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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Speak passionately, but be prepared to encounter other points of view. Sticking to your values will not be difficult, but accepting someone else's is not so easy. Wager the pros and cons, and decide if you want to make allowances or not.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A little extra work will go a long way. Don't hesitate to make financial adjustments in order to improve your cash flow. Consider your options and whether you should pursue new avenues. Romance is on the rise.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Watch your spending habits. It's easy to get caught up in the festive spirit of giving. A positive change in your relationships with others will take place if you take the time to listen and discuss interests and plans.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make personal changes that will help you gain greater respect from your peers. Re-evaluate your position and your direction. It's up to you to do what's right. Don't let emotions swell and cause problems. Make love, not war, and you'll avoid duress.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make an effort to get out and meet some new friends. Networking will lead to intellectual banter as well as bright prospects for the future. You'll feel inspired about taking on a new direction. Take care of unfinished business, and make way for new endeavors.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Trouble at home will mount if someone isn't being honest. Settle any turmoil quickly before too much has been said or done to reverse the problem. Develop a creative skill you enjoy doing. Pick up information regarding educational pursuits.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Travel, communicate, and get together with old friends. Discuss your thoughts and plans with someone you've long shared an interest with. Don't ask questions unless you are prepared to hear the truth and deal with the outcome.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Look over personal paperwork, and update whatever needs adjusting. Make alterations to your living space to accommodate guests or projects you want to start. Check your motives before you do something that may cause a backlash.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Decorate, make a move, or change your environment to suit your mood and your future prospects. Spend time with someone you love discussing personal plans. Do whatever it takes to set an example that will lead to advancement.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A friend or relative is likely to cause a problem. Don't let her or him meddle in your affairs. An impulsive move will make you look bad or cause a dispute. Step back, and consider the consequences before you overreact.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Spend time shopping or picking up items that you can use for a creative pursuit. Send out résumés or answer ads that can lead to a higher income. A younger person in your life will have an effect on a decision you make.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don't let emotions take over. Stick to your plan, and move toward your goal. Unfinished business will lead to added stress. Be industrious, and you'll be able to enjoy down time when you are finished.

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 eight hours.

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

• Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. 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.

• 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.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks various Internet sites for supplying him with these easily modifiable Christmas factoids.

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