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Cristmas Issue Our 5th Annual

December 2013 • Issue 74

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CheeCha Puffs are nutritious and delicious; they are a low calorie alternative over other salty or sweet snacks. CheeCha Puffs are made with natural ingredients and contain no trans-fats, MSG or GMO’s. Gluten Free Options available.


The nutritional value of 1 oz. is equivalent to 2 1/2 pounds of earthy green vegetables! Essentially you are consuming pure chlorophyll or plant energy in juice form. The wheatgrass is processed through a juicing machine to create a 'shot' that is typically 1 or 2 ounces. Although it tastes like snow peas, the taste is definitely an 'acquired' one. A great antioxidant and immune powerhouse for this time of year.

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Chocolates, candies and wine! C ome in and do all your holiday shopping! Door prizes and gift bags too. Something for Everyone! We sell gift certificates in any denomination, beautiful gemstone bracelets and inspirational lockets, Eminence body and skin care products, and baby care products.


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December Issue 74 Owner/Editor, Content Development & Articles Kathryn Hartwell Owner/Publisher, Layout, Design, Accounts Payable/Receivable & Website. Aleesha Gosling Advertising; Regional Sales Manager Denise Geremia

CONTRIBUTORS: JockTalk Jock Wilson Life Lines Jody Brown Shaken & Stirred Marcy Field Natural Choices Cynthia Barnesky

Other great articles and reading material contributed by:

Anndees Fitness, PJs Appliances, Emily Hogan The Real Estate Reps, Rebecca Stone Twitter, Linkedin & Pinterest: The Newsy Neighbour


We are the largest magazine of our kind. Thriving since 2008. The Newsy Neighbour’s Mission Statement: The Newsy Neighbour... a magazine dedicated to helping towns and people connect. The Newsy Neighbour’s Vision Statement: The Newsy Neighbour’s vision is to offer an attractive, unique and interesting magazine, which promotes and supports the businesses and community groups which define the towns and villages East of Calgary by distributing our magazine free of charge to every home and business monthly. The Newsy Neighbour is published 12 times a year, printed by Central Web and distributed by Strathmore Standard, Sun Media and Canada Post. The opinions expressed in the advertisements of this publication are those of the advertisers and not of The Newsy Neighbour directly. The information in this paper is believed to be accurate but not warranted to be so. Images are supplied by readers, advertisers and purchased stock photography. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent of The Newsy Neighbour Inc. Copyright (2011-2012). KATHRYN HARTWELL - Owner/Editor, Content Development & Articles - Phone: 403-561-0888 - Email: kathryn.newsyneighbour@gmail. com ALEESHA GOSLING - Owner/Publisher, layout, Design, Accounts Payable/Receivable & Website - Phone:403-478-9114 - Email: aleesha.

DENISE GEREMIA. Sales Manager, Advertising Consultant - Phone: 403-608-0686 - Email:

From the Publishers Oh, the Magic of Christmas! I so look forward to our Christmas Issue every year, Aleesha (designer extraordinaire) always makes this special Issue so pretty, sparkly and magical. This one is a keeper! It’s packed full of magical ideas, recipes and suggestions for you to use this season. Page 16 gives you ideas for your own personal Christmas present (be nice to yourself this year) and page 26 has some ingenious ideas on how to make Christmas magical for your children. We have included the Newsy tradition of “Twas the Night before Christmas” for you to read to your family Christmas Eve on page 48, personally it’s so pretty I’m framing this page - hey, this would make a fabulous gift, mounted in a pretty Christmas picture frame. It is the end to yet another amazing year for our magazine and your continued support as advertisers and readers makes all our hard work worth its weight in gold. We just feel blessed to be a part of your lives. Christmas season is the most amazing time of year, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over and brings back memories of days gone by. It’s a time to ponder

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the years past events and plan for “The New Year” ahead. Take time to be kind to yourself, enjoy your family and take in all the magic of Christmas!

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kathryn, Aleesha and Denise

Due to popular demand, the...

“I AM A...”

series is returning to the magazine in January Issue 75! Watch next month for, “I Am A... Spices, Herbs & Tea.”

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score bargains on everything from gifts to wrapping paper. By the time December rolls around, you can dodge the panicked masses and enjoy a little eggnog by the fire.

Dump Your Landline

If you have an unlimited cell phone plan there’s really no need to double-down with an old-fashioned landline. Cut the cord and cut your bills at the same time.

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Staying on top of chores can make each one seem like less of a chore. Clean a bit as you go and prevent those little messes from turning into motivation-sapping nightmares. or

Simplify Your Life Shop One Day a Week

Decide to Become Debt-Free

Get to Know “No”

Automate Saving and Bill-Paying

If your budget and schedule allow, devote one day a week to shopping for essentials (groceries, health and beauty aids, etc.). It may mean buying more each trip, but it’ll save you time, effort, and even a bit of fuel. Stress is often the result of over commitment and schedules that are stretched paper thin. When possible, assert your right to say “no” and politely decline those activities, projects, and extra obligations that will only boost your stress level.

Nothing complicates our lives quite as quickly as consumer debt. The dark cloud of interest, taxes household budgets, stresses families, and often keeps us tied to jobs we hate. Commit to becoming debt-free and simplifying how you approach spending. Recurring transactions like RRSP deposit or paying the cell-phone bill can be automated to save time. Paying bills automatically also helps avoid those “oops” moments that lead to late fees and credit dings. Wise Bread - Kentin Waits

Keep a To-Do List

Overwhelmed with professional demands and personal errands? Stay focused by making a detailed and effective to-do list.


Cook Double

The next time you fire up the stove or oven to cook your favourite meal, consider making double. If the menu is freezer-friendly, store it for a later date. If not, you’ve got a pre-made lunch for the next day!

