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COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Tuesday, Dec. 3 on the Village Green from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Watch Santa light the big Christmas Tree on the Village Green and transform downtown Smyrna with brilliant lights. Enjoy holiday festivities, musical performances by local church and school choral groups, activities for the kids, parade and a visit with Santa at the Smyrna Community Center. Bring the entire family for all of it and ring in the season downtown. This event marks the first official evening of holiday lights in the downtown. 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080.

MOMS CLUB OF SMYRNA: Are you looking for a support group of other stay-at-home moms and their children? You have found it! The club is intended to be a resource for mothers at home to meet and learn from others. For more info visit, or email us at Our club is zoned for Teasley, Nickajack and Russell elementary school residents in the 30080 and 30082 zip codes. SMYRNA MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS): Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will now offer a Night Group in addition to its traditional program. Keeping up with the program demand and meeting the needs of working Moms, the Night Group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. All Smyrna-area Moms of kids age birth to Kindergarten are welcome, both SFUMC members and non-members alike. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit

JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB: “The Prettiest Native Plants” Master Gardner and Master Gardener Volunteer of Cobb County garden tour docent, Carmen Cudd, will present a visual program of the prettiest of the native plants; including trees, shrubs, and perennials that will encourage all of us to “ go native.” The Jonquil Garden Club meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but in public places as well. For further information regarding registration or inquiries about membership, contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. You may also want to learn more about the club and upcoming events at:

LIGHTS OF LIFE: A Holiday tradition started by Life University since 1989. A visual treat that the whole family will enjoy. Now, through December 31st, every night rain or shine. Sunday through Thursday 6pm to 10pm, and Friday & Saturday from 6pm to 11pm. For cost and directions, please visit CHRISTMAS HOUSE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: December 6th through December 15th, 10am – 4pm Monday through Friday and 10am – 6pm Saturday, 2pm – 6pm Sundays. Select from a huge variety of beautiful handmade items by 65 exhibitors. There is something for everyone! Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton, GA 30126. Visit or call 770.819.3285 for more information.

FREE DRIVE-THRU NATIVITY: Life Church Assembly of God would like to invite you to their Free Drive-thru Nativity on Saturday, December 21st from 6 to 8pm. Free hot chocolate and candy canes! Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas from the convenience and warmth of your car! For more information, call 770.435.5478 or email Life Church is located at 4100 King Springs Rd., Smyrna, GA 30082.

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12th ANNUAL TOTES 2 TOTS SUITCASE DRIVE: Sponsored by Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital, will take place Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Twenty-seven GCS offices across Georgia – including 19 in Metro Atlanta – will participate in the drive, which delivers new or nearly new backpacks and kid-sized suitcases to foster children in Georgia. To participate in Totes 2 Tots, simply drop off a new or nearly new bag on Friday, Jan. 17, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the nearest Georgia Cancer Specialists office. For a list of participating locations, visit or, or call 1-877-716-CARE (2273). Financial donations may be made securely online at EMAIL US WITH YOUR EVENTS! INFO@OURTOWNMONTHLY.COM. Deadline is the 15th of the month for the following month’s issue.

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Grayson Cole was born May 24, 2013, at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Alison and Lauren have lived in the Smyrna area for 27 years. Grayson loves bath time, his xylophone, and listening to Mumford and Sons. Although he is not a fan of his car seat, Grayson is a social butterfly and loves to go out and smile at anyone that will pay attention to him. The family is a big fan of Karen Roberts Photography and had Grayson enrolled in the baby program before he was born. A week before he turned five months, Grayson started sitting up, and now he is looking forward to eating sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving, the same week he turns 6 months old.

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Karen Roberts was born in 1975 in Pensacola, Florida. She grew up in Marietta, GA and graduated from South Cobb High School in 1993. Karen always has had an interest in decorating and fashion. She went on to attend Kennesaw State University to peruse Studio Arts and studied Photography under Professor Barbara Swindell. She did her internship photographing for The Vinings Gazette newspaper. She opened her studio in 1996. Karen specializes in newborn and child photography and has a boutique studio in Smyrna, GA. Over the past 16 years she has been published in Photographer's Forum Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and recently had an image chosen to be the International Ad for Holga Camera Company. She has won dozens of awards for her work. Her work has been shown on Good Morning America and 11 Alive News. Her fine art coastal photography can be found in beach homes from the East Coast to the West Coast. Karen feels grateful to have found her true passion in life.

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Everyone has his or her own decorating style and unique family traditions when decorating their Christmas tree. But even in keeping with those traditions, there are certain guidelines to follow if you'd like your tree to have a neat and professionally decorated look.

THEME You may want to consider a decorating theme for your tree. Do you want a Victorian look with bows and lace? Or perhaps a country look, with handmade ornaments and strings of popcorn and cranberries? LIGHTS Once your tree is up; the first part of trimming it is to put on the lights. There are many options available for tree lighting.

Strands of small white lights are the most popular, but colored lights can give a festive look too. Try to choose lights that will fit the style of your tree. White lights are best for Victorian and country themes. Colored lights work well with a variety of themes, or you can use a single color, such as blue or green, to enhance a tree with a modern feel.

