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TABLE OF Contents ASK THE EXPERTS 19 Home Decorating with POSH Home Staging & Redesign 27 Edit This with Steve Gamel 28 Gardening with Complete Solutions 42 Fitness with Outlaw Fitcamp 53 Travel with Terri Guthrie ARTICLES 08 10 Hot Places to Spend New Year’s 12 Inside Community and Education 15 Sheriff's Corner with Sheriff Tracy Murphree 16 Proud of Every Scar 22 Tis The Season for Holiday Events Countywide 24 5 Creative Ways to Re-gift 29 5 Things To Do 31 The History of New Years 33 Holiday Cocktails with the Locals 35 Foodie Friday DFW: Sfereco 40 Fashion Guide - Winter 2021 44 Tips to Help Keep Kids Safe 50 The Miracle League North Texas 55 When the Holidays are Over 56 Merry Mantels 60 The Flower Mound Communications Department Takes Home The Win www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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Publisher of Murray Media Group, kelly@murray-media.com Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

Administration

Holidays REFLECTIONS

& FRIENDS

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s I sat at the kitchen table to go over a few lastminute details before giving the OK to publish this month’s issue, I couldn’t help but peer over at my husband, Scott. We were in Utah celebrating his 50th birthday and had just finished a big meal with friends and family. He had this huge smile on his face — like a kid in a candy store. “What are you smiling about?” I asked with a laugh. “It was just a really good night,” he said. “Now we’re both hard at work again.” We were just kids when we got married and started our publishing journey all those years ago. And I can’t tell you how many times this same scenario played out where one or the both of us would be burning the midnight oil at the last minute, desperately trying to make sure everything was perfect before going to press. I wouldn’t change any of it. And neither would Scott. I bring this up because, well, it’s the holiday season, and I’m feeling extra grateful. I’m grateful for my 50-year-old hubby, who has been the best business partner I could ask for — and an even better husband and father. I’m also grateful for the friends and family who refuse to miss a single celebration. No matter how busy we all get with “life,” we never let anything get in the way of holiday traditions.

Lastly, I’m grateful for the ability to reflect on so many great memories. It’s been a fun ride, and the best part is that it is far from over.

Managing Editor Jana Melton Sub-Editor Bobbi Byrne

Editor & Writer Steve Gamel

Writers

Caylie Howard, Diane Ciarloni Jade Kensington, Jean Eisenmann Leena Duwadi, Mark Miller

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Photography

Miranda Longoria Photography Your Candid Memories Photography What’s That Guy’s Name? Photography by Guy T Live Beautifully Photography

Letters

Lantana Living invites reader feedback, story suggestions and general comments. Email artwork@murray-media.com.

All submissions become the sole property of Murray Media Group.

Editorial Inquiries Call 972.899.3637 or email editor@murray-media.com www.Murray-Media.com Address: 3513 Yucca Dr., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Lantana Living is published monthly by Murray Media Group. Some articles and/or content may be sponsored by advertisers. Opinions expressed in articles or advertisements do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher. Lantana Living is not responsible for omissions or information that has been misrepresented to the magazine. Advertisers and its agencies assume all liability for advertising content. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted without the permission in writing from the publisher. © 2021 Murray Media Group

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HOT

PLACES

TO SPEND NEW YEAR’S

1. LUCKENBACH

Luckenbach is a fun place to dance your way into the New Year. At the Luckenbach Dance Hall, you can enjoy the town’s New Year’s festivities, such as live music, dancing, and even a midnight toast! 2. SOUTH PADRE ISLAND If you’re looking for an exciting New Year’s Eve experience, look no further than South Padre Island. With the small town’s fireworks that light up the sky along with their many events and parties, you’re sure to have a fantastic New Year’s. 3. AUSTIN Our state’s capital always rings in the New Year in style. You can experience the amazing fireworks over Ladybird Lake. And Gatsby House at the Omni has a roaring 20’s party! It’s always a good New Year’s Eve when you choose Austin.

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4. GRUENE The famous Gruene Hall is a must when it comes to ringing in the New Year. They have live music, dancing, food, and champagne to toast. However, due to New Braunfels liquor laws prohibiting alcohol sales past midnight, Gruene celebrates the New Year at 11 pm.

5. GALVESTON Galveston always shows up to impress on New Year’s Eve. From the Downtown Lanterns to Lights in Saengerfest Park you’re sure to have a rocking good time. And you can’t

forget the fantastically good times at Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala at Moody Gardens! 6. DALLAS Dallas is full of lights and good times on New Year’s. Unfortunately, it looks as if the city’s

annual celebration Big D NYE won’t be making its grand come back. But there’s no need to worry. Dallas is known for its amazing parties and festivities on every corner. 7. SAN ANTONIO If ‘Celebrate San Antonio’ isn’t on your bucket list to experience, it should be. The festival offers live music, amazing entertainment, as well as the best food that San Antonio can offer. And you won’t want to miss their midnight firework show! 8. FORT WORTH Fort Worth always offers a cowboy good time on New Year’s. Billy Bob’s Texas and Bar

Louie always go all out with their New Year’s Eve parties. Fort Worth is the best place to ring in the New Year with all of your favorite people.

10. GRAPEVINE Kick-off the New Year Gatsby style at Hotel Vin in Grapevine. You can enjoy a five-course meal, drinks, and a night of “gambling”, with wonderfully fun live music to dance to. And you can’t forget the champagne toast at midnight! You’ll have a ball in Grapevine for New Year’s Eve!

