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Not only is the tree Christmas tree he cuts down so massive it engulfs the family’s living room, but Clark’s goodfor-nothing cousin-in-law shows up in a camper, family in tow, to crash the holiday celebrations. Everything goes wrong, as it typically does for Clark and even though he manages to get his light display to work, he ends up with a “Jelly of the Month” membership from his boss, rather than his holiday bonus.

I’m watching this movie as I write this so I’m listing it at the top. How could you possibly NOT include the original animated version, narrated by Boris Karloff? The movie, based on the book by the legendary Dr. Seuss, features the grumpy Grinch who lives high on a mountain above Whoville. He spends year after year listening to the Whos celebrate Christmas and finally decides he’s had enough. The Grinch turns his poor dog Max into a one-horned “reindeer” and fabricates a lousy excuse for a Santa Claus suit and sets off for the sleeping homes in Whoville to steal Christmas and “keep it from coming.”

Everything turns out fine for the Griswolds in the end but not without plenty of chaos including an out-of-control sledding trip and a brief kidnapping. Everyone can feel much happier about their own family holiday mishaps after watching this one.

He thinks he has succeeded once he’s taken literally everything from each house in Whoville but the Christmas spirit in the townsfolk can’t be dampened and Christmas comes anyway. The Grinch learns that “Christmas doesn’t come from a store;” that it actually means just a little bit more. And in the end, the Grinch surrenders himself to the Christmas spirit. Sheer animated perfection.

A CHRISTMAS STORY I couldn’t be happier that this one is shown for 24 hours straight during Christmastime! I could watch Ralph plot ways to secure a Red Ryder BB

The best part about this movie, in my humble opinion, is not so much his struggle to find a way to get what he wants but in watching his dysfunctional family get through the holidays. His dad wins “a major award” in the shape of a ghastly lamp that he insists must take center stage in the family’s front window. His long-suffering mother, who never manages to eat a hot meal, has to practically force-feed her youngest son Randy his food. And in the end, after all the anticipation and breath-holding, Ralphie gets his BB gun and the holiday season winds down in an extremely relatable manner . . . minus the roast duck for Christmas dinner.

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people, to me it does. My family went to see this movie in the theater on Christmas Eve the first year it was out. I was 10 and I can still remember being amazed at the creativity and imagination put into making that movie. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and his dream to bring his twisted version of Christmas to the world is by far one of the most unique ways to illustrate the holiday season. In fact, it’s become a cult classic so much so that people (like me) watch it year ‘round just to enjoy the fantastic visual effects of Tim Burton’s claymation genius.

THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL I’m pretty sure Charles Dickens didn’t envision the Muppets playing the characters of his classic “A Christmas Carol� story. But he’s probably glad Jim Hensen made that call. Having a timeless story like that told in a way that is accessible to people of all ages makes important literature remain relevant. What’s not to love about a grumpy old man being shown his past, present and future Christmases to help him realize what Christmas is truly about? It’s a great learning experience and when the Muppets are thrown in the mix to act as the harbingers of the lesson Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge is to learn, you have the trappings of a great holiday classic.

ELF Relatively new to the Christmas movie scene is the movie “Elf� starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Will Ferrell. This movie follows the adventures of human who was raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole. Buddy the Elf thinks he’s an elf but being over

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And last, silence preserves integrity. One hundred years before the birth of Christ a writer penned, “I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”* We have all said at one time or another, “I wish I would have just kept my big mouth shut.” Mark Twain said it best, “Tis better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.”

- Even the shortest journey in our car is accompanied with the noise of a high-end automotive sound system.

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and soon my eyes closed as I enjoyed the superb sound of silence; it was marvelous.

We may breathlessly sing, “Silent night”, but we live in the noisiest society in history. So I’m calling for a little silence, a little peace and quiet, an uninterrupted hour or two with absolutely no noise. But I’m not only calling for it, I’m seeking it, I’m trying to create it. Yesterday the wife went to the Mall which meant the house was going to be empty for at least two hours. “Ahhh… some peace and quiet”, I thought as I made my way to my favorite recliner and settled down for an uninterrupted hour of silence. I kicked the footrest out so I could lie nearly prostrate in the plush comfort of the chair. It took a few minutes to get comfortable and settle in

But if silence bothers you and you find it hard to endure, do not worry, the noise will return soon enough. My quiet silence was broken by the most annoying sound ever invented by man – the ringtone on my cellphone. *Publilius Syrus Send your comments to Dr.Ross@RonRossToday.com.

