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Complete this sentence: “Lead, follow or . . .” Most of you probably finished with, “ . . . get out of the way.” I don’t know where this phrase originated, but I like it! Are you a leader or a follower? I never thought of myself as a leader until my college days. Suddenly, I found myself offering suggestions which were readily accepted. My reaction? Why didn’t anyone else think of this incredibly simple solution to whatever our current problem was? I still didn’t consider myself to be a strong leader for many years. Now? There are times when I relish being able to organize a team to accomplish a goal. Other times, (such as Christmas) I try to lead by example. With the holidays coming, we each have the opportunity to be a pacesetter. Rather than following the crowd in gift selection for that ‘must have’ toy, getting stressed trying to schedule multiple events, or frantically attempting to re-create traditions which may or may not be possible, why not pause long enough to think about each situation and decide exactly what is worthy of your time? In our family, we have blended some of our traditions with new events, thus creating new customs. These will probably evolve through the years with the addition of new family members and the loss of others. That is as it should be. After all, we don’t all enjoy the same pastimes. The one thing upon which we all agree is the importance of family, worship and celebrations worthy of remembering. The holidays provide a host of opportunities for all three of these things. Take advantage of these chances to make wonderful memories. Cherish them. This is hard to do when everyone is tense, or even worse, angry. We laugh about it now, but for years we had what we called our annual family fight. It was over an extremely important subject: where to put the Christmas tree. I don’t know why it mattered. Over the years it ended up being in almost every spot in the house where there was an electrical outlet close enough to plug in the lights. I’d like to say I was able to persuade everyone to calm down. I was just a child at the time, so I didn’t have much influence. But things are different now. I learned from those incidents, so now no matter what happens, I try to be the one who makes peace. Or better yet, create an atmosphere which prevents potential triggers for squabbles. You’ll be glad you did. So go ahead. Be the one who shows everyone how not only to survive, but actually enjoy the holidays without stress. You’ll never be sorry. Kandy Derden/Things to Do Editor Page 4

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Places to Go: Brownsburg

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Downtown Indianapolis

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Things to Do: Three P’s of Shopping

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BROWNSBURG – Bring your family to downtown Brownsburg on Saturday, December 7 for a special holiday celebration. The traditional Christmas Under the Stars parade is a full evening of familyfriendly activities and entertainment.

tours, and ending in the big parade. If you love Christmas, these workshops are for you. The 5 Days of Christmas is for all ages! Register for all of these activities online, just search activity #316811 or 5 Days of Christmas!

Monday, December 2, 6-7 p.m. Christmas Under the Stars Parade Join the thouWreath Making, Frazee Gardens $20 sands of Brownsburg area residents who line the Learn to make beautiful Christmas wreaths on streets for the much-anticipated annual Christmas parade! The parade starts at 6 p.m. at Brown your own. Elementary School and ends at Arbuckle Acres Park. Tuesday & Wednesday, December 3, 10 a.m. - 12 See the route map here. p.m. & December 4, 5 - 7 p.m. Ornament Decorating, Library FREE, more inforEntertainment & Pictures with Santa Make sure you join us at Town Hall, 61 N. Green Street, after the mation on Brownsburg Library's website Kids are invited to the Brownsburg Public Library parade ends for a variety of activities and holiday entertainment. The junior grand marshal will "flip to create there own Ornaments. Ornaments will be the switch" to light up Town Hall's dancing light judged and the winner will be the Junior Grand show. Don't miss your chance to tell Santa what's on Marshal for the Christmas Under the Stars Parade. your Christmas list in Eaton Hall. Professional phoThursday, December 5, 6-8 p.m. tos will be provided courtesy of Captured Memories. Tour of Lights, Eaton Hall $5 Each child photographed with Santa will get one free Participants will be taken throughout Hendricks 4"x6" picture, and parents will have the opportunity to order additional prints to share with their family County to view the beautiful Christmas displays. and friends. Activities begin immediately after the Friday, December 6, 6-7 p.m. parade and end at 9 p.m.! Stampin Up, Eaton Hall $45 Learn to make beautiful Christmas and holiday 5 Days of Christmas 24 hours of Christmas just isn't enough for us, that's cards by using scrapbooking skills. why Brownsburg Parks is bringing you 5 days of Saturday, December 7, 6-9 p.m. Christmas leading up to Christmas Under the Stars. Christmas Under the Stars, Brownsburg FREE Enjoy all that Christmas has to offer with crafts, Page 08

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Have a Holiday Tea-Party! FISHERS - You are invited to a special Christmas Tea at Rita's Backyard Garden Center & Tea Room. Enjoy a celebration of family, friendship, fellowship, and joy! Located at 12244 East 116th Street, the Christmas Teas are scheduled for December 8, 9, 14, and 15, starting each day at 11 a.m. The Tea Room and Gift shop are completely transformed into a Winter Wonderland with beautiful decorated trees, unique ornaments, and fabulous decorations for your

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home....You can't miss this ! Reservations are required with an admission price of $24.95 per person. Seating is limited so please call 317-8420235 to reserve your spot early. The grounds are an historic farmstead, built by a member of the Brooks family around 1904. The Brooks family was one of the founding families of Fall Creek. They donated a portion of their property for the original Brooks School. For more information, visit online at www.ritasback yard.com/ Tearoom.html

