The 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors airs Tuesday, Dec. 27th – Video of the reception speech with photos

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Hello Everyone!

Stephen Colbert will return to host the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors event which is one of the highlights of the Washington social calendar, and will be broadcast on the CBS Network on Dec. 27, 2016 at 9pm EST

The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala went to the man attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

President Obama humorously speaks at the reception for Kennedy Center Honorees in the video below..

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the for the Kennedy Center Honoree Reception at the White House_Dec. 4, 2016
The event paid tribute to 2016’s honorees, including (seated left) actor Al Pacino,  
gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, pianist Martha Argerich. singer-songwriter
 James Taylor and (standing left) rock legends Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and
Timothy Schmit of the Eagles 
President Obama introduces the 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House reception_December 4, 2014
President Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama enjoying the
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Fashionistas:  
First Lady Michelle Obama is stunning in an off-the-shoulder Gucci holiday dress. With forest green and rose gold embellishments. 
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December 27 2016
Happy New Year!
Camille

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Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa converges for an Exciting Holiday Season

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שלום לכולם!

Hello Everyone!
Beautiful Vintage Hanukkah Menorah
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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs join Chemi Peres and Mika Almog for the menorah lighting during Hanukkah in the East Room of the White House, Dec. 14, 2016
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Hanukkah
Saturday, December 24, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/ hah-nə-kə; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‎ khanuká, Tiberian: khanuká, usually spelled חנוכה, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, [ˈχanukə] or [ˈχanikə] in Yiddish; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or Ḥanukah) is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (also called a Chanukiah/Hanukiah), one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called a shamash (Hebrew: שמש‎‎, “attendant”) and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest.

Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.

 
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 – 3pm – 8pm
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Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas tree with presents hanging on the tree
Significance Day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus
Observances Gift shopping, gift giving, goodwill greetings, Midnight Mass, other church services, meals, preparations for the arrival of Christmas gift-bringers, preparing for Christmas
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Christmas Tree fashioned into a festive dress
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Christmas Day is a holiday in many, but not all, countries. Many homes have Christmas trees and other decorations in the weeks leading to Christmas Day. Some workplaces hold Christmas parties prior to December 25. Festive activities include exchanging presents, singing Christmas songs, going to parties.

It’s a special time when children get presents from family, friends and Santa Claus, or Father Christmas. Christmas cards are also given or sent out prior to Christmas Day.

For some, Christmas is an exclusive family affair, while others invite friends to a Christmas buffet or pot luck meal. Churches have special services and may include a crèche or miniature Nativity scene.

Opens in Theatres on Christmas Day, December 25th
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‘Fences’ film adaptation of August Wilson’s play staring 
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
Kwanzaa means “First Fruits of Harvest”
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Kwanzaa
Monday, December 26, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017
Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/) is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
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In their Guide to Whole Health series, Oprah and Deepak offer a unique blend of meditation and activities to help support facets of daily life that many people find difficult.
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December 23, 2016
Happy Holidays!
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Camille

Schedule of 2016 December Holiday dates thur New Year’s Day 2017 – Noel Night is Sat., Dec. 3rd

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Happy Holidays!
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Below is a schedule of 2016 December Holiday dates thur New Year’s Day 2017.
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Info on this Saturday’s 44th Noel Night follows directly below with venue and performance schedules.
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Ideas on Cyber Shopping Socials can be found in the NCM Blog post below.
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Most likely I will send information out on the balance of events prior to their scheduled dates.

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Detroit, MI

Saturday, December 3, 2016 – 5pm – 10pm 
Over 100 participating venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Public Library, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house. 
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Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, food, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances.
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HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES
Hanukkah
Saturday, 24, 2016 thur Sunday, January 1, 2017
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Christmas Eve 
Saturday. December 24, 2016
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Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25, 2016
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Kwanzaa 
Mon., Dec. 26, 2016 thur Sun., Jan. 1, 2017
The 39TH Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 – 9pm – 11pm ET
New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016

 
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New Year’s Day
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Ideas on Cyber Shopping Socials can be found in the NCM Blog post below.
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December 1, 2016
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Enjoy Noel Night!
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Camille
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Solo Cyber Shopping vs. Social Cyber Shopping – Which one suits you?