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• On Dec. 26, 1908, Jack Johnson becomes the first black American to win the world heavyweight title when he knocks out Canadian Tommy Burns in the 14th round in a championship bout near Sydney, Australia. Johnson held the heavyweight title until 1915. • On Dec. 25, 1914, just after midnight on Christmas morning, German troops fighting in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery, and commence to sing Christmas carols. At points along the eastern and western fronts, Russian, French and British soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing. • On Dec. 28, 1938, silent-film star Florence Lawrence commits suicide in Beverly Hills, Calif. Lawrence also was an inventor: She designed the first “auto signaling arm,â€? a mechanical turn signal, along with the first mechanical brake signal. She did not patent these inventions, however, and as a result she received no credit for -- or profit from -- either one.

• On Dec. 23, 1946, President Harry Truman appoints an amnesty board to review cases of conscientious objectors who were imprisoned after refusing to serve during World War II. Of the 15,000 violators of the World War II Selective Service Act, only 1,500 were considered entitled to full amnesty.

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Nick-Snips TRADITIONS AND TRADEMARKS By Nick Yanez

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t’s been a whole year now. Yes, that’s right; you’ve been reading an entire year of the random banter better known as Nick Snips. What a year it’s been. There was a blackout at the Super Bowl. There were political mishaps and miracles; world tragedies and triumphs. There was the meteoric rise of Miley Cyrus. 2013 brought a tornado of new ideas. The year also saw us bid farewell to old memories and ways of life. While Nick Snips came to fruition, another former stepping stone was stomped. So, quickly, I’ll tell you the story of this young writer’s journey to the middle. If you recall, Nick Snips was not my first venture into a journalistic career at the vivacious paper-magazine, Snippetz. No, as a younger man I found myself writing a glorified advertisement every week for a little local establishment known as Pinz Bowling Center (I clearly have a thing for companies that end in the letter ‘z’). Many of you probably remember Pinz for its handsome brown-haired Kitchen and Front Desk worker (wink). Some of you may better remember it because four times a month you found yourself reading a misleading article that eventually traveled down a path of shameless advertising for bowling leagues, pizza, and bar parties. It was a fun time writing those articles. But eventually, all good things come to an end. Fortunately for aspiring young writers in Monument, Colorado – there’s always something on the horizon when you work for a charming Chicago-bred newspaper mogul who adores your special brand of charm. So in the end, I was able to continue writing my articles with more freedom than ever. I mean, have you ever read a Nick Snips? Over half of them literally have nothing to do with your day to day life. It’s fantastic. I’m getting to a point here, I swear. The thing is, I miss something about those Pinz’ articles. Every year I had a holiday party or Christmas special to promote. So, for those couple of years, I wrote a poem the week of Christmas. It was from Pinz to you; like a special little stocking stuffer, guaranteed every year to whiten your smile. I usually based it on a poem

that was already written, changing rhymes here and there to apply especially to the subject at hand. Bottom line – while some things have to change with the pass of the holidays and the turning of the year, there’s some traditions you should never let go of; like your Christmas tree. Or perhaps a special dish your grandma makes. Or, for a better example, my awesome holiday poem! So here it is, a brand new annual poem, from me to you:

LISTENING FOR SNIPPETZ By Nick Yanez (Based on the poem Listening for Santa by Annabel Sheila) A squeak on the stairs. Could Santa be here? Better find your blankets, Pull them to your ears He comes by the chimney, That’s how he gets in Santa uses magic, they say To make himself thin You better keep still, Can’t make a peep. He doesn’t leave toys, Unless you’re asleep The door just opened Someone’s in your store! It wasn’t Santa after all, Just jolly saint George He’s bringing your Snippetz That paper you need To make your day better It’s enlightening to read And by day, Oh my, What were you thinking? Santa only comes By night, and he’s sneaky But today you have George And that paper to treasure Two days before Christmas To read at your pleasure And thank you dear reader, as I write on this pad, For reading our paper We’re grateful and glad Have a very Merry Christmas as you’re filled with good cheer, For, in a place like this, How could you not have a Happy New Year?

