Top 10 Christmas Movies 

  1. It’s  A Wonderful Life
  2. A Christmas Story
  3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  4. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  5. Miracle on 34th Street
  6. Home Alone
  7. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  9. Elf
  10. Scrooged

 

 

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Make It, Take It

Rolo Cookies

  • 12 ounces Rolo’s caramels
  • 1 box Devils Food Cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. oil
  1. Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs. Take a small ball of dough and form a ball around the rolo. (Only use enough dough to cover the rolo so it can spread through the cookie.)
  2. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Yields about 3 dozen.
  3. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

 

Holiday Tipping Guide

Person Suggested Tip or Gift Value
Animal Trainer Cost of 1 session
Au Pair 1-2 week’s pay and a small gift from your kids
Babysitter Average day/evening pay for regular sitters and a small gift from your kids
Barber Cost of 1 session
Bartender $20-$40 for someone you see regularly
Building Porter/Janitor $25-$100 depending on involvement
Building Superintendent $25-$100 depending on involvement
Cleaning Company Cost of 1 session or a small gift, if you see the same people regularly
Cobbler Don’t tip
Coffee Shop Barista $10-$20 for someone you see regularly
Contractor Don’t tip
Country Club Staff $50 for someone you see regularly
Day Care Staff $25 to $50 for each staff member and a small gift from your kids
Dentist Don’t tip
Doctor Don’t tip
Dog Walker Cost of 1 session or 1 week’s pay
Doorman $25-$100 depending on involvement
Driver / Limo Service $20-$50 or more if it’s a regular driver
Dry Cleaning Delivery $10-$20
Elevator Operator $10-$40 depending on involvement
Errand Runner $10-$40 for someone you hire regularly
Food Delivery Person $10-$30 for someone you see regularly
Garbage Collector $20-$30
Gas Station Attendant $10-$20 for someone you see regularly
Groomer Cost of 1 session
Hairdresser or Colorist Cost of 1 session
Handyman $15-$50
Housekeeper Cost of 1 session or a small gift for infrequent service
Kennel Staff $10 to $20 for each staff member or food for the group
Kids’ Activities Instructor Small gift from your kids
Kids’ Coach (Athletics) Small gift from your kids
Landscaper Cost of 1 session or $20-$50 for infrequent service
Live-in Help (housekeeper, senior care aide, nanny, chef, etc.) 1-2 week’s pay
Massage Therapist Cost of 1 session
Mother’s Helper Average day’s pay for regular helper and a small gift from your kids
Nail Salon Cost of 1 session
Nanny 1-2 week’s pay and a gift from your kids
Newspaper Carrier $10-$20
Nurse (in-home nurse, private nurse) $25-$100 depending on involvement
Nursing Home or Assisted Living Community Staff $10 to $20 for each staff member or food for the group
Package Delivery Person FedEx: non-cash gifts worth under $75; UPS: encourages small gifts rather than cash
Parking Garage Attendant $10-$20 for someone you see regularly
Personal Assistant Small gift and a holiday bonus based on performance
Personal Chef 1-2 week’s pay or cost of one session, depending on frequency
Personal Trainer Cost of 1 session
Pet Day Care Staff $10 to $20 for each staff member or food for the group
Pet Sitter Cost of 1 session
Physical Therapist Don’t tip
Pool Cleaner Cost of 1 session
Postal Worker Food, perishable group gifts or a non-cash gift worth less than $20
School Bus Driver $10-$20
Senior Care Aide $25-$100, depending on frequency
Snow Remover/Shoveler Cost of 1 session
Tailor Don’t tip
Teacher Small gift from your kids
Teacher’s Aide/Assistant Small gift from your kids
Tutor Cost of 1 session and small gift from your child, depending on frequency
Veterinarian Don’t tip
Waiter / Waitress $20-$40 for someone you see regularly
Zumba/Fitness Instructor Cost of 1 session or a small gift

 

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