Newsletter December 2020

Dated: December 1 2020

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Brought to you by
Kevin Dimmel
Realtor® - Associate Broker
Cell: 651-260-8597
"Service with Integrity"
Weichert, Realtors® - Advantage
1907 Wayzata Blvd Ste 110
Wayzata, MN 55391

Make the Most of the Season

It's no secret that the holiday season is going to feel different this year. While you may not be able to do every event on your traditional holiday calendar, 2020 is a special opportunity to simplify and cultivate new traditions with your family.

Take some time alone or with your loved ones to think about what you want the holidays to look like. What past traditions are most important for you to continue, even if they have to be modified? What new traditions could you begin? Consider these ideas to get you started.

  • Make your own decorations together.
  • Drive to look at holiday lights with cookies and cups of hot cocoa.
  • Sponsor a family or senior in your community to provide dinner and gifts.
  • Watch classic holiday arts performances at home via livestream or video.
  • Coordinate virtual gatherings with extended family or close friends.
  • Rediscover traditional family recipes.

Regardless of what activities you prioritize this year, make it a point to be fully present in each moment with your loved ones.


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Also in this issue...
The History of Gingerbread Houses
4 Ways To Repurpose Wrapping Paper
Tips for Hosting a Virtual Gift Exchange
Gingerbread Cookies

The History of Gingerbread Houses

Decorating gingerbread houses is festive fun for the whole family, but where did this tradition come from?

Today's modern version of gingerbread houses is thought to have originated in 19th century Germany. The Brothers Grimm story of "Hansel and Gretel," where children find a house made from breads and candy, inspired German bakers to create their own edible houses. Gingersnap cookies were a popular holiday treat at that time, so the two were combined, which led to a delicious new tradition.

Gingerbread houses are now a creative pastime and a tasty treat for adults and children alike. The biggest gingerbread house, according to, was built in 2013 and measured 42 feet wide by 60 feet tall and contained 35 million calories.


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4 Ways To Repurpose Wrapping Paper

Tearing through wrapping paper is half the fun of getting gifts. But after providing those few seconds of joy, the used paper almost always goes straight to the landfill. To reduce this waste, consider repurposing the paper for these fun projects.

  • Make envelopes. Decorative wrapping paper is the perfect material for crafting your own personalized envelopes to use for future gift-giving.
  • Use it as padding. If your paper ends up crumpled and ripped, you can use it to replace bubble wrap or packing peanuts when shipping or storing fragile items.
  • Line bookshelves, cabinets and drawers. Patterned wrapping paper can add a decorative flair to bookshelves, and leftover pieces can protect the inside of cabinets and drawers from scratches and water stains.
  • Create gift bows. This fun DIY activity gives wrapping paper a second life and creates festive accessories for many future presents.


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Tips for Hosting a Virtual Gift Exchange

If you're unable to visit loved ones in person this year or have to skip the traditional office party, you can still have fun exchanging gifts from afar. Try hosting a virtual gift exchange with these five steps from

  1. Choose a date and spending limit. Select a time and date that works for each person's schedule, and set a budget for the price of gifts to keep things fair and stress-free for everyone involved.
  2. Gather wish lists from participants. Gift exchanges are more fun when you receive something you actually want, so have everyone submit a list with general categories of the types of gifts they would enjoy. Lists can also include special notes on food allergies, clothing sizes, etc.
  3. Use an online tool to assign names. Websites like and simulate the step of drawing names out of a hat when people aren't gathering together in the same space.
  4. Ship the gifts. Keep the sender a secret by having each person use the organizer's mailing address as the return address. Provide participants with a suggested ship date to make sure packages arrive in plenty of time.
  5. Open gifts live on a video call. Everyone has to resist the urge to open the package until the scheduled gift exchange. Launch a group video call, and take turns opening gifts live for everyone to see.

To kick your gift exchange up a notch, try one of these variations.

  • Choose a theme for all the gifts.
  • Dress up in crazy holiday outfits for the video call.
  • Have participants decorate the background behind them, and vote on the best one.
  • Mail a package of treats to each person to enjoy during the virtual party.


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Gingerbread Cookies

3 cups flour
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, mix first 6 dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla, then mix well. Gradually add flour mixture on low speed. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350° F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes until edges begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then place on wire racks. Decorate cooled cookies with icing.

Yields 2 dozen cookies


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