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• Hang up on anyone who calls and says they’re from Social Security or Medicare. They will never call you, unless you’ve made arrangements with them in advance. • Medicare open enrollment ended on Dec. 7, but scammers likely will say that “something” went wrong with your enrollment information, and they need to get it again from you. The Aging Fraud Hotline can help with any number of issues related to fraud against seniors: identity theft, Medicare, retirement savings, phone scams, Social Security and more. If you need to file a complaint, call it toll-free at 1-855-303-9470. There’s also a mail form on its website at www.aging.senate.gov. Click on the Contact link and fill in the blanks. To contact Medicare, call 1-800MEDICARE. To report identity theft, call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-4384338 or go online to www.ftc.gov/ idtheft. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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you feel like that, all I can say is that lost things are often found in the most unexpected places and at the most unexpected times. I’ve misplaced things, thinking that they were lost, only to find them when I was looking for something else. The thing I’d thought I’d lost was there all the time, waiting for me to discover it again. Faith is like that. Sometimes when you think you’ve reached the end of your ability to believe, something or someone comes along to shore you up so that you can go on.

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y father, Howard, was in the Air Force, and my mother, Angeline, was a homemaker. They didn’t have a lot of money to buy Christmas presents for my three siblings and me. One thing they did give us was lots of love, great food and faith in God and in the future, no matter how bleak things might look in the present. The beauty of my childhood is that I never knew that we didn’t have much money. When I became an adult, I made a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ and become a Christian. My decision has beautifully

and wonderfully shaped my life and my faith. It takes a great faith to carry on in the midst of the challenges that we all face day in and day out. Unlike earthly things, which become worn and depleted when used time after time, faith becomes even stronger and more abundant the more it’s used. I often hear about people “losing faith.” If

I have great faith in the future and in the ability of the American people to persevere in these difficult times. We must love our country and hold fast to the faith and the moral principles America was founded upon. No matter what your circumstances might be, hold on to hope, preserve and cherish your family’s heritage and memo-

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ries, and most importantly in these difficult times, keep the faith. While the holidays pose their own special set of personal and financial challenges, it’s also a time to appreciate and treasure the priceless things in our lives -- love, faith and family. While I live my life in a way that celebrates Christ everyday, Christmas is a special time and one of my favorite holidays. Some of my best Christmas memories are linked to the dishes my mother made during the holidays. This recipe for my Mom’s Butter Cookies is a simple dessert from my childhood. Making and sharing these delicious cookies is almost as fun as eating them! Merry Christmas, keep the faith, and have a blessed holiday season! Continued on Page 15


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MOM’S BUTTER COOKIES 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted or stirred before measuring 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder Walnut, pecan or almond halves, toasted (optional) 1. Preheat oven to 300 F. Using a food processor or mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture; mixing until well-blended.

on ungreased cookie sheets; press a nut half into the top of each ball, if desired. Bake butter cookies for 20 minutes, or until just lightly browned. Place on a rack to cool. Store in an air-tight container. Makes 5 to 6 dozen butter cookies

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1. Who was the first player from Venezuela to play major-league baseball? 2. In 2013, Clay Buchholz became the fourth pitcher in Boston Red Sox history to have five victories in April. Name two of the first three. 3. Who was the last Washington Redskins QB before Robert Griffin III in 2012 to throw and rush for touchdowns in consecutive games? 4. When was the last time before the 201112 season (Lorenzo Brown) that a North Carolina State men’s basketball player led the ACC in steals per game? 5. How many combined seasons did hockey great Wayne Gretzky play in the WHA and the NHL? 6. In 2013, swimmer Katie Ledecky set a new U.S. women’s record in the 1,500-meter freestyle, with a time of 15:47.15. Who had held the mark? 7. Who was the first winner of the Masters golf tournament in 1934.

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2. Who released “Chiquitita”? 3. Name the group that released the 1987 “Let Me Be the One.” 4. Who wrote and recorded “I Want Candy”? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “On the side of a hill in the deep forest green. Tracing of sparrow on snow-crested brown. Blankets and bedclothes the child of the mountain.” (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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FLASH BACK 1. Sonny and Cher, 1972. The song was an international hit, astonishing for a song that relied on rhymes like “ride,” “side,” “cried” and “died.” 2. ABBA, in 1979. ABBA donated half their royalties to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. 3. Expose. Others who released songs by the same name were The Shadows (1975), Angela Bofill (1985), The Carpenters (1971) and Five Star (1985). All the songs were different. 4. The Strangeloves, in 1965. The PR story was that the Strangeloves were three former Australian sheep rancher brothers. 5. Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 “Scarborough Fair/Canticle.” The song lyrics and melody have been traced back to 1670 Scotland. The lyrics set up a series of tasks from a man to his would-be lover. She responds with tasks he must complete first.


