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COVER STORY DECEMBER 2016

F E AT U R E S 26 CHOPPED JUNIOR CONTESTANT AND MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT OPENS KIDS COOKING SCHOOL Eleven-year-old Kate Daniel is an accomplished

chef who is helping her mom run Figlia Kitchen.

27 absolutely! KID FRIENDLY Find the best and brightest in

private schools and after-school activities to meet your child’s needs.

44 FOCUS ON WORSHIP Focus on the reason

for the season at nearby churches.

47 AN absolutely! FABULOUS HOLIDAY The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

11 1ST ANNUAL absolutely! THE BEST READERS’ CHOICE OF MEMORIAL’S FAVORITES In August and September, we invited readers to our website to take an online survey to tell us who their favorites are in Memorial in eight different categories: Food, Auto Services, Shopping, Home Improvement, Professional Services, Entertainment, Care Services and Pet Services. See who won this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards!

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34 TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WEST CAMPUS Expands Hospital’s

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28 MEMORIAL MENTIONS 35 OUT & ABOUT IN THE HEART OF MEMORIAL 36 SEEN ON THE SCENE

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone! This is a glorious month, and we have so much to be grateful for this season. We at absolutely! Memorial Magazine are so excited about this month’s issue featuring our first ever Readers’ Choice of Memorial’s Favorites. Inside these pages, you will find the very best and favorite things in the area. We were overwhelmed with our readers’ responses to our online polls. In fact, we had over 2,100 votes. Also in this issue, check out 5 Steps to a Picture-Perfect Mantel just in time for the holidays, and learn about four young Memorial performers in the Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2: 13-14

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hen Annie Jones lost her grandfather “In January 2015, the committee of Chilto cancer, she made a promise to the dren Versus Cancer began planning for their open air: She would work diligently first fundraising event, and they met twice per to ensure no one else felt the pain she did, that month to plan the big event,” said Beth Jones, no one else’s life had a hole ripped in it by cancer. Annie’s mother. “The event raised $1,800.” Jones’ promise did not contain empty words utIn addition to swimming, the party featured tered in a moment of grief; they had substance, pizza, beverages, T-shirts for purchase and a strength and conviction. So, it was no surprise to raffle for items like gift cards and panda stuffed her family when Jones, who was a fourth grader animals – the mascot of Children Versus Canat the time, proclaimed her intentions of startcer. Oliver even served as the event’s DJ. The ing an organization that would raise money to money raised was donated to Candlelighters fight cancer. Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, an organiOliver and Annie Jones. With the help of her father, Oliver Jones, zation that provides free services and support she created Children Vs. Cancer, a fundraising to families of children with cancer. “It feels regroup that has one goal: to raise money to donate to causes ally great, because I get to help people survive when they are that battle cancer. This was an endeavor Jones knew she really struggling,” said Jones, who also set up a lemonade could not achieve alone, so she formed a committee of peers stand this past summer to raise funds for Candlelighters. “It – including Baker Berg, Cora Rose Howard, Raquel Olivafeels so good to contribute to those who need help.” res, Ana Rizo-Patron, Preston Shields, Leif Brechter and Ted “Candlelighters was so grateful for the efforts of this group Roark – in January 2015 to help tackle the task. of children,” Beth said. “Since initially raising funds for CanNow an 11 year-old fifth grader at Bunker Hill Elemendlelighters, members of Children Versus Cancer raised even tary, Jones has shown the promise she made is imbued with more money – $500 – for the Candlelighters Fun Walk.” determination. In June, the Children Vs. Cancer committee Children Vs. Cancer was the third highest group to raise hosted its first fundraising event at Memorial Forest Club. money for the September walk and, to date, has donated Understanding the importance of reaching their peers, the $2,400 to Candlelighters. The committee’s accomplishments committee decided to host a pool party open to every fourth and eye-opening experiences do not end there. Members of grader at Bunker Hill. the committee were also named special guests at Camp Cliff, a special camp for the children served by Candlelighters. “Annie and her friends got to spend the day touring the camp and watch the children enjoying all of the activities,” Beth said. “They got to eat lunch with the children with cancer, and meeting the children and their parents was quite meaningful to them all.” Additionally for the holiday season, Children Vs. Cancer resolved to sign up to adopt a family and plans to gather gifts and deliver them as a group. “Oliver and I are in awe of Annie and her peers. They are highly motivated and extremely compassionate. It is incredible to watch Annie in action and see her ideas work and help others. Any money she gets, she saves to put towards her next Baker Berg, Cora Rose Howard, Annie Jones, Leif Brechter, Preston Shields, fundraiser.” Ted Roark, Raquel Olivares and Ana Rizo-Patron at Children Vs. Cancer’s first When she was given a $75 check from the iWrite OrganiPool Party fundraiser in June. zation, Annie asked that her check be addressed to Candlelighters. “She didn’t want the money for her time,” Beth said. J.D. Joyce Investment Management Group, LLC “The children get so much out of helping others and have lots 1811 Bering Drive, Suite 250 • Houston, TX 77057 of fun while doing it.” The group is eager for January when 713-714-8500 • www.jdjoyceimg.com they get to plan the next pool party — all in an effort to fight cancer.

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In August and September, we invited readers to our website to take an online survey to tell us who their favorites are in Memorial in eight different categories:

FOOD AUTO SERVICES SHOPPING HOME IMPROVEMENT PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ENTERTAINMENT CARE SERVICES PET SERVICES And boy, did they come through! With over 2,100 votes, readers voiced their opinion on their favorites. Take a look and see who won this year’s absolutely! The Best Readers’ Choice of Memorial’s Favorites!

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Voting for the 2016 Readers’ Choice of Memorial’s Favorites was conducted online at www.absolutelymemorial.com from August 1 to September 30, 2016. The results were collected and tabulated using PollDaddy.com. In the event of a tie, both winners are listed.


Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial Favorite Happy Hour: KUU Restaurant

FOOD

947 Gessner Road, Suite A180 Houston, Texas 77024 Favorite Margarita: Guadalajara Hacienda 9799 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77024

Local foodies spoke up load and clear voting for their favorite eateries – yum!

Favorite Steakhouse:

Favorite Brunch:

The Capital Grille

024 Grille

TIE 840 West Sam Houston Parkway North Houston, Texas 77024

945 Gessner Road Houston, Texas 77024

AND Favorite Wine Bar: The Tasting Room 818 Town and Country Boulevard, Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77024

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial

Favorite Club: Lakeside Country Club 100 Wilcrest Drive Houston, Texas 77042 Favorite Pizza: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria 12848 Queensbury Lane, Suite 101 Houston, Texas 77024 Favorite Frozen Treat: Baskin Robbins 3 Locations in Memorial

Memorial Fascinating Facts Gateway Memorial City boasts two winners this year. Kuu Restaurant’s Chef Adison Lee was trained under the legendary master chef Nobu Matsushisa of Nobu fame. State Fare is a member of Cherry Pie Hospitality’s family of restaurants and is a welcome addition to the Memorial area’s growing restaurant scene.

Favorite Smoothie: Smoothie King 7 Locations in Memorial Favorite Specialty Restaurant: KUU Restaurant 947 Gessner Road, Suite A180 Houston, Texas 77024

Memorial Fascinating Facts In 1934, Clifford Mooers purchased 100 heavily wooded acres of the original Christiana Williams land grant. He named his land Pine Lake Farm, built a mansion and bred horses on the property. Later, he sold to prominent Houston furrier Ralph Rupley. The original Mooers mansion makes up the central section of the Lakeside Country Club clubhouse today.

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial Favorite Burger:

Memorial Fascinating Facts

State Fare

Did you know that the owners of Carrabba’s Italian Grill have a legendary restaurant family connection? Damian Mandola’s mother, Grace, was Johnny Carrabba’s grandmother, and both of their families originally immigrated from Sicily. Begun in 1986 and now with over 200 locations nationwide, the Carrabba’s on Voss is one of the two original restaurant locations still owned by the family.