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Whether you're using fiber optic lights, LED lights or traditional strands of lights, the method of decorating is the same. Start at the base of the tree, and weave the lights in and out of the branches, following the shape of the tree. Don't hang lights like garland, or you'll lose the shape of the branches. Keep working your way up to the top of the tree. As you place the lights, remember that you don't need to place them out to the tips of the branches; that's where the ornaments will go. It's good to have the lights run in deep toward the trunk, as this will make the tree look fuller.

GARLANDS The next step in decorating your tree is to add garlands, if you are using them. You are not limited to the tinsel garlands we all remember from childhood. You can use ribbon, strings of beads or old fashioned popcorn and cranberry strings. Starting at the top of your tree, drape the garlands around your tree, spiraling downward until you reach the bottom. Step back and check your work every now and then, to be sure that your garlands are evenly spaced. Make sure that garlands drape away from the tips of the major branches. This makes a nice framing element for the ornaments

ORNAMENTS When placing the ornaments on your tree, start with any sets of ornaments you are using, and then fill in with single ornaments. Begin hanging the ornaments evenly over the tree, stepping back now and then to make sure they are attractively spaced. As a general rule of thumb, larger ornaments should be placed near the bottom of the tree, while smaller ones should go near the top.

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Staying Safe During The Holidays

Many wait all year long in anticipation for the holiday season. There is a special magic that fills the air, neighbors seem a little friendlier and people all around have a sense of the holiday spirit. Though the feeling of joy enchants most, this is also the season when crime is on the rise. Along with the excitement of the holidays comes added stress and pressure of shopping, paying bills, and traveling. This time of year makes people more vulnerable to crime due to an increase of activity. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna hosted a Staying Safe for the Holidays community education class this past November. Officer and Security Manager, Marc Couey spoke on various ways to shop safely in stores and online, and how to safeguard your home while traveling during the holidays.

A large part of the holiday season is spent in stores and online shopping to purchase special gifts for friends and loved ones. One easy tip is to start shopping early in the day while there is plenty of sunlight available. Or, when shopping at dusk or night, have a shopping buddy accompany you. Also, try to avoid collecting multiple large and bulky bags due to over shopping in one trip. Both men and women should remain cautious of their wallets during the busy holiday season. It is suggested men hold wallets in their front pocket or a zipped coat pocket, while women should carry their purse close to their bodies. Officer Couey also explained the proper attire for shopping, “keep it casual while out this holiday season. Dress down, be comfortable and always carry personal identification on you.” In addition to dressing down, Officer Couey also suggests being attentive while in public and avoid distractions like cell phone usage.

Many enjoy the convenience of bypassing overcrowded stores and long lines by shopping online. Doing so can help ease some of the added stress of the holidays. However, before entering personal information online, here are a few simple ways to remain safe while shopping on the web. Update your computer security software, which may include anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and firewall. Be sure to keep passwords private and secure at all times and never respond to inquiries to ‘verify’ credit card or password information unless you have initiated the communication. Only shop online with companies you know and trust, and look for icons that identify the site as a secure shopping environment. If you are unable to verify a website can protect your personal information, call or visit the store in person to make purchases.

After the shopping has been completed, now it’s time to travel to visit the family. Officer Couey continued by sharing ways to safeguard your home while traveling during the holidays. “Though it’s fun to share traveling plans with neighbors, friends and coworkers, it is sometimes best to keep some information to ourselves,” said Officer Couey. Many times break-ins occur due to insider information being shared with others, especially on social media sites. Remember, appearance is everything. Officer Couey suggests keeping the visual appearance of your home manicured and occupied while away. Mow lawns and blow leaves before heading out of town to avoid the look of an empty or unkempt house. Also, setting lights and radios on automatic timer can help give the impression someone is home.

Altogether, protecting yourself and family from the potential of crime begins with simple precautions that can be implemented into your everyday life. Officer Couey encourages people to get out and enjoy the holidays without fear. However, including safety measures can only add to the excitement of the season. For more information on this talk and other free community education classes at Emory-Adventist Hospital, visit the Classes and Event webpage at


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Managing Diabetes with Insulin: If you are knowledgeable about diabetes, but want more information about insulin or are having problems with your insulin, this would be an excellent review class for you. This free class is held in the hospital cafeteria on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Please call the Education Department at 770-437-6913 to register or for further questions.

Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will bring Christmas to the Community on Thursday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and blessings of the season at this special tree lighting event. Festivities will include holiday musical performances, refreshments and an appearance by Santa! Bring your camera to capture the evening’s special moments. Visit for updates or call 770-434-0710 for more information.


The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital will sponsor a “Holiday Home Tour” on Sunday, December 8, from Noon to 6:00 p.m. The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital welcomes the holiday season with a tour of some Smyrna/Vinings homes that are beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Your tour will include complimentary refreshments in the Tea Room at Community Bank of the South and entry into Santa’s Workshop of artisan gifts. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 per person the day of the tour. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of new patient beds for Emory-Adventist Hospital. Log onto to purchase your tickets or call 770-438-5233.

