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THE PAW-FECT holiday for pets
This holiday season, share celebrations and traditions with the entire family, including four-legged family members. According to a national PetSmart survey, 72 percent of pet owners include their pet in holiday festivities. “The holidays are about being with our loved ones—and that includes our pets, too,” said PetSmart Veterinarian and Pet Care Expert Dr. Robyn Jaynes. “Whether it’s including them in a family photo, taking them on a family trip or giving that perfect holiday gift, it’s important for pet owners to consider the unique behaviors of each and every pet.”
As families everywhere kick off the season, PetSmart has a few tips to help owners make it a safe, enjoy­ able time for their pets.

Put up pet-friendly decor

Keep your pet’s safety in mind and help furry friends steer clear of dangerous decorations. Holiday lights mean extra electrical cords and plugs. For pets, these items are tempting “chew toys.” Taking extra time to tape down or cover cords will help prevent shocks, burns or more serious injuries. Christmas trees are sure to attract a pet’s attention. Secure Christmas trees to keep them from toppling over if a pet should try to climb them, use them as a scratching post or simply bump into them. Forgo small ornaments, especially balls, bells and tinsel that are attractive to pets—but deadly if consumed.

Traveling with furry friends

Many families travel at this time of year. Whether tak­ ing pets along or leaving them at home, it’s important to make sure they are safe and comfortable. Owners who board their pets should look for facilities that are clean and have friendly, responsive staff and strict policies on health and safety issues. If pets are included in a family’s travel plans, many resources can help you find hotels that accommodate pets. Visit www.petswelcome. com for more information. Many products are available to keep pets safe in the car, including harnesses and barriers that secure pets in the back of the vehicle.

Help pets get camera-ready

Just like the rest of the family, pets need to look their best for the holiday

photo or the traditional shot on Santa’s lap. Try these tips to prepare from holiday meals. The danger is that dogs can become seriously ill from human foods because they do not have the same digestive system or nutri­ your pet: tional needs as people. Help your pets look their best with a pre-photo bath. For the most part, pets should stay indoors during the cold winter For pets that enjoy dressing up, holiday outfits such as a reindeer months. Some dogs may not adjust as well to the cold weather, so consider costume, cable knit sweater, elf hat or jingle bell collar are festive. sweaters to keep pets warm. [BPT] Having treats or special toys on-hand can keep pets from getting anxious while in line and also help them behave during the photo. To find out when and where you can have your pet’s photo taken with Santa visit www.petsmart.com.

Keep Pets Calm and Comfortable

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The holiday season can be hectic for pets with the hustle and bustle of parties, travel and family dinners. To ease pet stress, pet parents should be mindful of the following: Provide pets with a quiet place to retreat. Pets may not understand why their usually quiet home is filled with people and noise. Pet parents often think they’re “treating” their pets with table scraps

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The winter holidays mark Iris Poppell’s favorite time of year. She spends long months looking forward to family and friends gathering around the dinner table reminiscing about times past and making new memories. Most of all, she looks forward to her most cherished family tradition: pulling out the special holiday china.
“We actually bought our set, ‘Merry Christmas’ by Johnson Brothers, 28 years ago at the Base Exchange when we were stationed in Germany, and we’ve used it every single year since then,” says Poppell. “My son was very young then, and we had a very special time picking it out together. Through the years it’s become even more special to us because every time we use it, the pattern reminds us of all the good times and good meals we’ve shared and the people who are no longer with us; those are moments you just can’t get back.” Poppell’s son hopes to inherit her china so he can continue the family tradition for generations to come. But when Poppell broke some plates, she worried that the tradition might come to an end because the pattern is no longer being manufactured. To her relief, she tracked down pieces through Replacements, Ltd., which specializes in old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles. Poppell is not alone in making sentimental dinnerware the heartfelt center-piece of seasonal entertaining; holiday patterns are becoming more popular each year. In fact, the company’s top selling pattern is “Christmas Tree” by Spode. As its name suggests, the pattern features a colorful Christmas tree as its focal point. Other popular holiday patterns include Fitz and Floyd’s “St. Nicholas,” Lenox’s “Holiday,” “Christmas Rose” by Spode and “Holly Ribbons” by Royal Worcester. Replacement’s customers clearly have a special attachment to holiday patterns because of the sentiment related to families coming home and gathering together. Using these special patterns allows people to continue a family tradition or start a new one. In fact, Replacement’s hears stories from people who actually make their holiday dinnerware their seasonal centerpiece, then decorate the rest of the house around that pattern. If you don’t want to invest in an entire pattern set, get creative by mixing and matching holiday-themed plates or cups and saucers that coordinate with your main pattern or top off your meal by using holiday dessert plates. Poppell finds her dinnerware is far more than just plates and bowls. “This china feels like a part of our family and our holidays would not be the same without it,” she affirms.

Create unforgettable holiday memories around the dinner table

Is your dinnerware ready for holiday entertaining?
Your holiday party date is set—and the pressure is on to make sure everything is perfect. Now is the time to make sure your dinnerware glitters. China, crystal and silver are made to be used regularly and, if cared for properly, these pieces can last for generations. The dishwasher is a huge enemy to fine dinnerware. Prongs on the racks may scratch the surface, while heat from the drying cycle can loosen gold or platinum trim on china, causing it to wear away. That cloudy or milky look you sometimes see on crystal is caused by the high heat actually baking lime, rust and other minerals from the dish water into the pores of the crystal. Plus, the heat can loosen the adhesive in knife handles, potentially causing the handle to separate from the blade. Experts recommend washing pieces by hand, even if labeled “dishwasher safe.” Avoid citrus-scented detergents, they contain acids that may damage the finish of china and silver. Also avoid detergents containing bleach. Chlorine in these products may seep into the pores of china and crystal, causing damage even after rinsing.

