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Small Business Saturday was first held on November 27, 2010 as a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American Express started the day as perhaps a way to get more people to wag their credit cards with local businesses. But it has taken on a life of its own and many towns and cities across the country are marketing it. As the Christmas shopping season heats up the Town of Leonardtownʼs Business Association is encouraging customers to come out Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday, focusing on what small, local, independent business owners have to offer. “Small Business Saturday is one of our five events to get folks to consider shopping local, shopping Leonardtown,” said Darren Beck, proprietor of Home Elements on Washington Street in the town square. There will be 27 town businesses taking part in Small Business Saturday, he said, all throughout, downtown, midtown and uptown. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Christmas carolers singing on the street going from store to store, Beck told The County Times. Each of the businesses taking part in the event will be offering specials

throughout the day, Beck said. The day was more than just a gimmick to boost business for the season, he said, rather it was a way to refocus peopleʼs attention on the fabric of small towns. “Itʼs one day to get them to focus on shopping locally, but itʼs also to open their eyes on whatʼs all around them 365 days a year,” said Beck. “Everyone talks about how they like that small-town atmosphere with a busy main street but what do they do to support it? “If theyʼre not supported, they donʼt exist.” Calvert County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Bob Carpenter said many county businesses are using the day as a marketing opportunity. Carpenter said small business is part of the fabric of the county. “It is the backbone of the business economy in Calvert County. Most of our businesses are small businesses,” he said, adding that most of the chamberʼs members are also small businesses. guyleonard@countytimes.net dickmyers@countytimes.net


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Spirit at the By Dick Myers Editor The Town of North Beach begins the festive holiday season Friday, December 1 by Lighting Up the Town! Onlookers gather on the pavilion as they flip the switch to light up the town Christmas tree and holiday displays. The Christmas Tree Lighting takes place at 7 p.m. The next day, Saturday, Dec. 2, the Annual Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade draws spectators from afar! The boardwalk is lined with hundreds of people viewing the parade. The best part is when the jolly-old-fat man arrives by fire truck! Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children and give them a special treat. Every year, organizations from all over northern Calvert and southern Anne Arundel participate in the pa-

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rade, on floats or in cars (antique and otherwise) or (trailered) boats, or on foot. Itʼs one of the biggest Christmas parades in the area.

Also on Saturday in North Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be the Christmas Market. Vendors will line 5th Street near Bay Avenue and the waterfront. They will offer crafts, food, Christmas trees and wreathes, shopping and much more Tell the kids to bring their wish list to share with Santa. He and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits and picture taking after the parade. Warm up around the campfire as you enjoy refreshments including marshmallow roasting on the fire. dickmyers@counytimes.net

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Solomons to Host 33rd Christmas Walk Saturday, December 2

By Dick Myers Editor Solomons will fill your senses and immerse you in the holiday spirit November 29th through December 2nd. Those are the dates for the 33rd Annual Solomons Christmas Walk, with events on the island, and at Calvert Marine Museum and Annmarie Garden. The Solomons Business Association reports that this year they have hired a professional Christmas Lights & Decoration company to decorate the RiverWalk with white Christmas lights to light up the island. Another highlight of the annual event will be caroling from Patuxent High School band. Other street performers will be wondering around own to provide entertainment. The 2017 Christmas Walkʼs theme this year is “All things Candy Cane.” Events include: Wednesday 29th November – 6:30 p.m., Judging of Best Decorated Home & Business. Special points for Candy Canes and Christmas candies! Prizes announced & awarded on Thursday night at Christmas Party. Decorating the Christmas Tree. This year all the community can join in and bring something special they have made/bought for the tree. The Tree will also be decorated with the help of members of the SMCR Inc individuals with developmental differences. Thursday 30th November – Christmas Party at Annmarie Gardens/ Dowell Rd - all welcome, Cost $30 per person. Friday December 1st – Saturday 2nd – Christmas Gift Market in park near Kingfisherʼs Restaurant, Friday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday December 1st, 6:30 p.m. Santa and his elf arrive by a Solomons Fire Truck to switch on our Christmas tree lights and visit with the children. Saturday December 2nd, 6:30 p.m. watch the Solomons Annual Lighted Boat Parade, visible from Back Creek to Patuxent RiverWalk. At 7:30 p.m. Childrenʼs Entertainment will be at Our Lady Star of The Sea Church In addition to all the activities on the island, enjoy Annmarie Garden in Lights and the ever-popular lighted boat parade. The Calvert Marine Museum is offering its own holiday delights for visitors of all ages – and admission is FREE! On both Friday and Saturday evening, enjoy local musical entertainment: Friday, December 1 6 – 7 p.m.

