The warm fall weather made it difficult to give up summer, let alone think about the Christmas shopping season.
Last weekend’s day-long snow and this week’s frigid blast of icy winds should be bringing everyone into the reality that Christmas is only a few days away!
If you think about the holidays and the many reasons for the season, three things come to mind – family/friends/customs, helping others and shopping.
Take your family to visit Santa, go on carriage rides, enjoy holiday house tours, experience tree lightings, attend caroling and participate in other festive activities. Our churches look lovely this time of year, but the most important thing to remember is there are important messages to be learned listening to the good words of the season and taking some time for quiet reflection of life.
While Christmas is a time of joy, it is also a painful time for those in need. Surrounded by family and friends, remember there are people who have no one and have little. There are so many organizations in this community that are gathering food and gifts, paying for utility bills to keep homes warm for all and offering a smile and help to those in need.
If you have the time or resources, resolve to become involved in helping to solve the community’s needs. Start at church, visit a food pantry or ask someone from a service organization how you can become involved. It is good for others and good for the soul.
Take the time to check out our local shops.
Small shops are the most delightful way to find the best gifts. Sure, an increasing number of people sit at their computers and order their goods on-line, but shopping in a real brick and mortar store is an experience. It is getting out into the community, meeting with friends and neighbors and truly supporting your community.
During these precious few days left to shop for Christmas, make your trip to the local shops a fun pilgrimage. Walk along the street and look for folks you know. Enjoy the decorations in each of our towns.
Imagine walking into a store and notice the people inside the shop are actually happy to see you! Small shops have small staffs and all feel invested in the look, the products and the results of their efforts. Personal attention in a small shop cannot be compared to big box shops.
But the best thing about a small shop is the selection. You can find things that are unique. Artists’ works are often showcased in small shops. Ask about the products and hear the stories about the artists. These special stories can be shared as you give that special gift to that special person. Small shops are also where you can show your community pride by purchasing products with the name of your local town.
Capture the precious moments of the season with family, friends, community service and local experiences!