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Virtual Tour – Christmas Lights Tour of London, England

Virtual Tours are back! We first brought you virtual tours in the spring during the initial lockdown as a way to allow you to see places that you couldn’t visit. There are so many beautiful places around the world that so many of us will never be able to see in person for many different reasons. But that shouldn’t stop us from still being able to enjoy them! So we will be bringing you virtual tours from locations around the world. Look for these posts every Friday!

This week, we are going to take a walking tour around London, England to check out some of the best Christmas light displays across the city for Christmas and New Year 2021 . We know that Christmas was a week ago, but this Christmas Lights Tour from merry old England is too beautiful to wait until next Christmas to share.

The tour starts in Covent Garden with its beautiful large ornaments, Christmas trees, and mistletoe. Then we get to see view Leicester Square and Oxford Circus all lit up for the season. Continue on to the famous Regent Street and The Spirit of Christmas’ Angels Walk. See the world-famous window displays at Hamley’s Toy Shop, followed by a walk to see Selfridges amazing Christmas tree displays before ending in Chinatown. Enjoy!

Video by Walk With Me Tim

If there are other places that you want a virtual tour of, let us know and we will try to make it happen!

A Little Bit of Humour

A New Year’s Lecture

On New Year’s Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the parking lot and walked home. 

As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman. 

“What are you doing out here at four o’clock in the morning?” asked the officer.

“I’m on my way to a lecture,” answered Daniel.

“And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year’s Eve?” enquired the officer sarcastically.

“My wife,” slurred Daniel grimly.

Happy New Years

This year was an unusual one at best. With many up and down, twist and turns it was a roller coaster of a year. Yet together we were able to make the best of a tough situation so today we want to make sure we wish you the very best for 2021.

May the New Year usher in tremendous amount of Joy and laughter filling your heart with peace and harmony.

May the New Year share with you an abundance of love and kindness, filling your days with hope and faith.

May the New Year give you opportunities and possibilities filling your life with the sense of rejuvenation and fulfillment.

May 2021 bring the best to you each day.

Trivia Thursday New~~Year’s Eve 2020

Are you ready for our 34th edition of Trivia Thursday and also our New Year’s Eve edition? Being New Year’s Eve Day this edition has a hodgepodge of New Year theme Trivia questions. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. It is a national tradition in Japan to have which Beethoven’s Symphony to be perform every New Year’s since 1940?
  2. What is the music festival held every New Year ’s Eve in the Antarctic called?
  3. In 1907 this New Year’s Eve traditions started in Times Square?
  4. What do the people of Spain at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve eat to bring good luck for the coming year?
  5. What does the New Year’s baby represent?
  6. Robert Burns who wrote “Auld Lang Syne” in 1788 is from what country?
  7. What do the words “Auld Lang Syne” means?
  8. Which ancient country do we have to thank for the New Year’s Eve Kiss?
  9. Which direction does the superstition says that if the wind blows from it, there’s a lot of beautiful weather coming this year?
  10. Finish this folklore:  All ______and_______of the house must be open at midnight to usher out the old year, which clears the way for a promising new year to enter with a fresh, untainted beginning.

Story

The New Year was just about to be ushered in when Sally and James hurried down 9th street. They had not seen each other in 10 years. They had made a pack the last day they saw each other that they would meet 10 years later on New Year ’s Eve; no matter where they were or what they were doing.  The streets were filled with people just waiting to ring in the New Year with cherished loved ones.   

They turned south on to Avenue Rd.  Suddenly the door to Icestock swung open and Sally almost ran right into it. 

“We have to take it a little slower or one of us is going to get hurt. James.” She begged.

“We are almost there you will love it. I found the perfect place but we must hurry it almost midnight.”  He quickly replied as he hurried her along.  She could barely get a glimpse in the windows or doors of the venues they passed by.  Oh how it sounds like they were having fun.  The old saying “When in Rome” kept running through her mind. 

