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h r i st m a s i s one of t he most celebrated dates on t he C h r i st ia n c a lenda r. Com memorat i ng t he bi r t h of t he Sav ior Jesus Christ is on ly surpassed in importance by the celebration of Easter, a time when Ch r ist ia ns remember Ch r ist ’s sacrifice of life for His people. Christmas is often celebrated with much joy and fer vor all around the world, with exchanges of gifts a nd specia l acts of cha r it y a l l month long. One component of the Christmas celebration t hat has long been tradition and holds special meaning to celebrants is the Midnight Mass. Churches a ll around t he world hold fou r d i f ferent Ch r ist ma s c elebr at ion s, i nclud i ng t h re e masses a nd a Christ mas v ig i l. The Midnight Mass is perhaps the most cherished. Mass, a Christian liturgical rite that often involves the sacrament of the Eucharist, may begin prior to midnight and i nclude Bibl ica l read i ngs t hat focus on the story of Christ’s birth depending on the church. At m id n ig ht on December 24, carols may be sung and the ringing of church bells to signify the birth of Christ as December 25 arrives.

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In Israel, a procession takes place from Jerusalem to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. In the Catholic Pope’s home of Vatican City, the Pope himself heads the Midnight Mass and people in large numbers pray for peace among mankind. Ma ny t heologia ns say t hat t he M id n ig ht Ma s s e volve d f rom individuals making pilgrimages to Israel and the actual birthplace of Christ. Because the Bible states that Jesus was born at night and in a manger, to fully immerse oneself in t he stor y a nd t he liturg ica l sig nif ica nce of t he moment, a Midnight Mass seems t he best place to achieve these goals. The darkness and the gentle hush that nighttime provides helps set the scene and enhance the spiritual component of Christmas. The Nativity of Jesus takes place in two Gospels of the Bible: the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew. The version of Luke goes much more deeply into the story of Mary’s virgin conception through the time of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. Here is Christ’s birth according to the Gospel of Luke: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Aug ustus t hat t he

whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now t here were shepherds i n t hat region liv ing in t he f ields and keeping the night watch over their f lock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and ly ing

Midnight Mass has become an important component in the celebration of Christmas for the faithful. in a manger.’ Later, the Gospel continues, “He was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” Midnight Mass has become an important component in the celebration of Christmas for the

faithful. While secular celebrations may focus on the arrival of Santa C l au s at t he m id n ig ht hou r, religious celebrations often involve filling churches at midnight to spread the word of Christ’s arrival.

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ggnog is believed to have originated in 17th-century Europe, primarily as a drink for the elite, since the ingredients in the beverage were hard to come by and thusly relegated to the very rich. There are different theories on the origins of the word eggnog itself. Some believe it has gotten its name from the Old English word “nog,” which meant “strong beer.” The “egg” refers to one of the ingredients in the beverage, fresh eggs. Others surmise that it comes from the word “noggin,” which was a vessel for serving drinks in taverns. The drink was called “egg in a noggin,” which was shortened to “eggnog.” Still, there are others who say its name is derived from the term “grog,” which was another term for booze. “Egg n’ grog” was eventually abbreviated to “eggnog.”

Love it or hate it, eggnog is a drink that can evoke strong feelings of the holidays within minutes. T here a re va r iat ions of eg g nog sold com mercia l ly, but ma ny people swea r by homem ade v er sion s for t hei r t a s t e a nd authenticity. Try your own homemade eggnog with this recipe, courtesy of Cooks.com.

Holiday Eggnog (Spirited)

Although there is little certainty to the origins of the name, the recipe for eggnog has essentially remained unchanged throughout the centuries. It consists of beaten eggs, cream or milk and sugar mixed with some sort of alcoholic spirit. The Old English were believed to mix it with wine, though once the drink was brought to the New World, colonists substituted rum for the wine. Rum was readily available through tradesmen running between the Americas and the Caribbean and therefore less expensive than another spirit. As America grew and eggnog was enjoyed in different parts of the country, the rum was replaced w it h reg iona l spi r its, i nclud i ng bourbon or grain alcohol. Other ingredients were also added to give it a customized flavor. However, the use of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves has become traditional flavoring for the holiday brew. Although eggnog is widely enjoyed throughout the holiday season, in the past it was served at special events and social occasions. As a warmed beverage it can easily chase away winter’s chill. This is how it may have come to be enjoyed primarily during the holidays.

1 dozen eggs 1 pound powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup vanilla 8 cups evaporated milk 3 cups water 1 quart spiced rum Nutmeg, to garnish Beat eggs until light in color, gradually add sugar, salt and vanilla. Then add milk and water. Ifusing spirits, stir in rum (brandy, bourbon or rye may also be used). Cover the nog and ripen for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Stir again and serve sprinkled with nutmeg.

The thick, spiced drink we know as eggnog has become synonymous with the holidays. It is so linked with the Christmas season that a person may be hard-pressed to find it sold in the supermarket any other time of the year. But eggnog wasn’t always the holiday beverage it has become. News • Sports • Weather Four Daily Editions Special Sections • Photos Opinion • Obituaries Entertainment • Business Searchable Archives • Video Contests • Classifieds Updated Throughout the day

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lt houg h pr i me we dd i ng s e a s on r u n s f r om M a y t h roug h Oc tober, m a ny brides- and grooms-to-be choose to tie the knot during the winter, with the holidays providing a popular backdrop to the wedding festivities. Ho l i d a y w e d d i n g s a r e o f t e n joyous affairs. People are jolly, decorations abound, and there’s a chance that some snowfall can ma ke you r pict u resque photo dreams come true. And considering most churches and reception sites are already t r i m med i n seasona l decor to accom modate va r ious hol iday parties, chances are you can save a little money on floral arrangements and extra accessories. Hav i ng a wedd i ng du r i ng t he holidays also makes it easier to plan out themes and color schemes. For those who have difficulty deciding on bubblegum pink bridesmaids gowns or teal table linens, working with the colors of the winter season makes planning simple. Choose among burgundy, berr y red, forest g reen, gold, si lver, cream, and light blue to set the mood of the event. Deep red gowns complement any skin tone, and bouquets full of green and white colors call to mind a light snow dusting evergreen boughs. W hen selecting wedding invitations, be sure to choose a design that will set the invitation apart from the holiday greetings a lready being delivered to

wedding guests. You may want to forgo a folded card or any holiday inspired embellishments on the invitations altogether.