9. HOUSTON Houston is a sure-fire way to have a good time ringing in the New Year. With all of the parties, galas, and festivities that take place all over the city, you’re sure to find the perfect place to watch the ball drop with all of your favorite people! www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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INSIDE COMMUNITY

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COVID-19 VACCINE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CHILDREN 5-11 YEARS OLD The FDA and the CDC have now authorized and recommended Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 through 11 years old. Denton County is now allowing parents and guardians to register their applicable children for their COVID-19 vaccination at a Denton County Public Health (DCPH) clinic. Photo Courtesy of DentonCounty.gov

LANTANA’S ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AND CHILI COOK-OFF Lantana’s Annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off was a success. Each contestant of the cook-off handed out samples of their chili so that the residents of Lantana could help vote for the community’s People’s Choice and Showmanship winners. The festival had fun activities for everyone to enjoy such as airbrush tattoos, face painters, obstacle courses, and bounce houses. It was a fun time for all. Photo Courtesy of Lantana Cares Facebook Page

INSIDE EDUCATION

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NEW AREA SUPERINTENDENT OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS NAMED Charlene Parham, the current principal of Crownover Middle School, was recently named Denton Independent School District’s Area Superintendent of Academic Programs. She will be covering Guyer High School as well as the schools that serve the south side of the district. Ms. Parham is replacing Dr. Dan Ford, who recently announced his retirement beginning in 2022. Photo Courtesy dentonisd.org

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HARPOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL The associate principal of Guyer High School, Colleen Grindle, has been named the new Principal of Harpool Middle School. Her role as principal will become effective as of January 1st to kick off the second semester. Mrs. Grindle has spent her entire educational career in the Denton Independent School District. Photo Courtesy dentonisd.org

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BECOME A CASA FOR FOSTER CARE CHILDREN The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Denton County, Inc. has a mission to provide trained volunteers of our local communities to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children and to bring awareness to the community about the issues that involve child abuse. CASA of Denton County, Inc. is in search of local advocates for these children in need. Photo Courtesy of Lantana Cares Facebook Page

TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES NONPROFIT FUNDING Recently, the town council approved funding for local nonprofit organizations in the area. Every year, the town council allocates funding to support the nonprofit organizations that provide essential services to the surrounding areas. The services offered by the nonprofit organization must be economically beneficial to the community or contribute to the quality of life for the residents of the local communities.

5TH GRADE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA Adkins Elementary, Blanton Elementary, as well as EP Rayzor Elementary has now started a 5th grade orchestra. Students that would like to participate in the 2021-2022 orchestra class can fill out the form at dentonisd.org.

GUYER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MAKES ESPORTS PLAYOFFS Guyer High School Wildcats Esporter, Brett Schafer, has officially become the first student in the Denton Independent School District to make the Esports playoffs. He qualified in the Madden 21 bracket as the fifth seed. Brett is one of 32 Esport players in America to make nationals. Photo Courtesy Denton ISD Facebook

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SHERIFF’S W I T H

S H E R I F F

T R A C Y

M U R P H R E E

MERRY CHRISTMAS

and Happy Holidays T

he holiday season is often an opportune time for crime. The Denton County Sheriff’s Office urges you to take special safety precautions during this holiday season. If you are traveling or away from your home, leave some lights on or consider an automatic timer for your lights. It’s always a good idea as a neighbor to watch your home or park in the driveway if you are going to be away for a while. Also, make sure to keep wrapped gifts out of sight.

WE ARE HIRING If you are interested in a career in Law Enforcement, join our family and be a part of a great organization. Detention Officer I positions start at $38,752.00 per year. Visit our website to apply. www.governmentjobs.com/ careers/dentoncounty

If you are out shopping, stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you. Park in a well-lighted area, lock your car and hide shopping bags or gifts in the trunk. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash while you are out. Whenever possible, walk to your car with someone or ask a security officer or store employee to walk with you after dark. Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. If you are expecting

packages to arrive, monitor when your

packages are expected to arrive. Don’t let

your packages sit for criminals to see. Talk to your neighbors or have your packages delivered to an alternate address if you are not going to be home.

The holidays are a time of celebration. Drinking and driving is a danger to

everyone on the road. If you choose to

drink during your holiday celebrations, don’t drive! Have a designated driver or have an Uber or other service drive you home. Have fun, but celebrate responsibly. Don’t forget to download the new Denton County Sheriff’s Office smartphone app. The app is designed to keep the citizens within Denton County safe by providing the latest updates and information from the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. Some of those features include an inmate

search, general jail information, a map of sex offender locations, the top ten most wanted list, Sheriff’s Office contacts, the ability to submit a tip to Crime Stoppers and current job openings with links to apply. The app also provides users with alerts and notifications on emergencies or events that may impact their area. Search Denton County Sheriff, TX in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to download this free app today.

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Proud OF EVERY Scar by Diane Ciarloni | photos courtesy of Kimberly Gastineau

T

ry writing a children’s book titled My Gastrostomy Tube. But don’t try to say it or write about it until you’ve experienced the painful reality of your child being diagnosed with it.

Kimberly and Tyler Gastineau, residents of Argyle, enjoyed a normal, relatively uneventful pregnancy with daughter Carli. The only missing piece being Tyler was deployed in Afghanistan when the actual birth took place.

blood vessel. On a simpler level, Tommy

When Carli was two, the family awaited identical twins Tommy and Jack to join them. Unfortunately, that wait was significantly shorter than it should have been. Doctors discovered the boys suffered from twin-to-twin transmission syndrome, in which they shared a major

Tommy only weighed one pound!

was starving while Jack benefitted from the majority of the nutrients.

The twins were “taken” at 25 weeks. Jack

weighed twice as much as Tommy at birth. That, however, isn’t saying much since “The doctors told me there was only a

25-percent chance they would survive the emergency C-section,” Kim said. “During the surgery, a gastrostomy tube was

sutured to Tommy’s stomach wall. That’s

“We were told Tommy would always be a special needs child,” Kim explained. “He stayed in the hospital the first six months of his life, and I was there with him every day.

