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This holiday season, if you find yourself hunting for a fun holiday video able to spark a discussion of heavenly love and redemption, remember Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and the gang. This may be the best Muppet movie of them all! Hillsborough • December 2012 • 5

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My oldest son was born on the day after Christmas sixteen years ago. One Christmas before that, my husband and I bought a $99 7½-foot artificial Christmas tree and splurged on a $30 100-foot-long set of programmable lights (that was before the days of pre-lit trees). Now this month, we pulled out that tree and light set for the 17th time, and in the 4th home – we’ve used it every Christmas except last year when we were in the process of moving and didn’t have room for a full size tree in our temporary accommodations – and shockingly enough, the lights no longer work!

So my husband headed to the store, hoping to find the exact same set that has served us so well for the majority of our marriage. Needless to say, he was distraught to find out that not only do stores not carry that style of lights anymore (at least not locally), but the cost of a strand of lights has also gone up dramatically in the last 17 years! He spent almost twice as much about half as many lights – and they

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Hanna has been an enthusiastic decorator for a long time, but two years ago, Haylee was only three. So since we didn’t decorate the tree last year, this was a huge event for her! She was chomping at the bit to get started while her dad was at the store buying lights; and when we did finally turn her loose, she put up every single ornament she had a hook for, and a few that she didn’t. I don’t think there is a single branch that she can reach that doesn’t have something hanging from it! Fortunately Hanna can reach a little higher than Haylee can, but we still have a very “bottom-heavy” tree. In the past, I might have spent some time redistributing the ornaments a little more evenly. But Haylee is so extremely proud of our beautiful 17-year-old tree, that so far, I just haven’t had the heart to change a thing!

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don’t even blink, much less flash, chase, or do any of the other cool tricks that the old set did!

Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas!

But so far, my kids don’t seem to mind or even notice. At least this year, they got to decorate the tree – something we didn’t bother doing with the tabletop tree we had last year. And eight-year-old Hanna and five-year-old Haylee had a blast!

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The weather outside may not be frightful, but Christmas in Florida can be SO delightful. With warm breezes and swaying palms, and an average high temperature of 72°, Tampa Bay is the ideal location to celebrate the season. This month we have found some pretty unique ways for families to celebrate the season, with our 12 sights of Christmas.

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December Family of the Month

Meet the lounsbury family When Doug and Amy met 14 years ago while working at Applebees, it was “Love at First Sight” and the beginning of a wonderful relationship. We are honored to present the Lounsburys – Doug, Amy, and son Nathaniel – as Gulf Coast’s December Family of the Month. Love is the Key to Success for this family. Doug and Amy recognized it for themselves as soon as they met, and that love has grown right along with their family. When asked what their favorite part of parenting is, they had a quick and sure answer: “The unconditional love we have for Nathaniel,” they agreed. “It is priceless.” Now, love continues to grow even more, reaching beyond the borders of family. Nathaniel, just 8 years old, has already learned to reach out to community by helping his mom raise awareness and money for the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. One day he told her that he wanted to build a lemonade stand “to help raise money in the fight against breast cancer.” So, with the help of his daddy, Nathaniel built a lemonade stand and serves others by selling pink lemonade to raise money at fundraising events. “Our whole family is very involved in the Susan G. Komen fight against breast cancer,” Amy explained. In fact, Amy walks 60 miles during the annual 3-day walk, and “Nathaniel and Doug make a very supportive help crew.” They belong to a team called “Thanks for the Mammories — Sons, Others, and Brothers.” Last year,

their team won first place for the largest team walking. If you would like to contribute to the fight against breast cancer and help Amy reach her goal of raising $2,300, you can go to and click on Tampa Bay 3day. Look up Amy Lounsbury to donate. Amy will also be selling T-shirts to help raise money for the organization. If you are interested in purchasing one, email Amy at

Celebrating each other in their own traditions, devoting themselves to family and friends, and working together for the good of others – these combine to keep love alive and well in the Lounsbury family. We wish our Family of the Month a wonderful December and a very Merry Christmas as you share an abundance of love.

