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Where Will You WOO? - Week of December 22, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

Where will you WOO during the week of December 22? 

 

Thursday December 22

Top Notch Toddlers

11:00 AM-11:45 AM 

Worcester Public Library 

Children's Room

3 Salem Square

Worcester, MA 01608

Toddlers and parents will participate in a 45 minutes program of reading, activities such as games and music, making crafts and socializing. Top Notch Toddlers will not run during School vacation weeks. For ages 2 and 3.Storytimes will be canceled due to weather conditions if Worcester Public Schools closed early or classes are canceled due to inclement weather.

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Friday December 23

Arts on the Green "Caroling on the Common"

7:00 PM-9:00 PM 

First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury 

On the Common in front of the Church

19 Church Road

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

A favorite holiday tradition in Shrewsbury, this annual carol sing with the Worcester Brass Consort and hot chocolate takes place on the town common regardless of the weather. In the event of extreme winter conditions, this event is moved into the FCC fellowship hall. This event is made possible by Heald & Chiampa Funeral Home, Scizzors Hair Salon and Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union.

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Saturday, December 24

Zip Tour: Del Sarto: Saint John the Baptist

12:00 PM-12:30 PM 

Worcester Art Museum 

55 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609

Zip tours are fast paced views of one artist or work of art, and last only 20 minutes. Free with Museum admission; Admission free for all the first Saturday of each month between 10am-12noon. Tour begins in the Lancaster Welcome Center. 

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Sunday,  December 25

Beechwood Hotel Sunday Brunch

10:30 AM-2:00 PM 

Beechwood Hotel 

363 Plantation Street

Worcester, MA 01605

Cost: $27.95 for Adults, $12.50 for Children 5-12, Children under 5 are free

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Monday, December 26

Worcester JCC Swim Club Developmental Level: Mon and Wed

4:30 PM-5:30 PM  

Worcester JCC

Heated Indoor Pool

633 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609  

Description:

Developmental Level will build on skills learned in the JCC instructional program, including the improvement of four racing strokes through technique correction, while introducing proper form for flip turns, racing dives and various drills in a noncompetitive way. 

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Tuesday, December 27

Holiday Vacation: Science for Wizards

EcoTarium 

222 Harrington Way

Worcester, MA 01604

Consider yourself enrolled at EcoTarium: School of Science-craft and Magical Inquiry! 

Explore the science behind the magic in classes such as Astronomy, Herbology, and Care of Magnificent Creatures. Use science to feel like a wizard in Charms and witness the power of chemistry in Potions! Between classes, visit with owls and explore the forbidden forest! Non-magic folk welcome. Wand and robes are encouraged but not required.

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Wednesday,  December 28

Discovering Nature as a Preschooler: Winter 2016 Wednesday

9:30 AM-12:00 PM 

Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 

414 Massasoit Road

Worcester, MA 01604

This 10-week series of nature classes is designed for young children ages 4 to 5 unaccompanied by a parent. Each week we will explore nature through self discovery, games, activities, stories and crafts. Children will be guided through their hands-on inquiry based explorations with one (or more) of our trained natural history guides. Join other children as we learn and play together and foster a lifelong love of nature in a safe, caring environment. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087. No classes from Dec. 14 to Jan. 4. See full schedule on website. 

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Related Slideshow: 25 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit - 2016

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Buy an Ugly Christmas Sweater

You are bound to be invited to an ugly Christmas sweater party at some point during the holiday season. 

So be prepared for it and go buy yourself the ugliest Christmas sweater that you can find and wear it to the party. 

Maybe you will win.

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Dress Up Your Pet, Send it Around

Reindeer ears and a Santa outfits are always good, but this holiday season, step your game up.

Become a Facebook legend.

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A Festivus for the Rest of Us

You must watch the Festivus episode of Seinfeld, it is one of the most famous episodes of the entire series. 

Laughter is the best medicine, after all. 

When you finish the episode, be sure to celebrate Festivus on December 23.

Happy Festivus! 

 

PHOTO: Matt Keef/Flickr

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Get Those Decorations up

Get those decorations up early this year and go all out, go to the extreme with the decorating. 

Why not be the talk of the neighborhood?

Add to the holiday cheer.  

 

PHOTO: Romeo Banias/Flickr

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Sing Christmas Carols in Neighborhood

Get a group of friends or family members and go caroling in the neighborhood.

Or if that is not your thing, have a sing-along at someone's house, like a karaoke party. 

Or just sing along to the radio in the car. Fine. 

 

PHOTO: cindybrown33/Flickr

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See the Nutcracker at Hanover Theatre 

The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic and it is playing at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. 

Get in the holiday spirit by heading to the Hanover Theatre and checking out this magical play.

