FAITH makes all thing possible, HOPE makes all things work, LOVE makes all things beautiful. May you have all three this Christmas and beyond.
As we are deep in the Christmas season with the twinkling lights, Charlie Brown playing on the television, the ugly Christmas sweater parties and the exchanging of gifts make sure to take the time to enjoy all the season has to offer. Before you know it, the tree will come down, and the season will be a distant memory.
The Christmas season I encourage you to pause for a moment between the shopping, baking and Christmas parties to reflect. Take a moment and remember your memories of past Christmas seasons. For me, I love to walk through memory lane this time of year and think back to what I enjoyed most about each past Christmas season. As a child, I remember our family piling into our green station wagon to enjoy the Christmas light displays. From Charlie Brown Crescent, Candy Cane Lane and of course the Bob Hinitt display in the Nutana neighborhood of Saskatoon, we always enjoyed the experience year after year. Years later, when I started my own family I remember keeping with the tradition and piling in the suburban to go out to enjoy the same light displays. As the years went on, residents moved, those like Bob Hinitt whose Christmas spirit was shared for over 59 years passed away, the Festival of Trees was born, the Enchanted Forest came next and soon the old traditions were replaced with new ones. Our family also created new traditions to blend with the old. One of the new traditions was our annual creation of an ice castle. This tradition was one of my favourites, even the year that the display melted twice. Whether you go tobogganing at midnight on Christmas Eve, take in a Christmas Mass, or open a new pair of Christmas PJ’s and cozy up by the fire, keep the tradition going. There is something so gratifying to see your own children grow up and continue on with these wonderful and meaningful family traditions.
Just recently I came across this wonderful Christmas quote that I would like to share with you today, “Like snowflakes my Christmas memories gather and dance, each beautiful and unique and too soon gone." This quote resonated with me. Our memories of the season are gone too soon, but they are not forgotten, they are only put on hold until this festive season rolls around again. Tradition can run deeply in a family, in a community, it's something we know, a piece of something important that we all have in common and treasure. Christmas time just seems to be the time a year these memories emerge more strongly than any other time of the year.
I want to share one more Christmas memory with you as we move into a new year filled with great expectations. Several years ago, we had the idea to adopt a family in the community. Our family took time and purchased all the gifts the family would need for the season. A couple days before Christmas, I asked my dear husband to drop off the package without being caught by the family. Well he did, but the next day when the package was still out on the door stop we realized that it was the wrong house. So again, my husband snuck out and delivered the package. Once safety in the hands of the right family, our family took the time to reflect on this valuable Christmas lesson. Life is made up of little moments as precious as diamonds and for our family this moment is one of them. This moment also reminds me that we, as residents of Warman, are community and we never want to be too large where we cannot see the need and reach to do what we can to help someone who needs a special lift. Christmas is a beautiful season but for some, for so many reasons, it can also be overwhelming and difficult.
So this Christmas season, look around and see that gift that can't be bought or maybe adopt a special family. Create a tradition with your children or that special someone you love. Make someone's day and do the unexpected, let a friend know you care, or greet a stranger with a warm smile. Give the gift that keeps on giving. Remember a gift from your heart can be given anytime and grows a tenderness that is like nothing else. After all, isn't that what Christmas is all about?
May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter. From our HOME in Warman to yours we wish you a joyous holiday season and a very happy and peaceful new year.