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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Reflect on the experiences you had the past year. Learning from what's happened already will help you better understand what's required of you in the future. You can acquire the knowledge and wisdom you need to improve your life.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You will learn a lot from the people you hang out with or while traveling to visit friends, family or your lover. Listen to what's being said, throw in your thoughts, and discuss possibilities for the upcoming year. Romance is highlighted.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A sudden reversal of fortune is likely if you haven't been careful when making financial investments. Added discipline will help you stick to a budget. An idea for a small service business should be looked at closely.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't let anyone discourage you. You'll come out on top if you practice diplomacy and good faith in the way you handle things. Completing a job you've been assigned will allow you to enjoy the spirit of the season.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Emotional issues will surface if you have forgotten to do something for someone special. A simple gesture will help smooth things over. Pick up a couple of last-minute items that can boost your ego or complete an outfit you want to wear.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Time spent with interesting people or hosting a group meeting at home will be rewarding. Friends, family, and neighbors can all play an important role if you share your ideas and plans. Someone you love will touch your heart.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Work on something that will please the people you love most. Don't subject yourself to negativity, arguments, or anyone who is pushy. Your creative ideas will make the difference without too much cost.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Memories of the years gone by will come to mind. Get together with old friends. Love is in the stars, so show off your partner or reunite with someone you care for. Share your feelings.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do something for those less fortunate. Volunteering and socializing with people from all walks of life will broaden your outlook and help you put your own life back into perspective. A situation at home will cause a life-altering change.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can turn an investment you made into a gold mine if you do what's necessary before year's end. The information you share and the loyalty you show will raise your self-esteem and boost your reputation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): An involvement you have with a group you believe in will introduce you to someone who sparks ideas you can implement in the new year. Seeing old friends or revisiting an old neighborhood will have its good and its bad moments.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Tie up loose ends so you can enjoy this special time of year. Call old friends and share ideas. Surprisingly enough, an interesting position will cross your path that can help to solve a lot of the problems you've faced the past couple of years.





Christmas Trivia:

• During the Christmas/Hanukkah season, more than 1.76 billion candy canes will be made—enough to keep a medium-sized rave going for almost 8 hours.

• For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place. Christmas trees are like botanical hydras.

• Franklin Pierce was the first United States' president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree. Presidents didn't have as much to do back then.

• Frumenty, thought to be the forerunner of modern Christmas puddings, was a spiced porridge, enjoyed by both rich and poor—though admittedly, it was enjoyed a little bit more by the poor.

• The British believe that a wish made while mixing Christmas pudding will come true only if the ingredients are stirred in a clockwise direction. I believe that the British give unhealthy credence to the power of magic, coupled with OCD.

• The 2000 live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas features roughly 52,000 Christmas lights, 8,200 Christmas ornaments, 2,000 candy canes, and 0 funny jokes.

• After A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens wrote additional Christmas stories, one each year—none as successful as the first. "So why did he keep writing them?" one might ask? The answer is obvious: greed.

• A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard. English cuisine has improved little in the intervening centuries.

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