Do Your Holiday Throughout the Year

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Voted Calgary’s Best Consignment Shop! CHESTERMERE STATION WAY • Unit 213, 175 Chestermere Station Way Phone: 403-235-0352 The Politically Correct 12 Days of Christmas

SEVEN endangered swans swimming on federally protected wetlands,

On the 12th day of the Eurocentrically-imposed midwinter festival, my significant other in a consenting adult, monogamous relationship gave to me:

SIX enslaved Fowl-Americans producing stolen nonhuman animal products,

TWELVE males reclaiming their inner warrior through ritual drumming, ELEVEN pipers piping (plus the 18-member pit orchestra made up of members in good standing of the Musicians Equity Union, as called for in their union contract, even though they will not be asked to play a note), TEN melanin-deprived testosterone-poisoned scions of the patriarchal ruling class system leaping, NINE persons engaged in rhythmic self-expression, EIGHT economically disadvantaged female persons stealing milk-products from enslaved Bovine-Americans,

FIVE golden symbols of culturally sanctioned enforced domestic incarceration (NOTE: after members of the Animal Liberation Front threatened to throw red paint at my computer, the calling birds, French hens and partridge have been reintroduced to their native habitat. To avoid further Animal-American enslavement, the remaining gift package has been revised). FOUR hours of recorded whale songs THREE deconstructionist poets TWO Sierra Club calendars printed on recycled processed tree carcasses and… ONE Spotted Owl activist chained to an old-growth pear tree.


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Luscious Joys December is the month to indulge in everything that is wonderful. Eat, drink, shopping and baking come to mind. Time to make the creamiest, tastiest and most fattening foods that you normally steer away from the rest of the year. That is why for the December Luscious Joys, I'm sharing with you a few pretty simple but out of bounds incredibly delicious recipes. Every single one of these would make incredible gifts for Christmas.

Crock Pot Dulce de Leche Recipe milk, 3 half pint size jars water.

2 14 oz. cans of sweetened condensed

Open cans of sweetened condensed milk and pour into three half pint jars, dividing evenly. Put on lids and rings. Place jars into a crock pot. Fill crock pot with water so that it covers the top of the jars. Turn crock pot onto low and set timer for 10 hours. After 10 hours and remove jars from crock pot. Open the lid and grab a spoon!

Jalapeño Pepper Jelly ¾ cup green pepper, very finely chopped ¼ cup jalapeño pepper, very finely chopped 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar 6 cups sugar 1 packet Certo, If you like your jelly quite thick use another tablespoon or so of Certo. With the one packet it makes a nice consistency for spooning on cream cheese, muffins, etc. but it is not super thick. A few drops of green food colouring, optional. Combine peppers, vinegar and sugar in a large pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for one minute. Remove from heat and add Certo and food colouring, if desired. Stir continuously for 1 minute. Skim any foam from surface. Pour into jars, cover and allow to set at room temperature for 24 hours. If freezing jam, make sure to leave a 1/2 inch space at the top of the jar to allow for expansion in the freezer.

How To Make Homemade Syrup 2 Cup Of Water 2 Cup of Brown Sugar 2 Cup of White Sugar 1/2 -1 Teaspoon of vanilla or maple extract Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then stir in 2 cups of brown sugar until it dissolves, then repeat process with 2 cups of white sugar. You can also add 1/2 -1 Teaspoon of vanilla or maple extract (or flavouring). But the fun thing is you can mix it up from batch to batch. You can add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, or a touch of ground cloves. One of my favourites is hazelnut flavouring. You can add just about anything else yummy that you like. For you more adventurous types, you can even add a bit of coffee or rum. You decide. For a thicker syrup, add 1/2 – 1 cup of Karo Corn Syrup, depending on desired thickness.

Banana Jam 4-5 medium to large ripe bananas juice of one lime 1 1/2 cup of castor sugar 1 cup of water 1 tsp of ground cinnamon 1/4 of a vanilla bean Chop up your bananas in small chunky pieces and place in a bowl with the lime juice. Bring the sugar and water to a boil over a medium heat. Once the sugar syrup is bubbling away, lower the heat, add the chopped bananas and stir everything up. Add the cinnamon and vanilla bean. Keep stirring to make sure things don't get too sticky! Keep an eye on things, (constantly stirring) for about half an hour. The jam is ready when it coats the back of a wooden spoon and it sticks well. Store in a sterilized jar.

Easy Thai Sweet Chili Sauce 1/2 cup rice vinegar (or substitute white vinegar) 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. white sugar water 1/4 cup water 3 Tbsp. fish sauce 2 Tbsp. sherry (or cooking sherry) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. dried crushed chili (1 Tbsp. makes spicy-hot sauce) 1+1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 3-4 Tbsp. cool water Place all ingredients - except the cornstarch-water mixture - in a sauce pan or pot. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium and let boil for 10 minutes, or until reduced by half. (Note that the vinegar will be quite pungent as it burns off. Generally, I find rice vinegar less strong than regular white vinegar). Reduce heat to low and add the cornstarch-water mixture. Stir to incorporate and continue stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and taste-test. You should taste "sweet" first, followed by sour, then spicy and salty notes. If the sauce isn't sweet enough, add a little more sugar. If not spicy enough, add more chili. Pour sauce into a small bowl or jar and serve as a condiment with chicken, fish, and seafood, or as a dip with finger foods such as chicken wings, shrimp, or spring rolls. Also makes an excellent marinade for grilled chicken, fish, or seafood. ENJOY!

The best gifts come from the heart!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Kathryn Hartwell

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Rudolph The Red There was once a great Czar in Russia named Rudolph the Red. He stood looking out the windows of his palace one day while his wife, the Czarina Katerina, sat nearby knitting. He turned to her and said, “Look my dear, it has begun to rain!” Without even looking up from her knitting she replied, “It’s too cold to rain. It must be sleeting.” The Czar shook his head and said, “I am the Czar of all the Russians, and Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!”

12 Reindeer Did you know that according to the song, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, Santa has twelve reindeer? Sure, in the introduction it goes, “There’s Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen...” That makes eight reindeer. Then there’s Rudolph, of course, so that makes nine. Then there’s Olive. You know, “Olive the other reindeer used to laugh...” That makes ten. The eleventh is Howe. You know, “Then Howe the reindeer loved him...” Eleven reindeer. Oh, and number 12? That’s Andy! “Andy shouted out with glee.” The proof is in the song!

