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Our cover this year is by a nationally known local talent. With the delicate stroke of a paintbrush, he tells stories through his intricately detailed watercolour originals. Gazing at his images evokes sweet nostalgic memories. His Gingerbread Collection of artwork, lovingly crafted over three decades, is a tribute to families throughout the generations, telling stories of everything from weddings to Christmas parties to skating on the pond. There’s the courting couple cozying under the fur wrap during an evening horse and sleigh ride in Moonlight Ride. A farmer takes in the familiar view from his barn, housing his trusty ‘ol John Deere, in Old Reliable. Little ghosts and goblins come to life in Walter’s collection of whimsical Hallowe’en prints. So many happy newlyweds have been thrilled about receiving Wedding Day, Wedding Ring or California Dreaming as a tribute to their special day. Relive those sunny spring days teeing off in Fairways or warm your heart with Seasons of Love. Other paintings capture memories of maple sugaring, fishing on a misty summer’s morn, the family trip to the general store, kids playing in the pumpkin patch or with the fresh fallen snow. Walter’s painted stories warm the hearts of all generations, weaving memories from our grandparents’ era with modern times. To learn more about Walter and how to contact him, visit his website;

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Rik Davie, Gayle Stapley, Katherine Duong, Tom Thekan, Blake Wolfe, Tracey Coveart, Darryl Knight, Walt Radda, Kyla Morgan, Lisa Hadden, Anita Richardson, Nancy Lister, Elizabeth Peck, Colleen Green, Tanya Lowe, Dolly Bradt, Lyddie Bradt, Emma Brouwer, Steven Paradis, Richard Gunn, Carol Phillips, David Robinson, Dave Bradt, Cheryl Davis, Lois Griffioen, Diane Beelby, Sister Robert Ann, Pat Boyd, Eleanor Coldwell, Joyce Kelly, Sherri Kerry, Jean Le Saux, Shirley Love, J. Wally Nesbitt, Dennis Bayley, Bruce Rogers, Jean Short, Robin Drew, Mary Jean Till, John Foote, Denise Wilson, Jackie Dempster-O’Halloran, Micheline Hill, Evan Ashenhurst, Melissa Ashenhurst, Pat Asling, Heather McCrae, Maureen Moore, Marilyn Brooks and Chris Green

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1. In A Christmas Story, what present does little Ralphie want the most? a) Lego b) A robot c) A BB gun d) A bike

2. Including Rudolph, how many reindeer does Santa have? a) Six b) Seven c) Nine d) Twelve

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Wrap your gifts with personal When it comes to the perfect holiday gift, it’s not necessarily what’s on the inside that counts. The magic of giving is due in large part to the colourful paper, breathtaking bows and other giftwrap accessories that create a festive sense of occasion. Statistics indicate that although gift wrap has grown to become a multi-billion-dollar industry, the way we give gifts is changing. The growing popularity of gift cards and “virtual” presents, like charitable donations, means fewer boxes to wrap, and many environmentallyconscious Canadians are looking for alternatives to traditional gift wrapping. According to Shelli Gardner, cofounder and CEO of crafting company Stampin’ Up!, there are countless creative ways to keep up with the changing times. “Gift wrap creates the sense of excitement and anticipation that is such an important part of gift-giving,” she says. “Even the smallest gift deserves to be presented with a bit of flair. From unique packaging ideas for gift cards to eco-friendly wrapping that can be reused time and time again, there are some exciting new trends to watch in 2012.”

Gift cards with style

Canadians spend over $6 billion on gift cards every year, so odds are, most people will have them on their holiday shopping list. However, this well-intentioned gift can often fall flat if presented in a store-branded envelope, or via email.

To give a gift card with style, Gardner suggests taking a small paper envelope and adding a festive stamp in a seasonal shade such as Cherry Cobbler or Gumball Green. The Stampin’ Up! Make a Mitten and Snowflake Soiree Stamp Sets include a variety of holiday-themed shapes; visit stampinup.ca to learn more. For an added touch, punch a hole at one end of the envelope and tie on some seasonally-inspired grosgrain ribbon. You can add it to your tree as an ornament until the time comes to open gifts.

