt and coupons for lessons or a tee-time at his favorite course. As for children, try to find out their interests and tailor the gift to their age, Toliver says. A selection of board games, jigsaw puzzles and word game books might work well for most, as well as an assortment of art supplies, a variety of packaged science projects and a bucket of beach or pool toys.

Magnify the wow factor by taking some time to think outside the basket. “I very rarely use traditional woven baskets because they usually end up in a back closet or just get tossed,” Toliver says. Instead, she recommends selecting a container that is both uniquely appropriate to the theme of the gift and also something the recipient can use long after the contents are unwrapped. For example, Radio Flyer wagons filled with durable toys for toddlers or pastel-colored bath tubs stuffed with terrycloth washmitts and organic baby shampoo are perfect for new and expectant moms, Frazier says. Or if you’re going the food route, why not package it up in a picnic basket, complete with bug spray, blanket and reusable dishes and utensils? Other useful vessels include dish drainers, woks, serving trays, tea pots, flower pots, hats, baseball mitts, backpacks, small rolling suitcases and upturned umbrellas. For added flair, use useful materials such as dish or beach towels, laundry bags, aprons, sweatshirts, jump ropes or bungee cords to wrap everything up. But use caution, warns Toliver, as some of these methods aren’t very secure. If your gift basket will be transported a long way, you should consider first using shrink wrap, which can be purchased at craft stores and only requires a hair dryer. You can then use colorful cellophane, netting or other creative coverings on top.

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A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa Yes, Virginia Holiday in Your Heart Cranberry Christmas Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas In July Together Again for the First Time Rudolph’s Shiny New Year The Year Without A Santa Claus Home By Christmas A Miser Brothers’ Christmas Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town Comfort and Joy Santa Clause 2 Holiday Affair It’s a Wonderful Life Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause The Flight Before Christmas Holiday Switch Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Holiday Switch Snow A Very Married Christmas Snow 2 Brain Freeze A Christmas Wedding A Carol Christmas Christmas in Paradise Holiday In Handcuffs Will You Merry Me? Santa Baby An Accidental Christmas Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride Eloise At Christmastime Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home For Christmas Gotta Catch Santa Claus Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys Home Alone 2: Lost In New York Pinocchio’s Christmas Mickey’s Christmas Carol Winnie The Pooh & Christmas Too Frosty’s Winter Wonderland The Story Of The First Christmas Snow Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey Jack Frost Jack Frost Saturday Night Live Christmas 2009 Christmas in Connecticut Jingle All The Way Frosty The Snowman Frosty Returns A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa

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he holidays typically send most families into highstress mode. But before you start panicking, “The No. 1 thing is put the pressure on paper,” says Deniece Schofield, a home management expert and author of several books on organization, including “Confessions of a Happily Organized Family.” “Make sure everything is written down, because if it’s in your head, it’s stressful,” she said.

Here are ten of her helpful holiday tips: KEEP A SCHEDULE List the many things you have to work around: check office and school calendars (will your kids need holiday costumes for school performances?); note when you have to get things in the mail so they’re received on time, when you’re going to decorate the tree, events going on in the community, and service projects for the family, such as adopting a family or volunteering at the food bank.

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USE YOUR WAITING TIME Standing in line? Waiting for a doctor’s appointment or dinner to cook? Take advantage of little chunks of time to plan things, make your lists, or work on little craft projects. You can do this throughout the year but especially during the holiday season.

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GIFT LISTS Create a list of what you have given people as gifts. That way you don’t risk giving something you’ve already given. While you’re at it, start next year’s gift list. Keep your radar up during the year and make notes, so when it comes time to shop, you have a list of things people want and will enjoy.

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he holidays are a busy, stressful time. So how does one keep their holiday cheer with all of the hustle bustle? Let others help you! Valerie Martinez, controller at Service Doctor in Merrillville, says the holidays are a great time to leave the heavy duty work to a professional. “We do pretty much any kind of need you have inside or outside your home. We do remodeling, plumbing, electrical work, pest control, and carpet cleaning. Especially with our carpet cleaning services and other services that help to update the home, such as painting, we see people calling in to spruce up before the holidays,” says Martinez.

Toni Smith, owner of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating in Highland and Lansing, says that when you’re busy with shopping and kids activities and all of the holiday craziness, cooking is just one more hassle and they can help with quick and healthy meals. “We have a meal plan that is a week of food, or a partial week for four days, three meals a day. You know you’re eating healthy and you have more energy when you’re eating healthy and it’s a good program in that respect too, plus you don’t have to cook for yourself. You can go do all of your shopping and come home and it’s there for you,” says Smith.

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DECORATIONS Take inventory of your holiday decorations, make a list and identify what box they’re stored in. When you’re boxing them up at the end of the season,

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continued from page 37 sort and store them by room, not by what they are. Then next year, you can decorate from one box at a time, one room at a time, if you don’t have a large block of time to do it all at once.

