Frisco ISD offering holiday concerts


Frisco ISD has a busy schedule of student performances planned this week for the holiday season.

Christmas and holiday-themed orchestra, band, choir and theatre productions are available at schools throughout the schoool district. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see what FISD fine arts students are learning and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

Consider inviting a friend to a concert or event as a way to ring in the holiday season, experience the talent of Frisco ISD students and support Frisco ISD Fine Arts programs.

Some of the Frisco ISD events offered this week include:

  • Dec. 14 – Centennial High School band holiday concert, 7 p.m. on campus.
  • Dec. 15 – Wakeland High School winter band concert, 7 to 10 p.m. on campus.
  • Dec. 15 – Frisco High School choir/orchestra winter concert, 7 p.m. on campus.
  • Dec. 16 – Frisco High School band holiday concert, 7 p.m. on campus.
  • Dec. 17 – Wakeland High School cluster orchestra concert includes feeder middle schools, 7 p.m. on campus.
  • Dec. 19 – Frisco High School band performs at Fair Park in Dallas from 7 a.m. until noon for Christmas in the Park.

Frisco ISD Fine Arts calendar:, or directly at

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What’s your advice on holidays, decorations?

By Carrie T. Brazeal, CFCS


QUESTION: I will soon be taking down my holiday decorations. How is
the best way to store them?

ANSWER: Many of our seasonal decorations represent a great investment
in time, money and fond memories. They deserve proper care and storage
and should be cleaned and organized each year in a way that will best
preserve them.

According to Linda Adler, Extension Specialists for Home Furnishings,
look decorations over as they are taken down from display. Some
washable decorations, such as tablecloths, should be laundered before
storing. Dusty ornaments or other decorations should be wiped clean.
Tree lights should also be wiped clean but be sure to disconnect any
electrical items before doing so. This is also a good time to check for
and replace burned-out bulbs.

Since many holiday decorations are fragile, be sure they are well
packed and stored properly. Use large, sturdy cardboard boxes for
storing bulbs, ornaments and lights. Select boxes that are fairly
shallow but large enough so that two or three boxes hold all tree

Wrap fragile bulbs and ornaments in tissue paper. Stack the remaining
ornaments (from heavy to light) on layers of tissue paper. Angel hair
and tinsel can be stored between ornaments for added protection. Remove
hooks and hangers from each ornament and store them separately in a
small box or envelope. Gather strings of tree lights carefully to avoid
tangles. Wrap loosely around a large, flat piece of cardboard. Store
the tree stand in its original box.

After the boxes are packed, clearly label the contents on the outside
of each box and then fill the box with the same items from year to year.
You will consider the time used in carefully packing the boxes as well
spent when you get the ornaments out for the next holiday season.

Designate an area in a closet, attic or garage as holiday storage and
use the same space each year. Clean the storage area thoroughly each
year before returning the decorations to it. Keep boxes off the floor to
keep moisture out. If stored in an attic or outside garage, be sure
that extreme temperature and humidity changes will not harm any of the
items in the boxes. Your holiday candles will not survive a summer in
the attic – trust me!

QUESTION: Why do Southerners eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day?

ANSWER: Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s has been a Southern
tradition for over a century. There are countless tales explaining the
reason for eating this cream-colored pea (actually a bean) with a
black-eye in the center. One theme runs throughout all the folklore:
the pea is supposed to bring good luck. The early stories center around
post-Civil War days when a band of Sherman’s Northern invaders left
most of the South’s countryside bleak and bare. Many a Southern
family considered themselves lucky to have black-eyed peas, cornbread
and a bit of hog jowl. Folklore also promises that a person will earn a
dollar for every pea that he eats on New Year’s Day. At this rate,
even if you ate a dozen tablespoonfuls, you would only earn $1000 per
year. When this tale started, many a Southern planter would have been
glad to have this type of annual income.

Carrie T. Brazeal is the County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer
Sciences for Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Collin County. She may be
reached at or 972.548.4233 or metro 972.424.1460,
Ext. 4233.

Surveillance camera catches Christmas present thief in act

Know this Grinch? McKinney Police are looking for a man who put a decoy package at the front door and then took off with freshly delivered Christmas gifts. Please contact McKinney Police if you have information on this man before he does it again.

Deerfield Christmas lights

Looking for Christmas lights?
Try the Deerfield neighborhood in Plano.
This Gordon Lights home display of Christmas lights at 4665 Quincy Lane is one of a few in the Deerfield neighborhood set to music for car radios. The home is situated at Quincy Lane off Ohio Drive, just north of Legacy and east of Preston Road. Once on Quincy, turn your radio to 95.7 FM. With the music, the show is even more impressive. Gordon Lights collects money, gift cards and other donations on behalf of Operation Homefront. … On Saturday, Dec. 18, Girl Scout Troop 501 will be at the home to sell hot chocolate to visitors from 7 to 9 p.m. Sales will be donation-based, and the proceeds will be added to the Operation Homefront collection. To see the light shows from earlier years with music, click on

To see the Deerfield neighborhood in lights and on video, please click on

Better yet, load up the family and drive over to Deerfield but go see the lights before the weekend because the neighborhood attracts big lines of cars during the holidays.

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