Remember: This Is the Season Of Giving

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Steve Johnson/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Steve Johnson/Released)

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a frantic one.

The hustle and bustle in stores, along with traffic, can make for a holiday headache that many of us want to avoid.

It’s always important to slow down and remember that this is, in fact, a special season of giving. It’s more than presents under the tree. It’s more than making cookies, cakes, and other delectable treats — although that’s certainly fun!

We wanted to share this story from LakeNewsOnline as a reminder of the importance of giving. And it’s just nice to read some good news for a change!

The School of Osage hosted a district-wide holiday food drive and ended up raising more than 4,000 items. These items will be able to feed 25 families during the Christmas break.

This is such a hopeful sign that the spirit of giving is alive and well. How can you help your neighbors, family, or even strangers this holiday season?

If you know of any local food (or other) drives going on in December, please share in the comments!

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Lake of the Ozarks Forecast This Weekend

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If you’re staying with us this weekend, be sure to bring an umbrella! A slight chance of showers today and tomorrow. However, the temperatures will be nice, hitting 70 degrees tomorrow.

Looking to stay out of the rain? This is the perfect time of year to check out some of the Lake of the Ozarks’ caves. Find a list of the best local show caves on our website.

Don’t forget: The Enchanted Village of Lights at the Laurie Fairgrounds begins tomorrow. 

Book a stay with us between now and January 1st and we’ll make a $20 donation to the display in your name! Simply use the code “LIGHTS” when you book your stay!

Enchanted Village of Lights at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Looking for a festive time at the Lake of the Ozarks this winter?

You won’t want to miss the 20th Annual Enchanted Village of Lights at the fairgrounds in Laurie, Missouri!

The Enchanted Village of Lights is an awe-inspiring, drive-thru display that will be sure to brighten your holiday. The above “God Bless the USA” light display is one of the newest to be added to the spectacular show of lights.

From the City of Laurie: “Last holiday season was the best year in our history with over 4,950 vehicles and 16,110 visiting our beautiful 27 acre drive-through lighted park.  While touring the lights is free, donations are accepted.”

The display kicks off on November 17th and goes through January 1, 2014.

Book a stay with us between now and January 1st and we’ll make a $20 donation to the display in your name! Simply use the code “LIGHTS” when you book your stay!

November Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

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We know Halloween isn’t over quite yet. But it’s just a few days away!

Anyway, we figured we’d give you an overview of what’s happening at the Lake of the Ozarks in November.

Here are a few events worth checking out next month:

Lake Gifts Perfect for Christmas

We all miss the lake in the winter months.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be getting ready for next season!

Time at the beach. Relaxing on a boat. Enjoy cocktails in the heat of the summer.  It will be here before we know it.

I found this website called Signals.com that has a section full of lake gifts.

If you have a loved one who enjoys being at the lake, these are perfect gifts for Christmas!

I just love the tote above! Be sure to pass this on to your loved ones (or Santa) hint hint : )

DIY: Make Your Own Wreath This Holiday Season

The holidays are for continuing traditions and making new ones.

Have you made any homemade or hand-crafted holiday decorations?

There are endless ideas on Pinterest and across the web, but a great place to start is with making a wreath.

Below are 5 places to help you on your very first holiday wreath!