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Nuns, an angel, hand bells and cookies – sounds heavenly, right? It also happens to be very German. The small town of Ferdinand, Indiana rung in the Christmas season with their celebration of Christkindlmarkt, which is patterned off of a festival begun in 16th century-Germany.
Pro Tip from Our Producer
First things first. In video, it is always preferable to use video, rather than photos, to illustrate your subject. There's a reason "movies" are called "moving pictures." But, on those occasions when you must use a photo in your video (i.e. historical images, deceased persons), make the photo move to keep the audience's attention.

#ProTip:  Static = boring. Use a moving picture in your moving picture.

There are multiple methods to make this happen. The most common is called the "Ken Burns Effect" after a famous documentarian. When you use "Ken Burns," the editor slowly zooms in or out of the photo, and may move it left or right, to keep the image interesting. Another more complicated method is to create parallax. This requires cutting part of the image out, then layering the two pieces together and moving them at different rates. The Ken Burns Effect is relatively easy and often overused, so audiences tire of it very quickly. If your project relies on photos to tell the story, it's worth the investment to use parallax instead.

- Katie Rutter
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Quietly Preparing for Christmas
With the lights low and a haunting melody, a group of nuns near Indianapolis gathered for a stunningly-beautiful prayer service to kick off Advent. This period of four weeks observed by the Catholic Church is intended for reflection, renewal and inner preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Before jumping into Christmas-overload, take a moment to refresh and reflect with them.
Get in the Christmas Spirit!
It's time to deck the halls! We've gathered all of our Christmas videos to help you get into the spirit. There's one about the town named after Santa Claus, another showing Christmas celebrations from the 1960s, and one about the deeper meaning behind the season. Grab your hot cocoa and some reindeer!
Keeping Up With STOP
Service Team of Professionals, better known as STOP, provides restoration services to communities across the country. The owners needed quality content to share their services with property owners, but they also needed videos to attract new entrepreneurs to join their team and own a STOP franchise.

We're helping them create a series of videos to reach their goals. Watch one here.
Inside the Midwest's Largest Pantry
Ever wonder what happens to all those cans and nonperishables that are collected during food drives? We got to visit what is believed to be the largest food pantry in the Midwest, if not in the country. And here's an inside look.
Things About Things
Odd facts about plants... just for fun.

What does Christmas have in common with Earth’s Carboniferous period? More than it should. There are several decorative plants associated with Christmas (ex. pine trees, holly, poinsettias and mistletoe), but you’ve probably never heard of Lycopodia. Lycopodia grow on forest floors as long, horizontal stems that produce short, scaly shoots resembling pine saplings. But Lycopodia are not pines. They are, in fact, a very old and unique lineage of plants that have grown on Earth for 400 million years.

Waaaay back in the Carboniferous Period, before any pine tree or flowering plant, Lycopodia grew to tremendous heights. They dominated the landscape, spreading out in thick, swamp-like forests that would one day become the fossil fuels that run your car. They survived several mass extinctions, but Christmas may be their undoing. Around Christmastime, the pine-ish Lycopodia are collected for decorations. The long runners are easy to gather and perfect for making wreaths and garlands. The shoots can also be fashioned into tiny, decorative Christmas trees you can show off on Pinterest. Unfortunately, there are no laws regulating the harvest of Lycopodia and the plant grows extremely slow, too slow to keep up with our festive demands. Because the rate of Christmases far outstrips the rate of Lycopodia growth, we could be a wassailing this fascinating plant right into extinction.

Photo by Kirisame via Wikimedia Commons.

Scripture Inspiration
Stay grounded with verses that inspire. Here are the two Picture Scripture images that we will post on our Facebook page in the coming weeks.
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