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to be turned up. Opposite in every way; one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist. Just to see what would happen, on Christmas, their father loaded the pessimist’s room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist’s room, he loaded with horse manure. That night the father passed by the pessimist’s room and found him sitting amid his new gifts, crying bitterly. “Why are you crying?” the father asked. “Because my friends will be jealous, I’ll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I’ll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken.” answered the pessimist twin. Passing the optimist twin’s room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. “What are you so happy about?” he asked. To which his optimist twin replied, “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”

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Your Own Personal Christmas Present We just don’t do enough for ourselves; especially if you are a wife and a mother! You find yourself always busy looking after your family. There is certainly nothing wrong with that! But, sometimes you just need to take a time out and care for yourself. Most people go through life waiting for that perfect time before they do something special or nice for themselves. There is always something more important that needs doing first and waiting for that perfect time to come, you will find one day that the best part of your life has passed you by. Here are a few ideas to help get you started. • Create something. It does not matter what it is. Something from within you. I am not only talking about something artistic. It can be anything. • Crawl into bed when you should be working - just for a short nap. Be sure to set the alarm. • Cook something special to eat. • Go for a walk and take your camera; you will be inspired to take a picture. • Learn meditation – meditation is an excellent tool for de-stressing the mind and body. • Make a list of the things you like doing the most and try to do at least one of them each day. Two if you can. • Learn yoga – yoga is the natural method devised by hermits of ancient India to keep every aspect of the body and mind healthy. • Buy something small that costs almost nothing but is something you would normally not buy for yourself. • Introduce exercise into your life – you need not do much. • Buy something small for someone else. •Drink plenty of water – make a plan – and stick to it –

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Shaken & Stirred Marcy enjoys helping others experience the joy in life. She started Mountain Lion Leadership, in 2003. As a leadership & community advocate, she is actively involved with organizations & businesses working to aid growth and development. This is combined with a passion to see women grow both personally & professionally whatever their stage of life. Contact Marcy: Follow Marcy on Twitter @MarcyLField to my profile.

Finding Joy In The Season Christmas is my season, partly because I’ve discovered joy in simplifying it. Things get busy but I spend little time shopping (10 years as a shopping centre Marketing Director changed that) or baking (it just isn’t my thing, although I do enjoy cooking). What I love is creating an environment where people gather and mingle. Translated, I enjoy decorating and spending time with family and friends. Yesterday I trimmed my first two Christmas trees for 2013. It was relaxing, gratifying and fun and also provided a nice break from regular activities. The added bonus was that I was able to help a friend who provides this service to her corporate clients. Interacting with her staff and customers brought back a wonderful memory of working with one of my teams when we created magic for at least one little girl. Creating a little magic along with a desire to make a memory that lasts a lifetime provides much needed holiday motivation. Countless individuals work to produce either wonderful memories from their past or put together a Christmas never experienced but always dreamed about. Some achieve it but many more become overwhelmed, exhausted and frazzled. More shopping, renovating, entertaining, gift exchanges and busyness is packed into the month of December than is experienced in the other eleven months combined. Despite all the positive promotion surrounding the holiday, numerous individuals suffer through it with depression. How can balance be created and joy rediscovered? The trick may be not doing everything you believe needs doing. Instead, do just what you love to do. The majority of the stress people experience comes from the stories they tell themselves and choose to believe. It is important to take time to stop and verify if your perception of the situation is true. Are other unknown factors at Page 20

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play? Self talk is critical to well being both physically and mentally. Letting go of perfectionism and its accompanying control issues creates a liberating and empowering environment for everyone involved. Good may provide better results than perfect. Be radical. Rather than trying to do it all, focus on one or two of your favourite holiday activities. Share things that you love and give you pleasure. This influences other greatly and you just may make some marvellous memories along the way. Focus in on what makes you happy and provide an opportunity for others to tap into that joy. Me...I’m going to decorate a few more trees for my friend and then my home, enjoying time spent with the people I meet along the way. What are your plans? What do you do that gives you the most pleasure? May you and yours experience a truly joy filled Christmas season sharing special moments and making precious memories.

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A Car for Christmas Danny had recently passed his driving test and decided to ask his clergyman father if there was any chance of him getting a car for Christmas, which was yet some months away. “Okay,” said his father. “I’ll tell you what I’ll do. If you can get your ‘C’ level grades up to ‘A’s and ‘B’s, study your bible and get your hair cut, I’ll consider the matter very seriously.” A couple of months later Danny went back to his father who said, “I’m really impressed by your commitment to your studies. Your grades are excellent and the work you have put into your bible studies is very encouraging. However, I have to say, I’m very disappointed that you haven’t had your hair cut yet.” Danny was a smart young man who was never lost for an answer. “Look, dad. In the course of my bible studies I’ve noticed in the illustrations that Moses, John the Baptist, Samson and even Jesus had long hair.” “Yes. I’m aware of that…” replied his father. “… but did you also notice they walked wherever they went?”

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My Favourite, Fabulous, Fantastic & Fun Stuff Ever since I discovered frozen puff pastry at the grocery store, I have BECOME OBSESSED. I make something new every single week. I dream about puff pastry! I've stuffed it, make pie shells out of it, yesterday I made cheese sesame bread sticks, I am in LOVE with puff pastry! Now, I have never been a pastry maker; it all seems too complicated to me, and that probably explains my attachment to the frozen puff pastry. Quick, easy and simple, just the way I like it, but extremely yummy. So, since it is our Christmas issue, I thought I would share a few absolutely scrum shish Christmas Puff Pastry Recipes. After all, ‘tis the season!!

Spinach Puffs - Awesome Appetizer! Makes 6 servings 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed 1/2 cup crumbled feta 1/4 cup minced onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon chopped dill 1 teaspoon minced garlic Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 large eggs 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounces package), thawed, rolled out to a 12" square, kept chilled A standard 6-cup muffin pan Using your hands, squeeze spinach until dry, forcing out as much water as possible (too much water will make for a soggy filling; you should have about 2/3 cup well-drained spinach). Mix spinach and next 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg to blend; fold into spinach mixture. Cut puff pastry into 3 equal strips. Reserve 1 strip for another use. Cut each remaining strip into 3 squares for a total of 6. Place a square in each muffin cup, pressing into bottom and up sides and leaving corners pointing up. Divide filling among cups. Fold pastry over filling, pressing corners together to meet in center. DO AHEAD: Spinach puffs can be assembled 3 hours ahead. Cover puffs and chill. Beat remaining egg to blend in a small bowl. Brush pastry with egg wash (this will give the pastry a nice sheen). Bake until pastry is golden brown and puffed, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let puffs

cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run a sharp paring knife around pan edges to loosen; turn out puffs onto rack to cool slightly before serving.

