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Christmas Sugar

Your kids will enjoy helping with this recipe – and they’ll be more than happy to eat the product of their labors afterwards. This is a great item for a kids’ Christmas party, as well.


15-20 large marshmallows
6 oz. semisweet chocolate
red and green sugars
waxed paper
cookie sheet or platter


Place a piece of waxed paper on cookie sheet or platter. Stick a toothpick into each marshmallow.

Heat the chocolate in a double boiler (or a smaller saucepan placed inside a larger saucepan of water if you don’t have a double boiler) until melted. Take each marshmallow by the stick and dip in chocolate. Then pass it off to a kid who will then thoroughly roll it in red or green sugar.

Put the marshmallows on the cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.

Sliced bananas or other fruit of your choice may be substituted for the marshmallows.

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Over the next couple of months visitors to Simplify Christmas (yes, visits have remained consistently high, even through the spring and summer months of 2008) will notice some fairly dramatic changes in the organization and appearance of the site as I prepare for the official start-up date of November 1st. The first big change is this new theme – which will be modified as needed before the official start-up. Update: 09/27/2208: I’ve decided to stick with last year’s theme – better features, overall.

Do not be alarmed by the changes – Christmas 2007 is past, and Simplify Xmas 2008 is going to be even bigger and better than last year!

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These are riddles, of a sort. Based on the description given of a song, you must guess its real title.

For the answers, click on “read more” at the bottom of this post.

Can you name these Christmas songs?

1. Oh member of the Round Table with circular missing areas.

2. Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres.

3. Wanted in December: a pair of upper, forward incisors.

4. A psychiatrist’s luxury apartment.

5. The lad is a diminutive percussionist.

6. Sir Lancelot afflicted with laryngitis.

7. Decorate the anterooms.

8. Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element.

9. Oh small Israeli urban center.

10. Distant in a haybin.

11. We are Kong, Lear, and Nat Cole.

12. Duodecimal enumeration of the passage of diurnal intervals in the Yuletide festival, terminating in Epiphany.

13. Depart and vocally transmit information upon an orographic locale.

14. Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy the Yuletide season.

15. Listen, the Cherubim and Seraphim are proclaiming tunefully.

16. As the agrarian guardians of the woolly ruminants protected their charges in the nocturnal period.

17. I perceived a triad of buoyant conveyance platforms.

18. Jubilation to the totality of the terrestrial sphere.

19. Do you perceive the longitudinal waves which stimulate my auditory sense organs?

20. A joyful song of reverence relating to hollow metallic vessels which vibrate and produce tintinnabulation when struck or shaken.

21. Parent was observed osculating a hoary, unshaven teamster.

22. May the Deity bestow an absence of fatigue upon cheerful and refined human males.


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Here’s a rather less “sedate” version of Jingle Bell rock than Brenda Lee, from teen pop duo Aly & AJ – who, incidentally, spent part of their childhood in Seattle–

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I couldn’t find an online karaoke for this classic song, but I can provide you with both the song, via YouTube, and the lyrics–

Bad BananaYou’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel.
You’re as cuddly as a cactus. You’re as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch! You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch. Your heart’s an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders. You’ve got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch! I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!

GarlicYou’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile.
Mr. Grinch! Given the choice between the two of you I’d take the seasick crocodile!

GunkYou’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch. You’re a nasty-wasty skunk
You’re heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk
Mr. Grinch! The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote:


An Appalling Dump HeapYou’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch. You’re the king of sinful sots.
Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots.
Mr. Grinch! Your soul is an appalling dump-heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots!

Triple Decker Sauerkraut and Toadstool Sandwich with Arsenic sauce (and a pickle)

Rotten, but redeemableYou nauseate me, Mr. Grinch, with a nauseous super “naus!
You’re a crooked jerky jockey and you drive a crooked hoss.
Mr. Grinch! You’re a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!

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  • Where: Children’s Museum, 227 Prospect Street, Bellingham
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 22, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • What: Make a beautiful lantern on the first day of winter!
  • Cost: The workshop is free with $3.50 admission

For more information: 733-8769

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