947 Gessner Road, Suite B190 Houston, Texas 77024 Favorite Mexican: Guadalajara Hacienda 9799 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77024 Favorite Bakery: Three Brothers Bakery 12393 Kingsride Lane Houston, Texas 77024 Favorite Healthy Food:

Favorite Italian Restaurant:

Island Grill

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

979 Bunker Hill Road Houston, Texas 77024

2 Locations in Memorial

• Breakfast

Pancakes French Toast Breakfast Tacos Omelets

• Burgers Angus Buffalo Turkey

• Kabob Platter • Salmon

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Gyros Beef Chicken Fish Vegetable

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial

ER AUTO S VICES

When it comes to auto services, car enthusiasts aren’t shy about voting for their favorites. Favorite Auto Dealer: Texas Direct Auto 12171 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77079 Auto Repair: Memorial Drive Tire & Auto 14715 Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77079

Memorial Fascinating Facts With over $4 billion in sales and over 100,000 customers satisfied, Texas Direct Auto is the largest independent car dealership in the country. In addition to its “Sell Us Your Car” Center in Memorial, the Texas Direct Auto boasts eight additional centers throughout Houston and a Stafford Campus located on over 70 acres.

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial

SHOPPING Favorite Ladies’ Boutique: Bags & more 8711 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77024 ’Tis the season to shop ’til you drop! Check out these favorite shopping spots.

Favorite Men’s Clothing: Jos. A. Bank 2 Locations in Memorial

Favorite Holiday Shopping: Memorial City Mall 303 Memorial City Way Houston, Texas 77024

Favorite Grocery Store: H-E-B 4 Locations in Memorial Favorite Wine Selection:

Favorite Bargain Shopping:

Spec’s

T.J. Maxx

5 Locations in Memorial

2 Locations in Memorial

Memorial Fascinating Facts Memorial City Mall is a 1.7 million square-foot shopping destination featuring over 150 retailers and restaurants, a National Hockey League sized ice rink, a double-decker Italian carousel and Frolice’s Castle, a fantastical children’s play area.

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial

KALEIDOSCOPE IMPROVEMENT HOME

From appliances and flooring to landscaping and design, check out readers’ go-to services for making their homes beautiful.

Favorite Gardening/Landscaping Company: Green Links P.O. Box 19136 Houston, Texas 77224

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Furniture • Window Treatments Upholstery • Bedding • Art Accessories • Rugs • Lighting New Home and Remodeling Selections

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Favorite Home Designer: Kaleidoscope Studio of Interior Design 8558 Katy Freeway, Suite 119 Houston, Texas 77024 Favorite Pool Services: Blue Crystal Pool Service 21815 Katy Freeway #C121 Katy, Texas 77450 Take the holiday fun outdoors from clean, soft attractive lawn surfaces to home golf greens like the pros use to safety rated fall zones under playscapes, let Green Links help beautify your home and take the games outside.

Favorite Home Improvement: Lowe’s 2 Locations in Memorial

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial

Favorite Bank/Credit Union:

PROFE

SSIONAL SERVICES

Trustmark 2 Locations in Memorial Favorite Financial Services: J.D. Joyce Investment Management Group, LLC 1811 Bering Drive, Suite 250 Houston, Texas 77057

Whether it’s building a home or ordering flowers, leave it to these favorite professionals!

Favorite Real Estate Agent: Rob Adams – Rob Adams Properties, Inc. 2425 Fountainview, Suite 357 Houston, Texas 77057

Favorite Custom Home Builder:

Favorite Real Estate Company:

David Weekley Homes

Rob Adams Properties, Inc.

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial

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From theatres to outdoor recreation, readers got serious about voting for their favorite entertainment!

Favorite Kids’ Entertainment: Glazed Over Ceramic Studios 14627 Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77079 Favorite Sports Recreation: TIE Birons Youth Sports Center 12163 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77079 AND Westside Tennis & Fitness 1200 Wilcrest Drive Houston, Texas 77042 Favorite Fitness Center: Orangetheory Fitness 700 Town and Country Boulevard, Suite 2430 Houston, Texas 77024 Favorite Summer Camp: Camp Longhorn 3 Locations in Texas

Favorite Movie Theatre: Studio Movie Grill 822 Town and Country Boulevard Houston, Texas 77024

Memorial Fascinating Facts Many Memorial area residents remember Westside Tennis & Fitness as a tennis only facility, but it was purchased in 1995 by Jim and Linda McIngvale, who transformed it into a fitness wonderland. Today, it boasts 31 tennis courts, a stateof-the-art fitness center, resort style family pool, competition lap pool, full clubhouse facilities, recreational athletic field, beach volleyball courts and more. The popular Family Zone has bowling, an indoor playground and a free arcade area, as well as a Capuchin Monkey exhibit and an African Serval cat!

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial

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Our readers don’t trust their kids to just anyone. From preschool to college, check out their favorite child care services.

Favorite Retirement Community/ Assisted Living Facility: Treemont Retirement Community 2501 Westerland Drive Houston, Texas 77063

A Continuum of Care Campus • Independent Living • Assisted Living • Skilled Nursing & Rehab

Thank You Memorial for Voting Treemont as Best Retirement Community! SCHEDULE A TOUR TODAY! 713.973.7000

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PET SERVICES

With the holidays around the corner, have your four-legged friends taken care of at Memorial’s finest!

Favorite Day Care/Boarding Services: Tiffany Kennels 1019 Sherwood Forest Street Houston, Texas 77043

Favorite Private School: Wesley Academy 10570 Westpark Drive Houston, Texas 77042 Favorite Learning Center: Mathnasium Memorial City 9778 Katy Freeway, Suite 500 Houston, Texas 77055

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Memorial

Favorite Veterinarian: TIE Bingle Vet 2025 Bingle Road Houston, Texas 77055 AND VERGI 24/7 Emergency & Critical Care Hospital 8921 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77024

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Q&A

With Dr. Kasia Lindhorst

Dr. Kasia Lindhorst

How do I avoid the holiday candy attack on teeth? Great question! And the answer is, “choose wisely.” Not all sweets have the same tooth damaging qualities. Anything that is acidic or sticky will do much more damage than sweets that melt in the mouth and are milk based. Try your best to avoid anything that is gooey, chewy or sticky. Stay away from Starbursts, gummies like Gummy Bears or fruit snacks, Laffy Taffy and other candy of that kind. Think CHOCOLATE! Chocolate is milk based, which makes it not acidic, less sticky (many of those sticky candies can’t be brushed out of the grooves for days!), and it usually has less artificial flavors and added sugars. As for cakes and cookies, apply the same principle of choosing less gooey textures, and always think of MODERATION. And of course, always remember brushing well after a day of candy and sweets abuse! Floss once a day to make sure that all of the sweets are removed from in between the teeth. Other than that, have fun over the holidays and make sure that you schedule a thorough dental cleaning in January!

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Dealing with Loss

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he most unfortunate reality of working with so many kids each week is that we inevitably become aware of – and involved in – the saddest and hardest part of some of their lives. Inevitably each year, one of our students loses a parent. No parent, coach, teacher or friend ever wants to consider such a worse case scenario, but if you or someone you know is going through a loss, here are some general guidelines for each age group.

Infants It’s hard enough to know why your baby is crying on a good day and console them, so a loss of a parent makes this even harder. Sleep patterns may change, colic may arise, and the child may have bouts of incontrollable crying. When dealing with the loss yourself, the situation is often overwhelming. The best thing for the infant is to have others help either with chores or to take turns caring for the child. By taking care of the day-to-day needs of the baby, it will help them – and you – immensely.

Preschool While three to five-year-olds can finally speak about their feelings, certain concepts still elude them. “Never” is not a concept they can grasp, and when combined with their propensity to ask questions, be prepared to explain and discuss what happened many times. This generally goes away with time. Depending upon the advice of your doctor and child’s psychologist, talking about the loss can be important, as it helps them remember and conceptualize their identity and prevent feelings of loss or exclusion from their peers as they age. Don’t be worried if the child appears

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“fine,” as this is usually a symptom of their naivety of the situation.

Elementary Around the age of six, a child can finally begin to grasp that a loved one is not going to come back. This can lead to major trust issues, as well as intense separation anxiety from the parent. The important thing is not to rush the child unnecessarily. They also will begin to ask concrete, biological questions about the lost loved one. They may be concerned about the same thing happening to you. Group play is also extremely helpful for children of this age, so get them involved in school or sports.

