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Published by Cape Gazette, 2018-11-20 10:42:33

2018 'Tis The Season Guide

Holiday Happenings and More in Coastal Delaware

Keywords: Christmas,Delaware,Holiday

SEASON’tis the

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12 Holiday decorating
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Deny Howeth synonymous with the season.

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holidays and beyond Jen Ellingsworth

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the colors of

Decorations adorning
homes and businesses in The colors red, green, gold,
the familiar colors of red and silver are prominent
and green are popular come the during the holiday season.
holiday season. Even gift wrap,
greeting cards and clothing tend
to lean toward red and green
as the holiday season hits full

It is difficult to think of
Christmas without envision-
ing everything awash in these
popular colors, broken up only
by the inclusion of gold, white
or silver accents.

The colors of Christmas are
often taken for granted, and
many celebrants are unaware of
how these colors became sym-
bols of the holiday season and
why they remain so to this day.

Several theories exist as to
why red and green became the
hallmarks of Christmas. One
such theory is that the colors
evolved from pagan celebra-
tions similar to the evolution
of Christmas traditions. Prior
to the arrival of Christianity,
many cultures viewed the color
green as the symbol of life . It
is believed that, during harsh
winters, evergreen trees were
cut down and brought indoors
to symbolize that life still exists
and thrives despite the cold and
darkness of winter. Other pagan
holidays featured the use of
green, red and gold, including
the festival of Yule.

As Christianity spread across
Europe and other parts of the
world, red and green were
linked to Jesus Christ. Green
still represented life, but now
this was the eternal life of-
fered by Christ. Red was said

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Continued from page 6 brought to baby Jesus, making it a in 1828, when they were brought back
to symbolize sacrifice, namely the color of significance within the Chris- from Mexico by Joel Poinsett.
blood of Jesus when he died on the tian faith.
cross. Some Christians believe that The holiday season is filled with
Jesus wore a crown of holly thorns Red and green poinsettias also are many different colors that brighten
whose berries were originally white. a symbol of the holiday season, but up homes and businesses. Combined
As Jesus’ blood touched the berries, they didn’t start the colorful tradition. with the many twinkling lights used
they turned red. Poinsettias are a relatively recent addi- on displays, red and green decorations
tion to Christmas symbolism, as they can add vitality to the dark days of
Some theorize that the red of the were only first introduced to America December.
holiday season represents the apples
on the tree of paradise in the Garden
of Eden. Around the 14th century, the
faithful would put on Paradise Plays
on December 24 to share the story
of creation with those who could not
read. It is nearly impossible to find a
fruit-bearing apple tree in the winter,
so a pine tree adorned with red apples
was used instead.

Bishops also wore red robes, further
tying the color red to religious masses
and celebrations.

Gold is frequently used in holiday
decorations as well. Gold can repre-
sent the sun and light, both important
ways to ward off the dark winter. In
addition, gold was one of the gifts



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Simple ways to dress up
your home for the holidays

The holiday season is rife with tradi- hang the wreaths on a home’s main A touch of green: Drape evergreen boughs
tions that focus on fun and family. One entrance. Celebrants who want to go a on staircase handrailings or on the mantle.
such testament to the festive spirit of less traditional route can hang wreaths with holiday-colored decor if you do
the holiday season is the many homes made of holly, citrus fruits, ribbons, or not want to clutter the space with
and businesses decorated with the any other greenery instead of the more knickknacks. A red and green blanket
lights and colors that have become customary evergreen wreaths. draped over the sofa can give off a
synonymous with the season. comforting holiday vibe.
• Decorate with ornaments.
Decorating for the holiday season Ornaments are not exclusive to • Focus on the front door and
can be time consuming. While decking Christmas trees. Fill a vase or bowl entryway. Celebrants who do not
the halls may not take as long as holi- with metallic ornaments and place it have the time to decorate their entire
day shopping and wrapping presents, in a prominent location, such as a busy homes can create a warm, inviting
interior and exterior decorating for the hallway or the foyer of your home. space by decorating their front doors
holidays may consume anywhere from Hang ornaments on clear filament and entryways.
2.5 to 3 hours per session. from the mantle or within the main
window of the house, where they can
• Hang holiday wreaths. Holi- reflect tree lights and add sparkle.
day enthusiasts without much time
to decorate can invest in a couple of • Bring in more greenery. Drape
holiday wreaths, which can be dressed evergreen boughs on staircase hand-
up as much or as little as celebrants railings or on the mantle, or use green-
prefer. If you do not have the time to ery to frame doorways.
string lights on the house, wrap them
around wreaths hung in windows or • Use throws and decorative
pillows. Change the look of a room

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Make holiday decorating easier this year

It is not the holiday season until decorate it before you get started on • Divide and conquer. Nothing
homes, stores and town centers are decorating the rest of the house. If you makes holiday decorating go faster
decorated in lights and tinsel. When do not get to all of your other decorat- than delegating decorating tasks. As-
entire neighborhoods are enhanced ing, at least the tree will be ready and sign specific tasks to your helpers. Put
by bows and animated figurines, the your home will still have some holiday one person in charge of decorating the
celebratory tone is set and decorations appeal. Once the lights are on, deco- living room while another handles the
can trigger happy feelings associated rating the tree is a great activity for outside lights, wreaths and inflatable
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Keep your natural tree fresh this Christmas

