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This December, we encourage you to take a break from the online shopping and general hustle and bustle to enjoy some genuine holiday cheer here in Prince William. While you may not be able to escape gift shopping, make an event out of it by exploring some of the unique shops highlighted in our feature, “Buy Local,” by Olivia Overman. Patronizing local businesses is convenient, offers a personal touch and allows you to invest in our community.

Before hitting the stores, be sure to check out this month’s Health & Wellness column, with great tips from Advantage Physical Therapy for avoiding shopping-related injuries and strains. Meanwhile, look to Home & Hearth for ideas on preventing another “strain,” preparing for holiday company. Let designer Denise Smith’s expertise come to the rescue with simple ideas for dressing up your home.

Once you are all spruced up, take a look at “Family Fun” for holiday adventures in the area. From carriage rides in Old Town Manassas to a living nativity in Woodbridge, there are a number of ways to create lasting family memories and traditions. Vpstart Crow, the subject of this month’s “On a High Note,” will be performing the classic A Christmas Carol this month as well. Rail fans will also want to check out “Destinations,” all about places to see and even ride on trains—full scale and model—in Prince William. Get in the know about rides with Santa and other holiday-themed train activities.

Now is also a time to think about ways to get involved in the community; December’s “Giving Back” on the Knights of Columbus can provide a starting point for this. In addition to a warm glow, charitable donations are often tax deductible. Read “Your Finances” for information on itemizing deductions and answers to other tax questions.

Look to for more ways to give back here in Prince William. You can even search for age-appropriate activities and get the children involved. Volunteering with loved ones is a great way to get into the spirit of the season. From the Prince William Living family to your family, happy holidays!


Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher



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