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    2 | D e ce m b e r 1 4 , 20 1 4 H o l i d a y G i f t s & L i f e s t y l e T H E B RYA N - CO L L EG E STAT I O N E AG L E

    Say Happy HolidayS wherever you are

    The phrase Happy Holidays is uttered millions of times across the globe between the end of November and the beginning of January. But even if you find yourself in a foreign, non-English-speaking country this holiday season, you can still pass along this popular greeting thanks to the following translations.

    Danish: Glade feriedage Dutch: Gelukkige Vakantie French: Joyeuses Ftes Greek: Italian: Buone Feste Polish: Wesoych wit

    Portuguese: Festas Felizes

    Romanian: Sarbatori Fericite

    Spanish: Felices Fiestas

    Swedish: Trevlig Helg

    Turkish: Mutlu Tatiller


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    T H E B RYA N - CO L L EG E STAT I O N E AG L E H o l i d a y G i f t s & L i f e s t y l e December 14, 2014 | 3

    Upcoming holiday events in and around the Brazos Valley area include holiday concerts, light displays, plays and a 5K run/ walk.An event that has become popular is the Brazos

    Valley Symphony Orchestra (BCSO) Holiday Pops Concert. The fifth annual concert will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at Christ United Methodist Church, at 4201 State Highway 6 South in College Station. The concert will feature holiday favorites such as Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Deck the Halls.

    This is an incredible Bryan-College Station tradition, with many families coming to the concert each year, said Mary Koeninger, executive director of the orchestra. They have a wonderful time hearing everything from favorites to new songs.

    The concert features the BVSO, a professional orchestra comprised of musicians from around the state of Texas, as well as Metropolitan opera star Emily Pulley, a soprano, organist James Faith, the Santuary Choir and Canticle Bells of Christ United Methodist Church and the College Station Varsity Girls Choir.

    Following the concert, the Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra will host a cookie reception. Tickets are $25 for adults; students are $10.

    For more information on the concert and the orchestra, visit bvso.org or call 979-696-6100.

    OThER lOCAl hOlIdAyEVENTs INCludE:

    OnGOinG THrOuGH DEC. 21Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings Unity

    Theatre in Brenham will present Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. Play description: Filled with Christmas standards, the boys are back to do their Christmas Special in this sequel to Forever Plaid. Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky arent sure why theyve returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that theyre needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are riotous versions of The Ed Sullivan Show, featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas.

    For more information, visit www.unitybrenham.org or contact the ticket office at (979) 830-8358 or [email protected]

    OnGOinG THrOuGH Jan. 1Christmas lights - Christmas lights are on

    display each night after dark in Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, at 1000 Krenek Tap Road in College Station.

    OnGOinG THrOuGH Jan. 4

    Santas Wonderland - Santas Wonderland, 18898 Highway 6 in College Station, features an approximately mile-long, winding path of Christmas lights and displays. Hayrides and horse-and-carriage tours are available.

    The business also offers food, live music, shopping, a petting zoo, pony rides, a mechanical bull, photos with Santa and Christmas movies on a giant outdoor screen.

    For more information, visit www.santas-wonderland.com or call 979-690-7212.

    DEC. 14The Christmas Express The Navasota

    Theatre Alliance will present The Christmas Express.

    Play description: As Hilda and Satch, her assistant, argue over what time it is, Hilda intones, This is the worst place in the world! She dreams of faraway places and only finds tedium in running the towns railroad station. That is, until Leo Tannenbaum drops in out of nowhere the day before Christmas Eve. Suddenly, an old radio that hasnt worked in years springs to life, the local group of carolers (which normally yowls like a gang of cats being bathed) begins to sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the whole town gets the Christmas spirit. Coincidence? Is Leo doing all this? This nostalgic theatrical greeting card is full of eccentric small-town characters, wise-cracking their way to finding the true wonder of Christmas. And on the way they make us all wish we could take a ride on the Christmas Express.

    For more information, visit www.navasotatheatre.com or call 936-870-8380.

    Baldknobbers Jamboree Blinn College will present Baldknobbers Jamboree at 3 p.m. at Brenham High School. Along with the country music and side-splitting comedy that has made the Baldknobbers famous, they will also be performing their traditional Christmas show. The cost is $20.

    For more information, call 979-830-4495 or visit www.blinn.edu/foundation.

    DEC. 19 anD 20Ledbetter Volunteer Fire Departments

    Christmas Lane of Lights, 6 to 9 p.m. The Lane of Lights will be held at Stuermers store, at the intersection of Highway 290 and F.M. 1291 in Ledbetter. Visitors can enjoy a hayride through nearly a mile of lighted Christmas scenes, including animated displays. They can also stop to view two historic houses, visit Santa, eat homemade cookies, drink hot chocolate and wassail, walk through the walking trail and enjoy music and singing by the

    campfires. Hayride trailers will also pick up and return riders at the Stuermers Store. Entry is $8, and children under 2 are free.

    For more information, visit www.ledbetterschristmaslaneoflights.com.

    DEC. 21Luxury Brunch with Santa, 11 a.m. to 3

    p.m. - Inn at Dos Brisas, 10000 Champion Drive in Washington, will hold a Luxury Brunch with Santa. The event will include cider tasting for adults, cookie decorating for children, a three-course brunch, a visit with Santa and carriage rides. The cost is $49 for adults and $18 for children. For more information, call 979-277-7750 or to make reservations, visit www.seatme.yelp.com/r/the-inn-at-dos-brisas.

    DEC. 31Round Top Rifle Associations New Years

    Eve Dance, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. - Night Shift, a band from Bellville, will perform everything from country, to polkas and waltzes. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    For more information, visit http://roundtoprifle.com

    or call 281-788-3278.Round Top Festival Institutes New Years

    Eve Gala, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Way in Round Top, will have appetizers and beverages in the Menke House Parlors at 7:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. and then a concert and dance at the Festival Concert Hall stage. The Jackie Myers Band will perform. Cost is $125. For more details, visit www.FestivalHill.org.

    Jan. 1Commitment Run 5K, Walk & Fitfest,

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - The Commitment Run 5K and Walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. A free health festival, FitFest will also be held. Gyms, restaurants and other businesses will be present to promote healthy living, product demonstrations, health assessments and more. Register by Dec. 15.

    For more information or to register, visit rectrac.cstx.gov or call 979-764-3486.

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