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Cyber Monday (Home Alone) was yesterday November 28th and allows one to shop from the comforts their warm home or during their breaks at their workplace.   
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Note:  You can now shop on-line for door busters starting as early as Thanksgiving Day morning–all from the comfort of your home vs. standing in a dark parking lot wet and shivering prior to the doors opening on Black Friday.  
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See NCM Blog below “Comedienne Karen Alloy’s Black Friday experience will leave you laughing”.
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By now people are aware of what to look for regarding on-line security. When in doubt, use your Pay Pal account or a prepaid card that you have transferred money onto for the purpose of shopping on-line.
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CYBER SHOPPING SOCIALS
For those of you that like the convenience of cyber shopping and also like mingling and sharing with people; consider CYBER SHOPPING SOCIALSwhich are safe, comfortable, creative and fun..
Host a casual Cyber shopping social by Inviting an intimate number of your family, friends and neighbors over for holiday gift shopping any day during the work week or the weekends leading up to Christmas.  
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For the recipe; see PDF file attachment  
White House Holiday Tour Book 2015
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Guests can bring their own notebooks and tablets.  If you like having food and beverages make something simple like chili in a crock pot or spread out some deli meats breads and cheeses for your guests to make their own sandwiches.  Paper plates and disposal utensils will make clean-up a breeze.
The host may prefer to have cookies and hot chocolate instead.  For those that like to bake there’s a recipe for Pumpkin Pie in the White House Holiday Tour Book 2015.  (see PDF file attachment at end of email)  
Put on some holiday music and your Cyber shopping socials eliminates the negative elements of Black Friday and that home alone feeling of Cyber Monday. Instead Cyber shopping socials shines a light on the positive elements of Small Business Saturday mingling and sharing with people.
See NCM Blog below SHOP LOCAL and become NOBEL – Small Business Saturday Nov. 26, 2016.
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One can host several Cyber shopping socials leading up to New Year 2016 or a guest may decide to host one in their home.  Every year the White House has a Christmas theme.  Last year it was “A Timeless Tradition Holidays at the White House 2015“.  (see PDF file attachment at end of email)  You may decide to have a theme for your Cyber shopping socials.
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If children will be in attendance provide them with their own room or area to craft holiday cards, decorations or play games.
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Cyber shopping with friends
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Cyber “Shop & Sip” with friends
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Couple enjoying cyber shopping
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Perfect for seniors or those physically challenged
Cyber shopping socials are perfect for seniors or individuals who are physically challenged providing a way to participate without the hassle of going to a shopping mall or walking throughout their neighborhood to purchase gifts; –which can be physically taxing.
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Senior couple & daughter cyber shop hassle free
Cyber shopping – a family affair
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Camille
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 White House Holiday Tour Book 2015

Comedienne Karen Alloy’s Black Friday experience will leave you laughing

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Black Friday Anyone?

If you still have visions of Black Friday being a delightful experience then comedienne Karen Alloy’s video below retelling of her Black Friday shopping experience is hilarious while “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” plays in the background.

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“Freedom From Want”
Norman Rockwell, artist 1943
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“Freedom To Shop”
artists consumers & retailers, circa 2014
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Camille

Start of Thanksgiving Day Shopping and Events

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Happy Holidays!
 
 
Below is a schedule of dates related mainly through the start of the shopping season around Thanksgiving this week with the exception of Detroit’s 44th Noel Night and CYBER Shopping Socials thur Christmas.
 
Most likely I will send information out on each event date.

 

 
NOW thur Friday November 25, 2016
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Thursday, November 24, 2016
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
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NOW thur Sunday, Decemer, 25, 2016
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CYBER SHOPPING SOCIALS
Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Detroit, MI
Bonjour!
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Camille
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Introducing: Donatella Trump

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Debate Tonight Everyone!

Introducing:  Donatella Trump
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“Imagine a woman who showed up [to a presidential debate] unprepared, sniffling like a coke addict and interrupting her opponent 70 times. Let’s further imagine that she had 5 kids by 3 men, was a repeated adulterer, had multiple bankruptcies, paid zero federal taxes and rooted for the housing crisis in which many thousands of families lost their homes. Wait… there’s more: she has never held any elected office in her life.”  
Meme quote:  Michelle Vitalione  
Meme image:   Sara Lynn Michener 
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I wonder [Leslie Salzillo, columnist Daily Kos] how long this imaginary woman would last if she were to seek political office, much less try to hold one. And to become a presidential candidate? Well, perhaps on another planet. How sad, and what does it say about our country that a man like Trump would be able to rise up to the political level he has reached (there’s only one step higher) and yet Hillary would be and is relentlessly scrutinized as she has been? The hypocrisy is out of the park.
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Town Hall Debate Tonight
Washington University in St. Louis will host the second general-election debate on Oct. 9, 2016.   ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper
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The final presidential debate will be hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Oct. 19, 2016.   Fox News’ Chris Wallace

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Has Started
Each state varies; Michigan voter registration deadline is October 11, 2016
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Each state varies and some have no early voting like Michigan; however, there are 6 situations (ranging from being 60 years old to being out-of-town on election day) where you can receive an absentee ballot; thereby casting your vote early and from home,
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Be the Media!

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Camille

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