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

Monday, December 18, 2017
352nd day of the year


Brad Pitt (actor) was born on this day in 1963.
Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress and socialite) died on this day in 2016.


 
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A Christmas Star

The Star of Bethlehem
Was the Star of Bethlehem a real celestial body or a miraculous vision? Astronomer Bob Berman discusses the prevailing theories and adds his own thoughts into the mix.
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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
 
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
 
Christmas Firsts

Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
When did the first Christmas card, Christmas tree, and department store Santa Claus appear in America? See when some of these Christmas traditions began!
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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
 
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
 
Easy Homemade Vinegar

Gifts from the Kitchen: Infused Vinegar Recipes
Bottles of infused vinegar make excellent gifts from the kitchen! Below is a colorful recipe for fiery pepper vinegar and raspberry vinegar (only two ingredients!). Forget those overpriced (and often synthetic) flavored vinegars. It’s so easy to make your own.
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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