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What colours come to mind when you think about Christmas? More than likely, the first hues you picture are red and green. These two bold colours have long been the shades of the holiday season, but why?
Gold has its place in the history of Christmas as well. The precious element was one of three gifts that the Wise Men brought to Jesus after he was born on December 25th. The colour, like the element, signifies wealth and prosperity. The gold given to Jesus was believed to represent his importance in the world. Today, gold can be seen in many holiday decorations as well as wrapping and bows.
Some historians have traced the seasonal colours back to the 14th century when red and green were popular. That could be because they were the only dyes available at the time. Many other colours were either difficult to produce or were very expensive. But, there could be more to it than that. Green is a logical festive colour because it represents Christmas trees. The symbolic green tree originated in medieval times. It represented the ‘Paradise Tree’ that was believed to be in the Garden of Eden. In addition, holly and ivy are both green plants that have been used for centuries as decorations in homes during festivities. Red has been prevalent at Christmas time for centuries. Like its colourful cousin, red also represents a plant. Bright red berries of the holly plant were believed to be a symbol of Jesus Christ’s blood when he was nailed to the cross. As time passed, the colour came to represent another known holiday figure, Santa Claus. The jolly old elf himself has worn a full suit of red since his beginning. Some believe that Santa’s red
While red and green have been the traditional colours of the holiday season, there are a few others that have joined the festivities over the years.
Like its golden friend, Silver has enjoyed a long history with Christmas. It too can be linked to the beginning of the holiday… the birth of Jesus Christ. It was a bright silver star in the sky that guided the three Wise Men to the bedside of Christ. Today, many Christians adorn the top of their Christmas trees with bright silver stars. In recent years, blue has been a popular colour for the holiday season. Many years ago, blue dye was very expensive and was reserved only for the wealthy. Today, it is a common colour that is used for both Christmas lights as well as many tree and house decorations. White cannot be forgotten when talking about Christmas. The neutral colour is often paired with the other colours of Christmas. Of course in certain parts of the world, white is associated with the snow of the holiday season.
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Winter Break Ideas So you have decided to take Christmas break off this year to be with your kids. For you it is a nice break at a busy time of the year. For your kids it is a break from the routine that fills their days. While they are happy to be free from school, they do not know what to do with themselves. And so it begins, the daily complaints of boredom. What can you do to help keep the kids busy so you can enjoy your time off? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the December break can be seen as a great time to share with family. When old man winter decides to cover the ground with snow, this winter wonderland brings many opportunities to do some great activities. Outdoor skating is a wonderful way to spend part of your day. Strap on a pair of skates and head to an outdoor rink. Don’t forget your helmet! Some rinks offer both day and evening skating. Most rinks are listed on municipal websites or can be searched online. Make sure you have an experienced skater with you or take some lessons with a local skating company. If you are not a skater, and are more into walking, snowshoeing may be the answer. There are many trails in Ontario that you can try out with various terrain from beginner to advanced. Cross country skiing is also offered at most of these trails. Continued on Page 12...
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects everything in your life. It’s difficult to sleep and painful to work. You’re unable to enjoy life to its fullest. One female patient said it like this… “I dread going to bed, I dread sweeping, doing dishes…any kind of household chores I dread – because of the pain.”
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You Have An Option Other Than Drugs And Surgery…One That Really Works Scientific studies have proven that chiropractic is effective in helping carpal tunnel patients be pain-free. One study showed that with chiropractic care, patients had “significant improvement in perceived comfort and function, nerve conduction and finger sensation overall.” – JMPT 1998 Another research study concluded… “Significant increase in grip strength and normalization of motor and sensory latencies were noted. Orthopedic tests were negative. Symptoms dissipated.” – JMPT 1994 Also, an often-overlooked cause of carpal tunnel symptoms can come from nerve roots near the spine. A study in the Lancet journal showed that up to 75% of carpal tunnel patients also had a nerve problem in their neck.
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Sincerely, Dr. Joshua Nikkanen, D.C. P.S. Are you taking pain pills or considering having surgery on your carpal tunnel pain? If so, perhaps you should wait and try a natural approach. Surgery is invasive, takes time to recover, and many doctors agree it should only be used as a last resort. P.P.S. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your wrists and hand hurts – and the pain just won’t go away! Don’t neglect your hands and wrists any longer, disabling you for life. Take me up on my offer and call today 905-830-1146.
