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Welcome to Families First Monthly

December/January Editorial

Here we are in the beginning of winter. The trees are being lit in villages throughout our area. I enjoyed singing holiday songs gathered ’round Northport’s tree lighting and seeing Santa arrive in a horse-drawn wagon. I loved seeing the little ones smile and wave to the jolly guy. My children are now in their thirties and I still recall their joy with Santa like it was yesterday. I now have two grandsons to experience a children’s holiday magic with.

We share numerous holiday stories in this issue including healthy eating, healthy acting and gifting, as well as holiday spirit and activities. “A Dicken’s Christmas” by Emily Glover reviews the tried and true, A Christmas Carol; “The Last Tree in the Lot” is Jackie Bojarski’s touching holiday fiction contribution. Our Teen Talk writer tackled the subject of getting along after the election because family is important and this is the season where people come together. I am grateful to all the writers and designers who submit so much to Families First Monthly—they are a pleasure to work with.

Throughout this issue there are ads to color on, then cut out and send in (see the form below) for a chance to win prizes in a drawing. 14 Prizes to be awarded :

  • Water’s Edge Gymnastics birthday party for 10 children – $150 value
  • Riverside Canoes on the Platte River in Honor – canoeing for 3 or tubing for 2 = 2 $50 value certificates 2017 season
  • Bridgette Jones graphic arts gift pack – Monarch – tote, card set, pin, decal, matted print $50 value
  • Hazelnut Kids in Downtown TC & online – $50 gift card
  • Jonathon B Pub in TC Mall – Movie goers (dinner and movie for 2) $50 value
  • Korner Gem in Traverse City – $50 gift certificate
  • Thimbleberry Kids in Traverse City- $50 gift certificate
  • Tuckers of Northport – $50 gift card
  • The Cottage restaurant in Traverse City – $40 gift certificate
  • The State Theater or The Bijou – 4 movie passes – $34 value
  • Forget-Me-Not Floral and Gifts in Suttons Bay – $30 gift certificate
  • Dolls and More in Northport – $20 gift certificate
  • Landmark Books in the Village of Traverse City – $20 gift certificate

Get out your crayons, colored pencils, or markers and have fun coloring them.

— Shop Local for the best gifts —-


Have a Joyous Holiday Season and Happy 2017

Laura Lee Kalchik

Last Tree in the Lot

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Selecting a Pre-School for Your Child

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A Dickens Christmas

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