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by Samantha Weaver • It was industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who was born into a poor Scottish family and emigrated to the U.S. as a teen, who made the following sage observation: “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” • There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells. • If you’re like 66 percent of American adults, you’d bend over to pick up a penny you found in the street. Nearly three-quarters of adults would pick up a nickel. • You might be surprised to learn that drinking tea increased the life expectancy of the British -- and even more surprised to learn why. It wasn’t any beneficial compound

found in the tea itself; rather, it was the act of boiling the water, which had the effect of killing pathogens found in the untreated water that was largely in use in England at that time. Also, once the Brits started drinking tea, they became addicted to the caffeine and therefore drank quite a bit more boiled water than had been their wont, decreasing even further their exposure to the pathogens that caused illness. • The United States Department of Commerce has designated approximately 30 houses across the country as authentic haunted houses. • Astronauts grew roses in space just to find out if a rose grown in microgravity would smell as sweet. The researchers found that it did, indeed, smell as sweet, but the smell was different from that of the same variety of rose grown the old-fashioned way. *** Thought for the Day: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny ...’.” -- Isaac Asimov (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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n my life I have found that the few days between Christmas and New Year’s Day bring quietness and a time of peace and comfort. The hassle and hustle of the holiday season is at an end. The cookies and treats are mostly gone. The decorations around the house are looking a little tired. And the gifts have all been put away. These days bring for me both closure and excitement – the ending to the past year and the promises of the new. I like to spend some of this time with myself, and review my decisions over the past year – especially my financial decisions. What were the choices I made, why did I make them and how did they turn out? Some, of course, were quite successful. Others were, well, not so bright. Yes, even after all these years I still make some pretty good mistakes when it comes to my personal finances. Over the years I have found, however, the hours that I have spent in reflection and review have been an incredible learning experience and many times a humbling one. There are a number of reports I put

together to help me with my review. Among them is my personal balance sheet. In its simplest form my balance sheet lists my assets – all that I have, and from that is subtracted my liabilities – all that I owe. The resulting number is my net worth. Fortunately I have been blessed and, over time, I have seen my net worth rise, which is a good thing. It means that I have assets that are increasing in value and debt that is under control. It also provides a good indication that I am on track for achieving my financial goals. Another report is my cash flow statement, which tracks my sources and uses of income – how much money did I earn and what did I do with it? The cash flow statement lays it all out there in black and white. It is the summation of the financial decisions I have made, both good and bad. By comparing it with statements from years past I can identify trends and changes in my spending habits, investing and giving as well as my earning power. From there I can decide if that is where I want to be using my earnings and make changes if it’s not. I am also formalize (meaning writing it down) my spending plan for the new year. With this I will be projecting my income and my expenses for the year and developing a monthly budget. I am striving to live on 70% of my income. That leaves 10% for giving, 10% to invest, and 10% to pay down debt. The operative word here is striving, that is my goal. I must admit I have a ways to go. It has been said that success is found not in the destination but in the

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journey. If that is true, I have been blessed with great success! We are all called to be good stewards and use the gifts that God has provided us wisely. I have found that taking the time to review my financial choices as a steward of God’s blessings, brings with it a sense of peace. Our finances are what they are. We only have control over so much. The rest we must accept. By bringing Christ to the center of my financial life I have found real change. The numbers have remained the same, but I have change and with that change has come a sense of gratitude, thanksgiving and praise. Might I suggest, that before the new year is upon us, that you make some time to reflect on your own financial life. Take a look at how you managed your finances over the last year and set a plan with purpose for the coming year. A question worth asking is: have I been the good steward with the gifts God has bestowed and will I be this year?

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On a personal note: I want wish each of you a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year. It is your readership, your kind words and support that has inspired me through the year. Thank you. I truly appreciate all that you have given me. Read on, the story continues. “This day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, the Messiah and Lord.” Luke 2: 11 Chuck Maher is a Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner specializing in Christian values based financial planning and investing. He can be reached at chuck@ chuckmahercfp.com, locally at (719) 4810549. Securities offered through and supervised by Wilbanks Securities, Inc. Member FINRA SIPC 4334 NW Expressway, Suite 222 Oklahoma City, OK 73116-1515 (405)842-0202 Fee Based through Wilbanks Securities Advisory

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