December 2013 Toys – Treats - Happiness HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS Small-town charm and friendly hospitality-these are a few of my favorite things about Clinton at Christmas time. I am as excited as my kids are, if not more so, for the festivities that happen here each year. We look forward to all the merriment of our town's tree lighting. And we can hardly wait for Santa to come riding down Main Street on his awesome, antique fire engine! Contents Adventures With Andrew 1 Christmas Crackers 1 Elf on Our Shelf 1 What's New 2 Sweetest Gifts on Main St. 2 Andrew Cline and Family the Tree 2 Word Search Fun 3 Holiday Recipe 3 Emma Recommends 3 Gift Cards Make It Easy 4 Royal Rewards 4 ♦ Dec 6 - Clinton’s Christmas Parade, 7 pm ♦ Dec 12 – Candlelight Shopping Night ♦ Dec 15 – Santa comes to town! Even with all the holiday hustle and bustle, I try to keep the wonder alive in everything we do here. And I take time every day, to play. After all: what am I really but a big kid in a candy (and toy) store! Warmest holiday wishes, Christmas Morning Under Upcoming Events Here at Sweets and Treats of Clinton and Toys on Main, we’ve been having a blast decking the halls and stocking our toy shelves in time for holiday shopping. Stop in and check out my hand-picked selections for unique gifts that the whole family will love. Kids, have you been nice this year? In my family, we have revived a Scottish tradition that dates back to as early as 1840. A gift-wrapped, cylindrical package (called a “cracker”) is placed beside each person's plate around the holiday table. After dinner, you and the person beside you each grab an end of the nearest cracker. Both pull firmly until the cracker POPs open – to reveal specially chosen gifts inside! We’re delighted to bring back handmade Christmas Crackers, with a nice selection of themed gifts – a little something for everyone. Each one includes a paper hat and a joke, just like the traditional Christmas crackers did in days of old. We had so much fun with playing with our cracker gifts last year that we couldn’t help but share with you. Merry Scottish Christmas! Each night, after everyone is asleep, the magical Elf on the Shelf flies to the North Pole and reports to Santa on who's been naughty or nice! Where will you find your Elf in the morning? Will he leave a note? You’ll have to just wait and see! Start your own Elf on the Shelf family tradition. Santa has stocked our store with both boy and girl Elf on the Shelf dolls. We also carry cute outfits and accessories. Register your Elf online to receive a special letter from Santa! Page 2 of 4 What's New Sweets and Treats Newsletter I had a lot of fun this summer looking for great new items to bring into the shop. I’m really excited about Motorworks, Arm Candy, and Squishables, to name a few. Create your own vehicles again and again! • • Treat your favorite little girl to some Arm Candy today. Squishables: a pillow and a pal in one! Enter our Holiday "Giraffle" and you Motorworks is a line of wooden cars and trucks that feature interchangeable pieces such as tires, spoilers, and accessories. For a limited time, we have some great giveaway items with purchase. • Squishables take stuffed animals to a whole new level. Part stuffed friend and part soft pillow, they’re giant balls of fluffiness and fun. Choose from a panda, kitty cat, and even an octopus, to name a few! As we get closer to Christmas, we will keep adding to our great selection of quality toys. Stop in and play for a bit! Arm Candy is a new line of clutches and purses made from candy wrappers. From York Peppermint Patty to Good and Plenty, Arm Candy bags make a sweet gift for girls of all ages! Are you a Royalty Rewards member? If not, sign up in time for holiday shopping to get all those valued points coming your way. Learn more in store! Chocolate Dreams Treat yourself or a friend to crunchy peppermint bark, delectable rocky road bars, or chocolate-covered pretzel and graham cracker goodness. Perfect for the chocolate lovers on your list! Truffle Temptation Few can pass by our truffle case without a little taste. A great appreciation gift for hostesses, customers and employees. Our gingerbread, hazelnut, and pumpkin pie flavors come highly recommended! Peppermint