There are still a few tags hanging on the Christmas tree at Corky’s Pizza, in Pleasantville.
If you would like to help a local child have a more blessed Christmas, you may choose a tag and buy gifts for that child. Please bring them back to Corky’s by the date on the tag.
If you would like to help out, but don’t wish to choose a tag, you can buy a single toy and leave it in the toy drop boxes at Corky’s or Coal Oil Johnny’s. Or, if you would like to donate a check, you can send it to Cindy Benner, 875 Enterprise Road, Pleasantville, Pa., 16341.
The Pleasantville HoHoHo Committee appreciates all assisted in this year’s event; and all who donated through monetary support gifts for door prizes and a side raffle, volunteered to face paint, made hot chocolate, served the cookies, helped give out tickets at the door, helped with the door prizes, collected money for photos with Santa, and announced this yearly event.
The Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. The selection for January is “The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel,” by Nina George.
The PVFD will hold its stagette on March 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., bar opens at 6, and dinner will be at 7. The bar will be closed during dinner.
There will be a big board, side boards, basket raffles, and rip tickets, among others. The bar will be serving select mixed drinks. Feel free to BYOB. Tickets will not be on sale until January.
Contact Christine Huth, at (814) 589-7679, or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
There is a fee for this event.
As temperatures begin to dip across the area, people are pulling spaces heaters out of storage to help warm their homes and keep their heating bills down.
Here a few tips to keep you safe:
— You should never plug a heater into a power strip. These units are not designed to handle the high current flow needed for a space heater, and can overheat or even catch fire due to the added energy flow.
— You also should never use an extension cord, which could easily overheat and start a fire. When using a space heater plug it into the outlet directly. And, don’t plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater for safety reasons.
If you have any questions about fire safety, contact the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department or any of its members.
Cranberry rosemary cheese spread
Ingredients: one 8-ounce cream cheese softened, 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese, 1/2 cup dried cranberries chopped, 1/2 cup dried apricots chopped, 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary minced, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
Ritz crackers or vegetables for serving.
Directions: In a large bowl or mixer, cream together cream cheese and goat cheese, then mix in honey, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
Fold in cranberries, apricots and rosemary, then refrigerate for 20 minutes or until just chilled, but still soft.
Serve with crackers, veggies, or you could even use sliced baguette bread. Enjoy!
No-bake coconut pecan praline cookies
Ingredients: 2 cups pecans, 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Directions: In a large saucepan over medium high heat, stir together sugars, evaporated milk, corn syrup, and butter until melted and smooth. Bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt.
Fold in coconut and pecans, then continue stirring for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture begins to cool.
Once thick, use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto wax paper lined baking sheets.
Let set completely then enjoy.
“Missing You at Christmas”
Every day without you
Since you had to go,
is like summer without sunshine
And Christmas without snow.
I wish that I could talk to you
There’s so much I would say,
Life has changed so very much
Since you went away.
I miss the bond between us
And I miss your kind support,
You’re in my mind and in my heart
And every Christmas thought.
I’ll always feel you close to me
And though you’re far from sight,
I’ll search for you among the stars
That shine on Christmas night.
Unique and bizarre holidays
Today, Dec. 12: Channukah, National Ding-a-Ling Day, and Poinsettia Day
Dec. 13: Ice Cream Day and Violin Day
Dec. 14: International Monkey Day, National Bouillabaisse Day, and Roast Chestnuts Day
Dec. 15: Bill of Rights Day and National Lemon Cupcake Day
Dec. 16: National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Dec. 17: National Maple Syrup Day
Dec. 18: Bake Cookies Day and National Roast Suckling Pig Day
Dec. 19: Look for an Evergreen Day and Oatmeal Muffin Day
The Twelve Days of Christmas song
This song was written in the 16th century during a time of religious persecution, when Catholicism was outlawed.
It was written as a kind of secret catechism that they could sing in public without worrying about fear of arrest. Each verse refers to a teaching of the church doctrine. Each day in the song is a code word for religious truth:
1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
2. The two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope, and love.
4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah, law, or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping represent the 11 faithful Apostles.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the 12 points in doctrine in the Apostles Creed.
So this is your history for today. Merry Christmas. Because Christmas is not without Christ.
“Contrary to popular belief, positive thinking is not thinking that everything will work out great all the time. Positive thinking is focusing on what’s present, what’s going well, and what you can do to make a situation better.” — Will Bowen
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