It is hard for me to believe I have been living in my new home for over a week.
Which means just over seven days ago, my weary head was sleeping in another house a mere mile away.
At one point, I thought it would NEVER happen as I frantically packed boxes, hundreds of boxes, containing close to twenty years of accumulated “stuff.” It was a mad dash to the finish line, but I got it done.
So, yes, I have moved out and moved on. And yes, I made what felt like a thousand trips between the two houses gathering every forgotten shovel, broom, pillow, and lightbulb that did not make it on to the moving truck. Nothing was getting left behind on my watch!
Amid the anticipation, aggravation, and anxiety leading up to and following the move, I learned a thing or two, not only about myself, but about the process. Let’s face it, moving is daunting, and several times over the course of the last two months, I have had plenty of friends tell me moving is one of the top five most stressful life events we may deal with.
I lived to tell, and now I would like to share with you what I learned...
Supplements to Relieve Stress & Anxiety
-By Michael Briggs
As the Holiday Season approaches, it will undoubtedly increase our stress load beyond our current levels. With the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have already felt this increase which has manifested as anxiety, decreased mental sharpness & energy, sleep issues, to name a few. Targeted nutritional supplements offer a potential solution to getting us out of fight or flight mode and positively influencing our immune system.
Adaptogens are a class of herbal compounds that have proven to be beneficial for stress & anxiety. They have a unique dual action to adjust to your body’s presentation of the stress response. If you are too keyed up, there is a grounding effect, or if you are experiencing fatigue, there is an energy & mood uplifting action. Some common examples include Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Eleuthero, Holy Basil, & Panax Ginseng.
Studies have shown that adaptogens improve cognition and stress resilience, support optimal immune function, sleep cycle, and optimize energy and stamina levels. As with any herbal product, it is important to discuss product selection with a knowledgeable pharmacist or other healthcare professional as there can be medication interactions, side effects, or other nutrient depletions to consider.
Michael Briggs, PharmD, CNC, ICCT serves as COO of Lionville Natural Pharmacy and has been published in The Professional Guide to Complementary & Alternative Therapies, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults. The Nursing Drug Handbook Series, and Pharmacotherapy. Learn more at lionrx.com.
MUST BE SANTA…
Friday Fun Craft – Create Your Own Christmas Ornament
Friday, December 16
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, West Chester
Join the fun as kids can create their own Christmas Ornament. If you want to schedule a haircut, book online before you go. Details
Northern Star Farm Winter Festival
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Northern Star Farm, Trappe
It’s the final weekend to meet and greet Santa and some of his reindeer during the Winter Festival at Northern Star Farm. There are plenty of activities including a hayride, pony rides, a play land and more! Details
MORE SANTA EVENTS!
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Manayunk Gets Lit
Now through December 31
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Stroll through Manayunk as the local merchants go all out for the holiday season. Have a jolly time shopping locally! Details
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rose Tree Park, Media
You won’t want to miss the final weekend for this festive event. Set amid the sparkling lights of Rose Tree Park’s annual Festival of Lights, the Delco Holiday Village features a changing line-up of local vendors and food trucks. Details
Through Saturday, December 31st
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks
Returning for a second year, this holiday experience is powered by an astounding 1.2 million twinkling lights. Details
MORE HOLIDAY LIGHT EVENTS!
Andrea Lauren Brown, soprano, Jody Kidwell, alto, Timothy Bentch, tenor, Ed Bara, bass
From its very first performance in Dublin in 1742, Messiah was a huge sensation. For more than three decades, VoxAmaDeus has presented to the Philadelphia region annual performances of Handel’s masterpiece, now a Christmas season tradition. Remaining true to Handel’s vision, this is the complete work performed on original Baroque instruments. But Maestro Radu makes a few changes each time, so no two performances are ever quite the same.
This will be the 2022 edition! This year, make Messiah part of your Advent/Christmas tradition—and come and be uplifted!
