The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Advertisem­ent - Lindsey Wells, As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

Ifi­nally threw out the pump­kin that has been sit­ting on my front porch and now it looks like Christ­mas has ex­ploded in my liv­ing room.

It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year.

What makes this time of year so won­der­ful? For me, it’s the cold weather. I al­ways say I hi­ber­nate dur­ing sum­mer­time and come out when the out­side tem­per­a­ture be­gins to drop. It’s the smell of leaves burn­ing and the col­or­ful Christ­mas lights on the houses as I drive through my neigh­bor­hood.

This brings to mind a tra­di­tion my fam­ily had when my brother and I were younger. Ev­ery year around Christ­mas­time, we would go to Dairy Queen and or­der ice cream, then drive through big neigh­bor­hoods, Christ­mas mu­sic blast­ing through the car speak­ers, and spend hours ad­mir­ing the Christ­mas lights and dis­plays on the houses and in the yards.

I hope you all are en­joy­ing your own Christ­mas tra­di­tions and mak­ing new mem­o­ries.

Our cover story this month fea­tures 16-year-old dancer Kodie Brown and the Hot Springs Chil­dren’s Dance The­atre Com­pany’s per­for­mance of Tchaikovsk­y’s “The Nutcracker,” which took place in late Novem­ber and early De­cem­ber this year. This is the dance com­pany’s fourth year to put on “The Nutcracker” and founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor Ed­mond Cooper said the show gets a lit­tle big­ger and a lit­tle bet­ter with each year.

For the HER Fit­ness fea­ture this month we caught up with Monda Pars­ley, the owner of Fit­ness in Train­ing (F.I.T.) by Monda. Though this is the most won­der­ful time of the year for many, there is such a thing as the “holiday blues.” Add that to the sweet, calo­rie-packed treats that seem to come out this time of year and your seem­ingly healthy life­style could take a big hit and throw you off track. A mem­ber­ship to F.I.T. is only $74 per month and that in­cludes un­lim­ited classes and meal plans.

Since the hol­i­days are a time for fam­ily and friends to come to­gether and cel­e­brate, many women may be pre­par­ing for up­com­ing holiday par­ties. You’ve got the perfect dress, match­ing shoes, jew­elry and hand­bag. What about your nails? This month’s HER Style fea­tures nail artist Cher­ish Nuck­ols at Clay Roots Beauty & Fa­cial Bou­tique, 241 Cor­ner­stone Blvd. Whether you pre­fer candy cane stripes, snowflakes or Christ­mas trees, she can do it all. Merry Christ­mas, ev­ery­body. And Happy New Year!

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