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Decor for the Holidays by Meredith Warnock, RID

It is that time of year again! As you pull out your seasonal decor, take a moment to pause before you place everything as you have in years past. There are a few easy, inexpensive ways to kick your Holiday decor up a notch this year and give yourself a fresh look using mostly what you have on hand (or in your garden). A Holiday Mixer: “Faux-Natural”

Natural foliage is fabulous and it is easily accessible. Last year, I found myself scrambling to correctly complete my Christmas Eve tablescape. Beautiful cream roses were cut and I had the faux garland set aside for the table centerpiece, but there was an element missing. After a brief trip to a friend’s garden, I had my finishing touch: cryptomeria. Long, graceful and lush, the fresh-cut greens gave the faux garland a new life and together, they were the perfect backdrop for the roses. No out-of-pocket cost for me and my friend enjoyed seeing a part of her garden on display during our dinner! Nature is Classic

Let’s face it, not all interiors coordinate well with the spirited red color of holiday decor. If your design taste won’t tolerate seeing red all season long, turn to nature for inspiration. Green foliage and dried, brown elements evoke the presence of the holidays in a very natural way, without masking your yearlong decor. Add touches of cream with roses or poinsettias and your wintertime decor is far from kitschy. Shelve It

For 30-days, I challenge you to change up your bookshelves to signify this special time of the year. It is so easy to keep what is in place once you finish accessorizing your shelves and, many times, the books and trinkets never move again. For the Holidays, clear out all or most of your year-round decor and fancy these spaces for the season. Just as your Holiday fireplace mantle display makes a big impact, this attention to detail on your bookshelves will make a huge difference. This may also clear up some space in other areas of your home.... Less is More

When outfitting your home with the spirit of the season, it is easy to get carried away. If you find yourself trying to squeeze in the 11th Santa onto a tabletop or shelf, it is probably the right time to go back to the “less is more” mantra. A single room does not need to be adorned head-to-toe in order to evoke the spirit of the season. Instead, a sprinkling of thoughtful additions throughout your home will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the holidays without feeling cramped by them. Refinement is key for a stunning holiday tribute. The “Pillows” of a Tablescape

Just as decorative pillows can be rotated in and out throughout the year according to the season, many elements of your tablescape can be easily made special for the holidays. Plates, glassware, linens and chargers can all be changed during the season or you can choose just one element to stand out against your year-round entertaining pieces. Subtlety can be key because the seasonal pieces don’t need to be adorned in the usual motifs of the holidays. For my December tablescape, I like to mix gold chargers with platinum-rimmed china. The silver and gold theme strikes the right tone in our interiors and it looks fantastic alongside seasonal greenery! Mirror, Ribbon, Wreath

While it is hard to say these three words three-times fast, this is an easy & classic detail to use in December. Where you have a decorative mirror in your home, hang an appropriately sized wreath with a ribbon and overlay it onto the mirror. Depending on your mirror, the ribbon can be fastened to the wall just behind the mirror or attached to the mirror itself. It is preferred to use a real wreath, though a faux wreath combined with real foliage accents will look beautiful too. Meredith is a registered interior designer (RID) with a design career that spans 12-years with residential, commercial and hospitality projects in Georgia, Texas, California and New York.


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Summer is over and we are well into Fall, so it's time to think about the gloominess of winter in the southeast. After the festive holiday season has ended and the New Year has begun.... what do we have to inspire us but the cold, dreary days of January and February?

These are the times that I would just love to get on a plane and jump down to the Caribbean for a long weekend. "No Problem Ma-an" in Jamaican. What could be better than a short direct flight to this ever-popular playground with beautiful blue water and white beaches?

Let's not forget the close by Bahamas, however they can get cool and blustery during the winter months.

Or you may prefer to go even further to the romantic Turks & Caicos Islands. ...or Aruba with its Dutch flavor. If you want to learn some French while you are away, why not travel to St. Barts or Guadeloupe? Or learn a little bit of Spanish on the Mexican coast near Cancun and Cozumel.

All of these wonderful islands have beautiful hotels, from the all-inclusive to 5 star to the smaller boutiques and laid back local places which offer a relaxed atmosphere and great hospitality. Try Tryall or Round Hill in Jamaica, or perhaps some of the Sandal's properties are more your style with a full palate of included meals and amenities.

A favorite of mine is One and Only in the Bahamas, but Atlantis is a favorite with families and couples who enjoy the fabulous pool and exciting glass water slide through a shark tank.

In Turks you can stay at the exotic Amanyara or exclusive Parrot Cay. Or enjoy Grace Bay Club on the beach of the same name. The Sands at Grace Bay is lovely with its condos right on the beautiful white beach.

Aruba is fun with an entire beachfront list of hotels from Radissons to Marriotts to Holiday Inns. Keep in mind here that the symbol for the island is the Bon Bini tree with a windswept look due to the strong winds that buffet this island.




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St Barts is wonderful and beautifully French from its great restaurants and hotels like, Carl Gustophe to Le Toiney and-Isle de France. Guadeloupe offers guests a taste of history with the hotels such as La Creole Beach Hotel and Spa.

Mexico is without doubt the quintessential holiday hotspot. Tons of modern and beautiful hotels line the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula at really great package rates in winter.