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GET WRAPPING Set up a card table in a corner of a room and make that your gift-wrap center, so when you buy something, you can wrap it right away and avoid the lastminute crunch. Stand up rolls of wrapping paper in a waste basket, or hang in a garment bag. If you buy 30-inch-long rolls of paper, cut them in two — one 18 inches and one 12 inches — then put them in empty aluminum foil boxes for easy dispensing. A desk or wrist tape dispenser releases strips of tape with one hand. And those spindle paper towel holders are great for storing and dispensing rolls of ribbon.

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TACKLE THE BIG MEALS Holidays are often all about the food. If you’re playing host, do a lot of stuff in advance, and realize that a lot of things can be reheated just before guests arrive. If you’re hosting a casual affair, have your guests contribute a dish or drinks. Afterward, make notes of who you invited, so you’ll remember details such as whether someone is allergic to nuts.

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EVALUATE WHAT WORKED, WHAT DIDN’T Immediately after the holidays, ask yourself: — What would you have liked to do this season, but you ran out of time? — Which of those things could you plan to do now or do earlier in the year so you don’t run out of time? — Is your gift list going to change next year? — Were there certain baked goods or foods that people really enjoyed? — What decorations or ornaments would you like to add, exchange or get rid of?

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THEN WORK AHEAD FOR 2010 With kids, it can be difficult to buy gifts too far in advance — they tend to want something they just saw on TV. But with other people, you can pick things up during the course of the year to save time and money. And don’t forget to take advantage of the after-holiday sales. You can get staples like holiday napkins, cards and gift wrap for a fraction of the seasonal price. Just be sure to write down what you bought and where you have stashed it, so you’re ready to go next year.

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Have a hot chocolate party and ask everyone to bring his or her favorite mug.

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Include a swizzle stick with your invitations as a promise of a great custom cocktail you plan to serve.

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‘Rent’ a classic holiday film for free from your local library.

Wondering what to get your mair carrier, paperboy or neighbor. Gift cards can be the perfect solution.

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Save trees and money by sending out free, paperless electronic invitations from Evite.com.

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If your Thanksgiving table is smaller this year, make turkey burgers rather than the whole bird.

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Spice up your cranberry sauce by making it into a chutney.

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Mix leftover cranberry sauce/ chutney with Dijon mustard and some mayo for a delicious spread on nextday turkey sandwiches.

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Guests will love your holiday brunch if you serve a pumpkin parfait. Layer store-bought pumpkin bread, vanilla or honey yogurt seasoned with a pinch of ground ginger, chopped hazelnuts and fresh blueberries or blackberries.

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Try a turducken – a semi-boneless turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. Online retailers will ship the bird – ahem, birds – to your door.

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Buy colorful ornaments at a discount store and place them inside glass bowls for a beautiful, affordable centerpiece.

Great wines for under $10: Côtes du Rhône (France) and Malbec (Argentina). Stock up on serving and décor pieces by borrowing from friends, perusing eBay or loading up at local garage sales. Try out Crystal Frost spray. It adds an icy effect or snowflake designs to windows for $5 a can. Have a pine tree in the backyard? Use cuttings from an evergreen to make wreaths and swags. continued on page 48

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continued from page 47 Stick holly cuttings into a foam ball. Add a length of ribbon and loop the flower arrangement over a door handle.

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Enlist some help to make paper chains. Cut red and green construction paper into 2-inch strips and tape the rings together, alternating red and green loops.

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Stay away from disposable dishware. It’s costly and can eat up your budget.

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Rim martini glasses in melted white or dark chocolate. Refrigerate till you’re ready to use.

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Play musical chairs for presents. Have your guests form a circle with someone holding a present. When you start a song, your guests will start passing the present around the circle. When the music stops, that person steps out of the circle and that present is theirs.

Holiday Card Making Party: Provide stickers, glitter, pens, paper, markers or crayons and you’re good to go.

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Need to get rid of extra wrapping paper? Wrap prizes in multiple layers of paper. Everyone sits in a circle. The first person takes off a layer of wrapping paper, the second person takes off the next layer, etc. The person who takes off the last layer gets to keep the present.

Celebrate Hanukkah by preparing a Jewish-style brisket. The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, has a good recipe.

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Make a napkin ring out of card stock covered with a wide piece of ribbon. Cut the stock a little smaller than the ribbon is wide, glue it into a ring and then glue the ribbon on top. Add beads and buttons.

Ask your guests to bring their favorite holiday album, or keep your radio tuned to that station that plays nonstop holiday music during the season.

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DIY Piñata: Blow up a balloon, attach string when you tie it off and hang it up. Coat the balloon with papier-mâché paste, leaving a hole about 4 inches in diameter from where the balloon is tied off. Let it dry for a few days. Then, pop the balloon and remove it. Fill the piñata with candy and cover with papiermâché and let dry for a few more days. Decorate with paint, crepe or tissue paper.

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Take your green beans on a trip to Russia by sautéeing them with onion, green pepper and stewed tomato, and then mixing in sour cream.

