You don’t even have to look past our cover to see that K’s December issue is all about Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, and I doubt you can flip through more than 10 pages without feeling yourself developing a more festive frame of mind.
No kidding. As I was contemplating which stories to highlight here, I realized I was experiencing a familiar sensation from years past, when that sweet elf of successful shopping smiled at me, helping me score top honors on goodies for my kids — like when I found a ridiculous Batman doll I knew would send my daughter into a swoon, and when my frugal mom status took a hiatus long enough for a techie sensation my sons coveted (but knew they’d never receive) to land under the tree, producing yelps of delights.
It’s a thrill to give someone something you think they’ll love, which is why we’re all smiles around here. I have a feeling this issue will inspire a fair share of dog-earing pages to share.
Ed Speakmon knows a thing or two about the concept of giving without expecting anything but smiles in return. He’s earned the nickname “Mr. Christmas” because he’s so darned serious about spreading cheer and decorating for the season that he has repeatedly won the city’s annual outdoor holiday lighting competition. Most of his fans only know half of the story, however, as what happens inside his elaborately decorated home is arguably more festive. He also spreads the joy elsewhere by creating intricate Christmas village displays at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth, and by helping friends like William Dillard, another aficionado of the holidays, orchestrate equally impressive displays. Dillard loves decorating so much that he added a separate building behind his house to store and display his ornate Department 56 village exhibit. Read about these spirited residents on Pages 22 and 26.
Then, catch a sneak peek on Page 30 at what goes on behind the scenes at the Gaylord Texan, where creative folks spend all year mapping out their plans to rock the season with Lone Star Christmas’ massive production.
Several local chefs help us bring the fun home with yummy yuletide recipes that they serve to their own families (Page 34), while local retailers offer some ideas for unique stocking stuffers (Page 40).
No material gift-giving compares to the satisfaction volunteers with charitable operations like Community Storehouse, Food for the Soul and Christ’s Haven have when they see the huge impact of their efforts — this month and year-round — on area kids and families in need. It’s pretty awe-inspiring, so don’t miss the details of their good works in “The Giving Life” on Page 18.
Here’s wishing you a joyous month, starting with all the happy reading this issue of K holds in store.
P.S. If you didn’t receive a K magazine this week — and you desperately want to — just drop by the Keller Citizen’s offices at 1103 Keller Parkway and pick up a free copy. (You can also go to our facebook page and view the digital links to it and earlier editions: www.facebook.com/TheKellerMagazine .)