“You haven’t changed a bit.” She raised her voice so he could hear her over the commotion around them. Unexpectedly, they came to a stop. 

“We are here!”. His face beamed with pride.. She looked up to see the name of a Scottish pub with the flag of Scotland hang over it. “The Black Bull”  

She started to laugh, as it brought back memories of the day they first met in a used book store. They both reached for the same book about the old English fairytale “The Black Bull of Norroway”.

“Well what did I tell you? I knew you love it; for old times’ sake or should I say names sake.” His lips curled up into a coy smile she remembered from long ago.

“Got to hurry in or we will miss the ball drop.” He opened the door and ushered her in. Just then they heard “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Happy New Years.”

James look deep into Sally’s eyes, “Well, what do you say; a Kiss for a fresh new start?”   

She could not resist his charm; she had missed him so much. The kiss was warm and inviting yet short.

“Are you wearing grapes chap stick still?” He asked while licking his lips with a chuckle. 

“Well you don’t fix what’s not broke.” She bantered back.  Laughing together, they walk up to the bar to order their drinks.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~ 2020 Reflections

This edition of The Wonders of Nature Around Us is the last one for the year. A fitting way to end year and begin an new one is with a video review of the beauty around us. While this year was filled with turbulent moments, nature has remain steadfast in sharing its peaceful essence as we bath in its beauty.

As we embark on a new year, allow nature’s tranquility to flow over you and calm your heart and mind while basking in the sounds, sights and smells that it freely gives us.

We would like to thank those who have shared the wonders of nature this year through their pictures.

Thank you Anne, Brenda, Jen, Margret,Martha, Michelle, Paula, Tracy, our resident photographer and those who shared your Christmas photos. Your generous contributions of your love for our world around us has brought joy and peace to our heart. We will cherish this gift always.

Happy New Years

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Music by A Shamaluev Music From https://soundcloud.com/ashamaluevmusic/uplifting-piano

Turkey Roulade

https://tasty.co/recipe/turkey-roulade

Ingredients

for 8 servings

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/2 stick
  • 1 cup yellow onion(150 g), diced
  • 1 cup carrot(110 g), diced
  • 1 cup celery(225 g), diced
  • 1 lb sweet italian sausage(455 g), casing removed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaf
  • 10 oz plain stuffing mix(285 g), 1 box
  • ½ cup chicken stock(120 mL)
  • 3 lb skin-on turkey breast(1.3 kg), deboned, butterflied
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.
  3. Add the sausage and cook until browned, about 8-10 minutes, breaking the meat up into smaller pieces. Season with the sage and thyme.
  4. Add the stuffing mix and chicken stock. Stir until the bread is no longer dry. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  5. Place the turkey breast on a cutting board, skin-side down. Cover with plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet to about ½-inch (1 cm) thick.
  6. Brush the turkey breast with the Dijon mustard.
  7. Spread the stuffing mixture over the turkey breast in an even layer, about ¼-inch (6 mm) thick. Transfer any extra stuffing to an oven-safe dish.
  8. Starting from a short end, roll the turkey into a log with the skin on the outside. Tuck in any loose bits.
  9. Use kitchen twine to tie the turkey closed crosswise at 1-inch (2-cm) intervals. Tie once lengthwise to seal the ends.
  10. Transfer the trussed turkey to a wire rack set over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with melted butter and season all sides generously with salt and pepper.
  11. Bake the turkey roulade for 45-60 minutes, until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165°F (75˚C). Bake the leftover stuffing for 20-30 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
  12. Let rest for 15 minutes, then remove the twine, slice, and serve.
  13. Enjoy!

