It’s hard to believe it’s already December. What a wonderful time of year this is, and how special it is for us to share the joy and anticipation of the season with all of you. This year, we have enjoyed bringing this community together and creating a sense of being a family. Thank you to all of our residents that continue to support all of our events, and we still have many more events planned for next year that will be even bigger and better.

 

Special Highlight

Going Green Tips!

Thousands of paper and plastic shopping bags end up in landfills every year. Tell store clerks you don’t need a bag for small or oversized purchases. If you do have numerous plastic bags in your apartment, here are some tips to reduce your use:

  • Store food and pack lunches in reusable and washable plastic containers (Tupperware or Pyrex) instead of disposable plastic bags.
  • Use reusable cloth grocery bags, and decline plastic bags at your local grocery store checkout.
  • Reduce bag usage by using self-checkout, and decline bags when you can carry your grocery items in your hands.

 

 

Reminders & Updates 

Just a quick reminder to make sure to bring a government-issued ID with you when you come to pick up a package. If you don’t bring a government-issued ID, we are unauthorized to give you your package. Also, if you would like someone else to pick up your package for you, you must send an email with their full name and permission for them to pick up your package to [email protected]. When they come to the office, they must still have a government-issued ID.

 

Learn. Celebrate. Observe. Grow.

The month of December marks a number of religious and cultural holidays. During this season, we encourage you to learn more about your friends and neighbors as we celebrate the differences that make us unique and the similarities that bring us together in our communities.

  • December 6–14 is Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. This eight-day Jewish holiday is observed by lighting candles on a menorah, one for each day of the festival.
  • December 8 is Bodhi Day. This Buddhist holiday commemorates the day the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, reached enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.
  • December 12 is Feast Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe. This day honors the belief that Jesus’ mother Mary appeared to a man in Mexico City in 1531.
  • December 16–24 is Las Posadas. During this nine-day celebration — celebrated chiefly in Mexico, Guatemala and the southwestern United States — the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem are reenacted.
  • December 22 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Worldwide, this has been recognized in various ways across cultures, including many focused on rebirth and renewal.
  • December 25 is Christmas, an important holiday in the Christian religion representing the birth of Jesus Christ. It is traditionally celebrated with gift giving and candle lighting.
  • December 26–January 1 is Kwanzaa, a weeklong African-American celebration started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African heritage in African-American culture. It is observed by lighting candles each day to represent each of the holiday’s seven core principles, culminating in a feast and gift giving.

We wish each of you a wonderful month and an enjoyable winter break!

 

Community Events Calendar

 

Cookie Decorating — December 9 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. in the game room

Holiday Social — December 19 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the game room

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar gift ideas — December 20 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the game room

Bingo — December 29 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. in the game room

 

December Recipe: Double Peppermint Crunch Cookies

 

Prep time: 2 hr, 10 min

Total time: 2 hr, 10 min

Ingredients: 5

Servings: 72

Sweet, minty, and pretty all at once, these easy holiday cookies will make a festive addition to your holiday cookie plate.

 

1 roll (30 oz.) Pillsbury™ refrigerated peppermint cookies

3 cups white vanilla baking chips or semisweet chocolate chips (18 oz.)

16 round hard peppermint candies, crushed (1/2 cup)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

 

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in all-purpose flour until well blended. Shape dough into 72 (1-inch) balls. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool completely.
  2. In microwavable bowl, microwave chips and vegetable oil uncovered on medium (50%) for 2–3 minutes, stirring once halfway through microwaving, until melted. Stir until smooth.
  3. Dip half of each cookie into the melted mixture, allowing excess to drip off; place on waxed or cooking parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle each with slightly less than a 1/2 teaspoon of crushed candy. Let stand until set.