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This time of year brings out the nostalgic in me: Recalling past Christmases, wrapping up gifts along with the end of the year.

It’s a natural time to get out the scrapbook (or online slideshow) and reminisce. Now we invite you, our Prince William Living family, to sit by the fire and join us on a journey to the early days of our community.

View pictures of the earliest days of Prince William and learn some of the history behind local landmarks in “Prince William through the Years,” pages 4-7. Then continue the journey online, by visiting pwliving.com/timemachine.

Ready to create new family memories? “Family Fun”, on page 20, and our monthly calendar on page 32, offer a ton of ideas. From planetarium shows to holiday classics such as “The Nutcracker,” December is full of activities that will draw you out of hibernation and into the community.

The holidays can also kindle a desire to help the less fortunate. Each month in “Giving Back,” we feature organizations that would welcome your assistance. On page 24, read about CASA CIS (Court Appointed Special Advocates Children Intervention Services), a local group that provides abused and neglected children with a trusted adult in their corner.  CASA CIS relies on its dedicated volunteers to fight for the best interests of these children as they go through the court system.

It is stories like these that reinforce my own sense of service, engrained by my family at an early age, and that inspired our first annual Prince William Living Giving Back Award. (Look for an announcement of the winner in January.) I encourage you to visit the “Giving Back” section of pwliving.com to read about some of the many organizations working to strengthen the quality of life in Prince William—and to see how you can get involved. There’s even a link to Volunteer Prince William’s database of volunteer opportunities. Whatever your holiday traditions may be, giving back will enrich them even further.

From our family to yours, have a warm and wonderful holiday season!

Sincerely,

Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher

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