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The sights and sounds of the season are pleasantly evident everywhere we go - bells ringing, lights twinkling, bright ornaments and glittering tinsel, and holiday music in the air.

And how about the warm, baked goodies and luscious candies and cakes that seem to pop up everywhere this time of year? Who can resist a bite or two?

Then there are the aromas that say, “Christmas time is here” – those fragrances that seem to take on special meaning this time of year. The warm, spicy, smell of cinnamon; the fresh, fruity tang of citrus; cranberry and bayberry (the Christmas berries) – light, sweet and earthy. And, of course, there’s the pungent, invigorating air of evergreen.

Here’s a little bit more about those special Christmas aromas:

Cinnamon: In ancient times, cinnamon was called the “golden spice” and the Chinese regarded the cinnamon tree as “the tree of life.” Cinnamon was known and used by man since before Medieval times and was valued as so precious that it was often used as a gift to be given to royalty.

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On Nov. 6, Graytown Elementary fifth-graders presented a check

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for $3,500 to Melissa Kimball, special events coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The funds will go to help Jenna, a Genoa teenager who is battling leukemia to realize her dream – to meet country music star Carrie Underwood.

The super-sized ceremonial check represented the culmination of the equally giant dedication and effort of Kyle O’Neill’s fifth-graders, along with a group of University of Toledo students and generous donors in the Genoa Area School District.

This is the second year the Graytown students raised money for Make-A-Wish through the “Kids for Wish Kids” program.  “We felt it was such a wonderful cause – one that the kids can identify with,” O’Neill said.

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The Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas will kick off Friday, Nov. 20 with the ceremonial lighting of the 85-foot Norway spruce tree between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

Throughout The Lights Before Christmas season, visitors will enjoy hot chocolate, model trains and other holiday treats, carolers and ice-carving demonstrations on selected evenings, and rides on the Safari Railway and African Animal Carousel, weather permitting.

Through Dec. 23, Santa will be waiting to visit with boys and girls in the Zoo’s Indoor Theatre.

This year’s opening ceremony will feature a whole new twist as presenting sponsor KeyBank will offer the “KeyBank Community Stimulus Package.” The first 1,200 visitors on the evening of Nov. 20 will receive an envelope containing one, two, three or four $2 bills. A total of $5,000 will be distributed to Zoo visitors.

Recipients are encouraged to spend their $2 bills that night or at local businesses and take a small step toward helping the local economy.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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