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Friday, December 5, 2014
Sweet start  to the holidays

Three judges fought their sweet tooth long enough to announce winners Thursday night in the Dimmick Memorial Library gingerbread house contest in Jim Thorpe.

According to Mary Ann Kmetz, library director, there were 10 entries in the group division, three in the child division (12 and under) and one in the adult division.

Winning the children's division was Katrina Trine, 11, of Jim Thorpe.

"I found out about the contest and thought it would be a fun way to bring me and my dad together," she said.

Friday, December 5, 2014
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS The seventh annual Creche/Nativity Display at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave. in Jim Thorpe is from noon to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave. in the heights section of Jim Thorpe will welcome the public to its seventh annual Creche/Nativity Display from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This year's display will feature nativity items made from a variety of materials such as pewter, tin, cloth, ceramic, wood, beeswax and more.

The items range in age from new to very old. There are nativities on display with figures that are barely an inch high, and others that are a couple of feet tall.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Members of the Bach and Handel Chorale rehearse Monday at St. John's in the heights  section of Jim Thorpe, its home base. The chorale is preparing for a series of Christmas concerts that begin this weekend. For a video of the rehearsal scan this photo with the Ads R Live app. To download the app, text the word "ADS" to 40691.

Looking to start the holidays off right? The Bach and Handel Chorale will kick off the beginning of its 31st year as well as the Christmas season with a series of concerts beginning this weekend in Jim Thorpe.

"At the beginning of Advent we get ready for the celebration of Christmas and the birth of Christ, and when we're in the setting we're in at St. Mark's and playing the songs we perform, you really get a sense of the miracle of Christmas," says chorale board President Leta Thompson.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to start thinking about giving thanks to the many people in our lives through holiday tipping. It's a topic that confuses many: how much to give and to whom?

Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally-recognized etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, offers these tips:

Ÿ Give what you can.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail are encouraging wine lovers to buy local this holiday season by inviting them to festive events, offering specials on wine, and more.

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a nonprofit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agritourism and to create a premiere wine destination and grape growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region.

All of the member wineries have won awards at state, national and international levels.

Some of the events include:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It really is hard to beat freshly baked cookies. Leave aside for a moment the deliciousness of the finished product; the simple act of cooking them makes your whole house smell like heaven.

But who has the time to whip up a batch of cookies every time a guest shows up at your door? Or every time you get a craving? Actually, if you rely on these refrigerator cookies, you do!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

My mother made the same Christmas cookies every year. She might add one or two different varieties, but there were always the ones we could count on: "S" Cookies, Dusan Confections, Caramel Spritz and Cappuccino Flats.

Mom's Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies, however, were everyone's favorite. (Except me, mine are the "S" Cookies.) My kids love them and my friends always ask for the recipe. I think if we didn't have them on the cookie plate on Christmas Eve, there would be a revolt in the house.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Woman's Club of Lehighton will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Trinity Hall in Lehighton.

The program will feature Trinity's Sanctuary Choir singing "A Celebration of Carols" directed by Susan Lovejoy.

Monday, December 1, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY gardeners.com

Liven up your holiday décor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season.

Start by gathering greenery from your landscape. Use needled evergreens like pines and firs, broadleaf evergreens like boxwood, holly and evergreen magnolia as well as junipers and arborvitaes to create wreaths, swags, centerpieces and garland. And don't forget to include cones, holly berries, crabapples and the bluish-colored fruit of junipers.

Monday, December 1, 2014

People of all ages can step back in time and experience Christmas Eve 1842 with a Pennsylvania German family while visiting the historic 1756 Pennsylvania German Troxell-Steckel Farmhouse in Whitehall Township. Special hourlong holiday tours will take place from 1 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday. The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is hosting the event.

"This is a rare opportunity for children and adults to relive Christmas before it became a shopping frenzy," said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the heritage museum.