A border of snowflakes or a mention of a holiday theme in the invitation wording will clue in guests to the wedding’s holiday theme. Because the holidays are already a busy time of the year, there are a few other considerations couples should heed when planning their weddings. • P ush up the dates you do all of your meetings with vendors. The season is awash in parties and other festive events; therefore, reception sites, caterers, florists, l i mousi ne ser v ices, a nd d isc jockeys may book quick ly. Tr y to secure as many vendors as possible as soon as you set your wedding date. • C onsult with a clerg y member to d iscuss hav i ng a rel ig ious wedd i ng du r i ng t he hol iday s e a s on . C e r t a i n d a t e s m a y be restricted due to liturgica l requirements or simply because of special church-related events.

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• W edd i ng g uests a re l i kely to be busy themselves during the holiday season, so be sure to send out save-the-date cards to advertise your wedding well in advance of sending out the actual inv itat ions. W hen inv itat ions are mailed, do so about 3 months before the wedding. • F lowers may be more expensive this time of the year, so spread a t ig ht budget by i nclud i ng candles, greenery (like evergreen bra nches or hol ly) or si mple poinsettia plants with other more traditional flowers. • B e sure to factor weat her into the planning. If gowns will not have sleeves, be sure to select sh r ugs or c apes t hat c a n be worn for warmth. Muffs or fullarm gloves can be elegant and warming as well. • G et creative with wedding cakes to tie into the theme. An all-white cake can look like it’s covered in snow. A cake can be shaped into a wrapped gift or a giant ornament. • A lso keep in mind that this is a busy t ravel season. Therefore y ou m ay w a nt to w a it u nt i l wel l a f ter New Yea r’s before embarking on your honeymoon. O t he r w i s e y ou c ou ld p a y a premium for airline tickets. A wedd ing du r ing t he holiday s e a s on c a n b e m a g i c a l a nd something that adds even more sentimental value to an already joyous time of year.

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• People may keep long hours traveling to social engagements, taxing their bodies. These are just a few demands on the body. In order to prevent fatigue or more ser ious i nju r y f rom hol iday activities, consider these pointers. • Stretch out before you hit the stores. Warm up stiff muscles to prepare for the day ahead.

The added responsibi lit ies of t he hol idays, i nclud i ng shoppi ng, decorating and hosting, puts added stress on everyone this time of year. Those not used to the on-the-go speed and long days may find they suffer frequent ailments this time of the year, including physical injuries.

• Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can tax the body and lead to feelings of sluggishness or induce headaches. • Wear comfortable shoes with plenty of cushioning to withstand the impact of walking all day.

Think about how the holidays are akin to an athletic event:

• U se a backpack to tote essentia ls along. Plus, packages can be stuffed into the backpack to free up hands or balance the weight of purchases.

• D u r i ng shoppi ng a per son c a n unknowingly walk several miles in a store or mall.

• Don’t carry around more than you can handle. Plan frequent trips to the car to drop off purchases. If lockers are available in the mall, use them.

• I ndividuals often tote around heavy packages and/or lift weighty items. • L ong hours are spent on one’s feet.

• E at light, healthy foods. Greasy fast food could strain overstressed organs. Heart attacks during the holidays are common. Healthy foods can also help combat the average six pounds of weight a person gains during the season of overindulgence.

• Fast decisions have to be made on purchases. • H ol id ay de c or at i ng m a y ent a i l climbing up and down a ladder or bringing heavy boxes out of the attic.

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Ti mes a re toug h a nd people a re cutting back, even on their Christmas shopping. If you’re among them, don’t feel bad. There are less expensive alternatives available, some that cost next to nothing. Here are some moneysaving suggestions. Make gifts using things you already have on hand around the house. Bake some cupcakes or cookies and deliver the homemade treats to your friends and families. Make a family CD or calendar from the digital photos and software stored on your computer. Crochet some scarves from your leftover yarn or put together a family recipe book. There are dozens of gifts you can make without spending a dime. Give the gift of service or time. Offer to watch the kids or run errands for a ha rried mot her. Ta ke a n elderly n e i g h b or s h op p i n g . Wa s h y ou r brother’s card, clean your mother’s house or cook dinner for a dear friend. Spend a few hours visiting with your

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The workshop: Gift ideas for the household handyman Ma ny homeow ners have ta ken cues from the recession and are choosing to stay in their homes a little longer rather than sell in a buyers’ market. Those who want to ma ke t hei r cu r rent abodes more l iv able or at t r ac t ive to future buyers may choose home i mprovement s t h at r a i s e t he va lue a nd/or add more space. T he s e opt ion s pr e s ent g r e at opp or t u n it ie s for g i f t g i v er s wondering what to buy for t he household handyman. For ma ny, home improvement renovations have become do-ityourself projects out of necessity, as DIY is often more cost effective than hiring a contractor. However, projects can go awry and cost more money in the long run unless the right tools and techniques are used. Gift givers should select tools that will offer the most bang for their buck and help homeowners sail through many projects. Woodcraft offers these ideas for successful holiday gifting.

Shaping and drilling W het her cra f t i ng f u r n it u re or si z i ng a nd shapi ng wood for va r ious home repa i rs, qua l it y routers, planers and jigs are needed for the fine-tuned precision these projects require. To polish of f

edges, add g rooves or dadoes, or create a personalized design, choose the Porter-Cable Compact Router. DIYers can create an ultrasmoot h surface w it h t he Delta 13" Portable Thickness Planer. Its three-k nife cutterhead offers a blade life three times longer than competitive three-knife planers. Select a Porter-Cable Quik Jig to substa nt ia l ly reduce t he t i me required to drill the pocket holes used for joinery in some projects.

