December 2020 Newsletter
Together, we will create a vibrant, intergenerational cohousing community in Novato, California where we know our neighbors well and live more sustainably.
What better place than cohousing to share and celebrate the holidays. We all have traditions—foods, crafts, games, songs, decorations—that we bring to the holidays from our families to share. Our lives are richer because of these traditions. Happy Holidays from C Street Village Cohousing!
Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that honors those of African American heritage and culture. It ends with gift giving and a feast. The celebration starts on December 26th and ends on January 1st. Each day of Kwanzaa celebrates a principle: Unity, Self Determination, Collective work and responsibility, Cooperative economic, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.
Kwanzaa Craft
Kwanzaa Handprint Wreath

What you need: Construction paper in red, green and black. Black represents the people; Red represents their struggles; and Green signifies the future. Scissors, glue, yarn or ribbon, pencil and hole punch

Steps:
1) Trace hands on paper—3 black, 3 red and 3 green.

2) Cut out the hands.

3) Assemble the hands in a circle by overlapping the palms with the fingers pointed out, alternating the 3 colors. Glue together.

4) Punch a hole in the wreath and put a piece or yarn or ribbon through the hole to hang it.
Kwanzaa Recipe
Kwanzaa Kebobs

What you need: Kabob sticks, fruit—Apples, bananas, persimmons, pineapple slices, and oranges.

Steps:
1) Cut each fruit into small pieces and place on a plate for each person.

2) Put the pieces on the kabob stick.
Sources: 123homeschool4me.com; kwanzaascholastic.com
Christmas
“Jesus is the reason for the season.”
Christmas is a time to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God. The name Christmas means “mass of Christ.” It is one of the most important holidays for those observing the Christian faith and many attend church services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. It is also a time to come together with family and friends for a meal or just comradery. For some it’s about giving and receiving gifts. There are secular aspects of Christmas as well: Santa, Christmas trees, Christmas stockings, and Christmas decorations. Sometimes the secular aspects cloud the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Craft
Reindeer ornament

What you need: 3 popsicle sticks, pom poms, Googly eyes, ribbon/string/yarn, glue, paint or markers optional

Steps:
1) Make a “V” with 2 popsicle sticks and glue them at the bottom.

2) Take the third popsicle stick and lay it across the top to complete the head (about an inch down from the tip of the antler). Glue this.

3) Glue the pom pom nose where the “V” comes together or draw it on with a red marker.

4) Glue the googly eyes on each side of the “V about an inch above the nose.

5) Tie a piece of ribbon, string or yarn to reindeer in order to hang it as an ornament.

Note: you may leave the popsicle sticks natural color or color them with paint or marker.
Christmas Recipe
Snowy Christmas Shortbread Cookies
(Previously called “Buttery, 3 Ingredient Christmas Shortbread Cookies”)

What you need: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 cups all-purpose flour, confectioners sugar

Steps:
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2) Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3) Gradually beat in flour.

4) Press dough into an ungreased 9” square baking pan. Prick dough with a fork.

5) Bake until dough is light brown for 30 to 35 minutes.

6) Cut into squares while warm and cool on a wire rack.

7) Dust with confectioners sugar
Sources: dltk-holidays.com; crafts by Courtney.com; Taste of home.com;
Christianity.com
Hanukkah
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire in 164 BC and the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. It is also called the “Festival of Light.” Hanukkah celebrates freedom from oppression and freedom of religious expression.
Lighting the menorah is a centerpiece of Hanukkah. When Judah Maccabee and his soldiers sought to re-light the temple menorah (an oil-based candelabrum), they only had enough oil to light the menorah for 1 night.
Miraculously the oil lasted for 8 nights. Candles are lit each night of Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle. We celebrate Hanukkah for 8 nights every year. This year Hanukkah starts at sunset on December 10 and ends at sunset on December 18th.
Hanukkah Craft—Hand Print Menorah

What you need: White paper, blue finger paint, yellow paint.

Steps:
1) Coat right hand with blue paint. Keep your fingers spread but pointed away from you. Your fingers are candles.

2) Press hand (palm side down) on a piece of paper with fingers spread and pointed away from you.

3) Do the same with the left hand but press the left thumb on top of the right thumb and press the rest of the hand down.

4) With you finger, add yellow paint to the top of each candle/finger to represent the flames
Hanukkah Recipe—Potato Latkes

What you need: 1 Egg, 1 tsp. milk, 1 large potato, ¼ cup of cheddar cheese, 1 Tbsp. flour, oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Steps: 1) Grate the potato and the cheese.

2) Beat the egg, milk and flour together with a whisk.

3) Combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

4) Heat a frying pan and add enough oil so the potatoes don’t stick.

5) Drop potato mixture by spoonful into hot pan and fry until lightly brown on each side.

6) Serve hot with applesauce and sour cream.

Sources: Activityvillage.co.uk; dltk-kids.com; hfcc.edu/news; cnn.com
Meet Community Member,
Thomas
Thomas
Thomas is passionate about living in a sustainable, joyful community with creative neighbors who share his love of hiking along the shore and in the nearby hills, cooking, singing, and caring for each other. Thomas is an experienced project manager used to working on projects to protect the environment. A go-getter, he is interested in getting things done in an efficient manner.
He is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin. Currently serving as Vice President of the Board of Trustees and a Committee Chair. He also sings in the choir. One of his interests is running annual retreats at Walker Creek Ranch in West Marin. Living in cohousing seems like being on a permanent retreat.
Mark Your Calendars for
These Upcoming (Online) Events

Family Zoom Call Meeting 
Wednesday, December 2nd from 8:00 to 9:00 pm 

Join other C Street members with children under 18 years old in discussing issues related to children. Our topic this month is “Religious Practices.”

Please email marincohousing@gmail.com to obtain the link to our online meeting room. In your email please state which event you would like to attend.
United Against Hate Week
City of Novato Virtual Event November 30th to December 5th
Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm: Not In Our Town Novato (NIOT)—Novato Ted Talk titled “What it takes to be Racially Literate.” Includes a 12 minute video viewing of “What it takes to be Racially Literate” and an open conversation about how to continue creating an inclusive community.
Can register through City of Novato calendar or at bit.ly/NIOTNovatoUAH

Annual Novato Holiday Tree Lighting (broadcasted)
City of Novato Broadcast Event
Saturday, December 5th from 5:00 to 6:30
On Novato Community TV-- Comcast Channels 26, 27 and 30
and ATT Channel 99 Info@Novatotelevision.tv

Holiday Share Toy Drive
Donate Toys and Gift Cards
From December 11th to December 17th
Sponsored by North Marin Community Services.
For more information contact northmarincs.com


We will not be hosting our Webinars, Virtual Family Playdates or Virtual Potlucks in November and December due to the holidays. Family Zoom meetings will continue in November and December. Our Webinars, Virtual Family Playdates and Virtual Potlucks will restart in January, 2021, and we will let you know the dates and times.
Have You Seen Our Community Plans?
Elevation of Private Homes / Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects.
In cohousing, one receives the benefits of living a connected life, while maintaining a private sanctuary in your own home. The private homes in C Street Village will have open floor plans and are designed to be filled with natural light, built with sustainable materials, advanced sound-proofing techniques, passive cooling and heating, front porches, and more. There are thirty two private homes with two, three, and four bedroom options available. There will also be 8 one bedroom and studio rental units (carriage units).
Building Momentum for Cohousing in Marin
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