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Gift Wrapping Race: Four to six people around a table get pieces of wrapping paper, tape, ribbon and a box. When someone says “Go!” the players must race to wrap the box with one hand. Give each person a piece of paper. When you say “Go!” the first person to write down all nine of Santa’s reindeer and yell out “Santa” is the winner. Telephone Pictionary: Every player takes a piece of paper and writes a sentence or phrase at the top. Then every player passes the sheet to his or her left. The next person draws a picture of the sentence below the sentence. Then that person folds over the paper so only their drawing is visible and passes it to their left. The next receiving person examines the picture and writes a sentence describing it below the picture. Then that person folds over the paper so only their sentence is visible and passes it to their left. Continue until you get your own paper back.

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Fill a jar with M&M’s, counting how many are in the jar. Guests guess, and the person who’s closest gets to keep the jar.

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Pick an easy jigsaw puzzle that can be completed in a few hours.

If it’s not too cold out, play football or something else to get the blood moving.

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Christmas Alphabet: Person with the best list A-Z of Christmas items wins.

Complete the meal by making a batch of traditional raspberry or apricot sufganiot (jelly doughnuts). List as many Christmas songs/ movies you can in 1 minute.

Volunteer. Get a group together to volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen. You’ll have a great time and make a difference.

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Toys for Tots: Instead of white elephant presents, agree on a $20 limit for a gift to give to a child in need.

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Go caroling. Grab your old songbook, rehearse a little bit and hit the streets. Go door to door in your neighborhood.

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Choose active games that get everyone involved. Try Apples to Apples, Catch Phrase, Pictionary and Scattergories.

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Mystery Stocking Game. Give everyone a stocking filled with candy, plastic holly/mistletoe, nonbreakable ornaments, etc., and tie a ribbon around the stocking so that you can’t see inside. Then, have teams of people feel the stocking and write down everything they think is inside. The team who guesses the most correctly wins.

Rudolph Race. Convince your guests to put Vaseline on their noses. One person puts a red pompon on their nose and then tries to get the ball to pass from his nose to the person’s nose next to him. Continue down the line. Fastest line wins.

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When your guests walk in, have them write a holiday haiku on an index card or slip of paper. Then post the haikus on a piece of poster board.

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Buy a jumbo Post-It wall pad. Stick a few sheets to your wall, each with a topic. Leave markers and let people draw anything funny or silly, such as what they want for Christmas or their favorite holiday memory.

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Form two lines. First person in each line rolls a die. When they get a six, they pass a small object to the person behind them who passes it on until it reaches the end. The person at the end of the line runs to the front and rolls the die. First team to reverse their line wins.

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Glaze your ham in Dr Pepper. The soda imparts a sweet, fruity glaze onto the ham. Celeb chef Alton Brown recommends soaking the ham in clean water for two days (changing the water twice a day) to remove excess salt, then placing it in a roasting pan and dousing it with a liter of soda and a cup of sweet pickle juice. Cover with foil, roast for half an hour at 400ºF before reducing the heat to 325ºF for three more hours, turning halfway.

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dmit it—a lot of you are already thinking about holiday shopping. I know I am! This year I think I’ll spend a little less time in the stores and a little more time in the kitchen, baking up some sweet holiday gifts. I’ve picked some recipes that make large amounts, so I’ll have plenty to give away. Holiday Peppermint Bark couldn’t be easier to make - it only has two ingredients. The pretty red and white candies will look very festive in a holiday tin lined with red or green tissue paper or in a glass jar with a holiday ribbon tied around it. I love making this fudge, too. It can be made with semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate or butterscotch morsels. I like to make a batch of each, then mix and match the flavors in a goodie bag or holiday box. For an extra special presentation, put each piece in a little paper candy cup with holiday designs on it. These tasty treats can be fun for the whole family to make together. Attach a recipe card to each gift - that way your friends will know how to bake up some holiday cheer, too. For more sweet gift giving ideas, visit www.VeryBestBaking.com.

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still enjoying holiday lighting this season, energy-efficient LED lighting can save substantial amounts of energy while also helping save some money as well. LEDlights can be used both indoors and outdoors, and are just as bright and aesthetically appealing as traditional lighting. ❋ Shop locally. Shopping locally when looking for holiday gifts is not only a good way to boost the local economy, but it also helps reduce packaging and transportation, which can prove taxing on the environment. ❋ Wrap gifts in old newspapers. Many communities mandate that citizens recycle old newspapers and magazines. But before shipping off newspapers to the nearby recycling center, use those old newspapers to wrap the family gifts. This can help save money on wrapping paper and the newspaper will still be able to be recycled, even after it’s already served dual purposes. ❋ Get crafty. Ornaments to hang on the tree or around the house are a tradition many families enjoy each holiday season. But even Mom would tell you the most valuable ornaments are the ones her children made. Families can still make their own ornaments even if the kids are all grown. Make ornaments out of recycled materials. Making ornaments from such materials helps save on packaging and make the most out of those old materials around the house.

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