Middle School The early onset of puberty compounds the sense of vulnerability and insecurity that children feel after a loss. Expect grades to be affected, and make sure you are actively communicating with your child’s teachers and coaches about what is going on. Most likely, the child will also express their grief by acting out physically, and proactively giving the other adults in their life the information about the loss will allow them to discipline and redirect most appropriately.

High School Teenagers deal with loss internally with their emotions and externally with their actions. For most teens, by hiding their emotions and not talking about the situation, they are showing that they are old enough and independent enough to handle it. In truth, they may feel more comfortable being vulnerable about the loss with a friend, mentor or coach. This is why informing those adults is so important. Finally, the likelihood that the teen will engage in high-risk behavior increases after a loss. Talking to them about how you are dealing with emotions yourself and what you are tempted to do out of anger, guilt or sadness, is a great step. One of the most important points for children of any age is to inform as many adults in the child’s life as you are comfortable with about the loss. This will help those caregivers reassure and redirect the child. Second, stick as much as possible to habits and routines. Any change or lack of control will be hard for the child, not to mention for you. Finally, seek help yourself! You are not alone, nor should you be. Sometimes it takes a village to help an adult as well.

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“Kate was certainly the inspiration for opening the school,” said Brooke. “We were looking for a place in Houston that offers after-school kids’ cooking classes for Kate, but it didn’t exist. Kids take dance, gymnastics or practice sports after school, and we thought there should be a place where kids can enjoy learning to cook!” The mother-daughter duo loves to see self-esteem and confidence grow with kids learning to cook. Additionally, cooking gives kids a sense of service and independence, not to mention lifelong skills such as kitchen safety, math and science skills and healthy eating habits. “My favorite thing is when parents post on Facebook and send me texts of their kids in the kitchen showing off their new skills. It makes my heart smile,” said Brooke. As the new business takes off, they look forward to partnering with local charities like Blessings in a Backpack, Homemade Hope and Family Point Resources. “Cooking with kids is such a great platform to help those in need,” said Brooke. “To be able to teach kids at a young age that they can make a difference with their own knowledge and skills is so important. We are partnering with the Memorial Little Lights organization, where the kids will be preparing meals for families at FamilyPoint Resources.” So what is Kate looking forward to next? Christmas of course! “Making the lemon pound cakes with my mom and brother is such a fun Christmas tradition,” she said. “And maybe I’ll whip up something a little extra special for Santa this year too!”

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the young age of four, Memorial Middle School sixth grader Kate Daniel began helping her mom make lemon pound cakes at Christmastime to give to teachers, friends and family. Little did she know that those fond Christmas memories would be the start not only to her love for cooking, but also to a new business with her mom – Figlia Kitchen, Houston’s only kids cooking school, in West Memorial. Now age 11, Daniel competed on national television during Food Network’s Chopped Junior series on November 8th and is helping her mom run Figlia Kitchen. “Competing on Chopped Junior was the experience of a lifetime!” said Daniel. “I loved everything about it – the oncamera interviews, meeting the other contestants, cooking under pressure – the whole TV production experience!” In Chopped Junior, young chefs with tremendous courage and ambition seek to make unforgettable meals from mystery ingredients under a ticking clock. They bring their unbridled energy, big personalities and unstoppable originality to prepare dishes that are judged from a chef and celebrity panel with required ingredients that are not commonly prepared together. Daniel, the youngest of the four competitors, mastered the appetizer competition by creating a Spring Pasta with Light Lemon Cream Sauce made of an interesting mix of ingredients including spring peas, hotdog pasta, lentil chips and veggie cream cheese. Throughout the competition, the judges noted how Daniel consistently tasted and adjusted the seasoning of her food, a very important part of the competition that her competitors forgot to do. When asked what the most difficult part of the competition was, Daniel laughed, remembering how she lost time standing at the kitchen sink trying to figure out how to turn off the faucet. “People may think it was working with the squab in the entrée round, but I know how to debone a chicken, so pigeon isn’t really that much different!” Daniel’s mom, Brooke, noted how courageous and brave her daughter was both during the interview process and show filming. “When we arrived in New York to film the episode in April, the producers indicated Kate was chosen from 5,000 applicants. Her persistence, focus and preparation both during the selection process and the competition was truly remarkable. We are so extremely proud of her work ethic and courage.” While Daniel did not win the competition, she absolutely loved the experience and would love to find more cooking competitions to enter. Her goal is “to be a high-powered business woman and chef!”


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Bunker Hill Elementary moms Marcy Crapitto, Christi Smith, Julie Bergen, Stephanie Nolan, Morgan Scholl, Hilary Howard, Heather Bonner, Susan Comey, Jennifer Chang, Olivia Porter, Taryn Jones, Kelly Wolf, Katie Mattingly and Emily Paulson enjoyed a Round Top shopping trip and slumber party at the Crapitto Farm in Fayetteville, Texas.

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Houston area Alpha Chi Omega alumnae and collegians gathered at the Houston Country Club to celebrate the sorority’s founding in 1885. Attendees included Houston Baptist University Chapter President Alexa Moritz, Houston Alumnae Chapter President Dianna Patterson and University of Houston Chapter President Ashlyn Smith.

Annie Hinde dressed in 50s attire for the Shake, Rattle and Roll theme at Wilchester Elementary Family Fun Night.

Rachel Abrams, Emily Rouse, Tess Waggoner, Payton Long, Kate Puhala, Claire Rouse, Avery Basham, Charlotte Stiles, Arden McKenzie and Baker Berg enjoyed the Memorial High School versus Stratford High School football game.

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The Hammer 14U Baseball Team participated in the Komen Race for the Cure 5K to show support for Michele Desroches, a breast cancer survivor and mom to teammate Adam Desroches. At the race were William Kight, Dylan Shoemake, Mark Thiele, Jason Ferworn, Adam and Michele Desroches, Ford Lancaster, Blake Petry, James Todd, Cade Alpard and Leyton Howell.

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Several Bunker Hill Elementary girls were lucky enough to be in the live audience of Great Day Houston! Host Deborah Duncan greeted Jade Lawson-Ho, Tess Waggoner, Blakely Brown, Reese Waggoner, Avery Basham and Charlotte Odom.

Frostwood fourth graders Alden Farrow, Megan McWilliams, Avery Kolb, Katherine Prewett, Ansley Taylor, Annie Amling and Rachel Lawrence battled it out at Second Baptist Church’s Nerf Night.

Liam and Dashel Leonard met TD, the Houston Super Bowl Mascot, at Wilchester Elementary’s Family Fun Night.

Jenny West and her daughter Lindsay were thrilled to meet the director of the movie The Accountant, Gavin O'Connor, and the lead actor in the movie, Ben Affleck.

Audrey Bown, Allison Craig, Katherine Miller and Liza Davalos had fun doing gymnastics at Birons Youth Sports Center.

David and Suzanne Goddard, Anna Wolf, Bennett Martin, Johnny Rose, Kiersten Johansson, Lillian Gregory, Mary Grace Parker, Charlotte Martin, Cara Chaffin, Jackson Schwieder, John Van Arsdel, Charlotte Stiles, Avery Basham, Zach Johansson, Will Gentner, Cooper Hwang, Brayden Johansson, Will Strock, Ryan Khatiblou, Libby Hays, Layla Khatiblou, Blake Wolf, Patrick Rose, Ella and Will Arriaga, Mary Margaret Schwieder, Brooks Milam and Camille Amoruso, all Bunker Hill Elementary children of the Junior League of Houston mothers, got together to take a picture for the Junior League Charity Ball program.

The Memorial Middle School Eagles girls’ seventh grade B volleyball team completed their season undefeated and won first place in the Spring Branch ISD district tournament. Congratulations to Callie Crapitto, Ava Picone, Bianca Pinal, Anna Graber, Lauren Simpson, Caroline Stiles, Kayla Ormston, Haley Lucksinger, Ashton Lombard, Cameron Ballard, Allie Raia and Danielle Semine.

