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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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
It’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.
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?
You survived Black Friday.
And put up the Christmas tree.
You even wrapped a gift.
- 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.]
- 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.