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Have realistic expectations of family and friends.  Just because it is Christmas, does not mean the attitudes or behaviors of relatives and friends will change.  Accept this and plan how you will respond to help keep the Christmas spirit.

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Adjective: Eupeptic  (yoo-PEP-tik) Definition: 1. Of, relating to, or having good digestion. 2. Cheerful, optimistic. Sample sentence: With all the holiday treats offered at the office party, I am glad I have a eupeptic stomach.

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  Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly. As tempting as it is to show off your holiday decorations, never leave home or go to bed with holiday lighting left on. This means Christmas tree lights, […]

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Whether you’re traveling across town or around the world, help ensure your trip is safe. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, […]

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Noun: Ragout  (ra-GOO) Definition: 1. Well seasoned vegetables and meat cooked in a thick sauce. 2. A mixture of several things. Sample sentence: The movie is an ill-conceived ragout of fantasy, science fiction and old-fashioned romance.

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Adjective: Vivacious  (vuh-VAY-shus) Definition: Lively in temper, conduct or spirit: sprightly. Sample sentence: The hostess was a pretty, vivacious woman with a knack for making people feel comfortable. lively in temper, conduct, or spirit : sprightly Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/#k6XSSawBwdqEayiU.99

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The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure to get proper sleep.

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Unless you’re measuring carefully, you may not have a clue. A new study on the subject of wine consumption shows that informal servings differ based on the size of the glass you’re using, whether you are holding the glass as you pour or whether you’re pouring red wine or white. Researchers at Cornell University and […]

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Noun: Midriff  (MID-riff) Definition: 1.  A body portion of muscle and connective tissue; specifically, the partition separating the chest and the abdominal cavities in mammals: diaphragm. 2. The mid-section of the human torso. 3.  A section of a woman’s garment that covers or exposes the midriff. Sample sentence: Even the store’s winter line of clothing […]

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While adolescents are fast asleep, their brains are busy maturing, making key connections (synapses), a process that continues until adulthood. But the amount of caffeine kids consume may be disrupting that process, warn a group of Swiss researchers who investigated how caffeine acts on the brains of rats. A study from the team at the […]

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