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Houston Methodist Hospitals Receive Vizient Quality Awards

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Two Houston Methodist hospitals received the highest honors from Vizient, an alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Both Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital were honored with the 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Award given to hospitals and academic medical centers that have demonstrated superior performance as measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, conducted annually since 2005. Houston Methodist Hospital ranked No. 9 among academic medical centers, and Houston Methodist West Hospital was one of 14 community hospitals honored. This was the first time Vizient has recognized community hospitals. The study was designed to help academic medical centers identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care. The Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care – safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness – were again used as a guide in structuring the study criteria. This year, more than 100 academic medical centers and 124 community hospitals were included in the analysis, which used performance data from a variety of sources. “This is a great honor, because it identifies Houston Methodist hospitals as being focused on safety and quality,” said Marc Boom, MD, president and chief executive officer of Houston Methodist. “Our physicians and employees are dedicated to providing patients the best care possible. This is why our flagship hospital won this national award three years in a row and why Houston Methodist West was also recognized this year in the first ever community hospital ranking. This recognition belongs to our employees and physicians.” Visit houstonmethodist.org for more information.

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MEDICAL FOCUS

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Expands Hospital’s Perioperative Suite Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently unveiled the newly expanded perioperative suite, which includes four new operating rooms, a new procedure room, three new call rooms, as well as a new doctor’s lounge, staff kitchen and break area. The expansion brings the total number of operating rooms at West Campus to eight and doubles the total number of procedure rooms. “Our team is thrilled about the growth of the perioperative suite,” said Dr. Allen Milewicz, chief surgical officer at West Campus. “This expansion will allow us to do longer, more complex surgeries and help us increase the scope of services we offer. This is all to better meet the needs of our patients and families.” The recent expansion of the perioperative suite is part of the ongoing three-year, $50 million capital improvement effort that will help expand West Campus’ capacity and capabilities. To date, the following projects have been completed: additional office and administrative support space for dedicated physicians and providers, an 18 bed expansion of the hospital’s acute care capacity, including an eight-bed special isolation unit designed for children with highly contagious infectious diseases; conversion of offices within outpatient clinics into additional exam rooms to increase access to subspecialty care and a dedicated suite for Interventional Radiology services. “A little more than five years ago, we stood in this same place with our first surgical patient and cut the ribbon to our perioperative suite,” said Matt Schaefer, president of West

Dr. Allen Milewicz, chief surgical officer at West Campus, inside the new procedure room.

Campus. “Since then, we have met the surgical needs of more than 20,000 children. This expansion increases our ability to reach even more children and provide them with the highest quality care in their community, closer to home.” Upcoming projects include a new 14 exam room clinic for Neurology, Renal and Dermatology and the addition of 22 pediatric intensive care unit beds. Visit www.texaschildrens.org/westcampus for more information.

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ABOUT Sippi Khurana, Alissa Maples, Shawntell McWilliams, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Jessica Rossman, Judi McGee, Margaret Williams, Franelle Rogers, Vivian Wise, Kelli Weinzierl, Kim Tutcher and Susan Sarofim, along with 300 guests, gathered at TOOTSIES for a celebration announcing the 2017 Women of Distinction.

FamilyPoint Resources received fall sporting equipment from Brooks Milam’s 10th birthday party at Bowl and Barrel. Guests were asked to bring gently used or new equipment for children in need.

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Kiki Wilson, Susan Plank and Noel Wise, along with donors, supporters, board members and volunteers, raised over $70K for Dec My Room at a recent luncheon underwritten by Neiman Marcus and hosted at Café Annie. Jewelry designer David Yurman brought his fabulous line of jewelry featuring everything from elegant cable bracelets to rare and exotic stones.

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Mac Konitzer, Bruer Gilkey, Dylan Schick, Collin McKnight, Teddy Rutt and Duncan Fry combined their 13th birthday celebrations to party for a purpose, raising $3,000 for local causes by requesting donations in lieu of gifts.

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Celebrating Amazing Place’s 20th anniversary at a dinner at River Oaks Country Club were Lacy Baird, Dan Dinges, Tracey Brown and Karen and Gus Comiskey.

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Jim Daniel, Alecia Lawyer, Margaret Alkek Williams and Randa and Charles Williams attended the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s ROCO on the ROCCs event honoring Margaret Alkek Williams at River Oaks Country Club.

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Spring Branch Education Foundation’s Sixth Annual Style Show Benefiting Spring Branch ISD Students September 30, 2016 • Royal Sonesta Houston

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Christmas Is Coming. Are You Ready? Those who have ever rushed through the Christmas season consumed by what they need to buy and dreading the expectations they need to meet just might be feeling a little panicked at this point. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Chapelwood knows that the best way to really enjoy the holiday season is to pause, set aside some of the material obligations associated with Christmas, and get to a place where the real joy of the season can feed the soul and lighten the spirit. Scattered throughout December, there are entertaining programs, informative, short-term studies, magnificent concerts and inspiring worship services available for members and visitors alike. Chapelwood invites everyone to participate in any or all of their December offerings and take a short break from the commercialism of Christmas. Chapelwood provides worship experiences of many kinds, so whether it is Saturday or Sunday, late or early, they have a service that’s right for any person. When combined with numerous fellowship and study groups and plentiful opportunities to serve others in the church, city and global community, Chapelwood is a place where everyone can grow, learn and experience the amazing grace of God. So, if the thought of an ordinary Christmas season leaves you wondering if that’s all there is, this invitation is for you. Visit www.chapelwood.org/advent or contact Tammy Heinrich at theinrich@chapelwood.org for details.

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Which Christmas Was Your Favorite? Which Christmas was your favorite? Senior Pastor Duane Brooks of Tallowood Baptist Church remembers one of his. Brooks’ cousin Christie and her eight-year-old daughter were struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav and needed a place to shelter for a week or so. Although he had not seen his cousin in 30 years, Brooks opened his home to them. They arrived in Houston later that evening. Christie’s daughter Casey was a bundle of energy. She had just started third grade. She became Brooks’ shadow. “Where are you going?” she asked each time he stood up. “Can I go, too?” After a week, she and her mother found a single moms’ place in Round Rock, Texas through the good graces of the aptly named Gracewood. A few months later on Christmas Eve after services at Tallowood, Brooks received a call from the Round Rock Police saying, “Your cousin has died.” The Brooks family went to see Casey and pursued adoption. She moved out of a children’s home into their home with her forever family. It was a great Christmas. The greatest Christmas ever the very first one. On that day, God walked down the staircase of heaven with a baby in his arms. God became flesh and blood and lived among people. Jesus grew up to live a sinless life and to die on the cross. He came so that all who receive him become children of God and part of his forever family. Do you believe? For more information, visit www.tallowood.org or call 713468-8241. www.absolutelymemorial.com l DECEMBER 2016

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Focus on Worship Children Are Invited to Join St. Francis Church’s Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant Luke 2:7 says, “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” We don’t know exactly why there was no place for Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus at the inn. Were they too poor to rent a room? Was it sold out with everyone else coming to Bethlehem to be counted in the census? Were they from the wrong side of town? “Jesus’ birth is a reminder that the Son of God comes to us with simplicity and humility. That’s why at St. Francis Episcopal Church, the nativity program is performed by barefoot children mostly wearing bathrobes,” said The Rev. Robert D. Wismer. The annual pageant will be Christmas Eve at 2 and 5 pm with children from toddlers through middle school participating. A real donkey will carry Mary down the aisle to “Bethlehem,” and live lambs and kids will join the shepherds. “But the fluttering angels, with wings and halos swooping around the altar before the couple arrives, may be the most magical scene of all,” added Father Wismer, who directs the popular program every year. The community is welcome at St. Francis, located at 345 Piney Point Road. Neighbors and guests are invited to join the pageant, as the church has extra costumes for visiting children. For more information, call 713-7821270 or visit www.sfch.org.

