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Because the holidays are fast approaching, tech gear will not be the subject of this article. The focus of this article will be on some of the local goings on that are happening in our area and other holiday traditions.

Of course Santa will make a few appearances...the first one for the season kicks off the lighting of the Christmas Tree at City Hall with the Mrs, and a cast of other Winter Wonderland lights and singing.

Santa also is stopping at our local gym and greeting families with children under the age of 10 (is that the cutoff point for Santa now :(??? lol). Admission to see Santa is just $3.00, but free with a new, unwrapped toy donation for the Toys for Tots Drive.

I don't know about your neighborhood, but Santa always make a splash but riding through each area in our city, up high on a bright, loud fire truck! For years, he has been handing out candy canes as he makes his rounds, lights and sirens all a blaze. I remember when I first moved into our neighborhood and wasn't aware of the tradition, I thought the entire block was on fire!

When I first moved in our neighborhood, we used to go to the homes in our cul-de-sac and bring dishes; a different house every year. Then the kids got older, and families got busier, and we stopped doing that. A few original neighbors moved away. We need to re-energized that idea.

Other than those traditions, our family always visits other family and of course to grandmother's house we go! We always make Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve because I love for the house to smell of baked goods on that special night. And one new tradition that I am trying to pass on to the kids this year is to leave the smartphones alone!

A Wonderful and Joyous Holiday, and Happy New Year to All!

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