Whichever island you choose, now is the time to think about booking your flights and accommodations. Like you, people from the northeast and Europe are also trying to get out of the snow and ice. So when winter rolls around in Atlanta...and you are sitting around your fireplace wanting to get away to warmer climes....remember to book early next year so you can enjoy some really great resorts and fun.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford

MARKETING YOUR HOME DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON It’s the holiday season and you have a house to sell .Would it be best to wait until after the New Year before listing it? Not in today’s market ! Here are 11 good reasons why you should list your home during the holiday season.

1. Buyers who look at homes during the holidays are serious and ready to make a decision.

2. There is less competition during the holidays. Serious buyers have fewer homes to choose from over the holidays, as most sellers take their homes off the market. Selling now means more money for you!

3. The number of houses on the market will dramatically increase come January, so waiting to list will mean more competition and less money for you.

4. Homes show better when they’re decorated for the holidays. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays and are likely to spend more money on a home that they like.

5. Buyers have more time to look over the holidays. With time off from work, they often view homes during the weekdays.

6. Taxes are one reason many are looking to buy during the holidays. Many of these folks


are looking to get a tax break before the end of the year.

7. January is traditionally a month when employees start new jobs, so waiting until spring to buy is not an option for them. Having your home on the market during the holiday season, allows you to capture the sale.

8. While your home is on the market during the holiday season, you still have the option to delay your close or restrict your showings during those six or seven days to celebrate the season.

10. Sell now for more money, and we can provide a way to delay your closing and/or extend your occupancy until early next year.

11. By selling now, you have the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer for next year when more houses will be on the market for less. This could allow you to sell high and buy low!

From everyone at Keller Williams Realty Cityside and the Deborah Ratchford Real Estate Team, we want to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season! Please call us at 770-874-6382 for any of your real estate needs!

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It’s a Wrap By Holly and Diana Parks

The year was 1966. My three sisters and I tumbled out of the wood-paneled station wagon and charged towards the wreathed doors of Rich’s Department Store. We gaped at the sky-high Christmas tree, its twinkling lights reflecting off the shiny marble floor, which we skipped across, half-heartedly trying to avoid the cracks. (This would NOT be a good day to break our mother’s back.)

“Which way, Mom? Which way?” Just then my nine-year-old sister squealed with delight and pointed to the glittery sign that read “Santa’s Secret Shop.” We took off in our patent leather glory and skidded to a stop at the end of a line of pint-sized customers. I saw Mom pull her wallet out of her purse at a nearby folding table and receive four receipts for us to take in. She then took her seat amongst a dozen other moms who were in for the long haul.

The line inched forward until my sisters and I finally stepped up to the candy-striped, fairysized door. A Santa’s helper home from college took my hand and ducked through the entry to a bazaar of kid-sized tables, laden with assorted ties, tennis balls, oven mitts, and h a n d ke r ch i e f s. After thirty minutes, I emerged from Santa’s shop at the North Pole back to Christmas in the south. In my sweaty palm, I clutched Mom’s and Dad’s Christmas presents, already wrapped by Santa’s elves. **********

The year was 1996. My three brothers and I careened out of the mini-van that had not quite rolled to a stop at the pottery art shop. Tearing toward the front door, Mom called after us, repeating her mantra, “You break it, you buy it,” which succeeded in slowing our charge to a barely contained canter. The depression-era clapboard house built long before the Varsity Jr. across the street housed shelves upon shelves upon shelves of milky white, pre-fired, clay figurines, birdbaths, and soap dishes. There was a fountain I would have sold my soul for, but it was way out of Mom’s price range.

Christmas was just around the corner, and I was determined to find Dad’s perfect present. My brother was finishing the first coat of purple on his ceramic catcher’s mitt when I spotted the most beautiful figurine in the room. How had it not already been snatched up? Dad was in for a treat; who wouldn’t flip over a delicate woodland fairy? Using a wet sponge to wipe down and smooth out the pixie, I all but wiped her chalky features away. I squeezed a blob of my favorite blue onto my palette and lined my three brushes up; I was ready to begin.

On Christmas morning, Dad carefully peeled the layers of tape off the wrapping paper that covered my masterpiece. I squirmed with anticipation, resisting the urge to help. His delight at my slightly crosseyed, blue-winged nymph was everything I had hoped for. I enjoyed that moment more than any gift I opened that day. Seventeen years later, it still sits on his bathroom counter, right behind the Barbasol shaving cream.

In order for children to buy into the idea that it is better to give than to receive, they must be able to compare the two. As kid-focused and Santa-oriented as Christmas tends to be, expand their experience to the other end of the pole. I cannot recall one gift I opened that Christmas morning, but I’ll never forget the bursting pride I felt as Dad lifted her out of the box. You may end up with an inventory of Velcro wallets, toe socks, and gently used Mr. Potato Heads, but your lesson on giving and your Oscarworthy reaction to receiving will prove a more valuable gift than anything on your child’s list. Diana and Holly Parks are a mother-daughter duo who have co-authored the book I Didn’t See Me Do It. Visit their website at or go to Amazon to order.