The love for family and for others doesn’t end there. It reaches even closer to home. The Lounsbury family is now in the process of reaching out to embrace another child – through adoption. They are currently attending a series of 10 classes. “After classes are completed and a home study is done, we will be matched with a child that best fits our family,” Amy explained. And the love will multiply once more.

“Doug and I have been together for 14 years and married for 12,” Amy reported. They are both native Floridians and enjoy living in the Tampa Bay area – “so near the beach and amusement parks!” Busch Gardens is a favorite for the couple.

The Lounsburys enjoy spending time together as a family – whether it’s going to a game, fixing dinner, or just talking together. “I love the conversations we have between the two of us,” said Mom of Nathaniel. As for their family food favorite: “We love to stay home and cook on the grill – and then make s’mores!” December brings several holiday traditions their way. “Elf on the Shelf” appears each Thanksgiving, and “we read the book that evening and begin keeping track of when and where Elf appears each day until Christmas Eve.” They love to visit Aunt Patty and Uncle Karl in Tennessee in December; and the Advent calendar “Count Down to Christmas Eve” leads to opening one gift that night before going to Midnight Mass.

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Doug works as co-manager at RaceTrac, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store. He helps in maintaining the core values of the company: positive attitudes, teamwork, efficiency, honesty, and respect. Amy is an administrator at Transfiguration Early Childhood Center in St. Petersburg, a Catholic preschool for children ages 2 – 5 years. “One of my main responsibilities is to ensure that the children are provided with a safe, inviting environment where they are free to create, explore, and express themselves while being nourished with love and care through the Catholic faith.”

Meet Nathaniel Nathaniel is an energetic, fun-loving, and kind-hearted second grade student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, a Notre Dame ACE Academy. This busy 8-year-old enjoys reading, playing baseball and video games, bike riding, and skateboarding during his spare time. He loves helping others and spending time with his family. If you would like to recommend a family to be featured as the family of the month, send a photo and a description of what makes your family unique to

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Start A New family Tradition with Christmas Town, only At Busch Gardens

Tis the season for a new family tradition! This December, Busch Gardens Tampa is launching its biggest Christmas celebration ever. Christmas Town transforms the amusement park into a nighttime holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas, filling guests’ senses with seasonal sights, sounds and flavors, and creating a beautiful new tradition for Tampa’s families. What’s even better than that? A portion of the proceeds from Christmas Town will benefit All Children’s Hospital here in the Bay area. For the first time in the park’s 53year history, visitors to Christmas Town will experience all-new evening attractions, shows and shopping from 6 to 11 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. And while Christmas Town will introduce guests to all new experiences, guests will also have the opportunity to ride some of Busch Gardens’ most popular roller coasters, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra

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• The Claus family invites you into their North Pole home at Welcome to Santa’s House. • Straight from the South Pole, Penguin Point has brought a bit of ice and snow all the way to Florida! Come chill with these dapper little creatures and marvel at their underwater antics.

• SnowWorld® Presented by Coca-Cola® brings real snow to Florida! Make s snowman, snow angel or just play in the soft white snow. • All aboard the Christmas Town Express for the biggest Christmas carol sing-a-long on wheels. Friends and family are invited to join in singing traditional songs of the season while circling the park on a beautifully lit vintagestyle steam locomotive.

• Family and friends will cozy up to brave the chill in the air along Ice Wonder Way. The frozen pathway sparkles and shimmers in the night as snowflakes dance down the front of the Moroccan Palace.

Even Busch Gardens’ most familiar fans will barely recognize the portions of the park that convert to Christmas Town through special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and thousands and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights.

• Experience the humble magnificence of that first Christmas night and remember the real “reason for the season” and along Miracle Way. Guests will marvel at a topiary representation of the Holy Nativity and illuminated angels

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ICe! at Gaylord Palms featuring Dreamworks’ Merry Madagascar Fridge” — is cooled to a chilly nine degrees, making it by far the coolest attraction in Florida. In fact, it is so cold, it is necessary for the resort to provide over-sized parkas for visitors to wear.

