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Happy Holidays

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Community celebrations Here is a look at what there mance, 5 p.m., James Street is to offer in downtowns, by Plaza, community: - Chili available for a donation as a help Hospitality In the Name of Christ, prior to Ludington - Nov. 30 the parade, James Street PlaEvents included in this za. (Hospitality INC is a royear’s celebration include: tating homeless shelter that - Cocoa Ocho 8k running operates during the winter race, 9 a.m., start and end in months.) downtown Ludington with - Aglow on the Avenue Hola run along city streets and iday Parade, 6 p.m. See Sanschool forest trails. Learn ta after the parade at Bookmore and register at www. mark. To register a parade entry, contact the Chamber - Holiday Craft Show, 10 of Commerce at 231-845a.m.-4 p.m., Ludington Area 0324. It’s also Small BusiCenter for the Arts, 107 S. ness Saturday with downHarrison St. town shopping. - Holiday Market featuring Jim Nickelson’s Christmas Pentwater - Nov. 30 trees and wreaths, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., James Street Plaza Santa arrives at the Vil- Pictures with Santa, 1-4 lage Green in a Pentwater p.m. at Redolencia Coffee fire truck, 5 p.m. Saturday, House, hosted by Grandpar- Nov. 30 for a tree-lighting. ents Raising Grandchildren The event features Christ- Singletrack Showdown bi- mas decorating contests for cycle races, 2 p.m., start and businesses, merchant open end in downtown Ludington houses, carolers, free horsewith a portion on city streets drawn carriage rides, Christand a portion on school for- mas menus and specials. est trails, two distances available, www.singletrack- Manistee - Dec. 4-8 - Aglow pre-parade open Manistee takes a step back house, 4-6 p.m., family in time every year with its crafts and activities, Luding- Old Christmas Weekend ton Library. Dec. 4-8, including its Victo- Children’s choir perfor- rian Sleighbell Parade at 5:30

p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. It is the 25th year of the Victorian-related festivities. No motorized vehicles. Participants dress is Victorian attire and draft horses pull two massive Christmas trees down River Street. Other events include a festival of trees, roasted chestnuts, trombone playing of Christmas carols, the show “White Christmas,” and more.

Fountain - Dec. 14 Fountain holds a treelighting and party at the Fountain fire station as the Marquette Rail Santa Express arrives at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Kaleva - Dec. 14 Bethany Lutheran Church (across from the Bottle House) has its annual visit from Santa, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Free photo with Santa, cookies and milk, a craft for children, free door prize.

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Holiday season events to know

5K TURKEY TROT, 8:30 a.m. Public Boat Launch, Lake St., Pentwater COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER, noon and 1 p.m., Emanuel Lutheran Church, 501 E. Danaher St., Ludington. Delivery 843-3686, by noon or the day prior

Friday, Nov. 29

DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS (paper chains, popcorn chains, ornaments) 11 a.m., Sandcastles Children’s Museum, 129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington MADE IN MICHIGAN HOLIDAY MARKET, 2-9 p.m., Hart LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE, 6:30 p.m., downtown Hart SANTA CLAUS, 7 p.m. after parade, Hart Commons

Saturday, Nov. 30

COCOA OCHO 8K RUNNING RACE, 9 a.m., James St. Plaza to/through Ludington School Forest and back MADE IN MICHIGAN HOLIDAY MARKET, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ludington Area Center for the Arts, S. Harrison St., Ludington SKATE PARTY, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Johnny’s Skate Center, 2276 E. U.S. Highway 10, Custer SANTA CLAUS, noon, Hart Commons HOLIDAY MARKET featuring Jim Nickelson’s Christmas trees and wreaths, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., James St., Ludington SINGLETRACK SHOWDOWN, bicycle races, 2 p.m., James St. Plaza to/ through Ludington School Forest/back PRE-PARADE OPEN HOUSE, 4-6 p.m. Ludington library

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, 5 p.m. Village Green, Pentwater CHILDREN’S CHOIR PERFORMANCE, 5 p.m., James St. Plaza, Ludington SILVER LAKE TREE LIGHTING, 5:30 p.m. AGLOW ON THE AVENUE HOLIDAY PARADE, 6 p.m. downtown Ludington SANTA CLAUS PICTURES, after parade, Book Mark, 201 S. Rath Ave.