Trivia Thursday ~~Christmas Eve Addition 2020

Are you ready not only for our 33rd edition of Trivia Thursday but also our Christmas Eve edition? Being Christmas eve this edition has a hodgepodge of 10 Christmas Trivia questions. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions:

  1. In the Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”, how many total gifts does her true love give to her?
  2. What date does the “The 12 Days of Christmas” Begin and finish on?
  3. What are the 12 days of Christmas?
  4. What are the two other most popular names for Santa Claus?
  5. What are the two traditionally Christmas tree toppers?
  6. In which modern-day country was the real St. Nicholas born in?
  7. Which country started the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree?
  8. This fairy tale inspired the first gingerbread house.
  9. What was the first company that used Santa Claus in advertising?
  10. Where did there arise such a clatter?

Story:

Walking into little Tommy’s room, Jeff noticed his son’s books scattered across the floor. He bent down and picked up a small brown book titled “Hansel and Gretel”.

Oh how the book brought back memories for him of the years long ago.  His grandmother mailed the book to him while she traveling through Turkey and Germany. She always traveled from December 25th to January 6th  to somewhere exotic.  She considered it a spiritual quest since she traveled the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men.

Jeff was about Tommy’s age when he received his cherished possession.  He recalled his grandmother told him that Saint Nick requested that she send the book to him.  He opened the cover and read the inscription, 

To Little Jeffery: You have been a very good boy. When I returned back to the North Pole, the elves found your last present wedged between the seat and the wall of the sleigh.  Since I will not be leaving the North Pole for another 364 day, I asked your Grandmother to send this to you.  Keep being good and I will be by your place next Christmas Eve. Love Kris Kringle.

He never realized it back then that the inscription was in his Grandmother’s handwriting yet she always told him it was really from Saint Nick.   His heart  warms every time he see this little treasure from his past.  He placed it on the book shelf with the rest of the books and tucked Tommy in; giving him a kiss on the forehead.

Heading downstairs and into the living room he noticed that the plate of cookies left out by Tommy had been eaten and the bottle of Coca Cola was almost gone.  “Who could have done this?” he thought to himself, 

Suddenly he heard a raucous outside, looking out the window he saw on the lawn, sleigh marks and tiny hoof prints in the snow between the angel and the star of his light display. 

He became more puzzled as to who could have done this. His wife was at work in the hospital and was not going to be back till early in the morning. 

Just as he stepped out on the stoop he heard above him. “Merry Christmas Jeffery” He looked up and caught a glimpse of a Big Red sleigh racing off up into the stars. “I must be seeing things” he thought to himself.

He headed back in and noticed a strange present under the tree. Taking a closer inspection he realized it was addressed to him.  Ripping off the wrapping paper, he found a book titled “The Lost Christmas”  Opening the cover within was a inscription,

Dear Jeffery.  I promised your Grandmother that on the Christmas that you have a son the same age as the day I ask her to send you the book Hansel and Gretel, I would send you this book. It a one of a kind no other publications exists. Your Grandmother loved you dearly and she was a dear friend of mine. She would travel up to the North Pole every Christmas day and spend 12 days with us celebrating the beauty of the human spirit, the love and joy that was shared around the world during this time. Merry Christmas Jeffery, may you and Tommy enjoy reading this together for years to come. Love Kris Kringle.

When he looked at the author’s name, he realized it was his Grandmother. A tear of joy ran down his cheek as he placed the book back under the tree. He thought to himself “Who would have thought that his grandmother knew Santa or that Santa really existed? No one will believe this except one, Tommy.”

“Merry Christmas Grandma” he quietly whispered “Thank you so much.”

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Christmas Edition

For 20 weeks the wonders of nature has been shared from flowers to birds from sunsets to sunrises. One Wonder that is always amazingly around us, is the Wonder of Human nature; the love, joy, compassion and comradery. This Christmas was a big one for our little community. Together to share the Spirit of Christmas with a Light Tour, families, business and individuals worked towards bringing Joy to our little town.

Today, they took another step forward to share this Joy with those who are homebound or unable to get out and enjoy the lights. Many have shared their pictures of the beautiful night lights and other special Christmas decorations . So grab an eggnog, hot chocolate or whatever your heart desires, sit back and enjoy this wonderful Wallaceburg 2020 Tour of Lights Collaboration. Truly a Wonder of Nature.

