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Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.Here are a few tips to have you and your family ready to deal with what old man winter may throw your way: Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers. Have a good supply of flashlights and candles, preferably the battery-operated […]

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Noun: Paraphernalia  (pair-uh-fuh-NAIL-yuh) Definition: 1. The separate real or personal property of a married woman that she can dispose of by will and sometimes according to common law during her life. 2. Personal belongings. 3. Articles of equipment: furnishings. 4. Accessory items. Over the years, Bob has been into hiking, fishing and collecting bar parahpernalia.

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Noun: Nativity  (nah-TIV-uh-tee) Definition: 1. The process or circumstances of being born: especially, capitalized, the birth of Jesus. 2. A horoscope at or of the time of one’s birth. 3. The place of origin. Sample sentence: We will go to church for the Christmas Eve service to hear the story of Jesus’ Nativity.    

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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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