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Recycled Snowflake Contest - Don't Say Hurry This Holiday Season!

"You always know about events, you have so much fun with your girls, you get around..." This is what I get told a few times a month from friends and family. One word: PLANNER!
I love my planner. I don't know how long ago it was, but I know it was after my father past away, that I began to enjoy life. It usually happens when something significant happens in your life and you see how precious and short life can be.

And if you are new to my blog I recently changed the name to "Don't Say Hurry." Because it was something my dad use to say when he had days off because he just wanted to enjoy his time off and enjoy his family. I kind of also made a commitment to myself.... if it was written down in my planner I was going to do it. So many times in my life have people let me down and left me high and dry even after they said they would help me or whatever the situation was.

So that is what I do now... I read the paper, I look on facebook, visit our local library and I see how much there is to do in the valley (it annoys the heck out of me when people say there's nothing to do here), and most of it is FREE! So I write everything down on a sheet of paper first then if I need to discuss it with the girls or hubby I do and then write down the things we ARE GOING TO DO!

This weekend we accidently went to the McAllen Holiday Parade... if you missed it you can watch it HERE.
If you aren't in the Christmas Spirit maybe you should watch our vlogs, i'm doing one everyday in December with the +YouTube Mommy Meetup #YTMM  and it's called Vlogmas! You can watch the Playlist here:

I'm including a MONTH of events for ya'll this time around! Don't forget to share and follow me on social media (you can usually find me by searching my name, Cinella or Don't Say Hurry!)!


Tuesday - Meet the Original Freddy from Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers from 11:30am to 3pm FREE

A Holiday Stroll on Historic Jackson Street, Tuesday, Dec 8th from 5-8pm Downtown Harlingen Bargains, Unique Treasures, Music, Food and Drinks
Of course, don't forget the weekly programs at the McAllen Nature Center... Free, but they do accept donations, which are in turn used to purchase native plants for the center!
*They also have a Recycled Snowflake Competition going on right now, more info HERE. FREE


December 11 at 6 pm for the City of Weslaco, The Official Site Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (on Texas Blvd). FREE

The museum in McAllen, IMAS, always has great events going on, like these Gingerbread House Workshops! Visit their Facebook page for more info!

Estero llano Grande State Park has some great Christmas programs for this year starting on Dec. 11th with Bueno Bites... see flyer for more information. 

Meredith Willson's The Music Man 7pm on December 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19 FREE ADMISSION, Calvary Christian School 1815 N 7th Stree, in Harlingen. Call 956-389-2448 for more information! Adults $5, Children 12 and under are FREE


International Festival, Sat. Dec 12 9-4pm @ St. George Orthodox Church in Pharr (go taste foods from all over including Baklava!) FREE

Christmas in Whoville, Saturday December 12th 7pm - 12am visit Chick-fil-A in Weslaco to enjoy games, food, live music, prizes and a toy drive! FREE

Quinta Mazatlan Toddler Trails with Santa, Sat. Dec 12 from 9:30-11:30am (RSVP) at Quinta Mazatlan, Tots, ages 2-5 yrs. old, are invited to come in their pajamas so bring your camera or cell phone and take a memorable photo of your tot with Santa. $2/person and $3/adults. To RSVP so Santa can prepare, or for more information, call 956-681-3370. You can also visit us online at

Sunset Live Outdoor Concert, Sat. December 12th from 5-10pm at the McAllen Convention Center, Free Admission!

Wednesday (December 16th)

Ramon Ayala's Posada, Wednesday, December 16th at 7pm at the Hidalgo Festival of Lights! #HIDFOL2015 FREE


Weslaco Christmas in Lego Land 2015 Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade @ 6:30pm FREE
Following the parade you can attend Alfresco Weslaco where they have vendors, music and food!


HEB Snow-Day! This looks like lots of fun! Located at the Hidalgo Festival of Lights on December 19th from 9am-1pm. I would get there early before the ice starts to melt! (I think this is FREE)

After that you can go have lunch and then come back to drive-thru the Festival of Lights! The theme this year is Intergalactic Christmas!
Every Saturday there is also Starlight Cinema at the Hidalgo Pump House at 7pm! (info on their Facebook page!) FREE

Santa Dash is happening in Weslaco on December 19th at 5pm (Santa Suit is included!)


Holiday Party at the Valley Nature Center, December 20th from 1-4pm, $2/person. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, Christmas movie and photos with Santa!

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is happening on December 30th, for tickets and info click HERE. This would be a great idea for a Date Night with hubby or maybe a father/daughter or mother/son date night as well!



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