China

Storing china in areas that are not temperature or humidity controlled can cause the glaze to become brittle and crack. If you don’t use your china regularly, wash it at least once a year to keep impurities from impregnating the finish. This keeps the glaze strong. Rust spots can develop on fine china when washed with silver, so it is important to clean the two separately. To remove rust spots rub a small amount of a Soft Scrub Without Bleach type cleaning product on the spot. If this doesn’t work, put a small amount of rubbing compound on a paper towel and apply in a circular motion. Storage is extremely important when protecting your china. Put a cushioned layer such as a coffee filter, napkin or flannel between pieces to prevent scratching. Avoid setting heavier items on plates and do not stack handled pieces. Stacking weight can create tiny stress fractures which, over time, may Continued on Page 6...

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Crystal

patina, which is actually the blending of thousands of tiny scratches. Wash silver immediately after a meal. Food left on silver for as little as one hour can permanently stain sterling and damage silver-plated pieces. Be particularly wary of mayonnaise, vinegar and eggs. Experts recommend washing silver in a plastic container or putting a rubber mat in your sink to prevent contact between the silver and any metal surfaces. Dry immediately with a soft cloth to prevent water spots. One helpful hint—use a blow dryer on a low setting to dry

Wash crystal in lukewarm water and remember to remove jewelry that might scratch the delicate surface. One insider’s tip—add a small amount of vinegar to the rinse water to help prevent water spots and immediately dry with a lint-free cloth. Avoid twisting glasses from the base—this motion may create enough torque to break the stem. To remove the milky tint caused by dishwashers, use a small amount of CLR cleaner to each piece of cloudy crystal. Let stand for several hours and rinse by hand. This treatment is not recommended for pieces with gold or platinum trim, as the cleanser may remove the metal gild. Store crystal pieces with the base down to protect the delicate rim. Remember to leave plenty of space between pieces. Glass expands in hot temperatures, so you want to make sure there’s enough breathing room so crystal items don’t touch.

hard to reach places.

Silver needs to breathe. When storing, avoid using plastic or airtight containers that may trap moisture and cause tarnish. Any moisture on your hands can leave fingerprints, which also promotes tarnish. Wear soft cotton gloves when handling silver pieces. While Replacement’s inventory includes more than 335,000 patterns for those who want to add or replace damaged pieces, many are emotionally attached to their heirlooms and would prefer to have them restored, especially for holiday entertaining. For advice on repairing extensive damage, contact Replacements’ experts at (800) 737-5223, www.replacements.com. [BPT]

Silver

A lot of people don’t realize that the finish of sterling silver actually improves with daily use. When used regularly silver develops a rich

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Bringing the past to life
BY deBORAH BlAcKWell | messeNGeR POsT medIA

Time stands still but life does not, at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. This 19th century “living museum,” and historic country village offers a magical setting for guests to peer into the past and celebrate America in the 1800s. Situated on 700 acres, visitors can enjoy an authentic experience interacting with historic interpreters in period dress, who recreate life in the Pioneer Settlement (1795-1830), the Village Center (1830-1870), and Turn-ofthe-Century Main Street (18701920). More than 40 restored, historic structures furnished with period artifacts entice visitors to explore each era’s attractions. From a stagecoach inn, to a one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith, cooper and tinsmith shops, to a bakery, meeting hall and opera house, guests will feel they have gone back in time. “Visitors are transported back to a simpler time walking the grounds, soaking in the beautiful scenery of a quaintly preserved, working, historic village,” says Melanie Diaz, director of special events, Genesee Country Village & Museum. This unique destination in western New York brings visitors from all over, as far as Canada and even Europe, according to Diaz. One reason is the museum’s educational aspect, teaching significant elements of both national and local history. Programs highlight the War of 1812 fought on nearby battlefields, facts about the Civil War showcasing how military uniforms, weaponry and strategies inception.

else within a two-hour drive can you experience a Christmas quite like this. Costumed actors portray characters from Christmasespast in vignettes held in different holiday decorated buildings around the village square. Small groups are led through village streets by a costumed guide with a candle lantern. “It is truly a magical event,” says Diaz. While the museum is closed on a daily basis from October through May, it is open for special programs and events throughout the holidays, winter and spring. “The Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, as well as, the first three weekends in December offer experiences, activities, and tours that visitors won’t get to see any other time of the year,” says Diaz. The museum’s Inn Tavern Dinners are another way guests can experience what it was like to dine in an authentic stagecoach inn in the 1800s. The Sylvester Hosmer Inn, circa 1818, serves traditional tavern dinners on select weekends, spring and fall. The four-course meal includes dishes made from early 19th century recipes. Guests will also enjoy a private lantern tour around the historic Village Square, and a mixer in the inn’s parlor.

