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December 2016





Join your neighbors for Happy Hour 

Friday, December 2nd at 6 pm—Friday Friend-zy at Mirabella Clubhouse

Friday, December 9th at 6 pm— Friday Friend-zy at Mirabella Clubhouse

Friday, December 16th at 6 pm—Friday Friend-zy at Mirabella Clubhouse

Friday, December 23rd at 6 pm—Friday Friend-zy at Mirabella Clubhouse

Friday, December 30th at 6 pm—Friday Friend-zy at Mirabella Clubhouse WE WILL PLAY LCR EVERY FRIDAY BEGINNING AT 7 PM

Monday Night Football Every Monday Come watch football and beer will be in the fridge, compliments of Mirabella!


WHY DO WE KISS UNDER THE MISTLETOE? Kissing under sprigs of mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition, but this little plant’s history as a symbolic herb dates back thousands of years. Many ancient cultures prized mistletoe for its healing properties. The Greeks were known to use it as a cure for everything from menstrual cramps to spleen disorders, and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder noted it could be used as a balm against epilepsy, ulcers and poisons. The plant’s romantic overtones most likely started with the Celtic Druids of the 1st century A.D. Because mistletoe could blossom even during the frozen winter, the Druids came to view it as a sacred symbol of vivacity, and they administered it to humans and animals alike in the hope of restoring fertility. Another famous chapter in mistletoe folklore comes from Norse mythology. As the story goes, when the god Odin’s son Baldur was prophesied to die, his mother Frigg, the goddess of love, went to all the animals and plants of the natural world to secure an oath that they would not harm him. But Frigg neglected to consult with the unassuming mistletoe, so the scheming god Loki made an arrow from the plant and saw that it was used to kill the otherwise invincible Baldur. According to one sunnier version of the myth, the gods were able to resurrect Baldur from the dead. Delighted, Frigg then declared mistletoe a symbol of love and vowed to plant a kiss on all those who passed beneath it. Mistletoe’s associations with fertility and vitality continued through the Middle Ages, and by the 18th century it had become widely incorporated into Christmas celebrations. Just how it made the jump from sacred herb to holiday decoration remains up for debate, but the kissing tradition appears to have first caught on among servants in England before spreading to the middle classes. As part of the early custom, men were allowed to steal a kiss from any woman caught standing under the mistletoe, and refusing was viewed as bad luck. Yet another tradition instructed the merrymakers to pluck a single berry from the mistletoe with each kiss, and to stop smooching once they were all gone.


OUT AND ABOUT Bradenton Blues Fest Appetizer Concert On Friday, December 2, 2016, with a free Blues Appetizer Concert. This is a free mini concert which will showcase Ari and the Alibis and Damon Fowler. Bring a blanket or chair. Beverages and Food are available to purchase. Tickets for the Bluesfest on Saturday, December 3rd may be purchased for $30. at this event which is $15. less than the gate price of $45. the day of the event. Bradenton Blues Fest On Saturday, December 3, 2016 10 AM to 8 PM Includes an outstanding lineup of talented blues musicians on the big stage. In addition to amazing music, our award-winning annual festival features local craft beer, delicious specialty food vendors, and more. The performers include a stellar team of top blues artists on the Riverwalk. The line up of artists include: Ronnie Baker Brooks, Golden State Lone Star Revue and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and more artists. Holiday Open House Anna Maria Businesses Stroll through the city of Anna Maria on Friday, December 9th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm and enjoy complimentary light bites refreshments. The Roser Children's Choir who perform at 6 pm. 31st Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 6 PM. Find a spot on the Sarasota Bayfront to view this wonderful parade. Good Viewing can be found at Bayfront Park, City Island or Centennial Park. Enjoy the many yachts decorated with yuletide illumination. Bring a chair or blanket and some munchies and water. Latte Luna Saturday, December 17th at 7 pm. Mirabella resident Scott Stanton and his music associate will entertain us! Luminary Walk Saturday, December 17th from DeSoto Memorial from 7 pm to 9 pm. Lighted trails through DeSoto with music by several different artists throughout the walk. Free. Ladies Lunch Tuesday, December 27th Depart Mirabella at 12:30 pm. We will dine at Sage Biscuit 2, at their new location in downtown Bradenton! Sign up sheet in the clubhouse. Sailor’s Circus Holiday 2016 Thursday, December 29th 2 PM Show Tickets $20. Location: Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista, Sarasota. Experience the wonder of the Holidays! Come celebrate with your loved one at this annual production featuring students 8 to 18. 6



HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD Christmas all over the world is celebrated on the 25th of December. Some countries however have different Christmas traditions. Christmas traditions and celebrations take place over a longer period of time. Below you will find some interesting Christmas facts for various countries. FRANCE In many regions in France, Christmas celebrations start with St. Nicholas day on the 6th of December. Then children get sweets and little gifts. Cities are decorated in France, especially in the Alsace region, where they say the first decorated Christmas trees appeared as far back as the 14th century. ITALY In Italy, a nativity scene, a ‘presepe’, is usually put up in churches, town squares and often in houses and is for many the most important parts of Christmas decorations. The nativity scene display with a crib filled with straw, originally stems from Italy and is now a common occurrence in many countries around the world. In Italy, ‘Babbo Natale’, that's how

Father Christmas is called in Italian, hands out presents to children on

Christmas Day. Still in many families, gifts are exchanged only on January 6th that is the day of Epiphany. The people wish each other ‘Buon Natale’, which means Merry Christmas. GERMANY The weeks leading up to Christmas, Christmas markets are set up on main squares in many cities. Houses are often decorated with lights and ornaments in December, however the Christmas tree is usually only put up in the homes only in the morning of the 24th of December. Festive Christmas celebrations in Germany begin on the 24th of December, on Christmas Eve. Shops close early on Christmas Eve. 8


Christmas in England began in AD 596, when St. Augustine landed on her shores with monks who wanted to bring Christianity to the Anglo Saxons. Christmas decorations start early. Many families decorate their houses with lots of fairy lights and sparkling displays. Often the house owners collect donations from visitors to their displays in aid of local charities. So remember if you like a display place some spare coins into the honesty boxes and help the good causes. Another custom in England is mumming. In the Middle Ages, people called mummers put on masks and acted out Christmas plays. These plays are still performed in towns and villages. The English gift giver is called Father Christmas. He wears a long red or green robe, and leaves presents in stockings on Christmas Eve. However, the gifts are not usually opened until the following afternoon. Father Christmas delivers them during the night before Christmas. The Children leave an empty stocking or pillowcase hanging at the end of the bed. In the morning they hope it will be full of presents. In England the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day because boys used to go round collecting money in clay boxes. When the boxes were full, they broke them open. In England, the only thing that people ate on the day before the feast was Frumenty, which is, was a kind of porridge made from corn. Over the years the recipe changed. Eggs, fruit, spice, lumps of meat and dried plums were added. The whole mixture was wrapped in a cloth and boiled. This is how plum pudding began. The traditional Christmas dinner is roast turkey with vegetables and sauces. For dessert it is rich, fruity Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Mince pies, pastry cases filled with a mixture of chopped dried fruit. HANUKKAH

Is Is a beloved Jewish holiday celebrated for a miraculous triumph of the righteous underdog, modern t aditions of family gatherings, and the delicious food among other things. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over their Greek rulers in the 2nd century B.C.E., as well as the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, the holiest site in ancient Judaism. Cultures around the world have found unique ways to honor the Festival of Lights. EUROPE The Eastern European Jews are who we can thank for Latkes, that yummy treat! With an abundance of potatoes available in this region, these Jews celebrated the holiday by eating oil-fried potato latkes. Lucky for us that the Jewish immigrants brought this custom over to North America!

INDIA According to the story of Hannukah, the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes and Jews were forbidden from worship. At last, the valiant Jews won the temple back, though upon entrance realized they only had enough oil to last for one day. Miraculously, that oil lasted a full eight days, allowing the Jews enough time to prepare more oil for use. To honor this miracle, Indian Jews often opt to use wicks dipped in coconut oil rather than candles to light their menorahs, similar to their traditions for Diwali. Many of these Jews also substitute latkes, sufganiyot, and chocolate gelt for more native treats like burfi, puranpoli, modak laddus. and sweet rice, halwa and samosas.










