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The countdown to Christmas

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Around the holidays calories go out the window and cookies come through the door. That couldn't be more apparent than at Klinger's Bread Company in South Burlington. This is the busiest time of year for the bakery.

"Partly it's the smell; people want to indulge themselves around Christmas. It's a fun thing to do. And then in January they all go on a diet," said Judy Klingebiel of Klinger's.

Part of why we eat and eat, fattening ourselves up like the jolly old elf, is that many treats are only available now.

"We have a Bûche de Noël, which is popular," Klingebiel said.

They also have stollen, a traditional German Christmas pastry.

"It's representative of the Christ child wrapped in the swaddling clothes, but I also read the humps represent the camels and the fruit is the jewels and what they brought to the manger," Klingebiel said.

Speaking of baby Jesus, at Boswellness in Colchester the company is busy making essential oils from frankincense and myrrh.

"There wasn't a CVS on every corner in Bethlehem," said Casey Lyon of Boswellness. "When a Christ child is born the most endearing gift you can bring is health, so to drop off a medicine chest in the form of frankincense and myrrh."

The two are still commonly given as gifts people put it in lotions and perfumes.

"You'd bring that and present it to your host. It's almost wishing them health by providing that as a gift," Lyon said.

And we can't forget about the soundtrack of the holidays that is constantly playing in the background. Over at Star 92.9, Christmas music beams from the station 24-7.

"It's designed to put you in a good mood," said Mike Czarny of Star 92.9. "It's about the best time of year when you're unwrapping and wrapping presents."

And for those of you who are wondering, Star says there will be snow for Christmas; they're going to make sure of it.

"We're going to play 'Let it Snow, Let it Snow' for the 36-hour marathon over and over again," Czarny said.

And the countdown to Christmas is on.

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