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Fabulous Holiday The Most Wonder ful Time of the Year

F E AT U R I N G Holiday Weight Loss Woes Make a New Year’s Resolution to be Financially Prepared for a Veterinary Emergency Memorial’s Faces Behind the Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker 5 Steps to a Picture-Perfect Mantel Holiday Cocktail Recipes Protect Your Shipped Packages from Theft Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday W

Weight Loss Woes

hen I told my friends and family that I was going to start a lifestyle change and change my diet during the holiday season, they thought I was crazy, but let me back up as to why I did. For the last three years, I have had major changes in my life. My mom broke her leg in October 2013 and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014 and brain cancer in 2015. Sadly, she passed away in January. In return, I hadn’t been eating good foods or taking care of myself. That all changed a month ago when I was flipping through the magazine – yes, absolutely! Memorial – and noticed an ad for Medi-WeightLoss. I met with them and liked what they were offering – complete hand holding on this journey to teach me how to prepare low-carb meals, as well as learn about my body. Here are their helpful tips on better choices for all of those holiday parties! By Dr. Laura Noaker

By Lara Bell

Gingerbread Cookie

Serving Size: 1 Cookie – 119 calories, 19 grams carbs

Vs. Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Serving Size: 2 Strawberries – 100 calories, 4 grams carbs

Homemade Chex Mix

Serving Size: 1 Cup – 280 calories, 32 grams carbs

Vs. Roasted Chestnuts

Serving Size: 1 Cup – 110 calories, 21 grams carbs

Make a New Year’s Resolution to be Financially Prepared for a Veterinary Emergency Plan Ahead Most people put spare change in a jar. Turn that change into an emergency pet fund. At the end of each month, make a deposit into a special pet emergency account. Another option is to set up an automatic deduction from your paycheck monthly to insure you are financially prepared.

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nyone who has a pet will probably experience a pet emergency. Like human hospitals, this visit can be expensive, so as you make your New Year’s resolutions, here are a few ways to be prepared to take some of the financial sting out of an emergency.

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Most veterinary emergency facilities are familiar with pet insurance. This is offered by a number of companies online, and you can get information on plans, how they work and what is or is not covered. Premiums vary, so pay attention to what is said about emergencies versus routine care. No matter what insurance

group you get, it is all the same process. You pay the up front cost and file a claim after.

Financing Take advantage of alternative financing options such as Care Credit. These programs offer options for limited time, zero percent interest or low interest rates. Most emergency facilities will have applications onsite or can guide you to their online application. Let’s face it, with a pet, a veterinary emergency visit is always possible. It requires special doctors, skills and equipment, so be prepared and make a resolution to plan ahead. It can help your pet live a long, happy life.

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Memorial’s Faces Behind the Houston Ballet’s

The Nutcracker

T Mini Quiche

Serving Size: 1 Mini Quiche – 96 calories, 3 grams carbs

Vs. Mini Cauliflower Bites

he Houston Ballet’s re-imagined production of The Nutcracker takes the stage at the Wortham Center now through Tuesday, December 27th. The new version of the holiday classic is choreographed by Artistic Director Stanton Welch and includes several young dancers from the Memorial area including Madison Burba, Julia Waltz and sisters Callie and Elizabeth Gormley. The girls are often dancing six days a week while preparing for The Nutcracker.

Serving Size: 1 Bite – 30 calories, 1 grams carbs

Julia Waltz and Madison Burba.

Madison Burba Eggnog

Serving Size: 1 Cup – 343 calories, 34 grams carbs

Vs. Mulled Wine

Serving Size: One 3.5 Fluid Ounce Glass – 106 calories, 17.49 grams carbs

Vs. Sugar Free Eggnog Serving Size: 1 Cup – 179 calories, 1.6 grams carbs

Burba has been dancing for seven years with the Houston Ballet. She said, “When you are onstage, you are like a family, each person with their own part, but all working together to pull off the show.” You may have seen her in The Nutcracker as a Party Child in the previous two years, but she is looking forward to her new role as an International Doll. She feels like she is a “real doll that’s come to life.” Burba wants Houston audiences to know this Nutcracker is “brand new and like nothing you’ve seen before. The scenes are really exciting and look like they came out of a story book.”

seasoned Nutcracker dancer, having been a Party Child once and a Clown twice in past productions, but she is looking forward to her new roles as a Cook and an International Doll this year. “You will love the stage, the colorful costumes and the sets. It looks like the prettiest fairytale you have ever seen!”

Callie Gormley Gormley has danced with the Houston Ballet Academy for seven years, and like her friend Waltz, she has been a Party Guest and a Clown. This year, she is a Toy Soldier and has “always wanted to dance in the battle scene,” so she is excited to take part in the intense choreography. She thinks the audience will enjoy “all of the new twists Stanton Welch adds to the show. There are many characters in the new production, and it’s going to be really exciting to watch!”

Elizabeth Gormley Gormley has been dancing for five years. She likes that “ballet tells a story through dance.” This will be her first time performing The Nutcracker with the Houston Ballet, and attendees can see her as a Toy Soldier in the battle scene and an Angel, a new character in the second act. Gormley likes that lots of the characters are funny in the new production, with each scene having “new characters with unique costumes and roles.”

Julia Waltz Waltz has been dancing for five years at the Houston Ballet Academy and loves that ballet makes her “think and feel the music. It’s like being transformed into another world.” Waltz is a

Callie and Elizabeth Gormley.

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An absolutely! Fabulous Holiday

Steps to a

Picture-Perfect Mantel

By Amitha Verma

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ne of the best, yet mostly overlooked places to start is the fireplace mantle. All it takes is a few strategically placed décor pieces to make a big impact. And the best part is the designer “look” can be effortlessly achieved using objects already in your home. Not sure if you can pull it off? Follow these five simple steps to create a picture-perfect mantel in two hours or less.

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Add Fabric

To make your mantel stand out, add earthy garlanding like fir, pine, flocked, evergreen, eucalyptus or any other plant you love. This year, I used beautiful magnolia leaves. Securing garlanding in place is easy. Simply attach it to a few clear hooks and enjoy a festive look that lasts from the fall all the way into the holidays!

Makeover Your Mantel

Don’t love your mantel? Give it an instant facelift with chalk finish paint. I radically transformed this aged, dingylooking mantel into a gorgeous designer piece in less than 20 minutes – no sanding, stripping or priming required.

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Ground Your Design

To freshen up décor from year to year, lace a wide ribbon throughout garland. Have fun by mixing up the color of the ribbon to match your home or holiday décor.

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Create a Dramatic Cluster

The secret to creating the “wow” factor and making your mantel pop is to add a cluster of exquisite and unusual ornaments where your garlanding meets the top of the mantel. Here are a few pro tips to selecting the right ornaments: • Be bold with oversized round ornaments, and only use traditional four-inch diameter ornaments to fill in empty spaces if needed. • Be unexpected with unusual shapes like crowns and more! • Opt for an eclectic mix of shapes including finials, pear and more. • Use florist wire to group ornaments together.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes By Laurie Harvey. Photos by Julie Soefer.

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his holiday season is the perfect time to perfect hosting an old-fashioned cocktail party. Whip up these drinks to please all of your guests.

Cranberry Surprise 2 oz. Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka 1 oz. Cranberry Cordial .5 oz. Canton Ginger 1 oz. Water for dilution Combine all ingredients in a blender with ice and blend until smooth.

Apple A Day

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Style the Top Like a Pro

Whether you opt for a simple pair of candlesticks or a more intricate design, there’s no right or wrong way to style your mantel. These charming chicken wire covered glass containers filled with a blend of holiday stems and gorgeous hydrangeas will be gracing the top of my mantel this year:

2 oz. Honeycrisp infused vodka .75 oz. Fresh lemon juice .75 oz. Simple syrup Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with star anise.

Fig Manhattan 2 oz. Black Mission Fig infused rye whiskey 1 oz. Cocchi Torino vermouth 2 Dashes orange bitters 2 Dashes Angostura bitters Don’t forget the most important tip of all: Let your inspiration guide you. Trust your innate design gifts to shine! Have faith that you can make your design vision a reality.

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An absolutely! Fabulous Holiday By Jason Smith

front door that is somewhat hidden from the street, even behind furniture or a big potted plant, ask that packages be left out of sight whenever possible.

Increase Lighting Another helpful tip to discourage package theft is to increase the lighting around your home. Thieves may target homes that are poorly lit, using the darkness as a source of concealment. A motion-sensing floodlight, however, can illuminate your porch anytime someone approaches. Even if you are not home, a neighbor might notice the light turning on and investigate.