If the cold temperatures and amazing ICE! sculptures don’t put you in the Christmas mood, then collect your family and head into the Gaylord Palms resort for some hot cocoa and the two million ChristThis year, Gaylord Palms wel- mas lights, 54-foot Christmas tree comes Merry Madagascar as and other decorations around the their theme for their 2012 ICE! atrium. If you can plan your trip attraction. Centered on the just right you can also check out Dreamworks holiday movie the Luminescence - featurMerry Madagascar, the sculp- ing the amazing acrobatic In its tenth year, the popular family tures are brilliantly carved and stage show. The attraction experience gives guests a chance to colored and beautifully depict the is open daily until January visit a whimsical winter wonderland best scenes from the movie. The 1st, 2013 and is suitable for of interactive environments and ice slides this year are as fun as all ages. For more informalarger-than-life, three-dimensional ever and children of all ages are tion concerning ICE! and the ice monuments and sculptures. sure to have a blast trying each of Gaylord Palms Resort, visit The enormous structure used to the four massive slides out. house ICE! — dubbed “The Florida

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From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with marching toy soldiers, a growing Christmas tree, giant mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy.


The Nutcracker will be performed this year by The Great Imperial Ballet, featuring guest artists from New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet, the award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet (NGB), stunning sets with 2,500 handpainted ostrich feathers on the larger-than-life growing Christmas tree, marvelous costumes, a cast of over 100 dancers, gymnasts and even an Irish step dancer. This year’s performance of the Nutcracker is sure to be a standout among the many. For ticket information visit


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There’s nothing that beats the pleasures of Florida living like enjoying a boat parade in tee-shirts, shorts and flipflops while the rest of the nation is just digging in for a long, cold winter. Here in the Tampa Bay area every December families have an opportunity to take in some of the biggest and best boat parades in the country. Two of our favorites are the St. Petersburg Illuminated Boat Parade at Vinoy Park and the Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade. Both are set only a few miles apart and this year both are being held on December 8th. For detailed information on both of these parades and on over 70 other Christmas Boat parades in the state, visit


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Come experience the innocence and charm of a Victorian Christmas. Escape the commercialism and stress of a modern Christmas and capture the warmth and joy of an old-fashioned holiday with your loved ones at the Henry B. Plant Museum’s 31st annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as one of Tampa’s most popular family tradition. For information visit

Holiday Treat! Soho Images will be on site during the three performances of The Nutcracker (Dec. 22-23) 90 minutes before curtain and during intermission to take holiday photos for you and your family! Stop by and see them in the lobby during this time to get a keepsake of your family holiday tradition. “Marvelous” costumes “with inventive, whimsical touches” (John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times)

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It’s going to be brrrr-illiant! Wild Wonderland lights up Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo with seasonal cheer and more than a million twinkling lights. Meet Santa (through 12/23), his merry mammals – REAL REINDEER (only at the Zoo) and their feathered friends – the penguin colony.

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Mickey’s very Merry Christmas Party

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a special event held select nights in December at Magic Kingdom theme park! This festive celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, a very special holiday parade and live entertainment featuring your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event, and tickets sell out quickly. • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party features: • The enchanted Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself • An exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza — Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

• Live entertainment featuring Disney Characters • Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom theme park with some of your favorite Disney Characters • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa • A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A. • Special access to many of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight on select nights.


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LEGOLAND Florida is getting into the holiday spirit with the first annual Christmas Bricktacular. Festive decorations and sounds of the season will fill The Beginning and Fun Town through the holidays, Dec. 8-31, followed by Kids’ New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions all dedicated to families with children age 2 to 12 and one of the widest selections of LEGO® products available, LEGOLAND Florida is a great place to celebrate the season and pick up the Christmas gifts that are on every child’s wish list – LEGO!

master of ceremonies. Through Dec. 31, a special family will be chosen to help light the Bricktacular tree each night. Holiday events are included in park admission. For more information visit

The Beginning is home to a truly spectacular, Bricktacular sight - a more than 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000 forest green LEGO and DUPLO® bricks. The park’s first-ever tree lighting ceremony takes place on Dec. 5 with a special

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During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated and visitors have the option of taking a self guided tour or a guided tour with an Estates site historian. The Edison and Ford Holiday Nights includes nightly entertainment by school and community groups, culinary demonstrations, book signings and appearances by artists, and the “Children’s Tree Trail” a forest of trees decorated by Lee County Students. The Estates Museum and Edison Botanic Research Lab will also be open during the event.