“Carli was only two, so I missed a lot of her learning and her ‘first’ this or that. I missed cuddles with her and a lot of the same things with Tommy and Jack. But all three adapted and all three were fighters. Jack was able to stop using his gastrostomy tube two years ago. That doesn’t mean the need may not return but, for now, he’s good.” While Jack didn’t suffer all the ill effects of Tommy, he was still pushed into a game of “catch-up” when it came to things such as

how he would ‘eat.’ They also performed heart surgery at the same time. Tommy’s vocal cord was paralyzed during the

procedure so, even today, he has a very quiet way of speaking.”

Tyler was once again on military duty when all this was happening.

Other than being the size of a tiny puppy, Jack had no major problems. He did

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gaining weight and walking. “They finally started gaining weight and Jack was

doing what I called little toddles. They were both 1 ½-years-old before they

began walking. They were catching up with other kids by the time they were three.

“There were so many waiting rooms in

hospitals and doctors’ offices,” Kim said with a half-chuckle. “Carli remembers many of them and, today, she’s like a

little second mom to the boys. They’re all three very affectionate with one another, holding hands and hugging.”

Kim works hard to make sure Tommy

doesn’t see himself as different. “I want

him to be proud of every scar,” she said. “I never want him to think, ‘Why did this happen to me but not to Jack?’

“Tommy’s body doesn’t produce certain immune hormones. For him, breaking a

bone can be extremely serious because

of the possibility of shock. I felt it was so

important for him, as well as for Jack and Carli, to understand all the parts of this

journey. I searched the Internet for short, five-minute reads about his condition. I felt it was so important for them to understand and not live in fear.

“But there was nothing! I finally wrote My Gastrostomy Tube as a form of

a bedtime story. I found out about a publisher in England interested

in special needs children and they accepted it. It’s due to hit the end

of January 2022, and it’s on Cook’s Children’s Christmas wish list.

“The book explains therapies and how the tube is a way to deliver nutrients to the body. There will always be

“BUT, WHATEVER HAPPENS,

uncertainties. For example, there may

WE WANT

form of deafness. For someone such

HIM TO BE

adult – having good, solid insurance is

PROUD OF

come a time when Tommy faces some as us – and for Jack, as he becomes an not negotiable.

“But, whatever happens, we want him to

HIMSELF.”

be proud of himself.”

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Home Decorating: Ask The Expert

outdoor

by Allison Fifer, POSH Home Staging & Redesign

G

athering with family and friends outdoors may at first seem too chilly in the winter, but adding in the flickering flames of a roaring firepit changes everything. Bundling up in the warmth under the stars is a feeling that few can refuse. It’s one that could take you back to your childhood, your love of s’mores, or perhaps a quaint camping trip with a loved one or just the joy of being with friends. Any way you stack it up, bonding takes place as we gather together. Just like indoors, your outdoor space relies on form and function. Be sure to consider its primary use…is it for simple

for sharing

family enjoyment, gathering with larger groups of friends, or more essential needs such as cooking. This can be simple or very involved. The aura of the space will set the tone for each visit to this special space. Additionally, seating should be a careful consideration. Take into account how many people you typically share this space with. You want to be able to accommodate the larger gathering just as you would a smaller one. You can choose from a simple rocker to Adirondack chairs to cushioned seating. Either way, one can always pull up extra seating when necessary. Creating a conversational setting is key.

The style of your pit can range from stationary to portable. All firepits should be set up at least 10 feet away from your home or other structures. You can use a simple portable firepit for ease of setup and storage, or build a permanent ring of stone or use a metal ring for a more authentic feel of the great outdoors. No matter the form or function you choose, bonding will ensue as you spend more time in your outdoor space with family and friends.

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TIS THE SEASON FOR HOLIDAY EVENTS

COUNTYWIDE by Denton County Judge Andy Eads photo courtesy of Judge Andy Eads

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Lighting Ceremony 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Parade: Spinks Road to Gerault Park; Events: Gerault Park Reindeer Run 5k & Grinch Sprint 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Bakersfield Park Breakfast with Santa 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2021 Flower Mound Community Activity Multipurpose Rooms FRISCO

ur area is rich with tradition during the holidays. Many of the festivals are outdoors with lots of activities for young and old alike such as Aubrey’s Small Town Family Christmas on Dec. 3-4 at the Old Downtown Aubrey Festival Grounds or the Justin Old Town Christmas on Dec. 11 in the center of that community. There is also the well-known annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Dec. 3 surrounding our Courthouse-on-the-Square in Downtown Denton.

And, of course, you can’t miss the 32nd annual Town of Flower Mound Christmas Parade of Lights at Lexington and Spinks Road to Gerault Park. This year’s theme is “The North Pole.” At Gerault Park, a tree lighting ceremony with fireworks begins at 7:20 p.m. with choir performances, photos with Santa, kids’ activities, food trucks, local vendors, and more also available on Dec. 4. The Flower Mound Summit Club will be accepting canned good donations along the parade route to benefit CCA. We compiled this list of holiday celebrations so that you can plan your seasonal calendar to join in the fun with friends and family.

AUBREY A Small Town Family Christmas Dec. 3, 2021 – Dec. 4, 2021 Old Downtown Aubrey Festival Grounds Family Storytime with Santa

30th Annual Merry Main Street 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Simpson Plaza JUSTIN Justin Old Town Christmas 9 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2021 Old Town Justin KRUM Krumtry Christmas Parade & Chili Supper

4:15 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2021 Aubrey Area Library

6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Chili Supper, following the parade, Krum High School Cafeteria

CARROLLTON

LAKE DALLAS

Santa on the Square

Lighting Up The Season

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Historic Downtown Carrollton

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Lake Dallas City Hall

DENTON

LANTANA

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

Lantana’s Holiday Market & Festival

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2021 Courthouse-on-the-Square

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2021 Lantana Town Green

Annual Argyle Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

FLOWER MOUND

LEWISVILLE

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Cross Timbers Church Parking Lot

