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Dreaming of a white Christmas?

The weather forecast for Lewes is calling for a high of 55°F this Friday. But there's always homemade snow like what fell at the McFee Christmas Tree Farm earlier this week when Santa and Mrs. Claus visited to gather last-minute Christmas wish lists! The house at 120 McFee Street is one of the many stops taking part in Lewes Lights.  

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Bring us a Figgy Pudding!

By Denise Clemons
With some extra time on my hands, I decided to look for a new holiday cooking adventure. I thought of the music we play when we trim the tree each year – John Denver and the Muppets singing holiday classics, including “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” There’s a point in the song when Miss Piggy interrupts, thinking she’s heard “Piggy Pudding.” Kermit tells her not to worry, it’s Figgy Pudding made with figs (then he whispers “and bacon”).

While the exchange always makes me laugh, it turns out they’re both correct. Also known as plum pudding or Christmas pudding, the dense, fruit-studded and alcohol-rich dessert was originally made with beef or mutton.

According to food historians, the dish originated in 14th century Britain and was known as “frumenty.” Made from a mixture of meat, raisins, currants, spices and wine, the original version was more soupy than solid.

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Delawareans’ musical talent helps promote Toys for Tots

Delaware musician Sgt. Bell the Rapper, aka Lafayette Bell, was a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve and proudly supports its Toys for Tots Foundation. He is no longer in the reserves, but retained the title Sgt. Bell for his recording career. Bell continues to volunteer for the toys program each year from October through December, as he has for more than 20 years.

In 1997, he wrote a 29.5-second Toys for Tots Foundation jingle as a rap. The foundation published it nationally on cassettes and CDs from 1998 to 2007. In 2012, he wrote and recorded a three-minute song, which the foundation put to use and published on its digital media site in 2019. Singer Sara Brand of Felton recorded the Toys for Tots song and jingle as well, and her cover of the jingle was added to the Toys for Tots promotional playlist this year.

Bell said the jingle and his other hip-hop projects are meant to let youth and the African American community know how they can help others through Toys for Tots.

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Mocha stout to be released Dec. 26
Last Garden of Lights show Dec. 27
Feed the Kids Challenge ends Dec. 31
Lewes Lights shining through Dec. 31
Small Jewels exhibit open through Dec. 31
Friends from 'Frozen' to visit Dec. 26-Jan. 2
Lighthouse stitch-along to start Jan. 2
Winter reading program set Jan. 1-Feb. 28
Lifelong learning registration starts Jan. 13

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