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(Aurora), 79 Victoria St. Tickets at door:
chocolate and cookies before heading
Visit our branch or website to see the many
Administrative Centre, west side). Web:
$20/$15 seniors, students.
out on a holiday traditions tour of the
programs we have to offer including: Igniting
Ideas, Christmas Clay, Upcycled Embroidery,
Children Storytimes & Children’s Activities,
heritage buildings. Recommended ages:
NEWMARKET FOLK SOCIETY PRESENTS
3 to 10. Pre-registration is required. Visit
RICK FINES WITH ROLY PLATT Newmarket
www.townofws.ca/museum for details!
Teens & Tweens & Adult Programs.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St.,
Holland Landing Branch, 19513 Yonge St.
SIMPLE GIFTS WITH THE NEWMARKET
Newmarket at 8pm. Tickets $25 can be
DECK THE HALLS: ADULT WREATH-
905-836-6492 & Mount Albert Branch:
CITIZENS BAND & SPECIAL GUESTS
purchased by phone at 905-836-9073 (Carol
MAKING WORKSHOP Whitchurch-Stouffville
TAKE NOTE Join the Newmarket Citizens
or Dave) or from Café and Things at 208
Museum, 14732 Woodbine Ave, Stouffville. 9am
Band and Take Note for some classical and
Main St. South in Newmarket. Large licensed
to 12pm. Learn to build a beautiful wreath using
seasonal favourites. We have prepared a
facility which will hold 200+ in cabaret
a variety of fresh greenery. Take your creation
ORTA HIKES FOR DECEMBER Come &
very special holiday musical treat. Tickets
seating. Limited parking at the legion but
home at the end. Refreshments & a holiday
join us on our hikes on over 300km of
are $15 ($10 for seniors and students) and
parking is available at Prince Charles Public
tour of the Victorian Farmhouse is included.
moraine trail! ORTA offers guided hikes of all
are available at the door. 7:30pm. Old Town
School. Refreshments provided before the
Pre-registration required. Participants should
difficulties & lengths, weekdays & weekends.
Hall, 460 Botsford Street, Newmarket.
show and during intermission by The Maid’s
bring their own gloves and pruners. Visit www.
Some are targeted at families; others are
cottage. Doors open at 7:15pm. Come early
townofws.ca/museum for details!
See more details at www.egpl.ca
oriented towards adults while others have
and enjoy a coffee and butter tart.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
a strong nature focus. Hike schedules &
CARDINAL CARTER CHS FIRST ANNUAL
related information can be found under the
CHRISTMAS FAIR 4-9pm in Aurora, 210
COCOA & COOKIES WITH SANTA Elman
FAMILY CHRISTMAS AT HILLARY HOUSE
‘Hiking’ tab at www.oakridgestrail.org
Bloomington Rd. Over 30 vendors.
W. Campbell Museum. Drop-in and enjoy an
Enjoy live music, children’s activities, light
afternoon of hot cocoa and cookies. Visit and
refreshments, the extended gift shop, Art
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 8 & 15
DECEMBER 2 TO JANUARY 8
photo opportunity with Santa. 1-3pm. Presented
at the Manor 2016, AND get your photos
UNITY OF NEWMARKET - BOOK STUDY &
WINTER WONDERLAND & NEWMARKET
by the Friends of the Museum. Admission is
with Santa! Cost: $5/adult, $3/child. 1-4pm.
DISCUSSION 7:30 - 9 pm, at Budokan Judo Club,
ICE LOUNGE Newmarket Riverwalk Commons
free. Please bring a donation for the Newmarket
Hillary House, 15372 Yonge St, Aurora. For
Unit 3, 620 Steven Court, Newmarket. “Hell in the
(200 Doug Duncan Drive). Lights will be on
Food Pantry. For info call 905-953-5314, email
more information contact 905-727-8991 or
display every night from 6 to 9pm. December
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at
through change into renewed and abundant life!” by
2nd will also be the first Frozen Friday of the
Newmarket.ca/museum. 134 Main St. S.,
Ellen Debenport. Info: 416-627-2380, 905-830-
season. Join us every Friday for lights, music,
YORK REGION COMMUNITY CHOIR
treats, outdoor skating and train rides on the Tim Horton’s Express Train. Train rides will also
YORK HARMONY CHORUS PRESENTS:
Concert at Trinity Anglican Church, 79
DECEMBER 1 TO 31
be available on Saturday and Sunday evenings
‘TIS THE SEASON’! Celebrate the sounds
Victoria Street in Aurora. Concert begins at
GALLERY OF FESTIVE TREES At The Elman
from 6 to 9pm. No train rides on December 25, 31
of the season with us! Featuring guest
3pm. Tickets obtained in advance by calling
W. Campbell Museum. Victorian, Edwardian
or January 1. Train rides are weather permitting
performances by Whisky River Band &
905-235-4574 at a cost of 2 for $25 or 1
or Retro, there’s something for everyone.