Sunday, Dec. 1

MADE IN MICHIGAN HOLIDAY MARKET, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hart SANTA CLAUS, 1 p.m., Hart Commons CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT, 7 p.m. Centenary United Methodist Church, Pentwater

Tuesday, Dec. 3

FAMILY FUN CRAFTS (Christmas card holder), 3-6 p.m., Scottville Library, and

adult craft, 6 p.m., Ludington Library

Wednesday, Dec. 4

SLEIGHBELL PRINCESS AND PRINCE PAGEANT, 6:30-8 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple St., Manistee LUDINGTON ROTARY Holiday Auction, 6-9 p.m., Lincoln Hills Golf Club.

Thursday, Dec. 5

A SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Manistee Historical Museum, 425 River St. VICTORIAN DESSERT CONTEST, 7 p.m., Faith Covenant Church, 475 8th St., Manistee MASON COUNTY GARDEN CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK, 1 p.m. Cartier Mansion, Ludington

Friday, Dec. 6


END (FULL SCHEDULE ON B4-6) CHRISTMAS CRAFT NIGHT, 7-9 p.m. Ludington library, 217 E. Ludington Ave.

Saturday, Dec. 7

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pentwater Public Schools MANISTEE OLD CHRISTMAS WEEKEND (SEE FULL SCHEDULE ON B4-6) VISIONS OF Sugar Plums student art show, 1-9 p.m., Hardy Hall of Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee IN VOGUE Brass Ensemble, 2 p.m., under Vogue Marquee SANTA’S ARRIVAL, 2-4 p.m., 351 River St., Manistee MEET THE Sled Dog Team, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m., downtown River Street VOGUE THEATRE Welcome Center, 3-5 p.m., Vogue Theatre SEE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE, PAGE A4

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‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE,’ 2 p.m. Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee SNOWSHOE-MAKING CLASS, 10 a.m.6 p.m., Ludington State Park warming shelter. Register 843-9261. $190

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SNOWSHOE-MAKING CLASS, 6-10 p.m. Ludington State Park warming shelter (2-part class) Register 843-9261. $190

Saturday, Dec. 14

FREE CHRISTMAS WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOP, 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 409 N. Main St. Scottville, register, 757-2348 ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE,’ 7:30 p.m. Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee

Friday, Dec. 13

SNOWMAN, SANDCASTLES Children’s Museum, Ludington COOKIE WALK, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Community Church, 109 Harrison St., Lud-

Wednesday, Dec. 18

TOYS FOR TOTS/GIFTS FOR TEENS distribution, 9-4, registration required, FiveCAP, Scottville

Thursday, Dec. 19

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ton library, 217 E. Ludington Ave. MEN’S NIGHT, downtown Manistee TOYS FOR TOTS/GIFTS FOR TEENS distribution, FiveCAP, Scottville

Friday, Dec. 20

SNOWFLAKES, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sandcastles Children’s Museum, Ludington CREATE A GIFT, noon-6 p.m., Ludington library, 217 E. Ludington Ave.

Saturday, Dec. 21

SANTA PHOTOS, 10 a.m.-noon; 1-3 p.m., Ludington library, 217 E. Ludington Ave. CHRISTMAS PARTY, 1-3 p.m. Sandcastles Children’s Museum, Ludington PRAISE CONCERT, 6 p.m. Ludington United Methodist Church, Bryant Road

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Keeping holiday parties fun With a mix of new and old ideas for food, games

BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON ASSOCIATED PRESS As parents of a toddler, Miranda and Dave Anderson realized that ringing in the New Year with a late-night bash had gotten a lot harder. So they began hosting a New Year’s Day brunch. From the start, they billed it as an annual event. “We wanted it to be a tradition,” says Miranda Anderson, who plans to host the event again this year even though her family, which now includes two children, recently moved from Virginia to Austin, Texas. It’s fun to have a signature party that friends and family look forward to each year, and even better if you can change things up a little over time, event planners say. “It is always nice to keep some of the old traditions, but adding in new activities is what will spice up the party every year,” says Christina Berrios of Event Details in New York. Don’t be afraid to tweak the guest list, food and activities. When Karen Martin of San Diego started hosting an annual Academy Awards party about 15 years ago, she included “Camp Oscar” — crafts and snacks set up in another room for guests’ children. Adults would watch the awards show in a different room.