Holiday Events at the Museum
Preparing for the Holidays - the 19th-Century Way
Saturday, November 30 • 10:00am-4:00pm Nineteenth-century families needed to start early if they were going to be ready for the holidays. There were candles to be made, root cellars to be filled, meats to be processed and many hours of cooking and baking. Most of the family pitched in to create the decorations that would deck their homes. It was a special family time. Come share the experience. A Christmas crafts program will be held in the heated Freight House. Make five different traditional holiday crafts of the time period. Visitors can shop at the Flint Hill Gift Shop for extra savings during the after-Thanksgiving sale. Share a hot breakfast and take a photo with an authentic 19th-century St. Nicholas. Additional fees apply.

Yuletide in the Country
December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22

The museum has many other treasures on site. The John L. Wehle Art Gallery holds a worldclass collection of American art, a historic clothing collection, and changing interpretive exhibits on 19thhave evolved since our nation’s century American life. In addition to the museum’s vintage baseball park, the grounds at the museum offer 175 acres of woodlands, meadows, fields, heirloom flower and vegetable gardens, trails, a trout stream and plenty of wildlife, including a large screech owl population. There is something for everyone here, whether visiting the museum for a program or special event, to experience a day in the life of history, explore the art gallery, or simply enjoy nature. Judy Markham, the museum’s publications manager, shares visitor comments: “What a gorgeous reminder of yesterday“ ... “A wonderful journey into our past” ... “It’s a slice of Americana at its finest.”

Journey back through time on a guided tour of historic village homes and businesses. Meet characters from the past as they celebrate Christmas 1849, the year New York declared Christmas, Independence Day and New Year’s Day state holidays. Enjoy music, dancing, tree lighting and see how residents reacted to the news of Christmas as a holiday! Cost is $22/$18 members. Reservations required, please call or visit the website for event times and more information.

Other programs throughout the year show visitors how holidays came about in the 1800s, the requirements and difficulties in preparing for long, cold winters, and the importance of authors like Laura Ingalls Wilder and Jane Austen and their impact on American society and culture. Events at the museum are special. The costumed villagers who inhabit the houses—cooks, shopkeepers and craftsmen—not only demonstrate their trades, but invite guests to participate in seasonal activities such as the maple sugar festival, Celtic fair, fiddler’s fair, vintage baseball, military reenactments, fall festival and agricultural fair and holiday happenings. Yuletide in the Country is the museum’s signature holiday event. Nowhere

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Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Holiday Cooking: Celebrate all year-round with favorite family recipes
Loyal fans and new readers alike will delight in this must-have cookbook with delicious home-cooked holiday meals to celebrate with family and friends. With over 400 recipes, this is a must-have for every cook looking for home-cooked inspiration for their favorite holidays—from Thanksgiving to Christmas to July 4th celebrations. $22.95 at amazon.com.

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DELIGHT FRIENDS party planning tips
The holidays are a magical time to celebrate with family and friends. Whether it’s the first snowfall or a gift from a loved one, the season inspires us to celebrate and be merry. It’s also a time when holiday hosts and hostesses are eager for entertaining inspiration.
Every host knows the elements of a great party—fantastic food and beverages, just the right balance of sophistication and fun, and decor that speaks to the season. These ingredients ensure guests will have a great time. Staging a party should be every bit as sweet for you, the host, as it is for your guests. As your celebration plans move along, follow these simple steps to ensure your party-prep is both fun and effortless: Go with what you know. Sure, sampling new dishes can be fun and you can introduce a few unfamiliar dishes to your party menu. But for sure-fire success, stick with what you and your guests know and love—and do the familiar with flare. Familiar, traditional and simple are just fine, as long as what you’re serving—hors d’oeuvres to dessert—is palate-pleasing. Make prep manageable. If you’re rushing to do everything the night before or the day of the party, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed —and make mistakes. Look for ways to minimize day-of prep, such as making and freezing a batch of appetizers the week before, or tackling house-cleaning bit by bit over a few days leading up to the event. The day before, take care of set-up by placing decorations and arranging furniture to facilitate conversation and a clear path to the food table. Celebrations should be fun for everyone—the hosts as well as the guests. Maximize your party enjoyment and create a memorable event for guests by keeping things easy, planning ahead and serving familiar favorites with flare and fun. Decorate with simplicity. Keep holiday decor quick and easy. Fill a decorative bowl with ornaments for a pop of color. Drape garlands in unexpected places, tie big bows on furniture and dangle bells on doorknobs. Most importantly, let the party decor reflect your style. Illuminate the setting. Make a showstopping centerpiece for the dinner table by filling a hurricane vase with water, add cranberries and evergreen sprigs and top with floating candles. Warm lighting is an affordable, handmade detail sure to set a festive mood. Improvise space. Avoid kitchen traffic jams by designating separate spaces for drinks and food. Lay a decorative runner on a table behind a couch and line it with cocktail napkins and small plates. Set up folding chairs and arrange furniture to provide extra room for guests to mingle. Plan a show stopping experience for your party guests. One examples is to host a wine tasting event by pairing your favorite varietals with a selection of premium dark chocolates.

Start a tradition. Creating traditions provides lasting memories the whole group will cherish. Before dinner, have everyone share their favorite memories from years past. Play a classic game like charades as a group or candidly take a quirky group photo with props. Fun activities will give guests something to look forward to each year. End the evening on a high note. Give your guests something to savor and enjoy on the way home by offering each a parting favor. Individually wrapped treats are far better than a hasty hug at the door. Consider placing the treats in small mesh bags tied with colorful silk ribbons. Place the bags on a decorative tray by the door and at the end of the night ensure that every guest leaves your party with a memorable token. [BPT]

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hOlidAY travel tips
BY MELISSA ERIcKSON | MORE CONTENT NOW

Traveling over the holidays can be busy, expensive and stressful. With that in mind, it’s best to be educated for a better travel experience this December.

