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Happy Holidays“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or so the song says. And it really is, when you consider not only the joyful religious implications of the holiday season, but the opportunity it brings for family and friends to join together in the warmth of hearth and home, whatever one’s beliefs.

The National Council on Aging lists the following five key factors for keeping the “happy” in holidays.

  • Look for the Joy – keeping a positive attitude, focusing on the present and being grateful for whom and what one has in life go a long way toward redefining what makes the holidays happy.
  • Appreciate Others – Staying socially connected is vital, even if friends or family are not around. Volunteer, take a class, take up a new hobby that involves community with others.
  • Eat Healthy and Wise – Go ahead and indulge a little, but stick to sensible portions and dietary recommendations.
  • Make Some Happy Moves – Regular exercise positively affects mood, sleep, appetite and overall well-being.
  • Sleep Well – Try to follow your regular sleep schedule, and get some fresh air and exercise during the day, even if the holidays bring changes to your normal routine.

Residents of Naperville have ample opportunities to practice all five of these pointers.

Search “holiday happenings in Naperville” online, and a calendar appears with barely an open day in the month of December. Myriad events and activities celebrate the merriest season of all: Naper Lights, Christkindlmarket, Santa House, trolley tours of the most decorated homes in town, concerts, Carillon weekly recitals, Naperville’s 1st Menorah…the list goes on and on.

And who could forget the shopping in downtown Naperville? Trees twinkling with lights line the streets, fronted by some of the finest retail shops. The newly opened Water Street District boasts even more upscale stores and dining venues.

Restaurants in Naperville, great at any time of the year, are especially festive during the holidays. Beautiful decorations and convivial conversation sparkle like the champagne that freely flows this time of year. And the little Tuk-Tuks that shuttle people here and there strike a special note of cheer, all lit up as they tool around town.

At Monarch Landing, December’s calendar is also brimming with activity. Day one featured the Young Naperville Singers, followed by the Monarch Singers holiday concert on the 3rd. A Friends in Harmony concert, holiday sale and Christmas service rounded out the second weekend in December, and the third features a holiday program from the piano-vocal duo of Streder and Peterson. Santa makes a visit that weekend as well, and the latter part of the month is occupied with even more holiday festivity for the whole family.

The holiday season at Monarch Landing is also a jolly affair. In fact we have our very own Santa Claus. And dining here is very special with Christmas buffets and a New Year’s Eve Eve party and feast. If needed, transportation to various houses of worship and holiday services is provided throughout the month, and special shopping outings and music events are also on the agenda.

The holidays are replete with traditions, memories, and expectations. There is light in new friends, hobbies and activities. And a lot to be merry about!