Making the Holidays Easier for You

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It’s all fun and games until you have to buy a gift for someone. Sure, we’re confident in many areas of our lives, but gift giving stumps us. We have solved your holiday gift-giving dilemma. Whether it’s a gift for a co-worker, boss or a hard-to-please family member, our feature story by Marianne Weaver offers you different shopping options. “Holiday Shopping” profiles local businesses who carry specialty gift items for the people in your life who are also on this year’s holiday gift list.

Holiday Music. It’s a divisive topic on social media: When is it OK to start playing it in brick-and-mortar stores? Do we share our affinity for holiday music starting in early November with our friends? If you seek local places to listen to live holiday music, then this month’s Destinations article is for you. Amy Falkofske profiles several sites that offer live music to fill your ears and soul in “‘Tis the Season: Christmas Music in Prince William.”

When the weather turns colder, many minds think of snow and ice. If you are fascinated with ice, indulge yourself in this month’s On a High Note by Amy Taylor. “Frozen Creativity: Commercial Ice Sculptures for Order”profiles ice sculptors and the skill set they have to deliver their art.

Many college graduates got their start at community college. Our area is home to Northern Virginia Community College—the second largest public educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the United States. This month’s Lifelong Learning writer Ashley Claire Simpson reports on how NOVA has expanded its reach to four-year colleges and universities. Read more about “Guaranteed Transfer.”

From all of us at Prince William Living, we wish you and yours a fantastic, safe holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Kim Howard, CAE
Editor in Chief

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