The holiday season is here and with it comes gatherings with friends and family, baking sweet treats, gift giving, and cheery decorations.
We celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with the annual Our Village Glows on Dec. 3 at the Shops at Highland Village. This event is a time honored tradition in our community. We are appreciative to the Highland Village Women’s Club, the Shops at Highland Village and our city staff for organizing Our Village Glows. I hope you’ll join us as we listen to our school choirs performing classic and new Christmas carols. It always puts me in the Christmas spirit.
While you are at the Glow event, stop in a few of our businesses in the Shops at Highland Village; with gift-giving on our “to do” list, this is a perfect time to visit our retailers, restaurants and service professionals. We have a lot to offer you in Highland Village. As you make your shopping list, I encourage you to check the Highland Village Business Association’s online directory. The directory is separated into categories that include Shop, Taste, Go, Play and Do and every brick and mortar building in the City is included. Everything you need for your holiday shopping, gift giving, party planning and family gatherings can be found right here in Highland Village! The holiday shopping season offers you an opportunity to discover the new stores of Highland Village. Check out our site at www.thehvba.com first and support local businesses this holiday season!
As we remember our family, friends, and our local businesses let’s not forget those who are not as fortunate. While the North Texas economy is faring better than many areas of our country, unfortunately there are many in our city and the surrounding area who are struggling financially. We are fortunate to have solid non-profit organizations available to help those in need. This season, I hope you’ll look in your heart and see if and where you can help. This time of year is the busiest and most draining for our non-profit organizations. They’re working hard to ensure everyone, young and old, has a special holiday. Spread some holiday cheer this year.
I can’t write this message without reminding everyone to be safe this holiday season. Yes, we are the Safest City in Texas and remember we’ve earned that title because of the diligence of each and every one of you. The Police Department will remind you to Lock, Take and Hide when you’re shopping. That is, Lock your cars, Take your keys and Hide your valuables. Don’t become a target by making it easy for someone to take your belongings. Also remember to be responsible when you attend holiday parties. If you plan to drink, designate a driver or call a taxi. Share this message with your adult children. Watch out for each other.
And, have some fun this season. The Highland Village Parks and Recreation department has a fun contest underway – the Parade of Lights Holiday Lighting Contest. This is for Highland Village residents and awards the home with the best exterior holiday lights based on five different categories. Get together with your neighbors and have a friendly contest!
Personally, this time of year is when I reflect on the accomplishments and the blessings of the past twelve months. I have been an active member in the Highland Village Lions Club and have been privileged to participate in hearing and sight screenings for preschool aged children. The Lions Club has been able to help these young children address hearing or sight issues so they start their education with a basic sense many of us take for granted.
It has been a good year in Highland Village. Economic development news continues to be positive and our own economy is still strong. We recently broke ground on Whole Foods Market in The Shops at Highland Village and I look forward to their opening late next summer. We’ve had many local, independently owned businesses choose to expand their business in Highland Village. We are blessed.
So, in closing, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas season. Slow down, cherish your family and friends, count your blessings and spread the love of this season.