Whitman Council on Aging Senior luncheon

The Whitman Council on Aging hosted a seniors luncheon at the Town hall. A Big Shout-Out to Whitman Council on Aging Director Mary Holland and Staff for putting on a wonderful Seniors Luncheon yesterday at Town Hall.
Town Hall employees, Fire Chief Tim Clancy, State Representative Alyson Sullivan, and numerous others helped to make this a very successful event. 
Santa showed up along with some great Carolers who sang Christmas songs for all to enjoy. 
Lunch & dessert were provided by Cowbells Cafe, music, raffles prizes from local businesses, and a few of Mary’s best holiday jokes made for a great day!
Story Credit: Primrose Morrison
Historical Tidbit:

Wreaths and Kissing Boughs

Hanging a circular wreath of evergreens goes back a long way. In Roman times, wreaths were hung on doors as a sign of victory and status. Rich women wore them as headdresses to show they were posh, and laurel wreaths were worn by Roman Emperors. "They were also given to the winners of events in the original Olympic Games in Greece."

"The word 'wreath' comes from the Old English word 'writhen' which means to writhe or twist." Modern holiday wreaths might have come from the German or Eastern European custom of Advent Wreaths or they could have started as Kissing Boughs.
The Kissing Bough (or Kissing Bunch) was a popular form of mid-winter decoration in the middle ages. They "were made of five wooden hoops that made the shape of a ball (four hoops vertical to form the ball and the fifth horizontal to go around the middle). The hoops were covered with holly, ivy, rosemary, bay, fir or other evergreen plants." Inside the hoops, red apples hung from red ribbons and a candle was put inside the ball or round the horizontal hoop. "The bough was finished by hanging a large bunch of mistletoe from the bottom of the ball." A simple bough would just have a horizontal hoop decorated and hung with apples and mistletoe. 

By the late eighteenth century, the English 
had already adopted the custom of stealing
kisses beneath a bough of mistletoe. In the 
nineteenth century, the English began to decorate their homes with Christmas trees. As the tree 
became the focal point of Christmas decorations, 
the kissing bough declined in popularity.
Kissing Balls are not just for the holidays anymore. They are used as garden accents, home décor and during wedding ceremonies. What plans do you have for your Kissing Ball?

Respectfully submitted, Jill A. Silvia

Pictured: Advent Wreath & Holiday Kissing Ball

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New Year's Eve Celebration at Whitman Public Library
Saturday, December 31st
11:30a - 12p

Celebrate the new year with a countdown to noon! Listen to a story, play games, and make a party hat while you wait for the clock to strike 12p! This program is open to all ages but mostly geared toward ages 2-7. Drop in 11:30a - 12p.

12 - 3p activities will be geared towards all ages to play games, make a party hat and take photos with their new year's props.

More information can be found on the Whitman Public Library Facebook page
Fight Hunger with us!

Whitman Stop & Shop
December 2022

Throughout the month of December, the Whitman Council on Aging and Meals on Wheel are partnering with Whitman Stop & Shop to fight hunger. This means $1 from each purchase of flowers marked "Blooming 4 Good" will be donated to help fight hunger. For more information, please visit The Whitman COA Facebook Page.
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One of A Kind Crafts @ Fuller Holiday Shop
Thru January 8th
Tuesday-Sunday, 10a - 5p

