Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday where all you have to do is cook and eat! Looking around the Thanksgiving table, let’s take the time to give thanks for those who have been able to make it this year, as we also remember those who are no longer with us. The family rituals of the season are something we all need amid the uncertainties of life. Take time to step away from the stove, look up from the mashed potatoes, gaze around the room during the football marathon and just soak up the atmosphere! Special hint: Leave politics on the doorstep, family is what matters.
While many travel for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and other special days this time of year, let’s hope we can get people to travel to Cecil County, to our homes.
If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, all areas of the county offer events and decorations to delight.
Santa Claus made his first appearance in the county on Saturday during the annual Pet Parade in Chesapeake City. While he rode through town in a firetruck, he was also seen riding a motorcycle. He is magical! Santa will be in the Cecil County Christmas Parade in North East on December 2. He will be present at tree lightings throughout the county and even has his own special house in downtown North East where he will meet with the kiddies in the coming weeks. On December 1, Santa Claus will light up Union Hospital with the help of children and then go to the Elkton Alliance to light their tree and meet with the kiddies.
Beyond the open houses, including the Mt Harmon Plantation in Earleville, and the many special events, people can do a lot of Christmas shopping in Cecil County.
Some people look to the big box stores, others stare at their blue screens and click on their selections, but the real shopping experience is in the small businesses that line the streets in our small towns and throughout our countryside.
Stop Locally has been the message that The Cecil Guardian has echoed year after year.
It is an important message.
Many of our readers understand the value of shopping locally. Dollars spent in locally-owned businesses tend to stay within the community and the money recirculates locally. Plus, these are the same businesses that donate to local schools and non-profit initiatives.
But perhaps the best reason to shop in local stores is the selection of things to purchase. These days, all of the big box stores carry the same stuff. Small shops offer unique lines of giftware. They are also where you go to find handcrafted items from local and regional artists.
Our local restaurants are popular places for tourists. Give them a try during this festive season.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember to Shop Small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and throughout your Christmas shopping season.