and free of charge. Newmarket Ice Lounge is
SLAM! Quartet. Tickets $20 each, includes
for $15. At the door $15 each. Bake sale at
Open during Museum hours. Free admission.
sponsored by Jay Miller Real Estate.
intermission. For more information please
For more information call 905-953-5314,
SINGING JOY TO THE WORLD Christmas
more! Location: Victory Baptist Church,
email: email@example.com or visit
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
18408 Yonge St. East Gwillimbury. Doors
Newmarket.ca/museum. 134 Main Street
CHRISTMAS FROM THE WORLD’S GREAT
open at 1:30pm. Showtime is at 2pm.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
COMPOSERS York Chamber Ensemble
For info & tickets contact Marla at
AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY Money Talk$
with Trinity Festival Chorus, Conductor:
Series. Plan your trade, trade your plan!! 7pm. Magna
DECEMBER 1 & 15 FREE
Trevor Dearham. JS Bach – Excerpts from
Room. FREE informal monthly discussion/education
Cantata 140 & Sinfonia from Christmas
ELVES IN THE WORKSHOP
Oratorio. Vivaldi – Choruses: Gloria, Domini
welcomes adults (from francophones to
Fili Unigenite. Vaughn – Williams: Fantasia
beginners) looking to put their French
on Christmas Carols, Kim Andre Arnesen:
11:30am. Bring your little Elves to our hands-
group, to share unbiased knowledge in economics &
financial planning. Call Aurora Public Library Adult Information Desk: 905-727-9494, ext. 275 or visit www.aurorapl.ca/events/calendar/2016-12
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HEROES AND MONSTERS – A HOLIDAY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
the campfire. Meet at the Nature Centre,
CONCERT Presented by the Aurora Community
7TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR ‘ELF
Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, 2450 9th
Band. Join a musical journey to celebrate
DAY’ at Sharon Public School. 9am to 2pm.
Line, Bradford West Gwillimbury. $10 parking
welcomes adults (from francophones to
indomitable human spirit with heroic fanfares,
18532 Leslie St. in Sharon. Over 65 Vendors,
fee per vehicle, or free with a Scanlon Creek
beginners) looking to put their French language
lyric chorales, movie monsters and tuneful
Silent Auction, Poinsettia Sale, Kids Crafts,
Annual Membership. To register of for more
CONVERSATION skills into action. 6pm to 8pm.
witches. Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria
Free Gift Wrapping, Photo with Santa…and
info, contact FriendsofScanlon@gmail.com
Covernotes Tea & Coffee House, 10268 Yonge
Street, 7:30pm. Tickets $10/adults, $5/
St. (beside the Richmond Hill Centre for the
seniors/students, available at the door or by
for more details.
Performing Arts). Web: http://bit.ly/partagez_
merrymakers for a holiday walk in the
A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS Whitchurch-
forest. Learn about the holiday traditions
ONTARIO EARLY YEARS, YORK NORTH
Stouffville Museum, 14732 Woodbine Ave,
of bells and Christmas trees. We provide
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
Register for January and February 2017 infant
Stouffville. 6:30 – 9pm. Decorated for the season,
the bells. Bring along a donation of non-
UPPER CANADA SATSANG A monthly
programs begins at 1pm by phone or in person.
the Museum’s historic buildings come to life with
perishable food for a local food bank. 10am
Programs for children from birth to 6 years old
the traditions of Christmas past. Enjoy a visit with
to 12pm OR 2pm to 4pm. Hollidge Tract,
chanting & networking intended to inform on
will take registration from 2pm on. All programs
a 19th century Santa and go on a horse-drawn
16389 Hwy. 48, Whitchurch-Stouffville.
some Hindu practices. Hindus & interested
are free and centres offer registered programs
wagon ride. Taste traditional hot cider and baking.