Natural Christmas tree afficiona- make it through the season when they Natural trees also provide a unique aroma
dos love the authenticity such trees get home. that can make holiday celebrations feel more
provide during the holiday season. homey.
Natural trees also provide a unique • Place the tree in water the mo-
aroma that can make holiday celebra- ment you get home. To prevent the
tions feel more homey. base of the tree from drying out, place
it in water the moment you get home.
When purchasing natural trees, Freshly cut trees may initially need the
holiday celebrants, especially those water in their tree stands filled in the
who like to buy their trees in early morning and then again in the evening.
December, may be concerned about As the season progresses, trees likely
keeping their trees fresh throughout won’t need their stands filled more
the holiday season. than once per day.

The following tips can help trees last • Place the tree away from heat
until the final present is unwrapped sources. Placing trees away from heat
and the last of the egg nog has been sources, such as radiators, fireplaces,
consumed. heating vents, and lights, reduces the
likelihood that trees will dry out and
• Buy a freshly cut tree. Whenev- also reduces the risk of fire.
er possible, celebrants should cut their
own trees. This ensures that the tree A few simple strategies can help
they bring home is fresh, increasing holiday revelers ensure their Christ-
the chances it will remain so through- mas trees make it through the holiday
out the season. season unscathed.

If it’s not possible to cut your own Give the gift of volunteering!
tree, the National Fire Protection
Association notes that fresh trees Volunteer YOUR Way!
should have green needles that do not
come off when touched. Trees that
appear to be dried out or those that
shed needles when touched should be

• Protect trees on the way
home. The Tree Care Industry As-
sociation advises consumers to protect
their Christmas trees as they transport
them home.

Wrap the tree in a plastic wrap so it
makes it home damage-free. A dam-
aged tree might not make it through
the holiday season.

• Cut pre-cut trees before leav-
ing the lot. Pre-cut trees can make
it through the holiday season looking
their best, but buyers should request
that employees cut as much as two
inches off the bottom of the tree be-
fore leaving the lot.

Once trees are cut, sap begins to seal
their base, making it hard for them to
absorb water.

By requesting that between one and
two inches be removed from the bot-
tom of the tree at the time of purchase,
buyers are ensuring their trees will be
able to absorb the water they’ll need to

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Live Christmas trees: Minimize the mess

A Christmas tree is often the cen- Face a tree’s trunk toward the front of the car long after being cut. Spruce trees, usu-
terpiece of holiday decorating. Trees to prevent needles from becoming loose and ally the least expensive variety on lots,
come in many shapes and sizes, both falling off in your home. may only last two to three weeks.
real and artificial.
a branch and see if the needles remain • Wrap and transport. Ask the
Those looking for a more authentic intact. Give the tree trunk a bump tree seller to freshly cut the bottom
tree gravitate toward real trees, with on the ground and assess how many of the tree and wrap the entire tree
their rich, earthy smell and beautiful needles drop to the ground. Look at in twine so it will be easier to move.
boughs of green. the color of the tree and determine if it Place the tree on the roof of your car
is wilting. with the trunk facing the front of the
While the sights and smells of real car. This way the wind will not fan out
trees are what draw many people in, • Choose the right variety. Some the branches and loosen up needles.
live trees do require more mainte- varieties of tree have more staying
nance than their artificial alternatives. power after being cut than others. So- • Choose the right location. It
Falling pine needles and sap are part called “true firs,” such as noble, Fraser, may seem like a good idea to put the
of the live-tree package, as is regular Nordmann, and Turkish, usually last tree right in front of a picture window,
watering and some initial tree prepara- the longest. Douglas fir, Scotch pine, but if that window receives ample
tion. balsam, and grand fir trees also last sunlight, the tree may dry out more
quickly, leading to falling needles. The
• Buy a fresh tree. Christmas same can be said for putting a tree
tree lots may begin to crop up before too close to a heating source, like a
Thanksgiving, meaning trees will have fireplace, radiator or heating vent. A
been cut and shipped weeks before. cool, shaded area is best for keeping
The tree you put up in your home may trees fresher longer. Fit the tree in
be at least two months old by Christ- the stand while it is still outdoors and
mas Day. Also, trees that are open to wrapped up and then move the entire
full sunlight at tree lots can dry out product inside to the right spot. This
prematurely. helps minimize dirt, bark and needles
getting all over the room.
Look for trees that seem freshly cut
and have good needle retention. Grab

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart!

