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December 2016 — Be Merry

Nov 23, 2016 11:00AM ● By Kendra Kaiserman
Be Merry
December 2016
On the cover: Kellie Stiff
Photo by Amber Smith

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are upon us – we encourage you to make time to truly enjoy the magic of the season.

Put on your reindeer antler headband and get your heart rate up at the 5th annual Jingle Bell Run, a family tradition that raises money for Toys for Tots. Every calorie you burn means one more calorie you can spend on egg nog.

Another way to embrace the holiday spirit is to treat yourself to some quality time with the arts. Visalia’s Fox Theatre will again host the 25th annual Cowboy Christmas, where the Sons of the San Joaquin will belt out classic cowboy tunes and traditional Christmas hymns. Then take a spin by the home of Van Crawford, the rock-n’-rollin’, gift-givin’ Grinch. Bring by a donation for the local food bank and you’ll boost your odds of landing on Santa’s nice list.

Have a house full of stir-crazy houseguests? Take the short trip downhill to Shaver Lake and immerse yourself in some natural beauty. We’ve also got tips for choosing your best Christmas tree yet, paying it forward over the holidays and creating some whimsical handmade ornaments.

If you’re still working on your shopping list, check out the offerings at Enjoy the Store Visalia, where we’ll help you select the perfect hand-crafted gifts for everyone on your list, and wrap them up in our signature wooden crates.

Celebrate this festive season with love, unity, generosity and compassion. Enjoy!