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by Mark Orler

My wife and I were sitting around the kitchen table the other evening looking at all the toy catalogs that the children had been so kind to place in front of us with particular pages earmarked just in case we hadn’t heard them in last few weeks when we looked at each other and said, “When did this become all about THIS?”

I could almost hear my parents giggling with joy in the background as I reiterated to my wife that she had spoiled our children rotten and that the “stuff ” of Christmas was not the stuff that covered the glossy pages getting in the way of my ham sandwich. I dodged the American Girl tome that was hurled at my head as she reminded me that she was “The ONLY parent in this household who has ever heard of a Christmas Budget and that it was ALWAYS a certain MAN at the table who blew through that amount and ruined our mutually-agreed upon spending limits!” I looked over at little Johnny in the high chair slurping on his bottle of milk and said, “Dude, you have got to get a grip on your spending!”

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But like every other year it will be the week before Christmas and I will take an assessment of the cornucopia beneath the Orler tree and will surmise it “lacking.” I will then make a rush to some Big Box where I will melt the numbers off a few credit cards and get to enjoy the repeated phrase from my wife Christmas morning, “Wow, Santa sure did go overboard this year, I bet the Elves are going to have to have a garage sale to cover all this. “I sure hope Mrs. Claus doesn’t force him to sleep with the Reindeer over this.” She won’t.

So where does this insatiable need for “this” and “stuff ” come from? Where in our DNA is it coded that want and need will never be equal and that Apple and Walmart will merely replace the idols of Baal and Zeus? The question answers itself. Even when every need was met for man there was the want for more that inevitably followed the greatest lie ever told, “You deserve this.” It appeared that mankind was doomed to spiral into oblivion based on that lie until a lonely parent sat around the table and thought to Himself, “What more can I give?”

But instead of attempting to fill that void with the fodder of temptation He gave a gift so precious that earning it or repaying the debt wouldn’t even be conceivable, much less possible.

I know I will overspend on Christmas. I know I will try to give my children more than they deserve, and I know that in January I will sit down with all my debt and debate whether or not I made the right choices…I am just blessed that my Father doesn’t look back on his gift giving and do the same.

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St. Benedict's Episcopal Day School invites prospective families to join us Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:30p to tour our school and meet our teachers. We invite families interested in preschool through 7th grade for the 2014-15 to join us and learn more about our community.


Congratulations to Rhonda Lokey, a Campbell Middle School teacher, who was honored last month as Cobb County's Teacher of the Year. The Smyrna City Council passed a proclamation recognizing Ms. Lokey for her accomplishment. Among the events surrounding this honor was a ceremony enshrining her handprints on the Marietta Square with all previous Teachers of the Year and a free oneyear lease of an SUV for her use.


Atlanta Classical Christian Academy will be hosting its annual Christmas Program on Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm. This event is open to the public and we welcome you to join us for this festive celebration of our Savior’s birth! This is a great time to see our students in action as they showcase what they’ve been learning in music classes this Fall, and a great time to see our newly renovated facilities. Also visit us during one of our upcoming Open House events, on January 14 at 9:30am and 7pm, and see what makes ACCA truly exceptional! For more information about Atlanta Classical Christian Academy, visit

The SAE School is proud to recognize our students who demonstrated their Taekwondo skills at the Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival. Tess C., Madeline M., Caroline M., Kennedy C., Alex R., Brady O., Tanner O., Sydney S., Christian C., Kyle H, Harper C. and Theodore M. all showed how much work they have put into their daily Taekwondo classes here at school!

Taekwondo is an integral part of our school’s unique learning environment, building the five aspects of student self: discipline, esteem, control, respect & defense!

Families are invited to come out and learn more about this and all of the other unique elements of The SAE School at our Admissions Open House! Saturday, December 7th 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.

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Books came to life for more than 11,000 area students at Cobb EMC’s fourth annual Literacy Week event. The program, which was held the week of October 27, brought together six children’s book authors and students from across the electric cooperative’s service district.

“We originally designed this event to encourage students’ love of reading and creative writing,” said Mark Justice, associate vice president of education and community relations. “Cobb EMC is committed to education, and Literacy Week inspires imaginations and promotes life-long reading habits in a really fun, interactive way.”

Guest authors included New York Times bestselling author Brian Lies and local authors Gail Karwoski, Jenny L. Cote, Diane Shore, Robyn Hood Black and Rebecca Varicak.

Throughout the week, authors made individual presentations at Allatoona Elementary, Bells Ferry Elementary, Boston Elementary, Bullard Elementary, Chalker Elementary, Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, Dowell Elementary, Due West Elementary, Ford Elementary, Johnston Elementary, Labelle Elementary, Lewis Elementary, Milford Elementary, Mount Paran Christian, Murdock Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Powers Ferry Elementary, Russell Elementary, Russom Elementary, Shelton Elementary, Timber Ridge Elementary and Vaughan Elementary. Presentations were also made at the Tellus Science Center for museum visitors of all ages. KING SPRINGS ELEMENTARY: SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

Principal Linda Keeney and her staff at King Springs Elementary have been recognized for achieving status as a Georgia School of Excellence. Congratulations team! We are proud of your continued

improvement and the recognition you have earned! Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon and the City Council acknowledged and thanked Principal Keeney and her staff at our September 16 Council meeting. Coincidentally, Kenney is Mayor Max Bacon’s sister. He is rightfully proud of his sister.