SEASON OF GIVING
Cradles to Crayons will open its third Giving Spot at the Rocky Run YMCA in time for holiday clean outs
Thursday, December 15
Rocky Run YMCA
1299 W Baltimore Pike, Media
In an effort to streamline product donations, C2C’s Giving Spots are conveniently located and can be accessed 24/7. With ample parking and an easy pull-off from Route 1, the site at Rocky Run will be Cradles to Crayons’ first Giving Spot in Delaware County.
The new Giving Spot will make it easier than ever to collect children’s clothing, books, shoes, school supplies, and more for kids in low-income or homeless situations due to its proximity to neighborhoods in Media, Swarthmore, and West Chester. For a full list of items accepted, visit website.
Pick your party this New Year's Eve! Live Music, dancing plus much more!
Googie down to the music of Hall & Oates, Toto, Michael McDonald + more – Boat House Row is taking Ardmore Music Hall by storm with all of your favorite Yacht Rock hits. Tickets
Over in Wayne, Steal Your Peach is breaking out the best of the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead for one more Saturday Night in 2022. Tickets
VIP + Open Bar Packages for each event!
Sunday, December 18
Suburban Square, Ardmore
Join friends, family and neighbors for Suburban Square’s annual Menorah Lighting on the lawn. Details
Sunday, December 20
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM –
Kaiserman JCC, Wynnewood
Join the JCC for music, a light show, activities, games, and more! Pizza included in family ticket price. Details
Sunday, December 18
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
State Street, Media
Chabad of Delaware County transforms State Street into a magical Chanukah Village with donut decorating, candle making, Chanukah face art, Lego dreidels, story time, menorah making, crafts, treats and more. Head to the courthouse at 4:30 PM for the menorah lighting and gelt drop. Details
MORE HANUKKAH EVENTS!
Give Your Middle Schooler the Courage to Find Her Voice and Pursue Her Passion
Notre Dame is committed to prioritizing and protecting the mental health of every student, encouraging students to think critically and creatively, and educating students to live and lead in a global society.
Through ND Cares, Notre Dame gives students the tools needed to safeguard their mental health and recognize when their classmates need help.
State-of-the-art Centers for STEM and Arts education provide innovative STEM, Dance, and Vocal and Instrumental Music opportunities that enable all girls in grades 6-12 to discover and hone their passions.
Myriad clubs, leadership, and global scholar programs open doors for students, preparing them to carve out their unique place in the world.
Discover for yourself the exciting opportunities awaiting your daughter at Notre Dame.
Schedule your Personal Tour here.
Register for the January 21 Middle School Entrance Exam.
Stop by or register for a Walk-in Wednesday on Feb. 1 or March 1.
Learn more here!
Boathouse Row Festival of Lights – Kwanzaa
December 26, 2021 – January 1
Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
The historic rowing clubs of Boathouse Row are awash in red, green and yellow for Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa Unity Celebration & Showcase
Monday December 26
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
African American Museum, Philadelphia
Enjoy the first fruits of the harvest with the African American Museum in Philadelphia as we light the Kinara and usher in this year’s Kwanzaa season. Host Nikki Powerhouse will lead us through the night’s events including featured poetry by Reet Starwind and interactive African dance and drum with Cachet Ivy! Details
December 26 – January 1, 4:30 PM
Sesame Place, Langhorne
Join your favorite Sesame Street friends in the neighborhood each night of Kwanzaa for a special Storytime and Kinara lighting as we learn all about the celebrations and principles of Kwanzaa. Details
Looking for a summer program but not sure what is out there? If so, then register to attend the virtual TeenLife LIVE Summer Opportunities Fair TONIGHT starting at 6pm EST! It’s free.
At the TeenLife LIVE Summer Opportunities Fair, parents and students can hear from multiple summer program presenters in three separate sessions. The programs cover all categories: Academic, Travel/Cultural Immersion, Foreign Language Learning, Business & Entrepreneurship, and more. Who knows what you will find that you never knew existed! Students who attend these programs while in middle or high school are more self-aware and have a better idea about what they want to major in when they apply to college. Join us tonight. You won’t regret it!