A taste of holiday cheer

Start by adding a personalized gift tag with a festive twist: cut an oval shape using either a punch or die-cut tool like Stampin’ Up’s Big Shot, and add cool cuteness with the Snow Flurry Bigz Die shapes. Attach scalloped tulle and sprinkle on some Glass Glitter, which adds a bit of sparkle. For the finishing touch, stamp the tag with a festive sentiment like “Joy” or “Noel” using a themed stamp set, such as Stampin’ Up!’s Joyous Celebrations collection. Tie the tag to the top of the jar with some red and green ribbon, and voila: a gift container that will keep on giving. Details on these ideas and products are available online at stampinup.ca. - News Canada

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Inspiring ideas for your

For many Canadians, holiday home décor hinges on one very special tradition: the Christmas tree. Nothing symbolizes the spirit of the season better than spruce, pine or fir branches decked out in lights, ornaments and other festive embellishments. According to Shelli Gardner, cofounder and CEO of crafting and décor company Stampin’ Up!, the beauty of Christmas trees is that no two are alike. People decorating a tree have endless opportunities to get inspired, she says, especially with exciting new trends to watch in 2012. “From classic decorations that have been passed down for generations, to trendy modern-day ornaments, there are countless ways to put a unique touch on a Christmas tree,” says Gardner, “it all depends on individual taste. I’m a big fan of handmade ornaments, which are becoming more and more popular. They’re an exciting and creative way to put a personal touch on your tree this year, whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced crafter.”

Add a personal touch

Handmade ornaments created with cardstock, ribbon, punches and other accessories can have a definite ‘wow’ factor, with the added benefit of being truly one-of-a-kind. Crafting companies like Stampin’ Up! have introduced kits and coordinating accessories that make it easier than ever to create stunning decorations at home. For example, the nine-piece Ornament Keepsake Stamp Set includes a variety of festive ornamentshaped stamp designs that coordinate with punches, ribbons, and other embellishments. Using a red or green ink pad, simply stamp the ornament shapes onto white paper, cut them using the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, add some scalloped tulle ribbon and glittery embellishments, and let your creative juices flow. Best of all, handmade ornaments can be a festive opportunity to gather with family and friends for an afternoon of crafting. For expert guidance, consider gathering a group and participating in a holiday ornament party. Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in communities across Canada, hold parties designed to help build crafting skills. - News Canada

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Quizmas 3. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, what does Charlie Brown complain Christmas has become? a) Too noisy b) Too commercial c) Too expensive d) Too much work

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How to entertain on a shoe string From hosting holiday get-togethers to sharing traditional feasts with friends and family, the holiday party season can wreak havoc on your bank account. According to a poll by TD Canada Trust, Canadians planned to spend an average of $1,100 on food, gifts, and entertainment during the festive season last year. As you’re dashing through the mall buying last minute decorations, host gifts and groceries, consider these tips from TD Canada Trust on how to scale back the party season without scaling back on the cheer: • Make a plan – First, figure out how much you can afford to spend on parties this season. Think about the events you attended and hosted last year and look through your old bank statements to get a rough figure on how much you spent. You may be surprised at what you find. • Set a budget – Create a budget for what you can realistically afford and don’t forget to include incidentals like host/hostess gifts and taxis. Jump online to check prices and consider setting aside extra funds to cushion for unexpected invitations and expenses. If you’re hosting a party this year, understanding how much you have to spend and the true cost of things will help you decide whether to throw a cookie exchange, intimate dinner party or a big soiree. • Look for creative ways to cut costs – If the party is at your house, consider a potluck dinner and look to your garden for natural, evergreen decorations like holly and pinecones. If you’re attending a party and searching for a gift to bring the host, consider using your credit cards rewards points to find a suitable present instead of spending cash. • Start stashing cash now – Even if you don’t have a lot of money to save, start small, be diligent and it will add up. If you haven’t done so already, consider setting up an automatic transfer of a portion of your pay cheque into a savings account. - News Canada

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Holiday Season How to keep it simple this