The art of woodturning For centuries, woodworkers have enjoyed the feel of virgin wood in their hands and the pleasure derived by turning that piece of wood into an amazing piece of artwork. Check out the Easy Wood Tools Detailers in mini, mid-sized a nd f ull-sized models t hat a re ideal for adding detail to projects such as bowls or chair stiles. Pair these detailers with other gouges, scrapers a nd lat he accessories for the hobbyist or professional woodturner on your gift list.

Expanding the workshop What DIY woodworking hobbyist couldn’t use a little more space in his or her workshop? While it’s not always possible to move up or out,

keeping tools neat and portable ca n ma ke ma x imi zing space much easier. Moving large machinery around the shop can be a challenge, but a four-pack of WoodRiver Plate Mou nt e d , M a c h i n e L e v e l i n g Casters can solve the problem by helping handymen to move, level and reduce the vibration of various shop mach i nes. L i kew ise, t he WoodRiver Adjustable Mobile Base moves and levels tools, enabling shop owners to get the most out of their existing space.

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Green thumb? Gifts for gardeners If you have ga rdeners on you r holiday shopping list, you’re in luck – t here a re ma ny u n ique, innovative, and attractive gifts that every gardener is sure to enjoy. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Back to basics: A gardener’s tool box E v e r y g a r d e n e r, f r om t h e beginner to the most experienced, appreciates a gift of the basics. Most gardeners would welcome a gift of high quality hand tools, such as trowels and cultivators. A set, along with a convenient tool caddy, would be especially useful. A nd you ca n’t have too ma ny pruning tools. If the recipient’s ga rden is some d ista nce f rom their tool shed, consider this idea: Purchase a ma i lbox, place t he hand tools in that, wrap it all up, and include a card suggesting that the recipient set up the tool-filled mailbox next to their garden. That way their tools are always close by, safe and dry. If you’re so inclined, you can even paint and decorate the mailbox. For gardeners who start plants from seed or grow plants in containers – and that includes most gardeners – a potting bench would be a perfect gift. At potting time, most gardeners gather up their various supplies and pot up plants on an old table. A potting bench lets the ga rdener keep supplies ha ndy, and some are designed to keep soil contained on the surface. Plus,

they’re much more attractive than an old table.

Easy does it: Garden gadgets that make life easier As enjoyable as it is, gardening ca n somet i mes be ha rd work. Fo r t u n a t e l y, t h e r e a r e n e w, innovative products t hat ma ke gardening tasks more convenient and comfortable. Fo r e x a m p l e , a m i n i t i l l e r/ cultivator is the perfect tool for fluffing garden soil, incorporating soil amendments, and weeding between rows. Unfortuntately, most gas-powered tillers are started with a pull cord, and the repeated pulling needed to get them started can be tiring and frustrating if it won’t start. A powerful yet maneuverable mini cultivator with an electric start will surely bring gasps of joy to any gardener, beginner or experienced. There’s no question about it: you just have to pull some weeds by hand. And bending and kneeling to weed can take its toll on backs and knees. Specially designed seats, kneelers, and knee pads make the job so much more pleasant.

Form and function: Everyday objects made beautiful A practical gift is appreciated, but a functional gift that’s also beautiful is a special treat. Everyday objects don’t have to be dull to be useful – some innovative manufacturers have transformed ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art. Most gardeners enjoy watching and feeding birds and appreciate their help in controlling garden pests. Even if the gardeners on your list already have a bird feeder, they’ll be happy to add a second one if it’s a decorative one. In addition to providing seed, a sure-fire way to invite birds is to provide a source of water. Why not provide it in a beautiful birdbath that also adds a striking focal point to the landscape? Even busy gardeners need to stop and smell the f lowers once in a while, and what better place than a comfortable bench located near the garden? A beautiful, durable bench is a gift that will be enjoyed for many years. For more information, visit the website of the National Gardening Association at http:// www.garden.org.

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Creating a beautiful scene with lights: Put safety first W hile aest het ica lly appea ling, holiday lighting displays can also be quite dangerous. Older lights or poorly planned lighting projects can quickly turn tragic. However, t h is much beloved hol iday tradition does not have to cease and desist. Instead, some simple safety precautions are all it takes to ensure this year’s lighting display is both stunning and safe. • M a ke sure ex terior lig hts a re designed for outdoor use. Not all lights can handle the elements, so t hose old C h r ist ma s t ree lights might not be able to enjoy a second life as part of a home’s exterior lighting decor. • P lug l ig ht s d i rec t ly i nto t he electrica l sockets rat her t ha n rely i ng heav i ly on ex tension cords. Employ surge protector strips if there are not enough outlets available. Before plugging anything in, consult the fuse box to determine how much each circuit can safely handle. • D on’t u se da maged l ig ht i ng sets, including those with frayed

strings, unstable connections, ex posed w i res, or broken or cracked sockets. • Make sure all external lights are securely attached. Wind can do sig n i f ica nt da mage to bu lbs, wh ich ca n lead to add it iona l sa fet y r isks. As a precaut ion, attach all lights firmly to walls or anything else that will not blow away when a stiff wind arrives. • I n s i d e t h e h o m e , b e e x t r a careful when using an artificial Christmas tree. Electric lights s hou ld ne v e r b e u s e d on a metallic tree.

• H anging lights shouldn’t be a solo project. W hether hanging lights inside or outside, never do so alone. A stiff wind might come along and blow the ladder away or an unstable ladder might lead to a fall. Accidents happen when hanging lights indoors as well, so make sure to have an adult partner on hand to avoid injury. • M a ke sure k ids ca nnot reach lighting displays. Kids often adore holiday lighting displays and their natural curiosity is to reach for lights. Avoid potential accidents by keeping lights well beyond the reach of children.

