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3 Hill Country Holiday Traditions to Help You Enjoy the Season

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Each year, the Christmas displays begin to fill the big box stores right around the same time as the Halloween décor is selling out and we’re looking for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. So quickly, we often blink it seems, and the holidays have come and gone in a flurry of gift shopping, wrapping paper, and family visits. Experiencing a true Texas Hill Country holiday in which you don’t feel overwhelmed, your kids enjoy family time, and you get to catch your breath can be easy to do if you know where to begin. Here are three holiday traditions that will help you slow down and enjoy the season.

1. Operation Turkey

Part I: Texas Hill Country Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

Photo: Facebook/Operation Turkey

According to their most recent Facebook post, “In 2016, Operation Turkey hand delivered more than 40,000 meals to the homeless and less fortunate in 13 official cities in 6 states. This year our goal is 50,000 meals with even more locations. Want to see what it takes to prepare, package, and deliver 40,000 meals in 4 hours Thanksgiving Day? Click here to watch The Power of $2.50:

We are working hard to ensure everything is in place for you to volunteer with us November 23rd. Including more locations in cities like Dallas and Houston where volunteer support was abundant! Please keep in mind that we are 100% volunteer with no paid employees. All donations made to Operation Turkey go directly towards the cost of food. A small portion of each donation will go towards the 2016 deficit.”

Beginning in 2000, Operation Turkey is a great opportunity for you and your family to participate and give back in the Texas Hill Country this holiday season. Volunteers of all ages come together to smoke turkeys in their annual “Turkey Tailgate” on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. The following morning, all of the holiday meals are packaged and distributed throughout Austin to those in need, and kids are encouraged to volunteer together with a family member or guardian. Visit their website for more information including volunteer opportunities.

2. Hill Country Holiday Feast & Baking Class

Part I: Texas Hill Country Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love
Photo: Pexels

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