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Festive tree-trimming tips and techniques

People have visited forests to select dry out and become a fire risk. Tree trimming is one of the most enjoyable
their Christmas trees for centuries. • For added safety, anchor a tree to aspects of the holiday season.
While tree sellers conveniently sta-
tioned in store parking lots and artifi- a wall or ceiling, so it will not tumble
cial trees displayed in various retailers over onto children or curious pets.
have led fewer people to venture into
the wilderness, the Christmas tree is • In homage to the first German
still an important component of holi- Christmas trees, decorate with natu-
day celebrations. ral ingredients, such as berries and
pinecones. Also, use apples, nuts and
Trees are very popular today. Ac- marzipan candies.
cording to StatisticsBrain, 10 million
artificial trees are sold in the United • To free up more space for presents,
States each year, while 34.5 million place a narrow tree stand inside of a
real tress are sold annually. Such trees waterproof planting container. Place
require decorating, and the following the tree inside. This will provide a
tips can help celebrants do just that. more streamlined look that’s neater
than a tree skirt.
• Prune the tree first. Be sure to
shape the tree as desired, since natural • The more lights the better.
trees will have branches sticking out. • For a whimsical approach, match
Wear gardening gloves to avoid being the tree decor to home decor and the
covered in sap. color of furniture.
• Make handcrafted ornaments with
• Position trees away from heat the whole family.
sources, such as fireplaces, vents or • Hang the most delicate pieces
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Are poinsettias poisonous?

Christmas trees, Santa Claus, meno- the rumor that poinsettias are deadly sea, vomiting or diarrhea. Some who
rahs, and glittering lighting displays may have been around for more than touch the plant may develop a rash
are just a few of the many prominent a century, tracing its origins all the after contact.
symbols of the holiday season. And way back to a child who was found
while mistletoe might garner more dead lying next to a poinsettia plant. While poinsettias are not deadly, the
attention and inspire more displays The plant was blamed for the child’s NCPC still advises those who plant
of affection, poinsettias are another death, and even though that blame was to include the plant in their holiday
prominent sign that the holiday season misplaced, the stigma stuck. WebMD decor to take every measure neces-
has arrived. notes that others trace the false ru- sary to prevent children and pets from
mors surrounding poinsettias to 1919, swallowing it. Placing poinsettias be-
Thanks to its bright red and green when parents blamed the death of yond the reach of kids and pets is one
colors, the poinsettia is perhaps the their daughter, who they thought had simple way to accomplish just that.
ideal holiday plant. But as much as it eaten poinsettia leaves, on this ubiqui-
suits holiday decor and seems tailor- tous holiday plant. Poinsettias are everywhere come the
made for that special time of year holiday season. And because they’re
between Thanksgiving and the first of Even today, when researchers have not fatal, celebrants can continue to
January, the poinsettia has a reputation long since proven that poinsettias are display these beautiful plants that call
that few plants would want. not deadly, many people still believe to mind the colors of the season.
they can be fatal if consumed.
First discovered in Mexico and
brought to the United States by The NCPC notes that, in most cases,
Dr. Joel Poinsett, the poinsettia has exposure to any part of a poinsettia
long been rumored to be poisonous. plant in children or pets has little, if
However, the National Capital Poison any, effect. However, if the plant is
Center notes that poinsettias are not swallowed, some people and pets may
deadly. In fact, the NCPC notes that experience symptoms including nau-

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Stay safe when stringing holiday lights

Lighting displays are one of the Holiday lighting displays help make this time • Employ the buddy system.
many things that help make the of year special. When stringing lights, always work
holiday season a special time of year. placing it too close to heat sources, with at least one other person. This
Often awe-inspiring, holiday lighting making sure it is at least three feet makes it safe for homeowners who
displays present a perfect opportunity away from fireplaces, radiators, must climb ladders to string lights on
for communities and individuals to candles, heat vents, or lights. especially tall trees and/or on their
showcase their festive sides. home exteriors.
• Check all lights before string-
Safety should be a priority when ing them. All lights, including those • Avoid work in bad weather.
stringing holiday lights inside and going on trees inside a home and those The weather during the holiday season
outside a home. Displays strung on being strung outside, should be in- can sometimes be unpleasant or un-
exteriors can pose safety risks if home- spected prior to being strung. Look for predictable. Check the forecast before
owners do not exercise caution. Fortu- any worn or broken cords and replace stringing exterior lights to ensure
nately, strategies can help homeowners any defected lights. Mother Nature won’t pose a threat.
safely decorate their homes’ interiors Avoid hanging lights if the forecast
and exteriors this holiday season. predicts wet, icy or windy conditions
that can make ladders unstable.
• Choose a fresh tree. The NFPA
recommends celebrants who prefer • Turn lights off when going to
natural Christmas trees choose ones bed and/or leaving the house. Inte-
with fresh, green needles that do not rior and exterior holiday lights should
fall off when touched. Dry trees are not be left on when no one is home
more likely to catch fire than freshly or everyone inside is sleeping. If left
cut trees. Adding water to the tree on overnight or when no one is home,
stand each day will keep trees fresher lights may contribute to fires that dam-
longer. When placing the tree, avoid age homes and may even prove fatal.

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Enjoy an eco-friendly holiday season

The color green is synonymous with wrapping paper that will ultimately Celebrants can take steps to reduce their
the holiday season, as Christmas trees, end up in landfills, wrap gifts in reus- carbon footprints between Thanksgiving and
mistletoe and holiday wreaths feature able gift bags or old newspapers. If New Year’s Day.
prominently throughout the month of you must use wrapping paper, choose
December. But there are ways to make recycled paper.
this holiday season even greener.
• Turn down the thermostat.
Going green can save homeowners Holiday music fans know that the
substantial amounts of money and weather outside can be frightful during
benefit the planet in various ways. the holiday season. But holiday hosts
homes as festive as possible. year can turn down the thermostat to
save energy and make conditions in-
• Choose LED holiday lights. side the home more comfortable. Extra
Holiday lighting displays help make bodies inside the house will warm the
the season even more special. But place up, allowing homeowners to turn
traditional incandescent holiday lights down the thermostat during parties.
consume considerable amounts of en-
ergy and burn out much more quickly If you’re traveling for the season,
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According to, LED holiday heating an empty home.
lights consume less energy than incan-
descent holiday lights, and they’re also • Send e-cards. Holiday cards are
safer because LED lights burn cool, a tradition in many families. But paper
reducing the risk of combustion. cards contribute heavily to that extra
million tons of holiday-related waste
• Get creative with wrapping noted by the EPA. In lieu of paper
paper. Instead of purchasing holiday cards, send e-cards.

