Dear Sun Spots: I would like to make some Christmas gifts that include hot cocoa mix and have been looking for the cone-shaped plastic bags that I can put it in. I read in a magazine to check out craft stores but have been unable to find any. Can you help me? I read your column every day, thank you. Happy Holidays to you and your readers. – D.M., Leeds.

In addition to responses from readers, you might consider contacting Michael’s at 490 Payne Road, Scarborough, 883-8419. They are located next to the Christmas Tree Shop. Sun Spots has confirmed that they carry cone-shaped plastic bags, as well as other packing supplies for your home-baked pressies. Check out the Wilton aisle, by the wall, on the left-hand side once you enter the store. They are open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

VeriPack, P.O. Box 3075, Framingham, MA 01701, 1-800-388-4344, has a 12-inch bag, case of 100 for $7.95 or 17-inch bags at $9.50 for a case of 100. You can also locate them online at To request a catalog, check out their Web site or contact them via e-mail at [email protected]

Dear Sun Spots: I am a long-term substitute teacher at Leavitt Area High School in family and consumer science. We have been experimenting with knitting and crocheting. The students have knitted and crocheted everything in sight. If anyone has any yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles or any other supplies they would like to send our way, they would be greatly appreciated. The next project students will undertake is a keepsake project, and any contributions could be used by the students to complete this assignment. They can be dropped at Leavitt Area High School daily, or I can pick up in the local area. My phone number is 225-3533 at school or 524-2782 at home. Many thanks in advance. – Joanne Zayszly, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I’ve been reading your column every day for years and always enjoy it. I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge you have.

Maybe you or some reader will be able to help me.

I heard a song at Thanksgiving but was unable to get the words written down. It started with: “Be thankful, be thankful for sweet things,” then I lost everything until the last line “be thankful for love in his heart.”

Keep up the good work. It is a great service. – No Name, No Town.

How sweet of you to notice Sun Spots’ efforts. Actually, the information is out there for all readers to find. You just have to search for it. With the Web, the world has become a much smaller place, and you’d be surprised what information you can locate. And if Sun Spots does not locate it, there’s always a savvy reader or two or more happy to assist, and they, too, have their own wealth of knowledge. Sun Spots is hopeful they’ll be able to assist you. Sun Spots has not been able to locate the lyrics to this song, based on the information you’ve provided. Perhaps there are readers out there who recognize this song and would be willing to share the lyrics with you.

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