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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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!

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!