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Lone Star Holidays

Announcing The 2012 Academy- Lsh & Dla!

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For the past four years The Lone Star Holidays Academy has set a standard of excellence for holiday events. Every year the Academy runs for two days of learning, socializing, sharing, and growing. With over 20 classes held in multiple rooms, every attendee has the opportunity to enhance their holiday displays, regardless of experience level.

So how do we improve on things? We could just continue to have our event, focused on the local members in Lone Star Holidays, and have plenty of fun. Fortunately, that's not our style!

In 2012 the Academy is going to the next level... the ultimate level! Lone Star Holidays is partnering with the recognized experts in the DIY side of our shared hobby: the DIY Light Animation team.

"I am very excited to be partnering with Lone Star Holidays to expand an already great event to include everything you could ever imagine wanting to know about DIY!" said RJ, owner of DIY Light Animation. "I believe this will allow (attendees) to learn anything A to Z about holiday decorating from one event. With the different groups working together I believe this will be the most talked about get together next year!"

Those sentiments are echoed by Jack Mayes, the President of Lone Star Holidays: "It is my belief that we shall have one of the best events in the decorating community, as well, this will be a Home run for Lone Star Holidays and the DIY community. I hope that you can feel the excitement that we are currently generating, because this event will be one of the most talked about events for some time to come."

The Academy always has a theme and 2012 is our Olympic Academy (2012 is an Olympic year so it’s either now or in 2016!). The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which is Latin for “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”. How appropriate is it that two of the largest holiday decorating groups come together to create an amazing event that will fulfill that motto in every sense of the word?

We can’t say it any better than that: Citius, Altius, Fortius.

Visit www.theultimateacademy.com to register today!

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