Protect Your Shipped Packages from Theft

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is frustrating when you order a product but never receive it. You may spend hours on the phone trying to determine what happened to it. But when you check the tracking, you notice the status says “delivered,” leaving you to believe that it was stolen. Unfortunately, incidents such as this are all too common, especially around the holidays. An estimated 23 million Americans have had packages stolen, but the good news is that shipped goods can be protected from theft by following some simple steps.

Specify a Delivery Date and Time Many online retailers allow customers to specify a date and time to have their package delivered. Rather than choosing the soonest date and time possible, choose a time when either you or a member of your family will be home. By receiving the package in person, there is a much lower risk of it being stolen.

Don’t Leave Packages Sitting Outside The longer a package sits on your front entry area, the greater the risk of it being stolen. Some thieves will even follow shipping trucks, and once they drop off a package, they will immediately steal it from the customer’s doorstep. Some retailers and shippers allow patrons to enter special instructions for the driver. If you have an area near your

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Video Surveillance If your front entry area is being recorded by video cameras, thieves may think twice before stealing your package. Video doorbell systems allow you to see and speak to anyone who enters the camera view or presses your doorbell. Combined with access control systems such as a locked gate, video surveillance is a highly effective way to protect against package theft.

Reroute Packages to Your Local Post Office You might be surprised to learn that all of the major shipping service providers allow customers to have their packages rerouted to a local mail office. So, instead of having a package shipped to your home, you can ship it directly to your local post office. In addition to offering greater security, opting for package rerouting may offer other benefits, such as email or text notification when your package arrives. Contact your local post office for more information about this service. Another option is to have packages shipped to your office.

File a Mail Theft Complaint If the stolen package was shipped via the United States Postal Service (USPS), you can file a mail theft complaint on their website or by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-2758777). The Postal Inspection Service will conduct its own internal investigation into the matter, contacting you only if more information is needed. Other shippers such as UPS and FedEx offer similar services.

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Ask Alex: Letters to Santa

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lex Belt is a mom, business owner and all around in the know kind of gal. Friends call on her relentlessly for advice on how to plan a party and what trend is “in.” During this season of writing to Santa, we’re doing what everyone else does – asking Alex!

A letter to Santa from a Memorial child.

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How long have people been writing letters to Santa?

Dating back more than 150 years, the practice of writing to St. Nick tells a broader history of America itself. The earliest Santa letters are similarly didactic, usually coming from St. Nicholas rather than written to him. The minister Theodore Ledyard Cuyler recalled receiving “an autographed letter from Santa Claus, full of good counsels” during his childhood in 1820s western New York.

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instructional notes telling the kids how they had misbehaved over the year and what they could do to improve. Parents used this as an opportunity to write messages to their kids, and they would often leave them on the fireplace mantel. Eventually, children started to respond to the letters, and thus, writing to Santa during Christmastime became a tradition. Most letters to Santa consist of a child’s desire for a specific toy or item, but in some cases, letters to St. Nick are asking for actual needs. That’s why the U.S. Postal Service started the Letters to Santa Program. Participants can take a letter written to Santa and fulfill that child’s wish. The post office will then send your gift to the lucky girl or boy and make his or her holiday special.

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A Santa’s mailbox.

How can I help my child write a letter to Santa?

Encouraging children to write letters to Santa is not only a wonderful way to keep that sense of magic alive in their lives, but it also gives parents the perfect Christmas list if their kids are willing to relinquish the letter into their care. If a child demands to put the letter in the post box themselves, have them address it to: Santa Claus, North Pole.

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What is the history of letters to Santa?

According to Smithsonian Magazine, it was originally St. Nick who would leave letters for children in their stockings. These were

Santa Claus.

Is there a Santa’s Mailbox in our neighborhood that my child can drop the letter into?

Yes! This year, the Silly Silly Girls Gift Boutique has an actual “Letters to Santa” mailbox where your child can mail the letter and receive a prize for bringing in his or her letter! And on Saturday, December 10th from noon to 2 pm, visitors can get their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus by a professional photographer for free!

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HOLIDAY

DR. SHEL MD VITAMIN C SERUM This brightening and hydrating vitamin C serum delivers skin enhancing benefits of pure, stabilized L-ascorbic acid and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate in combination with vitamins A and E, arbutin, bearberry, emblica and ubiquinone to achieve improved skin texture and tone. Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa, 1437 Highway 6, Suite 100 in Sugar Land. Call 281-313-7435; www.DrShelMD.com.

A CUSTOM OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE Give a gift that will add value to your home – a new outdoor living space for entertaining, grilling or relaxing by the fire. Call today! Texas Custom Patios. Call 281-265-1994; www.TexasCustomPatios.com.

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW Shop gorgeous Christmas jewelry made from repurposed dishes. China Baroque, 879 Frostwood Drive in Houston. Call 713-996-8995; www.chinabaroque.com.

FOR THE OVER-INDULGER Help her get back on track in the New Year. The Slim Kit has everything she needs to get rid of the holiday bulge and back into her skinny jeans by spring break. Hotze Health & Wellness Center, 20214 Braidwood Drive, Suite 215 in Houston. Call 281-698-8698.

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RIDE IN STYLE Get a hot new ride this holiday season from TexasDirectAuto.com. With thousands of vehicles in stock, you’re sure to find a ride that you will love! Texas Direct Auto, 12053 Southwest Freeway in Stafford. Call 281-499-8200; www.texasdirectauto.com.

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FRAMED FAMILY PHOTO Display your family photos for the holidays with custom framing! Photo frames and albums also make great gifts for family and friends. Gift certificates are also available. Bradley’s Art & Frame, 1306 Blalock in Houston. Call 713-461-5695; www.bradleysartandframe.com.

OLD-FASHIONED FUN Gather your family around the table to work a jigsaw puzzle. Share stories among the generations while finding the right pieces. Come see Blue Willow Bookshop’s large selection of puzzles for all ages. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive in Houston. Call 281-497-8675; www.bluewillowbookshop.com.

REJUVENATING SKIN SERUM

A GIFT FOR THE CAR Help protect your car with this $5 off coupon: Motor Oil Additive (MOA), a friction reducer, to fortify your car’s engine oil for superior, long-lasting engine protection and performance! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Memorial Drive Tire & Auto, 14715 Memorial Drive in Houston. Call 281-497-0830; www.MemorialDriveTireAuto.com.

INTENSIVE ANTI-AGING MICRO•FIRM NECK & DÉCOLLETÉ Micro-Firm Neck is a targeted cream containing a concentrated blend of ingredients precisely formulated to combat visible signs of aging. Help your loved one look younger by purchasing Micro-Firm Neck for 15% off plus a free gift bag! � Sugar Land Plastic Surgery. Call 281-980-8000; www.MyBodySurgeon.com.

MICRO∙SERUM is formulated with MPC™ and complementary ingredients to help address the complex signs of aging including firmness, elasticity, tone and texture. Save 20% when you mention this listing. SkinScriptions by Melissa Gibbens, 14441 Memorial Drive, Suite 5 in Houston. Call 713-458-0224; www.skinscriptionsbymelissagibbens.com.

CUSTOM CORKCICLES Monogrammed Corkcicles are hot this season! Come in for yours and other great personalized gifts. Memorial Designs, 1010 Campbell Road in Houston. Call 713-365-9537.

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By Leslie Little

Holiday Books for Kids ‘Tis the season for Christmas trees, gingerbread and holiday reads. Ho, ho, ho!

Artie: The First Artificial Christmas Tree by Dee Maner Endorsed by Santa Claus himself, Artie will quickly become a holiday favorite for everyone who loves Christmas. This heartwarming story tells about Artie, who although different from the other evergreen Christmas trees, learns what really matters is what comes from the heart. The beautiful watercolor illustrations capture the sparkling magic of the season and will inspire readers to spread the Christmas spirit everywhere they go.

The Magic Gingerbread House by Pam Franks Inspired by true events and a family tradition spanning over 30 years, this is a sweet Christmas story of five of Santa’s elves on break from the North Pole who come to live in the family’s gingerbread house. At night, the elves come out to play and leave encouraging notes for the children. Young and old alike will be inspired by this book about the power of hope and the magic of Christmas.