2 3 Bradenton Blues Bradenton Fest Appetizer Walking Shoes Concert Blues Fest 8 am 10 am—8 pm Friday Friend-zy Mirabella Clubhouse 6 pm 4





Water Aerobics 10 am $5

Water Aerobics Walking Shoes Friday Friend-zy 8 am Mirabella 6 pm 10 am $5

Football 8:30 pm

Wine Down Wednesday 6 pm



Mirabella Holiday Social 4:30 pm

Water Aerobics 10 am $5




Football 8:30 pm


Holiday Open House Anna Maria 5:30 pm 15


17 Latte Luna 7 pm




Water Aerobics 10 am $5

Bunco—$3 7 pm

Water Aerobics Walking Shoes Friday Friend-zy 8 am Mirabella 10 am $5 Clubhouse Wine Down 6 pm Wednesday 6 pm








Christmas Holiday Potluck 1 pm

Water Aerobics 10 am $5

Ladies Luncheon 12:30 pm to car pool Sage Biscuit 2

Water Aerobics Walking Shoes Friday Friend-zy 8 am Mirabella 10 am $5 Clubhouse 6 pm Wine Down Sailors Circus Wednesday 2 pm 6 pm

Football 8:30 pm

Sarasota Boat Parade of Lights 6 pm

Water Aerobics Walking Shoes Friday Friend-zy 8 am Mirabella 10 am $5 Clubhouse 6 pm Wine Down Cookie & Wednesday Candy 6 pm Exchange 7 pm


Football 8:30 pm



Luminary Walk 7 to 9 pm



Christmas Holiday Gathering Clubhouse and Poolside Sunday, December 25 1:00 pm

Bring a holiday dish to share and join your friends who are also in the community for the holidays. Sign up sheet posted in the clubhouse. 11

HOW TO FIT IN FITNESS AMID THE HOLIDAY HUSTLE Exercises such as planks, push-ups, squats, triceps dips and hamstring heel digs can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes. The Holidays, high on social and food festivities and low on work and working out, are upon us. Your goals should be to exercise, if anything, more, because you probably will consume greater-than-usual amounts of fat and sugar, great fuel for physical exertion. You might say that at this time of year there is no time to exercise. Maybe. Or you could use this time to become adept at sneaking in a fitness routine no matter what the challenge. Maybe check out a new class or do body-weight exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime and for just a few minutes or plan to run or walk just one mile a day. The one mile really helps us keep up with our exercise routines during a busy - and indulgent – time. One mile, even at a slow pace, would not a big-time commitment. Though keeping a fitness routine going at home during the holidays, with frequent late nights and parties is more difficult, staying away from exercising for a couple of weeks or more, becomes tougher to get back on track later. If you “snooze, you lose” fitness fast. Aerobic fitness for regular exercisers (three to six times a week) starts slipping quickly after just three days of inactivity; strength conditioning follows soon after. Whatever you do, don’t stop, it’s better to reduce fitness activities rather than stop altogether. Body-weight exercises — the type of drills that require no external loading such as dumbbells or barbells — that you can do anywhere and anytime are a good choice. Exercises such as planks, push-ups, squats, triceps dips and hamstring heel digs can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes. Then there are people who see the holidays, and vacations in general, as a time to explore new avenues. For example, a yoga class in a new city, bringing along sometimes wary relatives and friends on a fitness activity such as a walk, running while sightseeing, push-ups and sit-ups in hotel rooms, fitness classes on a beach, in a park or in a cousin’s living room. In the end, fitness is a way of life. The human body was made to move. Our bodies are so well calibrated that we can fuel while moving (unlike a car) and cool down while moving. The human body is a wonder, and a wish for this season is that we all enjoy discovering, or maybe rediscovering, our own holiday miracle - even if it’s only for 10 minutes at a time. ANYTIME, ANYWHERE BODY-WEIGHT EXERCISES Plank: Perform for one minute; 2-4 sets. If you are advanced, lift one leg or open and close the legs while holding the planks for more intensity. Push-ups: Perform 15 reps; 2-4 sets. This is the perfect upper-body exercise that anyone can do anywhere; intensify by putting feet on a chair or another elevated surface. Squats: Perform 15 reps; 2-4 sets. Do jump squats or box jumps for to intensify. Triceps dips: Perform 15 reps; 2-4 sets. Use a desk chair for this effective upper arm exercise; elevate your feet to intensify. Hamstring heel digs: Perform 15 reps; 2-4 sets. While lying on the floor, place your heels on a chair or the edge of a bed and lift the hips toward the ceiling; use one leg at a time to intensify. 12


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Mirabella December 2016 Newsletter