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I received the party-loving gene from my mother...

by Vaun Thygerson
Staff writer and mother of three

I received the party-loving gene from my mother.  She threw such fabulous parties that even Martha Stewart would have been happy to receive an invitation.  Birthdays, Christmas, Chinese New Year, awards, farewells, New Year’s Eve – you name an occasion, and my mom would have a party for it.  With each event, we’d do the basics - clean the house, wash the “party” dishes, prepare the food, plan the games, and send out the invitations.

In our neighborhood, her parties became the tales of Idaho folklore.  She was always trying to one-up the last party, and I grew up helping her execute these extravaganzas.  Sometimes, we’d even move out all of our living room furniture just so we’d have enough room to square dance, roller skate, or bungee jump - yes, really bungee jump.  Mainly, I loved how her parties showed her enthusiasm and love for life.

So, when KCFM decided to host a Holiday Tea Party, I jumped at the chance to make my mom proud and go all out.  Teaming up with Lana Villarreal of Fantasy Tea Parties to You, KCFM invited eight little girls to experience an authentic tea party where they dressed in their holiday best, ate delectable treats, drank from antique china tea sets, and learned about proper party etiquette.  To see the radiant smiles on these beautiful girls’ faces and to read the party details, check out the article, “KCFM’s Holiday Tea Party,” on page 10.

Speaking of beautiful faces, you can learn more about this month’s KCFM cover family, the Martins, on page 24.  This family of five has many wonderful traditions that make the holidays fantastical and fun.  KCFM learned they love everything about Christmas and have a lot of anticipation for the season.  A special thanks to their support of KCFM and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County, as their cover was made possible through a donation to this worthwhile organization at its annual ArtFest event.

No matter what level your internal meter registers for holiday enthusiasm, the season is here, and you can’t avoid it.  This month, Tracie Grimes’s Humor at Home article, “My Christmas Spirit is by the Side of the Road,” talks about how stymied your spirit can become when your children test you.  She says when her kids were little she could encourage good behavior with a simple threat that their names would be scratched off the nice list if they didn’t shape up.  But, now with them getting older, this traditional tactic doesn’t work.  Read about her new way of managing crazy kids on page 12.

Tracie also gives us holiday book recommendations in her article, “Finding a Favorite Christmas Story,” on page 13.  She writes about the beauty of curling up in front of a hot, crackling fire with a good book.  The classic holiday books like “A Christmas Carol” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas” continue to be worthwhile reads, but she suggests checking out some new titles for you and your children.  Some of her suggestions include “Fa La La” by Leslie Patricelli, “The Gingerbread Pirates” by Kristin Kladstrup,” and “Who Could That Be At This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket.  For Mom or Dad, she says “The Last Man” by Vince Flynn will be a page-turner hard to put down.

In December, enjoy a festive party – big or small – and celebrate the holiday season with your own style and flair.  The best part of this time of year is spending quality time with your family and friends!

Happy Holidays to you!

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