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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 4, 2018 CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY 2018 23 Christmas, seeking inspiration at a cof- fee shop run so poorly by their future love interest that they'll have to jump in with the big bucks they earn from that one story to save both the day and their bad-at-business employer. It's almost a given that the guy is a complete jerk to start the movie, and you can't imagine he'd ever be kind enough to deserve the woman, but ulti- mately he finds his true noble character – in just two hours, with commercials – and the two learn everything they need to learn about one another with a few funny or quirky lines. More than one woman has been head-over-heels for Mr. Dreamy simply after he buys a cup of coffee for a homeless person. As an added bonus, the future lover turns out to be Santa Claus or the jolly fellow's son. I think part of the reason I love Countdown to Christmas on Hallmark is that my wife lets me talk during the movie. Making fun of it is a huge part of the fun. There are no real rules for those of us in the club. As my colleague Laura accurately pointed out, there's no requirement that you watch the whole thing, and no one will judge you if it's only on as background noise as you wrap presents and sip eggnog. The bad- ness is part of the fun. Hallmark has done a genius job of turning low-budget films with B-list actors into a cult following and some- how increasing market demand. This year I noticed a shirt (I've already added it to my Christmas list) with the words, "This is my Hallmark Christmas Movies watching shirt." I mean, how great is that? Sure, I'll agree there's a place for my favorite cinematic Christmas master- pieces such as "Home Alone, "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Elf," but when it comes to feel-good mush that will really get you in the spirit well before normal people are ready for the holiday, Hallmark has us covered. For a complete programming guide this holiday season, with festive mov- ies playing "all day and all night," visit www.hallmark.com/Christmas . Each year, Ethan Shorey shares his holiday experiences with Valley Breeze readers. This is the 13th installment. Two years ago he wrote about the miracle birth of his daughter, last year about how his wife enjoys matching the whole family for Christmas. From preceding page Holiday hostess gifts that inspire comfort This year, rethink that bottle of wine and instead, give the gift of get- ting cozy and slowing down to truly enjoy everyday moments. Tap into glowing candlelight, cozy textiles, and celebrating simple pleasures when shopping for friends and family. In other words, give the gift of hygge. Pronounced "hoo-ga," this Danish way of life embraces a feeling of cozy contentment. Here is a collection of gift ideas that will inspire those moments during winter, a hygge-high season, and all year long. Cozy textiles Textiles are hygge in the way that they keep us warm, conjure up mem- ories, and make everyday life more beautiful. For example, a chunky throw adds warmth to a couch or the foot of a bed, while a Turkish hand towel is a fresh addition to any bath- room or kitchen for everyday use or when guests arrive. Sheepskins have been bringing warmth and coziness into homes for generations with their soft textures and natural beauty. Glow and scent Lighting and fresh scents are key elements of hygge, and candles are the perfect gift for any holiday host- ess. In addition to sharing holiday cheer, guests' personal celebrations can sometimes leave behind a distinct smell. Made with essential oils and sourced from natural ingredients, con- sider a gift set that includes a candle and room sprays. The candles give the gift of glow while clearing away any leftover party odors. Sip and savor Give a set of tea, a handcrafted mug, and a book on hygge, such as "The Year of Living Danishly," by Helen Russell, to be read over the winter. Share teas that can be expe- rienced throughout the day, such as a mid-afternoon pause or a calming toast before bedtime. - StatePoint Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours FOR ALL OF YOUR FLOORING NEEDS CARPET • HARDWOOD • VINYL • CERAMIC • AREA RUGS 25 Esten Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-6996 www.FactoryCarpetOutlet.com

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