Choose a small airport
People often look at alternative airports to save money on airline tickets. This is a good strategy during the busy holiday travel season, according to Orbitz.com. Chicago’s O’Hare and Los Angeles International are commonly listed as the busiest of the top 50 U.S. airports. Tertiary airport options can be a time-saver when you are traveling during peak times. For example, travelers leaving the busy San Francisco or Fort Lauderdale areas can beat the crowds about an hour north at Sacramento International and Palm Beach International.

Pack smart

Pack wisely and you’ll be a happier traveler. SmarterTravel.com suggests rolling clothes tightly rather than folding—you’ll use less space. Plus they’ll be less wrinkled. Make a packing list to avoid forgotten items. Lastly, know your airline’s baggage policies, especially if you’re watching your budget—and who isn’t?

Before you go

Hit the web before you head to the airport. Technology allows you to avoid hassles and airport lines if you check in 24 hours before your flight is scheduled to leave, advises Travelocity.com. You can also print out your boarding pass at home. You can even use your smartphone and double-check seat assignments, check schedule changes and possibly avoid being bumped.

More travel farther

The Christmas-New Year’s holiday period is among the busiest longdistance travel times of the year: The number of long-distance trips (to and from a ­ destination 50 miles or more away) increases by 23 percent compared with the average for the remainder of the year, according to the National Household Travel Survey.

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Holiday entertaining make it easier!
FAMILY FEATURES - Small bites are all the rage this holiday season. Guests love the idea of having lots of choices at holiday gatherings, so more options in smaller portions will be popular this year. According to Sissy Biggers, lifestyle expert and former Food Network Ready, Set Cook! host, smaller bites allow you to stage an elaborate holiday soiree more easily. “It’s easy to create a fun, memorable holiday party with simple entertaining techniques that yield big results! Guests will love the variety of smaller treats that pack big flavors and the simple addition of decorative touches effortlessly transform the look of a room in minutes,” she says. It’s easy! Turn your favorite holiday recipes into delightful nibbles. Small bites, big delights - Turn your favorite holiday recipes into delightful nibbles, allowing your guests to sample a larger variety of treats throughout the party. Elegant, dipped desserts - There’s no need to make everything from scratch. Add some holiday pizzazz to pretzels, fruit, nuts or cookies using premium dark and white candy making wafers. Simply melt the wafers in the microwave and dip or drizzle over your favorite treats. It’s a quick way to dress up your holiday treats. Add a hot chocolate bar - Let your guests get in the act by setting up a make-your-own sundae station or a hot cocoa bar. Stock with chocolate pieces, whipped cream, sprinkles and premium hot cocoa flavors. It’s not only fun for your guests, but also easy to prepare. Decorate with flair - Sprinkle glitter on tabletops and place small glazed pinecones or miniature holiday balls and baubles around the room to add a chic and decorative touch. Artfully arrange food to add interest to buffet tables. Position food on tiers using tins in a variety of heights to create visual interest and maximize often-limited table space. Be creative with your presentation - Add flare by serving treats in nontraditional ways—a big margarita glass, small shot glasses or baked small bites on clear glass pottery.

Ghiradelli Dessert Cups
4 c. Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers 8 small water balloons In a double boiler over hot water, melt half of the wafers. Cool about 5 minutes. Inflate balloons to 4” diameter and tie ends in a knot. Holding balloons by the knot, dip into melted wafers, tipping to cover balloon halfway up. Place balloon, knotted side up, on wax paperlined baking sheet, hold balloon in place until it starts to set. Repeat to make 8 cups. Place in freezer for 5 minutes. Melt remaining half of wafers and repeat dipping procedure. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Snip hole in each balloon to deflate. Carefully peel away from dessert cups. Refrigerate until needed. Use the same day. Fill cups with ice cream, sorbet, mousse or fresh fruit such as raspberries or strawberries.

Sausage Crostini
2-8 oz. loaves French bread cut into 30 slices 1/4 c. olive oil 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1 package Sausage Crumbles 1 1/2 c. (6 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese 2/3 c. finely chopped red bell pepper 1 onion, finely chopped 1/3 c. finely chopped fresh basil 1 1/2 t. finely chopped rosemary (optional) 1/4 t. cayenne pepper (optional) Preheat oven to 375°. Brush both sides of bread slices with oil; place in single layer on baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until both sides of each bread slice are lightly toasted, turning after 4 minutes. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, sausage crumbles, mozzarella cheese, red pepper, onion and basil in large bowl. Stir in rosemary and cayenne pepper, if desired. Top bread slices with sausage mixture. Bake 7-10 minutes or until topping is thoroughly heated. Serve warm.

Mousse

Tater Twist Mashtini

12 oz. prepared mashed potatoes 12 oz. prepared mashed sweet potatoes 1/4 c. mini marshmallows 1/4 c. honey roasted pecans 1/4 c. cooked bacon, crumbled 1/4 c. maple syrup, warm Place about 1/3 cup mashed potatoes in bottom of each martini glass. Layer about 1/3 cup sweet potatoes over mashed potatoes. Repeat layers, using about 1/3 cup mashed potatoes, then 1/3 cup sweet potatoes. Top with 1 tablespoon each marshmallows, pecans and crumbled bacon. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon warmed maple syrup.

