Even though retailers try to promote Christmas earlier and earlier each year, for me, the spirit of the season doesn’t really hit until right after Thanksgiving (I like to give Thanksgiving its due, after all) when my harvest decorations are snug back in their rightful bins in the basement.Then the fun really begins. It’s as if it’s Christmas morning as I happily dig through my bins and boxes, discovering decorations that I didn’t even know I had.
Aside from decorating, nothing gets you in the spirit of the season more than enjoying local events. On the following pages are hundreds of events that will keep you busy through the New Year: holiday house tours, festivals, craft fairs and, of course, the many strolls in the area. If you’re a bit of scrooge or too stressed out due to the pressures of the season, enjoying a holiday stroll is a great way to turn your mood around. The best part is that there is no fee—just bundle up, gather some friends and have fun!
In keeping with the spirit of the season, I’d like to thank you for supporting our first annual Warm Up Blanket Drive. So far, the response has been generous and we hope the piles of blankets will continue to grow. We will continue to collect new or gently-used blankets through the New Year. Please help someone less fortunate stay warm this winter.
Finally, from all of us at CRL Magazine, we would like to extend our wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.