Find something special for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season! Visit the Holiday Shop for one-of-a-kind and handmade items such as jewelry, prints, glassware, clothing, home decor, and much more that you can only find at Fuller Craft Museum! Museum members receive a 10% discount on all items from the shop! Admission to the museum is free. For more information, visit FullerCraft.org.
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Five Tips for Managing Holiday Stress
Whether gearing up for your first family holiday at home or planning holiday travel, these five easy steps will keep you prepared and ready for any holiday stress that may come your way.
Take the Necessary Steps to Ensure Good Health
Eat right, get plenty of sleep and make sure you have your immunizations in order to stay healthy. In order to follow through with these goals, aim to plan your week ahead. This should include lunch and dinner menu, chores, etc. to help you have control of your schedule.
Take Time for Yourself
The holidays can be “all-consuming” so it’s important to take time to do the things you love. Read a book, watch a movie, exercise and get out in the fresh air. While you are gifting others, be mindful that 10 minutes alone can be a gift to yourself.
Learn to Say No
If you are feeling overwhelmed it’s okay to say no to things you really don’t want to do or don’t feel you have time to do. Sometimes others forget or do not realize the stress that another person is under. Find the best ways to communicate your needs and wants with those around you.
Don’t Spend More Than You Can Afford During the Holidays
Overspending causes stress during the holidays and afterward when the bills come in. As referenced before, make sure to plan ahead…this includes your budget. Keep in mind, the best gifts aren’t from the department store and are instead from the heart. Look for creative ways to gift-give whether through DIY projects or bargain shopping at your local antiques or thrift store.
Try Not to Overdo It
Don’t eat or drink too much because the extra pounds, though easy to put on, are difficult to take off after the holidays. Whenever you feel the urge to rid your self of stress through eating or drinking, take 10 breaths and think through why you are having this craving and how you can put this energy elsewhere.
The holidays are a time to relax and spend time with family and friends; don’t let holiday stress get in the way.
United Way Funding Informational Session

January 12 9 - 10:30a

United Way of Greater Plymouth County will host an informational workshop for any nonprofit organization interested in applying for United Way funding for FY 2024 (July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024). The workshop will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 9 - 10:30a on Zoom.
All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve lives and to build a stronger community”, United Way of Greater Plymouth County aims to direct resources to the most vulnerable, lowest income population in our community. Therefore, we support programs that promote the education of our youth, the physical health and healthy lifestyles of our most vulnerable neighbors, and the financial stability of our families under the broad and interrelated pillars of Health, Education, and Financial Stability.

To sign up: www.uwgpc.org
Whitman Board of Selectmen Meeting
December 20, 2022
Video courtesy of WHCA-TV
Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year from all your friends at Bridgewater Farm Supply!

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This is Ralph.
And this is the year his Whitman and EB neighbors see him.

"Ralph lives with his two brothers in the Robbins Pond area of East Bridgewater. Their house is in foreclosure. The round trip trek from his home to the redemption center is twelve miles. Read that again…twelve miles."' Wrote Steve Bersani on his FB post back in November .At 71, Ralph walks that almost every day. On a good week, he will make $200 in returns.
Even then, things were starting to happen for Ralph, and once he was written about, the hometown kindness flooded in. Jules Lua and Windy Winters-Harrington befriended Ralph and more and more of the neighbors on his trek started to notice him. One person gave him a reflector vest, another one shoes and a hat. Some put aside bags of cans for him. Now through social media and Go-Fund Me, his neighbors are donating funds. Raising money so that Ralph's life can be just a little bit easier. A mattress appears, clothing, food. Ralph is experiencing East Bridgewater and Whitman hometown kindness. If you can give a little: Ralph's gofund.me/4433c597
No longer is he the nameless man pushing that weathered shopping cart.
We see you Ralph!
~ Ralph sends his heartfelt thanks for all the help.
For info contact Jules:
Image credits: Jules Lua
Story credit: J. Rose
Climate Can-Do:
Beauty of Frugality

Frugal living is about using & re-using: checking what you have and whats available before buying something new.
Often our beauty products are overlooked when we are thinking about living climate friendly.

Using what you have and being mindful about your purchases is good for your wallet and for the planet.

Our Climate Can-Do Articles from Jacquie focus on life changes that we can make, which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the sea rise. However, there are things we can do.
Puritan Lodge Celebrating 150th Anniversary
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Whitman & Hanson Dollars For Scholars, 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
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Dollars for Scholars Tree Lighting & Craft Fair

Many came out to celebrate this weekend at Whitman Town Park for the 3rd Annual Decorate for Scholars Holiday Tree Lighting and Craft Fair. We would like to show off some of the wonderful images from this weekend.

Photo Credits: Danielle Powers
Story Credit: Primrose Morrison

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In Roman times, what did rich women wear as headdresses?

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“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for 'we' are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.”
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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
~ Jimi Hendrix

“When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” 
~ Fred Rogers
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