‘TIS THE SEASON TO SKATE
Flight on Ice
Now through February 26
Wednesday – Sunday, Various Hours
Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink, Newtown Square
Enjoy an outdoor activity with the whole family at this pop-up ice skating rink. A portion of all sponsor and rink proceeds will be donated to the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association. Details
Winter at Dilworth Park
Now through February 26
Dilworth Park, Philadelphia
The festivities have begun! Come for the ice skating – stay for the food, shopping, and holiday events. Check the event schedule for the entertainment lineup. Details
Learn to Skate
Philadelphia Skating Club, Ardmore
Eight week session start in January. Registration now open.
8 WEEK FRIDAY- 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3
8 WEEK SATURDAY – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4
8 WEEK SUNDAY CLASS – 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5
Enhance your outdoor space using pathway lighting, accent and uplighting, patio and entertainment space outdoor lighting from Illuminate Landscape lighting.
Save the Date for VFES’s FREE Special Kids Camp Expo on 1/21/23, 1-4pm!
30+ local camps and summer programs for children and young adults with disabilities!
No registration required.
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From the Director of La La Land, Babylon comes to the Colonial Theatre Dec 23. Devotion and Violent Night now playing.
Grand Re-Opening For The Berwyn Indoor / Outdoor Flea Market Is Now Set For This Sat & Sun, December 17th & 18th!
Phila Flea Markets
Our First Goddess Gathering Celebrating Yule & The Winter Solstice. December 21, 2022 6:45 pm. At Lotus J Healing House 40 East 4th St. Bridgeport
Tickets can be purchased in-store or at lotusjcollections.com
Goddess Gathering, also known as "Women’s Circles" help to provide a safe space for women to share their true selves, where they can find their voice, reclaim their power, remember their self-worth, while reconnect with their feminine energy, reflect on life's challenges and share their experiences without judgment. Practicing different forms of internal healing.
Together you can celebrate your unique diversity, while honoring the universal divine feminine energy to foster self-growth and transformation.
Goddess Gathering Circles are an opportunity for women to connect with others while sharing experiences and wisdom from all walks of life.
*All ticket sales are final. Transfers to another sister are allowed.
HOLIDAY THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES
Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto
Now through January 1
2:00 PM and 7:00 PM Shows
People’s Light Theater, Malvern
This theater troupe is having some fun now during their holiday panto performance, featuring a take on Alice in Wonderland. Be part of the fun for this popular annual treat. Details
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Monday, December 19
Uptown! Knaur Performing Arts Center
Get your tickets now for this biopic to watch as Charles Dickens hauntingly creates and writes his infamous “A Christmas Carol.” Timely and interesting. Details
A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Eric Mintel Quartet
Sunday, December 18
4:00 PM or 7:00 PM
118 North, Wayne
Enjoy an outing where this perennial music is performed just in time to put you in the spirit of the season. Purchase tickets in advance but seating is on a first come first serve basis. Details
Brandywine Ballet’s Nutcracker 2022
Friday, December 16-18
West Chester University
Join Clara and her magical friend the Nutcracker on the most magical adventure! Details
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
Caroling in Downtown West Chester
Friday, Dec. 16, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, Dec. 17, 12:00 PM to 2:00PM
Downtown West Chester
Dressed in the finest Victorian attire, The West Chester Borough Balladeer Carolers will carol through the streets. Enjoy the sounds will you stroll and shop! Details
Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series
Saturday December 17
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
High Street, West Chester
Stroll and shop to the festive sounds of local choirs singing holiday favorites from the steps of the historic courthouse! Details
City Rhythm Orchestra Holiday Style
Sunday, December 18, 7:00 PM
The Colonial Theater, Phoenixville
Enjoy a dazzling performance of Christmas favorites from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and more! Details
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