Santa’s Underwear by Marty Rhodes Figley What kid doesn’t giggle about underwear? And when Santa’s entire underwear collection is previewed, the Christmas chuckles can’t be contained! It’s Christmas Eve, and all Santa wants to do is find his long, red, wooly, faded and saggy undies, but they are nowhere to be found. He enlists a few mischievous elves who try to help, but they can only make jokes and giggle. When Santa opens his closet to finally put on his red suit, you won’t believe who left him a special holiday surprise!

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Jan Glenn’s Pawsitively Purrfect

Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads

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am watching my sweet feline pal Tammy Whynot in her little red bed going through the stages of sleep. She is twitching and moving her paws. It is fascinating, and I am getting a kick out of it. She is dreaming, and I wonder what she is dreaming about. Is she looking for her catnip covered Christmas presents? Is she checking her “naughty or nice” activities of the past year to see how she rates? Now she sits up, eyes closed and face pointed at the ceiling looking for Santa on the roof. She has been looking for him a lot lately as Christmas Eve gets closer. My canine pal Princess Grace Kelly is also a dreamer. She does a lot of chattering and frenetically moves her paws when she is in dreamland. I can tell if my dozing Gracie and Tammy are dreaming by looking for these clues: whisker twitching, paw tremors, irregular breathing and with Gracie, occasional high-pitched yelps. Like humans, pets go through multiple stages of sleep, from periods of slow wave sleep to rapid Tammy dreaming about Christmas. eye movement (REM), when most dreaming occurs. From the minute their heads hit the pet beds and they are out, the dreaming process begins. During the REM stage of deep sleep, their dreams last fairly long depending on the size of the pet. The larger the animal, the longer the dream. For example, Great Danes might dream every 45 minutes for about five minutes. Their smaller

canine cousins enter a dream state every 10 minutes with episodes that last only 60 seconds. REM in cats occurs approximately every 25 minutes. Young animals spend more time in a dream sleep than older ones, probably due to the need to Tammy dreaming about process new inforSanta’s “naughty or nice” list. mation. So, what are our furry friends dreaming about? Is it holiday dinners or climbing the Christmas tree? Researchers believe they know the answer. They are dreaming about actual experiences of the day or events of long ago. What the researchers witnessed is cats doing the things they would normally do while awake. They pounce on imaginary prey or swat at flies. The same held true for dogs. Pointers point at dream birds, and Dobermans growl at dream burglars. Finally, Tammy settles down and starts purring. She is almost smiling. I can only guess that Santa has come and gone in her dream land. It must have been a good one filled with Christmas toys and catnip treats. It is a dream life for my Tammy.

Tammy hearing reindeer on the roof.

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Medical Follow-Up: Q:

Concussion

EXPERTS: Dr. Jorge Gomez, sports medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, along with Dr. Kristin Ernest, answer some questions about concussions.

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MY CHILD RECEIVED A BLOW TO THE HEAD DURING A GAME. WHEN SHOULD HE SEE A PHYSICIAN?

An athlete who suffers a blow to the head should be evaluated by a physician within 48 hours if the athlete has any of the following symptoms: headache, dizziness, blurred vision, disorientation, slowed speech or thinking, difficulty concentrating or remembering, excessive fatigue or drowsiness. These may be symptoms of a serious head injury, such as bleeding in the skull or brain. The primary care or emergency room physician will look for factors that increase the likelihood of bleeding in the head, including loss of consciousness longer than one minute, worsening of symptoms as opposed to gradual improvement of symptoms, which is a hallmark of a concussion, and focal neurological findings such as abnormalities of strength, sensation or reflexes on one side of the body but not the other side. Any of these findings may warrant imaging of the head – a computerized tomography (CT) scan if less than 48 hours after the head injury or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if more than 48 hours after the injury. If the young athlete’s head injury symptoms are improving, he has not suffered prolonged loss of consciousness and has a non-focal (symmetrical) neurological examination, it is very likely he has a concussion and does not require imaging. If the physician decides to order a CT or MRI and the results are normal, the physician will likewise conclude that the athlete has a concussion.

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THE PHYSICIAN HAS DETERMINED MY CHILD HAS A CONCUSSION. HOW DOES MY ATHLETE RECOVER?

The athlete should not participate in athletic activity or exercise besides normal walking, use of electronics should be minimal, and school modifications should be taken to minimize symptoms and reduce the amount of mental work the athlete has to do. The athlete should get a good night’s sleep. The athlete should be encouraged to return to school as soon as possible with the above modifications and should be seen weekly until completely recovered. At these weekly visits, the health care provider should ask about symptoms and administer tests of orientation, concentration, memory and balance. Computerized neuropsychological testing such as ImPACT, BrainCheck and Cogsport rarely adds any useful information while the athlete still has symptoms of a concussion. These tests are most useful when the athlete is no longer reporting symptoms and the physician seeks additional information to determine that the athlete has completely recovered. For more information about sports medicine care at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, call 832-227-1000 or visit westcampus.texaschildrens.org.

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Photo by A. Kramer.

References: McCrory P, Meeuwisse WH, Aubry M, et al. Consensus statement on concussion in sport: the 4th international conference on concussion in sport held in Zurich, November 2012. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2013; 47: 250-258. Giza CC, Kutcher JS, Ashwal S, et al. Summery of evidence-based guideline update: evaluation and management of concussion in sports: report of the guideline development subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology 2013; 80: 2250-2257.

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Sports Spotlight By Tammy Hampton tammy@absolutelyfocusmedia.com

It takes guts, hard work, dedication and energy to play sports!

Spring Branch - Memorial Sports Association (SBMSA) Aggies Javi Denson and Hunter Biehl.

salutes the kids and parents who hit the fields week after week.

Congratulations to these outstanding team players!

SBMSA 8U Raiders Miles Zurek, Park Kuykendall, Dillon Norris and Colton Bash.

SBMSA Redskins Will and Nate Long.

SBMSA Mustangs Harrison Rabel, Jake Falls, Timothy Lee, Aidan Basarabescu and Joseph Maley.

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EVENTS

NEWSWORTHY

By Stephanie Valtasaros

December 10th – 30th 5:30 – 10 pm Christmas Village at Bayou Bend Discover an immersive Christmas experience at beautiful Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, located at 6003 Memorial Drive. Get in the spirit of the holiday with carolers, Santa, a snowball play area, holiday treats, art activities and on eight nights a live reindeer, all on 14 acres of gardens and art. The Christmas Village is open from rain or shine with the last entry at 9 pm. For tickets, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org/christmasvillage.

Christmas Village Tour at Bayou Bend. Photo from mfah.org.

December 10th and 11th The Heritage Society’s Annual Candlelight Tour Tour historic homes decorated for the season, participate in children’s activities in Santa’s Workshop, enjoy musical and interactive entertainment and stroll through the park at your leisure as you delve into the sights, sounds and stories of the holiday season. Tour times are Saturday from 3 to 9 pm and Sunday from 4 to 8 pm. The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park is located at 1100 Bagby Street. For tickets, visit www.heritagesociety.org.

December 23rd, 3:30 and 8 pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra Trans-Siberian Orchestra will celebrate its 20th year by bringing back its treasured tale, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, to the Toyota Center, located at 1510 Polk Street. The orchestra will expand the rock opera based on the multi-platinum DVD that was a fan favorite during the 2015 Winter Tour. Expect new artists, new special effects and lots of surprises! For tickets, call 1-866-4HOUTIX or visit www.houstontoyotacenter.com.

