It’s Beginning to Look a lot like…
Dare I say it? The lights are going up everywhere, and the displays in stores have now totally taken over. You could only excuse yourself for not knowing Christmas is coming if you have all electronic devices off and you haven’t left your house. At our place, even inside you can tell – it SMELLS like Christmas. By this point I have definitely joined in on the spirit of things. Who wants to miss out on the biggest festivities of the year?
I do like Christmas. And I won’t apologize for calling it that and not saying “Happy Holidays”. I fully respect those who celebrate Hannukah, Kwaanza, Eid al Fitr and all the other festive holidays that exist. I would expect they might offer their greeting to me. Since I enjoy Christmas, I wish them well on behalf of that holiday and I hope in the spirit of all of those named days we can all share a bit of communal good tidings and love. I think one of the reasons that children should lead the way in celebrating Christmas is that they want primarily to enjoy it and share, and that is the essence of the giving season in all cultures.
Rabbit Hollow smells like Christmas as soon as December looms on the calendar, as we host a block party every year with numerous desserts for our friends and neighbours. (Some would call it bribery – I say whatever works; we all enjoy the company and the goodies!) We like to share the stories of the year, and a bit of good cheer. We also take the time to donate to the Food Bank as well, for those who are less fortunate. Having something on the table to share is at the heart of the holiday season.
There are many ways you can help in the community to share with others who have less, and this time of year does seem to remind us that giving is at least as good a feeling as receiving. I thought, in the spirit of the season, that I would offer a few ideas for you in the Kelowna area as you make your plans and do your shopping.
West Kelowna Community Food Bank – drop offs can be made at the old video store in the mall next to Save-On Foods. (community drives exist through local businesses as well)
Kelowna Community Food Bank – drop offs can be made at numerous locations and there are numerous community events – check out their website here for details
Salvation Army – watch for the kettle ringers in the area; their programs offer food and many other kinds of assistance to those who need it; see website for details
Kelowna Gospel Mission – they accept donations at their location in downtown Kelowna and online – click here for more details
If you can afford to give, then it will certainly be appreciated. But remember, even a kind thought will help us make the world a better place. Merry Christmas!