- Message from the Business Director
- Join us for some holiday cheer at Tis The Season
- Last chance! Tell us how we are doing for a chance to win a prize
- Traveling soon?
- Don’t let stress get in the way of your holiday cheer
- Tips for keeping yourself and your home warm this winter
- Need money for college?
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
For most people the Christmas season brings about visions of home-baked treats, crackling fireplaces, time spent catching up with relatives and presents under the Christmas tree. For those serving in the military it may be impossible to enjoy all of the traditions and pageantry normally associated with the holidays. If you are spending Christmas away from home this holiday season, here are a couple of suggestions for making the best of your California Christmas.
Try something new
Do something you could never do at home for Christmas. For instance, visit the beach, an amusement park, or Las Vegas. Try a new activity like mountain biking, scuba diving, skiing, or riding an ATV in the Mojave Desert. Southern California offers a lot of activities that most Americans rarely experience.
Reduce the stress of long lines, crowded stores and finding the perfect gift by shopping online. Edwards AFB is remote, but that doesn’t mean your shopping has to be limited. Most online shopping sites will include gift wrapping, free shipping and ensure that the item reaches its destination by Christmas.
Finding unique presents for relatives and friends is easier than you think. Surprise someone on Christmas morning with a California a-specific gift purchased from a local retailer. Lancaster, Palmdale and Los Angeles have a lot of specialized shops that sell unique or personalized gifts.
The ability to communicate globally has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 20 years. You no longer have to be alone during the holidays. Skype and other teleconference software is a great way to reconnect with friends and family. Teleconferencing can give you the chance to share holiday events and talk face-to-face.
Christmas time is ripe with opportunities for giving back to the local community. Volunteer, donate, serve, or smile at a stranger. Nothing lifts a person’s spirits like helping someone else, especially during the holidays.
We at Corvias Military Living wish everyone a happy holiday and a joyous new year. We greatly appreciate your service to our nation and if you have any questions, please call the Community Office at (661) 385-6060.
Corvias Military Living
Join your neighbors, fellow service members and your Corvias Military Living team on Friday, December 11 from 5-7pm at Branch Elementary, as we kick off the holiday season. Don’t forget your camera to snap photos of your little one with Santa Clause. We look forward to kicking off the holiday season with you!
Our goal is to provide you with the best homes, community, service and value. To let us know how we are performing Corvias Military Living has contracted with ResidentSurveys.com, a division of SatisFacts Research, to conduct a brief online survey.
You will receive a survey notice via a mailed postcard and by email from “residentsurveys.com” (please verify your current email address with the office team). You have the option to include your name with your ratings and comments, or your feedback can be anonymous. As a thank you, for your time, you will be entered in a drawing and you could win a great prize. Your opinion matters and we appreciate your feedback.
If you are planning a vacation or extended time away from your home, consider registering your home for House Watch with your Community Office. When you register your home, the community team will make a routine check of the property and will take appropriate actions as needed.
For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. The pressure of juggling gift buying, holiday parties, preparing the perfect meal, traveling or entertaining houseguests can be difficult to manage. Don't let the demands of the season hinder your holiday cheer. Here are some tips to help prevent holiday stress:
- Plan ahead. Make a plan and schedule days for cooking, baking, shopping, preparing your home, and other events or activities. You can use helpful apps on your Smartphone for creating to-do lists, shopping lists, or locating that much-sought-after gift.
- Budget. Set a budget and stick to it. Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend. Remember to budget not only for gifts, but also for the additional food you will buy for your holiday meal and baking. This will help reduce financial stress after the holidays.
- Take care of yourself. Take time to do something relaxing. Take a long hot bath, get a massage, or listen to your favorite music. Make sure to get enough sleep. Exercise. Eat healthy.
- Give back. The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. Contact local agencies and organizations for volunteer opportunities.
- Get support. If the holiday season is a difficult time for you and/or you have feelings of loneliness or sadness, reach out for help. Army Community Service (ACS) and the Chaplains offer services, counseling, and support not only during the holiday season but the whole year.
- Remember to focus on what is most important this holiday season and that everything does not need to be perfect. Managing stress will help you enjoy the upcoming holidays and remember the real meaning of the season.
The mornings can get pretty chilly in the winter at Edwards AFB. Here are a couple ways to stay warm and help your home heat more effectively this holiday season.
- Open curtains on the south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce heat loss. Minimize using exhaust fans in the bathroom or kitchen; this can quickly deplete your home of large amounts of warm air.
- Most ceiling fans have a reverse setting for the winter season. When rotating clockwise, the fan will pull the warm air from the ceiling and prevent it from dissipating through the roof or walls.
- Disconnect garden hoses from outside faucets; this will keep faucet pipes from freezing and breaking.
- Placing rugs on tile, linoleum, concrete or hardwood flooring will help insulate the room and keep your feet warmer. Place blankets on couches, chairs and beds to stay warm as you sit or sleep. These cost-effective steps will help you enjoy your winter in Southern California and reduce your energy consumption.
Are you the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications available online.
Turn off holiday decorations when no one is home and at night before you go to bed. Timers are a great way to ensure the lights are only on at certain times.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
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Important dates and events
- Dec.11- Tis the Season resident event
- Dec.24- Corvias Community Offices have limited hours of operation. Offices open from 9 am- 1pm.
- Dec.25- Corvias Community Offices are closed in observance of Christmas