• R ou t i n e l y c h e c k a l l c or d s’ temperatures. If a cord feels too hot, unplug it and find a replacement. • D on’t leave the lights on when no adults are home. If the home is empty or if just kids are home, ma ke su re t he l ig hts a re of f. Av oi d u s i n g t i m e r s t h a t automatically turn the lights on, as it’s possible they will turn on when no one is home. Unplug all cords when going away for the holidays just to be safe. • M ake sure all cords are visible. Don’t bu r y cords u nder neat h r u g s or f loor m at s to av oid personal injuries.

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Your money: Questions to ask before donating to charity With the holiday season in full swing, thousands of people are again likely to donate money to charity. W hile the economy has yet to fully recover from the recent recession, charitable donations have arguably never been more necessary. As the Salvation Army has noted, charitable donations are on the decline while the need for charitable services is going up. For those who can afford to make a donation this holiday season, it’s important to ensure that donation is going to the right place. Charity Nav igator, t he nat ion’s la rgest evaluator of charities, encourages potential donors to ask charities questions about their programs a s wel l a s t hei r m i ssion a nd goals before deciding to donate. The following questions should be asked of any charit y before agreeing to support them.

i n . Re g a r d le s s of how muc h faith potential donors have in a given cause, if the charit y isn’t trustworthy, donors are not likely to feel good about their donations or become repeat donors. If a charity seems worthy of a donation but donors remain on the fence, consult Charity Navigator or other evaluators to put any fears to rest.

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SWEET TRADITIONS:

Getting together with friends to make holiday cookies By Donna Rousseau Feature Writer / Submitted photos

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We even sell gingerbread house kits with our own prebaked, fromscratch gingerbread.”

v e r y y e a r, t w o o f m y girlfriends and I get together for an annual holiday cookiebaking day. We’ve done this ever since our sons became friends in elementar y school. We’ve done this so long now that our families anticipate the special day when each of us comes home with trays and containers brimming with the holiday flavors for which they wait all year.

L isa Ch ia ravelot t i-Chou i na rd, daug hter of t he ow ners of t he Italian Baker y, also anticipates the traditional requests for petite pastries including cream puffs, ecla i r s, r a spber r y a nd c rea m turnovers, and Neapolitans. Italian holiday favorites a re ca nnolis, crispy, cookie shells filled with sweetened r icot ta cheese a nd dipped in walnuts or chocolate chips, and tiramisu.

Like our day together, many of our recipes are traditional favorites – the ones that, if cut from the cook ie line-up, would create a major Christmas confection “faux pas.” It is almost always a mistake to mess with holiday tradition, as many people are connected to life’s happier memories t hrough t he tastes and smells of the season.

“Year round we offer Torrone, a honey nougat ca ndy, t hat was a special treat in our family at Christmas time,” said ChiaravelottiChouinard. “Our holiday selections also include fancy European cookies in almond and butter flavors and lots of little frosted, Christmas treecutout, sugar cookies.”

Grant’s Ba ker y and t he Ita lia n Baker y, both family-owned and operated, have an appreciation for what that tradition means to their customers. And, they begin their work early, preparing to fill their display cases with those traditional treats that have graced holiday tables for years. According to Doug Gra nt, one of t he t hree ow ners of Gra nt’s Bakery, assorted petite pastries and decorated holiday cakes, especially yule log cakes, make their list for top holiday requests. Pies are a consistent favorite as well. Grant’s offers 20 different meat and fruit pies ra ng i ng f rom t he French traditional tortiere to chocolate cream and berry pies. Add it iona l ly, t he Ba ker y a l so suppor ts t he home ba ker w it h premade rol led a nd u n rol led doug h, pie cr usts, preba ked if desired. “A lmost ever y thing we ma ke, we sell ingredients for,” e x p l a i n e d G r a nt . “Me r i n g u e powder, frostings, decorations.

As for the “Betty, Ann, and I baking operation,” we bring our familyfavorite recipes to t he k itchen counter every year. Betty’s Mexican Wedding Cakes – buttery, bite-size shortbread cook ies – ma ke t he platter every year. And it wouldn’t be Christmas for Ann’s family (or now ours) without Aunt Zil’s Date Pi nwheels – chocolate-d ipped maple creams, and peanut butter balls. Sour cream sugar cookies, chocolate caramel thumbprints, and jam-filled shortbread cookies are my family favorites. Du r i ng t he yea r, we a l l scou r magazines and cookbooks for new additions to the traditional holiday l i ne -up. Nut ter But ter S a nt a Clauses, gingersnaps, macaroons, checkerboa rd shor tbreads, g i nger br e ad men, c ho c ol ate dipped pistachio cookies, oatmeal cranberry and white chocolate chip cookies, and to-die-for pecan bars have all made appearances in our baking Christmas-cookie pageant. Still, year after year, we come back to t he t r ied-a nd-t r ue recipes,

stay ing loyal to tradition while experimenting with new ideas that may eventually share the holiday table spotlight. Every year we three friends come together, all agreeing to bake less than the year before. After all, we begin baking at 8 a.m. and finish around 9:30 p.m. However, once we get into t he ba k ing groove, getting lost in the sugar and flour and sweet smells spilling from the oven, we begin an elaborate confectionery dance of flavors and colors that carry us away. Inev itably, by t he nig ht’s end, we awa ken from our v isions of sugarplums to discover we have made multiple platters of 13 to 15 different cookies and candies and are scrambling for every possible tray, basket, bowl, plate and plastic bag to t ra nspor t t hem to ou r eagerly awaiting families. And so, the holiday tradition continues and what a sweet way to celebrate.

Above, from left to right: Donna Rousseau, Betty Turgeon, and Ann Martin get together each year to bake holiday cookies. While these three bake their own sweets, others may find it more convenient to shop for traditional holiday treats.