8 oz. Ghirardelli Classic White Baking Chips 4 T. orange liqueur 2 T. water 1 1/4 c. heavy cream 2 egg whites For mousse: In double boiler over hot water, melt white chips with liqueur and water; stir gently to blend. Cool until melted white chips mixture no longer feels warm to the touch. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat cream until soft peaks form. Fold cream into melted white chip mixture. In large bowl with clean mixer, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. With rubber spatula, fold egg whites into white chips mixture. Divide mousse among 8 dessert bowls or glasses. Chill at least 1 hour.

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Wayne County’s 2013 HOLIDAY BROCHURE is here!
Wayne County Office of Tourism invites you to share in our “Holiday Traditions” guide. They have teamed up with local tree growers, specialty shops, restaurants, museums and wineries to create the 2013 Wayne County Holiday Traditions Guide—everything you need to make your holidays a success! Need the perfect tree? Need a special gift? Want to plan a romantic evening? Answers can be found in this year’s holiday guide. For your holiday shopping plan a visit to many of the area’s great shops, visit one of the three local wineries for a special treat and stop for lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants offering delicious menu offerings. Mark your calendar with the special events and Christmas open houses included in the guide. For a free copy call 1-800-527-6510, e-mail tourism@ co.wayne.ny.us or visit www.waynecountytourism.com.

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FOODIE GIFTS from the kitchens of The Food Channel
Spend a little more time in your kitchen and a lot less time in line at the mall. Homemade food gifts are a great way to spread the holiday spirit.
PHOTOs BY DAVId NeHmeR/FOOdCHANNel.cOm

Parmesan Popcorn from Erica, our intern from the Culinary Institute of America
Something as simple as popcorn can make a great gift if you dress it up by packing unpopped kernels into a gift jar and accompanying that with a wedge of Parmesan cheese and a small cheese grater, all nestled in a nice gift basket.

Bean Chili Gift Basket from Trip, corporate executive chef
This hearty holiday gift basket is brimming with warmth: a beautiful bean chili dry mix jar, a loaf of crusty bread and some fire-roasted tomatoes. A welcome wintertime gift.

Goodness Granola from Lisa, culinary
Give the gift of whole grain goodness! This wholesome snack will be especially well-received in households that strive to eat healthy, even during the holidays.

Ice Cream Toppings Basket from Cari, development chef/nutritionist
A pair of homemade ice cream toppings accompanied by an ice cream scoop and a package of pecans, packaged up nicely in a festive holiday basket. All you need is a carton of vanilla ice cream.

Cranberry Panettone from Deanna, culinary
Just because you have no time doesn’t mean you can’t give a nice holiday foodie gift. You can pick up a seasonal specialty from your local bakery, dress it up with a ribbon or other personal touches, and it’s good to go. This panettone is an excellent example, picked up from Panera Bread.

Grandma Nirelli’s Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs from Cathy, culinary
Bring this Italian heritage family recipe dish over to a neighbor around dinnertime, and you’ll be friends forever. A thick, rich tomato sauce with big, tasty meatballs—everyone loves it!

Lemon-Thyme Infused Champagne Vinegar from Gail, corporate executive chef
Champagne vinegar infused with fresh sprigs of thyme and fresh lemon zest makes a festive chef-inspired foodie gift. They’ll think of you every time they cook with it.

Cranberry Walnut Scones from Damion, interactive designer
This impressive jar of “scones makings” is a great last-minute gift. Delightful for breakfast or brunch, or for an afternoon snack served with tea or coffee.

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Tips for giving gifts to teachers, service providers
BY MELISSA ERIcKSON | MORE CONTENT NOW

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“Make sure whatever you do is from the heart and has no ulterior motives. Holiday tipping and giving is about saying thank you and showing kindness.”
homemade gift is a touching idea, from the parent or the child. In either situation, have the child include a hand-written note or drawing. The gift value should be about $10-$25.

Just who do we have to buy gifts for this holiday season? Family and friends obviously make the list, but what about all the other people who intersect our lives?

Holiday gift-giving etiquette can be tricky and even vary by region
We should be giving gifts to “the service providers we can’t do without,” said Lindsay Roberts, founder of thegiftinsider.com. “The manicurist, the hairstylist, the masseuse, postal worker, babysitter, dog walker (and) housekeeper are the people that sometimes get lost in the holiday gift-giving shuffle, even though we are thankful for their roles in our lives.”

Who is it appropriate to gift with cash?
For the housekeeper or any trade that you know would really appreciate some extra money, put the equivalent of one day of service in a card and write an appreciative note, maybe even attach a flower.

You especially don’t want to forget anyone who provides a frequent service

“They deserve that extra thought of a gift. They know you well; you probably know them well, too. Consider their interests, their families, their spouses. Buy it, wrap it and always add a handwritten card,” Roberts said. Suggested spending is $25-$50, or the cost of one service. “Try to buy something that they wouldn’t buy themselves. I love anything personalized,” she said.

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What about those unexpected gifts?
“Having a bottle of wine on hand is a great solution for those unexpected gifts you get and quickly need something in return,” Roberts said. “Dog walkers, postal workers and cleaners are the people you see often, but don’t really know personally. This is a great opportunity to give a bottle of wine or a gift certificate to a restaurant that you think they might like. It shows you bothered.” Cost should be about $20. Keep in mind that federal workers such as mail carriers cannot accept gifts of any kind worth more than $20. The purpose of holiday gift giving is not to attain better service in the coming year, Roberts said: “Make sure whatever you do is from the heart and has no ulterior motives. Holiday tipping and giving is about saying thank you and showing kindness.”

