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December 3, 2011
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

December is here and now I can officially open the Christmas season. I never decorate or get in a hurry to buy gifts until the happiest time of the year arrives. It is almost four weeks until Christmas Day, but the season has arrived in many stores before Thanksgiving. Now I enjoy the cheerful colors of green pine and the bright reds and gold that greet us in every store. The stores are featuring many lovely gifts. The colored lights are hung above the busy streets and most of the towns around have beautiful Christmas decorations. The kettles of the Salvation Army are also inviting us to share our Christmas with those who are less fortunate than we. When the kids were small and we went shopping I always made sure they had some money to drop in the kettle. My husband has even gotten use to me dropping money in their kettle and now he doesn't look away but does the same.

Christmas to most of us is filled with memories of many little things, that mean so much. I remember when my dad put up the tree and worked so hard testing the strings of lights to make sure they were working. I remember my mom carefully unwrapping the glass ornaments. I still have very few of those old ornaments and believe me I'm very careful with them. No one but me touches those. After the ornaments were put on the tree I remember my sister and I put on the tinsels or icicles that we hung on the branches piece by piece in just the right places. I thought they really made the tree but my family has never put on those old-fashioned icicles.

Christmas makes us happy because it isn't about the glamour of sparkling lights and the bright baubles, it isn't because we are thinking of our own tree and the presents we'll find under it on Christmas. It is because we are thinking of others and planning what we will do for others. Yes, Christmas pleasure comes from sharing and giving with the spirit of good will toward others.

Now is the time to get a head start on your baking. There is always an old recipe that comes around again and people think it is something new-so it is with Ritz Bits.


2 boxes of (9 oz). Ritz


1 cup dry roasted peanuts

BOIL the following 5


1/2 cup margarine

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup white syrup


1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pour over Ritz Bits add


MIX WELL. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes-stir every 15 minutes. Break into pieces.

"Time to shake the moth balls out of the Santa Suit."



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