Twist Try our delicious, hand-twisted candy canes and peppermint ribbon candies from Hammond's. Made the old fashioned way using high quality ingredients. could win a free, 4.5-foot giraffe plush toy! Drawing takes place on December 20 in time for holiday gift-giving. Searching for that perfect, under-the-tree gift to wow your boys on Christmas morning? Santa just dropped off some very life-like construction vehicles from Kettler. If you’ve ever been over to the park at Gebhardt Field (next to the Clinton library), then you know the type of trucks I’m talking about. We also have a Bruder cement mixer that actually turns, and uses real water and sand. These are top quality German-made vehicles that you won’t find just anywhere. I also found a really cool, wooden Vespa scooter from Janod that helps older toddlers learn how to balance so they can transition more easily to riding a 2-wheeler. Ergonomic design and solid construction make this a winner all around. Finally, what kid wouldn’t want to wake up to a giant, near to life-sized giraffe? We’re raffling one off in our “GIRAFFLE”, so come in and enter to win. Our drawing will be held on Dec. 20, just in time for gift-giving! The Kids΄ Page Page 3 of 4 C P D G G D F K K G V L D R F I X I V J Z V P F S U U R N A G Q G W L I P N S A E E U W J R P T R A I N P S N N L D N A F S L A E L O V E T A O O L P K U P P S L E G N A C P L P N K R Y P A F A M I V Y H P O A T Y R I A H Z P P X D T H O M U C Z N W C J N P T N R N F W B V I G U R O L A B A O E F O D I K P R O Y J H D C N V S N M C T A V O G E A P J O X A S L V K P W G D H R M X Y K A I S E O E N M F G H Q F G V B G D E E R T F C R R D Z Y P Y O Sweets and Treats Newsletter Can you find the hidden holiday words? Bring in your completed Word Search in December and receive a special treat! TREE SANTA TRAIN ANGELS WRAPPING PAPER JOY FAMILY LOVE CANDY CANE SNOWMAN RUDOLPH NORTH POLE HAPPINESS • • • • • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 large egg 3/4 cup molasses Emma Recommends: Melissa and Doug stamping sets. She uses them to decorate all of her art projects! Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a second bowl, and blend with mixer. Gradually beat dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. The coolest thing about these cookies is that they’re made by turning a gingerbread man upside-down! We plan to bake them this holiday season. • • • • • • 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 stick butter, softened 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons ginger Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a rolling pin to roll out dough to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out gingerbread man shapes using a cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. When done, use a spatula to gently transfer cookies to a wire rack. Let cool completely. Turn gingerbread men on their heads! Legs become antlers, arms become ears, etc. Decorate using colored icing, chocolate chips and gumdrops. Recipe adapted from MarthaStewart.com Special, limited time only offers from our family to yours: Receive a $10 Gift Card to our store with every $50 gift-card purchase. Sweets and Treats Toys on Main 22 Main Street Clinton, NJ 08809 Phone: (908) 200-7288 Fax: (908) 325-0026 E-mail: [email protected] Buy $50 in Gift Cards, and get a $10 Gift Card good toward anything in our store! Gift cards available in any denomination. Perfect for kids of all ages! Royal Rewards. Sign up for our loyalty program and receive a $10 certificate good toward your next purchase. All Gift Cards and Certificates redeemable ONLY at Sweets and Treats of Clinton and Toys on Main. Welcome to Our Newest Royalty Rewards Members... Lisa K. Dorothy C. Eric N. Debi W. Kurt B. Terri J. Kim S. Christina H. We’re on the Web! www.clintontreats.com Toys – Treats Happiness GIRAFFLE – Free to Enter. Stop in our shop and enter into our GIRAFFLE. You could win a 4.5-foot tall giraffe plush toy! Drawing will be held on Dec 20 – just in time for gift-giving. Free Gift Wrap With Purchase! Stay and play, or enjoy a treat. We now do the wrapping for you thanks to our convenient gift-wrapping station. For Christmas, birthdays, baby and more.
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