By Kathleen Swift • Photos by Artistic Expressions Photography Like many working moms, Paula Baker, president and chief executive officer of Freeman Health System, is busy all year long. Adding the holiday celebrations to already-busy schedules means planning ahead...
By Savanah Mandeville As the Christmas season marks the end of a year full of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we cherish the time we get to spend with our loved ones. That’s why more and more families are really embracing the Christmas experience this...
By Kathleen Swift School resource officers (SRO) play an important role in our schools. They work with school administrators in developing school safety plans to ensure students have a safe place to learn. But, they do so much more in supporting our students. Buck...
By Savanah Mandeville • Photos by Mandy Edmonson Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, more of us than ever may be spending the holidays at home rather than traveling to see family. Why not lift your spirits by bringing the holidays to you with fun, festive home...
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Cherishing What Matters Most
Let’s face it. As with many things in 2020, this holiday season is going to look different. However, different can be an opportunity to create new traditions and memories. Different can force us to think outside of the box. Different can make
us cherish little things and hold on to what is most important. In this issue, we share feature articles that embrace the differences without losing the true meaning of the season.
We feature Ozark Family Christmas Tree Farm located in Southwest City, Missouri. The Keith family has provided our community with Christmas trees and lifetime memories for the past nine years. What started as a hobby has turned into a family-friendly experience with hayrides, crafts, lights, Christmas music, a food truck and lots of photo ops at the nativity scene, sleigh and in the barn. Turn to page 28 and learn how the Christmas tree farm can still offer a safe old tradition or be a start of a new family tradition this holiday season.
In Celebrating the Holidays with the Baker Family, Paula Baker shares the balance of being a working mother and the desire to create new traditions and honor old family pastimes. Read about her tips for starting to decorate early, ways her family comes together to celebrate what’s important, and her plans to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and experience the magic of the season.
In Home for the Holidays, we bring you six of the top Christmas decorating trends by Marilyn Tandy from Countryside in the City. In Classic Christmas Decorating, Holly Hukill shares tips to turn your home into a winter wonderland. With travel plans on pause and annual events cancelled, bringing the festive, holiday spirit is more important than ever. These two ladies will help you create the ambiance of the season without leaving your front porch.
Our Holiday Wish List brings you items for every person on your Christmas list to enjoy. Shopping local is the best way to spread Christmas joy and give back to local business owners who support our youth activities, help raise funds for our non-profits, deliver excellent customer service and products, and put their heart and soul into what they do every day. Shop local, support our community and share the holiday cheer!
In Season of Giving, we are reminded of the real meaning of the season. There is no better time way to spread joy than to give your time to help others. Check out this article and learn the many volunteer opportunities and positions that fit individual interests and talents at Freeman Health System. Whether giving a few hours or scheduling to share your time all year, you will make a difference!
Here is to new traditions, new memories and simplifying to hold on to what matters most this holiday season!