Why not Decorate, Congregate, and Celebrate this Season?

Can anyone believe that we are welcoming the holiday season in this month? I can’t. Don’t get me wrong … I love the holidays. As soon as …

Can anyone believe that we are welcoming the holiday season in this month? I can’t. Don’t get me wrong … I love the holidays. As soon as it starts to get a little colder, I begin thinking about how I will decorate for the season, who I will congregate with and the special moments I’ll celebrate with family and friends. I know it’s too much for some people, but for me — bring on the parties!

The problem I have is that as I get older, the holidays seem to come around sooner and sooner. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about. There are days that I sit back and wonder where the time has gone. I can’t sit there long because, frankly, I don’t have time for that. But one thing is true: there are more places to go and people to see than ever. It’s a good thing I like to be social.

So, let me give you a reminder of some events you’ll want to have on your calendar this season. Get a pencil, because there are quite a few. Greater Lansing Business Monthly holds a holiday gala at the Lansing Center on Friday, December 4. My team and I usually go to hang out with the community. There is great food, dancing and wonderful people. Congregate … check. Celebrate … check.

This month, you get to meet Leslie Donaldson, a local artist, the executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and the person in charge of bringing our community its Silver Bells fix. Silver Bells will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, which makes it even more special. Based on the economy, the program has struggled to maintain its funding for this year; it kind of reminds me of the How The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Of course, the parade and tree lighting will happen. Lansingites will still gather in downtown Lansing — like the Whos from Whoville — with or without all the trimmings in order to celebrate Mid-Michigan for the holidays.

Leslie, her team and a very strong committee work tirelessly to put together an event that everyone will be proud of. I know it will be an amazing evening with hot cocoa, 120,000 bundled friends and a light parade that gets better every year.

I know what you’re thinking … it can’t get any better. It does. You may remember the Festival of Trees from many years ago. It’s back. Although it will be a little different, the premise is still the same. Community organizations and businesses are donating decorated trees that the public can bid on. There is a raffle for fantasy trees, including one that has $10,000 worth of gifts under it. That will certainly make someone happy this year.

All the fun starts on November 20. Come out for Silver Bells, watch the parade, tree lighting and the fireworks, then go down to the Lansing Center for the Festival of Trees. There is a small fee to get in, but all the proceeds will be split among many community nonprofits, so it is well worth it. The Festival of Trees will be held all weekend. It’s going to be very fun. Of course, there are many more events to consider for the holidays. Head to the events calendar in the publication and also go online to www.cawlm.com to check out the rest.

Wait … listen. Do you hear that? Well, you will. I’m going to be on the radio. I know what you’re thinking … “why would anyone let her talk on the air?” Well, I’ll be on Lansing’s BIG TALKER WJIM 1240 AM. See? They only tape those who talk way too much. Which brings me to my co-host, Shelley Davis Mielock. She can also defintely hold up her end of a conversation — or more. You know Shelley if you’ve been reading her Image Focus column in the magazine. She really knows her stuff.

The new talk show is called In Her Shoes with Tiffany Dowling and Shelley Davis Mielock. You can tune in on Sundays at 1 p.m. We are dedicating the show to positive news, enlightening information and fun. We are going to interview those of you in the community who have great information to share, and we’re hoping to hear from callers with questions or just something to add to the subject. Frankly, we just want to get the conversation started, keep it going and get straight to the point on platforms that matter to you.

Keep warm and take care of yourself during this cold and flu season. It looks like there may be more than Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

And, don’t forget to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. Happy Thanksgiving, Mid-Michigan!

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