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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire can be inviting at this time of year, however those looking for more in the way of holiday entertainment might want to consider one of the many seasonal concerts and shows offered by area musical, theatrical, church and community groups here in the Tampa area in December. From traditional favorites to humorous holiday romps, there is something for just about everyone’s tastes. Check out this month’s Calendar of Events section, beginning on page , for a large selection of great Christmas concerts here in Tampa Bay.


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This December, experience a new “Holiday Fanta Sea” when you bring your family and friends to celebrate the holidays at the Florida Aquarium. Santa and his diving elves are coming to town on select Saturdays in December and from December 26th to 30th the Florida Aquarium will have a play area featuring real snow for the kids. There will also be magnificent holiday light shows and a mesmerizing model train display. You also will not want to miss visiting Penguin Place to check out the penguins new holiday hangout. All aquarium exhibits will be open and the aquarium has extended its hours so you can have more time to soak up their sea of holiday cheer.


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For all Christians living in the Tampa Bay area Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and it will be celebrated throughout the area by many churches and ministries, all highlighting ‘the reason for the season. In the Peanuts classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, a discouraged Charlie Brown asks in despair, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus Van Pelt quietly says he can tell him, and walks to center stage to make his point. Under a spotlight, Linus tells Charlie Brown and the others what Christmas is all about and the real reason for the season. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,

and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’”


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Protect Your Pets from Holiday Hazards You can bet that during the holiday season your pet is bound to sniff out leftovers, dig into the presents and have fun with all of your decorations. And while these holiday effects can spread cheer and joy amongst your human family members, they can be a real hazard to pets. This season, keep your holiday celebration safe, happy and healthy for pets by taking these key measures:


Avoid poisonous holiday plants like poinsettias and holly. There are plenty of toxic-free alternatives as evocative of the season as these traditional holiday favorites. If you must deck the halls with such plants, place them in an out of the way spot your pets can’t reach and keep your pets away from those areas of your home. Tinsel and gift ribbons are tempting for pets that like to play with shiny things, but when swallowed, such items can

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As most great pet owners know, not all human foods are safe or healthy for pets. Pets can choke on bones in meat or fish dishes. And such foods as onions, macadamia nuts and chocolate— which are commonly found in holiday cooking and baking—are unsafe for dogs. Avoid having your well-meaning guests sending Spot to the vet by laying ground rules about sharing food.

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people trip over extension cords resulting in fractures, lacerations, contusion. The CPSC also estimates that about 3,300 residential fires originate in extension cords each year. Here are a few safety recommendations to keep your holiday bright and safe:

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Keep Your Holiday Bright and Safe It’s a magical time of the year and nothing is more important than keeping your little ones safe. Yet every minute, seventeen children go to the emergency room with unintentional injuries – that’s 9.2 million a year. This holiday season, we encourage you to THINK SAFETY and take these simple steps to keep your holiday bright and safe: • Water your live Christmas tree daily • Always blow out unattended candles • Never overload extension cords. It’s often small decisions –a dry Christmas tree, a candle left burning, a mis-

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With the winter season upon us again, the flu will be back and ready to infect all in its path. The flu is still a common cause of disease in the population, particularly to the young and old, as well to those with impaired immune systems. The flu virus is usually acquired through contact with an infected individual and includes symptoms of stuffy nose, sore throat, a hacking cough, muscle aches, headaches and high fevers. Its incubation period, from exposure to onset of symptoms, is about 24-48 hours.

