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December 17th, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Challenge

12 Days of Christmas

Do you like to solve puzzles? Do you want to challenge your children or grandchildren this year? Have them guess what each item in the song would cost in to-days dollars and then Google each item to find the current cost.

Hint: There are several internet sites that will list these prices but it is part of the hunt for them to find this information on their own.

This is a great challenge in that it involves:

  1. Research
  2. Addition
  3. Multiplication

 

Lyrics:

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

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December 17th, 2012

Fun Christmas Kids Recipe – Santa Hot Dog Crescent Rolls

Guest post from Tracy at Having Fun Saving.

Are you guys excited for tonight’s Christmas contest with Operation Santa and twentieth Century Fox?  I know we are!  I thought everyone would like a nice and fun recipe to get the kids even more excited about Santa’s upcoming visit.

Look how adorable these Santa Hot Dog Crescent Rolls are… they are fun to make and your kids will LOVE them.

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Ingredients:

  • Hot dogs
  • Crescent rolls

Instructions:

  • Slice the hot dog in the middle so that it has legs
  • Make small slices on the sides to give Santa some arms
  • Form the Crescent Roll dough to form the hat and accessories
  • Bake until golden brown (about 11-13 minutes) at 350 degree

If you are looking for ways to save money this holiday season – either on your holiday shopping or your groceries, be sure to visit Tracy at Having Fun Saving. She has fun, frugal ways to enjoy the holiday season and save while doing it.

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December 15th, 2012

The Dear Old Tree (Poem)

The Dear Old Tree by Luella Wilson Smith

The Dear Old Tree

There’s a dear old tree, an evergreen tree,
And it blossoms once a year:
‘Tis loaded with fruit from top to root,
And it brings to all good cheer.

For its blossoms bright are small candles white
And its fruit is dolls and toys
And they all are free for both you and me
If we’re good little girls & boys.

Luella Wilson Smith

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December 13th, 2012

Some Christmas Dinner Leftover Ideas

But if you plan ahead, finding innovative ways to re-use your Christmas meal can be effortless

Let’s face it. During the holidays we love to share our love by cooking and baking. And each holiday I think it is fair to say that we just cook way too much, bake way too much and eat way too much. But if you plan ahead, finding innovative ways to re-use your Christmas meal can be effortless

What Can You Do with Christmas Leftovers?

  • Make soup. Leftover ham, turkey, pork and beef can all be used to make delicious soups. Look up some recipes, or just cut them up and put them in the slow cooker with some leftover veggies and broth. The possibilities are endless.
  • Use them on sandwiches. Among the easiest post-Christmas meals is the ham or turkey sandwich. Just cut off a slice, put it on some bread, add a piece of cheese and you have an effortless lunch. You don’t mind expending a little energy, ham salad and turkey salad are easy ways to change it up.
  • Reinvent leftover potatoes. Plain baked, mashed or boiled potatoes can easily be transformed into a whole new dish. Add baked or boiled potatoes to soups or use them to make potato salad. Use mashed potatoes to make potato pancakes or add them to casseroles.
  • Vegetables go far. Incorporate leftover vegetables into new meals. From salads to omelets and all the way to shepherd’s pie, there are plenty of things to do with your leftover vegetable side dishes.
  • Wrap it up. Tortillas and leftovers go wonderfully together. Just chop up any leftover meat, add lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayonnaise or dressing, and you have a refreshing light lunch. You can also try making burritos or quesadillas out of leftovers.
  • Freeze them. To prevent food poisoning, leftovers should be refrigerated promptly and used within 3 to 4 days. If you won’t use your leftovers in that amount of time, freeze them for later use. Place them in freezer containers or plastic bags, label them with the contents and date, and freeze them as soon as possible. If you have specific plans for them, you can go ahead and chop them up or separate them into portions to save time later on.

With the right planning, your Christmas meal could actually help feed your family for several days after the big day…and you don’t even have to eat the same thing every day to do it.

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December 12th, 2012

Helpful Tips to Reduce Stress During Christmas Week

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time for families. But between the last minute shopping, the gift wrapping, the planning and the cooking, the week of Christmas can get insanely stressful. 

Christmas to do list

Here are some tips to help you keep stress to a minimum so you can enjoy Christmas to the fullest.

  • Keep meals as simple as possible. Using a meal plan and preparing ingredients ahead of time can help you keep meals healthy with less stress. But if things are getting too hectic to cook, remember that tossing a frozen pizza in the oven one night won’t cause irreparable harm.
  • Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand. This will help eliminate worries about the kids getting the nutrition they need each day. Popular grab-and-go options include seedless grapes, baby carrots, trail mix and wheat crackers.
  • Enlist some help from the kids. Ask teens to take over cooking duties from time to time, and give younger kids step by step instructions for making one dish while you work on another. Even preschoolers can be surprisingly helpful – ask them to fetch ingredients and help with the measuring.
  • Keep your to-do list doable. It’s far too easy to over-schedule around Christmastime. Planning ahead is key. Sit down and make a list of everything that needs to be done by the 25th a couple of weeks ahead of time, then spread it out. That way you won’t be rushing around at the last minute.
  • Make time for yourself. Schedule some time for exercise each day, and make sure you have at least a half hour or so to just relax in the evening. By making sure your own needs are met, you’ll be better able to attend to everyone else’s.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected. Not everything will go as planned, so it’s important to be flexible. Simple measures such as tidying up the guest room and keeping extra food on hand for unexpected guests can save you some worries.

And most of all, remember you don’t have to be a superhero. The best memories you’ll create at Christmas is the time you spend together…so do lots of that and let the other worries slide off your back.

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December 8th, 2012

50 years of Christmas Stamps – 1990′s

USPS Holiday Stamps 50th Anniversary

How many of these Christmas stamps from the USPS do you recognize from years gone by? I bet seeing many of them will instantly conjure up some wonderful holiday memories!

This video covers the 1990′s.

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December 7th, 2012

Cambridge Ohio Letter FROM Santa

Dear Santa … Deadline to get a letter from Santa is Dec. 18, 2012

Get a letter from Santa deadline is December 18, 2012 in Cambridge OhioSo you live in Cambridge ,Ohio and would love to get a letter from Santa Claus this Christmas? Here’s how!

  1. Write a letter to Santa Claus. Slip it in an envelope and mark it “Santa, North Pole.” Make sure you include a return address.
  2. Drop the letter in the special white “Letters to Santa” box in the lobby of the Cambridge post office. No postage is necessary if you put it directly in this box.

Every child submitting a letter will receive a response: It’s that simple!

It’s best give Santa a week or so to respond — given that his schedule is pretty full this time of the year — by submitting your letters no later than Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Questions? Call the Cambridge, OH post office at 432-2351.


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