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Understand hazards of holiday decorating

According to the U.S. Consumer Decorating for the holidays results in beautiful visual displays, but can be hazardous if pre-
Product Safety Commission, do-it- cautions aren’t taken during installation of lighting features.
yourself holiday decorating activities
resulted in an average of about 240 in- 94th Anniversary
juries per day during the holiday sea- 1924 2018
son of November and December, 2017.
Statistics such as these contribute to Celebrate
the growing popularity of professional the
holiday and decorating companies like
Christmas Decor, the premier holiday Holiday!
lighting and decorating company in
North America, which now takes over Gifts, Candles, Jewelry, Accessories,
outdoor decorating chores for more
than 50,000 homes and businesses and of course, Delmarva’s Best Furniture
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“The simple truth is that holiday 27 Baltimore Avenue Selbyville, DE 19975
decorating can be hazardous,” said Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Design Services Available
Mike Gray of Christmas Decor by
G.M.G. Inc. in Lewes, a franchise
member of Christmas Decor, Inc.
“Beyond the risk of injuries during
installation, there are risks associated
with using the wrong type of lighting
and hardware and choosing the wrong
spots to anchor or string lights and
other decorations.”

Gray strongly recommends that
Lewes property owners consider us-
ing a professional decorating service
this holiday season. But for property
owners who plan to install their own
holiday décor this season, Gray offers
the following safety tips:

• Ladder safety: More than 40
percent of holiday decorating injuries
involved falls from ladders, roofs, fur-
niture, and step stools. Here are tips
from the American Ladder Institute
to help avoid becoming part of that

• Wear sturdy shoes with slip
resistant soles. Leather soles are not
slip resistant.

• Use a ladder rated to hold your
weight combined with the weight of
your tools and decorations and long
enough to reach without having to
stand on the top rung.

• Set your ladder up on even
ground or use leg levelers.

• Follow the “three point-of-
contact rule”: Always face the
ladder and always have two hands and
one foot, or two feet and one hand in

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Hazards • Use only lights that have plugs can achieve with consumer-grade
containing fuses. lighting and accessories. Our design-
Continued from page 24 ers are trained to execute lighting
• Check to see that outdoor displays on high roofs, ladders, and
contact with the ladder steps, rungs lights been certified for outdoor use. in tricky situations. Just as important,
and/or side rails. our installation crews use the utmost
• Make sure that extension care when decorating each client’s
Never reach so far that the buckle cords are rated for the intended use. home or business, avoiding damage
on your belt is outside of the right or to moldings, roofing, or architectural
left rail of the ladder. • Stay away from power or elements.”
feeder lines leading from utility poles
• If your ladder is metal (includ- into older homes. The Christmas Decor Franchise
ing aluminum) it will conduct electric- Network has been decorating homes
ity. If a live wire from holiday lights • Fasten outdoor lights securely and businesses nationwide since
touches a metal ladder, it can cause to trees, house walls, or other firm 1986, focusing on exterior decorating
electrocution. supports to protect them from wind services. Christmas Decor franchisees
damage. Use insulated staples (not offer customized lighting displays,
• Don’t drink and decorate and nails or tacks) to hold strings in place garlands, wreaths, and bows. The full-
don’t decorate at night. Alcohol or run strings of lights through hooks. service package that each Christmas
consumption when climbing ladders Decor client receives includes design,
can lead to injury and death, and deco- • Plug lights into circuits protect- installation, maintenance, removal,
rating at night is dangerous. ed by ground-fault circuit interrupters and storage of all decorations.
(GFCIs) to protect against electric
• Lighting safety: It’s important, shock. Portable outdoor GFCIs can be For information, contact Mike Gray
but it’s not enough, to ensure that purchased where electrical supplies of Christmas Decor by G.M.G. Inc. in
lights have been tested for safety by a are sold. GFCIs can also be installed Lewes at 302-645-9926 or mwgray55@
recognized testing laboratory and to permanently to household circuits by You can also learn more at
check each set of lights for broken or a qualified electrician. Since its inception
cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, in 1986, Christmas Decor has risen to
or loose connections. For a safer holi- “Holiday decorating doesn’t need become the premier holiday lighting
day lighting display, property owners to be a hazardous activity,” said Gray. and decorating company in North
should also keep these tips from the “Our decorating professionals help America.
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Save energy with holiday decorations

Decorations might be awe-inspiring, energy than LED lights. Gradually Timers also are a safety precaution.
but those that include lights often replace older light strands with newer, • Use homemade decorations.
lead to substantially higher energy energy-efficient LEDs. Not only do
bills. Fortunately, there are ways for LEDs require less energy, but they You also can save energy and money
homeowners, whether they prefer also can last longer than incandescent by recycling materials into holiday
subtle displays or more over-the-top bulbs, meaning you won’t have to décor. Trim branches from trees and
arrangements, to save money and still replace them as frequently as more use them in vases for an instant wintry
celebrate the holiday season in style. traditional bulbs. look.