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by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

“Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.” We are entering the annual season of giving – and a time to examine how well you allow yourself to be given to. “Receiving” by fully accepting gifts with grace, gratitude and appreciation of the gesture of being given to; is an important part of relationship. Receiving a gift is half the exchange - it is the complement of giving and just as important - and sometimes more difficult. To embrace being given to with grace may require suspending, at least for a time, the sense of independence, of being strong, and selfsufficient. Additionally, accepting from others requires an acceptance of self-worthiness and the sense we deserve the kind efforts of others. For many, the art of receiving gracefully is a real challenge.

Most would rather give than receive because giving offers such natural and genuine satisfaction. However, it may be selfish not to let others help. Work towards allowing yourself to be given to - - and give the gift of receiving well. The result of not being good at receiving is that we deny others the pleasure of feeling valued; we deny them the joy of giving. Offering gracious acceptance honors the giver. Sometimes the nicest thing we can give someone is to let them be the thoughtful one. Receiving well is a kind of generosity. If compliments, gifts, or other kindnesses, cannot be accepted and embraced fully, these expressions of love are blocked. The proverb of “it is better to give than to receive” has great truth; however, the ability to receive is equally as important as the ability to give.

Parents and known etiquette instruct on the importance of making eye contact, expressing gratitude and then writing a note of thanks are a part of graceful receiving. However, etiquette covers only a part of receiving a gift well. The deeper difficulty is in embracing and really welcoming a gift.

Some guidelines to follow to express appreciations for the precious gifts we are given:


• Accept graciously and say “thank you” genuinely

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• Resist the “knee-jerk” reaction to reciprocate

• Resist the urge to decline a gift or deflect a compliment

• Enjoy the gift or compliment

• Examine your negative reactions to understand this issue better

When appreciations are expressed graciously to compliments, offers of help, or other gifts you strengthen relationship bonds, create a life where people want to give to you as much as you give to them. A balance reciprocal life is healthier for all.

Psychologist, Dr. Melissa McCreery offers the following exercise to improve the ability to gracefully accept from others: “Make a daily practice of listing three gifts you received every day, noting the little or the big things. Look for the gifts you were given all day and notice whether you allow yourself to really receive them. We’re not talking expensive jewelry. It might be the coffee someone made for you or the email a friend sent or the way your partner didn’t point out that irritating thing you did. It’s how your colleague washed the coffee mugs. As you practice this, you’ll get better at catching it in the moment – and letting the gifts really sink in.”

As we enjoy this joyous time of seasonal giving, work towards offering the “givers” in your life the joy of your gratitude and appreciation.

Happy holidays to all! Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or Your comments or questions are welcome.

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MOMMY MOMENTS The Ungrateful Child by Shasta Clark

Confession: I’ve wanted to run away from home more as a mother than I ever did as a kid.

You know those moments when you’re at your wits end with your kids? Then just before you throw in the towel and pack your bags, you get a glimmer of hope that keeps you from running away? I had one of those moments during this holiday season. As much as I love Christmas and Thanksgiving, my glimmer of hope didn’t come while we were stringing lights or baking pumpkin pies. It came when we were trick-or-treating.

Every Halloween, I remind my kids at every house to say thank you. It exhausts me that I have to continually remind them to show gratitude. Why can’t they just remember? Better yet, why can’t their hearts be so full of appreciation that gratitude is a natural response?

This year one of my children got candy then, before he stepped foot off the porch, he bellowed, “I hate that kind.” Part of me wanted to crawl under their giant-sized Snoopy blowup lawn decoration, but secretly I didn’t blame him. The people handed out the reject candy, the kind that even sugar-loving children leave sitting in the bottom of their buckets after they’ve picked out the Kit Kats and Reese’s Cups. I talked to my son about how to graciously accept all the candy, even the rejects.

A few houses later, he did it! He said thank you to a few people who passed out rejects. I considered it a glimmer of hope because, most of the time, he is utterly ungrateful. And frankly, I don’t know what to do about it. I don’t have the answer to transform an ungrateful little heart that whines and complains about everything into a thankful one.

When I say my child complains about everything, I’m not exaggerating. When I’m cooking dinner, he walks through the kitchen and says, “Yuck! What stinks?” Even when I’m making his favorite meal, he complains that he’d rather have something else, “Pizza with potato chips and ice cream sundaes for dessert? Aaaahh, I wanted tacos.” When I buy him a toy, he gets home, unwraps it and says, “I should have gotten the other one.” Then he whines for 10 minutes because I won’t take him back to the store to exchange it.

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This is the same kid who, of all my children, is the first to tell me how much he loves me, the first to smother me with kisses and hugs when I walk in the door, the first to show compassion to a friend who is being left out. He’s the one who makes me belly laugh, and the one who livens our home with his spunk and spirit. Without him, our family would be quite dull.

I’ve tried all the regular remedies, but they haven’t worked. You can force a child to say thank you, but you can’t force him to feel empathy so that he recognizes a good deed and genuinely expresses appreciation when someone does one for him.