Whether you like it or not, with the holidays fast approaching life is about to get a lot busier. Never ending social engagements, get-togethers, cooking, decorating, shopping - the list seems endless. By following these simple tips, you can stay organized and stress-free this holiday season. Make a list, and check it twice to ensure nothing gets overlooked. Along with your master list, create a budget of how much you want to spend and stick to it. When possible, plan ahead. According to a recent Duracell survey, over a quarter of parents have forgotten to buy necessary gift accessories, such as wrapping paper, tape, or batteries for gifts. By stocking up on items such as batteries you can avoid last minute trips to the store, and also avoid disappointment when your kids open their battery powered toys. Another great time saver is to have a supply of host and hostess gifts on hand, like wine or chocolates, so you never have to worry about showing up to a party empty-handed. If you find crowded shopping malls overwhelming, try shopping online. It’s a great way to save time, to seek out the best deals and to avoid showing up at a store only to find out they no longer have what you need. With many sites offering free shipping, it can pay to shop online. Finally, one of the most stressful parts of the holiday season can be entertaining friends and family. Whether you’re in charge of dessert, or the entire meal, always plan out what you’re cooking and buy ingredients several days in advance, so you have everything on hand. Try preparing some dishes a day or two in advance to cut down on event day stress. And remember, it’s the season of giving, so if you’re running out of time just ask friends and family to give you a hand. Even though the holidays are often overwhelming, remember that the most important task on any to-do list is to relax and enjoy the warm company of family and friends! - News Canada

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Quizmas 4. Which Jewish holiday usually falls around the same time as Christmas? a) Passover b) Yom Kippur c) Rosh Hashanah d) Hanukkah

Pet Love Gifts to please

Finding the perfect gift is part of the fun of holiday shopping. If you have an animal lover on your list, make their holiday one to remember with petthemed presents like these that are sure to please: • Cheers to little friends. What animal lover wouldn’t want to toast the season with Pet Holiday wine glasses and accessories? Themed gifts featuring pictures of beloved pets with funny sayings are big sellers and can be found at pet stores all over. • Picture this. You can’t go wrong with a personalized item featuring your loved one’s pet. Several websites allow you to order printed photos or photo books. • Stocking stuffer. Key chains, magnets and other -themed items, including gift cards are always a great addition to any holiday stocking. There are lots of great items available whether buying for a cat or dog pet parent. - News Canada

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Holiday Season 4 Ways kids can help others this

Parents can plant seeds of compassion this holiday season by letting their children care for others. This time of year there are many ways to nurture empathy. • Have kids help out with holiday planning. A parent hosting a party can ask their child how to make it more enjoyable for the guests. • Give a deeper understanding of how can they can make a difference through acts of charity. A fun way to introduce children to charity is World Vision Gifts (www.worldvision.ca/ gifts). Kids can also carry their own change to donate to charities collecting money in malls and shopping centres. • Volunteer as a family, perhaps visit a local homeless shelter, stop by a retirement home, donate food to a local food bank, or serve up a hot meal at a soup kitchen. • A homemade card is a great way for children to express thanks, and let people know they care about them. They can create cards for family, friends or teachers. - News Canada

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5. In which city is Miracle on 34th Street set? a) Philadelphia b) Chicago c) Los Angeles d) New York

6. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, how many sizes too small is the Grinch’s heart? a) Two b) Three c) Five d) Ten

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Tips for the extreme Holiday Taking holiday decorating to extremes is fun. But accidents can happen, especially when using a lot of electronic decorations on the outside of the house. Follow these safety precautions for outdoor decorating from CSA Group, a leader in electronic product testing and certification, to help make sure your house gets noticed for the right reasons: • Put your faith in the magic of the holidays but don’t fall for fakes: Whether it’s a waving Santa, rocking sleigh, or light-up Rudolph, avoid counterfeit electronic decorations that haven’t been certified for safe use. Look for the mark from an accredited certification organization like CSA Group on light strings, extension cords, and animated displays. Make sure they are marked for outdoor use and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. • Keep old holiday traditions, not old holiday lights: Carefully inspect light strings each year. Discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders or loose connections. • Sparkle without the spark: Turn off the electricity to the supply outlet before working with outdoor wiring. Unplug light strings before replacing bulbs and check to ensure replacement bulbs match the voltage and wattage of the original. To avoid a shock from damaged wire, use insulated fasteners rather than metal nails or tacks to hold light strings in place. • Stay dry: Keep electrical connectors for outdoor lights above ground, out of water, and away from metal eavestroughs. Connect outdoor lighting into receptacles protected by weatherproof ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). These can provide protection from electric shock by sensing ground leakage and cutting electrical power. • Don’t be silly with strings: Make decorating a family activity by planning out this year’s theme with the kids, but don’t let children or pets play with light strings. • Don’t overextend yourself: Use heavy duty extension cords for high wattage decorations and large electronically-animated displays and don’t overload extension cords. • It’s more than a faux-pas to keep lights up all year: Outdoor holiday lights are made for seasonal use only; extended exposure can lead to damage. After the holiday season, take down decorations and store them in their original packaging to keep the proper use instructions for next year. You can find more safety tips at www.csaholiday.com. - News Canada