• Switch to more efficient lights. • Use timers. Timers can be set to • Rely on extension cords. You
A great way to ensure holiday displays turn lights on and off at specific times, can extend the length of displays with-
consume less energy is to change ensuring lights aren’t turning on dur- out using more lights by spacing out
the bulbs being strung. Incandescent ing the daytime or being left on into light strands with extension cords. In-
lights can use 80 to 90 percent more the night by forgetful homeowners. tersperse spotlights to add attention to
key elements of your display as well.

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Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
In a one horse open sleigh Jingle all the way
O’er the fields we go Oh, what fun it is to ride
Laughing all the way In a one horse open sleigh
Bells on bob tails ring Jingle bells, jingle bells
Making spirits bright Jingle all the way
What fun it is to laugh and sing Oh, what fun it is to ride
A sleighing song tonight In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
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Wrap your
holiday guests
in comfort

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Guests are a large part of the holiday season. Help them feel comfortable
Day marks one of the busiest periods of the year for whenever they visit your home.
long-distance travel. The United States Department
of Transportation says that come Thanksgiving,
the number of long-distance trips (50+ miles away)
increases by 54 percent, and around Christmas that
number rises by 23 percent over the remainder of
the year. Those travelers ultimately need a place
to rest their heads, and many stay with family and
friends. Entertaining during the holiday season in-
volves accounting for guests’ comfort, and that often
means hosts must put their visitors’ needs over their
own. Although some sacrifices need to be made,
there is a way to find a happy compromise that can
help the holidays go smoothly and happily. Consider
these ways to help guests feel welcome whether they
stay for a few hours or a few days.

• Cater to specific dietary needs. One of the
ways to treat guests kindly is by being aware of any
special dietary needs they may have when it comes
to preparing holiday meals or other foods during
their visits. Some guests may require low-sodium
diets, while others may be monitoring their blood-
sugar levels and must dine accordingly. Vegetarians
and vegans limit the foods they eat, while others may
avoid foods based on religious preferences. Offer a
variety and try to cater to guests’ needs as much as
possible. When in doubt, consult with the guest so
he or she feels welcome and does not go hungry.

• Make sleeping spaces as private as pos-
sible. Not everyone has a separate guest room for
overnight stays, but try to make sleeping areas as pri-
vate as you can when visitors spend the night. Use
privacy screens or set guests up in a family room
that’s away from activity. Hosts may want to give up
their own rooms for the comfort of guests.

• Offer storage space. One way to make guests
feel comfortable is to give them their own storage
space. This can include space in a closet, a couple of
drawers to stow their belongings, or hangers in the
entryway for coats and other winter attire. Not only
will this keep things more organized, it can provide
guests with comfort.

4. Include guests when preparing for enter-
taining. Many guests like to feel involved, and by
including them in meal preparation, decorating or
shopping, you can help them feel included and ap-

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Gingerbread goodness

Gingerbread is a broad term preserved ginger.
that can describe anything from The term went on to refer-
a firm and crispy cookie to a
moist, soft cake. ence ginger-flavored cakes
in the 15th century, and gin-
Traditionally, gingerbread is gerbread eventually became
seasoned with ginger, cloves, popular throughout the world.
nutmeg, and other aromatic Even though gingerbread cakes
spices. Molasses and brown and cookies have been made for
sugar counteract the spice with centuries, Germans are often
sweetness. North Americans credited with creating ginger-
have been baking gingerbread bread houses, according to
in various shapes or forms Smithsonian.
for more than 200 years, and
the recipes even pre-date the They were probably modeled
American revolution. after the witch’s candy cottage
in the German fairy tale, “Han-
However, gingerbread dates sel and Gretel.”
back even further to the Shake-
spearean era, with The Bard Even though gingerbread can
having mentioned it in one of be made any time of year, it is
his plays. particularly associated with the
Christmas season, with ginger-
Gingerbread’s name can be bread men and other fanciful
trace to medieval England and shapes turning up on cookie
once referred to any kind of platters.

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Christmas cookies made simple

Baking cookies is a holiday tradition soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
for many families. Come the holiday All you have to do is add the wet
season, many homes are filled with the ingredients and any extra embellish-
inviting scents of vanilla, cinnamon ments to make the mix your own.
and melting chocolate.
Baking cookies can be a social oc- • Prepare ahead. Many cookie
dough recipes can be made and stored
casion in which family members and for later use. In fact, refrigerating a log
friends gather to create recipes passed of cookie dough can make it easier to
down through generations. Or bak- cut or handle later on. Spread out the
ing can be a solitary venture in which bulk of your baking over two days and
cookies are prepared and packaged as you might feel less taxed.
holiday gifts. Either way, people who • Try a no-bake recipe. Creative
bake during the holiday season under- culinary experts continually reveal
stand that making Christmas cookies their clever tricks, and many of these
can be a time-consuming, yet reward- include no-bake versions of favorite
ing, process. desserts. No bake cookies come to-

