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News and Tips to Make Your Life Easier, Safer, and Happier...
December 2012
Jim Hall
President & Agency Owner
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How To Break The Rules of
Holiday Entertaining
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "People are always getting ready to live
but never living." This year, with hundreds of details surrounding holiday
gatherings threatening to ruin your holiday memories, take a few moments and
think about how much nicer it would be if you enjoyed the special moments with
your family and friends. Instead each year you spend countless hours in the kitchen,
slaving over a hot stove while your guests enjoy themselves in the next room.
Imagine if you could spend more time with them, sharing stories and enjoying their
company. It can be done.
Perhaps it’s time to tweak some traditions, take a few shortcuts and rethink
your personal holiday entertaining rules. There are many options to help you
entertain in style without all the hassle (and you'll still get rave reviews).
Planning ahead can help you reduce stress and give you back your holidays.
Consider these five easy steps to simplify holiday entertaining:
1. Fill your freezer with tasty treats to pull out at a moment's notice. Pre-made
appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts that you can thaw, bake and serve are
lifesavers during the holiday season.
2. Let someone else do the cooking. Many grocery stores and restaurants offer
complete ready-to-eat family-size carry out dinners. While not inexpensive,
there are many online companies (like Kansas City Steak Company) that make
it easy for you to have tasty holiday meals delivered right to your door, with
minimal effort and maximum flavor. They do all the preparation; you get the
3. Pizza is a crowd pleaser. Sure, go ahead and prepare that special brunch or
dinner, but you don’t have to go all-out for every meal over the 4-day holiday
weekend. Order a pizza or take-out or bring out leftovers and finger-foods for
other meal times.
4. Think potluck for entertaining. Guests are more than willing to bring a dish for
holiday gatherings. A simple request, like: "We're going to try something new
this year. I'd like you to bring your favorite appetizer, side dish, dessert, etc. I'll
provide the roast (of your choice) and beverages." Few things are more social
than a potluck meal. This allows you to get together with your favorite people
without doing all the work yourself. Do a little planning up front, and you'll
have a wonderful meal where everyone can take a bow.
5. Use paper or plastic. Okay, even I admit, the fancy dishes are (Continued on pg. 2)
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a nice, elegant touch, but even nicer is spending time with your loved ones, instead of washing
dishes for two hours at the sink. If you must, for a few bucks more, you can buy “fancy” plastic
Reevaluate traditions. Just because your mother and her mother spent days (or all week) preparing the
Christmas holiday meals, doesn’t mean that’s the best plan. It's okay to give yourself permission to create new
traditions that fit your lifestyle while still satisfying the taste buds of the special people in your life.
We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, and we hope you relish the food, company and
celebrations of the holiday. Most of all, we hope you make memories that will last a lifetime.
December Fun Facts
Christmas purchases account for 1/6th of all retail sales in the U.S.
Originally a pagan tradition, Christmas trees were not all that common before 1840, when they
regained popularity through Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.
Christmas became a national holiday in America on June 26, 1870.
Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday (1836), and Oklahoma
was the last state to recognize it (1907).
Male reindeer shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleight are likely female or
castrati, despite the fact that most of them have masculine-sounding names.
According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221 foot Douglas fir that
was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the year, as is often believed. Rather the Friday and Saturday
before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.
In the U.S. alone, more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent each year.
The earliest known Christmas tree decorations were apples.
Charles Dickens’ famous novel, “A Christmas Carol” was written in just six weeks. Dickens’ original choice
for the exclamation of Scrooge was “Bah Christmas.” Changed later to “Bah Humbug.”
Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold. There are roughly 21,000 Christmas tree
farms in the U.S. In 2008, nearly 45 million Christmas trees were planted, adding to the 400 million already
The United States Bill of Rights was passed on December 14, 1791.
Orville Wright made the first heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, on December 17, 1903.
“Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving, but became one of the most popular
Christmas songs.
Rudolph was created by Montgomery Ward (department store) for a holiday promotion.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.
Christmas trees are edible. The pine needles are a good source of vitamin C too.
The world’s largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty given to U.S. by France.
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” - Roy L. Smith
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Just for Laughs
The full moon was casting a romantic glow, when Pedro
said, "Hey, mamacita, let's play Weeweechu."
“Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.
“Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I play Weeweechu. I love
you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.
"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon."
replied Rosita.
Please, mi amor, just once, play Weeweechu with me."
Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll
play Weeweechu."
Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....
"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry
Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy
New Year."