Hello Double Oak Citizens,
On behalf of the Town of Double Oak, the Town Council, the Town Administration, the Double Oak Police Department, and the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department, we wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday season.
Many great activities will take place during the month. So, celebrate with responsibility and safety.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2024.
Double Oak Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Double Oak Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Monday, Dec. 4th, at 6 p.m., followed by the town council meeting at 7 p.m. This event gets bigger every year. Our tree in the park grows, and so does the number of lights displayed. The town is upgrading the sound system so all in attendance will hear the holiday music and the program put on by the town.
Holiday Stories – Memories of Growing Up
We all grew up in our large and small towns with our families and friends gathering to celebrate the meaning of the Holiday season. A story usually triggers the remembrances we were told or music that brings back special childhood memories.
I thought I would share some inspirational Holiday stories that will warm your heart and encourage your Holiday Spirit.
“A Slice of Life” – This story, written by Carol McAdoo Rehme, is about orphans who receive tangy, sweet oranges for Christmas — except for one brokenhearted lad left empty-handed. However, when his pals see how dejected he is, they lift his spirits with a special gift. Read this story and see what the gift is.
“Owed to Joy” – Writer Ted A. Thompson tells the tale of a young girl who receives an unusual Christmas present from Santa: a bubble-maker. The child is eager to play with it, but the father isn’t. He realizes he has broken his little girl’s heart and gets the bubble-maker going. Together, they find joy in making bubbles.
“O Holy Night” – In this story by Elizabeth Toole, a family moves to a new town and seeks a church to join. The family becomes part of a new congregation that meets in a barn because its church hasn’t been built yet. It is there that the family ultimately discovers the real meaning of Christmas.
“A Gift in the Trees” – This story, by Cynthia J. Teixeira, begins with the words: “God shows His love for us in many ways.” So how exactly does God show His love for the story’s protagonist, a 31-year-old woman who has yet to find the right man? Read this Christmas tale to learn the answer.
“Heaven and Angels Sing” – In Carol Stigger’s story, two boisterous children attend a Christmas Eve church service with their parents and a grandparent. Much to the chagrin of the adults, the youngsters are their usual overactive selves during the service. In the end, though, the children bring happiness to everyone.
“Into the Wind” – The wind in Wyoming can be bitter, writes Carol McAdoo Rehme. The wind seems particularly bitter for the story’s protagonist, Grete Klein — especially during a lonely Christmas season one year. Find out how that wind suddenly turns warm and blows Christmas cheer into Grete’s life.
“The Christmas Angels” – In Susan Fahncke’s uplifting tale, a single mom struggles to make ends meet. Just before Christmas, however, she is visited by two strangers bearing gifts. Read this story to discover how these two little angels make Christmas unique for the single mother and her children.
“The Story of Silent Night” – “Silent Night” is one of the most beloved Christmas songs. So, how did it come to be? According to “The Story of Silent Night,” by Lisa Harkrader, Father Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber wrote the song and performed it on the holiest night of the year, Christmas Eve. Over the years, the song became synonymous with the holiday season.
“The Story of Christmas Spiders” – Ever wonder how silver tinsel on Christmas trees became a holiday tradition? Well, Stephanie Herbek provides her answer in her wonderfully written story. Herbek’s plot revolves around a poor widow and her eight children. The widow can’t afford to give much to her family one Christmas, but some kindly spiders help make things right. Find out how.
“The Legend of the Poinsettia” – This story, also written by Herbek, focuses on something synonymous with Christmas: poinsettias. “The Legend of the Poinsettia” takes place in a tiny village in Mexico and depicts the exploits of two children, Maria and Pablo. They find a unique way to honor the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve, and — of course — it involves poinsettias.
“The First Christmas” – This is as inspirational as a Christmas story can get. The story is made up of the passages from Luke 2:1-16. It tells of the birth of Jesus and contains such spiritual words as, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Read this story and rediscover why we celebrate Christmas.
“The Christmas Star” – Can a single star lead the way? Read “The Christmas Star” to discover how the brightest star in the sky showed the way for so many to the infant Jesus.
“The Little Drummer Boy” – Get ready to be inspired by a little boy and his drum. This classic and touching story is about a young boy’s love of song, Jesus, and his beloved drum.
“The Wishing Star” – All Davey wants to do is see his big brother Josh on Christmas. Read
“The Wishing Star” to learn how hope, love, and a shining star helped bring a little boy closer to someone he loved on Christmas Eve.
“The Little Match Girl” – Sometimes, our dreams will come true if we wish hard enough. In
“The Little Match Girl,” we find out how a little girl who always seemed to end up cold, hungry, and alone eventually finds her way to the perfect “home.”
“The Littlest Angel” – This delightful, inspirational Christmas story tells the story of the tiniest angel in heaven and her journey. “The Littlest Angel” experiences many ups and downs that ultimately teach her to grow. This final story in our collection of Inspirational Christmas Stories will appeal to adults and children alike.
I hope some of these will bring back memories, and some of you may even go back and reread these timeless classics.
I know Mary and I will be doing so.
Wishing you all the best Holiday Season Ever!!!
Double Oak Town Council Appoints New Member
Former Mayor Pro Tem Connie Schoenrade moved out of Double Oak, leaving a vacancy on the council. On Nov. 13, the council appointed Dr. K. Favero to replace Schoenrade.
Dr. K. is a great addition and will have the best interest of Double Oak and its citizens in her future work on the town council.
Dr. K and her husband, Blake, own and practice dentistry at Favero Family Dental in Denton. They have three kids, 9, 7, and 5 years old.
“Dr. K. is active and volunteers in church and her children’s school and sports teams,” the town said in a statement. “She wants to help keep Double Oak a great place to live and enjoys helping in her community. Dr. K. may not have been born in Texas, but she and her family love it and are now Texans in their hearts.”
Upcoming December Events
Town Council Meeting – Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
Home School Handmade Market – Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m.
Monthly Siren Testing – Dec. 6 at 12 p.m.
Municipal Court – Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.
Double Oak Women’s Club Children’s Event – Dec. 9 from 1– 4 p.m.
Town Council Meeting – Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
Double Oak Women’s Club – Dec. 19 from 7–10 p.m.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update and, more importantly, being involved citizens in this Great Town called Double Oak!
Any opinions expressed in this update are my thoughts and not officially those of the Town of Double Oak or the Town Council. I welcome all comments and suggestions. Be sure to catch all exciting news or updates; please visit the Double Oak Town website at www.doubleoak.texas.gov. In addition to contacting Town Hall at 972-539-9464, Double Oak citizens may reach me at [email protected].