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How guys shop on Christmas Eve

This morning, the men in your life woke up on a mission: to buy all of their Christmas gifts.

What? You thought they planned ahead.

Don’t worry. They do this every year. And, each time, they are victorious.

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FlipSide Panel: What are you doing this holiday weekend around York, Pa.?

Raquel Lilly poses with her children from left clockwise, Jilani, 12, Yazir, 15, and Zhyrie, 11

Raquel Lilly poses with her children from left clockwise, Jilani, 12, Yazir, 15, and Zhyrie, 11

Raquel Lilly: The Lilly family will be here in South Central PA for the holidays. Our annual tradition is to open one gift on Christmas Eve, watch a movie (this year it’s “Elf”) and bake Jesus a Birthday cake (a tradition started by our kids). On Saturday, Dec. 27, we will be attending the York NAACP’s Freedom Fund Kwanzaa Breakfast at Alexander’s Family Restaurant. Call 717-577-4436 for more information.

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Jeff Gochoco: Saturday, I’m going to check out the Christmas Magic, A Festival of Lights at Rocky Ridge Park. Sunday, I’m having lunch at Wyndridge Farms for cider tasting and good eats!
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FlipSide Guide 12/18/14: Music Friday, Holiday Extravaganza, The Night Before Christmas Railroad Tour

Make a cookie house in Lancaster.

Make a cookie house in Lancaster Saturday at the Country Barn.

Special events

  • Music Friday returns, from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 19 in downtown Lancaster. Each third Friday of the month, Lancaster City will entertain musical performances throughout the afternoon. In addition to live music, Music Friday will also feature retailers, restaurants and other attractions.
  • Children are invited to Build Their Own Cookie House with Santa, from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 20 at the Country Barn, located on 211 S. Donerville Road, Lancaster.  As described by the Country Barn, each child will be given a cookie building kit (includes 6 graham crackers, gum drops, mini candy canes, and more) to make their unique creations. The Country Kitchen will be vending hot chocolate, coffee, and baked goods, as part of their “Christmas on the Farm” holiday-weekend celebrations. [Admission is free; cookie building kits are $5 each]

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FlipSide Panel: Find out what your friends are doing this Dec. weekend around York, Pa.

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Susan Scofield: Friday night I will be wrapping presents at home while trying out the new “Shakedown” Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout by Starr Hill Brewing Co!” Saturday I will be drinking delicious craft beers and checking out The Ok-Oks at Beer Mongers! Sunday, I’ll be getting some last-minute shopping done for the York fans on my list with Carmen Walsh’s “York PA Stuff” line at the Art Meets Fashion: Holiday Boutique at CityArt Gallery!

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Satoko Berg: We are getting together with some friends and making gingerbread houses this week! Our boys (8 and 4) go crazy with candies (so that they can eat them later)…. But when I make a ginger bread house, I tend to make it as simple as possible. I love the white of icing on the dark brown color of ginger bread. I also sprinkle powered sugar for a snowy effect.
Some of my inspirations are found here:
http://goodiesbyanna.typepad.com/blog/2010/12/gingerbread-house-2010-happy-holidays.html
http://stylesweetca.com/2013/12/10/gingerbread-house-cake/
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Michael Waterloo: Same passion, different paper

IMG_4699It’s always hard to come up with an introduction column at a new job. What could I possibly say that I haven’t said before in one of these at my past two stops? At the Punxsutawney Spirit, where I served as the sports editor, I wrote how I had the dream to work in the newspaper industry since I was a young kid. When I moved to the Oregon coast, to serve as the editor of the North Coast Citizen, I wrote about how badly I wanted to move out west and work at the beach.

So, when I typed the first three paragraphs of this column five times only to delete it to start over, I was at a loss. Then, I remembered, while I may have written an introduction column a few times before, I have a brand new audience of readers this time around.

So, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Michael Waterloo, and I’m the new features editor at the Lebanon Daily News, and with that job, I’ll be working hand-in-hand with both FlipSidePA and GameTimePA.

And it’s true, when I was a kid, I wanted to work in the newspaper industry. Over the past 20 years, the industry has changed, but my passion for it hasn’t. When Andrea Rich, the managing editor at the Daily News, offered me the job, she told me that it was going to be a mix of sports and features work, which is right up my alley.
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Craig Wayne Boyd wins ‘The Voice’ Season 7

Craig Wayne Boyd with his trophy.  Photo courtesy NBC.