Nutella Puff Pastry - Super Christmassy! This recipe was inspired by a recipe for Chocolate-Almond Pastries in the December ’09 issue of Martha Stewart Magazine. I gave it new life by using hazelnuts and Nutella. It’s a versatile recipe–you could easily use any combination of nuts, dried fruits, and chocolates 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3 package), thawed 1 large egg, beaten for an egg wash 7 oz. Nutella (roughly half of a 13 oz. jar) 1 Tbsp. sugar for sanding the crust Fine sea salt for finishing 4 Tbsp. whole hazelnuts, toasted and chopped Preheat oven to 45o F. Arrange puff pastry on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Form a 10-inch square and fold each edge in to make a 1-inch crust. Poke middle of dough numerous times with a fork. Brush edges of dough with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Freeze for fifteen minutes. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake until pastry is puffed and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and spread Nutella evenly across the pastry. The Nutella will begin to melt, making it much easier to spread. Sprinkle with sea salt and hazelnuts and cut into 4 squares or 6 triangles. Serve warm.

Puff Pastry Pinwheel Cookies With Jam For Santa! Makes 40 1 17 1/4-ounce package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed 1 egg, beaten to blend (glaze) 1/2 cup (about) sugar 1/2 cup (about) assorted jams (such as raspberry, apricot and kiwi) Powdered sugar (optional) Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly butter 2 heavy large

baking sheets. Roll out 1 puff pastry sheet on lightly floured surface to 16x13-inch rectangle. Trim edges neatly, forming 15x12-inch rectangle. Cut rectangle into twenty 3-inch squares. Using small sharp knife, make 1-inch-long diagonal cut in all 4 corners of 1 square, cutting toward center (do not cut through center). To form pinwheels, fold every other point of puff pastry toward center of square, pressing to adhere. Repeat with remaining puff pastry squares. Brush pinwheels lightly with egg glaze. Sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Place scant 1/2 teaspoon jam in center of each. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake until pinwheels are golden and puffed, about 13 minutes. Using metal spatula, transfer cookies to rack and cool. Repeat with remaining puff pastry sheet, glaze, sugar and jam. Sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar, if desired. (Can be prepared ahead. Place cookies between waxed paper sheets in airtight containers and freeze up to 2 weeks; thaw before packing, or store airtight at room temperature up to 3 days.)

Spiced Cheese Straws My All Time Favourite! 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 puff pastry sheet (from one 17 1/4-ounce package frozen puff pastry sheets), thawed and unfolded an egg wash made by beating 1 large egg with 2 tablespoons water Preheat oven to 425°F and butter 2 large baking sheets. In a bowl toss together Parmesan, spices, and salt. On a lightly floured surface roll out pastry sheet into a 16by 10-inch rectangle and brush with some egg wash. Cut pastry in half crosswise, forming two 10- by 8-inch rectangles. Sprinkle Parmesan mixture over 1 rectangle and top with other

rectangle, egg-wash side down, pressing firmly to force out any air pockets. Roll out pastry slightly to make layers adhere (rectangle should be about 10 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches). Brush pastry with some egg wash and with a sharp large knife or pastry wheel cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide sticks. Arrange cheese straws about 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets, pressing ends onto baking sheets. Bake cheese straws in batches in middle of oven until golden, about 10 minutes. Transfer cheese straws to a rack and cool. Cheese straws may be made 2 days ahead and kept in an airtight container. Recrisp cheese straws in a 425° F oven until heated through, about 5 minutes. WARNING you may also become a Puff Pastry fiend after making even one of these recipes! Your guests are going to love you. I promise you, these will become your go-to recipes for entertaining. Kathryn Hartwell

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10 Ways To Make Christmas Magical For Kids Who doesn’t believe that Christmas is magical? It is very magical! The entire holiday season can be such a special time and there are many ways to help kids truly feel the magic of Christmas. We only have a few short years where kids really believe, so take advantage of that and help encourage it. Chances are kids won’t remember which year they got a Polly Pocket, but they will remember the traditions and memories they have associated with them. Here are 10 simple ideas that will help kids feel that sense of wonder and amazement of the holiday season. Even as an adult I enjoy pushing the practical part of my mind aside and taking the chance to feel the magic of Christmas. 1. Imagine your child’s surprise when they receive a letter from Santa! How magical is that? There are lots Page 26

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4. Go to to make your own personalized at-home Santa pictures: These are so cool! You can take pictures of different areas of your house and get Santa posed in them. He’s eating cookies in your kitchen, leaving presents under your Christmas tree, sitting in his sleigh on your roof- you get the idea! 5. Go to and receive a personal phone call from Santa. These are cute! You can type in what you’d like Santa to say and his voice sounds very authentic. 6. I’m sure we all know a family in need. Christmas is the time to open your heart and be generous, a perfect time to be a Secret Santa. Do it anonymously and “doorbell ditch” the gifts on the doorstep. This does not have to be an expensive venture; you can give baked goods you made yourself or other small gifts. You will figure it out. 7. Watch Christmas movies together! I especially love movies that really emphasize the spirit of Christmas, such as the Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street. 8. Go to and watch Santa feed his reindeer! Starting 11/17, Santa will be feeding his reindeer at 11AM, 6PM and 9PM EST. You can even download the app on your phone so that you don’t miss a feeding.

Kids Pages 9. Start collecting Christmas books; a few each year. Wrap your books and let the kids open one each day in December as a type of advent calendar. If you don’t have many Christmas books, you may be able to check some out at the library. There are so many great Christmas stories that are both entertaining and meaningful, spend some time reading with your children, it is magical. Make some hot cocoa and sit under the tree each night reading a Christmas story! 10. Go to This is the first time I heard of this but your children will love it. This could be your first year to start this tradition. Essentially, the idea is that there is an elf that stays at your home in the weeks before Christmas to keep an eye on the kids and then each night he goes back to the North Pole to report to Santa. He then returns to your home each morning, but never to the same place twice, so your kids will have to find him every day when they wake up. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Harry Spiders Christmas YAHOO! I’m so excited, I’m absolutely just delighted! I saw the Christmas lights today, Santa Claus will soon be on his way. I’ve been such a good little spider! When I saw sweet Little Miss Muffet I didn’t even sit beside her! Although it would have been such naughty fun To hear her scream and watch her run. YAHOO! I’m so excited, I can hardly wait! Each night before I go to bed I cross off today’s passing date. When Santa checks his nice list, There will be my name. I know he’ll bring me yummy treats And the Itsy Bitsy Spider game. YAHOO! I’m so excited,

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Men, Vehicles & Sports What’s next for the Stampeders?