32nd annual Town of Flower Mound Christmas Parade of Lights and Tree

Old Town Holiday Stroll & Christmas Parade

ARGYLE

CONNECT WITH US

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8 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Wayne Ferguson Plaza LITTLE ELM Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Little Elm Park PILOT POINT Christmas on the Square 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Pilot Point Historic Square PROSPER Prosper Christmas Festival 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Prosper Town Hall ROANOKE Roanoke’s Hometown Holiday 12 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Roanoke City Hall SANGER 4 Days of Christmas Dec. 7, 2021 – Dec. 10, 2021 Downtown Sanger THE COLONY Holiday in the Park 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 Perryman Park, 4930 South Colony Blvd. TROPHY CLUB Christmas in the Park 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2021 Independence Park East

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Edit This: Ask The Expert

What is a

Writing Chameleon? by Steve Gamel, Owner of Edit This

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spent the early days of my career writing about sports. And boy, did I ever jump in with both feet! I covered games for the local newspaper every Friday night. I also wrote athlete profiles and feature articles and even uncovered my share of breaking news pieces.

Sports writing was fun – and it was ALL I wanted to write about. As time went by, I began to think a little differently. I still loved being a sportswriter. I was just at a game the other night, in fact. But I wanted to experience EVERYTHING the writing life had to offer. I wanted to learn how to write about different topics and reader interests. As I expressed in my book, Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word (published by Brown Books Publishing Group), it was important to me that people saw me as a multifaceted writer. More importantly, I wanted to see MYSELF as that type of writer. In my book, I refer to this as the writing chameleon. The excerpt below is a peek behind the curtain at what I mean by writing chameleon: someone who wants to write – and tell stories – about anything and everything. I like the idea of being a chameleon – being able to write about family law or architecture just as proficiently as I can about touchdowns and home runs. And by opening myself up to that challenge, I was able to settle in, build confidence, and overcome many of the fears that previously held me back. So what type of writer are you? Perhaps you’ve been dreaming for years about being a novelist. Maybe you want to write for the New York Times. Possibly, a skit writer for Saturday Night Live sounds pretty cool to you. Or maybe you see yourself one day being a speechwriter for the president. Or you could decide you want to write about it all – like me!

Whatever the case, be the writer you want to be. If you can do that, you are well on your way, my friends. My message to other writers is this: Writing about that one thing you enjoy the most is a gift that should never be taken for granted. But if you're open to it, consider flexing your writer muscles in different ways. Challenge yourself to be a writing chameleon. Who knows – it may just make you even better at the stories

you prefer to tell.

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Ask The Expert: Gardening

Winter LAWN CARE by PJ Kratohvil, Owner of Complete Solutions

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his time of year always seems like it’s one of the busiest as we move through the holiday season and toward the end of the year. As you’re preparing for Christmas and your own “end of the year deadlines” don’t forget to get outside and take care of some wintertime maintenance. As the trees are losing leaves, it’s an ideal time to get them trimmed up and thinned out. Along with helping to strengthen the tree, trimming will allow more sunlight to your shady turf areas thickening them up come spring, slowing the soil erosion and keeping your lawn looking healthier. Out in the Lantana and Argyle areas, we’ve noticed what seems to be an increase in mice and squirrels this year, so getting those limbs back off the house could also eliminate one of their routes back inside. As the last lawn cuttings (scalpings) of

the year should be happening here in the next week or so (if not already) take advantage of the ground exposure and look for areas where water is either

eroding or pooling up. Winter is a great time to get drainage work done now that the grass is so short and everyone can see exactly how the ground lays out. French drains along with downspout / gutter drains are a great way to help dry out around your property. Eliminating mosquito breeding grounds, foundation issues and muddy backyards should be high on our homeowner to-do lists, ensuring yearround use of our outdoor spaces. We hope everyone has a great Christmas season and doesn’t get too overwhelmed by one thing or another. Enjoy visiting with your family and friends and invest your time in what really matters.

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Things 5TO DO

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST A great way to spice up a Christmas Party is by adding in an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Each guest can either buy new, use an oldie but goodie, or even create their own. And the uglier the sweater the funnier it is. This is a fantastic way to liven up any party. You could even have a festive prize for the winner.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING

ORNAMENT EXCHANGE

A fun Christmas Party activity to do with your friends is to decorate Christmas cookies. Everyone at your party is sure to have a ball designing the festive treats. Not to mention the delicious snacks they’ll make after. If you’re not a baker, no worries! There are tons of local businesses that will sell them to you to decorate.

Do you ever debate on the best gifts for your friends to exchange at a party? Why not make it a game and do an ornament exchange. Each guest can pick out a cute ornament that they’d like to bring and add to the fun of the party. It’s always fun to play and everyone leaves a winner.

WRAPPING PARTY Is there anyone out there that waits until the very last minute to wrap their Christmas gifts? Why not have a lastminute wrapping party? Have all of your friends get together for an evening of food, drinks, and last-minute gift wrapping. Having fun with your friends will make the task much more enjoyable.

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CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON Who doesn’t love a good Christmas movie? And there are so many to choose from. Whether you’re a fan of the classics, animation, or even the newer releases, with a Christmas movie marathon everyone will enjoy the party. Don’t forget the festive holiday movie theater snacks!

