Welcome to the December/January 2023 Issue

by | Dec 2023

Cities South Magazines December/January 2023

I always go into the holiday season with a concrete gift-giving plan for my three kids. I try to buy each of them one thing they want, something they need, an item to wear and a book to read. But there are a few shops that test my discipline when it comes to following the plan, and one of them is Whimzy in Lakeville, which is why I was delighted to find out what Whimzy owner and chief finder of fun Tami Staker recommends for gift giving this year. Now, I just need to stay strong and stick to the list.

While we try to limit the amount of stuff that comes into our home this time of year, we love finding experiences to share with each other. Luckily, there are a lot of fun experiences to be had right outside our door. If you’re entertaining guests (or trying to entice adult children to visit for the holidays), check out our story Family Fun Around Town This Winter.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for enough snow to plan a multigenerational cross-country ski outing at Cleary Lake Regional Park. Spending time outdoors is one of the techniques for fighting the winter blues suggested by the experts at Integrative Therapy Group, and it’s definitely key to my well-being during the winter! Where’s your favorite spot for winter outdoor recreation?

However you choose to spend the darkest months of the year, I hope you find many moments of levity and light.

-Liz Potasek


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