Other tips
As far as teachers, never give money. It’s all about heartfelt thanks. A

Santa loves receiving letters from children. Encourage your kids to write to Santa. What a great opportunity to teach them how to spell, compose written text and practice handwriting. For younger kids, encourage them to draw pictures, instead. Make a snack for Santa. Spend time with your little helpers creating memories. Think beyond cookies and personalize treats just for him. Make sure Santa and his reindeer can find your house. Sprinkle a mixture of oats and glitter on your front yard to help guide them right to your home—even if it gets a little foggy.

Mrs. Claus shares ways to make lasting memories with your little ones.

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Now through December 30 A Christmas Carol The sparkling classic returns for the entire family, full of magic, music and holiday tradition. Wilson Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., box office 585-232-4382, www.gevatheatre.org Now through December 29 Going for Baroque: mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ Sundays 1pm & 3pm, Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, Rochester, 585-274-1100, free with gallery admission Now through January 2 “Holiday Laser” Show Presenting favorite holiday songs, without a break, choreographed with dancing laser light against the starry background of the planetarium sky. A seasonal tradition! Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, 585-271-4320, www.rmsc.org

Calendar of events
Rochester Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester, box office 585-222-5000, www.rbtl.org December 4 Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society “Festivities with Gatesingers” Program 7pm Gates Hall, 4107 Lake Road, Pultneyville NY www.w-phs.org December 6 A Night in Bethlehem 6-8:30pm. A dramatized Live Nativity outdoor walk with five scenes of the very first Christmas. Caroling around the shepherd’s fire. Warm up inside with crafts, games and refreshments. Free. 1188 Jackson Road, Webster, 585-872-2660, www.crossroadscommunity-church.org December 6 Village of Macedon Tree Lighting and Santa Parade 7pm. FREE. American Legion, 76 West Main Street, Macedon, 315-986-4527 December 6 & 7 Christmas Bazaar Friday 9-11am, 1:30-5:30pm, Saturday 8am-noon. December 7 Free Pancake Breakfast 8am-noon. Come on out and enjoy! After filling up on pancakes, shop at the Christmas bazaar with unique items for gift giving. Donations for breakfast gratefully accepted. LeTourneau Christian Camp, 4950 County Road 11, Rushville, 585-554-3400 or lccmail@letourneau.org December 7 Family Holiday Fest 11am-2pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus, animals from Cracker Box Palace, fire truck rides, games and crafts. Sodus Point Community Center, Bay Street December 7 Marion Museum Holiday Open House 10am-2pm. 3827 North Main Street December 7 Wolcott Festival of Trees 6pm. Holiday season walk in the Village Park. Enjoy the display of decorated trees. Fun, music and refreshments December 7 Annual Holiday Bazaar and Village of Macedon Holiday Celebration Sale 10am-4pm. Homemade soup and sandwich lunch 11am-2pm desserts included. Baked goods and greeting card sale and raffle. American Legion Auxiliary Post Home, 76 Main Street, Macedon December 7 RSMC Carol of the Coils 2pm. Fun holiday sing-alongs with the “singing” Tesla coils. RMSC Electricity Theater, 657 East Avenue ,Rochester, 585-271-4320, www.rmsc.org December 7 UUCC Annual Nearly-new Sale 9am3pm. Gently used treasures, quality items. Holiday bake sale and treats. Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua, Cooley Road. 585-905-0690 December 7 Historic Palmyra Candlelight Holiday Homestead Tour 4-8pm. www.historicpalmyrany. com December 7, 9 Holiday Concerts by The Canaltown Chorale December 7, 7:30pm Walworth United Methodist Church, 3679 Main Street, freewill offering. December 9, 4pm, Palmyra First United Methodist Church, corners of Church & Main, $5 donation. 315-946-9085, 315-986-1607 December 8 Stella’s Free Winter Festival! 1-4pm. Visit from Santa! Entertainment with the Magic Guy.

Food. A free holiday ornament for every child! Flowers by Stella, 1880 Rochester Road (Rt. 332), Canandaigua, 585-394-1830 December 8 Macedon Historical Society Annual Christmas Open House and Early 19th Century Christmas Party 2-4pm. Macedon Academy, 1185 Macedon Center Road, Macedon Center, www. macedonhistoricalsociety.org