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by Caylie Howard

eople from all around the world have been celebrating New Year’s for at least four millennia. In today’s society, most of the New Year’s festivities begin on New Year’s Eve which falls on December 31st and continue on into the early hours of New Year’s Day, which is January 1st. People ring in the New Year in different ways around the globe, but the most common celebrations and traditions are attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the New Year, and watching the ball drop at midnight in Times Square. The earliest recorded New Year’s celebrations date back almost 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylon. The Babylonians marked the occasion with a huge religious festival called Akitu that consisted of a different ritual on each of its 11 days. Many people participate in the New Year’s tradition of enjoying food and snacks that are believed to bring you good luck in the New Year. In Spain, people eat a dozen grapes right before midnight. This symbolizes their hopes for the months ahead. Some New Year’s traditional food is more commonly known and practiced throughout the world such as legumes. They are thought to resemble coins and are believed to bring you financial success in the New Year. Some examples of these legumes include lentils in Italy and black-eyed peas in the southern United States. In some worldly cultures, pigs represent progress and prosperity. Because of this, pork is a common New Year’s tradition in places such as Cuba, Austria, Hungary, and Portugal. In places such as the Netherlands, Mexico, and Greece they celebrate by eating ring-shaped cakes and pastries, while in Sweden and Norway they enjoy rice pudding with a hidden almond inside. It’s believed that whoever finds the almond will receive a year’s worth of good fortune. With so many different traditions and ways to celebrate the New Year, it’s safe to say that this holiday’s history and festivities are special all around the world.

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cocktails

with the locals by Caylie Howard

GINGER EADS

RACHEL BAGLEY

KELLY HESLEP

JANA MELTON

I will be at Mi Dia every day during the holidays for their famous Mistletoe!

My go to holiday cocktail is always a hot toddy!

I love eggnog during the holidays, so making it into a cocktail is always a win for me!

I’ve recently fallen in love with spiked apple cider and now it’s my go-to drink for the holidays!

2 oz Clase Azul Tequila 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Egg White ¾ oz Strawberry Infused Agave 2 Frozen Cranberries 1 ¾ Rosemary Sprig

1 Cup Boiling Water 1 Shot Whiskey 1 Tbsp Honey 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Star Anise

6 oz Eggnog 2 oz Irish Whiskey Stout 1/3 oz Vanilla Extract

Apple Cider Fireball

Grated Nutmeg

4 Cloves

Powdered Sugar

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at FLOWER MOUND’S River Walk

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ell, fellow Flower Mounders... we’ve been waiting a long time for this moment and we are so happy to report that the first restaurant located in the River Walk at Central Park here in Flower Mound is officially open! And we couldn’t think of a more perfect restaurant than Sfereco to be the inaugural restaurant in this long-awaited development. Sfereco was created by Refined Hospitality Concepts, who own The Statler hotel in Dallas. In fact, the first Sfereco location is inside of The Statler. You probably heard about their second location opening in Old Town Lewisville a few weeks ago. And now we’re honored to have their third location right here in Flower Mound. When you visit Sfereco, think “Spaghetti Western.” It’s classic Italian food with a

little bit of a Texas twist. And that unique concept is all thanks to RHC’s owner, Robert Hall and their Corporate Executive Chef, Jason Tilmann. So, what does a “Spaghetti Western” menu look like? Think menu items like Brisket Meatballs, their version of a Supreme pizza called the 6 Shooter, and an Italian-style chicken fried steak which is a ribeye topped with meatballs, broccolini, and a mozzarella salad. But Sfereco has a lot of traditional Italian dishes on the menu as well including an incredible eggplant parmesan, shrimp scampi, calzones, and lots of delicious pizzas. Sfereco also has a full bar where they have some great signature cocktails,

wines, beers, and frozen drinks. Visit them for Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 11:00am-7:00pm to enjoy some of their Happy Hour beers, frozens, and House chardonnay and cabernet by the glass. As you can tell, Sfereco came to play. And like we mentioned, we couldn’t imagine a better first restaurant to open its doors in the River Walk. So, make your reservation to visit Sfereco as soon as possible! (They are asking for reservations, especially when they’re first open.) Enjoy the ambiance of looking out over the water, combined with Sfereco’s incredible food. Sounds like a recipe for success to us! 4120 River Walk Dr.

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tis withthe Season

for giving

COUNTRY LAKES FAMILY DENTAL by Steve Gamel | photography by Your Candid Memories Photography

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entistry is what the team at Country Lakes Family Dental does best. Possessing both the knowledge and compassion to treat the entire family, this dental office is well-known for its versatility and welcoming atmosphere. However, those who know them best also know they are consistent at being giving members of their communities. They not only make themselves available to their patients in times of need, but they are also undeniably distinguished among local organizations as dependable and big-hearted contributors. During this season of giving, we recognize the many accomplishments Country Lakes Family Dental has made possible to our community through its charitable giving.

I take being rooted in our community seriously, and it’s not just me. We are all called to be charitable.

degree at Texas A&M College of Dentistry in 2011, Dr. Matt extended his stay to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency, where he acquired advanced training in cosmetic and surgical procedures. Dr. Matt has also received additional training in orthodontics for both adults and children with traditional brackets and Invisalign treatment. His consistency in education earned him a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020. Dr. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She received her dental degree from the Indiana University of Dental School. In addition to her heart of gold, Dr. Lauren’s experience with digital impression and digital crown fabrication services is out of this world. They also do 3D imaging and laser dental treatment that replaces the common drill and doesn’t require an anesthetic. The advancements Country Lakes Dental possesses nowadays are second to none. They are perfect for cosmetic dentistry, pediatrics, implant dentistry, endodontics,

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orthodontics, and geriatric dentistry. With all-digital impressions and 3D printing, patients can avoid uncomfortable “goopy” impressions, allowing for more accurate, digitally pre-planned treatment of both traditional and Invisalign orthodontic care, as well as TMJ and sleep appliances. Their prosthetic scanners and milling equipment also allow for precisely fitting same-day crowns without temporaries or lab wait times. When it comes to being active in the community, Dr. Matt has always envisioned the practice as a haven for local neighborhoods, schools, and organizations. “We are focused on our patients. But our patients have lives outside of our office, and we want to support them,”

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school activities and athletics. These organizations and many more allow Dr. Matt, Dr. Lauren, and their staff to touch so many lives. Dr. Matt and his wife, Leigh Ann, are continuously recognized for their selfless work, and the practice itself has been recognized as a Best of Denton County winner for the last nine years in a row. “Country Lakes Family Dental is the best practice I have worked with,” Dr. Lauren said. “I love that we show great care not only for our patients but for our schools and community, as well.” The team finds new ways to give back to their community and patients. Though they have always been known to offer benefits to military members, seniors, and clergy, they are especially proud of their VIP plan for loyal patients. The plan benefits patients who struggle with the

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cumbersome experiences of insurance. It allows patients with any insurance plan or no plan at all to continue receiving care at an affordable cost. Patients do not need to worry about denied or dictated treatment, and there is no maximum to the benefits. Of course, the VIP plan includes all the services expected, including routine and preventative care. And best of all, X-rays are always free. An office of profound knowledge, technology, comfort, and giving, Country Lakes Family Dental is so much more than your standard dental office. Schedule an appointment today to experience the Country Lakes Family Dentistry experience for yourself.