When I was a kid and I complained about eating cabbage rolls my mom made from scratch, I’d get the “There are starving kids in Ethiopia” speech. But that won’t cut it with my son, and it never worked for my generation either. A kid growing up in rural Ohio has no clue where Ethiopia is, let alone why the kids are always starving there.

It frustrates me because I believe that giving thanks is essential to contentment. When we give thanks, we simply cannot be self-focused. It’s impossible for gratitude and ungratefulness to cohabitate in the human heart. And I desperately want my son’s heart to be full of thanksgiving, not his selfish desires. The hardest part about having an ungrateful child is it takes all the fun out of doing things for him. When a child says, “Thank you, Mom,” you’ll happily spend your entire Saturday sitting outside in freezing rain at soccer tournaments then spend your last dollar on ice cream for the team. But when he whines, you start to resent doing even the smallest things for him. As a writer, it feels unfinished to end this column here, without a pretty bow about my revolutionary parenting technique that cured my son of his ungrateful heart. But often times parenting takes years to see results. As the old adage says, parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. Along the journey, we hold on to the glimmers of hope that pop up unexpectedly, even if they are as simple as a “thank you” for reject candy.


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So Where Are They Now….

We all know how hard it is for small businesses to make a go of things these days. Without strong support from the community, it’s almost impossible for them to make it. So how are some of our old favorites doing?

One local small business that we reported on a several years ago is still doing smashingly well…Dogma Dog Care. With all the competition out there in the pet care industry, many have asked business owner Robin Crawford for her formula. Robin contributes her continued success to her strong faith and to treating each and every client with the utmost respect and appreciation. “I think the difference maker for small businesses is customer service. There are so many opportunities for people to take their business elsewhere. If you don’t keep your eye on their overall satisfaction, and that means each and every interaction whether it be on the phone, in person or whatever, that they can and will be gone. I look for opportunities to let my clients know that I care about them as individuals and that we love their pets, even when it means giving free services. If a house hold has a new baby, or if a pet parent is ill or has passed away, we pitch in and sup-


port them in every way possible. That’s something that the big chain stores just can’t do.”

Dogma Dog Care has been in business now for almost 5 years and has seen its revenues more than triple with this simple philosophy. As a former Adjunct Professor for Cornell University, Robin Crawford’s corporate expertise is in Human Resources with a specialty in Diversity and Inclusion. She has parlayed that specialty into her employment practices and business philosophy. “I love hiring people with varied back grounds. I know that not everyone out there does the same, so I make it my responsibility to do better. My current staff represents several nationalities, speaks multiple languages and reflects the diversity of our community. I’m proud of that. We have a great team of people who are truly committed to giving the dogs in our care AND the people who bring them here a warm and inviting experience.”

Dogma also provides a diverse package of services in order to appeal to people of varied socio economic backgrounds as well. Robin told Our Town “Though our facility’s appearance is more high end than our local competitors with 2 acres of play space, private suites, and roomy dens, we keep our prices low so that every dog can have the Dogma experience. We offer a monthly low cost vaccination clinic sponsored by Paws Plus and provide our clients a lovely wash area where they can bathe their dogs themselves. We also sell the best dog foods on the market but choose products with a wide range in price so that everyone can feed their pets well.”

What ever the formula is for success, Dogma Dog Care must have it down packed. For the 5th year in a row they’ve received the Best Of Atlanta in pet care from the Atlanta Tribune magazine and now are one of Cobb Counties Top 25 Small Businesses for 2013. Congratulations Dogma Dog Care. Smyrna is proud of all that you do for our community. Check out Dogma Dog Care and read more about it’s owner Robin Crawford at Dogma is located at 4790 Wright Drive Smyrna 30082 and can be reached at 770-436-4346.

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Great Doggie Christmas Gifts

The holiday season is upon us. As we settle into the hustle and bustle and begin planning for an onslaught of holiday visitors, it’s important to remember that environmental changes can be challenging (and sometimes dangerous) for our pets. Observation, management and training will help your dog and visitors avoid many troublesome issues and while a house full of guests is not the right time to work on behavioral challenges, it is the time for new gifts for Rover. This month we take a look at great doggie gifts that serve double duty: fun and management. 1) The great Kong. Ever present in a trainer’s toolbox, Kong products are virtually indestructible and come in many different shapes and sizes, with red for normal chewers and black for the serious advocate. Stuff Kongs with your pup's meal to give them a good mental workout. Freeze Kongs stuffed with healthy treats mixed with small bits of fat free yogurt so the playtimes last longer. Check out our website at for a list of recipes for Kong treats but make sure to adjust for your dog and their digestive needs and nutritional limitations. The only limit to what you can do with a Kong is your imagination. The Kong Wobbler is our 2013 Toy Award Winner and provides hours of safe entertainment and appears to last, by our test, for several years.

2) Puzzle toys are all the rage. They come in so many different arrangements and sizes that any dog can benefit from this gift. Make them easy or hard, use treats, toys or your dog' meal in these to entertain. Hide the puzzle toy then get your dog to search, find and play with the puzzle. Buy several and trade them out regularly to keep your dog challenged.