Open to all. Registration required at
as well as drop-in, resources & referrals. Visit us
Delight in musical performances in the one room
york.ca/forestevents or by phone at
Newmarket Community Centre & Lion’s Hall,
on-line at www.yorkchild.ca or at our main sites:
schoolhouse and listen to the classic story, “Twas
200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket. For
Newmarket – 17310 Yonge Street, 905-853-
the Night Before Christmas”. Experience all that
more info contact Ranji Singh Foundation:
0754. Georgina (Keswick) – 70 Biscayne Blvd.
this enchanting evening has to offer with your
“WRITE FOR RIGHTS” TO MARK HUMAN
whole family. Visit www.townofws.ca/museum
RIGHTS DAY 2016 Amnesty International’s
conversation Email: Partagez.York@yahoo.ca.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
mission is to stop human rights abuses around
EUCHRE NIGHT A fundraiser organized by
DECEMBER 9 OR 10
the Rotary Club of Newmarket. Please join
CHRISTMAS CHEER CONCERT “Christmas
CAROLING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
might otherwise be hidden. Join the Aurora-
this Progressive Euchre Game of 8 rounds, at
Cheer” concert inc. a sing-along excerpt of the
Bring the family and spend a magical evening
Newmarket Amnesty group to sign a postcard
6:45 for the games starting at 7pm sharp. 55
messiah at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1035
full of holiday spirit with the Friends of
or write a letter at this annual free drop-in
Forhan Drive, Newmarket. $10 each includes
Wayne Dr, Newmarket at 7:30pm. Gary Curran,
Scanlon Creek! 6-8pm. Activities include
event. 10:30am to 1pm at the Aurora Public
light snacks. New players welcome. Contact
Linda Condy, Cynthia Wellbank & Kyle Merrithew.
a pinecone birdfeeder craft, exploring the
Library, 15145 Yonge St., Aurora. Materials and
Guy Sovak at email@example.com to register.
All proceeds in support of community ministries.
Nature Discovery table, a lit winter night hike,
refreshments provided. All welcome! For more
Tickets $25. Refreshments included. Call 905-
storytelling, live music and caroling around
info: Renee 905-713-6713. www.amnesty.ca or
the world by shining a spotlight on injustice that
898-1682 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for JOYFUL Holiday Services! Unit 3, 620 Steven Crt., Newmarket
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 10:30 AM Newmarket Public Library (MPR)
White Stone Service
“Setting a new direction for 2017” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 7:15 PM
Christmas Candle Lighting “The Gifts of the Magi” What is the meaning for us today?
Unity of Newmarket Study Group Meets Thursdays, Unit 3, 620 Steven Crt. BEGINNING THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 7:30 PM
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 7:15 PM
Cleansing Waters - a Service of Release “Cleanse and Refresh Your Spirit”
The Untethered Soul By Michael A Singer “A journey beyond yourself”
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 UNITY OF NEWMARKET SUNDAY SERVICE 10:30
YORK-SIMCOE NATURALISTS Meet at 7:30pm at 20
am at Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Avenue.
Oak Ave. River Drive Park Community Centre. Topic: Fungi
“WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU GIVE?” – The Spirit of Gift
and their role in nature with Pat Burchell, Mycological Society
Giving at Christmas. Info: 416-627-2380, 905-830-0331,
of Toronto. Light refreshments available. New Members
always welcome. Visitors can attend for free. Visit: www.ysnaturalists.com for more information.
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE Genesis Bereavement Resource Centre is pleased to announce our 20th Annual Community
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
Candlelight Christmas Memorial Service at 7pm. Hosted at the
PROSTATE CANCER CANADA NETWORK Newmarket
Church of the Nazarene (corner of Main & Queen). Phone 905-
Support Group Meeting for December. Newmarket
895-3162 for further details.
Seniors Meeting Place, 474 Davis Drive, Halls 4 & 5, Newmarket. Meet and greet at 6:30 with meeting 7 to
MUSICAL CHRISTMAS AT HILLARY HOUSE Join us once
9pm. Come and join us for our Christmas get together.
again for a musical afternoon with Ellen Meyer. 1-4pm. Ellen will
An informal evening with dessert pot luck. Everyone is
play Christmas favourites while you enjoy light refreshments,
welcome. Contact Phone Number: 905-895-1975. Web
Art at the Manor 2016, holiday décor and shop in the extended
gift shop. Cost: $7/adult, $3/child. Hillary House, 15372 Yonge St, Aurora. For more information contact 905-727-8991 or email@example.com
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 CHRISTMAS GIFT & CRAFT SHOW Come out to the Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre
A CHRISTMAS CAROL READING! MP Kyle Peterson and MPP,
from 11am-3pm for crafts, bath & beauty products,
the Honourable Chris Ballard are just two of the five readers for the
jewellery, toys & games, home décor, candles &
CBC Radio Version of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ with
warmers, clothing, accessories & so much more! Contact
Music, featuring The Irene Illic Singers with Soprano Irene Illic.
