- Tis' the Season holiday celebration
- Managing holiday stress
- Holiday decorating safety tips
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- Preventing frozen pipes
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Corvias is proud to partner with the Enlisted Spouses Club this year to host our annual holiday celebration on Saturday, December 5th from 12-4pm at Pershing Hill Elementary School. Bring your family out to this magical fun-filled event. Enjoy games, crafts, face painting, balloon artist, giveaways and a visit by our special guest Santa!
For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. The pressure of juggling gift buying, holiday parties, preparing the perfect meal, traveling or entertaining houseguests can be difficult to manage. Don't let the demands of the season hinder your holiday cheer. Here are some tips to help prevent holiday stress:
- Plan ahead - Make a plan and schedule days for cooking, baking, shopping, preparing your home, and other events or activities. You can use helpful apps on your Smartphone for creating to-do lists, shopping lists, or locating that much-sought-after gift.
- Budget - Set a budget and stick to it. Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend. Remember to budget not only for gifts, but also for the additional food you will buy for your holiday meal and baking. This will help reduce financial stress after the holidays.
- Take care of yourself - Take time to do something relaxing. Take a long hot bath, get a massage, or listen to your favorite music. Make sure to get enough sleep, exercise and eat healthy.
- Give back - The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. Contact local agencies and organizations for volunteer opportunities.
- Get support - If the holiday season is a difficult time for you and/or you have feelings of loneliness or sadness, reach out for help. Army Community Service (ACS) and the Chaplains offer services, counseling, and support not only during the holiday season but the whole year.
Remember to focus on what is most important this holiday season and that everything does not need to be perfect. Managing stress will help you enjoy the upcoming holidays and remember the real meaning of the season!
Putting up holiday lights is a tradition that many families enjoy. Whether the lights are inside or out, they help make the season beautiful. Unfortunately, holiday lights can also pose a fire safety hazard. If you and your family are planning on decorating with holiday lights this year, take the following precautions:
- Follow manufacturer guidelines about where lights can be used; not all lights are designed for indoor and outdoor use.
- Check each strand of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections.
- Discard sets of lights that are damaged.
- Use insulated holders to hang lights. Do not use tacks, nails or screws.
- Avoid hanging lights near any potential fire hazards.
- Turn off the lights whenever you leave the house and when you go to bed.
- Don’t forget lights and decorations can be put up 30 days prior to the holiday and should be removed within 15 days after the holiday.
Are you the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications are available online.
Winter weather and freezing temperatures are on their way. This means the possibility of frozen pipes. Click here for tips on preventing the headache of frozen pipes in your home.
BAH will change on 1 January 2016. Please have allotment adjusted to the correct amount by 15 January 2016 to ensure the correct amount is received and prevent any payment issues.
Turn off holiday decorations when no one is home and at night before you go to bed. Timers are a great way to ensure the lights are only on at certain times.
Join the fun at The Lanes at Fort Meade on December 31 for a fun filled night of bowling, shoes, pizza, popcorn, soda, party favors, games and much more! A Family Party is scheduled from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and a Prime Time Party is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Advanced reservations are recommended. Call 301-677-5541 to reserve your lane today!
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Upcoming events and important dates
- December 5– Tis the Season Holiday Celebration; 12-4pm at Pershing Hill
- December 7- United States Army Field Band Holiday Concert 7pm at Meade High School; go to: http://www.armyfieldband.com for free tickets
- December 11-Tree Lighting Ceremony 5-7pm at Parade Field
- December 12 - Breakfast with Santa Claus Club Meade from 8am-11am; limited tickets. Call 301-677-1437 for more information
- December 19 – 5K Reindeer Run 8am at Murphy Field House; click here for information: http://ftmeademwr.com/events/RunSeries/RunSeries.php
- December 22 – First Day of Winter
- December 24 – Community office will be open from 9am-1pm
- December 25 – Christmas; community office closed
- December 31 – Community office will be open from 8am-3pm