“The prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be on your own front door”
By Rodney Camren

Oh December with your holiday parties, shopping, gift giving and places to be for this month in Gwinnett County!  This is one of the busiest times and probably one of the most fun times of the year.  Of course by now you should have gotten that live Christmas tree and if you haven’t I am sure Randy’s Nursery on highway 29 still has a few left for you.  I am told David at Randy’s Nursery has “the sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.”  

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My favorite thing of course is going to all the holiday parties.  I get so excited about pulling out my black velvet coat jacket which is always a party hit.  I happened to be at the mall the other day and noticed these velvet jackets are very much in vogue this year and in a multitude of colors.   I can’t wait to get the blue and burgundy velvet coats to add to my holiday collection.   The invites to the parties come out fast and early.  In fact my very first party this year is on December 1st right here in Lawrenceville, then they just go to the end of the month from there.  So as you receive your invitations it is important to make sure you RSVP whether you will be attending their event or not.  That one step is extremely important because the host is planning for not only your arrival but the food, drinks, decorating, valet and many other important details that go into party planning.  A couple of other tips to remember are to bring each host a gift when you arrive.  Because I believe so much in shopping local I would suggest something from downtown Lawrenceville or in your local community.  A fresh wrapped up holiday arrangement from Lovin Florist would always make for a nice party thank you, as would a holiday cake or pie from Blue Rooster Café.  

First and foremost is getting your tickets to Lawrenceville’s Gwinnett Ballet Theatre family favorite holiday live theatre show “The Nutcracker”. The Nutcracker performances are from December 5th through December 21st of this month and will be held at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.  Tickets can be purchased on line at GwinnettCenter.com or by calling 888.929.7849.  The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre is one of the Atlanta Metro best known pre-professional classical ballet companies. GBT annual production of The Nutcracker has attracted Atlanta audiences as well as Gwinnett families since 1981. Founded in 1977, GBT is located in the suburbs of Atlanta in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and has sent an impressive number of young artists to professional companies and dance careers around the world. One of my other favorites is getting tickets to the Lawrenceville Aurora Theatre and watching the 19th season of The Christmas Canteen.  In addition to the show the Aurora Theatre’s lobby is filled with beautiful Christmas Trees from local business owners from not only Lawrenceville but Gwinnett County as a whole. These businesses are encouraging their friends and family to contribute toys and food under their trees.  Those items will then be donated.   It’s a great cause and community effort to give back and see a great show.  Find your tickets at AuroraTheatre.com.

As if the City of Lawrenceville didn’t have enough going on with all of their holiday excitement there is also the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration and 11th year for Lawrenceville Rings on December 31st in the Historic Downtown Lawrenceville Square.   Enjoy food vendors, awesome bands, a Kid's Zone and huge fireworks display at Midnight, the party starts at 7pm.  For more details about Lawrenceville Rings go to VisitLawrenceville.com.  You can also find great stories about local arts in our Fall/Winter 2nd edition of the New Lawrenceville Magazine.  If you don’t have a copy and want us to mail it just email Rodney@StarTeamAtlanta.com or go on line at http://issuu.com/trebatlanta/docs/nl_fall2014_issue/0 to read all the stories.

Though Lawrenceville seems to be the hot spot for all of your holiday shopping, eating and entertainment, Gwinnett County is truly blessed with many communities who are working together to enhance their local shops and communities.  Some of my favorite leading communities include my friends at the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association as they really have the most well planned events I have seen in years from any group of people.  If you have not seen the newest Facebook pictures of City of Suwanee’s holiday decorations you are missing out as they are the best out there so far.  Each community has great websites and leaders doing great works one of the best ways I know in keeping up with all of them are to reach out to the Explore Gwinnett and online at ExploreGwinnet.org.  There you will find all the many things happening around Gwinnett County during the holidays and beyond to places like Stone Mountain and Lake Lanier Islands.

As we wrap up the 2014 and this article I want to personally thank all of you for the support you have given New Lawrenceville over the last eight years.  I am constantly amazed at the group who has come from a small networking opportunity that wanted better for Lawrenceville businesses and has grown into a giant force of possibilities.  

Thank you to our leaders who have stood up and led with our Spring Green Festival, Trolley Tours and Golf Tournament - Par for the Cause.   Thank you to our advertisers and sponsors in our magazines, newspaper articles and events.  Thank you to all our volunteers who without you we could not make it happen and thank you to all of you who read our stories and support our efforts.  It is you who help us in “Bringing Community Together”.   

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s to you and your families.  

~  New Lawrenceville! 

Thank you to December 2014 New Lawrenceville media sponsors - 
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New-Lvlle-roundThis article is sponsored by New Lawrenceville. New Lawrenceville is a FREE networking organization of businesses and volunteers that are working to bring community together.  https://www.facebook.com/NEWLawrenceville?fref=ts

Author Rodney Camren helps to lead New Lawrenceville in an effort to promote buying locally, educate the community on issues that affect our community. Rodney Camren is a Real Estate Agent with Keller Wiliams.