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If you or your child is sick with flu-like illness, Centers for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to receive medical care or for other necessities. This means that your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

It’s important to note that a fever is not necessarily a bad sign. Fever is our bodies’ response to infection. Some of our immune responses are actually enhanced by a higher body temperature, so fever, by design, is beneficial. Since our body temperature can range from 97 to 100.2 on a normal day, pediatricians only consider a body temperature above 100.5 to be a fever.

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from Andy Griffith 1 Compassion. The theme of human compassion runs throughout all episodes of the series. One of the best examples can be found in the 5th episode titled “Opie’s Charity.” While desperately trying to teach his son compassion through charity, Andy mistakenly believes Opie is squandering his money for a needless purpose. In the end, multiple lessons are learned by both father and son, and compassion was on the mind of both the entire time.

The Andy Griffith show is one of the most iconic and enduring television programs in history. Six decades later, the family comedy set in mythical Mayberry, NC still finds its way into our homes. The primary reason for that is the character of Sheriff Andy Taylor, played by the late Andy Griffith. Andy was the father we all wanted and the father that we would love to be. He was funny, wise, disciplined, compassionate, and humble. The parenting and community values displayed in the show for many people are what American life was either once like, or should be. With his calm demeanor and friendly smile, Andy Griffith gave several generations of young men an example of what a great father should look like. Of course, it was just a television show, and this is real life and fathers come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. We all have greatness within us if we reach for it. We say thank you Andy Griffith for showing us your way and providing a whole lot of laughs along the way. Here are 10 things we learned from Sheriff Andy Taylor about fathering.


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6 Stability. In order to thrive in all areas, children require a stable home environment. As we all know, life is messy even on a good day. The Andy Griffith show was no exception. Nobody knows what happened to Opie’s mother, but she was not in the picture. In America, we have traditional families, single parent families, divorced families, and many different variations of people trying to parent and provide stability. Andy did this by bringing his Aunt that had raised him to live with them. We see this in episode 1, “The New Housekeeper,” and not only is it the very first episode, but also one of the most humorous. 7 Wisdom. It is very difficult to teach another person how to make wise decisions. Wisdom comes from personal experience. When those opportunities present themselves, it is up to the parent to make the correct decisions that set the child up to gain the wisdom that will be the outcome of the situation. In episode 4, “Runaway Kid,” we see Andy faced with the decision to break a promise to his son, or keep another boy from getting himself into dangerous trouble. Obviously, he makes the wise and correct decision. 8 Respect. In our society today, we see a nearly grave issue with our children regarding respect for almost anything. In the show, Andy always displayed a respect for women, elders, the community, friends, and strangers. Respect is a central theme of the entire show and is present in many episodes as the moral lesson. One in particular revolves around having respect for women, and is also absolutely hysterical. Episode 48, “The Manicurist,” will have you laughing for days to come. 9 Priorities. The name of this organization is Family First. The top priority of every single Dad is to put his family first before his own desires. That is what a leader does. Andy always had Opie and Aunt Bee first and foremost in his mind, and this is displayed very sweetly in episode 75, “The Bed Jacket.” The end result of the show is heartwarming and exactly where the priorities of the head of household should be. 10 How to Love. The way a Dad shows his true love to his children is evidenced in his actions and decisions as much as it is with his affection. All three are of equal importance. In episode 34, “Opie and the Bully,” Andy and Opie provide one of the purest examples of this ever captured. Before sending his son off to face a bully, a gigantic moment in his childhood, Andy is gut-wrenched with worry. Yet, he is able to provide Opie the exact love he required to follow through with what he needed to do. The episode is the highest peak of the portrayed fatherson relationship between Andy and Opie Taylor.

