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'Tis the Season holiday calendar

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:00 am

Father Christmas will visit Whale’s Tale on Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 312 Washington Mall in Cape May. Father Christmas will visit Whale’s Tale on Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 312 Washington Mall in Cape May.  An old-fashioned Christmas exhibit

The public is invited to a free exhibit of holiday traditions through the years complete with model trains, toys and more at the Carriage House Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, through Thursday, Jan. 1. The gallery is open daily, though hours vary. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org .

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Cape May Stage presents “Merry Melodies: A Holiday Celebration”

Celebrate the holidays at Cape May Stage with a musical revue, filled with holiday songs and carols at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette St., Cape May.

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AC Ballet kicks off season with ‘It’s A Shore Holiday’

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 am

AC Ballet kicks off season with ‘It’s A Shore Holiday’ AC Ballet kicks off season with ‘It’s A Shore Holiday’ Next up is ‘The Nutcracker’ Dec. 18-23

The Atlantic City Ballet will kick off the holidays with its second annual production of “It’s a Shore Holiday,” a show blending classical and contemporary dance set to beloved holiday tunes.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 11, 2014 06:33 pm

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Submit your holiday lights display

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 08, 2014 12:43 pm

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Cookies make a perfect holiday indulgence

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 28, 2014 12:00 am

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The holiday season is known for many things, not the least of which is all those special treats that find their way onto holiday tables each year. Though moderation should reign when indulging in delicious holiday treats, what would the season be without a few extra cookies and confections?

Baking is popular come the holiday season, and the following recipe for "Triple-Chocolate Cookies" from Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage's "Chocolate Obsession" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) is sure to add some joy to an already festive time of year.

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Here’s how to make a gift card more fun to open

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, November 27, 2014 04:53 pm

Here’s how to make a gift card more fun to open Here’s how to make a gift card more fun to open

The almighty gift card - it’s fun to receive and can also be enhanced for a fun, creative gift to give. Most of us love receiving gift cards but some may shy away from giving them because they feel an envelope just isn’t as exciting to open as something in a box with wrapping paper. This is when you enhance the gift card gift.

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'Tis The Season - 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 am

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Dennisville tour offers a glimpse of Christmas past

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00 am

Tis-dennisville.jpg Tis-dennisville.jpg DENNISVILLE – Bring a flashlight and step into the past this year with the 26th annual Christmas house walking tour of historic Dennisville homes, from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20.

At least eight homes will be part of the tour and the houses will be decorated for the holidays. The Middletones, Middle Township High School’s a cappella vocal quartet, will stroll the streets dressed in period costume entertaining visitors with songs of the season.

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Santa isn’t the only one making lists this time of year

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Written by Tom Williams Sunday, November 23, 2014 05:00 am

 Santa isn’t the only one making lists this time of year Santa isn’t the only one making lists this time of year

This is a time of year for lists.

Santa has the best known list but people all over are making lists – invitations to holiday parties, gifts to be purchased, what they’d like to get as gifts and things to do before 2014 ends.

Here are a couple of lists that pertain to the season.

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Light up the holidays – but do it safely

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, November 23, 2014 12:00 am

Having stuffed themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie, many people have now turned their thoughts to Christmas. Already, homeowners can be seen digging out their holiday lights, climbing onto ladders and stringing lights around trees and along eaves.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when using any holiday lighting, indoors or out.

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Christmas trivia to put you in the holiday spirit

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:00 am

The holiday season has arrived, and millions of people across the globe will be celebrating Christmas with their families and friends. Here are some interesting tidbits to share with friends, co-workers and loved ones this holiday season.

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Sounds of the Season brings music and more to Hamilton Mall

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 03:40 pm

Bennett Chevrolet will present Sounds of the Season Dec. 1-21 at the Hamilton Mall on the Black Horse Pike in Hamilton Township. The series features free holiday entertainment daily for the whole family performed by various community groups. All shows take place on the mall’s second level above the carousel, between Forever 21 and H&M.

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Choosing the right toys can help kids meet developmental milestones

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 01:39 pm

Toys that emphasize numbers and counting can help develop, support and encourage proficiency in math concepts and skills. Toys that emphasize numbers and counting can help develop, support and encourage proficiency in math concepts and skills.

What children play with can have a large impact on their interests and brain development. Keep in mind when it comes to a walk down the toy aisle that with toys as tools for learning, you can help children as they reach their educational and developmental milestones.

VTech, a manufacturer of age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children, works with a team of child development experts to assess toys and provide feedback before they reach store shelves.

