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• Historically it is said that the holiday tradition of decorating Christmas trees started in Germany. The first decorations were simple white candles followed by roses a bit later. • In 1605, a groundbreaking moment occurred when a tree in Strasbourg, France, a city on the Rhine River near the German border, was brought inside for decorating. It was adorned with paper roses, nuts, wafers, sweets and lighted candles. After this, more trees were brought indoors and making ornaments became a family holiday tradition. • Much imagination was used to come up with thoughtful and creative decorations, including cookies and painted eggshells. The introduction of tinsel in 1610 was a huge favorite, originally made with pure silver. • One of the first Christmas trees in England was an 1840 Royal Family celebration when Queen Victoria included a tree in honor of her German-born husband Prince Albert’s heritage. Being the great influence that she was, many people wanted their own trees!

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Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth at 29,029 feet (8848 m) above sea level. The National Geographic Society has determined the mountain to be even taller by six feet (1.83 m), but that height has not been made official yet. • Mount Everest is in what is called the Sagarmatha Zone of Nepal, in the Himalaya Mountains, on the border with Tibet and China. Sagarmatha is the Nepalese name for the mountain, meaning “the head in the great blue sky.”

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• Scientists say that the shifting of tectonic plates in the region continue to push the whole Himalaya mountain range higher by 1.6-3.9 inches (4-10 cm) per year.

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• There are records of expeditions trying to ascend Mount Everest as far back as 1924. The first successful summit was not achieved until Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top on May 29, 1953.

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• Mount Everest was originally named “Peak XV” (15) by Sir George Everest, who first recorded the location in 1841. He was Surveyor General of India from 1830-1843 and in 1865 the name was changed to honor him.

• That first ascent was via the first of fifteen routes that have been mapped to the top. Since that ascent there have been more than 3000 people who have reached the summit over 5000 times. More than 75% of those climbs have been since the year 2000. The popularity of extreme sports and the availability of guides and travel privileges for many people have made mountain climbs of this caliber a reality for more people. • Mount Everest is not a very hospitable place for man or animals. In ascending to the top, as the altitude increases, the oxygen levels decrease. Consider that at 9,800 feet (2987 m) the oxygen present is only about 2/3 of what it is at sea level. At 20,000 feet (6096 m), the level is down to roughly half. By the time the summit of Everest is reached at 29,035 feet (8850 m) (the new figure for its height) the oxygen is severely depleted to only about 1/3 of the normal at sea level.

◆ Inexpensive gift idea: On the front of an empty photo album or scrapbook, print out and arrange color photos of your recipient in a collage. Glue the photos to the front of the album and cover with a decoupage glaze, like Mod Podge. Let dry and glaze again. You’ve just made a one-of-a-kind gift!

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live-action version of “Tarzan.” Mark told me about the film and his character, John Greystoke: “It’s not the Victorian ‘Tarzan’ that we all grew up with. It’s a modern take on it. My character is almost like a Richard Branson type -- a wealthy but well-intentioned adventurer and entrepreneur. He discovers there’s a serious energy source -- a sort of meteorite, which crashed in Africa -- and he wants to find it. “He brings his family with him, which of course is a stupid decision, but I suppose in the moment it doesn’t seem stupid because he doesn’t go thinking he’s going to die. He ends up unleashing a mystical force that he never could have anticipated, and everything goes south.” *** Q: I just rented “The Queen of Versailles” and was mesmerized by the story of David Siegel, his wife, Jackie, his family,

and his struggle to save his time-share/ real-estate business. Do you have any updates on how he is doing now? -George F., Naples, Fla. A: David recently made national news when he sent a memo to his employees encouraging them to vote for Mitt Romney in the recent presidential elections. But, politics aside, David was quoted in a Reuters interview this past summer: “We’re the most profitable we’ve ever been.” He also is continuing work on his family’s new home, which is modeled on the Palace of Versailles in France. In fact, just before the movie’s premiere, David filed a defamation suit over the film’s portrayal of his business as failing, asserting that some of the film’s scenes were staged or exaggerated. *** Q: When will “Merlin” return to Syfy? --

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Community Events POPPA DAWG BLUES BAND Fri, Dec 14 at 8:00 PM Minstrel Cafe & Bar, 4638 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna “Kelowna’s premier bluesman performing everything from Memphis to Motown“ $5 entertainment charge.

