December, 2010 – Happy Holidays to You!
Letter from the Editor
Dear Around Wellington Readers,
Happy Holidays to you and your families!
We’ve attacked the holidays in many ways this month, thanks to our
excellent monthly columnists. Check out the following articles in order to make the most of your holiday season and also to avoid the worst aspects that might come along with it.
Check out “Teen Talk” for a little holiday reflection and reality from a teen who seems wise beyond her years, Stephanie Courtois.
Don’t let stress get the best of you during these hectic times. In “Health & Fitness,” writer Ruth Mansmith tells you how to deal with “Stress Gone Wild” during the holidays.
Every year I look forward to Wendell Abern’s “Scroogie Awards” in his “Cantankerously Yours.” It’s a great window into the worst of customer service, annoying personalities and other annoyances. Crab on, Wendell!
In this month’s “Lighten Up with Lisa,” Lightworker Lisa gives us an enlightening summary of the past year of her columns, set to the music of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” OK, a few of these are tongue twisters, but it’s all part of the fun.
New this month! I’m happy to welcome a new monthly columnist, who is equipped to answer your real-life relationship questions, Dr. Laura Zipris. In “Ask Dr. Z” this month, she addresses a lonely wife who seems to be losing her workaholic husband and then answers a mother of an 8-year-old who has been acting out since a separation. Dr. Laura Zipris holds a doctorate in Psychology and is licensed to practice psychotherapy in Florida and New York. Laura is certified in Imago Relationship Therapy, a transformational approach that has been used successfully with couples around the world to help them to strengthen their partnerships. Questions for this column should be sent to Dr. “Z” at Drlaurazip@gmail.com or call her at (561) 558-7815.
So I’m always envious of our travel writer Terri Farris, who just changed back to her maiden name Terri Marshall. In addition to happily traveling the world, she also holds the title of “National Chocolate Examiner” for www.examiner.com and also does the job of checking out bars for www.barzz.net. So this month, taking a break from the travel, chocolate and bar scenes, she reflects on life’s little detours. Check out “Life’s a Trip” in “Travel with Terri.” And- this just in – meet her third grandchild, who was just born before posting this article.
In “Mommy Moments,” I take a turn at reflecting on holiday traditions. I give a listing of a few local holiday attractions and traditions that our family has enjoyed in past years. I’d love to hear from you, if you’d like to share some of your local places to visit during the holidays too. Just email me at: email@example.com
Need a few good cookie recipes for the holidays? Visit “AW Stories of the Month” for Amish Ginger Cookies, Seven Layer Magic Bars and Snickerdoodles. Yum!
Have you noticed a constant flow of really relaxed looking people coming out of a storefront in the Costco Plaza in Royal Palm Beach? You guessed it – it’s Massage Envy. They did approximately 2500 massages last month, they’re open seven days a week and they offer affordable, professional massages. See our “AW Spotlight” story to see how a Massage Envy membership works – and to learn more about their massages and facials. Call Massage Envy today to schedule an introductory massage (just $39). Also they’re offering special holiday gift baskets along with your gift certificate purchases right now. Call for details (561) 422-8889.
Our really great contests continue! Between Dec. 1st – 10th, please visit our “Contest” page for contest guidelines. In brief, just find the hidden “AW Contest” inside one of the ads on the right side of our website! The winner will be posted on AroundWellington.com on Dec. 11th. The winner will get a one-hour massage at Massage Envy in Royal Palm Beach in the Costco Shopping Center!
Thanks to our contributors for a terrific December issue. There are several articles that I didn’t even mention above, so please explore and enjoy! See below for the latest stories, photos and videos!
I hope that you have a Happy Hannukah, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m very grateful for our writers, photographers, advertisers and our readers, who make this happen. Thanks again to Damon Webb, our intern, who did a wonderful job posting the majority of the articles this month!
I hope that you and your families thoroughly enjoy some of the best foods, traditions and blessings of this time of year.