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Recycle Christmas cards to enjoy again

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 01:18 pm

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We know they are wasteful. But we love to give them – and boy do we love to get them.

Christmas cards are a cherished tradition. According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans purchase about 6.5 billion greeting cards every year. Of those, around 1.6 billion are Christmas cards.

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Got toys? Call the Marines

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:00 am

When in need, call the Marines.

As a country, we’ve depended on that particular branch of the military for 239 years to defend the nation.

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Ocean City’s First Night gala New Year’s Eve celebration

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 am

Admission buttons for Ocean City’s First Night gala New Year’s Eve celebration are $20. Buttons can be purchased now by visiting the Welcome Center on the Route 52 Bridge or by calling 1-800-BEACHNJ. Buttons can also be ordered online by accessing www.firstnightocnj.com .

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‘Ebenezer, A Musical Christmas Carol’ dates set

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 11, 2014 03:07 pm

‘Ebenezer, A Musical Christmas Carol’ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 17, 18, and 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at the Screening Room Theatre in the Ocean Tower at Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City. Produced by Ocean Professional Theatre Company. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. Call 609-312-8306 or see www.oceantheatre.org .

 

Swap and Shop

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, November 08, 2014 12:00 am

Swap and Shop at the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum. One adult must stay with child at all times in the museum while the other gets the holiday shopping done. Then switch and get your shopping done, too. Participants must make the museum staff at the front desk aware that they would like to participate in the program to receive a discount. Discount cannot be refunded after sale has been completed. Call 609-641-5726 or see www.jerseyshorechildrenmuseum.org .

   

Holiday Extravaganza at the Tropicana

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:00 am

ATLANTIC CITY - Holiday Extravaganza select dates and time Nov. 16-Dec. 19 at Tropicana Casino. Broadway dance ensem­ble of 10 dancers and two female singers who will light up the spirit of the holidays.

Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 16 and under. Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000) as well as at the Tropicana Box Office. All tickets will be sold as general admission seating. The doors for each performance will open one hour prior to the scheduled show time.

 

People all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Tuesday, December 24, 2013 08:03 pm

‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’ by Dutch artist Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656). ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’ by Dutch artist Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656).

The Yule Blog, Dec. 25
Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:1-20: The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place whileQuirinius was governor of Syria.And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

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Feast of the 7 Fishes is a Christmas Eve tradition for many Italians

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, December 23, 2013 08:35 pm

The Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve commemorates the wait for the birth of baby Jesus./Linda Erickson The Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve commemorates the wait for the birth of baby Jesus./Linda Erickson The Yule Blog, Dec. 24

1 day left until Christmas

Italians like to eat. So it’s no surprise that for many of us, holiday traditions center on what dishes will make their way to the table.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve is an Italian-American tradition that usually involves seven different types of seafood during a rather long meal on Christmas Eve.

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Best children's books get to the heart of Christmas

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Sunday, December 22, 2013 08:54 pm

The best children's book is the one you sit down and read to them. The best children's book is the one you sit down and read to them.
The Yule Blog, Dec. 23
2 days until Christmas

Make a child’s holiday memorable by giving or reading a good book

Before you get too wrapped up in the season’s last-minute wrapping, baking, shopping and tree trimming, why not make some time to cozy up with your favorite little one and a good Christmas book? There’s nothing like it to help you remember, and your little one to understand, the true meaning behind all the fuss.

The best books have a message that children will easily grasp -- perhaps love, kindness, generosity, selflessness or strength of spirit. Here is just a sampling of new and noteworthy titles, along with some well-loved classics.

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Presents for pets and pet lovers

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Written by Mandee McCullough Saturday, December 21, 2013 08:05 pm

The Dogtek Eyenimal Digital Videocam for Pets is the perfect gift for your techy pet-loving friend./Submitted The Dogtek Eyenimal Digital Videocam for Pets is the perfect gift for your techy pet-loving friend./Submitted

The Yule Blog, Dec. 22 3 days until Christmas

’Tis the season for giving, and there are just a couple days left to shop before Christmas. Have you remembered a gift for your pet, as well as the pet lovers on your list?

There are a variety of unique and practical presents out there for pets and their owners, including some do-it-yourself gifts.

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When will Santa get here? Track his flight Christmas Eve with NORAD

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, December 20, 2013 08:52 pm

Image from NORAD trailer. Image from NORAD trailer.
The Yule Blog, Dec. 21
4 days until Christmas

Aerospace defense team has been following Santa’s flight for 58 years

The countdown has begun.

