Homemade sugar cookies, Why is Christmas Day on Dec. 25?, cleaning garden tools

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, December 16, 2018


Gone are the days of gloom and error,
Love’s sceptre breaks the rod of terror
In our fair isle.
And as the children sing His message
Of Peace on Earth the joyful presage,
They win God’s smile

–George Robert Sims (1847–1922)

Sunday, December 16, 2018
350th day of the year

Benjamin Bratt (actor) was born on this day in 1963.
John Spencer (actor) died on this day in 2005.

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Questions about Christmas

Christmas Facts and Trivia
Why is Christmas Day on December 25? Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about “Godspeed”? See these festive facts about Christmas traditions and customs—plus, the most common question, “How do you keep cats away from the Christmas tree?!”

Want to enjoy the beautiful Moon year-round? Check out our 2019 Moon Wall Calendar that is loaded with amazing lunar lore, facts, and photos!   
How Low Can You Hear?

Low Notes—Elephants, Whales, and a Galaxy Far Away
How low can you go? Low sounds are easier to hear—the low thumping of music from the nearby car playing the radio, the low sounds that elephants and whales use to talk to e
Chala Cell Phone Xbody Purses

Top selling gift! Available in different nature-inspired designs! Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.
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Cleaning Garden Tools

How to Care for and Sharpen Gardening Tools
Where would we be without our trusty gardening tools? Treat them to a little bit of TLC and they should last for many years.
Bright and Sturdy Umbrellas

These stylish umbrellas come in several nature-inspired designs.
Christmas Sugar Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookie Recipes
These 10 basic sugar cookie recipes offer a delicious treat for any gathering of family or friends—and are great for decorating!
Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open

Colorful socks with terrifc advice! Makes a great gift!  
Easy Holiday Table

Bowls and Boards for the Holiday Table
Facing some health issues this fall, I turned my mind toward how to make holiday meals that would minimize exertion but maximize variety and flavor. For some reason, instead of frozen casseroles, stews, lasagnes, and quiches, two words popped into my mind: bowls and boards!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years!