December 2015 Newsletter

“All I Want for Christmas…”
In 1944, Don Gardner wrote a little song that expressed the simple desire for “two front teeth” for Christmas.  America was involved in the second World War at that time and perhaps the desire for simpler, happier times was part of the inspiration for the song.  Now, 71 years later, our country is not “officially” at war, yet trouble and uncertainty are plentiful in the world around us.  Christmas is a nostalgic time, a family time and certainly a time of reflection as the year 2015 comes to a close.   What do you want more than anything else this year for Christmas?  Americans have “things” in abundance and prosperity that’s greater than much of the world enjoys, even when times are lean.  Yet, do these bring joy and happiness?  Helen Keller was born blind and deaf, yet overcame these huge obstacles to earn a Bachelor’s degree and become an author.  And she did this during a time in our history when services and programs for the handicapped were scarce, if they existed at all.  One of her most famous statements was this: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”  This Christmas season we hope you will take time to be thankful for and enjoy the “best and most beautiful things in the world”…the comfort of genuine and enduring faith and the love of family and friends.  If your holiday celebrations center around Hanukkah our hope and wish for you is exactly the same this holiday season.  May we all desire and enjoy the very best of God’s blessings this holiday season.

A Safe Holiday Season
One of the best ways to avoid being a victim of holiday crime is to reduce key target factors.  Opportunity is one of the most important factors in the commission of a crime.  Here are some tips: 1)  When shopping at night park in well lighted areas 2) Avoid parking next to vans, campers or large vehicles that could obscure your view 3) Have your keys out as you approach your vehicle  4)  Never approach your vehicle if there are people loitering nearby 5) Avoid shopping alone and at night  6) At home, don’t allow gifts to be visible from the outside 7) Use a timer to turn lights on at your home and consider keeping a radio or tv on so your home looks and sounds occupied.   By being careful and aware of your surroundings, your holiday will be much safer and less stressful!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to the following folks:
Jackie Hutchison
Kristal Kissinger
Trish Jones
Jean Reynolds
Their rents were paid on time so they were eligible for our November drawing—and they won!   They each received a $25.00 Wal-Mart Gift Card just in time to help with their Thanksgiving dinner.  Way to go and thank you!

Christmas Quotes
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps…means a little bit more!”
-Dr. Seuss,  How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!”
– Benjamin Franklin
“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”
-Margaret Thatcher
We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Holiday Cook’s Corner Marshmallow Salad
16-oz. package mini-marshmallows
1 can (15-16 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
1 can (8 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup coconut, or to taste
1 cup chopped pecans
1 8 oz container sour cream
20 maraschino cherries (approximately), cut in half

Combine all ingredients, mixing well then refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve.   This salad is so good it could pass for a dessert just as easily as a healthy side dish!  Enjoy!

December Community Calendar
December 1st—Rent is due.
December 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
December 24th—Christmas Eve.   The community office will be closed for the holidays.
December 25th—Christmas!  The office will be closed.
December 26th—Office will be closed.
December 31st—New Year’s Eve.  The office will be closed for the holiday.

The Johanna Woods staff would like to extend our best wishes for a safe, happy and pleasant Christmas.