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FASHION GUIDE 2021 photos courtesy of each respective business

MEGAN’S LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE

972.899.4060 4081 Waller Creek, Ste. 160 Highland Village, TX 75077 Festive for the upcoming season, this rose gold chevron dress designed by Veronica M, is one our favorites. The flattering neckline, long sleeves and above the knee cut makes this the perfect party dress. The dress can be worn with or without the belt tied at the waist and with a fun pair of boots. This beautiful print is also available as a top. Megan’s Lifestyle Boutique offers its patrons everything from party to casual chic clothes to lounge wear. Plus we have the perfect bags, shoes and jewelry to match. Located in The Shops at Highland Village. Come see us! Thank you for shopping small and local!

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BRIESLY’S BOUTIQUE

MAINSTREAM BOUTIQUE

MADIJAKS

817.581.2743 brieslysboutique.com 2451 Lakeside Pkwy., Ste. 160 Flower Mound, TX 75022

972.539.4800 5801 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 810 Flower Mound, TX 75028

817.965.0648 400 S Oak St., Ste. 110 Roanoke, TX 76262

Ahh, Winter! This season brings us lasting memories with the holidays, playing in the snow (if we are lucky!) and getting cozy by the fireplace. Your fashion choices can also bring you joy! If you look good, you feel good! Our Texas weather is perfect for layering as shown here. Stay on-trend while not sacrificing comfort in this tie dye pullover. Style with buttery soft black denim from our exclusive brand, Mac and Me and a trendy, chunky bootie. Don’t forget to throw on that cute pom pom beanie before heading out the door for that effortless girl-on-the-go look! Come visit mother-daughter team, Susan and Maddie, for all your winter wardrobe needs!

MadiJaks is a women’s clothing and gift boutique conveniently located in Downtown Roanoke.

The Model is wearing our Claudette Jacket, which features a removable collar for a more sleek feel and who doesn’t love a piece that’s two looks in one. We paired her gorgeous jewel green jacket with black skinny jeans and the Hearts On Fire Necklace. Skip the mall and support local for all the best pieces this holiday season. Stylish tops, custom jewelry and great gifts. Shop local, shop Briesly’s Boutique.

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We offer a collection of unique, affordable, and on-trend items that are handpicked with our customers in mind. We strive to bring our customers captivating, fashionable pieces that encourage them to live with confidence. Our Adeline wrap dress is style and comfort all wrapped into one! The loose fit, wrap waist, and mid-thigh length allows you to be comfortable for your entire event and looking great while partying the night away! Pair with a pair of our white boots or heels to accent the details in the dress! DECEMBER 2021 | LANTANA LIVING | 41


Ask The Expert: Fitness

WORKOUT smarter by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of Outlaw Fitcamp

All workouts were not created equally. Sadly, many people simply waste time in the gym.

rule of thumb never use the same routine for more than 4 weeks and always keep it challenging.

Here are 5 tips to ensure that every minute

WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 3: Never Skip

of your workout is well spent burning fat and toning your muscles… WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 1: Use More Resistance

In order to get the most from each rep, it’s important to challenge your muscles, and not simply go through the motions. If you are able to complete 15 repetitions easily, then the weight is too light. On the flip side, if you aren’t able to perform an exercise through its full range of motion, and find yourself cheating on form, then the weight is too heavy. The correct weights will feel challenging by your last few repetitions but won’t force you to sacrifice form. WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 2: Keep it Fresh You may have noticed that most people do the same exercises each time they visit the gym. Maybe you’ve been doing the same exercise routine as long as you can remember—if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it, right? The truth is that exercise routines have expiration dates, and that is the date that they begin to lose their effectiveness. As a

the Warm-Up

Most people consider warm-up time to be wasted time—they’d rather jump right into the heart of the routine. What they don’t realize is that a good warm-up will allow you to perform at a higher intensity, which means greater results. The point of a warm-up is to increase your muscle temperature. This increases blood flow, muscle contraction and reduces muscle resistance. Your warm-up should last 5-10 minutes.

see fewer results. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why rush to the gym if no one is there waiting for you? Why push yourself if no one is watching? The best way to avoid injury and to see results is to work with a dedicated personal trainer. The Outlaw FitCamp team is passionate about seeing clients achieve results by working out smart and without wasting time, energy, and effort on mistakes. Don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise? Let us help you!

WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 4: Focus on Proper Form Gyms are filled with people performing exercises with bad form. The two biggest reasons are that you aren’t concentrating on the exercise, or you’re trying to lift a weight that is too heavy. Lifting with improper form almost always results in injury. Take the time to achieve proper form, and by doing so you’ll avoid injury and will reap the full benefit from each exercise. WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 5: Together is better People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and typically

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LITHIUM COIN

BATTERIES

Lithium coin batteries are found in many household devices. They are small, about the size of a nickel, and if swallowed can cause serious

harm. Select lithium coin products with safety features such as child secure packaging, and when available, a non-toxic bitter coating designed to help discourage swallowing.

