Appetizer ideas, star of Bethlehem, snow in the garden

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, December 18, 2017

Mince pies

As many mince pies as you taste at Christmas,
so many happy months will you have
.
–proverb

 
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The Star of Bethlehem
A Christmas Star

The Star of Bethlehem
Some things just don’t belong together, like the Three Stooges at an art opening. Yet this month, planetariums around the country try to blend religion and science by presenting their annual Star of Bethlehem show. And this year, it’s front-and-center thanks to the rare spectacular Great...

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Scatter Pins

Choose from several different designs. A great accent for hats, sweaters, lapels, and backpacks. Made in Vermont from pewter.

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$9.97
Scatter Pins
 
The Beauty and Benefits of Snow in the Garden
Snow in the Garden

The Beauty and Benefits of Snow in the Garden
Whatever you may think of snow (and snow removal!), remember the old saying, “A good winter with snow makes all the plants grow.” If you are a gardener who lives in a winter wonderland, consider the benefits of snow!

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Kaleidoscope Wind Spinner

Highly reflective and colorful, this American-made dragonfly will pulse and shimmer with each turn and the Sun’s help.

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$39.95
Kaleidoscope Wind Spinner
 
Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
Christmas Firsts

Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
Do you know who wrote the first Christmas card? Which president put up the first White House Christmas Tree? Which department store hosted the first department store Santa? Here’s a look back at some Christmas firsts in American history.

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Clean Air Odor-Neutralizing Candle

Eliminates offending odors—doesn’t just mask them! The ingredients are a proprietary blend of essential and botanical oils in a GMO-free soy wax base with an unbleached hemp wick. 

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$12.95
Clean Air Odor-Neutralizing Candle
 
Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Appetizer Ideas

Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled eggs or shrimp cocktail, find some great ideas that range from appetizing plates to elegant hors d’oeuvres.

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Spruce Soy Wax Candles

Makes a great gift! These eye-catching candles come in a beautiful gift box. 

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$18.99
Spruce Soy Wax Candles
 
Homemade Flavored Vinegars | Gifts From the Kitchen
Easy Homemade Vinegar

Homemade Flavored Vinegars | Gifts From the Kitchen
Vinegars flavored with fruits, sprigs of herbs, or fiery peppers are so beautiful—and add great taste and interest to entrées and salads. Forget those overpriced (and often synthetic) flavored vinegars. It’s incredibly easy to make your own—plus they make great gifts for the kitchen!

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Screaming Eagle Garden Stake

Features a bright and bold patriotic eagle that was made in the USA. Powder-coated metal for durability and rust resistance. 

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$29.95
Screaming Eagle Garden Stake