• Use a cookie mix. Who says you gether in a matter of minutes, but still
have to toil and make cookies from employ a host of delicious ingredients.
scratch? It’s the thought that counts, Recipes frequently feature similar
and any number of creative recipes ingredients to traditional cookies, but
can begin by utilizing a premade bak- rely on chocolate, honey or peanut
ing mix. These mixes already have butter as the setting agent to keep
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Move over pumpkin spice, it’s cranberry season

Besides the ubiquitous “pumpkin spice,”
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These tart and delicious berries are
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Cranberry Margarita
1 1⁄2 shots of tequila
1 shot of cranberry juice cocktail
1⁄4 C of whole berry cranberry sauce
1⁄2 shot of triple sec
10 ice cubes
Sweetened dried cranberries, for
Lime, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish
in a blender. Blend on high until smooth
and frosty. Serve in a margarita glass.
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Holiday appetizers perfect for entertaining

Presents may get much of the glory brisket, ribeye, ground beef, stuffing
during the holiday season, but there is mix, egg, water, garlic, salt, and pep-
much to be said about the foods found per in a large bowl, mixing lightly but
throughout this time of year as well. thoroughly. Shape into 24 11⁄2-inch
During the holiday season, people meatballs.
frequently find that dinner invites,
cocktail parties, office happy hour Place on a rack in a broiler pan that
gatherings, and other opportunities for has been sprayed with cooking spray.
socialization are easy to come by. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until the
internal temperature reads 160 F.
Mini Merry Meatballs Serve meatballs with barbecue sauce.
1⁄2 pound ground beef brisket 1⁄2 C chopped white onion Meanwhile, prepare the Cranberry
1⁄4 pound ground beef ribeye 1 T minced garlic Barbecue Sauce.
steak boneless 2 1⁄2 C fresh cranberries
1⁄4 pound ground beef (80 per- 1⁄2 cup orange juice Heat oil in a medium saucepan over
cent lean) 1⁄2 cup water medium heat. Add onions and garlic;
1 C seasoned stuffing mix 1⁄3 cup ketchup cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes, or until
1 egg, beaten 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar tender, but not brown.
3 T water 2 T cider vinegar
1 t minced garlic 2 T molasses Add remaining ingredients, stirring
1⁄4 t salt 1⁄2 t ground red pepper to combine.
1⁄8 t pepper
Cranberry Barbecue Sauce Preheat oven to 400F. Combine Bring to a boil; reduce heat and sim-
2 t vegetable oil mer for 20 minutes, or until cranber-
ries burst and the mixture has been
reduced to a thick consistency, stirring
occasionally. Remove from heat; cool
slightly. Transfer mixture to blender
container. Cover, allowing steam to
escape. Process until smooth. Season
with salt, as desired.

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Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle bell, jingle bell, What a bright time, What a bright time,
jingle bell rock it’s the right time it’s the right time
Jingle bells swing
and jingle bells ring To rock the night away To rock the night away
Snowin’ and blowin’
up bushels of fun Jingle bell time Jingle bell time
Now the jingle hop is a swell time is a swell time
has begun
To go glidin’ To go glidin’
Jingle bell, jingle bell, in a one-horse sleigh in a one-horse sleigh
jingle bell rock
Jingle bells chime Giddy-up jingle horse, Giddy-up jingle horse,
in jingle bell time pick up your feet pick up your feet
Dancin’ and prancin’ Jingle around the clock
in Jingle Bell Square Mix and a-mingle Jingle around the clock
In the frosty air in the jinglin’ feet
That’s the jingle Mix and a-mingle
bell rock in the jinglin’ feet

Jingle bell, jingle bell, That’s the jingle bell
jingle bell rock
Jingle bell chime That’s the jingle bell
in jingle bell time
Dancin’ and prancin’ That’s the jingle bell
in Jingle Bell Square rock!
In the frosty air

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Easy Christmas breakfast Chipotle cinnamon
Combine yogurt and water in mixing

bowl. Whisk until blended. Add spices
to dry muffin mix in a large bowl. Add
Christmas morning is an exciting Spiced Yogurt Muffins yogurt and water mixture to the muf-
and joyous time for families. Children 61⁄2 C plain fat-free Greek yogurt fin mixture. Mix until just blended.
are anxious to rush downstairs and see 4 C water, room temperature Don’t overmix. Using a scoop, portion
what Santa has left under the tree, and 1 box (5 lbs) Gold Medal® Muffin into greased or lined muffin pans.
parents are eager to see the looks on Mix, Whole Grain Variety Bake at 350 F for 24 minutes, or 17 to
youngsters’ happy faces. 3 T McCormick pumpkin pie spice 20 minutes in a convection oven, until
2 T McCormick the tops are golden brown.
Having a fast and easy breakfast
at the ready on Christmas morning
allows families to jump right into the
festivities rather than spending too
much time in the kitchen. It’s never too late to
This recipe for “Spiced Yogurt Muf-
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ENTERTAINING Your Holiday Hangout!

foods steeped
in tradition

Chanukah, which roughly translates
to “dedication” or “induction,” is a
Jewish holiday celebrated each year in
November and/or December, depend-
ing on the Jewish calendar. Although
it may not hold the same level of
spiritual significance as some other
holidays of the religion, Chanukah is a
highly anticipated and popular holiday
among people who practice Judaism.