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“We’d take turns checking on them,” says Martin. Now, her guests no longer have young children. Likewise, Sheri StLaurent, owner of The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, N.H., used to include sleigh rides

at the Inn’s annual Christmas party. But she stopped that when the number of kids declined and adults said they didn’t like going out in the cold. She’s found that it’s OK to make other little changes

“I do serve shrimp,” she says. “If I didn’t do that; that might be a big deal.” Changing the food can help add excitement to a party each year, says Jenny Goodman, an event consultant with At Your Door Events in Los Angeles. If you typically serve a sit-down dinner, consider hearty appetizers or food stations. Martin tries to serve food that reflects each year’s Oscar-nominated movies. She made beef bourguignon when Meryl Streep was nominated for portraying Julia Child in “Julie & Julia,” and in 2013 she served cheese steaks in honor of each year. She usually has “Silver Linings Playbook,” a full bar, for instance, but set in Philadelphia. when the budget is tight, “The minute the nomishe may opt to serve only nations are out, that day is beer and wine. And she when I start thinking about changes the menu from the food,” she says. time to time — with one exShe always puts a red carception. pet outside the door at her

Oscars party and photographs guests as they arrive. She also prints ballots so partygoers can vote for their favorite actors and movies. Some annual parties lend themselves to an entirely new theme every year, says Berrios. “There are different event trends that happen each year,” she says. “It can be fun to have a new trend at your party, while figuring out how an old tradition can mesh with it.” Different themes call for different dicor, design and style, she says. “You can even have a signature cocktail to match the theme of the party.” Anderson often has a theme for her brunch. One year, it was “Dip into the New Year,” and she served fondue. For 2014, she has chosen “Texas Toast”; the menu will include French toast and sparkling juices. She tries to keep the event informal so she can add guests as she and her husband make new friends. The party is usually an open house, and she sometimes asks people to bring a dish. One staple of the party: a photo booth. She creates a backdrop and sets up her camera with a remote control and a tripod. Guests can snap their own photos. She also sets out a white board, and encourages guests to write down New Year’s resolutions and take a picture with them.

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FiveCAP collecting contributions for Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens FiveCAP, Inc. has placed festively-wrapped barrels in businesses across Mason County to collect donations for the 41st annual Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens program. “It’s always exciting to get the barrels out and see them begin to fill up with toys and gifts,” said FiveCAP Community Support Director Holly Haywood. “Generosity is so much a part of the holiday spirit and it’s really inspiring to witness the community’s willingness to help families in need.” FiveCAP offers Toys for Tots/ Gifts for Teens to families in Mason and Manistee counties who are struggling to provide their children with a merry Christmas. In 2012, between the two counties, FiveCAP helped 441 families

provide more than 1,077 children with toys and gifts through this program. A grand total of $61,752 in toys, gifts and money was raised in these two counties. In addition to the barrels, unwrapped toys and gifts can be dropped off at the Mason County FiveCAP office, located at 302 North Main St., in Scottville. Cash donations can also be made at the office, or placed in canisters that have been distributed throughout the county. “Cash donations help us fill in the gaps each year,” Haywood said. “Before distribution, we sort the toys and gifts we’ve received by age group and we figure out where we have gaps based on how many families have applied for the program

and the ages of their children. Through cash donations, we’re able to ensure that we have ageappropriate toys and gifts for everyone who signs up.” Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens distribution will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Scottville Optimist Hall, located at 105 West State St., in Scottville. Families in need of assistance can apply for the program at the Mason County FiveCAP office, located at 302 North Main St., in Scottville.

