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NAWBO | WEV | NOOZHAWK | GOLETA CHAMBER | DAILY SOUND l MONTECITO MESSENGER
  Santa Barbara County Santa Barbara, CA
Holiday Services & Traditions
December 21, 2011
From the Editor
Gift Giving; sentiment instead of money
Christmas Eve Services
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HOLIDAY SERVICES...  For those of you that are not affiliated with a church but would like enjoy a Christmas Eve service, view our list below in the calendar section for family services, midnight mass and candle light services.

EXPLORE THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS & DECOR... We drove around last weekend and saw some amazing houses that were decorated and lit up for the holidays. Take a drive around Santa Barbara with your kids and make sure to visit Veronica Springs (off Las Positas) and Quinientos St. on the east side, past Soledad Street. You can also view lights on the Santa Barbara Trolley or the Land Shark for a fun outing with kids. 

'TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE BACK & MAKE A DIFFERENCE... Check our VOLUNTEER CHATTER page for all of the details on specific needs from local non profits. It is not too late to impact someone less fortunate in our community. And remember the giving does not have to end after Christmas, make consistent giving part of your new year resolutions.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES & TRADITIONS THAT BUILD MEMORIES... Create holiday cards, cook together, read to your child, get a caroling group together, decorate gingerbread houses [see our Strawberry Santas below]. MORE IDEAS >

DOWNLOAD FREE eBOOKS AT THE LIBRARY... The Santa Barbara Public Library System has stuffed the virtual shelves with thousands of eBooks that are compatible with Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPhones and most other smart phones, tablets and reading devices. FREE eBook checkouts are available through the Library's website and include bestsellers, popular books for adults, teens, and children, biographies and other nonfiction, mysteries, and science fiction. CONTINUE READING >

The hustle and bustle is almost over which means we can now all start to focus on what the holidays are really about, being together with family and friends. And remember to take time and enjoy that one week of the year between Christmas and New Year's when emails and phone calls slow down and relax with your families.  THANK YOU to all the amazing organizations in our community that help make ParentClick.com a free community resource for families.

WISHING YOU A WARM AND WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON.

~ The ParentClick Team


  Gift Giving; sentiment instead of money

The holidays do not need to just be about spending and extravagent gifts. In lieu of a purchased gift, consider creating new traditions and giving something that might have more meaning...

  • Make ORNAMENTS for family and friends with photos and decorate them.
  • Make a PHOTO ALBUM for family filled with memories.
  • Write a LETTER telling each family member what they mean to you.
  • COUPONS... Give a coupon to to do a chore the person hates. Give your kids a coupon for one week of no bed making. A coupon for a night of babysitting for new parents is a wonderful way to give some relief.
  • Make a personalized MUSIC CD of your favorite music selections.
    The recipient can then download it to an iPod.
  • Christmas morning SCAVENGER HUNT...
    On Christmas Eve hide packages around the house and make up clues for finding the gifts. This will make Christmas morning last a little longer and keep everyone busy.

strawberry santaBaking is a great way to spend time with kids and it baked items are a wonderful gift for family and friends.

  • Make a PERSONAL RECIPE BOX filled with your favorites or family-recipes. Give it to the recipient with homemade holiday cookies.
  • STRAWBERRY SANTAS... These are an instant hit with the kids and the parents and so easy to make for dessert or for the classroom party!  VIEW RECIPE >

For the family member that has everything, do something to give back...

  • Make a DONATION in their name to a special charity.
  • ADOPT A FAMILY: You can adopt a family through the Salvation Army and many other non-profit organizations by providing gifts and a Christmas meal to them.
  • VOLUNTEER with your family at a local non-profit agency.

  Christmas Eve Services

Hope Community Church

 

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Christmas Eve Services with Hope Community
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  Christmas Eve Services with Hope Community
Hope Community Church
Date: 12/24/2013 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Family style services at 4pm and 5:30pm, with inspiring music and a message of hope for all !
Special Instructions: Elings Performing Art Center at Dos Pueblos High School
City: Goleta Phone: 805.682.6232 view all details >>
     
Christmas Eve Children & Family Service
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  Christmas Eve Children & Family Service
All Saints By The Sea
Date: 12/24/2013 from 4:00pm to 12:00am
Details: Children & Family Service, 4pm. Festival Eucharist, 7pm & 10pm. Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10am.
City: Montecito Phone: 805.969.4771 view all details >>
     
Candlelight Christmas Eve at Calvary Baptist
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  Candlelight Christmas Eve at Calvary Baptist
Calvary Baptist Church
Date: 12/24/2013 at 6:30pm
Details: Join Us as We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus
City: Santa Barbara Phone: 805.569.0508 view all details >>
     
Christmas Eve services in Santa Barbara plus fun activities.
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  Christmas Eve services in Santa Barbara plus fun activities.
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Christmas Eve services in Santa Barbara plus fun activities.
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  Christmas Eve services in Santa Barbara plus fun activities.
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Christmas Eve at El Montecito Presbyterian Church (ELMO)
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  Christmas Eve at El Montecito Presbyterian Church (ELMO)
El Montecito Presbyterian Church
Date: 12/24/2013 All Day
Details: Family Service at 4pm, and a Candle Light Service at 9pm.
Special Instructions: Join us for either service or both !
City: Montecito Phone: 805.969.5041 view all details >>
     
Christmas Eve Service
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  Christmas Eve Service
First Congregational Church
Date: 12/24/2013 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Lessons and carols for the whole family.
City: Santa Barbara Phone: 805.682.7146 view all details >>
     
Christmas Eve services in Santa Barbara plus fun activities.
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  Christmas Eve services in Santa Barbara plus fun activities.
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Christmas Eve Worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran
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  Christmas Eve Worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Date: 12/24/2013 All Day
Details: Christmas Eve Worship at 4pm and 8pm. Lessons, Carols and Worship at 11pm.
City: Santa Barbara Phone: 805.967.6101 view all details >>
     
Christmas Eve Under the Stars at The Fess Parker DoubleTree
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  Christmas Eve Under the Stars at The Fess Parker DoubleTree
Ocean Hills Covenant Church
Date: 12/24/2013 at 5:30pm
Details: Come celebrate with us under the stars.
City: Santa Barbara Phone: 805.965.9283 view all details >>
     
St. Andrew's Christmas Eve Service
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  St. Andrew's Christmas Eve Service
St. Andew's Presbyterian Church
Date: 12/24/2013 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Join us in the sanctuary on 12/24 at 7pm.
City: Santa Barbara Phone: 805.967.6327 view all details >>
     
Christmas Eve & Day Mass at SB Parish, Old Mission
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  Christmas Eve & Day Mass at SB Parish, Old Mission
Santa Barbara Parish
Date: Every 1 day(s) (Dec 24-Dec 25) All Day
Details: 12/24 at 4pm, 7pm & Midnight. 12/25 at 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am.
City: Santa Barbara Phone: 805.682.4151 view all details >>
     
     
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