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Good Monday morning to you!

In our Iowa Living magazines this month, our cover stories feature residents of each community and their memories of Christmases past compared to how they celebrate today. It is a wonderful collection of holiday memories and traditions passed along through generations.

Those of us who grew up in Midwest communities share many of these same Christmastime experiences. Decorating the Christmas tree. Baking lots of sweets. Gathering of family. Opening of Christmas presents. Eating traditional foods. Attending a Christmas service at a church — and recognizing that the birth of Jesus Christ is the reason for Christmas.

We are also reminded that our neighbors today may look and act a little different than we are used to. Different traditions. Different meal choices. Different definitions of family. And a different interpretation of Christmas. Not wrong. Just different.

Those of us who honor Jesus should know that we need to work to understand, accept and even appreciate those with different views and lifestyles than our own. That doesn’t mean that we should abandon, deny or feel guilty about our own traditions and beliefs about Christmas. Unfortunately, we live in a world today when saying something as simple “Merry Christmas” is somehow offensive, which is the exact opposite of the intention.

For most of us, saying “Merry Christmas” is an uncomplicated invitation to family, friends and people we don’t even know yet to enjoy and celebrate the Christmas season — in any way they see fit. Let there be no doubt, I will be celebrating Christmas, and I hope you are able to as well.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Yuletide carols being sung by a choir. And folks dressed up like Eskimos.”

Yes, I am listening to “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole as I write this column, and I am reminded that “although it’s been said many times, many ways… Merry Christmas to you.”

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A week of two halves is ahead with mild conditions today and tomorrow and a warm day Wednesday with a windy high near 70. A few storms could fire Wednesday evening along a cold front that will bring, well, colder conditions to the state into the weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Monday, Dec. 13
Sporticle Trivia at Smash Park, Mondays, 7 and 8 p.m.
At: Smash Park is located at 6625 Coach Light Dr., West Des Moines
Info: Registration is free.
Join in on Mondays for free Sporcle Live Trivia with Nate!

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The Score
No. 15 Iowa State women hold off Northern Iowa 70-69 … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV
No. 17 Iowa State men beat Jackson State 47-37 to remain unbeaten … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM KCCI: WATCH: Police say Iowa fraternity member distributed photo of sexual assault

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An arrest has been made in connection to the distribution of images of a sexual assault that occurred at the University of Iowa's FIJI house in 2020, according to police reports. In October, Makena Solberg's lawyers filed a lawsuit against two FIJI members and the national FIJI organization Phi Gamma Delta Education Foundation Inc. According to the lawsuit, Solberg was invited to the fraternity house for a sanctioned event during the fall of 2020. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: INSIDERS: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association hopes to change Biden’s mind about retroactive cuts to biofuel mandate

The United States changed presidents in 2021, but for some in Iowa’s renewable fuels industry, that’s just meant exchanging one trouble for another. The Trump administration granted far more waivers so oil companies wouldn’t have to blend in as much biofuels. The Biden administration is now trying to retroactively reduce how much renewable fuel that oil refineries were required to blend in 2020 and 2021, which Iowa producers say will hurt them in the future.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa native describes journey to designing costumes for 2021 'West Side Story' film

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — The classic Broadway musical "West Side Story" has been reimagined and premieres on the silver screen Friday. Here is the fun part: There is an Iowa connection. Meet Brian Hemesath, a native of Calmar, Iowa. He is the First Assistant Costume Designer on the movie, working closely with Head Costume Designer Paul Tazewell. . ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Korean Food
1. Sook’s Korean Kitchen
2. Mandarin Kitchen
3. Basic Bird


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No place like home for the Leeper family

By Lindsey Giardino

Heather Leeper was born and raised in Bondurant.

Her parents bought a home in 1990, where Leeper and her sister grew up. They both graduated from Bondurant-Farrar High School before moving away for college.

Leeper then met her husband, Jared, who was also from a small town. After they married and wanted to start a family, the couple talked about returning to either his or her hometown, where they hoped to settle down.

The couple ultimately decided on Bondurant, so, in March this past year, they purchased a new D.R. Horton home in the Quail Run development — an area that was all cornfields when Leeper was in high school. The house has three levels, which is exactly what the family was looking for.


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Although there is no evidence that Ben Franklin preferred the turkey to be our national symbol he did write about his disdain of the bald eagle in a letter to his daughter in 1874: 

“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."  — Photo taken at the Scott Street bridge in Des Moines by Paul Houston.
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Digital Editions
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The December issue cover story, "Christmas Then and Now,"features stories of Christmases past and present and how they differ. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Learn more at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View a sample digital edition from this week here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx, Steve Buscemi, Dick Van Dyke, NeNe Leakes, Amy Lee, Ted Nugent, Rickie Fowler

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

How many times have you seen "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”?

1 time
2-5 times
6-10 times
11 times or more


How do you prefer your eggnog?

Homemade - 4%
Right out of the carton - 32%
Spiked - 25%
I don’t like eggnog - 39%

Morning Chuckle

What do Snowmen call their offspring?

CHILL - DREN! Got it Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson


What vegetable is bad to have aboard ship?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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