Allen EDC: Why we are proud of working and living in Allen TX

Allen is growing fast.

From the drawing board to finish, we are watching history being made every day in Allen, Texas, as more families and companies move into North Texas. This video from the Allen EDC is from January 2016, and you can see the positive growth Allen is taking.

From Allen EDC: Allen is home to many businesses, and we’re proud of every single one. From our diverse, well-educated population to our business-friendly economic development corporation, we give the companies that call us home the tools they need to succeed. To find out if this is the family for you, visit AllenEDC.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017


From our family to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our prayer is that you are able to share this special time with your family and reflect on God’s great blessings.

We associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims who made their way to America following persecution from the Church of England. Their initial time in America was harsh, half of the settlers died. But, the Pilgrims were blessed by Indians who helped them, and they eventually reaped a bountiful harvest. Having reason to celebrate, the governor of Plymouth Colony called for a three day festival that included ninety Indians. The feast included giving thanks to God and became the first Thanksgiving celebration in America.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington and it became a federal holiday in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

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Christmas Tree lighting on Friday at Home for the Holidays … A McKinney Christmas

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Bring the family downtown to take your annual Christmas photos in front of the historic courthouse and the big Christmas tree this weekend.

Home for the Holidays … A McKinney Christmas
Thanksgiving weekend marks the 37th year for this hometown Christmas celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food and entertainment.

Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. It’s an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season.

What does it cost to go to McKinney Home for the Holidays?
Admission is free and open to the public.

Parking and Transportation for McKinney Home for the Holidays<
Be patient. Look for 12 public parking lots that surround the Historic Downtown McKinney Square.

McKinney Home for the Holidays Dates & Times

Friday, November 24 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

City of McKinney Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on Friday on the old courthouse MPAC Lawn on the Kentucky Street side.
Saturday, November 25 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 26 – Noon – 5 p.m.

Weather forecast – No rain, sleet or hail. Sunny days, cool nights

Directions to McKinney, Texas, Home for the Holidays

From U.S. Highway 75 take Exit 40-A
Travel East on Louisiana Street approximately 1.2 miles

What to Expect at McKinney, Texas, Home for the Holidays

A fun, family-friendly event
Traditional live Christmas music
Food and festivities

Dancing
Children’s activities
Costumed characters

Visits with Santa
Children’s arts and crafts
Petting zoo

A unique shopping experience
A Ferris wheel and carousel
And much more

and don’t forget to meet friends for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Christmas Tree Lighting

On Friday, November 24, watch faces light up at 6:15 p.m. when the city lights a 34-foot Blue Spruce Christmas tree that will adorn the city’s square. The tree is funded by First United Bank, Texas Oncology and the contributions from families and businesses during the McKinney Christmas Tree – A Gift to the Community fund-raising campaign. The first 100 donors who contribute a minimum of $50 will receive a commemorative keepsake ornament.

The tree will serve as a beautiful backdrop for holiday photos and be a sight for the entire family to enjoy. Following the tree lighting, visitors can enjoy live entertainment by Emerald City Band.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

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How to avoid burning down the house or garage when frying Thanksgiving Day turkeys

Our local State Farm dude sent us these handy tips for frying a turkey: It’s hard to beat the speed of deep-frying a turkey-or the irresistible flavor and juiciness that result.

State Farm reports that turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injury, which is why organizations like Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using them.

If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions compiled by State Farm to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it’s in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that’s 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

State Farm® and actor William Shatner want you to be safe when using turkey fryers this Thanksgiving. Watch our cautionary tale, ‘Eat, Fry, Love’, before you begin.

McKinney TX: Home for the Holidays, Santa on the Square

Return to McKinney, Texas, for Home for the Holidays Nov. 24 to 26 at the historic downtown square.

Santa on the Square will begin Nov. 24 if you want to take the kids for Christmas photos.

Grab some coffee in the morning, shop, and enjoy the holiday spirit. Don’t forget to get your pies at The Pantry.

Santa photos – Credit Downtown McKinney #homefortheholidays

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