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December 8 TAMPA RIveR of lIGhTS feSTIvAl The 2012 Class of Leadership Tampa Bay is hosting a free one of a kind event along the banks of the Hillsborough River to benefit Voices for Children of Tampa Bay . On December 8th, from 6pm-9pm, 10,000 illuminated river lights, representing children in need of Ad Litem representation in our own community, will be released into the Hillsborough River. The glowing river lights will transform Curtis Hixon into a spectacular destination for a night of food, music and fun. For information visit

December 1-16 CIRQUe DU SoleIl PReSeNTS koozA Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to return to St Petersburg with its big top production, KOOZA. The criticallyacclaimed show opens Thursday, November 8 for a limited engagement under the white Big Top at Tropicana Field. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. For more information visit December 1 ChRISTMAS IN The CoUNTRy AT CRACkeR CoUNTRy Bring the family for a great day experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of an old fashion country Christmas. Learn how the holiday traditions of the 19th century differ from those of the 21st through hands-on historical interpretations, carols, traditional decorations and more! Remember all of the regular year-round work, like butter making and laundry, would still have to be done despite the time of year. So come on out and lend a hand. For more information visit December 2 ChRISTMAS CeleBRATIoN CoNCeRT AT hyDe PARk UNITeD MeThoDIST ChURCh Start the season on a high note with “The Christmas Journey: A Musical Celebration,” a concert blending popular and classical Christmas carols in harmony at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Sanctuary. Come and hear Christmas songs as you are taken on a musical journey from Mary of Nazareth to Jesus’ birth. From many solo instruments to a praise band to a pipe organ, this musical will prepare your heart for Christmas! Child care will be provided. For information visit

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December 11 Patel Conservatory Vocal Arts Choirs Concert Enjoy a night of music as the Patel Conservatory Junior and Senior Vocal Arts choirs and Kidsong I and II students perform age-appropriate music ranging from classical cantatas to Broadway show-stoppers, under the direction of conductors Gregory Ruffer, Deborah D. Lynch, Allison Novak and Kavanaugh Gillespie. For information visit December 13-22 Holiday Inc. the Musical at the Straz Center Ring in the holiday season with Holiday Inc., the familyfriendly musical that brings Broadway to Tampa Bay! This high-energy show tells the story of Ivy, a young elf who has lost her holiday spirit. Joined by the Holiday Inc. Board of Directors, Ivy embarks on a journey to rediscover what the holidays are truly about. For information visit December 14 SOUTH POLE DISCOVERED - 1911 December 14, 11am PRESENTS FOR PRIMATES AT LOWRY PARK ZOO Celebrate the season with the Zoo’s primate family! Watch the primates open special presents from Zoo staff and docents as part of their enrichment program. Presents for Primates is included free-of-charge with Zoo admission. For information visit DECEMBER 14 & 16, 7:30pm Tampa Oratorio Singers Perform Handel’ Messiah at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church The Tampa Oratorio Singers, together with the Chancel Choir of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, present the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 14th and Sunday, December 16th at 7:30pm at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church at 3501 W. San Jose Street, Tampa. The beautiful candlelight presentations will feature local soloists and will be accompanied by members of the Florida Orchestra.

December 15-16 Patel Conservatory offers dance workshops The Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts will offer two dance workshops in December for dancers of all experience levels. Contemporary dance, jazz and tap will be taught to those in grades four through eight. Ballet, contemporary and tap will be taught to those in grade nine through adult. For information visit These Open Dance program classes are instructed by professional dance instructors Susan Downey, Julien Valme, Dylan G-Bowley, Marcus Borders and Svetlana Datseva. Dancers may attend both workshops for $50 or one day for $30. College students pay just $25 for both days or $15 for one day. All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the Patel Conservatory show, Evening of Dance, on December 15 at 7 p.m. in the TECO Theater and free admission to the pre-show pizza social.

December 22-25 Florida orchestra Holiday Pops The 150 voices of The Master Chorale join the orchestra in this holiday celebration for the entire family with such musical chestnuts as Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, Hanukkah in Santa Monica and beloved Christmas carols such as Joy to the World, The Twelve Days of Christmas, O Come, All Ye Faithful and more. Performances held at the Straz Center (Fri, Dec 21), Mahaffey Theater (Sat, Dec 22), and Ruth Eckerd Hall (Sun, Dec 23). For information visit