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Walmart, Wendy’s Restaurant, Western Land Services, Whitehall Industries, Wildwood Meadows, West Michigan Community Mental Health. ° Scottville: Charlie’s Bar, Dollar General, Dr. Bruce Ritzema, Farm Bureau Insurance, Larsen’s Landscaping, Mason County Central Middle School, Mason County Central Elementary School, Mason County Central Upper Elementary School, Mason County Central High School, Mason County Road Commission, Mason-Lake Soil Conservation District, Pizza Barn Plus, Scottville Outlet, Victory School ° Walhalla: Emerson Lake Inn ° Custer: Johnny’s Restaurant, Mason County Eastern Schools, Steve’s Tire, VFW

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Celebrate Manistee’s Old Christmas Weekend THURSDAY, DEC. 5

10 A.M.-5 P.M. A SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS at the Manistee County Historical Museum on River St. Honoring our Scandinavian heritage with a presentation of the Yule as celebrated by the people of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland in their native lands as well as in Manistee County. Also including the second-floor period rooms and log cabin as well as the traditional sideshow of classic toy trains. Admission is $1 students, $3 adults, $5 adult couples, $7 families. Museum members and guests are free. At the Manistee County Historical Museum on River St. NOON-7 P.M. SIP AND STAMP, Christmas card making and wine

tasting. Admission of $12 includes a souvenir glass and three cards. All materials are included. No experience necessary. Douglas Valley Winery, call 231-887-3333 to register. 5-7 P.M. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS in the ballroom of the Historic Ramsdell Theatre. Open to Chamber members, business people and the public. Admission is $10 7 P.M. VICTORIAN DESSERT CONCERT with the Manistee Choral Society. Performes will be outfitted in elegant Victorian dress, present Christmas and seasonal music, and during the intermission, the guests are served a traditional Victorian dessert. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at Goody’s Juice and Java, 343 River St. The concert

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10 A.M.-7:30 P.M. A SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS - (Details under Thursday’s information.) 11 A.M.-8 P.M. COOKIE FUN FOR EVERYONE - Come as a family and decorate cut out Christmas Cookies. Purchase as gifts or just to eat yourself (yum)! Wreaths will also be available. Proceeds benefit our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Banquet room of the Manistee Inn & Marina, 378 River St. 1-4 P.M. GUIDED TOURS OF THE HISTORIC RAMSDELL THEATRE - Presented by Manistee Civic Players. Admission $5. Tours start in the theatre lobby, 101 Maple St.

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11 A.M.-8 P.M. COOKIE FUN FOR EVERYONE - See details under Friday, Dec. 6. NOON-2 P.M. OPEN HOUSE AND SOCIAL - Tour the historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (over 125 years old) and enjoy refreshments and children’s crafts. No charge for admission. 313 4th St. NOON-4 P.M. CARRIAGE RIDES. Take a step into the past and experience Downtown Manistee for free in a carriage. Sponsored by Watson Chrysler, Manistee. 1-4 P.M. GUIDED TOURS OF THE HISTORIC RAMSDELL THEATRE - Details under Friday, Dec. 6. 1-4 P.M. GUIDED TOUR OF HISTORIC BABCOCK HOUSE MUSEUM - Take a tour of an 1880’s Manistee lumberman’s Victorian mansion by gaslight. The Babcock House is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Located at 420 Third St. Admission $5 1-8 P.M. FESTIVAL OF TREES. Admission $3 adults, $2 students, $7 family. Historic Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple St. See details under Friday, Dec. 6. 2 P.M. SANTA’S ARRIVAL - Welcome Santa to Manistee as he arrives in a very special mode of transportation. Visit with the “jolly old elf ” at his northern Michigan headquarters in the Municipal Marina across from Fountain Park. Bring your letters to Santa. Visits with Santa will also be held Dec. 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. 2-3 P.M. IN VOGUE BRASS ENSEMBLE - See details under Friday, Dec. 6. 3-5 P.M. MEET THE DOG SLED TEAMS - The “Sled Dog Express” is in town to lead off the Sleighbell Parade once again and you can meet the dogs and

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one new, unwrapped toy or cash donation. This event is coordinated with the Holiday Hope team and FiveCap to collect Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens for local children. All ages welcome. 231-510-9674. 7-9 P.M. GUIDED TOUR OF HISTORIC BABCOCK HOUSE MUSEUM 7:30 P.M. “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.” Presented by the Manistee Civic Players. Admission $20, for tickets: 1(800)836- 0717 or online at Historic Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple St.


8:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. ST. JOSEPH PARISH MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST BUFFET - Pancakes, french toast, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, western scrambled eggs, hash brown, toast, bread pudding, applesauce, juice, milk and coffee. Adults $6, 6-12 $3, under 6 eat free. St. Joseph Parish Center, 249 6th St.

10 A.M. VICTORIAN CHURCH SERVICE - At the historical First Congregational Church, corner of Fourth and Oak Streets. Patterned from an actual turn-of-the-century worship service with choral quartet and period carols. 10 A.M.-2 P.M. FESTIVAL OF TREES. Admission $3 adults, $2 students, $7 family. Historic Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple St. See details under Friday, Dec. 6. 10 A.M.-4 P.M. A SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS - Details under Thursday, Dec. 5. 2 P.M. “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE,” Presented by the Manistee Civic Players. Admission $20, for tickets: 1(800) 836-0717 or online at Historic Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple St. 3 P.M. A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS. Special music and lessons for the Holy season. The service will be followed by light refreshments. All are welcome. Trinity Lutheran Church, 420 Oak St.

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laxation time, whether it’s playing a game together or watching a movie. A lot of that time happens in your PJs or sweats,” said Buonanno. Pajamas also make a great gift because many people neglect to buy them for themselves, she added. And sleepwear is easier to buy for someone else than a sweater or pair of jeans because you don’t need to worry about the perfect fit. “With PJs, just go up a size if you’re not sure and say you wanted them to be comfortable,” Buonanno said. There are a lot of choices when shopping for jammies. Does your guy like a classic button-front or pullover style? Do the kids need fleece or cotton? Does the lady in your life prefer a gown (short or long? sexy or demure?) or a two-piece set? Will your recipients appreciate the whimsy of a reindeer eating a candy cane or do they expect a traditional tartan?

BY LISA A. FLAM ASSOCIATED PRESS Cynthia Greenwood’s three girls always get new sleepwear at Christmas, the only gift they are allowed to open on Christmas Eve. The sisters waste no time getting comfy before the family sits down to a holiday dinner and relaxes by the fire. “They come right in from church, they look under the tree and there’s the box of PJs, and they run back to their room and put them on and we start the festivities,” said Greenwood, of Arlington Heights, Ill. “It’s just a really nice night. It’s special.” The tradition has been going strong for about two and a half decades in the Greenwood home: The sisters, now 31, 28 and 23, have seen their gifts evolve from one-piece footed numbers to matching ruffled nightgowns to two-piece pajama sets. New pajamas are a holiday custom in many families

and a perennially popular gift, whether it’s Mom and Dad outfitting the kids in coordinating PJs for keepsake photos, a husband or wife tired of seeing their spouse in the same old ratty nightwear, or a treat for a special friend. “Getting sleepwear is very nostalgic,” said Jennifer Wilson, associate corporate merchant for L.L. Bean. “You’re giving the gift of warmth and comfort. It’s

cozy but it’s practical at the same time.” People spend a lot of time in their PJs, often changing into them right after work, snuggling up on the couch to watch a football game or even wearing them out of the house, notes Stacey Buonanno, director of product development for online reA look at some options: tailer PajamaGram. “People are trying re- KIDS ally hard to carve out famFor parents, there may be ily time together and re- nothing cuter (or more relief-

inducing) after a long day of holiday celebrations than seeing the kids all washed up for bed and in new PJs. Matching family sets — the same print for men, women, children and pets — are a hit at PajamaGram, with orders quadrupling over the last few years, Buonanno said. The company’s most popular family looks are a red Stewart plaid and the holiday stripe: red, green and white striped pants with coordinating tops. If matchy-matchy isn’t your thing, there are countless choices for kids to show off their individuality. At Kohl’s, look for sleepwear featuring a favorite team, a beloved cartoon character or a cool design, like camouflage. Old Navy offers a festive Santa suit PJ set for babies and toddlers, superhero PJs for boys and Hello Kitty sets for girls.