Or any other holiday play that you love for that matter. 

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Try a New Holiday Cocktail

Branch out your holiday cocktails -- eggnog is fine, but have you tried a Blue Xmas Margarita or a Chocolate Martini?

For some cool new holiday cocktail ideas, click here.

 

PHOTO: Corner Perk Cafe/Flickr

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Go to a Holiday Service

Don't wait until Christmas, get in the spirit of things ahead of the holidays.

The sights, the sounds, the music -- if it doesn't make you think about the true meaning of things, try again the following weekend!

 

PHOTO: Brook Ward/Flickr

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You Must Watch Home Alone

While it may not be your traditional Christmas movie, it certainly brings home the holiday spirit.

Home Alone is an all-time classic that simply must be watched. 

Enjoy!

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Watch Holiday Classics on TV

Tis the time of year when some of the best movies are back on television, holiday movies.

Be sure to check our local listings for movies such as Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph and other timeless classics.

Then grab a big bowl of popcorn or any other favorite snack and enjoy.

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Dress up as Santa

Grab an authentic looking Santa costume and dress up as jolly old Saint Nick for an entire day.

During that day, visit friends and relatives with young kids or even a local mall to find out what is on everyone's Christmas list.

 

PHOTO: Kelly Sue DeConnick/Flickr

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Take a Day Off to Relieve the Stress

Don't wait until the weekend when the lines -- and traffic -- are long and tiring. 

Take a personal day during the week if you can. Get some shopping and wrapping done. 

And then relax. 

PHOTo: Matilda Diamant/Flickr

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Design Your Own Gifts, Don't Buy Them

Don't go to the crowded stores and buy gifts that are available any time of year, design your own gifts for friends and family members.

Maybe a cool photo collage or tickets for a service among other things.
Think of the stress you will save.

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Find New Cookie Recipes

Cookies are big part of the holidays, whether you are leaving them for Santa or eating them yourself.

While it's perfectly fine to use your favorite cookie recipes, be sure to try some new recipes as well.

Need some ideas? Check out the links below

100 Best Holiday Cookie Recipes

Christmas Cookie Recipes

 

 

PHOTO: Troy Tolley/Flickr

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Go Ice Skating at Worcester Common Oval 

The Worcester Common Oval is a cool place to go ice skating, right in the heart of Worcester. 

If that's not enough for you, skate on the old fashioned way, on a frozen pond. 

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Host a Gift Wrapping Competition With Friends 

One of the most painful parts of the holidays is wrapping gifts, especially if there are a lot of them. 

Invite some friends over and have a gift wrapping competition. Be sure to make some cookies and beverages while you are at it. 

 

PHOTO: intellichick/Flickr
 

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Visit Stowe Farm and Buy a Christmas Tree.

The Christmas season can't begin without a Christmas tree. 

Start your Christmas tree shopping now by visiting Stowe Farm in Millbury and get into the holiday spirit. 

 

PHOTO: Flickr

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Call Long Lost Friends or Family Members

On the phone -- not a Facebook post, not a text. Let them hear your voice. Find a way to reconnect on a personal basis.

Find out how they're doing.  Make plans to catch up in person. But whatever you do, remember, texting doesn't count!

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Give Money to Salvation Army

Throw some money in the Salvation Army kettle. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. The person who stands outside ringing the bell is often there for long hours.

Even if it's just some change, smile at them and wish them a happy holiday.  

 

PHOTO: j_lai/ Flickr
 

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Shop Local at The Hidden Jewel

The Hidden Jewel has beautiful handmade jewelry, apparel for the office and on-the-go, and the best part is most of their wares are made in the US!

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Secretly Pay it Forward

Standing in line at a local coffee shop waiting to order can be a long wait at times.

Make the day of the person behind you by paying for their coffee. It will put a huge smile on their face, and on your face as well.

But shhh don't tell them. 

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Give to Those in Need 

From giving trees at churches to Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as many other great organizations, there are plenty of families in the community that could use your help to put a present or two under the tree for a child who might not otherwise get one.

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Spend Time With an Elderly Relative

The actual day when the family is around can be hectic. Before then, go have a cup of tea, bring some cookies, and find out what holiday traditions they enjoyed. 

Give the gift of time.

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New Holiday Recipes

Try new holiday recipes for the meal.Traditional turkey, ham, stuffing, and sides are good, but why not try something fun?

Click here for some cool holiday recipes.

Or for an even more extensive list of ideas, click here.

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Start Thinking About Your New Year's Resolutions

Don't wait until December 31 to promise you'll drink less and work out more.

Take stock of your life, figure out what's important to you, and what you want to accomplish in the New Year and start jotting stuff down. 

 
 

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