Despite winning 14 regular season games, no one in the Calgary Stampeder organization is happy with how the 2013 CFL season ended. How could a team with the CFL’s most outstanding player, defensive player, special team’s player and rookie of the year lay an egg in the Western Final? Yes, injuries played a factor in the disappointing performance against the Rider Nation, but questions are being asked how a team can be so dominating in the regular season and so mediocre when the lights came on in the playoffs? Unfortunately, we have seen this happen way too often in Calgary sports. In the late 80s and early 90s, the Calgary Flames were the dominate team in the NHL and they were only able to cash in on one championship. The same goes for the Doug Flutie era with the Calgary Stampeders and now the John Hufnagel era. Since taking over the Stampeders in 2008, Hufnagel has won more games than any other coach in the league. He has never missed the playoffs, he has won divisional titles but only one championship. It just doesn’t make sense! The purpose of this article is not to run John Hufnagel out of town. The Stampeder organization did that with Wally Bouno and that was a disaster. Hufnagel is an excellent coach and he says he plans to be the head coach for the next few years. However, the transition plan is already in place. Offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson has been given added responsibilities as associate coach. He is the coach in waiting. There will be many more changes for the Stampeders as the entire organization from top to bottom will be reviewed. “I believe we will lose a quarterback in the expansion draft,” says Hufnagel. “But I am not prepared to say which one.”

number one option despite his injury problems. He is a 29 year old starting quarterback entering his prime with a very competitive nature. Maybe the Stampeders could swing a trade with the Red Blacks, enticing the Ottawa franchise to select Kevin Glenn in the draft? The Red Blacks would get a proven player who has won more games than any other QB in the league over the last two seasons and they would still be able to use their second pick to take a young quarterback for the future! Glenn doesn’t have upside of Tate or the running abilities but he would be an amazing leader on a young Ottawa team. The Stampeders would get to keep Tate and Mitchell as their 1 – 2 punch and they would also get to protect their two all star kickers in Rob Maver and Rene Parades. An interesting rule for the expansion draft is if a team loses a quarterback, they cannot lose a kicker. The first order of business for Hufnagel before the expansion draft is to address the 13 potential free agents. “If we can’t sign a player we won’t protect them,” says Hufnagel. Three Canadian receivers fall in this category. Jabari Arthur and John Forzani will likely resign but expect former first round draft pick Anthony Parker to move on. OL Dmitri Tsoupas is one of the biggest names on the free agent list. Rumors say he will be offered a boatload of money to sign with his hometown Edmonton Eskimos. The organization is also going to have to make some tough decisions on defensive players Juwan Simpson, Cordarro Law, Fred Bennett, Jamar Wall, Demonte Bolden, Chris Randle and Derrius Brooks. It’s not like the Stampeders are going to blow up the entire core but after 5 straight years of playoff disappointment some tough decisions are going to have to be made.

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Here are a few tips for surviving parties or big dinners. Do not save calories! If you don’t eat all day, saving up for the party or meal later, you will eat way more than normal and will slow down your metabolism. Eat normal all day and eat a snack before dinner; you will actually consume less because your body is full and satisfied. Eat slowly, set your fork down between each bite. You will eat less because your body will have time to register that it’s full. If you’re at a buffet or family style dinner, you’re in control of your portions. Grab a small plate and take only 1/2 a serving of everything you want. Slowly eat and decide if you are still hungry; you can always go back for seconds. Don’t deprive yourself! Have a couple bites of everything but stop when you’re full. With regards to drinks, limit yourself to 1-2 alcoholic beverages per party or dinner. Make sure you’re mixing with soda or water and stick to a 5 ounce serving of wine. Wear fitted clothes! When you’re wearing something snug or well fitted, you’re less likely to over eat. Moderation is the secret when it comes to the holidays. Eat often but small portions and exercise daily to keep energy level high and to help burn off any overindulgence.


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I know you have heard the start of this article more than once: As the holiday season rapidly approaches it is easy to be swept up in the massive tide of merchandise and commercials touting the ultimate (insert appropriate word, experience, meal, the tree)... “the guaranteed OMG.” Now, please don’t get me wrong – I love the holidays. The music, the lights twinkling on the tree and around the block, the goodies coming out of the oven, family gathered ‘round. But there have been years that at the end of the season I have been left with a hollow feeling at the pit of my stomach – a feeling like I have missed something. It took me years to figure out why.


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Health & Beauty up to the big day… my heart was slowly bled of the true spirit of this time of year. As I wandered the malls looking for the perfect gift (for the kids, for my mom, for the bus driver), feet hurting, frustration simmering, worry about funds gnawing, I forgot the reason WHY I was there. As I scrubbed the corners in my home to make it sparkly for Grandma’s visit, I forgot the reason WHY. As I rearranged the kid’s display of Christmas decorations to the way I wanted, I forgot WHY. And then one year I remembered my why. And every year I do my best to stay grounded in this. My Christmas wish for all is to really know why we go to all this trouble. Here is some things that I have found to be helpful: 1. Pray. Meditate. Breathe. Go to church. Walk in nature. Do whatever it is that helps you to disengage with the external world and tune in to your inner self. And ask yourself why, in this quiet time. 2. Avoid media pressure – Netflix is revolutionizing our home. Fewer commercials = more personal connection to the season. Plug in a movie, or a Christmas CD. Shop online or at a small business in your town. Make your own gifts to give. 3. Do less! Instead of trying to pack more in, try to edit your commitments to the ones that nourish your spirit. Instead of piling a mound of gifts under the tree, search your imagination for ways to give to your loved ones in a way that is lasting. 4. Look your children in the eyes. Give them the precious gift of your uninterrupted attention. I challenge you this season. Find your calm in the chaos, by being rooted in your reason WHY – don’t let go of it – and year after year, you will be fulfilled and nourished in ways that are meaningful and lasting. The Christmas holiday and celebration was founded as a celebration of rebirth. The timing of the celebration is around the winter solstice, which is when the sunlight begins to return to its warming dominance over the night. And, of course, the birth of Jesus Christ, who, no matter what your beliefs about his divinity are, championed forgiveness and unconditional love. We don’t go through the headaches of cleaning the corners because we want to impress (although there is an element of that when my grandmother is coming), we do it for the togetherness of

