I hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas.
Looking back to my December blogs I seem to have set up a tradition by posting a video of my favourite seasonal advert. My winner this year is the Marks and Spencer one featuring Paddington Bear. It’s a bit schmaltzy, but then I’m a sucker for a bit of that, especially at Christmas-time.
Here it is:
Did you have a favourite?
I thought I would send a photo of our local Christmas lights at the Town Hall. It doesn’t do the display justice as it is grand, colourful and leads through the whole of our main street and market place but it represents what a strong community I live in. All year the Christmas Lights Team work long hours planning, preparing, repairing and generally getting ready for the big day – Switch On Day – usually first Saturday in December. The team are all volunteers giving freely of their time and expertise, a mix of ages and sexes but committed to providing a spectacular centrepiece for our town. Fundraising events, donations, food, entertainment all provided by volunteers and local businesses. During the day things start to build up with a Christmas Fair, Father Christmas visits too and last minute checks on equipment. Over the years the displays have become more sophisticated but so have costs such as insurance and equipment. The volunteers work tirelessly especially during the last few days. Their reward is seeing families, friends and visitors gather around the magnificent tree around 4.30pm in readiness for the big moment. A local child, often representing one of the local charities, is chosen to help the Mayor switch on. This year there are stunning special lighting effects which make the surrounding trees and buildings look magical. People come from miles away to visit and view the lights, donation boxes help fundraise for next year – forward planning here. Many of the shop keepers have individual trees lighted up on their shop fronts all adding to the magic. The lights stretch about half a mile through the town. Carol singing and cheering all add to the excitement. I am so proud to be part of this community but especially want to say the whole event demonstrates the power of people coming together for the greater good. Thank you to my Town.
Special thanks too to my blog friends, you are an amazing group of talented people who have given support, love and encouragement to me across the miles. Merry Christmas to you all and your friends and families.
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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is all but over now and we’re nudging another new year. Where did December go? Let alone the whole year? But it’s once again the time for reviewing what has gone before and for planning what will be. To take stock of goals, aspirations, and what we hope to achieve in the coming year. Some of my goals seem to get transferred from one year to another, with not much in the way of progress being made on them. So this coming year I’ll be tweaking my approach to achieving them in the hope that next year they’ll be off the list! After all, didn’t someone once say that “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”? 🙂
I know that 2016 has been a tough year for many of my friends here at the Fence, as well as a challenging year for the world at large, so I wish everyone a Healthy, Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year. I’ll end this short post with my favourite TV Christmas Advert this year, which is a reminder that despite adversity it is always possible to emerge triumphant and find our way back home.