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!

Inside Look: Hill Crest

Ideal family retreat – lakefront with great view, large screened porch, and hot tub.

This wonderful family retreat is the last home in a small subdivision. The back lot is heavily wooded adding privacy and yet the home takes in an expansive view of the cove and main channel – 39 mile marker of the Osage. The two story home has an open living floor plan with three bedrooms and three full baths.

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This 1,960 sq. ft. vacation rental is available year around. The desirable features include central heating and air conditioning, dish network TV, VCR, DVD, phone, ceiling fans, all bedding, dish towels, and an iron. The large u-shaped kitchen is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher, microwave, range, and refrigerator. Other inclusions are weekly trash service, open parking, and access to laundry facilities off the downstairs hallway.

This amazing property is just 5 minutes from the town of Laurie and just 20-25 minutes away from all the action on the busy side of the Lake – Bagnell Dam, Lake Ozarks, and Osage Beach – via the community bridge. Once you are here plan to take in any number of the Lake’s attractions including state parks, theme parks, cave explorations, golfing, go-karts, theatres, bowling, music shows, museums, and of course lots of shopping. We can help with any of the details of your vacation planning and would be glad to mail out vacation guides, restaurant guides, state park guides, etc. Our hospitality is yours for the asking!

Click here to find out more about Hill Crest and to book your stay!

What Guests Are Saying About: Sue’s Serenity

This wonderful family retreat resides in the middle of a subdivision on a dead end road – offer great privacy for any family retreat. The home is nestled in the trees and yet still takes in the great view of the water and main channel activity – 8 mile marker of the Osage and within the very desirable Buck Creek Cove. The home has a vaulted ceiling, oversized windows, balcony views of the shaded lot and provides guests with three spacious bedrooms, and two full baths.

Guests enter Sue’s Serenity lake home through the foyer that overlooks the upper loft hallway and open floor plan of the lower level living room, dining area and kitchen. Upstairs off the balcony hallway there are two spacious bedrooms (one queen size bed and the other with a queen bed and an additional full/twin bunk set) and one hall bath (full size with shower tub). MORE…

What guests have said about their stay at Sue’s Serenity..

We just returned from our trip and our stay at Sue’s Serenity. We were very pleased with the accommodations, location and facilities. It made our stay very enjoyable. The weather was great, the fish were biting and everything was perfect. Thank you for the hospitality. BK, Wichita, KS May 2011

Thanks so much for letting me enjoy your home! This has been the best vacation. During the week, I’ve had the Lake all to myself! I hope to enjoy this again next summer! W. B., Missouri, August 2010

Hi Sherry, Thank you for all of your help with getting us set up for our stay we had a great time and the place was great. We will keep you in mind for future trips. Thanks again! J N, May 2011

We really loved this place! Very clean, comfortable and peaceful We will certainly be back! Thanks so much! May 2011 St Louis MO

Camp Johnston: Where Memories Are Made

This property has a special feeling that draws families together and aids in creating wonderful memories! 2 Story with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, deck, patio, screened in porch and sun room. Lots of lakefront to enjoy and claim as your own during your vacation.

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From the circle drive you’ll enter the home through the country kitchen with its newer appliances, corian countertops and great lake views. This area is furnished with custom cabinets and a dining area for six. The kitchen has a stand up conversation counter (with 5 stools) and is just one of the many gathering areas at Camp Johnston. Adjacent to the kitchen is an inviting four season’s room perfect for reading your favorite book and bird watching from your tree top view. And the kids (young and old) will love the enclosed porch for catching summer breezes. Both rooms are set up with sofa and love seats, one futon (full) and is a perfect nightly retreat for the kids. Read more about Camp Johnston.

Sleeps: 8

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Inside Look: Crownview

This vacation retreat sits on a private Point overlooking the Osage Main Channel and Gravois Arm. Manicured yard, flower gardens, rock patios and an amazing private gazebo styled dock. Wonderful two story home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Lots of parking. Nightly rental rates $180 to $360 (pricing varies by season).

Call now to complete a reservation. Or visit our web site at http://www.crystalwatervillas.com for additional information and to complete a reservation on-line.