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Stewart and in colors new this year: a light blue and a blackwatch plaid that includes a shot of bright pink. “The gowns would be great for your grandmother and the flannel PJs might be perfect for your sister,” Wilson said. For a less “high holiday” look, or if you are not sure what a woman likes, Wilson suggests Bean’s pima cotton flannel PJs in a cornflower blue with white dots. “It’s got a pretty universal appeal,” she said. “Men love to buy them for their wives and girlfriends,” Buonanno said. “It keeps her warm from head to toe, plus she looks really cute in it.”



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Celebrate 2014 at Ludington’s Light up the Lake celebration on New Year’s Eve Ring in 2014 in downtown Ludington at the 5th annual Light Up the Lake New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the North James Street Plaza, enjoy music, an entertainment tent with drinks, commemorative glasses, fireworks and the highlight of the evening, Michigan’s largest environmentally friendly New Year’s Eve ball, dropped at midnight.

The Light Up the Lake celebration is a family-friendly activity that is free for everyone. Gather around the intersection of James Street and Ludington Avenue as midnight approaches to get a good view of the ball touching down. Shortly after the ball touches the ground, a fireworks display is shot off over Ludington Avenue to celebrate the new year. See more on page C2

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Will Thanksgiving turn into the new Black Friday? BY ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP RETAIL WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via’s mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall. Now, Via says she’ll never host Thanksgiving dinner for her relatives again. “They barely finished,” says the 28-year-old who lives in Boone, N.C. “They thanked me and left their plates on the counter.” That scene could become more common in homes across the country. Black Friday shopping, the annual rite of passage on the day after Thanksgiving, continues to

creep further into the holiday as more stores open their doors a day early. It’s a break with tradition. Black Friday, which typically is the year’s biggest shopping day, for a decade has been considered the official start to the busy holiday buying season. Stores open in the wee hours of the morning with special deals called doorbusters and stay open late into the evening. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving and Christmas remained the only two days a year that stores were closed. Now Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day. Over the past few years, major retailers, including Target and Toys R

Us, slowly have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night to one-up each other and compete for holiday dollars. Some initially resisted, saying that they wanted their employees to be able to spend time with their families. This year, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on Thanksgiving, including Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Staples, that are doing it for the first time. The Gap, which operates its Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic, is opening half of its stores in Thanksgiving morning. Roger Beahm, professor of marketing at the Wake Forest University School of Business in Winston-Salem, N.C.,

expects that it’s just a matter of time — he estimates five years — before most chains open all day on Thanksgiving. As for Christmas, he says that day is still sacred among shoppers. “The floodgates have opened,” Beahm says. “People will turn Thanksgiving Day shopping into a tradition as they historically have on the day after Thanksgiving ... And stores don’t want to be left behind.” Indeed, retailers say they’re just doing what shoppers want. And they know that opening earlier gives them a chance to be the first to grab shoppers’ dollars. That’s an important opportunity for chains, which can make up

to 40 percent of their annual revenue during the last two months of the year. Business dropped 1.8 percent to $11.2 billion on Black Friday, though it still was the biggest shopping day last year. That day accounted for about 4.3 percent of holiday sales last year. “Customers clearly showed that they wanted to be out shopping much earlier on Thanksgiving,” Amy von Walter, a spokeswoman for Best Buy, which moved up its opening this year to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving from midnight on Black Friday in 2012. “Our plan this holiday is a direct result of that feedback.” To be sure, the issue is divisive among shoppers.

Some believe that the holiday should remain sacred and that store employees should not have to work. Some even have threatened on retailers’ Facebook pages that they will boycott stores that open on Thanksgiving. Jennifer Gillis, 49, refused to shop during the holidays at Sears and Kmart last year because she believes Thanksgiving should not be commercialized. This year, she’s adding Macy’s to the list. Not every store is opening on turkey day, though. A couple of retailers even put out statements specifically noting that they won’t be opening on Thanksgiving so that their employees won’t have to work.

