December 2012 Newsletter

Silent Night, Holy Night…
All is calm…at least that is our wish for you this Christmas season!  Trim the tree, get the necessary shopping done and RELAX!  This time of year is supposed to center around faith and family and the blessings they bring into our lives.  If we get caught up in the frenzied shopping and the “merchandising” of Christmas, it’s easy to lose sight of the greatest gifts we already possess.  The special family traditions that we all grew up with need to be preserved and passed on to those who follow us.  There is great pleasure and comfort in the simple celebrations and observances that are a unique part of each family’s history.  Let’s keep those priceless moments and memories intact for our children and grand-children.  As we continue along through the holiday season we have just entered, keep that attitude of thanksgiving alive and fresh in your mind and heart.  Even though we live in a troubled and uncertain world, we live in the greatest nation on earth and every one of us have MUCH to be thankful for every day that we live.  If your economic situation is not everything you wish it was, don’t let that get you down and don’t stress over it.  Stress won’t “fix” anything, but it will sure rob the holidays of joy and peace!  Don’t let that happen!  From all of us at Johanna Woods, we wish each of you a very merry, peaceful, relaxed and calm Christmas Season!

Seasonal Safety
Just to make sure that your holiday shopping and celebrations are crime-free, here are some safety tips from the Broken Arrow Police Department:  1) Shop during daylight hours and with a friend when possible.  You are more of a target when you are alone.  2) Keep house and vehicle doors locked at all times.  3) Stay alert to your surroundings and avoid using your phone or looking for your keys while walking to your car.  When you are distracted, you are an easier target and the bad guys are paying attention!  4) In this social media age, be careful what you post online about your activities.  Don’t alert others that you will be away from home.  5) Don’t carry a wallet or purse while shopping if possible.  These are prime targets in crowded areas.  6)  NEVER carry your social security card with you.  Be careful and have a very Merry Christmas!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to:
JuWana Cook
Colleen Curtis
John Newell
Craig Huff
Regan Morgan
Concetta Okerstom
Tonia Smith
Tom Goldcamp
Barbara Cecrle
James Shaw
Each one of these neighbors won a $15.00 Wal-Mart Gift Card, just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays!

Christmas Quotes For All Ages
“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”  Charles Dickens
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat, Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”  Margaret Thatcher
“And the angel said unto them, Fear Not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  The Gospel of St. Luke  2:10-11.

Christmas Cook’s Corner
Holiday Appetizers
Slow Cooker Little Smokies
2—16 ounce packages miniature smoked sausage links
1—8 ounce jar grape jelly
1—12 ounce bottle of barbeque sauce—don’t use a smoky flavor!
Combine the jelly and barbeque sauce in a slow cooker.  Stir in the miniature sausage links and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or until heated through.  Serve and enjoy!

Water Chestnut Wraps
1/4 cup shoyu sauce (soy and wheat soy sauce)
2 tablespoons white sugar
2—5 ounce cans water chestnuts
10 slices bacon, cut in half
Combine shoyu sauce and sugar, then stir in chestnuts and marinate overnight.  Wrap a bacon slice around each chestnut and secure with a wooden toothpick.  Place on a rack in a shallow baking pan and bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes.  Serve hot!

Holiday Identity Safety Tips
Records reveal that the personal information of 1 in 4 Americans was lost or put at risk this year!  Social networks, banks, schools and government agencies all experienced data breaches this year.  Here are some tips that might keep you from being a victim of identity theft: 1) Change your passwords frequently.  2)  Only access private sites while connected to secure wireless networks. 3) Install security software on your smartphone.  Be Smart and Safe!

Community Calendar
December 1st—Rent is due
December 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
December 22nd – 25th—The community office will be closed for Christmas.  The Johanna Woods staff would like to wish each of you a blessed Christmas season.
December 29th and 31st—The office will be closed for the New Year’s Holiday.