Donna Rousseau, above, said, “Nutter Butter Santa Clauses, gingersnaps, macaroons, checkerboard shortbreads, gingerbread men, chocolate-dipped pistachio cookies, oatmeal cranberry and white chocolate chip cookies, and to-die-for pecan bars have all made appearances in our baking Christmas pageant. “

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festive party calls for a lively variety of delectable edibles. These recipes give you some sweet and savory choices that will help spread the holiday cheer. Scrumptious bites start with simple, flavorful ingredients – golden Calimyrna and dark purple Mission figs from California and Jarlsberg cheese. They also make great house gifts, wrapped in a colorful box or presented on a pretty serving dish. Sweet, mouthwatering figs are not only packed with great taste, they’re full of fiber and essential nutrients, making them as good for you as they are good to eat. The versatile taste and texture of Jarlsberg cheese is ideal for these appetizers. Jarlsberg’s mild, nutty-sweet flavor and buttery creaminess makes it a perfect partner to figs and, along with its excellent melting properties, adaptable to many sweet or savory dishes. You can combine both ingredients in one easy sure-to-please appetizer: Make a slit in a fig and stuff with a piece of Jarlsberg. Wrap with partiallycooked bacon (it should be a bit limp) and heat at 400 degrees Farenheit just until bacon is crispy and cheese begins to melt. Get more sweet and savory holiday recipes at www.ValleyFig.com and www.JarlsbergUSA.com.

Fig Cranberry Bars with Caramel Drizzle

Cut into 32 bars 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided 2 cups old fashioned oats 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup butter, melted 1 1/2 cups chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs 3/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts 1 cup caramel ice cream topping In small bowl combine cranberries and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar; set aside. In medium bowl stir together 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar, remaining granulated sugar and baking soda. Stir in butter. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture in bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake in 350°F oven for 15 minutes. Stir figs and walnuts into cranberries and sprinkle evenly over crust. Stir together caramel topping and remaining 1/3 cup flour; drizzle over fruits and nuts. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake for additional 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Chocolate-Dipped Stuffed Figs

Makes 15 figs 15 Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup brandy (or 1/2 cup water mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract) 15 to 30 small pieces candied ginger, toasted nuts or chocolate 5 to 6 ounces semisweet, bittersweet or premium white chocolate, chopped With sharp knife, cut small slit in bottom of each fig. In small saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Stir in brandy and figs. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Drain figs, cool and dry thoroughly. Stuff one or two pieces of ginger, nuts and/or chocolate into each fig. Place chopped chocolate in 1-cup glass measuring cup or small microwave-safe bowl. Heat on medium/50 percent power until almost melted, stirring after every 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from oven and stir until melted. Hold stem of each fig and dip in melted chocolate. Place figs, stems up, on wax paper-lined tray until chocolate sets. Decorate with white chocolate or nuts, as desired. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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Sweet and Savory Holiday Bites Savory Jarlsberg Thumbprints with Fig-Pepper Jelly

Makes 40 cookies 1 cup butter, softened 2 large egg yolks 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Jarlsberg cheese 1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese 1 1/2 cups finely chopped, toasted pecans or unblanched almonds 3/4 cup finely chopped, stemmed Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs 1/2 cup hot pepper jelly (red or green) Preheat oven to 350°F. Place butter in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg yolks. On low speed, gradually beat in flour. Stir in Jarlsberg, Parmesan and nuts. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Wrap 3 in wax paper or plastic wrap and chill. On work surface, form remaining portion of dough into 10 (1 1/2-inch) balls. Place balls, 1 1/2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheet. With thumb or back of wooden spoon, make 1/2-inch indentation in center of each cookie. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. If needed, press back of teaspoon into cookies to re-form indentations. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat shaping and baking with remaining dough. To serve, in small bowl, stir together figs and jelly. Fill each cookie with about 1 teaspoon fig-pepper jelly. Make ahead note: Dough can be prepared 1 to 2 days ahead. Form dough into 1 1/2-inch cylinder, wrap airtight and chill or freeze for longer storage. Baked cookies can be stored unfilled, in airtight container for 2 days or frozen. To re-crisp, place on baking sheet in 350°F oven for 2 to 4 minutes.Cool. Fill with fig-pepper jelly as directed.

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Sweet and Savory Holiday Bites Jarlsberg, Ham and Herb Swirls

Makes about 26 swirls 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (optional) 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion 1 tablespoon dried basil or thyme leaves 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded Jarlsberg cheese 4 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest or other lean ham Unfold pastry onto lightly floured board; cut in half, lengthwise, to form two pieces. Brush beaten egg on entire surface of each piece. Leaving a 1/2-inch border around each pastry, top with the following, dividing evenly: Dijon mustard, green onion, basil and Jarlsberg. Top each with sliced ham, cutting to fit in a single layer within border. Starting at the long ends, carefully roll up each pastry. Gently pinch ends to seal pastry rolls. Wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill rolls, seam side down, for 2 hours or up to 2 days. To serve, preheat oven to 400°F. Unwrap rolls and cut each roll crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Place, 1 inch apart, on 2 greased baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden. Place on wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

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ENTERTAINING

Celebrating? Host a merry, memorable party The holidays are the most festive time of the year, and no holiday season is complete without a party or two with family and friends. Be it to celebrate a religious holiday or to ring in the New Year, a holiday party is an essential element to the holiday season. W hile it’s a lways great to be a guest, hosting a holiday party is a great way to show friends and family how much they mean to you. This holiday season, consider the following tips to ensure your holiday party is as memorable as the season is merry. Ma ke it a t hemed pa r t y. T he hol iday s e a son i s f i l le d w it h fest iv it ies, f rom of f ice pa r t ies to neighborhood gat herings to gatherings with family. For more c a sua l a f fa i rs, set you r pa r t y apart with a theme. For example, a Christmas sweater party, where each g uest wea rs a Ch r ist mas s weater, ca n be a f u n w ay to excite g uests and inspire a few laughs. Give a prize to the guest with the most ornate sweater. If sweaters aren’t your thing, then encourage guests to dress up like some favorite holiday characters, including Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman or even Rudolph.