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Holiday Party Planning a fun and festive

Whether you’re hosting a party for 30 or 300 people this holiday season, it’s important to plan and prepare leading up to the big day. Selecting the menu, creating the holiday décor, and ensuring the space is spotless before guests arrive, is paramount. Having planned hundreds of celebrations and parties, here are some of my tips and tricks for hosting the perfect holiday party that both you and your guests will enjoy. • Start with a color theme: red and gold or white and silver are both perfect for a holiday party. Incorporate these colors into everything from your invitations to your decorations. • Create vignettes throughout your home by grouping candles, ornaments, and flowers in the most visible spaces. • Save yourself the mess and use an artificial tree. Artificial trees look just as good as the real ones so your guests won’t be able to tell the difference. Consider using a product like Febreze Air Effects in Cranberry and Frost to add a touch of holiday scent.

• Good lighting is a must. Use lights on dimmers or consider adjusting the lighting with candles. There’s no such thing as too many candles – don’t be shy about using votives, pillars, and tapers everywhere. To create a unified scent around the house, try using Febreze Candles to add ambiance or as part of a festive centerpiece. • Sit down dinners can be intimidating so set up a variety of food stations instead. Your food stations can still include the holiday classics: set up a turkey carving station and let people help themselves to sides and stuffing. Colin Cowie is the party planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and Kim Kardashian. What sets Colin apart is his experiential approach to design; what you smell, touch, taste, feel and hear are carefully orchestrated to create the ultimate experience. - News Canada

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Caramel Spice Baked Apples

As the aroma of this dish dances through your home, you may find friends and family alike being drawn to the kitchen to investigate what’s baking. This dessert has all the elements of comfort food and is very easy to assemble, which makes it a great recipe for little ones to help by filling the apples. If this is the case, you may have to grab a few extra caramels, as all kids (big and small) love to sample when they are cooking.

4 Apples (MacIntosh, Empire or Paula Red) 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Nutmeg 2 Tbsp Butter, softened 1/4 cup Brown Sugar 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped 1/4 cup Brandy 1/4 cup Raisins 8  soft caramel candies, wrappers removed

Directions: 1. P  lace brandy and raisins in a small saucepan over low heat and simmer gently until the raisins have absorbed all the brandy. Transfer to a mixing bowl then add cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, brown sugar, pecans and mix well to combine. 2. S  et aside. Core the apples from the top to create at 1” wide cavity, ensuring to leave the bottom 1/4” intact so as to keep the filling contained in the apple while its baked. Next, score around the middle of each apple. 3. T  hen place the apples in a baking dish and fill each with the spiced raisin mixture. Top each apple with two caramel candies. 4. B  ake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes, or until the apples look soft and the skins have split. Remove from the oven and serve with vanilla ice cream. Serves 4 Chef Elizabeth Peck is owner of Peckish Catering and a Culinary Instructor. www.peckishcatering.ca

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Turkey Quesadillas

Tired of leftover turkey? These quesadillas are very versatile, whether served for a quick lunch or at a cocktail party these tasty bites are sure to please. 1 pkg 6� Flour Tortillas Canola Oil 1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce

2 Cup Sliced Cooked Turkey 3 Green Onions, sliced 1 Cup Carrot, julienne

Directions: 1. Place tortillas on work surface and lightly brush one side with oil. 2. Turn over tortillas and generously brush the other side with hoisin sauce. 3. Layer turkey across half of each tortilla. 4. Then sprinkle green onions and carrot over turkey. 5. Fold the undressed side of the tortilla on top of the dressed side. 6. Heat a sandwich press or fry pan on

high heat. 7. P  lace quesadillas on hot press and grill until golden brown on both sides. 8. Cut into 4 wedges and place on serving platter. 9. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Serve immediately. Makes 30 pieces. Chef Elizabeth Peck is owner of Peckish Catering and a Culinary Instructor. www.peckishcatering.ca

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7. At Christmastime, where is it tradition to kiss? a) Next to the tree b) At the front door c) In front of a snowman d) Under the mistletoe 8. Which famous Victorian author has had a strong influence on our modernday Christmas traditions? a) Thomas Hardy b) Charles Dickens c) Emily Bronté d) Lewis Carroll

