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EVENTS
DEC

Early December, Appalachian Christmas Village, Huntington, WV,
heritagefarmmuseum.com/visit/events/christmas-village-2019
Early December, Christmas on the Square and Parade, Blairsville,
GA, visitblairsvillega.com/events/calendar/2020-12-01
Early December, Annual Christmas Tea Room, Harrodsburg, KY,
mercerchamber.com/events
Early December, Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade, Greenville, SC,
greenvillesc.gov/1330/Poinsettia-Christmas-Parade
Early December, Transylvania County Handcrafter's Guild Craft Show,
Brevard, NC, facebook.com/tchguild
5, Sevierville's Christmas Parade, Sevierville, TN, pigeonforgewinterfest.com/
event/sevierville-christmas-parade/
Each December weekend, Dickens of a Christmas, Downtown Roanoke,
VA, downtownroanoke.org

ˆ WEATHER APHORISMS
Winter either bites with its teeth or
lashes with its tail.
Long foretold, long last. Short
foretold, soon past.
The number of days between the
new moon and the first snowfall
deep enough to track a cat will tell
you how many snow-falls to expect
during a winter.

ˆ KITCHEN
Things to keep in the kitchen:
a ruler, scissors, small hammer,
flashlight, candles, matches and
tape.

ˆ FACTOIDS
When washing windows in cold weather,
add salt to the water and the glass will
not turn frosty.

Try deep frying guacamole. Form
into balls, roll in crushed chips and
deep fry until brown.

When you use recycled paper, you save
7,000 gallons of water per ton of paper
produced.

ˆ RECIPE
CHICKEN LOG
Ingredients:

In 1988, a scientist found two identical
snow crystals. They came from a storm
in Wisconsin.

2 cans chicken breast

DECEMBER ALMANAC

2 8 oz. packages cream cheese

Snow is translucent, not white.

¼ cup green onions, chopped
1 TBS. Steak sauce

ˆ REGIONAL NOTES
In Easely, South Carolina, a tiny Christmas light
display, built by Perry and Ollie Jennings in 1974,
draws visitors from around the world to admire
the display of miniature, twinkly Christmas lights
decorating the scaled down village of Tiny Town.
34.8407⁰ N, 82.5263⁰ W

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, here with wife Zelda, spent
some time in later life at Asheville, N.C.'s Grove Park
Inn. He died December 21, 1940, at age 44. Learn more:
BlueRidgeCountry.com/Fitzgerald

Dec MONTH AT A GLANCE
Day of Day of Day of Ç
Mo Year Week Age
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For optimal water uptake, re-cut
your Christmas tree on a slant, one
inch above the old cut.
PHOTOS COURTESY THE BILTMORE COMPANY

Brenda Lee born, 1944

skywatch

Woodrow Wilson born, 1856
Andrew Johnson born, 1808
minus 37 degrees F at Lewisburg, W.Va., 1917

Mix all ingredients together. Form
into a log and roll in more parsley.
Refrigerate. Serve with crackers.

Use sawdust, sand or cat litter on
icy walks instead of salt. Your plants
will thank you.

Prohibition repealed, 1933
Jefferson Davis dies, 1889
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
NAFTA signed into law, 1993
Joel Chandler Harris born, 1848

Biltmore Estate opens, 1895
Christmas Day
First day of Kwanzaa

Directions:

ˆ GARDENING HINTS

Rosa Parks keeps her seat, 1995
John Brown hanged for treason, 1859
First successful heart transplant, 1982

Winter Solstice

1 tsp. parsley

After the ground freezes, mulch
perennial and bulb beds to prevent
frost heave.

Significa

Bill of Rights Day
John Fox Jr. born, 1862
Wright Bros. first flight, 1903
Ty Cobb born, 1886

¼ tsp. curry powder

	
	

●	New moon-14th
❍	Full moon-29th
(	First quarter-21st
)	Last quarter-7th
Winter solstice - Dec. 21 at 5:02 a.m.

December's full moon is the
long nights moon.

Houseplants grow more slowly in
winter, so cut back on number of
waterings, but water more deeply.

ˆ OLD SAWS
After the game, the king and the
pawn go in the same box.
A deaf husband and a blind wife are
always a happy couple.
The hammer shatters glass, but
forges steel.

sunrise sunset

Dec. 6 - sun rises 7:19; sun sets 17:01; length of day 9h 41m
Dec. 13 - sun rises 7:25; sun sets 17:02; length of day 9h 37m
Dec. 20 - sun rises 7:29; sun sets 17:05; length of day 9h 35m
Dec. 27 - sun rises 7:32; sun sets 17:09; length of day 9h 36 m

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