Before the children are nestled all snug in their beds on Christmas Eve, wouldn’t they be relieved to know for sure that Santa Claus is on his way – and that he’s on schedule? I mean, it’s a long night for Santa, and he has to make millions of stops. It might ease little minds to know exactly when he will arrive in New Jersey, not to mention the parents who might be worried about putting the cookies and milk out too soon.

Thanks to the people at the North American Aerospace Defense Command and a typographical error made many years ago, children all over the world can track Santa’s course the minute he leaves the North Pole Dec. 24 to deliver gifts around the world.

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Cookie swaps sweeten the holidays if you can avoid the jams (video)

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Thursday, December 19, 2013 08:02 pm

Participants of The Current of Gazette cookie exchange pride themselves in their presentation./Christie Rotondo Participants of The Current of Gazette cookie exchange pride themselves in their presentation./Christie Rotondo
The Yule Blog, Dec. 20
5 days until Christmas

For many people, participating in a neighborhood or office cookie exchange is a holiday tradition.

It can be a huge undertaking, and there is some risk involved. But the payoff can be well worthwhile: You make one kind of cookie – albeit lots of them – and in return you get dozens of cookies, plain and fancy, in many varieties and flavors.

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5 handy gifts for the home baker

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, December 18, 2013 08:53 pm

The right tools make a baker's job easier. The right tools make a baker's job easier.

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6 days until Christmas

I started baking when I was very young with my mother and my grandmother. Both always made delicious treats and taught me the how-tos along the way.

When I was old enough to be trusted with the oven alone, I started experimenting with baking on my own. I would make cakes from scratch, homemade icing and even dabbled in creating my own cookie recipes.

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Best all-time Christmas songs: our staff favorites

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 17, 2013 08:25 pm

Peggy Lee sings 'The Christmas Waltz' on 'Let it Snow: Cuddly Christmas Classics from Capitol.' Peggy Lee sings 'The Christmas Waltz' on 'Let it Snow: Cuddly Christmas Classics from Capitol.'
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7 days until Christmas

In today’s edition of the Yule Blog, employees of The Current and The Gazette Newspapers share their favorite Christmas tunes.

Many of our staffers have a number of favorites and had a hard time narrowing down the choice to one. But all the songs here are winners, so when you have some time, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, settle in, relax, and read the summaries and play the clips.

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Snow day survival guide

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Written by Marjorie Preston Monday, December 16, 2013 08:56 pm

Mistletoes will be a cherished keepsake long after the patter of the little footsteps captured are gone. Mistletoes will be a cherished keepsake long after the patter of the little footsteps captured are gone. The Yule Blog, Dec. 17
8 days until Christmas

Here are a handful of craft and baking ideas to keep snowbound kids happy indoors

Old Man Winter doesn’t officially arrive until Dec. 21, but you couldn’t tell that by the weather here in South Jersey. And for school-age kids, icy, blustery weather means just one thing – snow days!

Children love them, but snow days – as well as Christmas vacation, winter break and weekends – offer special challenges for parents. Once the kids have had their fill of building snowmen, making snow angels and sledding, how can you keep them productively preoccupied without resorting to passive play, such as computer games?

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Dennisville Christmas House Tour connects past and present: Video

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Sunday, December 15, 2013 09:40 pm

The Crawford House, Christmas 2005. The Crawford House, Christmas 2005. The Yule Blog, Dec. 16
9 days until Christmas

Visitors to the circa 1852 Capt. Charles J. and Lydia Crawford House will get to glimpse a treasured family artifact the night of the Dennisville Historic Home Owners Association annual Christmas House Tour Saturday, Dec. 21.

The house is the featured home on the tour, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. And while all of the houses are marvels of historic preservation, the stories behind them are often even more intriguing.

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Last-minute make-it gift: Peppermint Patty Martini

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Saturday, December 14, 2013 09:16 pm

A bottle of Peppermint Patty Martinis is a quick and delicious gift from your kitchen./Joan Kostiuk A bottle of Peppermint Patty Martinis is a quick and delicious gift from your kitchen./Joan Kostiuk
The Yule Blog, Dec.15

10 days until Christmas

So there are only 10 days left until Christmas, and you still have a half-dozen people left on your Christmas gift list, not to mention a thinner wallet and mounting credit card bills.

How about something uniquely homemade that doesn’t set you back a bundle? Peppermint patty martinis are a great-tasting gift that that you need no special skills to make. And you can make a few bottles in well under an hour, including prep time.

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