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Holiday entertainment survival guide (BPT) - The countdown to this year’s holiday season has begun. Department stores have decked the halls. Families are scheduling trips to visit far-away loved ones. And hosts everywhere are stressing about entertaining family and friends during this frantic season of peace and good will. To ease stress, use this holiday entertainment guide to help you weather the storm and come out with host-of-the-year honors. Here are a few tips.

Stock the freezer and pantry Every host has some go-to recipes that are crowd pleasers. Be sure to stock your freezer with some family favorites leading into the holiday season. Whether you’re planning a glorious Christmas Eve feast or an impromptu holiday party, you’ll have everything you need to delight your guests. A succulent prime rib roast is al-

ways a great go-to meal. It’s easy to prepare, doesn’t require a lot of fuss and never fails to impress even the pickiest eater. A flavorful beef tenderloin roast is another easy fan favorite. You can also check out a few other special holiday meals from companies like the Kansas City Steak Company to stock your pantry with foods your family and friends will love. Don’t forget to add in a few appetizers, side dishes and a dessert or two to your freezer stash. When time is limited, stocking the freezer with time-saving, delicious goto items is the way to go.

Candles add a special ambiance to holiday parties, so keep a few of your favorite scented votives and pillars on hand and you’ll have a special glow. And don’t forget to buy a few non-perishable foods that add elegance to any holiday spread: olives, crackers, holiday cookies, spiced nuts - whatever your family and friends enjoy, stock up and they’ll be ready whenever you need them.

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Potluck dinners can take a lot of stress off your plate and are a great way to create memorable meals anytime - especially during the From colorful holiday runners holidays. Usually the host takes and napkins, to large platters and care of the meal’s entree. Guests serving bowls, it’s a great idea to could bring their favorite salads, pull out your holiday items and breads, desserts or whatever you place them in an easy-to-reach lo- need to round out the meal. It’s a cation during the holiday season. great way to spread out costs, re-

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Impromptu and planned holiday gatherings often mean you’ll want to offer a variety of beverages. Stocking your bar with a few bottles of your favorite wine, beer, vodka, whiskey and some mixers means you don’t have to make a last-minute trip to the store when you’d rather be visiting with friends.

It happens every year. Someone stops by to deliver an unexpected holiday gift and you haven’t included that person on your gift list. Whether it’s a box of special chocolates, scented candles or even a box of succulent steaks, you’ll be prepared for any occasion by having extra gifts on-hand.

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Few things say, “Happy Holidays,” like the tunes that define the season. Tune into one of the stations in your area that plays holiday music 24/7 from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Or download some favorites onto your iPod and let the music waft throughout your home.

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Recycled Christmas trees: mulch, dunes, habitats BY BETH J. HARPAZ ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — It’s one of America’s great recycling success stories: Every year, hundreds of thousands of discarded Christmas trees are collected and reused. Many are picked up curbside by local garbage collection services and turned into mulch. But there are other second acts for Christmas trees, too. They’re placed on beaches to shore up dunes and sunk in lakes as fish habitats. They’ve even been milled into lumber for use in building homes. How many of the 25 mil-

lion to 30 million fresh Christmas trees sold each year are recycled is difficult to measure because most recycling programs “are implemented on such a local level,” said National Christmas Tree Association spokesman Rick Dungey. The good news, though, is that treerecycling efforts are now “ubiquitous” and recycling your tree is “easier than ever.” This will be the 27th year for Christmas tree recycling in San Francisco, where nearly 600 tons of trees are fed into a giant wood-chipper outside City Hall each year and turned to mulch. New

York City’s Department of Sanitation collects about 150,000 trees each year and mulches them in a joint program with the Parks Department. The mulch is used in parks, playing fields and community gardens. Residents lucky enough to have their own urban backyards can take home a bag at “Mulchfest” events held around the city. New York’s Rockefeller Center is famous for its towering Christmas tree, and for the seventh year in a row, this season’s tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. SEE CHRISTMAS TREES, C7


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The tradition began when the 2007 Rockefeller Center tree went to build a home in Pascagoula, Miss., for a survivor of Hurricane Katrina. Lumber from the milled Rock Center tree is marked so that the families know its origin. In some years, families that have benefited from the construction have attended the tree-lighting event in Manhattan. In Jefferson Parish, a suburb of New Orleans, Christmas trees help prevent marshland erosion. The trees are placed in wooden

