From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another, spread warmth to all of those around you and make this world a better place to live, not just in this festive season, but always.
Brrrrrrrr! It’s cold out there … but oh so beautiful! Although the frigid winter temperatures are a harsh Saskatchewan reality, the snow and frost is so picturesque, and gives us that Christmasy feeling we crave in December. I for one wouldn’t trade it in for a beach or anything else. However, in January that’s another story.
With Christmas preparations under control, holiday parties winding down, and business of the city switching into holiday gear, I can relax with a cup of hot tea, reminisce, and be grateful for all the blessings I have around me: my family, friends, and community members who have been a part of the year gone by, all we have done together, all the memories we have made, and the relationships we have nurtured.
I always use this time to reflect on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead. It is hard to say, but whether we like it or not the calendar will turn to 2020 – a new and exciting decade in front of us with opportunity and prosperity all around us.
The City of Warman has had a very busy year, some gains, some losses, and also reasons for celebrations. All in all, our community is growing in all directions. We have so much to be thankful for.
However, we also need to remember the many community members who are struggling with health, loss, or financial concerns. It is fantastic to celebrate our gains, but let’s also support those with real life struggles and needs. We see all the earthly turmoil in the news and we feel helpless to do anything about it. But wait a minute! There is something we can do for those facing turmoil right here in our own community: let’s wrap our arms of love and support around these families and show them what a community like ours does when we see a need. Take the time and show you care, any way you can.
We don't want to lose sight of what really matters at the end of the day. Your people, our people, people young and old … they all matter. Always!
In closing, keep in mind:
Faith makes things possible,
Hope makes things work,
Love makes things beautiful,
Care shows what really matters.
May you have all these this Christmas!
On behalf of City Council, city staff and my family: May lovely, happy times decorate your holiday season; may warm special memories brighten your New Year; may the wonder of Christmas be with you today and always.