December 14, 2013

December has definitely sped into action this year.  We are already half way through the month and I’m still trying to figure out where November went.  I think people are right, the older you get the quicker life seems to speed by.  We have to remember to stop and smell the roses now and again for sure.

I have to say I am very impressed with the display of Christmas lights in our village this year.  Looks fantastic and sure makes it feel festive.  I recommend taking one night to drive around our township and take a look at the wonderful displays people have put up this year.  They are quite impressive.  Way to go Minesing.

Recently on a visit to the Georgian Mall with my daughter, we stopped to watch Santa in his big chair having a great time visiting with all of the children who were plopped on his knee.  Whether these children were smiling up at him, bowing their head in shyness or screaming their heads off reaching for their parents, he smiled in his loving way and listened to what each child wanted to say.  It was quite a scene because all of the parents just wanted that few seconds where the photographer could snap a picture that was worth sending in their Christmas cards.  Many of them ended up with the red faced, tear stained face, outreached arms child, with Santa holding on tight to make sure that they don’t fall off his knee photograph that they will only be able to laugh at in years to come.  Hopefully the children will forget by next year the terror they endured last year and will be able to whisper their secret wishes to Santa.

The tree lighting at the Minesing Community Centre was very well attended.  We had Santa, Mrs. Claus, and of course Swampy there to greet everyone.  We had a special carol sing with our own Jason McCoy.  There was face painting, horse drawn wagon rides, and crafts for the children.  Thanks to all who contributed to the food bank, your donations are appreciated and will definitely help out those in need.  The Recreation Committee did a wonderful job organizing and we thank you for another job well done.

As you travel to Christmas parties and family gatherings this holiday season, please travel safe, leave in plenty of time to avoid speeding and bad weather conditions and don’t drink and drive.

The grade 8 class at Minesing Central is going to be holding a bottle drive on Saturday January 11, 2014.  Should you happen to be away that day and have bottles or cans, please place them in front of your garage door and we will collect them from you. If you would rather drop them off, please contact me at lorachalli@sympatico.ca and I will provide you with our designated drop off location.  All donations are greatly appreciated as the funds raised go towards the Grade 8 Ottawa trip in the spring.

Should you be celebrating a birthday or anniversary this month, we send best wishes to you.

Until next time…from my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a wonderful New Year.