From the Editor


Dear Readers,

We begin our “most wonderful time of the year” holiday edition by taking a few minutes to reflect on our many blessings and to give thanks to you, our readers and sponsors, for your continued support of Lancaster County Woman newspaper. With your unwavering support for 20+ years, we’ve had the privilege of doing what we love and truly enjoy! Thank you from everyone here at LCW.

As we’ve done in past years, we invite you to “Share Your Blessings” by selecting one or two of our local community organizations listed on our Share Your Blessings pages 26–29. These organizations are the backbone of our community, serving and meeting the needs of the less fortunate among us. Teaching children the importance of giving to others, whether time, money, or energy, is one of the most valuable character traits we can pass along. As the Bible says, “The generous will themselves be blessed for they share their food with the poor.” (Proverbs 22:9)

This holiday edition is full of products and services designed to help you look and feel your best while you enjoy the season with family and friends. Dawn Cutillo’s article on p. 15 has tips for maintaining a trim waistline while nibbling your way through parties and seasonal dishes. And Dr. Bill Carter’s specialty services and products on p. 2 are designed to keep your face, skin, and body looking terrific as you dance your way through all those wonderful holiday parties.

Jeff Goss’s article, “The Holidays and Estate Planning,” on p. 31 is must reading for everyone. He highlights the importance of having a conversation about your will and estate during the holidays while everyone’s present. This is the perfect opportunity to get the conversation going about your will and protection of your family’s estate.

With so many seasonal activities taking place throughout Lancaster County, we invite you to enjoy the season with your family by attending a show at any (or all!) of our local theatres. The American Music Theatre’s Christmas show, Home for the Holidays (Nov. 19─Dec. 30), is a great way to kick off the season. Sight and Sound in Strasburg is featuring The Miracle of Christmas, and The Fulton Theatre is presenting The Nutcracker (Nov. 25─Dec. 23) and A Christmas Story through Dec. 31. If you’ve never experienced a show at one of our local theatres, you’re in for a treat. There’s a reason so many out-of-town tour buses are traveling the roads all over Lancaster County. They’re here to experience the peace and beauty of our county and see top-rated shows and performances. I take my family and friends to as many shows as possible. We’re blessed to live in this beautiful place with world-class entertainment at our doorstep.

With all the hustle and bustle, we remind everyone to please remember the reason for the season—the birth of Jesus Christ—and to pray for our soldiers and their families everywhere in the world. Many of them will not be able to enjoy the holidays with their families; may we never forget the sacrifices they make to keep our nation free and safe.

Our best wishes to you and your family for peace and prosperity in the coming new year!

With blessings,
JoAnn Notargiacomo

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