Two miracles are celebrated on
Chanukah. One of them is a victory by
a small number of Jews known as the
Maccabees, who defeated the Greek
army occupying the Holy Land. The
other miracle occurred when the Mac-
cabees liberated their Temple from the
Greeks. They only discovered a single
night’s worth of oil to light the meno-
rah. However, that oil managed to burn
for eight days and nights.

Chanukah celebrations include
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Pastry chef offers tips for
simple holiday entertaining

Whether you're hosting a small holi- on a few star desserts and cocktails, Prepare batch cocktails so you can keep
day gathering with friends or a formal which can easily elevate any party." glasses filled, guests happy and have plenty
dinner party with family, entertaining of time to mingle and enjoy.
can be stressful. Here are Kaelberer's three favorite
tips for simple holiday entertaining.
With a few simple food-focused tips,
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For ease of planning, Executive To save time, her team prepares batch
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acclaimed Edwards Dessert Kitchen Apply this practice to your party plan-
in Minneapolis suggests focusing your ning and you can keep glasses filled,
gathering around the table. guests happy and have plenty of time
to mingle and enjoy.
"Food is what brings people togeth-
er, so it can easily serve as the focal For inspiration, look to classics such
point of a gathering," says Kaelberer. as the Old-Fashioned, which features
"You don't need to go out and pur- holiday flavors and warm spices. Add
chase a bunch of expensive décor and a splash of color to the presentation by
spend hours transforming your entire topping your punch bowl with orange
home." slices or cherries. To accommodate all

"Holiday prep can be overwhelming, Continued on page 44
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Pastry chef leave your guests thinking you spent pie filling.
hours in the kitchen? Garnish with graham cracker and
Continued from page 43
your guests, accompany your bar of- Thankfully, you don’t have to be a serve.
ferings with something simple, festive talented pastry chef to make a high- Turtle Pie Ice Box Cake
and non-alcoholic, such as sparkling impact spread. A decadent, thaw-and- 2 packages chocolate wafer cook-
cranberry water. serve pie from your grocer’s freezer ies
can elevate the occasion in minutes, 2 16-ounce containers whipped
• Make the dessert spread your whether it’s served straight out of the cream
grand centerpiece. Your beautiful box or deconstructed into a new holi- 2 Edwards Turtle Pies
desserts deserve to be the center of at- day creation.
tention. Holiday florals and ornaments In a 9-inch cake ring or springform
can be expensive for how infrequently To inspire your upcoming holiday pan, arrange a layer of wafer cookies.
they’re used, so save time and money bash, Kaelberer is sharing two recipes Spread a cup of whipped cream on top
by letting the seasonal sweet treats she crafted using crème pies that you of the cookies, spreading out to the
serve as the holiday décor. can find in the frozen dessert aisle. edges of the pan.
You and your guests will be thrilled
Keep things visually interesting by with the indulgent results. Gently press one frozen pie into the
serving a variety of flavor options with Pumpkin Pie Budino whipped cream. Layer another round
different textures and colors, such as 1 Edwards Pumpkin Crème Pie of wafer cookies on top of the pie,
layered trifles, fluffy pies and stacks of 32-ounce container whipped pressing in to avoid air gaps.
cookies and bars. cream
1 C caramel sauce Place another cup of whipped cream
Play around with platters, serving 1 C crushed graham crackers on top and spread to the edges of the
bowls and flatware that have varying pan. Repeat with another pie and gen-
shapes and heights. Thaw pie slightly for 20 minutes. tly press in.
Scoop out filling and set aside. Pipe
• Rely on premium, thaw-and- whipped cream layer into a glass. Add a layer of wafer cookies and
serve desserts to bring the sweet. top with remaining whipped cream.
If you’re planning to make desserts the Add caramel sauce layer, spoon or Add crushed wafer cookies on top for
focal point of your next gathering, why pipe pie filling layer, add crushed gra- garnish. Freeze overnight.
not opt for eye-catching items that will ham cracker layer. Add a second layer
of whipped cream, caramel sauce and Remove the springform pan and
fill in sides and edges of cake with
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Beef brisket pairs well with potato
latkes, and beef or veal tongue also
may be served.

• Kugel: Potatoes are often baked,
along with other hearty vegetables,
into casseroles called “kugels.”

• Challah: Challah is a leavened
bread traditionally baked and served
on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.
The braided white bread is both at-
tractive to look at and tasty to eat.