◆ It was the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, who made the following observation: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” ◆ Those who study such things say that a rainbow can’t be seen at midday; the optical phenomena are visible only in the morning or in the late afternoon. ◆ In 1982, a radio station in Allentown, Pa., thought its rating could use a bit of a boost, so it came up with a contest: Three contestants, selected at random, would live on top of one of the station’s billboards (portable toilets and sleeping bags were provided). The last one to give up would be awarded a mobile home. The problem was, nobody wanted to give up. The three men who climbed to the top of the sign at the end of September were still there come March 1983. In that month, one of the contestants was arrested for dealing drugs, but the remaining two stayed aloft until May. Once the freezing winter was finally over, the radio station decided to declare both of the men winners. ◆ As the end of the year approaches, you might consider an old British tradition of fortune-telling. Light a candle, place it on the floor and jump over it. If the flame does not go out, you’re likely to enjoy good luck during the coming year. ◆ If you’re like the average American, you use between 75 and 100 gallons of water every day. ◆ The Sahara Desert is nearly as large as the continental United States. *** Thought for the Day: “If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” -- W.C. Fields

Lake Country Big Band’s A Swingin’ Christmas Fri, Dec 14 at 7:00 PM Creekside Theatre, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country Lake Country Big Band presents annual food bank fundraiser concert. Enjoy a wide selection of classic big band and Christmas music with special guests: the Mixed Blessings Choir. Admission $5 plus an item for the food bank. Tickets available at Woodsdale Store, Winfield United Thrift Shop or at the door. All proceeds go to the Lake Country Food Bank. BELIEVE IN THE MAGIC – CELEBRATION SINGERS STYLE! Fri, Dec 14 at 7:30 PM Mary Irwin Theatre (Rotary Centre), 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna Sat, Dec 15 at 7:30 PM Creekside Theatre in Lake Country A special magical tour of music & dance Dec 14 and 15. Susan Skinner’s Celebration Singers will bring their unique style of entertainment along with Dance City Academy (just back from their New York City tour) and Peter DeRoche’s renowned ‘Take Note’ female ensemble. General seating. $20/adults, $17/students & seniors, $10/ children 12+ under. Purchased at RCA Box Office (250) 717- 5304 or Creekside Theatre at (250) 766-5669 or at the door. Stanley Park Brewing’s Comedy Bloodsport 6 Fri, Dec 14 at 8:00 PM Streaming Cafe, 596 Leon Avenue, Kelowna. Decide the fate of local comedians. Will the audience vote them to the finals, securing a life of fame and fortune or send them back to their parents’ basement? You decide! Santa Sleigh Bus & JBMAC Holiday Open House Fri, Dec 14 at 3:30 PM Johnson-Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre, 3737 Old Okanagan Highway, West Kelowna. The Kelowna Regional Transit Santa Sleigh Bus & JBMAC Holiday Open House. Visit with Santa on the bus and bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped gifts for the Salvation Army. Then come inside, meet our staff, and have a peek at what the pool offers. Sleigh Bus in Pool parking lot 3:30-4:30pm. Coloring Sheets, Cookies & Play 3:304:45pm. Coffee House Caroling! Fri, Dec 14 at 7:00 PM Mission House Coffee, 203, 5315 Main Street, Kettle Valley, Kelowna. Mission House Coffee and Cupcakes, located in beautiful Kettle Valley, will be open late on Friday December 14th for caroling and holiday cheer! come one come all! Belgo Elementary Christmas Craft and Gift Fair Sat, Dec 15 at 10:00 AM. Belgo Elementary, 125 Adventure Rd, Kelowna. Admission: $2/person, $5/ family, or by food donation to the food bank. An assortment of local crafts and gifts. Bring your cookie tin for the bake sale. Silent auction on site. Gift wrapping table for easy holiday shopping.

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• President Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. president to have a Christmas tree in the White House, in 1856. The first “national” Christmas tree erected was by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. However, the first “official” tree was not switched on complete with electric lights until President Calvin Coolidge moved the tree to its location near the White House in 1923. •


Many of the ornaments in the early years of decorating trees were handmade from paper, cloth or even foods, such as cookies. Hand-stitched snowflakes were also very popular.