Merry Christmas

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Closure Due to Lockdown

To Our Valued Members,

The Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre Board of Directors and staff would like to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sadly, with yesterday’s announcement by the Ontario Government putting the entire province in Grey Level (Lockdown) beginning on December 26 and lasting until January 23, we will not be starting the new year the way we all hoped. This means that the Centre will be closed, and our current programs (Billiards, Exercise Rooms, Fitness Classes) have been canceled.

For those of you who have already paid for your January fitness classes, the office is open today and tomorrow (December 22nd and 23rd) from 8:30am to 4:00pm to pick up your refund. If you are not able to come to the centre, please call us at 519-627-6224 to discuss other possible arrangements.

The Badder Bus portion of the Shen Yun trip refunds are also still available for pickup in the office on these days.

Sue’s Kitchen will be closed as previously scheduled from December 24th to January 3rd. Starting January 4th, Sue’s Kitchen will reopen for frozen meal door pickup orders only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There will be no in-person dining or fresh-made orders available during the lockdown. Please call 519-359-6832 to pre-order.

As we come out of this lockdown, we will update everyone on the status of the Centre via our website (https://wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca), Facebook page, and email. We will keep with our regular weekday posting schedule of entertaining, educational, and fitness content, as well as any Centre updates that need to be shared with our members.

This holiday season is unlike any other, to cap off a year unlike any other. Throughout this season and as we move into a new year, we wish you moments of peace amid the difficulties, connections with family and friends even if they cannot be in person, the warmth of memories from holidays past, and wonderful glimpses of the joy that still lives under the surface.

Sincerely,

Victoria Stewart – Administrative Coordinator & WAAC Board of Directors.

Stuffing Bites

https://tasty.co/recipe/stuffing-bites

Ingredients

for 8 bites

  • 1 lb breakfast sausage(455 g)
  • ½ cup onion(75 g), diced
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese(75 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup dried cranberry(65 g), chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 oz stuffing mix(170 g), 1 box
  • 1 cup chicken broth(240 mL)

Preparation

  1. Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion after 1-2 minutes and cook until sausage is cooked and onion is tender.
  2. Remove sausage from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, measure out mixture into 8 evenly sized balls and space them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350˚F (180˚C) for 20 minutes or until bites are cooked and slightly browned on top.
  6. Enjoy!

Trivia Thursday ~~December 17, 2020

Are you ready for our 32nd addition of Trivia Thursday? Keeping with the Christmas theme this week’s is Christmas songs. This week we also have a slight twist instead of 10 questions we have 12 to honour the 12 days of Christmas. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions:

  1. How many times does Santa check his list before he comes to town?
  2. What is Frosty’s nose made of?
  3. What does ‘Feliz Navidad’ mean?
  4. Where was mommy kissing Santa Claus?
  5. Which Christmas song has the line “Frosted windowpanes. Candles gleaming inside. Painted candy canes on the tree.”?
  6. Which Christmas song has this line in it ,“And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy?”
  7. Which Christmas song has this line in it, “A star, a star, dancing in the night?”
  8. Finish this line from a famous Christmas song “All I want for Christmas is my two front……”
  9. In “Away in the Manger” what animals are “lowing”?
  10. In Winter Wonderland what bird has gone away?
  11. Which Christmas song has this line “No more will sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ground.”?
  12. In Shirley Temple’s “I Am Getting Nothing For Christmas”, who snitched on her?

Story

Joni had just finished feeding the cattle when she noticed a young bluebird on the bird feeder with some sparrows. The sun was crowning the horizon creating a picture perfect tapestry of colours as the dark sky lightened with hints of purple, and pink on a light blue back drop.  She admired the beauty before her and watched the birds flutter back and forth to the feeder.  She wondered “Do they know it’s Christmas?”  Their fluttering seem to have a rhythm to it. One would leave another would return almost like they doing a dance

“Oh I see you are doing the Christmas Waltz.” she quietly spoke to her feathery visitors. With all the joy she was feeling she knew it was going to be a Happy Christmas.