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Santa and “Bubbles,” the museum otter, will visit and spread holiday cheer. Children can create a holiday craft to take home. Enjoy punch and cookies on Friday and Santaʼs Coffee House on Saturday featuring complimentary coffee, hot cocoa, and holiday cookies. Shop locally in the Museum Store for high-quality, made in America gifts that will please everyone on your holiday list. Museum members receive 20% off all weekend. The store will be open both nights from 6 – 9 p.m. and is stocked with a unique collection of clothing, hostess gifts, hundreds of regional books, unique holiday cards, custom mugs, Carvel Hall crab knives, beautiful jewelry, gourmet snacks, ornaments galore, and plenty of stocking stuffers. To learn more about the Solomons Christmas Walk, visit the website at: http://solomonsmaryland.com/solomons-christmas-walk.html. From Solomons Business Association CMM


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Christmas on the Square

Photos courtesy of Town of Leonardtown

Christmas Tree Lighting Coming to Leonardtown By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The yuletide season gets started exactly one day after Thanksgiving with the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the Leonardtown town square.

rival of Santa Claus.

Every Black Friday, the town square is packed with spectators waiting for the kick off of the Christmas season.

Santa will be brought into town with his sleigh escorted by two fire/EMS vehicles and take his station at the corner of Fenwick Street at the Bank of America.

“The weather looks like itʼs going to go in our favor,” said Maria Fleming, events coordinator for Leonardtown. “Weʼll probably be in the 7,000-person range for attendance on the town square.” Activities for visitors include crafts they can make on site and take with them, a petting zoo, stories for children with Mrs. Claus, sleigh rides, a live nativity scene, music and the ar-

The tree lighting is set for 7p.m., with Santa available afterwards for children to make their Christmas wishes.

Rides on the emergency vehicles will be available only before 6:45 a.m. this year, Fleming said. Children who want to speak with Santa are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, Fleming said, adding that Santa usually speaks to as many as 300 children a night.

Though, Fleming said, there are usually as many as 600 children present for the tree lighting ceremony. There is also a strict queing system set up to bring children to speak to Santa, Fleming said. But those children who donʼt get a chance to talk to Santa Nov. 24 have only a couple of weeks to wait until Dec. 16 when Mr. and Mrs. Claus return to the town square for their own, event, Fleming. There, she said, all children who show up are seen by Santa. guyleonard@countytimes.net


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Holiday celebrants employ holiday lights in various ways. Certain individuals may be content to hang lights on their Christmas trees and call their decorating complete. Others may get their holiday jollies by making sure each square inch of their home is covered in twinkling lights. Still, other people prefer the more subdued effect of lights framing one picture window of the house. The tradition of Christmas lights stretches back to early modern Germany when people used candles to decorate Christmas trees in Christian homes. Those candles were harbingers of what would come when electric lights replaced gas and other open flame illuminating devices that were commonplace prior to the 20th century.

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, also created the first strand of electric lights that would be used in holiday decorating. By 1880, Edison had standard incandescent light bulbs well sorted out and desired a way to better advertise his invention, so he decided to make the most of the holiday season and put his light bulbs on display.

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According to a 2003 article in American Heritage magazine titled “The Wizard of Your Christmas Tree,” Edison strung incandescent bulbs all around the compound of his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory. Edison constructed an eight-mile underground wiring system in order to power this

grand light display. Because the laboratory was situated along the railroad that passed between Manhattan and Philadelphia, thousands of people were able to see the display. The concept of electric holiday lights took a bit of time to catch on. Edisonʼs friend and associate Edward Johnson was tasked with stringing together colored lights in 1882 and placing them on an evergreen tree. Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs. In 1895, President Grover Cleveland requested the White House family Christmas tree be illuminated by multi-colored electric light bulbs. In 1903, when General Electric began to offer pre-assembled kits of holiday lights, stringed lights were reserved for the wealthy and electrically savvy. For example, in 1903 a single string of electric lights cost $12, or around $300 today. It would take several more years before holiday lights became a national tradition. On Christmas Eve 1923, President Calvin Coolidge began the countryʼs celebration of Christmas by lighting the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse located south of the White House with 3,000 electric lights. Today, illuminated strands of lights have become a large part of holiday celebrations and have even been adopted for use during various yearround events. Such lights can be a beautiful and festive addition to many celebrations.


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to Comfortable Holiday Shopping

During the period between Black Friday and Super Saturday, millions of people flock to stores or shop online in order to meet their holiday deadlines. The National Retail Federation states that, during the holiday retail season of 2016, spending was up by 4 percent over the same period in 2015, and $658.3 billion was spent from November through December.

to leave the comfort of their homes to shop. Early morning is the busiest time for online shopping, so if youʼre worried about retailer site slowdowns, opt for early or late evening to make purchases. Many retailers preview deals for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so you can make a list of what to buy to streamline shopping.

Consumers have more options today than ever before when shopping for holiday gifts. Shoppers about to get into the holiday shopping swing of things can make the process more comfortable in various ways.