Don’t forget the holiday fare. Just like parties are a staple of the holiday season, so, too, are certain foods and t y pes of music. Few people indulge in some eggnog outside of the holiday season, so make sure there’s plenty of eggnog on ha nd. A nd don’t forget t he gingerbread cookies, either. As people enjoy holiday goodies, make sure they do so with holiday music playing in the background. Choose songs that guests know and to which they can sing along. Such singalongs might become especially memorable once guests have a glass or two of eggnog in them. Host a holiday giveaway. Though it can be fun to do a Secret Santa, chances are guests already have enough gifts to buy. But hosts can spice t hings up w it h a holiday g iveaway t hat rewa rds g uests. Host a holiday-themed round of Trivial Pursuit or a holiday movie trivia game that encourages guests to compete for prizes. Prizes can be sma l l a nd inex pensive, but guests will be sure to enjoy some friendly competition for holidaythemed prizes. Don’t be afraid to take it outside. For those who live in regions with sig n i f ica nt snow fa l l, consider

Be it to celebrate a religious holiday or to ring in the New Year, a holiday party is an essential element of the holiday season. inv iting guests outside to have some fun in the snow. While fun in the snow is often left to the kids, don’t assume adults won’t enjoy building some snowmen or a good old fashioned snowball fight in the backyard. If outdoor fun is going to be on the docket, be sure to remind

guests to dress appropriately. And make sure there’s plenty of hot chocolate ready once ever yone goes back inside to warm up. Prearrange transportation home for guests. A successful holiday pa rt y is one t hat is sa fe, so be sure to prearrange travel home

for g uests just in case a nyone over indu lges in holiday cheer. W hen sending out inv itat ions, seek volunteers to be designated d r i v e r s , a n d a v oi d d r i n k i n g a l c o h o l y o u r s e l f . Fo r l a r g e r parties, call a local taxi service and arrange for a couple of cabs to be on call when the party ends.

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Game plans: Gift ideas for the family sports fan Sports fans are a unique breed of people who range from avid devotees to casual observers.

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ome t he holiday season, perhaps no g i f t is more appropriate for a sports fan than something that makes the big game that much better. This holiday season, shoppers searching for the right gift for their sportscrazed love ones might consider the following gift ideas.

Take tailgating to new heights Though the games themselves are important, sports fans will admit the camaraderie they feel w ith their fellow fans is a big part of their love of sports. And nowhere makes a better place to build those bonds with fellow fans than the pregame tailgate. This holiday season, make that tailgate even more enjoyable for your favorite sports fan with a new grill or deep fryer. Deep fryers come in many shapes and sizes, be it ones best suited to side dishes and smaller meals, or larger fryers that enable tailgaters to cook up some fried chicken or even a popular staple like deep fried turkey the whole parking lot can enjoy. For those who tailgate and have a l l t he tools a nd gadgets t hey need, don’t overlook food for your favorite tailgater. A box of gourmet steaks can go a long way on a cold afternoon before the big game, and any veteran tailgater knows there’s no such thing as too much food.

Tickets to the big game For those sports nuts routinely relegated to the couch during their favorite team’s games, perhaps no gift is more appropriate than

tickets to a sports arena. Even i f money i s t ig ht a nd t icket s seem costly, shoppers can take ad v a nt a ge of a host of w ay s to pu rcha se t icket s at belowmarket costs. For example, many professional teams now allow their season ticket holders to sell their tickets to games right through the team’s website. Tickets might be discounted as ticket holders attempt to recoup some of their money for games they simply can’t attend. Another option when looking for affordable tickets is to peruse the Internet for websites like http:// w w w.StubHub.com, where ticket seekers can often find discounted tickets to some of their favorite sporting events. In addition, peruse the local newspaper classifieds to see if anyone in your area is selling tickets. It’s often not as difficult as it might seem to find discounted tickets to even the most popular sporting events.

Get personal

This holiday season, make that tailgate even more enjoyable for your favorite sports fan with a new grill or deep fryer.

Sports apparel has never been more popular, and no true fan can do without some gear that professes his or her love for a favorite team. This holiday season go the extra mile by personalizing a jersey for the sports fan in your life. His or her first or last name embroidered across the back of a favorite team’s jersey is the ultimate way for sports fans to show just how connected they are to their favorite team. For t hose who want to go even f u r t her, contact a loved one’s favorite team to see if there’s any

way to make the connection even more personal. For example, some tea ms sel l br icks on wa l k ways outside their home stadium and f a n s c a n eng r av e a p er s on a l message on t he bricks, forever c on n e c t i n g t h e m w i t h t h e i r favorite teams.

Bring it home Nowadays, many sports fans find themselves living far away from t heir favorite tea ms. New York

natives living in California might have no way to watch their favorite Big Apple tea ms do batt le a nd might be relegated to reading about their favorite players’ exploits in the morning newspaper. For shoppers who truly want to please their favorite sports fans t h is hol iday sea son, consider purchasing them a subscription package that enables them to see their favorite team play regardless of where t hey live. MLB Ex t ra

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HOLIDAY FACTS:

Christmas cards Sending out Christmas greetings is a tradition that is still common today. Have you ever wondered just how many cards are sent across the country? According to Hallmark Corporate, 1.5 billion Christmas cards, including boxed and individual cards, are purchased and then sent every year in the U.S. This makes Christmas the number one holiday for sending greetings, followed by Valentine’s Day (144 million) and Mother’s Day (133 million).

