Bake Cookies Day!

Always on December 18th, today is “Bake Cookies Day”!!!  And it couldn’t come at a better time!  Arriving amidst the major December holidays this day serves as a reminder to bake holiday cookies, if you haven’t done so already.

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Everyone, no matter your age, can and should celebrate this day by baking their favorite cookies. Make a party of it, and bake cookies in groups with family, friends, kids and grandkids. Don’t stop at baking just one kind of cookies.Plan to bake a number of cookies. Try a new recipe, or two, or three, or….

If you bake more than you can eat, good for you! Wrap up gift trays filled with cookies for friends and neighbors. Most cookies freeze well, too.

On another note, I couldn’t find a “Eat Cookies Day”, which in my opinion should be tomorrow…but maybe eating cookies is an everyday thing and so no one wanted to limit the eating of the cookies to just one day!

National Christmas Caroling Day!!

 

It’s ~ National Christmas Caroling Day ~

I don’t think anyone knows who started this unique holiday, and while it’s not as popular today as it was a few decades ago, Christmas holiday caroling is still a great opportunity to get friends and neighbors together to enjoy the holiday and appreciate the meaning of the season.

Many groups, such as Scouts and youth groups often partake in this special musical event. Even family parties and business parties sometimes produce an impromptu caroling event. Caroling remains an important part of our cultural and social society.

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I remember when my boys were younger and in cub/boy scouts, we would frequently go caroling to nursing homes and senior citizen centers.  (Don’t forget to call ahead to the facility management to arrange a date and time!)  And the bonus ~ a caroling event is often topped off with hot chocolate and cookies.

So I challenge you: buck the declining trend and organize a sing along ~ at home ~ at the office ~ out at lunch even!  It may take a little planning to make your Christmas caroling happen, but in this day and age, you can get everything delivered to your front door, even a song!

 

Shop Local!!

Tis the season…. for craft fairs, that is!  Actually, I’ve noticed that quite a few of them are being called “craft shows”, but no matter what you call them, nothing can beat a good gathering of local wares being sold just in time for the holiday gift giving season! 

I mean, who doesn’t need another pair of hand knit mittens, a jar of home-made jam or jelly, or a few new Christmas decorations?  And think about the gifts you could purchase to actually give away!!  Not to mention the local camaraderie (and gossip!)  you get from walking around the shows, talking to old friends and meeting some new friends

So on this Small Business Saturday, are a few fairs and/or shows that I know about this weekend:

Belgrade:  www.maineartistree.com    Brewer: www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

Rockport: http://mainedreamvacation.com/event/festival-lights-craft-market

Scarborough: www.societyofsouthernmainecraftsmen.org

Standish: http://www.oldredchurch.org

If you know of any others, please share them with us!