Take the hassle out of endlessly circling mall parking lots looking for parking spots by taking a cab or ridesharing service to the stores. Drivers can drop you off right at the main entrance, which can increase safety and comfort, particularly on the way home when you have packages in tow.

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PACK NUTRITIOUS SNACKS Hunger can try your patience, which doesnʼt bode well when holiday shopping. Eat well before visiting the store and bring along filling, nutritious snacks, such as trail mix or edamame, so you donʼt have to navigate crowded food courts when hunger strikes.

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Some of the latest trends in childrenʼs toys veer away from regular video games and apps and cater to the rising interest in STEM. STEM is an acronym for science, technology and math. Early introduction to STEMrelated skills can pay dividends later in life, considering students who have an emphasis on STEM knowledge are highly coveted among employers. STEM toys may include robot-building kits, toys that help young learners test the boundaries of physics, apps that help kids learn computer programing,

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Sensory toys. Young children can benefit from toys that stimulate the senses. Items to consider include water toys, sands (including the newer kinetic varieties), playdoughs, musical instruments, and bubbles. Even food-related toys, such as those that encourage baking or cooking, will appeal to various senses and can help kids learn valuable skills. Imaginative play toys. Imaginative play is an effective way to stimulate creative thinking and may help children become better learners. The Creativity Institute, specializing in toys for creative play, says playing is important to children and the way they practice growing up. According to an article by Dr. Scott Kaufman that appeared in Psychology Today, “Systematic research has increasingly demonstrated a series of clear benefits of childrenʼs engagement in pretend games from the ages of about two and one half through ages six or seven.” Dress-up toys, puppets, dolls, action figures, and toys that mimic real-life activities are all examples of products that promote imaginative play. Educational toys can be included on holiday gifting lists. Not only will they encourage children to play and have fun, but theyʼll serve as building blocks to a lifetime of learning as well.


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nounced the details of their Black Friday sales, shoppers can make a list of items they hope to purchase. When shopping, don’t go it alone. Instead, team up with a spouse, neighbor or older children who can then be given certain items to find in the store once doors open.

Shoppers who want to land the best Black Friday deals need not camp outside their favorite stores on Thanksgiving night. Oftentimes, landing the best deals just takes a little preparation and due diligence on the part of shoppers.

Bring an envelope for receipts. Many Black Friday deals include discounts that are offered via mail-in rebates. These rebates typically require consumers mail their receipts to a retailer or manufacturer listed on the receipt. Shoppers can avoid losing out on rebate-based savings by bringing along an envelope for their receipts.

Peruse Black Friday ads in advance of the big day. Many retailers begin advertising their Black Friday deals well in advance of Thanksgiving. Shoppers who know which stores they want to visit on Black Friday should begin looking for those stores’ fliers in early November, and continue to do so as Black Friday draws closer. This gives shoppers a chance to plan their Black Friday shopping so they can visit stores with the most enticing or time-sensitive deals first. Create a list and make shopping a team effort. Once retailers have an-

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Vacations create memories that last a lifetime. But across North America, surveys indicate that fewer people are cashing in on all of their vacation days. Some may be too busy to travel as much as they would like, while others might not be able to afford to travel. A gift of travel removes much of the expense of traveling and can serve as a catalyst one needs to go and explore. Escaping to warm climates can be just what the doctor ordered when winter weather sets in at home. Although that first snowfall can make for a picturesque holiday season, thereʼs a good chance that after several storms and navigating icy roads, a getaway to sunshine and sand can help beat winter blues. When gifting travel this year, consider these great places to travel in January and February. Anguilla: Anguilla is a British territory in the Eastern Caribbean, just east of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Itʼs known for its long sandy stretches of beach and pleasant winter temperatures, which average 83 F. There isnʼt much hustle and bustle, so

this island destination can be the ideal place for relaxation. Australia and New Zealand: January and February are summer months in the southern hemisphere. These vibrant countries offer everything from costal charm to remote plains. Costa Rica: An abundance of wildlife, unspoiled beaches and rain forests draw visitors to this Central American locale. Travelers can hike active volcanoes or surf warm turquoise waters. The “dry season” arrives in December along with moderate temperatures. Honolulu: The weather in Hawaii tends to be beautiful yearround, but February can be an especially good time to travel to this U.S. island chain. Travel & Leisure says that hotels often slash their rates by up to 40 percent in February. This makes it much more affordable to gift a stay in Honolulu. Orlando: While holiday crowds peak in November and December, visiting Orlando and its main attraction, Disney World, is much easier when the crowds

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Holiday Season thin out in January and February. The slower season means affordable hotel rates and shorter lines for attractions. Montreal: Those who donʼt want to escape the snow but embrace it might find a vacation in Montreal a welcome diversion. This cultured city offers Old World charm plus modern amenities. Puerto Rico: American travelers can vacation in Puerto Rico without needing travel visas or passports. While all of Puerto Rico is a sight to be seen, the

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