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PLACES TO GO: THE ALEXANDER

The Alexander – Indy’s newest, innovative and vibrant hotel – is receiving accolades from renowned travel and hospitality organizations. The Alexander ranked sixth on TripAdvisor’s® inaugural list of “Hot New Hotels” in the U.S. "When you make the list of the top 10 hotels for each continent, you know you've done something right,” Michael Moros, general manager of The Alexander, said. “The world is recognizing The Alexander for what we know it to be, an outstanding, vibrant gem in the heart of the Midwest. We're honored to be recognized as one of the top new hotels across the world." The Alexander also has been awarded Boutique Design’s Most Experimental Hospitality Project of 2013, and will be featured in the November issue. Gensler, The Alexander’s architect has been selected from among 260 entries as a finalist in the Best Hotel Midscale category of the 2013 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. Gold Key Awards represent the most innovative hospitality properties constructed or renovated within the past 18 months; they are presented by the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® and sponsored by Boutique Design magazine and HOTELS magazine. The winners will be announced November 10. As a centerpiece to Indianapolis’ new downtown December, 2013

CityWay neighborhood, The Alexander is unlike any other hotel in the region. The Alexander offers: • 209 total rooms, including 157 guest rooms and suites and 52 extended-stay units. •Three dining options, including Plat 99 Mixology Lounge, Market Table and Cerulean. •State-of-the-art technology and complete meeting packages to suit a variety of meeting and event needs. The Alexander is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers. •Downtown walkability to major corporations and attractions such as Lucas Oil Stadium, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and the Indianapolis Convention Center. • An art program – curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art – featuring more than 50 works by more than 25 contemporary artists. The hotel is named for Alexander Ralston, the city planner who laid out the original plan for Indy’s downtown in the early 19th century after studying under Washington, DC architect Pierre L’Enfant. For more information visit online at www.thealexander.com. About CityWay

CityWay is a dynamic, new 10-acre neighborhood in the heart of downtown Indianapolis that encompasses a 209-room luxury hotel, apartments and destination restaurants and will include 40,000 square feet of retail and office space, as well as a state-ofthe-art YMCA. Contemporary art is incorporated throughout the public spaces, including more than ten site-specific commissions for The Alexander hotel and graffiti art in the parking garages. More information is available at www.cityway.com.

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Things to Do: 3 P’s of Giving the Perfect Gift (BPT) - Americans will spend more than $6 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. How much of that will be overspending or outright wasted money? It's possible to control holiday spending and make smart money decisions this holiday season, if you keep in mind the "three P's": plan, purchase and protect. When looking for the perfect presents, you'll eliminate much of your shopping stress, and be better able to avoid impulse spending. When it's time to purchase, do your research to make sure you find the best possible deal. Finally, once you've made your purchase decisions, protect special or costly items from mechanical breakdown or accidental damage. Personal finance expert Erica Sandberg offers more tips to help you master each "P" this holiday season:

Plan Start by carefully considering how much you're willing to spend on all holiday-related shopping including gifts, travel, decorations and meals. Remember, you shouldn't have trouble paying routine bills because you've overspent on holiday stuff. After you've established a holiday budget, you can make a gift list that takes into account how much you've budgeted for each person.

Purchase It's a common enough mistake - equating the amount you spend on an individual with how much you care about him or her. But the gift that will please a person the most is one that speaks to his or her individual tastes, and not necessarily how much it cost. Stick with gift ideas that you're confident the recipient will love - and don't worry if they don't come with a big price tag. When shopping, online resources are great for comparing prices. And shopping online saves you gas, time and energy. With many retail sites offering free shipping and big sales, online shopping can be a Page 22

convenient, cost-effective way to fulfill your gift list. But in-store shopping has numerous benefits as well. Retailers are working hard to counter the online shopping trend, so great deals can be had for savvy shoppers who hit the stores. Plus, shopping in person allows you to enjoy the lights, carols and festive atmosphere of the holiday season.

Protect Some of the season's hottest gifts, such as electronics and jewelry, also are the most vulnerable. Everyone's experienced the frustration of a brand new device that stops working the day after the warranty expires, or that suffers a problem not covered by the warranty even when it's still in effect. This is when a protection plan can come in handy. Sometimes called extended service contracts or service plans, protection plans are usually offered at the time of sale. Before you finalize your purchase, take a moment to hear about the features and benefits the protection plan includes. In addition to covering problems that might be excluded from the standard warranty, protection plans may be bundled with valuable services like technical support - a great bonus for anyone on your shopping list who's not tech savvy. Wall mounting services for flat screen TVs might be an option, and data backup for electronics also may be included. Protection plans may include maintenance and extended care that can help keep your special gift looking beautiful for years. As with any purchase you make, be sure to check out your protection plan carefully before you purchase it. Adding a protection plan to a gift purchase can be an inexpensive, easy way to show that you care enough about the gift you're giving to ensure it's protected for years to come. By making sure you plan, purchase and protect your perfect presents, you can ensure your holiday is a happy one, without breaking the bank.

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