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Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Christmas Bach: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s annual Christmas Concerts, with Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, joined by members of the Bach Festival Orchestra and soloists, presents J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” which the choir first performed in 1903, and, for the first time, the choir performs G. F. Handel’s “Messiah,” Part One, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest and Tilghman streets, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, December 4: Beef and bean chili, chuck wagon corn, brown rice, fresh fruit salad.

Thursday, December 5: Italian pork chop, Italian green beans, roasted red potatoes, dinner roll, grapes.

Friday, December 6: Pineapple chicken, tropical vegetable medley, cilantro lime, brown rice, crackers, tropical fruit.

Monday, December 9: Beef w/ Monterey jack cheese, cheese mashed potatoes, sauteed peppers and onions, dinner roll, scalloped potatoes.

The Family Project: Bond with daughter, 4, over questions

Friday, December 6, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My four-year-old is starting to ask a lot of “why” and “how” questions: “Why is the sky blue?” “How do birds fly?” “How do babies happen?“ I am not sure what and how much to tell her. Sometimes, I’m not sure if I know how things work. Should I just make up what I don’t know?

“Four-year-olds are just starting to learn social interaction, and part of that is asking questions,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said. “This four-year-old is trying to find out how to have a conversation, so practice that. Ask her a question.”

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, December 4: Cream of tomato soup, veal fricassee over noodles, Capri vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, citrus breeze.

Thursday, December 5: Chicken pot pie, peas and carrots, tossed salad w/ French dressing, fresh biscuit w/ margarine, dark red sweet cherries.

Friday, December 6: Beer battered haddock w/ tartar sauce, au gratin potatoes, flame roasted corn, wheat bread w/ margarine, tapioca pudding.

Respectfully Yours: Holiday gift for boss not a good idea

Friday, December 6, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Should I get my boss a Christmas gift? I would like to acknowledge and show appreciation, but I’m not sure if this is a good idea. Should I skip it altogether?

Dear Reader,

Etiquette is actually quite clear on giving gifts to the boss.

Traditionally, gifts in a workplace should flow downward, not upward. In other words, it’s fine for your boss to give you a gift, but you shouldn’t give gifts to your managers.

‘Nutcracker’ lives on for Christmas

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

In the “Nutcracker” ballet, the toy of the title is damaged, and quickly repaired.

As with the beloved toy, “The “Nutcracker” is alive and well in the Lehigh Valley.

Fans of the “Nutcracker” again have several opportunities to attend performances of the classic Christmas season ballet in the Lehigh Valley.

There will be two performances of each production.

Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley presents its 33rd annual production of the “Nutcracker” Dec. 7 and 8 in Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. See article on this page.

Christmas tours

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

TROXELL-STECKEL:

A Pennsylvania-Dutch Christmas circa 1842 will be re-created, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 7, at the 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farmhouse, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt, Whitehall Township.

Tours depart approximately every 15 minutes from the farmstead’s barn.

The Pennsylvania-Dutch Belsnickel, also known as Nicholas in Furs, will give treats to visitors.

Visitors can watch the son of the family decorate the family Christmas tree.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074

‘Messiah’ meets ‘Magnificat’ is a first for Bach Choir of Bethlehem concert

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s a performance not to be missed.

And you will have two opportunties to experience it.

For the first time in the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 122-year history, the renowned singers are performing Handel’s “Messiah.”

The first part of the monumental choral masterpiece will be performed along with Bach’s “Magnificat” at the Bach Choir’s Christmas concerts Dec. 7 and 8 in Allentown and Bethlehem.

The three-part oratorio about the life of Christ is a beloved holiday favorite with familiar movements, including “Comfort Ye, My People” and “For Unto Us a Child Is Born.”

Christmas tree inspires book

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Have you ever gone to the Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree, only to find when you got it home, there was a little eight-legged stowaway among the branches?

Erin Ferguson and her two daughters have. “We’ve been cutting down live trees for years and we always got a spider in our Christmas tree,” Ferguson says.

“One year, we named one Earl and joked about it all season. He became a part of our family and it started a yearly Christmas tradition of welcoming Earl back into our home.”