3) Premier Linkables are a combination of a hard rubber toy and a puzzle. Use them alone or build a puzzle to suite your dog and their needs. Reminiscent of hamster tunnels, they come in a variety of sizes and colors to suite any need and any dog. Fill them with the Linkable treats or your dog's meal or simply play fetch with these toys as the bounce and float. A great addition to any toy box!

4) Tug toys are great for dogs who know how to play and release appropriately and who do not have aggression issues. Tugging with your dog releases pent up energy, gives you a chance to work on commands and control in a fun manner and tugs can be taken on walks, to the vet or anywhere that your dog may need quick redirection and play. Make sure you teach your dog to release to avoid conflict. Buy two and trade as you play to keep your dog focused.

5) The ever present chews. Coming in thousands of types, chews can be wonderful but must be chosen very carefully and with forethought. Some chews are too hard for serious chewers or puppies and can lead to broken teeth while some chews are too soft and can lead to your dog swallowing pieces that cause intentional issues such as a blockage. Never leave your dog alone with any chew they can swallow, observe them closely the first time they try any chew and immediately take away and discard chews that are splitting, losing pieces or your dog is crunching


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down hard on as they play. Research the many options, discuss with your vet any questions and pick what is best suited to your dog and his needs.

6) Grab a new collar or leash this year. Often we forget to check the latches and buckles on leads and collars and this can lead to equipment failure at inopportune times. Take this time to check on your dog's tags, collar and leash and replace any worn out or unreadable pieces. Our favorite is the Mendota lead and collar in one, which last for many years and have no breakable pieces.

Remember that any toy or chew you pick for your dog should be suited to their size, chew strength and temperament. Not every choice is good for every dog but there is a toy that will work for your needs. Goodies and gifts for your dog can be a great help in management, stress relief and most of all, fun. Enjoy this holiday season and make sure to stop by K-9 Coach to see our wide selection of doggie gifts, puzzles, leads, and toys. Enjoy your shopping and from the K9 Coach family to yours, happy holidays! Amber Burckhalter, CNWI, CPDT, CDBC is the owner of K-9 Coach, APDT Board of Trustees, IAABC Certified Member, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and Business U Task Force, Cobb Chamber. K-9 Coach is located at 4870 South Atlanta Road, Ste 200, in Smyrna. 404.603.9744

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The holiday season is a perfect time of year to invite family and friends into your home. What better way to host your guests than with southern inspired dishes! While we all love family-favorites, it also is nice to introduce new traditions. This year, try a new recipe from one of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta’s (JLCM) cookbooks, Georgia On My Menu and Southern On Occasion. Both of the JLCM’s cookbooks make excellent hostess gifts, and can be purchased in time for holiday parties by visiting the League Website at

Hampton Place Beef Tenderloin Southern On Occasion, page 187 Yield: 16-20 Servings 1 (4 to 5 Pound) Beef Tenderloin, Trimmed 2 Cups Soy Sauce 2/3 Cup Dark Sesame Oil 7 Cloves of Garlic, Minced 2 Tablespoons Chopped Gingerroot Coarse Salt and Pepper to Taste

Congealed Coca-Cola Cranberry Salad Georgia on my Menu, page 56 Yield: 8 Servings 1 (16-Ounce) Can Whole Cranberry Sauce 1 (3-Ounce) Package Orange Gelatin 1 Cup Boiling Water 1 Envelope Gelatin, Softened in ½ Cup Cold Water 1 (20-Ounce) Can Crushed Pineapple, Undrained 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Grated Orange Rind 1 Cup Pecans or Walnuts, Chopped 6 Ounces Classic Coca-Cola Dissolve orange gelatin in boiling water; add cranberry sauce and blend well. Add plain gelatin. Add remaining ingredients and stir just to blend. Spray an 8-cup mold with nonstick cooking spray. Pour mixture into mold. Chill. When mixture begins to gel, stir to distribute nuts evenly. Continue to chill until firm.


Holiday Toffee Southern On Occasion, page 188 Makes 2 Pounds 1 Cup Sugar 1 Cup Butter 1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup 3 Tablespoons Water 1 (5-Ounce) Package Sliced Almonds 2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips Combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and water in an iron skillet. Cover over high heat for 10 minutes or until caramel colored, hard-ball stage, stirring constantly and in 1 direction. Stir in the almonds. Pour onto a greased baking sheet and spread evenly with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Let stand until the chocolate begins to melt; spread evenly. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into bite-size pieces. Store in a box or tin at room temperature.

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Place the tenderloin in a nonreactive dish. Whisk the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and gingerroot in a bowl. Reserve half the marinade. Pour the remaining marinade over the tenderloin, turning to coat. Marinate, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for 1 hour; drain. Rub the roast with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan. Sear the tenderloin at 500 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let stand for 10 minutes. Return the beef to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand for 10 minutes. Continue the “in and out” process until the desired cooking time is consumed. Bake 17 to 18 minutes per pound for rare and 20 to 22 minutes per pound for medium. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Heat the reserved marinade in a saucepan and brush over the beef. Cut into thin slices. Serve on yeast rolls with horseradish sauce. May be prepared 1 day in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.

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The Smyrna/Vinings Family Lifestyle Magazine December 2013

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