8 - December 16, 2011 | Salem Community Patriot Tips for a Beautiful Holiday - Even at the 11th Hour
As holiday decor springs up and seasonal tunes begin to flood the airwaves, it’s time to embrace the most wonderful time of the year. If you didn’t line up on Black Friday, and decking the halls is something you typically save for the last-minute, not to worry.
Lifestyle expert, celebrity stylist and television personality Robert Verdi shares his tips for putting together a beautiful and low-stress holiday - includ- ing his picks for great last-minute gifts that can be found at your local big box, grocery or drug store. Set the stage
Instead of decorating your home in a sea of red and green, consider using more neutral shades like silver and burgundy. Silver is one of the easiest colors to decorate with for the holiday because it
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transitions seamlessly into the new year. Use mer- cury glass balls, silver balls and white for a festive, wintry look that you won’t tire of come Dec. 26. Hostess with the mostess The holidays are the time of year for gatherings.
If you’re attending an event, always come prepared with a small gift for your hostess. If you’re hosting, be sure to stock up on extra food and beverages for unexpected guests. To make any spread more styl- ish, simply arrange meats, cheeses and other small bites on slate tiles from a home store. Not only is a tile attractive and durable, but you can let guests know what delicacies they’re be sampling by writ- ing on the slate with chalk. Gracious gifting
Being a thoughtful gift-giver isn’t necessarily about purchasing lavish, over-the- top gifts. Often, it’s best to give gifts that you know the recipient will actually use. For someone who loves to cook, consider load- ing a basket with the ingredients for a favorite recipe, pretty hand towels and other kitchen good-
ies. Or, for the beauty-lover in your life, stock up on P&G Beauty gift sets full of must-have products from Olay, Venus, CoverGirl, Herbal Essences, Pantene and Secret to spread holiday cheer to your children’s teachers and babysitters. Pick up high- tech finds like the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System or Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whites- trips for your beauty-focused friends. Best of all, these gifts are available at the stores you shop at every day, which means one less trip to the mall. The finishing touches You don’t need to spend a fortune to put glamour
into your gift wrapping. Brown craft paper makes a great holiday gift wrap because it’s earthy, inexpen- sive, and can be customized with ribbons, stamps or stickers. Or, add a little touch to any regular gift to make it visually appealing. For example, when you give a candle, present it with long matches and a beautiful bow. Remember, the holiday season should be a time for reconnecting with friends and family, so no gift is complete without a thoughtful hand-written note.
- ARA Content Tips for Smooth and Successful Holiday Travel Planning a surprise visit to Grandma and Grandpa for the holi-
days or a family trip to celebrate the new year? Holiday travel can be stressful, but with some careful planning, it can be full of joy, instead of headaches. Check out these holiday travel tips to help you get through this busy time with ease. * Avoid peak travel dates. You will often find the best prices and
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Locally made product tasting
Michele Popcorn - Planet Marshmallow Homemade Italian Cookies and Pastas.
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lowest numbers of travelers if you fly on the holiday itself instead of the day(s) before. If possible, travel on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and avoid a return flight on the Sunday evening after a holiday weekend. Choose wisely the time of day you travel as well. As a rule, airports are least congested in the mornings and later at night. * Be flexible and have a positive attitude. The No. 1 rule while
traveling over the holidays is to be prepared for the unknown and have back-up plans. It’s always smart to anticipate and plan for de- lays. Pack extra snacks, a good book, your cellphone charger, games for the kids and try to relax if you are faced with an unplanned event. Do not dread the flight. Children, even babies, pick up on tension, stress and anxiety and react to it. Be prepared and flexible, and take the opportunity to enjoy the journey and teach your kids new things. Point out new sounds, smells, people, scenes and even sizes of airplanes on the runway. * Pack wisely. Decide well in advance of your flight if you will
check or carry on your luggage and plan accordingly. If you decide to carry on, be sure to follow TSA rules about liquids and don’t stuff your bag over its capacity. Kids can unknowingly delay you through security, so remember to always check kids’ carry-on bags for any liquids, gels, etc. before you head out to the airport. If you opt to check luggage, be prepared to pay extra fees and again, pack as light as possible so you can manage your luggage. * Carry on the essentials. Carry a backpack as your personal item in order to keep your hands free. Make sure it’s filled with essentials for you and your family. The contents of your carry-on should cover
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Orders must be placed by Monday, December 19 by calling C-Man Windham AT 898-0088. Reserve your pickup time for Saturday, December 24 when you place your order.
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Windham: Open 11am–5pm for Gift Card sales only.
Airport Diner: Open 24 Hours a Day! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Gift Card sales. Hours for all other locations at theCman.com
Lakehouse, Meredith: Buffet 11:30am–5pm. Reservations suggested (603) 279-5221. Airport Diner: Open 6am–6pm serving from our late night Red Eye Menu!
Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day STARS at all other C-Man Family locations will be celebrating Christmas with their families.
Centerpoint Community Church Christmas Celebrations
Dec. 15, 7:00 PM Christian School Concert
Dec. 24, 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 25, 10:00 AM Christmas Sunday Worship
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All are welcome 603-893-9191
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hunger, thirst, boredom, spills, sickness, fear, tiredness and medi- cal emergencies. Remember multiple diapers, an extra change of clothes and your little one’s favorite stuffed animal. If you’re travel- ing with an infant who is nursing, bring the new Boppy Travel Pil- low. It’s a full-sized, compact version of the award-winning original Boppy Pillow and is designed so Mom can feed baby comfortably anytime, anywhere. The Travel Boppy Pillow folds into a small and sleek travel bag and even snaps right on to a stroller and therefore is not considered an extra carry-on bag. * Become a tech savvy traveler. Take advantage of technology. Whenever possible, print your boarding passes at home or use check-in kiosks. The earlier you check in, the better seats you will get. Think about doing your holiday shopping online and having your gifts shipped to your destination. This will cut down on lug- gage and the risk of gifts getting lost. Have the airlines send you an email or call you if your flight is delayed. Or, sign up for a service like Flight Tracker on your phone where you can get flight status updates within minutes. Make sure phones, music players, portable
DVD players, etc. are fully charged and pack chargers for use at your destination. * Make health a priority. Make sure that you and all family mem-
bers wash hands, eat well and rest before you travel. Pack healthy snacks, hand sanitizer or wipes, tissues, etc. * Leave early. Plan your journey to the airport accounting for enough time for long security lines, traffic, full parking lots, etc. and then give yourself an extra 30 minutes to help alleviate stress from any peripheral delays you may encounter. * Practice makes perfect. If you’re traveling with children, help to prepare them in advance for the journey by role playing and ex- plaining things like removing shoes, putting all belongings (includ- ing blankets or stuffed animals) on the moving security belt, waiting patiently in line, etc. If you do some planning in advance, you can arrive at your desti- nation with a smile on your face instead of a headache. - ARA Content
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