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December 17 NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY December 21 FIRST DAY OF WINTER December 21 32nd Annual Live Nativity at Village Presbyterian Church The 32nd Annual Live Nativity will be performed on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22 on the front lawn of Village Presbyterian Church which is located at 13115 S. Village Drive. Arrive at 6:15 p.m. with chairs and blankets to secure a good viewing spot. There will be live music, hot chocolate, and children will be able to meet the animals. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. This is a free event. For more information call (813) 961-4115 or visit

DECEMBER 15 8th ANNUAL TAMPA RAILFAIR AND MODEL TRAIN SHOW AND SALE AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR GROUNDS Over 350 tables representing dealers from all over the nation will have model items in all gauges and Railroad Antiques for sale. This is Florida’s largest combination show, displaying items for both the “modeler” and “rail buff” alike all under one roof. As an extra feature of this show are eight large, award winning, working layouts with displays and clinics for all to enjoy during all open show hours. For more information visit

December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE December 25 CHRISTMAS DAY December 26-30 Mary Poppins at the Straz Center This consummate Disney production features the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft to make it everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show. For information visit December 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE December 31, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NOON YEAR’S EVE AT LOWRY PARK ZOO Ring in the New Year family style! The party begins when the Zoo opens with games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more. Families can ring in the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast as they watch a giant clock strike 12 NOON. Activities are included with Zoo admission. For information visit December 31 Outback Bowl NEW YEAR’S EVE PARADE AND PEP RALLY Eclectic Ybor City is the site of this festive celebration featuring the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade and a pep rally by the college marching bands and cheerleaders. The parade will feature floats and twenty marching bands! This is a free family event, but be there arly. The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs along 7th Avenue.

December 15 Breakfast with Santa Enjoy a wonderful pancake breakfast with Santa at Seminole United Methodist Church. Event is from 8:30 am - 11 am and cost is $5 per person. Event includes all you can eat pancake breakfast, a visit with Santa, Christmas Craft and a keepsake photo. For information call 727.391.9781.

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This December we recommend that you… READ IT

Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather’s Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most by Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee has worn many hats throughout his life, but since his first grandchild was born, he’s found that the role of grandfather is more satisfying than just about any of the others. Huckabee wanted to give something to his grandson, Chandler, that would last forever. He began drafting a series of letters to Chandler recounting heartwarming stories from his past and the bittersweet lessons learned along the way. With the birth of his granddaughter, Scarlett, just a year later, Huckabee was further inspired to convey his love and wisdom. Like his bestseller A Simple Christmas, his new book isn’t about politics. It’s a deeply personal, heartfelt, inspirational book that can be enjoyed by anyone.


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Scotty McCreery burst onto the country music scene last year after winning American Idol. Since then he has became one of the show’s most-successful winners since Carrie Underwood. In his new ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery’ album, McCreery shares a warm holiday hug with many of the most well-known Christmas classics. From top to bottom, this is a very enjoyable new album, that offers 11 pleasant recordings to easily slip into one’s yearly holiday playlist. Anyone who appreciates excellent holiday music will not be disappointed with this album and it is sure to put you in the right holiday spirit.

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MARY POPPINS is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to theaters across the country, which has the New York Daily News calling it, “A roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!” The consummate Disney production features the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft to make it everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show. So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a certifiable super hit!”

Experience IT Cirque du Soleil Kooza

Tropicana Field, December 1–16 KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.

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SURF IT Wondermind is a beautifully crafted, interactive video and game website that teaches kids (and parents too) about how the brain works. It combines the science behind the brain with a mini Alice in Wonderland themed world of minigames, quizzes and videos. Wondermind provides an incredible learning experience and helps transform complex science concepts elegantly into addictive, cunningly educational games. This site is sure to be a hit with your young learners, especially during the holiday break.

Finding the Right School in the

Next Issue

January 2013

of Gulf Coast Family

Cover story ▲

Picking the right school for your child is a process of asking yourself some fundamental questions. To determine what kind of school is right for your child you need to explore all the options and then begin to make some choices. January begins our three month special on private education here in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

◀ New Years Resolutions

No matter how successful one has been in following resolutions in the past, one makes fresh resolutions for the coming year with full determination and will. Come with us we look at some fantastic New Years resolutions.

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