• Special items that emerged for decorating trees in America were cranberries and popcorn. Early Americans would string the readily available, colorful foods for trimming their trees.

Up until the 1880s Christmas ornaments were mainly handmade by families and friends and given as gifts. Many were disposed of after a season. The only ornaments sold publicly were hand-cast lead and hand-blown glass German decorations. German entrepreneurs saw the possibility of a market developing for mass marketed ornaments in the early1880s.

• Lauscha, Germany became the hub of the glass ornament business and had many glass companies. For years they had been producing glass articles such as marbles and bottles and soon began creating glass molds for ornaments. Their first ornaments were molds of Christian saints, famous people, children, animals and more. These new ornaments were a huge success and were in demand. Nearly every family in the Lauscha area became involved in the business of making glass Christmas ornaments either in a home-based foundry or local factory • Ornaments became highly prized possessions with the special touches of individual craftsmanship. Germany captured the world market for glass Christmas ornaments for many years. • Another German city, Dresden, near Lauscha, started its own ornament businesses, different from the glass ornaments of their neighbors. The Dresden artists constructed brightly colored designs of birds, fish and other animals out of pressed and embossed paper. Their treasures were a hit as well; for weddings, birthdays and other occasions in addition to Christmas.



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• As the decorations gained popularity in the United States, F.W. Woolworth, an early American mass merchandiser, began importing German glass ornaments in the 1880s. By 1890, he was reportedly selling approximately $25 million worth of the ornaments! •

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When World War I broke out in 1914 many things, including sentiments toward purchases of Christmas ornaments, changed. There was a backlash against all things German. Sales and production of German ornaments slowed, but only for a while.

• Also, Japan started producing ornaments on a huge scale in the 1920s and took a slice out of the ornament market that Germany held. The Japanese specialized in newer and more colorful designs. The Czech Republic also became known for their fancy Christmas ornaments and shipped many to the U.S. • More than 250 million Christmas ornaments were being imported to America by 1935, mostly from Germany, Japan, and the Czech Republic. This was when U.S. businessman and German immigrant, Max Eckhardt, an importer of ornaments, knew that America needed to be producing, not just importing. • Eckhardt and Bill Thompson of the F.W. Woolworth Company worked together to convince the Corning Glass Company of Corning, New York to enter the ornament market. Corning had been making thousands of light bulbs out of very thin glass using a “ribbon” glassblowing machine. The machine could produce 2,000 bulbs per minute! Eckhardt believed the machine could be altered to produce Christmas ornaments instead of light bulbs. • Corning began trials with their equipment and employees, making ornaments in various shapes and sizes. Soon, it was clear they had the equipment and abilities for the job. Woolworth’s requested production of over 230,000 glass holiday items for their stores. In 1939 they began selling the American-made ornaments. • By 1940, Corning Glass was producing nearly 300,000 decorations per day and shipping them all over the U.S. Corning actually sold most of their ornaments to Shiny Brite, a company owned by Max Eckhardt. Eckhardt’s business was so big, he had four New Jersey locations and his main office and display room in New York City. • Eckhardt’s Shiny Brite factories continued making glass Christmas balls and decorations throughout World War II. They used innovative solutions when products were rationed. When metal paints and varnish were not available, the company would use lighter paints and cardboard instead of the usual metal tops and heavy paint.

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Celebrate More, Stress Less Is the rush, rush, rush After you attend the performance, encourage of the holiday season your children to produce their own version by giving you a bah- pulling out clothes and hats from a dress-up box humbug attitude? Now is the week to take a and re-enacting a favorite scene. breather, relax and enjoy what already awaits --Take in holiday events at historic sites and you and your family in your own community. museums. Discover how busy local elves have been, Make a traditional craft from another country to working all year long to plan a cultural feast of decorate your home, prepare a tasty treat that the crafts, concerts and colossal events for us all. early pioneers made on wood-burning stoves, You also might be inspired to create your own or discover how Christmas was celebrated in a simple versions of holiday 1900s logging or mining camp delights when you get back while you breathe in the brisk home. winter air on a horse-drawn Here are some ideas to warm wagon. up the season: --Let music soothe holiday stress --Treat your family to an early right at home. Christmas gift with tickets to Heat up cups of hot cider and a holiday performance in your create your own version of “The area. Twelve Days of Christmas.” Traditional favorites include Now hundreds of years old, “The Nutcracker,” Handel’s this yuletide carol continues to “Messiah,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and delight all ages. Spice up the familiar version “The Little Match Girl.” Before you attend the and make your own verses such as: 12 grandmas performance, familiarize your children with baking, 11 children singing, 10 dads a-shoveling, what they will see and hear. Visit your public 9 pairs of mittens, etc. library for a version in the form of a book, CD --Let visions of sugar plums dance in their or DVD, or check for excerpts online. heads. Enjoy discussing the background of the work, Gather quilts and pillows, and let kids sleep including the historical period it represents. beside your twinkling Christmas tree. If you are preparing for a musical, listen to a recording and notice your children begin to hum their favorite melodies. **** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”