Food plays a big role in many Cha-
nukah traditions, as there are various
delicious dishes steeped in historical

Be prepared for unexpected company

The latter part of the year is full of ing requires hosts have some spirits on Guests tend to drop by on a moment’s notice
social engagements with family and hand. Stock the bar with a few staples, during the holidays. Preparing for the unex-
friends. such as red and white wine, vodka, pected can make such visits more enjoyable.
rum, whiskey, and mixers. Also, you
Pew Research Center says 92 per- may just want to create a signature or • Create an aromatic atmo-
cent of all Americans plan to cel- seasonal cocktail that can be served sphere. Scented candles that evoke
ebrate Christmas as a holiday, with 69 when guests arrive, such as a spiced the aromas of the season can refresh
percent using it as an opportunity to punch or a holiday eggnog. stale indoor air. Butter cookie-, apple
spend time with family and friends. pie- and cinnamon-scented candles
• Cue the playlist. Put together a can make it seem like you just finished
While many occasions surrounding playlist of favorite holiday music that some holiday baking.
Christmas are anticipated for months will provide the ideal ambiance should
in advance, unexpected pop-ins are guests ring your doorbell. Thanks to
also the norm this time of year. services like Spotify, Amazon Music
and Pandora, holiday music that fills
• Have food available. Even if a home with the sweet sounds of the
guests pop in for a little while, it’s nice season is now always accessible.
to be able to offer them something to
eat. Keep cheese and crackers, fresh • Keep things neat. Set aside
fruit, pretzels, and other snacks on a closet or space that can serve as
hand. Make-ahead, crowd-friendly a catch-all where errant items can
foods can be prepared and frozen. quickly be stored should guests ar-
Casseroles, pasta dishes and stews are rive. Gather loose toys, books or stray
hearty and can serve in a pinch when papers in a basket and then stash the
unexpected visitors arrive. Simply take basket in the closet until guests depart.
out to defrost and heat up. Routinely empty the dishwasher so
dirty dishes left in the sink can be
• Keep the bar stocked. Toast- quickly loaded before guests arrive.
ing to a happy holiday season is the
norm during this time of year. Toast-

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Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring Sleigh bells ringing
Are you listening Are you listening
In the lane In the lane
Snow is glistening Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight We’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away, is the blue bird Gone away, is the blue bird
Here to stay, is the new bird Here to stay, is the new bird
He sings a love song, He sings a love a song
As we go along As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow In the meadow
we can build a snowman we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Parson Brown
He’ll say are you married And pretend that he’s a circus clown
We’ll say no man
But you can do the job We’ll have lots of fun
When you’re in town with Mr. Snowman

Until the other kiddies
knock them down

Later on When it snows
We’ll conspire Ain’t it thrilling
As we dream by the fire Though your nose, gets a chilling
To face unafraid We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way
The plans that we’ve made Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland Walking in a winter wonderland

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Springerle Christmas Cookies are unique dessert

By Denise Clemons Personalized, laser-engraved options le, but first, a few tips. The dough will
 Cape Flavors columnist can make cookies reading “from the be very dense and takes some effort to
kitchen of” followed by the baker’s roll out smooth.
As you begin baking for the up- name.
coming holiday season, consider Don’t roll the dough too thick or it
Springerle (spring-uhr-lee) a tradition There are rolling pins to emboss will puff too much and lose the design.
for hundreds of years in Bavaria and cookies with images from “Breaking Cookies that are too thin or overbaked
Alsace. These white, anise-flavored Bad” or “Harry Potter”; you can im- will be very hard. Don’t use a silicone
cookies are made from a simple egg, print cannabis leaves, emojis or robots. baking mat, or the bottom of the cook-
sugar and flour For pretty decorations, there are a vast ies will be wet.
dough. Typically array of elegant floral and damask pat-
rectangular in shape, terns. And, for that special someone Experiment with the embossing roll-
their key feature is a on your shopping list, consider a Star- ing pin, which can stick to the dough.
design embossed on Wars-themed embossing rolling pin I found it easier to use it as a press to
the surface. featuring Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Han make the impressions, then lift and
In order to keep Solo and Princess Leia. turn and press again.
the images from
vanishing during Prices for Springerle rolling pins As counterintuitive as it may seem,
baking, the cookies range from under twenty dollars for the longer you let the formed cookies
spend hours drying commercially produced options to sit out before baking, the better the
on the cookie sheet Densie Clemons almost three-hundred dollars for finished product. I’ve waited as little as
custom-designed hand-carved, spe- a few hours without mishap, but only
before baking. They cialty wood creations. You can do your when the humidity was very low.
emerge from the oven pale and slightly shopping on several quirky online sites
brown on the bottom, barely crisp on as well as find a wide selection from Now, your only quandary is whether
the outside and almost creamy in the Amazon and Etsy. to buy Springerle rolling pins and bake
center. After a few days in a cookie special cookies or give everyone on
I’ve included the recipe for Springer- your list a rolling pin all their own.
Happy Holidays!

tin, their flavors intensify, giving you
a bright bite of anise to complement
their melting sweetness.
According to food historians, adding
designs to baked goods originated in
ancient Mesopotamia where archeo-
logical sites have uncovered stone
and clay molds used for decorating
flat breads. To create the designs for
today’s cookies, you will need either a
Springerle rolling pin (see photo) or a
flat Springerle press. Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like
The oldest known Springerle mold the sight and smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree.
dates from 14th century Switzerland.
Round in shape, the mold depicts the Join us for a day of holiday fun at our farm,
Easter lamb. This is consistent with and bring home a few feet of holiday cheer.
the history of Springerle which were
originally stamped with images from Fresh-cut from New York
the Bible. Modern presses and rolling Prices: $30 - $50
pins are carved with whimsical motifs
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As with any tradition, technology Sales begin November 23rd
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