She was oblivious to the cold as she continued to watch the morning’s wonders unfold before her. The snow covered trees sparkle from the rising sun; suddenly she realized her teeth were chattering.  “I better head in”

She was heading to the house when somebody in a fancy black Cadillac pulled in to the laneway. 

She hollered, “Mom that Cadillac is back” Twice before this vehicle would drive up the laneway half way then turn around.  Joni wondered what they wanted and on Christmas day, why would they show up.

Yet this time was different, the vehicle pulled right up to the house. It sat motionless for a few minutes.  Due to the dark tinted windows it was hard to make out whom or how many were in it. The driver door opened up and children choir could be heard singing “Joy to the World” as a young man stepped out.

“Mom, Mom!!! There is somebody here”

The young man wearing a dark blue button down jacket walked down the walkway to the porch precisely at the same time Joni’s mom stepped out the door.

“May I help you sir?” she asked him as she zipped up her coat.

“Hello Mrs. Adams.  I am here to help you. My name is Joseph Walker”

With a puzzled look, both Joni and her mother watch him climb the stairs with his hand extended.

“Several months ago you helped an older gentleman out. I hope you remember him.” He continues after shaking their hands.   “He was down and out, lost in the wood nearby”

“Yes I remember him, oh how we felt sorry for him. The police were busy so we fed and clothed him and let him spend the night. Remember him Joni”

Joni nodded

“Well Mrs Adam.”

“Please call me Doris.” She interrupted him.

“Doris, this man was in an accident and had amnesia.  He has fully regained his memories and he appreciates your kindness. He wants to repay you and your daughter.”

Joni and Doris stood there in shock.

He continues, “Doris and Joni, Mr. Frost would like to give you this.”  He reaches into his coat pocket and pulled out a white business envelope and hand it to Doris

She opened it up pulled out a couple of pieces of paper, suddenly the back door of the Cadillac opened up and the man they helped step out.

Doris’ eyes fill with tears as she watches the man walked up the stairs.  “Hello Doris, Thank you so much for helping me out.”

Doris hands the papers to Joni and give the Mr. Frost a hug. “John, you didn’t need to do this”

Joni looks down at the papers in her hands. It was the deed to the farm, paid off in full and in their name.

Joni looks up runs to Mr. Frost and gives him a big hug.

He looks down at her and smiles then holding Doris hand. “Your generosity and kindness deserves to be rewarded and what better than on Christmas day.” Realizing he was standing underneath the mistletoe Joni reached up and gave him a kiss on his cheek.  

Suddenly, all the birds started to sing like a choir.

“Do you hear what I hear?” Joseph asked and then answered, “Nature rejoicing on a day of goodness and love.”

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 20

No matter what time of the year it is, Nature displays its wonders sometimes in the most hidden ways. From a blooming orchid or house plants in ones house; or the snowy wonders that appears and disappears; nature is always in full display many times we forget to stop and meditate on what beauty is around us. It is great to stop and smell the roses, but when the roses are not blooming, the sunrises and sunsets are sure to grab your eye.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Gingerbread Truffles

https://tasty.co/recipe/gingerbread-truffles

Ingredients

for 12 truffles

TRUFFLES

  • ¾ cup double cream(200 mL)
  • 1 ¾ cups chocolate(300 g)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

GINGERBREAD COATING

  • 1 ½ cups ginger biscuit(150 g)

Preparation

  1. Gently heat the double cream in a saucepan for a few minutes. Turn off heat.
  2. Add the chocolate and allow the heat of the cream to melt it.
  3. Stir in the ginger and cinnamon.
  4. Leave to chill in the fridge for about 3 hours, or until completely set.
  5. Crush the ginger biscuits in a food processor until you form fine crumbs.
  6. Using a spoon, roll the set truffle mixture into little balls and then coat in the ginger biscuit crumbs.
  7. Enjoy!