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Oldest Home Tour in Houston Celebrates 75th Anniversary A tradition since 1941, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation Holiday Pilgrimage 2016 will showcase the best in interior, floral and holidayinspired design ideas. Over the years, thousands of volunteers have worked together to coordinate the oldest continual home tour in Houston. In the early days, volunteers decorated the homes themselves, donating their own holiday decorations to the effort. Today, local florists have taken over and use the most cutting-edge designs and décor to transform the homes into holiday Andria Frankfort and Bridget Wade. masterpieces. The 2016 Home Tour is scheduled for Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th from 10 am to 4 pm. Proceeds benefit charities that are working to impact the lives of children and adults in our community. This year, four exquisitely decorated homes will be on the tour: two in River Oaks at 1923 Olympia Drive and 3405 Meadow Lake Drive and two in Tanglewood at 819 Briar Ridge Drive and 818 Briar Ridge Drive. Since 1976, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation has provided financial support to Houston’s charities, donating over $3.5 million to a significant number of large and small charities. Current beneficiaries of Pilgrimage funds include Amazing Place, Baylor College of Medicine, BEAR . . . Be a Resource for CPS Kids, The Brookwood Community, Camp For All, The Nehemiah Center, The Rose, Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health, Trees of Hope, The Women’s Home, Yellowstone Academy, Houston Area Panhellenic Association Foundation and the Kappa Kappa Gamma National Foundation. “We are honored to celebrate 75 years of shared blessings at what promises to be the best Home Tour in our history,” stated Co-Chair Andria Frankfort. “Houstonians have always been extremely supportive of our biennial event, and we’re hoping this year is no exception. Contributions to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation for the Holiday Pilgrimage Home Tour make it possible for us to provide funding for many worthwhile charitable organizations.” Pilgrimage Co-Chair Bridget Wade noted, “Each of the homes on our 2016 Pilgrimage Home Tour will be decorated for the holidays by some of Houston’s best floral designers. Visitors to the homes will have a chance to get a glimpse of the latest styles and décor for the season. Tour visitors are also reminded of Kappa’s gift to Houston through event proceeds that impact the lives of children and adults in our community.” Tickets for the Home Tour are $20 and include admission to all four homes. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Bering’s Hardware and other local retailers or on the day of the event at any of the Tour homes. For more information, visit www.HoustonKappas.org.

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Pecan Bowl 6 and “Doing Good in the Hood”

The Wilchester Men’s Club at the annual Pecan Bowl flag football tournament.

The Wilchester Men’s Club (WMC) is gearing up for another season of neighborhood rivalries with their 6th annual Pecan Bowl flag football tournament. The event started out as a last-minute game on New Year’s Day 2012 with 40 guys and now features 100 players divided across four teams representing Wilchester, Wilchester West, Nottingham and Nottingham West. The Pecan Bowl season has all of the pomp and circumstance one would expect from the NFL – practices, uniforms, referees, game-day announcers, playoffs, trash talking and major injuries requiring surgery. Although these

aspects – not including surgery – have helped make the Pecan Bowl a great annual tradition for players, families and spectators, the most important element of the event is that it serves as a major fundraiser for the WMC. Since that first game in 2012, the WMC has become an official 501c3 non-profit organization, and events like the Pecan Bowl help raise money for the WMC’s charitable priorities: education, neighbors in need and youth and family outreach. The opportunity to pay it forward is reflected in the WMC motto of “Doing Good in the Hood,” and over the last 12 months, the WMC has given over

$20,000 toward their key initiatives including donations to the Spring Branch Education Foundation, Spring Branch Future Farmers of America, FamilyPoint Resources, families impacted by the Memorial Day shooting tragedy and other causes. Check out the Pecan Bowl action and support the WMC’s work in the Memorial area and beyond. Playoffs are scheduled for 9 am and 11 am on Saturday, December 10th, and the Championship is at 10 am on December 31st. Games are played at Westchester Academy for International Studies located on Yorkchester in Wilchester West.

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A B S O L U T E LY ! D E L I C I O U S L I S T I N G

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CUISINE MASRAFF’S 1753 Post Oak Blvd. 77056 713-355-1975 www.masraffs.com Hands on proprietors, Russell and Tony Masraff, recognized premier Houston restaurateurs, offer affordable elegance, attentive yet unobtrusive service and exquisitely fresh American cuisine prepared with the best ingredients from around the world. Located in the heart of the Galleria, Masraff’s features the perfect ambience for business and social gatherings. Whether dining in one of the elegant dining rooms, stunning bar area with the elevated fireplace or The Patio on the Boulevard by the waterfall, Masraff’s impeccable service offers a dining experience to remember.

ITALIAN & AMERICAN CUISINE THE DEVINE AFFAIR RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 14021 Memorial Dr. 77079 281-759-6300 www.thedevineaffair.com This casual, fine dining neighborhood restaurant is located in the heart of the Memorial/Energy Corridor. Established in 2010, the restaurant is proudly owned by native Houstonian and Texas Aggie Lindsey Jeffery. Recognized by Open Table and Trip Advisor as one of Houston’s “Top Best Italian Restaurants” and “Neighborhood Gem,” Devine Affair offers a variety of dishes including seafood, steaks, pastas, homemade desserts and daily specials. Devine Affair offers exceptional food, wine, service and ambiance in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere at an affordable price.

CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE FINE DINING KUU RESTAURANT 947 Gessner Rd, Ste. A180 77024 713-461-1688 www.kuurestaurant.com Executive Chef Adison Lee brings a fresh perspective to the art of fine dining. Intent on precision and complexity of flavors, Lee’s menu features seasonal ingredients and fish flown in from Japan, alongside hand-crafted cocktails and an award-winning wine list. “If you appreciate exciting dishes served in a handsome environment, with wines and cocktails of more than passing interest, it’s well worth investigating.” – Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle

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A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY By The Heritage Society

Good Night, Sleep Tight

T

he popular nursery rhyme segment “Good night, sleep tight” connotes an image of snuggling into a comfortable bed for a well-deserved rest. Most modern beds consist of a soft, cushioned mattress on a bed frame with the mattress resting either on a solid base or wooden slats and may include a box spring. The term “bed” was actually composed of two distinct components in past times. The bed frame was called the “bedstead,” and the “bedding” was composed of the mattress and coverings. Until the late Middle Ages, the frame of a bed was a symbol of rank and wealth as were separate rooms for sleeping. Most people slept on straw or loose bedding on the ground. Bedsteads for the wealthy evolved to massive structures with elaborate canopies and curtains. In early Texas, bedsteads had a variety of forms. The very primitive “Georgia Hoss” type was an arrangement of two rails built into a corner of a cabin and joined by one post. The central platform of the Georgia Hoss bed and even some later stand-alone bedsteads were constructed of interlaced ropes that were threaded through holes in the side rails, footboard and headboard. These ropes would naturally begin to sag from the weight of the occupants but could be easily tightened with the assistance of a handy tool called a “bed wrench.” The tip of the tool was inserted into the exterior rope loops on the frame and used as a fulcrum to tighten the loops in sequence after which A bed wrench was used to tighten a bed’s the terminal knot would ropes. be tightly retied. The fact that these types of beds required regular maintenance and tightening have led some people to believe that this ritual may have served as the origin of “Good night, sleep tight.” Beginning in the Renaissance, the design of bedsteads frequently included four vertical posts, a wooden frame and a canopy created by a solid swath of cloth. This type

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A Georgia Hoss bed.

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of bedstead became popular, because homes had few rooms, and drapes could be placed on and around the bed to provide privacy as well as protection from drafts. Typically in 18th century households, the most valuable piece of furniture in the home was the bedstead. Low-post bedsteads and later, more elegant four-poster beds with a tester, or wooden frame, suspended by the bed posts were initially handcrafted by immigrant cabinet makers and later manufactured. The high-post bed with a tester was made in Texas well into the 1870s, long after they were fashionably passé in the northern United States, because the framework lent itself to hanging mosquito netting, a necessity in coastal locales. The four-poster, with or without the tester, was the usual citizen’s bed until the middle of the 19th century. For daytime resting, a lounge or daybed was often used. Iron beds appeared in the 18th century when advertisements promoted them as free from the insects that sometimes infested wooden bedsteads. Brass beds first appeared in Britain in the 1820s and became increasing popular during the Victorian era. The lighter, airier style of metal beds was particularly favored in warmer, southern climates like Houston.  Mattresses were a linen or cotton bag filled with straw, moss, wool or cotton and sewn shut. Wool blankets provided additional warmth. Featherbeds were only for the rich in the 14th century, but by the 19th century, they were a comfort that ordinary people could aspire to, especially if they kept a few geese. Because the mattresses were just bags with no inner structure, they needed shaking and reshaping every morning. Learning to plump and smooth the bed well was one of the arts of housekeeping. Feather mattresses were valuable possessions. People made wills promising them to the next generation, and emigrants traveling to the New World from Europe packed up bulky featherbeds and took them on the voyage. Just as today, bedsteads and bedding were an important part of daily life. Examples of 18th century bed forms can be viewed in the various historic homes maintained by the Heritage Society.

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