TIPS

to HELP keep kids SAFE

COMMON HOUSEHOLD DEVICES WITH LITHIUM COIN BATTERIES: Key Finders Home Security Devices Remote Controls Wireless Doorbells Key Fobs Kitchen Scales Weight Scales Thermometers String Lights

by Dr. Rebecca Butler (Lantana Resident), Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics

FOUR SIMPLE STEPS Look for loose batteries. Get down to your child’s eye level to see what they see. Look in couch cushions, on low tables and shelves, or any other areas that a child can reach. Keep batteries in a secure compartment, up high and out of a child’s reach. Secure battery compartments by tightening the screws or securing them with tape. Tape could ensure the compartment does not accidentally open. Keep a watchful eye. Toddlers and young children are curious by nature so close supervision is key. If you suspect your child has ingested a lithium coin or other small battery, take your child immediately to an emergency room. Your child may not show symptoms at first, but a lithium coin battery can cause a harmful chemical reaction and burn the esophagus within a few hours. This can be life-threatening. An x-ray can properly diagnose unintentional ingestion. If you are not able to drive, call 911 for help.

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30+ Fun

Christmas Activities To Help You Enjoy The Holidays

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by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Jeff Fisher

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In today’s day and age, we are becoming more and more focused and committed to teaching the young people of today to be accepting and inclusive of everyone. That’s why having the gift of Miracle League, and all that Miracle League represents, come to Flower Mound is such a huge step for our local community.

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The very first Miracle League began in Georgia in April of 2000 as a way to give people of all ages with special needs the opportunity to get out of the stands and onto the baseball field. “We’ve got kids that have siblings that play baseball. They’ve grown up watching them play the game. Now the tables have turned and they’re the ones that are playing and their siblings are cheering them on,” Jeff Fisher, Executive Director of Miracle League North Texas, said.

The town of Flower Mound had its first Miracle League season in the fall. “We were only expecting about 20 kids or so, but we ended up starting with 43. It blew our expectations out of the water. We never closed registration, so we ended up finishing the season with 57 kids,” Jeff said. By word of mouth, Miracle League in Flower Mound spread like wildfire. “We ended up adding a whole new team at the end of the season because of how many players we had,” Jeff said.

On that opening day in 2000, the rosters had grown to more than 120 eager and excited players. And just like that, the wonderful gift of Miracle League spread across the country. Currently, there are 320 active Miracle League organizations including in places such as Puerto Rico,

Miracle League North Texas in Flower Mound found its home at Baker’s Field Park on one of their softball fields. However, Jeff noticed that the kids in wheelchairs didn’t have the easiest time on the traditional fields. “We’re hoping by the fall of 2022, we will have raised

“We’re always looking for players,” Jeff said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. We are all about being inclusive. We want you to come out and have fun.”

It goes without saying that Miracle League of Flower Mound wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible

Canada, as well as the newest member of the organization, Australia.

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enough funds to purchase turf for the softball field, making it easier on the kids,” Jeff said.

support of the Flower Mound Youth Sports Association (FMYSA) and the Town of Flower Mound. “They have both been so incredibly supportive,” Jeff said. Miracle League of North Texas’ mission statement is to provide children and young adults the opportunity to play baseball regardless of their abilities. “The most rewarding part of all of this is getting to see the smiles and pure joy on these kids’ faces,” Jeff said. And thanks to the help of the staff, volunteers, along with everyone who has had a hand in Making Miracle League a success, it’s looking like Miracle League will be creating that joy for many years to come. miracleleaguentx.com 214.923.4421

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Travel: Ask The Expert

CHRISTMAS T I M E

BRANSON IN

I

by Terri Guthrie | photos courtesy of Terri Guthrie

n beautiful Branson, Missouri, experience world-famous live entertainment, thrilling attractions, outdoor beauty, delicious food, and genuine Ozark hospitality that will make you feel right at home!

The Branson community is really

Lake, head to Top of the Rock at Big Cedar

values like patriotism, faith, courage,

had countless special occasion meals

refreshing…as it embodies American and generosity that is truly genuine and heartfelt. And, there’s no place more festive at Christmastime!

I’m sharing my ‘Top Picks’ about my

favorite places to have a true ‘Ozark Mountain Christmas Experience.’

My ‘Top Pick’ for Best Christmas Show “JESUS” at the Sight & Sound Theatre!

This is where they produce Bible Stories live on stage and is the most famous Christian theater in the world. In this

year’s show, you’ll witness the magic and

inspiration behind every aspect of Jesus' life. It comes to life with special effects, live animals, and an original script and music score. Don't miss out on seeing one of the most amazing theatrical performances

Lodge. Here at Osage Restaurant, we have and it’s one of our favorite restaurants.

The food, ambiance, architecture, natural beauty, and iconic views are simply

magnificent. The restaurant's lower level houses the Buffalo Bar and the AllAmerican Wine Cellar.

My ‘Top Pick’ for Best Entertainment - An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City! One of America’s most family-friendly Christmas festivals, An Old Time

Christmas is filled with your favorite

Christmas traditions. Celebrate the season with the theme park's 6.5 million lights. There is also an 8-story, state-of-the-art

Christmas tree reaching 80 feet into the

night sky, with an impressive combination of high-resolution lights, music, imagery, and 1,000 other Christmas trees

throughout the park - all sitting atop one

on earth!

My “Top Pick” for Best Restaurant - Osage at Top of the Rock!

For an outstanding meal and an epic view of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock

of Missouri's deepest caves! We love this place.

Christmastime in Branson will surely leave you feeling merry and bright and full of the Spirit of Christmas!

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OVER WHEN THE HOLIDAYS ARE

IT’S TIME TO CLEAN UP!

A

by Debbie Sardone

fter all the excitement of the holidays — spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying

delicious food and drink, and giving and

receiving presents — your happy glow can

and you have to deal with the cleanup.