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Seniors Healthy Choices Now and During the Holidays Part#2 –“Helping Seniors Manage Holiday Stress” We are all looking forward to the holidays, but for a senior it can be an exciting, stressful or lonely time. As individuals, we can choose to be happy or sad, but sometimes it is circumstances that dictate how we feel. It is therefore important for seniors to be realistic about their plans and keep a schedule so extra activities associated with the holiday season can go smoother. As many of our older relatives and friends are on a fixed income, extra expenses should be kept to a minimum so they do not stretch themselves financially thin during the months ahead. Encourage them to participate in activities which suit their needs, abilities and to listen to your bodies and not what someone else wants them to do. Seniors should try to keep family and friends close; if a visit isn’t possible, at least a phone call will make them feel loved and remembered during this time of year. Don’t forget the older relative who is in the hospital or care home; make sure family members are sharing the visits and the patients friends (from church, the Legion, exercise class or clubs ) know where they are. In order to be with family over the holidays, traveling may be necessary, so decide ahead of time if it would be just better for your older visitor to stay the night or go home the same day. If the senior wants to have guests, ensure that the idea of this isn’t in reality going to be overly taxing or stressful. Older adults may feel they have to put on a party because it is their responsibility to do so. As a parent, they want to host family events as they did in years gone by! But we all have to be realistic and realize at Page 36

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some point in our lives we just have to say “no” or get everyone to help in the celebrations! Perhaps suggest that they ‘host’ the family at a restaurant where the cheque can be shared among family members and everyone can relax. So if seniors are involved in your Holiday Season, plan ahead! This allows them to know when they need to rest and still have time to accomplish everything they had in mind. With careful preparation, they can include all their healthy habits that they worked so hard to establish and there will be time to speak with their medical team about any extra activities. Older persons need to acknowledge their feelings and adjust accordingly and, most important for all concerned, is to set aside difference that have happened in the past with family and friends. Enjoy each other and the memories that are being made. The holidays should be a special time with family and friends, so choose to make it the most fantastic one ever! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Crafts There are so many exceptional, wonderful, amazing, fantastic, astounding, surprising and just downright outstanding things you can do in the Christmas Season that you would never ever consider doing in any other month of the year. Christmas is truly the biggest event of the year and despite the stress and commercialism of the holiday season, what I enjoy most about Christmas is spending time with family. Christmas at our house is the official family bonding time, and Christmas Eve is the night I look forward to all year long. Christmas is a good time to teach your family, especially children, about values like love, compassion, giving and sharing. A time to include the whole family in different Christmas activities like cooking, decorating the house and the tree and wrapping up gifts. We play games Christmas Eve but there are many activities you can do as a family, like building a snowman, going ice skating or shopping. BUT, what the girls in our family like the best, is making Christmas crafts. We used to take a whole Saturday and make all sorts of Christmas decorations, but this seems to be getting harder and harder every year as, well, you know, they have lives and family of their own and less time for mom. Anyhow, I'm going to push very hard to try and make this event come together this year!

Christmas Tins One of our favourite items to make was the ever versatile Christmas Tin's. These are so easy to make, it's addictive. You can use any kind of tin you can think of, so start saving all your soup and food cans. The little ones can be used as pencil holders and the larger cans can be used for just about anything; the best ones are those big ketchup containers. The restaurants in the area would probably be more than happy to give you these. Trust me, you get started with this and you will have containers in every room in your house. And have you seen all the Christmas fabric?! It is fabulous! You are going to have a terrible time trying to decide, they are all so lovely.

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combinations! Next, add ribbon and stickers; you can add just about anything. Use your imagination and have FUN. The dollar store has tons of different little decorations you can use.

Sheet Music Place Cards Another one of our favourite Christmas crafts was Sheet Music Place Setting Cards for your table.

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Sheet Music Glue Gun Scissors Ribbon and Decorations Find yourself some sheet music, or you can use a music book; you will have to make photocopies of the page and you will need quite a few copies. You need 6 photocopies to make the decoration, but out of an 8 1/2" by 11" you can make 6 cards. You cut the sheets into 3 even lengths vertically, then in half horizontally. Roll the pieces into a cylinder shape and glue. Once you have 6 rolls, you stack them into a pyramid shape with three on the bottom, glued together, then two on top of that, glued together and then one on the top. You can roll them loosely for a larger decoration or tightly for a smaller one. Then you take a ribbon and tie it around the assembled music sheets. Decorate with a bow or any Christmas sticker or decoration; again check out the dollar store. This may sound complicated, but really they are very easy - you will get it once you make your first one. Then you use a Christmas present label for the name plate. These are so pretty and you can make them as fancy as you like - use your imagination!

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Snowflakes Ok, think about this: when was the last time you made snowflakes out of paper? I'm thinking it's been a long time, maybe a couple of decades (a decade is 10 years). Well, this Christmas you should think about making a Snowflake Hanging Window Treatment.

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I found this invaluable information on This information is in the writers words: I have tried for many years to make the perfect snowflake and have never had success, until now. I found a great snowflake making pattern diagram on Pinterest and I have become a “pretty” snowflake maker overnight. This folding technique is for every snowflake. The different shapes and designs happen when you cut into the folded paper triangle. To make different sizes, use different size paper or cut the folded triangle down in size before cutting a design into it. I used plain 8-1/2” x 11” white copy paper to make my snowflakes. 1. You need a square piece of paper for a perfect snowflake. To make it, fold your paper to make a square. Cut off the section that is not overlapped. 2. Open up the paper and refold into a rectangular shape. 3. Find the center folded bottom edge and fold one side over from center mark. 4. Repeat on the other side – making sure all the edges are lined up. 5. Fold it over matching up edges. 6. Cut off the excess paper from the top to create a straight line, making sure all the top edges are the same and you have a neat little triangle. Trim more if necessary to make sure everything is even. 7. Follow one of the designs in the diagram below and cut your folded paper using a sharp pair of scissors. 8. Carefully open it up. Voila! A pretty snowflake.


No matter what Christmas craft you and your family make this year, just have some fun with it and remember: family Christmas is the best kind of Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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ous breakdown. However, in order to move towards improvement, all it takes is one part of the system to change in order to affect the whole.