December 8 Wayne County Children’s Holiday Health Fair 10am-1:30 pm. Sponsored by Wayne County Rural Health Network. Bike helmet giveaway, raffle prizes, free roll of gift wrap to each family. Select free, gently used holiday gifts for kids at the Green Angels Toy and Book Free-Cycle. Pal-Mac Middle School, 163 Hyde Parkway, Palmyra, 315-483-3225, 315-483-3266, www.wayneresourceguide.org December 8 Annual Holiday Open House at Marbletown Schoolhouse and Newark-Arcadia Museum noon-4pm. Arts and crafts. Newark Arcadia Museum, 120 High Street, Newark and Marbletown Schoolhouse, 6631 Miller Road, Newark, 315-3316409, www.newarkarcadiahistory.org December 8 Afternoon with Jeff Sawyer 3-5pm. Piano music in celebration of Christmas. FREE. Wolcott First Presbyterian Church, Main Street December 8 Friends of the Walworth Library Holiday Cookie Walk, Craft & Gift Sale. 9:30am3pm. 3600 Lorraine Drive, 315-986-1511 December 8 Walworth Lions Club Annual Breakfast with Santa Claus 8:30am-noon. Breakfast of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, orange juice, coffee, tea and milk. Free coloring books and candy canes for kids. Photos with Santa available for $3. Donations accepted to benefit the Wayne County Children’s Cancer Fund. West Walworth Fire Halls, West Walworth Road December 10-15 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, RBTL Tuesday-Thursday 7:30pm, Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 1pm & 6:30pm. Max the Dog narrates. Featuring hit songs from the original animated series, makes its long awaited Rochester debut! www.ticketmaster.com. Rochester Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 585-222-5000 December 12 & 14 Project Help at Liberty Cottage All day. Need help on a holiday project that must be done for gift giving? Suzanne help you and loves to have company while she works on her own projects. Any kind of handwork is welcome. Free, open to the public. 116 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 585393-1070, www.libertycottage.com December 13 The Snowman, 2pm. This special holiday celebration features the classic British animated film with a score performed live by the RPO. Audience sing-along and tons of holiday fun for the whole family! Tickets start at $10 children, $15 adults, general admission. Kodak Hall, Eastman Theatre, 433 East Main Street, Rochester, 585-4542100, rpo.org

November 29-December 1 Flying Whale Studios & Friends Artist Open House & Holiday Sale Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Two dozen regional artists offer their wares in an intimate, friendly setting. Free admission, refreshments and prizes. Complimentary wine tasting from Billsboro Winery Friday night. 143 William Street, Geneva, 585-719-1499, www.flyingwhalestudios.com November 29-December 1 Wild Wings 6th Annual “Shopping is for the Birds” Sale, 9am. Tons of gift items including a variety of animal-themed clothing, wildlife books, holiday handpainted ornaments, plush, various nature items, gift baskets and photography! Delicious baked goods also for sale. Mendon Ponds Park, 334-7790, www.wildwingsinc. org. November 30-December 1, 7 & 8 Santa Visits the Apple Shed November 30 10am-1pm, December 1 1-3pm, December 7 2-5pm, December 8 11am-1pm. Photos, fun crafts, games and cookie decorating. 3391 Fairville Maple Ridge Road, Newark, 315-3316294, www.theappleshed.com December 1 Pultneyville 4th Annual Hamlet Illumination and Caroling 4pm, www.w-phs.org December 1 Butler Historical Preservation Society Annual Advent Service and Carol Sing Along 3pm. Butler Center Church, 4518 Butler Center Road, www.bhpsbutlerny.org December 1-25 Humane Society Tree of Lights for the Animals Help decorate our holiday tree by purchasing lights and ornaments in memory of a beloved pet and friend. 1475 County House Road, Lyons, 315-946-3389, www.hswaynepets.org December 2-16 Festival of Trees 10am-8pm. Trees sold through silent auction at the Wayne County Nursing Home, Nye Road, Lyons, www. waynecountynursinghome.org December 4 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 7:30pm. Star-studded dancers perform with magical toys, falling snow, growing Christmas trees and astounding, Olympic-worthy ballet moves. Delight to experience and celebrate the beauty of the holidays! Rochester Broadway Theatre League.

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December 14 Lyons Community Center, Christmas Festival and Craft Show 9am-4pm. Shopping Bonanza with 65 vendors. Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-10:30am $5, $3 students, free photos with Santa, crafts, face painting, tattooing, cookie decorating, bounce house and more. Christmas Pet Show, 11am4pm, $5 entry fee, prizes awarded. Trail of Lights and musical entertainment, 5-9pm, $3, $5 family. Lyons Community Center, 9 Manhattan Street December 14 Finger Lakes Concert Band Holiday Celebration 7:30pm. Greg Kane conducts community members. Canandaigua Academy Theatre, 435 East Street, Canandaigua December 14 Palmyra-Macedon School Madrigal Dinner 6pm. An evening of outstanding music from on of our area’s most accomplished high school choirs. Serving a delicious family-style dinner. Comic interlude. Featuring a skit “the Truth Fairy” by Paul Brandvik. Purchase handmade crafts, baked goods and ornaments. $25. Pal-Mac High School cafeteria. 315-597-3420 x1204 December 14 & 15, 20-22 Rochester Children’s Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz 2pm. The classic tale that inspired countless productions comes to life in this delightful musical about how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it is to return home. Admission $17-$20. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, 585-389-2170, http:// artscenter.naz.edu December 15 Holiday Fireworks 6pm. Wallington Fire Department, 7863 Old Ridge Road, Wallington,

