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Becky's Food Tales

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Muppet in her glorious Christmas sweater. Photo by Becky Hoff

I make my dog wear a

Christmas sweater

(and other holiday traditions)

The Christmas season is such a crazy-busy time! Shopping, baking, travel plans, holiday parties, sending out cards- I could go on, but we all know what we have on our plates this time of year. An acquaintance of mine recently told me she has five family Christmas celebrations to attend- five! I have three, myself. All this celebrating is fun, but you get a little worn out by the end of it all.

We live in a fast paced world, and holidays on top of our normal activities can leave a person feeling stressed out. Laughter can help alleviate stress, so with this in mind I would like to share with you some of the unique ways my family celebrates Christmas. We’re a little weird, but we’re having fun, so we don’t care!

1) I make my dog wear a Christmas sweater. It’s red, and decorated with a snowman. She looks adorable. Yes, I am one of those people!

2) My Christmas tree is decked out in purple Halloween lights. Initially it was because they were the only ones that happened to work one year, but now it’s just tradition.

3) My sisters and I try to sneak banana Laffy Taffys into each others houses and Christmas gifts (well, every year since The Great Banana Laffy Taffy War of 2011.) I’m convinced there are still some in my guest room from two years ago. Hey Sarah, did you find all of the ones I hid in the back of your linen closet?

4) Every year, a pickle ornament is hidden in the boughs of the Meyers family Christmas tree. We all try to find it first. The winner gets nothing, except for bragging rights.

5)When I was a child, my Grandma and Grandpa Meyers always came to supper on Christmas Eve. My sisters and I would go with dad to take them home after supper, and we would drive around and look at Christmas lights on the way back. Mom always stayed behind to clean up after supper. Santa would leave our Christmas presents in a black trash bag on the back steps while we were out. As a child, it seemed strange that mom never heard him, or that he never used our chimney!

Merry Christmas!

My Mom’s Ginger Snaps

2 cups flour

1 TBLS ginger

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup shortening
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Festive Christmas events planned at Historic Lenora Church

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

During the Advent and Christmas Season, festive events are planned at the historic (1856) Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. The wood stove with crackle with heat on winter, snowy nights and the oi ..... 
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Happenings in Henrytown

By Winifred Eiken

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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Josh Smith entertained Schultz family Sunday for brunch at Wings in Dorchester, Iowa in honor of his mom, Theresa Newgard’s birthday. Grandpa Gary and Gramma Pat were also guests of the family celebration. Diane Schultz (Mrs. Norman), Pleasant Grov ..... 
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Birth announcement - Maya Marie Olson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Maya Marie Olson was born November 24, 2014 to Matt and Lindsey Olson of Chatfield. Maya weighed 6 lb, 14 oz and was 19.5” long. Grandparents are Bill & Diane Wojtkiewicz of Preston, Glenda Olson of Spring Valley.

Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

It’s time to put out the welcome mat and set the table for the birds. Winter in Minn. can be a difficult time for us and for our feathered friends with windy days and cold nights. Turns out bird feeding can be very enjoyable and therapeutic for us ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Mila Aryn Topness

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Mila Aryn Topness Mila Aryn was born October 24, 2014 to Aaron and Erin Topness of Lanesboro. Mila weighed 8 lb 3 oz and was 21 1/4 inches long. Grandparents are Betty Ehler, Jim Ehler, and Gene & Vicky Topness.

Christmas musical drama presentation

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

“Christmas in Egypt” will be presented by the children of the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) on Sunday morning, December 7 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. About 30 children are participating in this musical drama present ..... 
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Historic Lenora United Methodist Church repairs chancel area

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
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The historic Lenora United Methodist Church is currently undergoing some repair work to the chancel - stage area to replace a few deteriorating floor joists. The floor boards were delicately peeled up to reveal the 1860’s workmanship undergirdi ..... 
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Lions Club Peace Poster winners

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Lions Club Peace Poster winners Winners of the Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Preston Lion’s Club were awarded their prizes November 13. Joe Liew, first place and Ariannah Barrett, third place, are pictured. Second place winner, Liala Vorw ..... 
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