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Disaste Avoid Gift Giving

While we know that it’s better to give than receive, still it’s always nice when a gift exchange doesn’t result in awkward silence, tears, or a store return. To avoid gift giving disasters this year, check out these easy tips from shopping experts at the bargain hunting website, RedFlagDeals.com: Use your ears. Listen up when someone is talking about their hobby so you can avoid buying something they already have or something they won’t be able to use. Striking up a conversation with them is a great way to narrow things down. Crowd Source. If you’re not sure about your gift, it never hurts to consult other people. Your best bet is people close to the recipient. You can also consult the community at RedFlagDeals.com, which has many savvy shoppers among its 500,000 members. Do some research. There’s nothing worse than a great gift that just misses the mark, like a beautiful sweater in the wrong size. If you’re buying a video game, make sure you’re buying it for the right system. You don’t want to show up with the greatest, hottest game from 2008. It’s a gift, not a lecture. Even if you mean well, giving gifts like a self-help book or dieting book may offend people. Instead, you could play it safe and give a gift card to a sporting goods store. You never want your gift to make someone feel bad. - News Canada

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To all the husbands wondering what to buy their better halves this holiday season, it’s not as complicated as you think. To get it right, take a look at these guidelines from Canada’s largest deal hunting website, RedFlagDeals. DON’T: buy something that makes her feel like your mom: com: avoid sweater vests with cats DO: listen to her and take hints. She might have men- knit into them, wrinkle creams, tioned a pair of earrings or a weekend getaway. Maybe supportive underwear, or calit’s a designer bag/shoes/coat she’s hinted about all year cium supplements. while assuming you weren’t actually paying attention. DON’T: make her feel like DO: buy something to make her feel pampered: a day at your housekeeper with a vacuthe spa, new perfume, or a fabulous bottle of wine (exum, iron or spatulas, all great tra points if it’s from the year you met/got engaged/were items but they might not make married). the best gifts. (If your wife has DO: make her feel appreciated: load up a digital photo hinted at a high-end vacuum frame with memorable photos, a new iPod with songs or a stand mixer, you can make from your past, or an eReader with books she’s always an exception.) wanted to read. DON’T: buy the first thing that you see. Chances are she’ll get you something better than a pair of slippers or a picture frame so you should do the same. And if she doesn’t, you still win because now you’re the thoughtful one. - News Canada

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9. What is myrrh? a) A gemstone b) A spice c) A fruit d) A perfume

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5 Easy tips to conquer the holiday Food temptations abound at this time of year, and all those parties with buffet tables can mean packing on an extra five to 10 pounds by the end of the season. Registered dietitian, Jane Dummer, suggests creating your own step-by-step system for navigating the buffet, including your favourites, but also keeping calories in check: 1. Scan the Table: Take in all the delicious options available and plan what you really want to make room for on your plate.

10. The Wise Men are also known as what? (There are two correct answers. You must get both to score points.)

2. Mini-size: Using a smaller plate not only makes a normal portion seem larger, but it’s also a great way to manage your portions and calorie intake. For beverages, opt for portion controlled sizes, such as bottled water or cola mini-cans, for example, which are 100 calories or less per serving.

a) Rabbis b) Magi c) Apostles d) Kings

4. Slow down: Take your time and be mindful of what you are eating. “It can take up to 30 minutes for stop signals to hit your brain. Pace yourself by savouring each bite so that you don’t over-indulge,” says Dummer.

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3. Go for colour: Make healthier food choices at the buffet by skipping the bland-coloured appetizers and instead focus on adding a selection of colourful vegetables to your plate.

5. Move out and socialize strategically: To avoid overeating, move away from the food. Focus on the purpose of the party – great conversation and good times with friends. - News Canada

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Million Lee Santa’s post office ready for its next

The 2007 holiday season saw volunteer postal elves helping Santa to answer more than 1.2 million letters and more than 45,000 emails. “Santa loves to receive mail,” says Louise Chenier, Canada Post’s ‘chief postal elf’, “and a very dedicated group of postal elves - more than 11,000 of them - are proud to help Santa with the task.” Letters are replied to in the language they are written. In 2007 that was 26 languages, including Braille, notes Chenier. Last year the post office had to contend with a ‘rogue elf’ who answered a handful of letters inappropriately. The isolated incident received national media attention but also generated universal public support for the program. The post office has tightened security procedures to ensure a smooth 2008 holiday season. “Every letter from Santa will have its own identification number,” says Robert Waite, Canada Post’s Vice-President of Corporate Social Responsibility. “This increased tracking capability, combined with a reminder to Santa’s special postal elves of the importance of keeping Santa’s mail under close supervision, will ensure Santa’s mail remains secure.” - News Canada

Children can write to Santa at:

Santa Claus North Pole H0H 0H0 CANADA

Since the Canadian post office began delivering Santa’s mail to his special postal code H0H 0H0 the North Pole post office has received more than 27 million letters. Prepared for its next million, Santa’s post office is open and ready to receive letters - and those important wish lists - from children all around the world.

