I honestly feel that writing my “First Word” each month gives me some of my most precious moments. It’s a time to try and be creative, and to hopefully make a connection with people, whatever their viewpoints. For myself, this time of year is about making memories and doing some reflecting. As I look back over this year at Seaside, I’m feeling very grateful.
Gratitude is simply “the quality of being thankful,” and really what better time of the year to give thanks to all the amazing people and things that have impacted my life with a little tribute. A big “thank you” to everyone! Growing up, I don’t really think I understood what the holidays were about, except for waking up early and finding amazing presents sitting under a beautifully decorated tree. Now the holidays represent more; this time of the year is about giving back and realizing how truly grateful I am for all the blessings I have.
I think it’s safe to say that most people are just a little happier during the festive season. A wave of Christmas cheer takes over us until around mid-January because now is the time when it’s perfectly OK to overindulge, to spend a bit more and to have a few late nights out. And it’s not just me that feels the effects of the season: our community is decorated with beautiful light displays and festive accessories as they prepare for the busiest time of the year for retail. The streets are filled with eager shoppers, there’s music, laughter flowing from the stores and restaurants and the enticing smells of spiced cinnamon and mulled wine seep out from all the packed Christmas markets.
But while most of us will be bursting with excitement, we must not forget those that don’t always feel that way. For some, the holidays can be lonely or a sad time of the year. So if you can, take the time to remember those who could be feeling lost. Simply knocking on your neighbour’s door or inviting an elderly person for tea could make a world of difference, and is another way for us to give our gratitude.
And with Christmas just a few short weeks away, feast your eyes on our jam-packed 96-page issue: everything from holiday floral workshops to holiday entertaining and your holiday survival kit!
A very Joyeux Noël!