Hopefully, you’ve been cleaning as you

go, so that this tip isn’t a surprise for you.

received replacements for.

a trip and get rid of old items that you

When you take down a string of lights,

Hire a professional service to clean your

or a piece of cardboard to keep them

Let’s face it — all the spills in the kitchen and

wrap them around a paper towel tube

December.

can be challenging, but these tips will help

Clean as you go

time you spend decorating next year.

untangled and easy to unravel next

Getting your home back into tip-top shape

you’re left behind with the mess.

Goodwill with unwanted gifts, save yourself

phone. The images will cut down the

quickly disappear when guests are gone

when your guests and gifts are gone, and

save the pictures to an album on your

Label your holiday bins with the specific room or area where you use those

decorations and lights. Pack and unpack them accordingly.

home

increased traffic through the bathrooms

left your home a mess. Instead of bravely

facing the task of cleaning this by yourself, hire a cleaning company like Bucket & Bows Maid Service to deep clean your house.

Let the professionals tackle cleaning kitchen cabinets, stove, oven, countertops, floors,

Deal with holiday cards

dusting and vacuuming the living areas,

pots, utensils, dishes, and cutting boards

Collect all the holiday cards that arrived

house back in shape. What a great way to

or glasses on the counter, put them in the

received cards from. You can use this as a

As you prepare the holiday meal, wash the as you go. Instead of stacking dirty dishes dishwasher immediately.

in the mail and make a list of who you

starting point for next year’s holiday card list.

Take down the holiday lights

Then toss those cards in the recycling bin,

Make next year easier on yourself when you

and counters from the festive clutter.

and decorations

clean up this year’s decorations. •

Take pictures of your lights and

decorations. Then print them out

and put them in your holiday bins, or

immediately clearing your mantle Get rid of unwanted gifts

Don’t feel guilty if you received a gift

that you don’t want. Return it, donate it, or

re-gift it. And since you’re already headed to

cleaning toilets and sinks, and getting your usher in the new year! Smile ... and Relax

Remember how great it feels when the

holidays are over and the cleanup is done? When you aren’t sidestepping twinkling

Santas in the foyer, and you realize how big

your rooms really are? Get the whole family involved. Order in some pizzas or subs and

dance to some happy music. Happy holidays, and don’t sweat the cleanup!

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MANTELS by Caylie Howard

With stockings hung by the chimney with care, it’s safe to say that the mantel is a centerpiece for all things Christmas décor. There are so many different ways and styles to make your mantel merry and bright this holiday season. A staple in all things Christmas decorating is the classic holiday garland. There are so many different types of garland to choose from. No matter what is in your color wheel for the holidays this year, you can be sure that there is a garland that will fit perfectly into your theme. Garland is commonly used to be wrapped around your banisters, however, it’s also

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a fantastic way to spruce up your mantel and bring the spirit of Christmas to the room. Having the festive Christmas garland as your base of mantel décor really helps to add dimension to your display. By adding differently sized and shaped décors such as elves, trees, nutcrackers, ornaments, and candles, you bring a bright and joyful essence to your space. One fun way to dress up your mantel is by adding lighted garland. This is a great option to add ambiance to the room in the evening. With the lights shining from your festive mantel as you relax by the fire watching your favorite Christmas movie,

you are sure to truly feel the spirit of Christmas. Having a jolly and joyful holiday mantel truly helps to tie your holiday space together. And with holiday garland, you’re sure to impress with your merry mantel this Christmas season. But no matter how you choose to decorate your mantel this Christmas, remember to give, love, and be thankful for the year’s blessings with your family and friends during this Christmas season. Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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The Flower Mound Communications Department

takes home

THE WIN T

by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of flower-mound.com

he town of Flower Mound prides itself on holding every employee and department at the highest standard. So it comes as a shock to no one that the Town of Flower Mound’s Communications Department has been recognized as one of the best in the state by taking home 13 Top State Awards. These 13 prestigious Top State Awards were given based on the videos that the Town’s Communications Department produced. The department received these awards at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) conference that was held in Houston. Among the 13 awards that the Town received was Overall Excellence for an operating budget under $250,000, four 1st place awards, four 2nd place awards, as well as four 3rd place awards.

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THE 13 AWARDS THAT WERE RECEIVED ARE THE FOLLOWING: Overall Excellence – Operating Budget Below $250,000 1st Place (Public Health/Safety, Budget Below $250,000) – Bicycle Safety 1st Place (Special Audience, Budget Below $250,000) – FMFD S.A.F.E Team 2020 1st Place (Use of Humor) - Porch Pirates 1st Place (Intern Production) – Around Town: Lakewood Park 2nd Place (Parks and Recreation) – Around Town: Heritage Park Disc Golf Course 2nd Place (Event/Program Promotion, Budget Below $250,000) - Dorothy’s Dash 2020 2nd Place (Special Audience, Budget Below $250,000) – Summer Reading Program 2nd Place (Intern Production) - Around Town: Heritage Park Disc Golf 3rd Place (Parks and Recreation) – Around Town: Lakewood Park 3rd Place (Event/Program Promotion, Budget Below $250,000) – 2020 Summer Reading Program: Dracula 3rd Place (Public Health/Safety, Budget Below $250,000) – FMPD SRO’s: Anti–Vaping 3rd Place (Profile of an Organization, Budget Below $250,000) – FMTV Cribs

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The Town of Flower Mound as well as the Town’s Communications Department truly has set themselves up for success. With all of the time, energy and focus that the Flower Mound Communications Department has put into each and every one of those videos, it’s easy to see why the department took home 13 Top State Awards. The Town of Flower Mound and all of its employees work tirelessly every day to create the best environment for each and every one of its residents to be proud to call Flower Mound their home. With these 13 impressive awards, it’s safe to say that the Town has been successful in its goal. If you would like to view all of the videos that were created and submitted at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors conference, you can visit the Town of Flower Mound’s Youtube page at www.youtube.com/ TownOfFlowerMound.

The Town of Flower Mound and all of its employees work tirelessly every day to create the best environment for each and every one of its residents.

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