Craig Wayne Boyd with his trophy.
Photo courtesy NBC.

How awful does Gwen’s decision to get rid of Craig Wayne Boyd look now?

After being nearly eliminated twice on the show, “The Cardiac Kid” Craig Wayne Boyd was announced as the winner of season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice” last night.

To be honest, as much as I wanted Boyd to win, I didn’t think he had enough to draw in America, but it was his passionate performances in the Finale that helped propel the Nashville-native to become Blake Shelton’s fourth winner.

And how about Blake?
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Holiday gifs: 12 ways to describe your Christmas spirit right about now

You survived Black Friday.

And put up the Christmas tree.

You even wrapped a gift.

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FlipSide guide 12/11/14: Painting and Wine, Tea with Santa, ‘The Nutcracker’

Sarah Hoffman, 17, center, and Savanna Doyle, 15, right, help lace up 5-year-old Sadie Pacifico's ankle on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Greater York Dance. Dancers at Greater York Dance are preparing for their annual performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. Chris Dunn, FlipSide

Sarah Hoffman, 17, center, and Savanna Doyle, 15, right, help lace up 5-year-old Sadie Pacifico’s ankle on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Greater York Dance. Dancers at Greater York Dance are preparing for their annual performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. Chris Dunn, FlipSide

Special events

  • Days of the Belsnickel is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster. The event covers a delightful holiday lunch tour that culminates with a trip to the Landis Valley Museum Store full of unique Christmas gifts. The tour would be incomplete without an encounter with the notorious “der Belsnickel.” [$34.50 per person; contact Jamie Schuring at 717-581-0590 to schedule a reservation.]

Festivals and food

  • Join the Painting and Wine Party, from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Naylor Wine Shoppe at Queensgate, 2035 Springwood Road, York. Relax with friends over wine, as you create a masterpiece to take home. Early arrivals get to enjoy a free wine sampling. [$35 (includes all painting supplies: canvases, easels, paints, brushes, and smocks.)]
  • Have Tea With Santa at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room, 55 N. Main St., Red Lion. During the teatime event, children are invited to make crafts and have pictures taken with Santa. The Enchanted Teapot and Red Brick Bakery will also be offering up scones, tea, assorted desserts and their signature, kid-friendly sandwiches. [Cost for the tea is $20 per person. Reservations are required.]

On stage

  • EMC’s Holiday Celebration is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York. EMC Performing Arts Studio is heralded for its lively choreography and uplifting productions. Enjoy seasonal favorites integrated into the styles of ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. [Tickets are $20/$10 or $22.50 at the door.]
  • Attend a concert by the Hanover Symphony Orchestra, from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock Street Suite 200, Hanover. The orchestra is set to perform Home for the Holidays that evening. The holiday special will also feature the Spring Grove Area High School Expressions vocal ensemble. [Tickets are $13 (adults) and $7 (students); additional fees may apply.]
  • Catch a showing of Yule Laugh Again More Too, starting at 9 p.m. Dec. 13 in Zoetropolis, 315 W. James St., Lancaster. The theatrical production incorporates short plays, sketches, and song parodies of Christmas carols composed by local writers. One of the many creative films shown at the independent theatre, Zoetropolis, Yule Laugh Again More Too will be spreading the joy (and some laughs) this holiday season.

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FlipSide Panel: What are you doing this Dec. weekend around York, Pa?

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Rita King: On Thursday evening, I’m going to check out Smith & Weeden, a musical group from Rhode Island at Sign of the Wagon on Philadelphia Street. Saturday morning there is a benefit class at Evolution Power Yoga for a local non-profit called A Week Away that I am definitely going to and then I’m going to get some Christmas shopping done! I’ll probably hit up Hive Artspace for some handmade ornaments and jewelry and then sort through all the cool stuff at Ironic in WeCo neighborhood. I always find something new and unique there!

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JJ Sheffer: This weekend I’ll be getting started on my Christmas shopping. I buy almost all my gifts from shops in downtown York. Every year, my family and friends receive gifts from Sunrise Soap Company, Sweet Melissa’s Dream, Park Street Pantry, and Kimman’s (all on North Beaver Street). This year, I look forward to adding 56 Urban Provisions and Redeux Marketplace (both in Royal Square) and Clay Path Studio (first block of West Market Street) to that tradition.
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