December 2017 Lifestyle Letter 1

Let the Holidays Begin!

The holidays are here! As we come gather together to relish in the holiday festivities and celebrate the year, hopefully we can find moments to reflect on the things we’re grateful for. 

As we busily shop for the perfect gifts, one way to make gift-giving more meaningful is by giving back. In this issue we’ve showcased not only our annual gift guide, but some local products that each support an important cause. We’re fortunate that Bend is abundant with businesses who offer these ideas.  

We all remember all too well the hard winter we experienced here in Bend last year. One of the unexpected events that helped lift our spirits was the Bend Joy Project. With its bright orange messages adorning the snow-covered city, it brought smiles to our faces and encouraged our community to share joy. Be sure to read our article about The Bend Joy Project in this issue to learn how it came to be. 

We’ve also included some tasty appetizer recipes for you to try and a fun holiday tradition in this issue. And, for those of us already thinking about New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, see our Local’s Choice feature on suggestions for your home gym. Enjoy! 

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From our family to yours, happy holidays!