Elf Chenier reminds all Santa’s pen pals to be sure to include their return address so Santa can write back. Children can email Santa by visiting canadapost.ca/santascorner

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Frosty the Snowman Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal. Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say, He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day. There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found. For when they placed it on his head he began to dance around. O, Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be, And the children say he could laugh and play just the same as you and me. Thumpetty thump thump, thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go. Thumpetty thump thump, thumpety thump thump,

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Over the hills of snow. Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day, So he said, “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun now before I melt away.” Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand, Running here and there all around the square saying, Catch me if you can. He led them down the streets of town right to the traffic cop. And he only paused a moment when he heard him holler “Stop!” For Frosty the snow man had to hurry on his way, But he waved goodbye saying, “Don’t you cry, I’ll be back again some day.” Thumpetty thump thump, thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go. Thumpetty thump thump, thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow.


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Dashing through the snow, In a one-horse open sleigh, O’er the fields we go, Laughing all the way, Bells on bobtail ring, Making spirits bright; What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight!

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh! A day or two ago I thought I’d make a ride, And soon Miss Fannie Bright Was seated by my side. The horse was lean and lank, Misfortune seem’d his lot, He got into a drifted bank, And then we got upsot. Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh! Now the ground is white, Go it while you’re young Take the girls tonight, And sing this sleighing song. Just get a bobtail nag, Two forty for his speed, Then hitch him to an open sleigh, And, crack!, you’ll take the lead. Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh!

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Up On the Housetop

Up on the housetop reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down thru’ the chimney with lots of toys, All for the little ones, Christmas joys. Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down thru’ the chimney with good Saint Nick. First comes the stocking of little Nell, Oh, dear Santa fill it well; Give her a dolly that laughs and cries One that will open and shut her eyes. Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down thru’ the chimney with good Saint Nick. Next comes the stocking of little Will, Oh just see what a glorious fill Here is a hammer and lots of tacks, Also a ball and a whip that cracks. Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down thru’ the chimney with good Saint Nick.

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Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head,

The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes, But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes, I love Thee Lord Jesus, look down from the sky And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all dear children in Thy tender care, And take us to Heaven, to live with Thee there.

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QuizmasAnswers 1) c-A BB gun, 2) c-Nine, 3) b-Too commercial, 4) d-Hanukkah, 5) d-New York, 6) a-Two 7) d-Under the mistletoe, 8) b-Charles Dickens, 9) b-A spice, 10) b-Magi and d-Kings

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How to warm up your spirit this As cold weather approaches, we start to layer on clothes and make the necessary arrangements to adapt to the change in season. Installing winter tires, raising the thermostat, and pulling out warm sweaters are ways we prepare for the drop in temperature, but we often overlook how to combat the winter blues. Here are a few ideas on things to warm up your spirit during the cold winter months: Spend time with loved ones. The changing of the seasons can sometimes usher in a slump in the mood. Lack of sunlight, snow, ice and more snow may have you feeling tired and irritable. The best way to lift your spirits is to stay social and spend time with family and friends. Don’t let winter’s grey skies and cold temperatures keep you holed up at home alone. Be sure to get out and get some fresh air and enjoy outdoor winter activities like skiing, tobogganing and skating with your nearest and dearest. Food for the soul. People say music is food for the soul. Whether you’re battling snowy roads in your car, working away at the office or spending some down time at home, keep yourself in good spirits with some favourite tunes or a good laugh. A great way to keep your options open is satellite radio. SiriusXM offers commercial-free listening and has something to suit everyone’s musical tastes – pop, rock, country, electronic, dance, jazz and classical. There is also special programming during the holiday season along with sports, news, talk and comedy to help you get into the festive spirit. Prepare a healthy home-cooked meal. We have a tendency to eat more during the colder months, whether celebrating or simply gathering with friends and family at a favourite restaurant. Instead of visiting a favourite greasy spoon again, try cooking a healthy meal at home for your family. There is something comforting in preparing and eating a home cooked meal and sometimes, there’s nothing like good conversation over a good banquet at the dinner table to bring loved ones together. - News Canada


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