Sodus, www.wallingtonfd.com December 16 Holiday Cookie Walk and Bake Sale 10am until sold out. Holiday cutouts, springerle cookies, candy, brownies, cognac balls, pies, cakes, yule logs, caramel corn and much more. Cookies are $6/lb. unless otherwise marked. Wayne County Nursing Home, 1529 Nye Road, Lyons December 16 Family Home Evening at the Smith Farm 6-8pm. Enjoy a Christmas celebration in the style of the 1820’s with games, caroling, entertainment and refreshments. 843 Stafford Road, Palmyra, 315597-5851, www.hillcumorah.org December 18 GriefShare - Surviving The Holidays 6pm. Ministry offers a special seminar to help people get through the holidays, sometimes one of the hardest times of the year. Christ-centered DVD informational teachings, along with group interaction and support. Open to all. No preregistration. Crosswinds Wesleyan Church library, 3360 Middle Cheshire Road, Canandaigua, 585-394-5857 x123 December 20-21 RPO Gala Holiday Pops Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm.Celebrate the season with Rochester’s favorite holiday musical tradition. Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season— sparkling carols, holiday favorites, sing-a-longs, and more! Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 433 East Main Street, Rochester, 585-454-2100, rpo.org December 20-21 Boerman’s Holiday Open House 11am-5pm. 4398 Ridge Chapel Road, Marion December 21 2nd Annual Reindeer Run 5k,

check in 7:30am, race 8:30am. Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at this unique, familyfriendly foot race. Produced by YellowJacket Racing and sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports. All-ages run in downtown Rochester’s only winter 5K event, includes a quarter-mile kids race. One Manhattan Square, Rochester, 585-410-6365, www.museumofplay.org December 22 The Night Before Christmas 1pm & 3pm. This approach to the traditional “silent night” tale is different, though just as fun. What better way to spend the night before Christmas? RMSC Players. RMSC Bausch Auditorium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, 585-271 4320 www.rmsc.org December 29 Kwanzaa Celebration noon-5pm. Join us at our Kwanzaa Celebration - Family Day. Activities include hands-on art, storytelling, guided tours, music/dance performances and more. $5 suggested donation. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, Rochester, 585-276-8900, mag. rochester.edu December 30 Kwanzaa: Celebration of Family, Community and Culture at RMSC 2-5pm. For all ages. Presented by The Kwanzaa Coalition. 657 East Avenue, Rochester, 585-271-4320, www.rmsc.org December 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner & Double Feature 5pm. Special dinner and double feature of Gremlins and Gremlins 2, screening begins at 7pm. $25 includes dinner, beverage, dessert, admission to both screenings. Limited space, call for reservations. Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, 585-271-3361 x223

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The Cookie Exchange • Sunday, December 8 • 2-4 pm
Holiday cookies are a special part of the season and it’s fun to try new recipes that become a favorite. If you’re tired of trying to make cookies alone at home or are bored with the same recipes, come and make them with friends in our kitchen. You may be familiar with some of the recipes, and others may be new. Groups of two will make a different cookie to share, and what we don’t eat during class, you can take home and enjoy with family and friends. Let’s get into the holiday spirit baking together. $45. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street in Canandaigua, (585) 394-7070

CHrIStMaS GaLa BaLL
Sunday, December 15, 4:30 to 9:00 pm
The Great Hall and Drawing Room will be cleared for dancing and music for a cocktail hour in the festively decorated mansion. Heavy hors d’oueuvres and light desserts available plus a cash wine bar. Black tie or better attire. Limit 120 reservations. Proceeds to benefit Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. $55/person; $45/member. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, (585) 394-4922, www.sonnenberg.org

SONNeNBeRG GARdeNs & mANsION

Hundreds of visitors come by to shop and enjoy the decorated trees that fill the museum, buying decorations and presents from the artisans placed throughout the museum during this special event. This year many artisans are back and some new ones have joined! scents & soaps • paintings • scherenshite • country store items • holiday floral arrangements & wreaths • holiday paper products decor • jewelry • chainmaille jewelry • leather goods • doggy attire • gift baskets • decorated eggs • quilts & pillows • decorative art felting wooden ware • dichroic glass • all things peppermint • Native American items • repurposed antiques • beeswax candles • rug hooking The museum will again be serving lunch on Friday and Saturday from 11-2 and coffee, teas and desserts throughout each day. For more information visit www.waynehistory.org or call 315-946-4943.

21 Butternut Street in Lyons • December 6 & 7, 10-5 • December 8, 11-3

Holiday Boutique at the Museum

Third Annual Christmas Around the World
December 7 & 8, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Celebrate the season with festive wine and food pairings! On this self-guided holiday tour, trail members will present each guest with a complimentary culinary treat from a different country. Trail visitors choose where to begin and end. For parties of eight or more, reservations are appreciated. Visit www.lakeontariowinetrail.com for more information.

Flower City Ballet Presents Tchaikovsky’s
8TH ANNUAL

Nutcracker

19th Annual Granger Homestead

2013 Festival of Trees
Now through December 8
Silent Auction of trees, wreaths, jewelry and seasonal decorations.

Saturday, December 21 Sunday, December 22 2:00 - 5:00 pm each day Children $10 Seniors $16 • Adults $18 School of the Arts Auditorium 45 Prince Street, Rochester [flowercityballet.com]

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday 1-5 pm • Saturdays: 11 am-5 pm Thursday, Friday 1-7 pm (Closed on Thanksgiving Day)

With over one-hundred items displayed each year, the Granger Homestead is a holiday wonderland. Visitors from all over the region come to get into the holiday spirit by walking through the festively decorated rooms of the Granger Mansion. Be sure to visit the gift shop too!

A Cup of Good Cheer with Madrigalia
Wednesday, December 11 • 12:10 to 12:50 pm
Returning with sacred and holiday favorites in inimitable style. Broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5FM. Free to the public. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Avenue, Rochester. For information and group seating contact: Danielle.Varenka@hochstein.org or call (585)454-4596.

295 North Main Street • Canandaigua • 394-1472

$5 Adults, $4 Seniors & Members • $1 Students K-12

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