My brother is driving me crazy because he always says everything is all right, but everyone knows he’s upset at someone or something. Then he gets super mad at everyone and everything and we all have to tiptoe around him. This happens every Christmas. What can we do to help the holidays be more enjoyable?

It’s hard to tell you what to do to help your brother because before he can make changes he has to be aware that there is a problem; then he has to be interested in making the changes. What you can do at this point is to be true to your feelings and voice your thoughts in a kind, respectful and compassionate way when you feel safe to do so. Perhaps you want to express your thoughts to your brother before Christmas and give him time to think about what you share with him. No one likes to feel like they are being ‘ganged up’ on so perhaps you can just speak on behalf of yourself. Without knowing your brother, it’s hard to say how he will respond or if he will even be able to hear your words. If his behaviour does change remember to pass along that positive feedback to him as well.

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Dear Reader, When people are not honest with their feelings it rarely leads to good relationships with others. It can make things difficult for both themselves and for those around them. Avoiding confrontation and resisting emotions are hallmark features of passive-aggressive behaviours. These behaviours can complicate life further and can lead to people being fearful of being around you. Families can be considered systems. Everyone has a necessary role in that system in order to keep things running – however effective or ineffective that system might be. If everyone keeps behaving the same way, the system will never change. It’s like when you avoid servicing your bike in the spring and how as a result everything adapts to the lack of grease and maintenance – the pedals are harder to move and the gears resist and things start to squeak and react. Once you realize what is happening to your bike and why your ride is so uncomfortable, you can try to make a change to the system and see if you can figure out how to make improvements in order to make the bike workable again. Some might argue that family systems aren’t any different. Problems can build in families and become unbearable because members of the system adapt until (like the bike) there is no more room for adapting as the system heads towards a seriPage 40

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“Learning to perceive the truth within ourselves and speak it clearly to others is a delicate skill, certainly as complex as multiplication or long division, but very little time is spent on it in school. It is then left to life itself to teach us about telling the truth-and it does, but not always in a gentle manner.” From the book Conscious Loving by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks.

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Yeeeee, it's almost Christmas!!!! If you’re like me, you love Christmas and all the festive things that go along with it. There are sooooo many merry and magical things I love about Christmas and the holidays, like: Baking and decorating cookies Baking my Christmas loaves for gifts Decorating the tree (I get excited about decorating my tree around the middle of November and it is an absolute must that it be up precisely on December 1st) The twinkly lights make the room feel all cozy Having the whole house looking festive throughout the holidays Shopping for perfect gifts for everyone on my list Christmas movies (especially Home Alone, A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th street) and the Grinch (the old cartoon one) Christmas music in the malls and on the radio (Christmas songs make me feel all happy inside!). I love bright colourful lights!!! Love them so much! Whenever Christmas season is coming, I can’t wait to see the lights and decorations at malls and on the homes on my street! I love Christmas ornaments because they are shiny, snowy and colourful! Keeping a secret stash of holiday sweets Making a gingerbread house with your children Long walks in the snow Snow angels Snowmen Wrapping presents Rum and eggnog Stockings Nutcrackers Snow globes Christmas stories Peppermint bark Advent calendars Christmas candles Mistletoe Christmas parties Tinsel Snowman earrings Christmas socks and slippers Christmas window clings Poinsettias Nativity scenes Christmas windows in the department stores Kids dressed like angels Christmas concerts Passing out presents Watching someone's expression light up as they unwrap Page 42

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your gift (the best feeling of all!) A Christmas picture with Santa Christmas cards Candy canes Chocolates Shortbread Christmas TV specials The smells of Christmas Sparkles. You can (almost) never have too many sparkles (you know, glittering, shimmering, twinkling, and shining). Peppermint candy cane ice cream Christmas dinner with the whole family together, complete with Christmas crackers and a picture of everyone wearing the paper hats that come out of them, the turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing, Brussels sprouts with cheese sauce, gravy and wine, the pretty Christmas table with crystal glasses and gold candles. The sense of magic on Christmas Eve (we know that Santa's on his way and that he'll only come if you're asleep. You put out a cookie and some milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. We wouldn't want them to get hungry on their travels around the world, now would we? Then in the morning the carrot is gone, the glass is empty and all that's left of the cookie is a few crumbs on a plate.) Magic! That's what Christmas is: magic! I know you have all heard it, but have you ever noticed that people seem to be just a bit nicer during the Christmas season? I don’t know if it’s the Christmas music or the decorations that put people in a better mood during the holidays, but regardless the reason, people seem to be more loving and giving during the holidays. Christmas is more than a holiday we celebrate; it is a frame of mind. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep the Christmas Spirit all year-long? AND, don’t forget the less fortunate at Christmas time! When my children were younger I would take them to "Toys ‘R Us" and they would each pick out a toy to buy for less fortunate children. I wanted to teach them the importance of sharing and giving. You don't have to spend a lot; to me this is an important part of Christmas.

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There are discussions ad infinitum focusing on support networks and counseling. While fully agreeing to their value, (some more than others), suppose the healing aspects of sleep are considered. Perhaps we can then interpret quality sleep as one of the prime criteria in our support network. The value of sleep is commonly underestimated and a little sleep loss is usually perceived as no big deal. Is sleep loss like running our truck with not enough air in the tires? We are (should be) aware of the effect of underinflated tires on our safety, vehicle and operating costs. Without dragging this analogy much further, (ad infinitum/ad nauseum), like a low tire we don’t pay much attention to, sleep loss can catch up to us. If medical causes of sleep loss are eliminated, take a look at your sleep support network. A mattress set is an important part of this network and is all about supPage 44