“The area behind it is calm, where vegetation can grow.” The trees decompose and must be replaced yearly. The program uses between 10,000 and 30,000 trees a Jason Smith year, and has been in existence Spokesman for the Jefferson since the winter of 1990-91. Shawnee Mission Park Lake in Parish Department of Environmental Affairs Shawnee, Kan., is also a final resting place for recycled Christmas trees. About 100 to 150 trees are sunk each year with concrete cribs, in shallow water parallel to blocks to provide fish habitat. the shore, where they absorb the Many beaches also use recyimpact of waves. cled Christmas trees to protect “It protects the shoreline,” ex- against erosion. Strategically plained Jason Smith, spokesman placed, the trees catch sand and for the Jefferson Parish Depart- are eventually covered by it, bement of Environmental Affairs. coming part of the dune system.

‘It protects the shoreline.’

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A number of beaches at the New Jersey shore were built up using Christmas trees after last year’s Superstorm Sandy. Beaches at the Rockaways, in New York City, which were also devastated by Sandy, benefited from a Christmas tree project as well. The Rockaways effort was sponsored by a California wine company, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, an E. & J. Gallo Winery brand. Barefoot Wine has been working with the Surfrider Foundation, which promotes ocean protection, on beach cleanups and restorations for seven years. But the Rockaways program was Barefoot’s first using recycled trees.

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What do you do with holiday leftovers? The food cooked during the holidays is often enough to feed an army. Too often, hosts and hostesses prepare and serve much too much food, only to find themselves left with a refrigerator full of leftovers when guests don’t eat as much as hosts had suspected. In order to avoid wasting food, many people attempt to create new meals from their excess holiday ingredients. Putting leftovers to good use can take a little ingenuity to disguise the reality that you’re eating turkey or ham for the third consecutive night. All it may take is a little inspiration to create delicious meals with repurposed holiday foods. The first thing to keep in mind when using leftovers is food safe-

uniformly and not create warmer spots that take longer to reach a safe storage temperature. Do not save any foods that have remained at room temperature for too long or seem questionable, especially dairy products. It is adviseable to discard leftovers (even if refrigerated) after 4 days. Use it or lose it! Now that leftovers are properly stored, you can think up some creative menu ideas for using them in the next few days. ty. Any food remaining after the * Turn stuffing into croquettes holiday meal should be packed or burgers by mixing chopped turinto storage containers and re- key with stuffing or adding a new frigerated or frozen no more than meat to the equation, like sausage. 2 hours after the meal has end* Dice ham and potatoes and add ed. This ensures that bacteria are to the morning helping of eggs for not able to proliferate in the food a country-style omelette. and cause foodborne illnesses. * Promptly boil the turkey carChoose shallow containers, which cass to make homemade stock for will enable the food to chill more soups and stews.

* Turn leftover mashed potatoes into a creamy potato soup, with the addition of cream, bacon and scallions. * Use cranberry sauce in place of butter on bagels or toast. * Mash up leftover sweet potatoes and bake into a moist and delicious sweet potato loaf bread. * Create open-faced sandwiches for lunch by layering ham or turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy on top of a thick slice of bread. * Diced meats, vegetables and onion can be added to a batter of pancake mix and turned into an easy quiche. * Host Mexican night and use leftover turkey meat to make spicy fajitas, complete with sour cream and salsa. * Use stale bread to make home-

made croutons for salad or use in a bread pudding recipe. * Add cranberry sauce to boxed muffin mixes for a tart treat. * Turn leftover holiday meats into an Asian stir-fry with the addition of water chestnuts, bean sprouts, soy sauce, and mixed vegetables. * Grind meats to make a hearty meat loaf. * Make leftover potatoes into hash browns. * Cube leftover cake and serve on skewers and fruit for dipping into chocolate fondue. * Use pie crust and small ramekins to turn turkey or ham into savory pot pies. There are so many ideas for using leftover holiday foods this season. Experiment with flavors your family will enjoy.

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