Mistletoe The sprig of mistletoe plant has been associated with the Christmas holiday since ages. The power of mistletoe is not unknown to anyone; it makes anyone and everyone kissable around the holiday season – whether it is a friend or a relative or even a stranger. The moment anyone comes beneath a sprig of mistletoe at a Christmas party, he becomes a target for anyone who manages to see him. However, many more things are associated with the mistletoes apart from kissing. Given below are some interesting facts about the Christmas mistletoe. For more information about the mistletoe plant, visit http:// www.worldofchristmas.net

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uch of what makes the holiday season so special is t he t rad it ions t hat people hold dear. While families h a v e t r a d it ion s t h a t s t r e t c h back decades, there is plenty of opportunity to embrace new means of celebration to breathe new life into Christmas, Chanukkah or the season’s other holidays. C h a n c e s a r e y o u’r e a l r e a d y ha ng i ng stock i ngs or goi ng caroling this year. You can add some of theseactivities and modify them to fit your family’s lifestyle. Feed the wildlife. During the cold days of w inter, birds and small animals that don’t hibernate may find it difficult to forage for food. By t r i m m i ng a n outdoor pi ne tree in edible snacks you’ll have a beautiful tree and one that benefits the wildlife as well. String peanuts and other nuts for the squirrels. Make little ornaments out of suet and string for the birds. Berries and corn can be enjoyed by all. Be sure to choose a tree that is far enough away from the home, so you don’t have too many scavengers hunting and pecking around the house.

Holiday traditions are fun. This year it may be time to begin some new ones to add even more enjoyment. bring gifts to children in hospitals or in foster care.

Create a photo Advent calendar. Make your own Advent calendar that has sma ll doors that open up to photos of different family members. Or use a collection of children’s pictures that showcase how they’ve changed as they’ve grown older.

Holiday story countdown. Every n ig ht i n December watch a movie or read a story that tells an uplifting holiday tale. Use this as a method of counting down until Christ mas. On t he night prior, reading “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” should suffice.

“Adopt” a child for holiday gifts. Each year you can bring a smile to a child in need by purchasing a present for an underprivileged k id. Some post of f ices sponsor “Letters from Santa” events where participants can respond to one of the thousands of letters mailed to The North Pole. Or work with a local charity that organizes events to

Remember someone who ha s passed on. The holiday season is one made beautiful by lit candles and twinkling lights. Remember a love d one or a f r iend w ho has passed away by lig ht ing a remembrance candle in his or her honor. It’s a way this person can still be part of the festivities.

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Top 6 trends for great holiday gifts Love is in the air and so is a hint of holiday nosta lgia. This season, Lands’ End offers tons of gifts that people will love giving and love receiving. Lands’ End is partnering w ith HGT V Design Star w inner Emily Henderson to share insights on holiday trends and her top giftgiving picks.

Love Giving: Nostalgia “Old is new again. It’s especially evident in the growing popularity of needlepoint items,” Henderson explained. “These timeless items evoke a simpler time by offering a vintage look and feel that is really warm and inviting.” Lands’ End features a collection of beautiful needlepoint pillow covers, including the Needlepoint Hou ndstoot h Pi l low Cover that creates a cheerf ul holiday accent with a bold houndstooth pat ter n . C l a s sic Ne e d lep oi nt Stock ings ma ke g reat g if ts for ne w homeow ner s or fa m i l ies welcoming a new addit ion. “If there’s someone in your life who loves tech and gadgets, you can a f fordably i ndu lge t hem w it h t he i Pad a nd Nook or K i nd le Needlepoint Cases,” continued Henderson. “T he i nt r icate needlepoint design offers vintage elega nce w it h t he moder n convenience of an interior velvet sleeve to protec t t he t ablet ’s screen,” said Henderson.

Love Giving: Handmade “You can see and feel the love in a gift that is crafted by hand. When you can feel the quality and see how well something is made, you will truly love giving it as a gift,” Henderson added. “My favorite handmade items in the Lands’ End collection are the adorable Kenana Plush Animals. They’re the perfect gift for kids, friends, siblings or even yourself.” For pet lovers, Lands’ End offers two snuggly pet sweaters, the Cable Pet Sweater and Argyle Pet Sweater, that are handknit in Ecuador by the Quechua Indians. Or add a whimsical touch to t he tree w it h t he miniature Hand-k nit Bootie, Sweater and Mitten Ornaments.

Love Giving: Made in the U.S.A “Shoppers love giving gifts that are made in the U.S.A., because they can feel good about supporting the work of artisans right here a t h o m e ,” s a i d H e n d e r s o n . “A r t isa n-made items ca n a lso feature distinct characteristics, which make them truly one of a kind. Look for gifts made by local artisans, including the Pewter Leaf Or na ments t hat a re ha nd-cast by metalsmiths in Rhode Island. Create a timeless and persona l g i f t w it h E n g r a v a ble Pe w t er Ornaments and Stocking Holders that are hand engraved by a familyowned company in Wisconsin. Consider g iv i ng t he exclusive Peppermint Crunch Cookies and English Butter Toffee – favorites on many holiday lists that are made and packaged in the U.S.A. This year, Lands’ End has also added decadent Sea Salt Caramels to its collection of holiday goodies.

Love Giving: Nautical “The nautical look is very ‘in’ this season,” Henderson continued. “It’s completely ‘approachable chic’ and creates a look that is preppy yet unpretentious, classic yet casual. To me, nautical is a sophisticated, timeless style that evokes romantic feel i ngs of a snow y Cape Cod holiday curled up by the fire.” Give the gift of cozy style with the Mariner Knit Pillow Cover and St r ipe T h row. Each feat u res a

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chunky, handknit look in classic navy and white stripe. The Mariner K n it Stock i ng s m a ke a g re at addition to any mantel. Make a bold, yet clean statement with the Wool Cable Dhurrie Rug and Cable Dhurrie Pillow Cover.

