Latest Issue: December 2018

25 Days of Traditions

25 Days of Traditions

December 01 2018

Everyone knows the best gift of all is the gift of time. And what better time of year than the holidays to do things with friends and family? Here are 25 traditions you can practice this December.

Game night. There are holiday-specific games out there, but you can’t go wrong by sticking with a classic. Check out your local toy and game store for some family friendly games.

Christmas movie marathon. Too many choices to go wrong here. From the Griswolds to George Bailey, there’s a classic for your family.

Caroling. Through your neighborhood or through your town, caroling is always more fun with friends.

Holiday baking. There is a recipe for every taste bud and every skill level. Check out online recipes for unique options. Many local grocery stores also offer holiday baking classes. Ask around for times and options.

Christmas lights. Put a little twinkle on your house or on your tree.

Choose a tree. Choosing a Christmas tree is a classic tradition with the added bonus of making your home smell amazing.

Wear Christmas pajamas. They don’t have to match.
Christmas cards. Make them or buy them, but please send them out.

Elf on the Shelf. Quickly becoming a cult classic.

Christmas cookie swap. This party’s entire premise is all about you getting to sample cookies. The holiday joy is baked right in.

Angel tree. Be someone else’s Santa.

Advent calendar. Counting down the days can be a fun tradition for the entire family.

Ornaments. Give your kids or loved one a new ornament each year. Over the years, the tree itself will become a family album.

Make hot cocoa. Yum. There are many recipes out there to completely innovate this holiday treat.
Take a drive. Admire others’ decorations.

Volunteer. This is a hard time of year for others. Turn the act of kindness into a tradition.

Say thank you. To your friends, to your kids, to your mom, anyone that has had an impact on you.

Get a photo with Santa. These will amuse you for years to come.

Take in a show. Or a second-grade Christmas pageant. Support local artists and students by showing up.

Get dressed up. Put on your best and walk the square. There is something special about getting your cheeks pink that sparks joy this time of year.
Get a toy, give a toy. Teach your children to donate unwanted or old toys to others.

Treat those you depend on. Take cookies to the police station, the fire station and to your Post Office.

Decorate a gingerbread house.

Leave cookies for Santa. He’s got a long night. He appreciates it.

December 2018

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Community Calendar

Lake Conway Boat Parades

Dec 15 2018

Ends in about 21 hours

South Lake - Friday December 14th, 8 pm Middle Lake, Sat. December 15th, 7:30 pm North Lake, Sunday December 16th, 7:00 pm The Lake Conway boat parade is a 33 year tradition. The first parade, with 4 participating boats, dates back to 1985 and has been held annually for the past 19 years. Last year 200 boats entered the event on Little Lake Conway and the middle lake. Follow event info at

Beardall Senior Center December Birthday Party

Dec 17 2018

2 pm Come celebrate your birthday!

Deciduous Fruit as an Alternative to Citrus

Dec 20 2018

6:30-8:00 pm Have you recently lost your Citrus trees to Citrus Greening? Have you wondered what other fruit trees can you add to your home garden? Maybe apples, peaches, nectarines or persimmons would be a good alternative for you. Learn about these and other deciduous fruit as an alternative for citrus. $5.00 per household. Pre-Registration is required along with the non-refundable class fee. Pre-register at

Busy Builders

Dec 22 2018

Herndon Branch Library @11 a.m. Come in and join us for some fun independent play and building activities! Recommended for toddlers, preschoolers and lower elementary.