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Try singing a new tune for the 12 days of Christmas

Sunday, December 11, 2005

A new tune for the 12 days of Christmas

Michelle Felter

Standard Democrat

"Five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree."

Sound familiar? Most of us have heard the traditional tune for the 12 days of Christmas. But, this year, we'll make the song a bit more helpful and give readers tips they can actually use during the final 12 days before Christmas.

So get in the holiday spirit and sing along, even if it's just in your head.

With 12 days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... favorite children's characters in a Christmas setting:

* Madeline's Christmas

* The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas

* Franklin's Christmas Gift

* Arthur's Christmas

* D.W.'s Perfect Present

* Pooh's Christmas Sled Ride

* Little Miss Spider: A Christmas Wish

* Little Critter's Christmas book by Mercer Mayer

* Mickey's Christmas Carol (retelling of "A Christmas Carol")

* Christmas in Camelot

* Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

* The Polar Express

-According to the Sikeston Public Library

With 11 days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... top Christmas books for adults:

* A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

* The Christmas Box, by Richard Paul Evans

* Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham (The movie "Christmas with the Kranks" is based on this book)

* The Christmas Shoes, by Donna Van Liere

* The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

* The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

* Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies

* The Gift/Gabriel's Angel, by Nora Roberts

* Deck the Halls/The Christmas Thief/He Sees You When You're Sleeping, by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

* Christmas Journey/Christmas Visitor/Christmas Quest, by Anne Perry

* Visions of Sugarplums, by Janet Evanovich

-According to the Sikeston Public Library

With 10 days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... most-

requested holiday songs by listeners:

* Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

* Little Drummer Boy

* Jingle Bell Rock

* O Holy Night

* Jingle Bells

* Christmas Shoes

* Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

* Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

* White Christmas

* Let it Snow

-According to B98/97.9 FM

With nine days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me...

top Christmas movie rentals:

* Christmas with the Kranks

* The Santa Clause 1

* The Santa Clause 2

* Elf

* How the Grinch Stole Christmas

* A Christmas Story

* Miracle on 34th Street

* A Christmas Carol

* A Charlie Brown Christmas

-According to Movie Time in Sikeston

With eight days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me...

popular wines and champagnes for holiday dinners:

* Ballatore champagne

* Yellow Tail wines

* Sutter Home White Zinfandel

* Korbel champagne

* Turning Leaf * Beringer White Zinfandel

* Riunitte

* Andre champagne -According to Quick Chek in Sikeston

With seven days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... favorite candle scents during the holiday season:

* Sugar Cookie

* Orange Mango

* Ginger Lime

* Sunflower

* Banana Nut Bread

* Sweet Cinnamon Roll

* Apple Crisp

-According to Modern Floor Covering in Sikeston

With six days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... the primary reasons for holiday stress and arguments, according to Bootheel Counseling Services:

* Unrealistic expectations "that everything's going to be perfect"

* Overextending their budgets (or not having a budget)

* Where to spend the holidays, especially with blended families * Traveling, since families now live further apart

* Not getting enough sleep

* Not eating right

-Spending the first holiday without a loved one, because of death or other circumstances, can also be hard, said Cheryl Jones, director of community psychiatric rehabilitation at Bootheel Counseling Services in Sikeston. "Those anniversaries of things being different and loved ones not being there is kind of stressful." She suggested talking about those absences before the holiday arrives, and families should try to incorporate the memory of the loved one in their Christmas plans.

With five days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... top holiday scratch-offs, which can make great stocking stuffers:

* $100 Million Cash Spectacular * Christmas Bingo

* Merry Money

* Holiday Cash

* Cash Flurries

-According to Fas Gas in Sikeston

With four days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... popular holiday stamps:

* Holiday cookies, with Santa Claus, snowman, angel and gingerbread designs

* Madonna and child

* Kwanzaa

* Hanukkah

With three days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... items much-needed by the Bootheel Food Bank for Christmas baskets include:

* Canned vegetables

* Canned soups

* Desserts

-According to the Bootheel Food Bank in Sikeston

With two days left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... two of the busiest shopping days are Christmas Eve and the Saturday before Christmas. Try to get your holiday shopping done early!

With one day left until Christmas, the Standard Democrat gave to me... a warm wish that you enjoy a safe and happy holiday!