Love Giving: Comfort and joy “P ut t i ng a specia l t w ist on a favorite everyday item is a great way to spoil loved ones,” added He nde r s on . “Rob e s , s l i pp e r s and throws are items people use on a day-to-day basis, but don’t necessarily buy for themselves. A unique take on these classic items transforms an ordinary experience into something extraordinary.” Seek out items like the women’s Nautical Knit Skimmer Slippers a n d m e n’s S h e a r l i n g C a n o e Moc Slippers that are a st ylish alternative to standard slip-ons. The Cheni l le Throw is a g reat value with a plush chevron pattern that adds a touch of luxury to any home. Redefine “rela xing” with t he Fla n nel-l i ned Dow n Robe that combines cozy down warmth with comf y f leece. According to Henderson, “It’s like w rapping someone in a snuggly, warm hug. I really haven’t seen anything else like it.”

monogram,” said Henderson. “It’s a simple yet elegant way to create a personalized gift and shows an extra element of thoughtfulness that everyone can appreciate.” From stock ings and luggage to scarves and sweaters, Lands’ End offers almost unlimited options for expert monogramming on holiday gifts starting at just $6 with delivery in 2-3 days. Specially marked items will include free monogramming throughout the holiday season. For more gifts shoppers will love giving this holiday season, visit www.landsend.com

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ive your holiday a personal touch by making one-of-a-kind gifts and décor items. These projects, designed by The Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo, use bright fabrics and fun dimensional paints and add-ons from Tulip to make vibrant gifts and holiday decorations. • Faux Beaded Poinsettia Wreath — Wreaths and poinsettias go together like milk and cookies during the holiday season. But what can you do to really make those flowers pop? Add some dimension with easy faux beads. • Cartoon Canvas Ornament Frame — Get the kids in on some crafty action this season. They can express their creativity with these jumbo picture frames that can be used as ornaments, gift tags or holiday décor. • Starlight Scrap Holiday Garland — Multistrand garlands for your tree or mantel can get quite expensive. Whip up your own version with personality and shine. • New Year’s Dream Journal — This ornate, bejeweled journal is full of blank pages to inspire setting dreams into action. Inscribe the first page with your greeting and let the recipient take it from there. For best results, please read all instructions before beginning a project. For more great holiday projects, visit www.ilovetocreate.com.

Faux Beaded Poinsettia Wreath Materials Needed: Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint Semiprecious 28794 Metal 28788 16-inch faux pine wreath 5 large flocked poinsettias, clip on 5 long white feather accents 1. Hold one flower and add Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint to each petal. To do this, hold the bottle upside down and gently squeeze until a small drop releases. Keep the drops evenly spaced. You may want

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to practice on a spare piece of cloth before working on the flower. As far as color, you can choose if you want all gold or all red Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint or a combination of both. 2. When applying the dots, start by applying beads to the center area of the flower, then set it aside to dry, and repeat on the next flower. Once all the centers are dry, you can hold on to them in order to apply Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint to the outside areas of each flower. 3. Now apply Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint to the feathers. Let dry. 4. Assemble the flowers and feathers around the wreath to your liking.

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Handcrafted from page 18

Starlight Scrap Holiday Garland Materials Needed: Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint Metal 28788 Semiprecious 28791 Semiprecious 28792 Semiprecious 28794 Assorted rolls of ribbon Assorted skinny strips of fabric in different textures, colors and shapes Assorted rolls of sequins Assorted yarns and fibers 1. This garland set will consist of eight to 12 strips of contrasting fabric. Measure and cut each of the different types to 36 inches. 2. Set the pieces out flat on a table and apply a contrasting color of Tulip Beads in a Bottle on each one. Let dry. If your fabric or ribbon is very sheer, work on top of a plastic covering so you can peel up the ribbon after it dries. 3. Once all the strands are dry, loosely drape them around your tree. You can also gather them into a single garland and hang on your mantel.

highlights all over the front of the frame. Let dry. 8. To make your frame hangable, flip it over, back side up, and add a drop of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue on each side at the top and press the strand of ribbon into the glue. Let dry.

New Year’s Dream Journal Materials Needed: Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint Semiprecious 28790 Semiprecious 28791 Semiprecious 28792 Tulip Beads in a Bottle Iron-

On Ink Transfer Butterfly 28805 Floral 28812 Tulip Beads in a Bottle Studs and Crystals Metal Studs 28813 Pearl Crystals 28814 Gemstone Crystals 28816 Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive Hardback journal Scissors Iron Assorted fabric scraps in bright holiday jewel tones: red, green gold, yellow, blue and purple 1. Cut assorted colors of fabric pieces into varying sizes of squares and rectangles. 2. On a few of the pieces, add Tulip Beads in a Bottle IronOn Ink Transfers, applying according to package directions. This is to create a variety of looks and textures on each of the pieces of fabric. 3. Set all of the fabric pieces on the top of the journal and arrange them in a mosaic fashion. Make sure to balance the colors and

Cartoon Canvas Ornament Frame Materials Needed: Tulip Fabric Markers Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint Semiprecious 28792 Semiprecious 28790 Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue 1/4 yard of blank canvas Scissors Pinking shears Ribbon Thin cardboard 1. Fold the canvas in half and cut your desired shape through both layers. This will be the front and the back of the frame. 2. Cut the cardboard to fit about 1/4 inch smaller. 3. Take one of the layers, and cut out an inside area. This will be the front of the frame. 4. Take the cardboard piece, add a row of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to the back, smooth it out with your finger and affix it to the second piece of canvas. 5. Apply Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to the inside edges of the first piece of canvas and affix to the front of the card-board, but leave the top two inches unglued so a picture can easily be slid inside. Let dry. 6. Color with Tulip Fabric Markers. 7. Use Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint to add dimensional

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designs so they appear even and interesting. 4. One by one, take a piece of fabric, flip it over and add a drop of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion on the back. Spread it evenly around the fabric with your finger and then press the fabric piece in place on the journal. Smooth out any wrinkles using fingers. Let dry. 5. Once all the pieces are glued down and dried, add Tulip Beads in a Bottle Studs and Crystals to each of the fabric pieces that do not have the Tulip Beads in a Bottle IronOn Ink Transfers. To apply the crystals and studs, add a small drop of Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint and set the stud or crystal on top. Let dry. 6. Once the entire cover is dry, apply Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paint on the spine edge to give the entire book a finished look.

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