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‘89 Travel Mate 5th wheel. Clean 27.5FT unit 250-575-2191 w/twin beds, winterized. 1979 T-Bird super $3750 250-320-0150 clean straight car, 460, 55 Buick Special. 4 dr auto, white on white w/ hrdtop. Red & black. burgundy trim. Extra Rebuilt motor w/264 honeycomb mag rims engine nail head. $5000 250-320-0150 $10,000 in chroming. 5,000 miles in last 12 Four 15 inch..Studded years. Red/black cloth winter tires. Used one & leather seats. Asking short winter – Lots of tread $75.00 ea. $23,000. Ph. 250 835 8830 Call Ron 250-765-0112 Kelowna. For Sale 1991 Buick 3.8L Model T Ford parts, all kinds! 21/27 engines, trans, fenders etc. Call your needs to Al at 250-320-0150

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V6, auto, fully loaded, 2dr. Winterized! $1200 1997 Ford F-250 4x4 supercab 3dr, 4.6L V8, auto $3144. 250-320-0150

2002 Quad Cab Ram 4x4 1500 sport model, V8, auto, loaded! 233,000 km’s. 20” mags & new tires, air flow gate $8999 250-320-0150

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Tip Week

This is a brand new column that we’re going to be offering each week. It is written by Trevor Cairns, the publisher of Tidbits Vernon & Tidbits Kelowna. Trevor is a resident of Vernon and been living & doing business in the Okananan for almost 10 years. Mostly, these practical tips are little tidbits of information (pardon the pun) that Trevor has found helpful to his own life. Some things you’ll like, some you may not. You may agree or disagree. But please take what you will, and consider it a gift from Tidbits – The Neatest little Paper Ever Read®

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Today’s Tip of the Week has to do with snack foods. Are you the type of person that likes to munch on some snacks while watching tv or reading a good book? For a lot of us, our snack-of-choice is a bowl of potato chips or tortilla chips. These chips though can be greasy, fattening and leave us feeling guilty because we’ve indulged in a snack that’s not exactly what the doctor would recommend. But here’s the problem: Most healthy alternatives don’t taste good. They may be healthy, but they are not filling, not fun to eat, and end up turning a ‘treat’ into a chore. But my tip this week will hopefully change all that. Next time you’re at the grocery store, look for the brand PoPchips® (Pop Chips)*. These chips are really delicious, very similar to regular chips (no sacrificing flavor or texture) and best of all – they’re pretty healthy. They are gluten free, and certified Kosher by the kof-k kosher supervision. And some flavors are even vegan. All Pop Chips use non-gmo ingredients. There is 0 grams of trans fats, 0 grams of saturated fats, and in fact, there is no oil used at all in the popping process (to a little bit to make the seasonings stick to them). I noticed this right away, because when you eat them – you don’t get greasy fingers like you do with other potato chips.

Helpful Tips

This week’s Tip of the Week is this: Next time you have a craving for a snack, try a bag of Pop Chips. They’re tasty and healthy (a great combination!) and are available just about everywhere chips are sold. And that’s this week’s Tip of the Week! *More info on Pop Chips can be found at or by calling Pop Chips at 1.866.217.9327. Please note that I receive no compensation for writing about Pop Chips; its just a tip that has helped me and I wanted to share it with you. Nothing more. (But you’re welcome PoPchips®)

Has this Tip of the Week been helpful to you? Trevor would love to hear from you! He can be reached by email at OR by mail 5277 Silver Star Rd, Vernon, BC, V1B 3K4.

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