Signs of Christmas
It’s just a few days before the start of Advent and American Thanksgiving. It is obvious that there are many signs of Christmas. Over the past few weeks people have been getting an early start to decorating for the season as a result of mild temperatures.
For me, some of the signs that Christmas is approaching are traditional, for example, the starting of the setup for our “Light Park” in Bay Roberts as well as our annual wreath making evening. The Bay Roberts intelligent Light Park is one of a few in Atlantic Canada, thousands of people visit the park each year and this year’s display will not disappoint.
Santa’s Sleigh over the North Pole
The wreath making tradition dates back to my teen years growing up in Riverhead Hr. Grace, we use to make them for our church. It was fun to go into the woods and get the branches and in the evening make the wreaths. We now do this with our special events committee for the last 12 years and it is just as fun now as it was 25 years ago. Once the wreaths are made we give them to organizations, charities and corporate sponsors. The smell of the freshly cut branches smelled delightful and certainly reminds me of this time of year, almost as much as the fresh smell of paint; but that’s another story for another time.
Both of these events get me in the mood to think about starting my preparations too. My family started decorating inside our new house; my kids wanted a tree in their play playroom, well it is now finished and they are having their bed time snack by the glow of the tree lights.
Another preparation for me is writing more blogs than usual. For the next month and a half I will be sending out notices about my Christmas blogs, I hope you enjoy them and decide to send them along to others who are Christmas Buffs.
The last sign of the beginning of the Christmas season that I will address should probably be the first, Advent. It begins this week and marks four weeks of preparation. I hope you find the time to prepare physically and of course emotionally for the real meaning of Christmas.
See Flickr for many more photos of the 2009-2010 Festival of Lights in Bay Roberts.