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Master of Ceremonies is the unflappable John Dowson. Don’t
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miss this Christmas classic! Net proceeds to the Newmarket
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19
Food Pantry. Tickets $20/adults; $15 seniors/students – available
WINTER 2017 SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM The Learning
by calling 905-836-5464; online at www.vutc.ca; at M & M Food
Disabilities Association of York Region. 8 Sessions in
Market, 1100 Davis Dr., Newmarket; or e-mail email@example.com.
January 2017. Registration Deadline: December 19.
Produced by The Very Useful Theatre Company.
For information call: 905-884-7933 ext 23 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTMAS GIFT & CRAFT SHOW Come out to the Mount Albert Lions Community Centre at 5057 Mount
MEN’S PROBUS CLUB OF NEWMARKET Meeting the
candles & warmers, beauty products, jewellery and so
third Wednesday each month at Seton Hall (17955 Leslie
much more! Contact email@example.com
Street) from 10am to noon. Call Jay at 905-727-4089 or
for more information.
come to a meeting.
FREE FRENCH LANGUAGE CONVERSATION GROUP
DECEMBER 21 TO 24
This group welcomes adults (from francophones
29TH ANNUAL LIVE NATIVITY PAGEANT Fairy Lake Park
to beginners) looking to put their French language
(WaterStreet).EnjoythisannualChristmastradition with the whole
CONVERSATION skills into action. 3pm to 5pm. Country
family. Dress warmly as the Pageant takes place outside in Fairy
Style Deli/Bistro, 14980 Yonge St. (just south of the
Lake Park. Warm up with free hot chocolate while watching the
library on the west side) in Aurora. Web: http://bit.ly/
performance presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
partagez_conversation Email: Partagez.York@yahoo.ca.
SaintsandtheTownofNewmarket.PerformancesonDecember21, 22 & 23 are at 7 and 8pm. The performance on December 24 is at
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UNITY OF NEWMARKET You are invited to take part in
basic internal exercises and when practiced for health is called
our UNITY CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHTING SERVICE,
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7:30pm at Budokan Judo Club, Unit 3, 620 Steven Court,
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21
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READY SET READ Hosting an information/supportive
night for parents of kids with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD.
Come learn & support one another. 7-9pm. 171 Main St.
Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) 1 to 3pm. Join the Mayor and
S. Unit 3C, Newmarket. Call ahead to book a seat at 905-
members of Council as they celebrate the start of a New Year. Enjoy
252-7426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
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Shotokan Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Aikido, Fitness
enjoy each other’s company. Under the direction of
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Keith Profit the group meets each Friday morning
St. S., Newmarket. Please call 905-895-9636 for
at the Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place at 10am
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Recipe of the Month Candy Cane Pavlova
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6 egg whites 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 1 tsp white vinegar 1 tsp cornstarch 2 cups whipping cream 3 tbsp granulated sugar 1/4 tsp peppermint extract (optional) 12 to 15 mini candy canes (about 100 g) Dark chocolate curls
Directions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Trace a 10 inch (25 cm) circle with a marker on the parchment, then add a 4 inch (10 cm) inner circle. When marker dries, flip it over so that the marked side is facing down. Step 2: Whisk egg whites using an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add sugar. Increase speed to high and whisk until egg whites are glossy, thick, and hold stiff peaks; about 4 to 7 minutes. Stir vinegar with cornstarch until smooth. Whisk into egg whites. Step 3: Spoon mixture onto prepared sheet following the marker lines to create a wreath. Use the back of a large spoon to create indentations for the whipped cream. Step 4: Place pan in the oven and reduce temperature to 250°F (120°C). Bake 90 minutes until meringue is golden. Let cool. Step 5: Using an electric mixer on high, whip cream, sugar and peppermint to soft peaks. Spoon into indentations in meringue. Roughly crack 4 candy canes into large pieces and sprinkle over whipped cream, then place 8 whole ones evenly apart so each serving gets a candy cane.
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