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port. The kind of support that recognizes sleep is composed of stages (cycles) and the longer we are in a deeper sleep, the more rested we are. Some think a cloud is too hard and others think a slab of granite a little too soft. We sleep best in a position that allows our back (spine) to be naturally straighter and evenly supported along its length with extra support for the heavier areas, usually hip and lumbar regions, of our body. Most people notice that our bodies aren’t built in a straight line and sleeping on a slab of granite will leave some areas unsupported. Sleeping on a cloud – too soft – will cause us to bend where we shouldn’t. Our legs, arms and head require support that is yielding enough to allow us to be comfortable but not enough to cause stress on other parts of our body. Even the position we sleep in can have an effect on sleep patterns. There appear to be four basic positions: Side sleeper – very common and a good sleep position. Better to have slightly curled legs with possibly a small flat pillow between the knees if we have back pain. Back sleeper – fairly common and a good position (some debate). Those with back pain may want to put a small flat pillow under the back of knees. Try to minimize the angle of toe pointing – straight up is best if possible. Stomach sleeper – Try not to. It’s just bad. Possibly a very flat pillow under the stomach? Flopper – Usually falling asleep as is getting into bed. Looks something like a spread-eagle skydiver hitting the mattress. Suggest getting more sleep and a new mattress set. Your independent mattress retailer can help with information on your sleep support system and there is no shortage of information available on sleep. Even a little research can yield a lot of assistance on getting a better sleep. Just make sure the data is critically evaluated. Better than a crystal ball at helping you evaluate: read the ‘The Space Merchants’ by Frederik Pohl, ‘Celebrity…’ by Marina Hyde and ‘Is That a Fact’ by Mark Battersby. Provided by Pjs Appliances

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guests will see and to ensure they feel welcomed before the even enter the door, consider sprucing up your planters – add a wreath to the door or even gift wrap the door! Whether your Christmas Style is more traditional, extravagant, colourful or simple, don’t forget to add your personality and enjoy the season!

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6. DECK THE HALLS, BUT DON’T GO OVERBOARD This is the year when “less is more” really makes sense. Several strands of Christmas lights and a wreath on the door can be enough. Make sure that all the lights are working and are tightly fastened. Keep it classy! Keep banners and large yard displays packed up this year. Get a smaller tree than you normally would if your living room is small, as it will make the space look larger. A few wrapped (fake or real) presents under the tree can be a nice touch.

1. CREATE INVITING CURB APPEAL Decorate the outside of the house with some Christmas decorations including lights, especially since it gets dark so early this time of year; adding a timer is a good idea. Although daytime showings are preferred, turning on all of the lights inside will make the house “glow” during the darker hours as they approach.

7. ONE MORE ADVANTAGE Another advantage is that buyers who are looking for properties during the holidays are usually serious about purchasing something, and this could lead to a quick sale. Most buyers looking at this time want to be able to move in before a new year begins.

2. BAKE SOMETHING YUMMY That just-baked smell of gingerbread cookies is such a simple way to wow potential buyers. Why not leave them a cookie and a short note of thanks to enjoy while they wander around the house? They might not remember the mouldings but they will remember the warm feeling you created.

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3. KEEP DRIVEWAY AND SIDEWALKS CLEAR This is a must. Make sure that the sidewalk and pathway to the house are scraped and salted. Nothing will turn your home into a terrible experience faster than the buyer falling on the ice before they even enter your home. Not only is it a negative connotation about the safety of your home, but you could also face a potential law suit. 4. MUSIC Have soft music playing in the background. Soft spa-like sounds or elevator music is perfect. It’s not overpowering; it’s just in the background. Page 46

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Twas the night before Christmas Clement Clarke Moore (1799 - 1863) came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington. The tradition of reading Twas the Night Before Christmas poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution and tradition. It is also a tradition for us to put it in the Christmas Issue of The Newsy Neighbour each year! Enjoy! Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! "Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly! He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself! A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose! He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

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How does Santa’s sleigh make it around the world in one day? Through a combination of lots of practice and hard work, judicious use of time zones, and a little magic, Santa and the reindeer always make it in time. How does Santa know whether I have been naughty or nice? Santa maintains his naughty and nice list (now computerized, by the way), with the help of all the elves who keep track of each person -- you probably aren’t even aware they are around you, but elves have a special way of keeping an eye on you. Sometimes if you look quickly enough you *might* catch one peering in a window or around a corner, but you would have to be very fast and very good! What kind of snack does Santa like left out for him? Santa loves cookies, of course, but he is always happy to try anything you think he might like -- pick your favourite kind of cookie or snack and Santa and the reindeer will be happy! The reindeer love carrots and lettuce best, of course! Why doesn’t Santa always bring me what I asked for? Thanks to the elves and your gift lists, Santa usually knows what presents you would like to receive. However, sometimes Santa also knows that your parents, family, or guardians have other special things in mind. Also, Santa does not like to bring gifts that he knows your parents etc. would prefer you not to have -- such as a horse, or a space shuttle, or other gifts that would not be appropriate. Has Santa ever missed a year? No, Santa Claus has not missed a Christmas yet. At the North Pole we take many precautions so that nothing can go wrong on Christmas Eve. After so many years of practice, we have plans for everything. There have been some close calls as you may see on television, but everyone here loves Christmas so much that we all work extra hard to make sure that Christmas is as fun as it is supposed to be.

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Beautifully renovated 1999 built, 16’ wide mobile home on 55’x110’ treed, fenced lot. Open floor plan w/ 3 beds, 2 baths, modern/neutral colors, SS appliances, new fixtures, toilets, flooring. Room for large garage/ RV parking. MLS#C3589051

Strathmore - $324,900 Well cared for, bright & fully developed, 3 beds, 3 baths, updates throughout the kitchen, new bathroom fixtures, new basement carpet, new deck, oversized DBL Garage, mature fenced yard. MLS#C3589914

Arrowwood - $139,900 A CLASSIC 3 beds, 1 bath bungalow, w/ newer updates incl. some windows, vinyl siding, hot water tank, portable car port. Well maintained inside and out. MLS#C3591231

Near Cluny – $319,900 Well maintained bungalow w/ 2 beds, 3 baths on 2.99 acres. Spacious rooms, fully developed. Updates incl. new paint, vinyl siding, shingles and windows. 40’x72’ Quonset w/ power/gravel floor, 30’x32’ heated garage w/concrete floor. MLS#C3584724

Strathmore - $199,900 FULLY developed Condo, 3 beds+den, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces, in-suite laundry, spacious kitchen w/ loads of storage, large family room. 2 plug-in parking stalls & visitor parking avail. Close to hospital, schools, family rec. center. MLS#C3585542

Acme - $159,900 GREAT VALUE! This 3 bed, 2 bath w/ open concept living is newly repainted, new SS stove/dishwasher, hot water tank, front-load washing machine, newly stained shed w/ power, fenced yard, lots of parking and more! MLS#C3591290

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