Only 20 days to go

Local meanderings about the Christmas season in the North Thompson Valley

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s we laid down the date for this issue of our newspaper we realized with somewhat of a shock that there is only 20 more days until Christmas!

How did we arrive here so fast?

Seems like only a few weeks ago we were putting our gardens to bed, stacking a winter’s worth of firewood, and pulling out those detested winter undies.

Yet now, in the blink of an eye, here we are – waiting for the clomp of reindeer hooves on the roof, and that familiar ho, ho, ho from a jolly old elf we call Santa Claus.

The bustle of activity before the big day arrives has already started for many.  You can see long lines of traffic on the highway after the day’s shopping is done, and of course the long lines at checkouts are starting to increase as well.

I’ve also noticed that I am starting to consume an amazing amount of chocolate and other scrumptuous goodies that just pop into site wherever I go.   The old waistband gets tighter every day, and I am one of many who have already put together the annual New Year’s resolution list with ‘diet’ at the top.

Kids really love this time of year.  The youngest are filled with wonder everyday as they see seasonal decorations, foods, relatives and gifts parade before them in endless colour and excitement.

I believe the season is especially meaningful for anyone who is young at heart, not just young in years.  It is a special time for families to reminisce, to get together, and to spend time with cherished friends and loved ones.

This is also a time when we must not forget to support community craft sales, seasonal events, and fundraisers.   The good causes that are supported by so many generous people and dedicated volunteers are especially important at this time of year.   Remember the local Food Bank; they bring Christmas to our neighbours who may be on limited incomes, or need a helping hand to get through the rough spots.

This is also a good time to support the local merchants.  Without them our community would suffer, and we as consumers would forever be on the highway.  Local businesses not only service us as consumers but they also support our events, fundraisers, and projects.

Perhaps one of the most important things we can do as individuals as Christmas moves closer, is to reflect on how very fortunate we are that we live in the North Thompson Valley, and that we have the freedom to participate, or not to participate, in all that the season has to offer.

Only 20 more sleeps to go!