A toast to the beginning of the festive season

Christmas bazaars are cranking up as Kris Kringle’s visit draws closer.

Things are really starting to look like Christmas with bazaars happening and stores all decorated.

Wintergold will be Nov. 24 and 25 at the Central Park Building — always a good selection of wonderful items.

The One of a Kind seasonal gift shop hosted by the Smithers Art Gallery will start Nov. 28, running until Dec. 23. As the title says, you will find one-of-a-kind items for gift giving.

The Evelyn Hall Bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 25, 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 Smithers Seniors’ Association will have their Bazaar at the Seniors’ Activity Centre. There will be a few more Bazaars closer to Christmas, good shopping everyone!

Friday, Nov. 24 will be a Type 1/Type 2 Diabetes Open House at the Healthy Living Centre, 1070 Main Street. Information about Type 2 Diabetes will be from 2-4 p.m. and Type 1 will be from 7-9 p.m. Find networking opportunities, food, and diet support and tips. There will also be a recap of the diabetes expo that was presented in Vancouver plus pump/insulin changes and peer support.

During any seasonal celebration do your family and friends share a toast before the meal? Here are a few that I found:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy;

“However rare true love may be, true friendship is still rarer.” –Francois V1, Duc de la Rochefoucauld;

“Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing.” –Unknown.

At the Library Friday, Nov. 24, 10-11:30 a.m., NID (Non-Instructional Day) program Clowning Around. Also on the 24th, 6:30-8 p.m., Bulkley Valley Youth Writers’ Workshop for Teens. Monday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m., screening of The Secret Path followed by facilitated discussion with Molly Wickham. Friday, Dec. 1, 3-4:30 p.m., Chris Blois of Positive Living North will be at the Library with a table full of information on HIV/AIDS to mark World AIDS Day.

Something that I will try this year when setting the table for Christmas dinner: I will find a special spoon, something different from the regular silverware, and put it in a random place setting. When we are all seated I will ask for the person with the special spoon to hold it up. While holding it they are asked to tell us who are sitting at the table and what they are grateful for. Once they are done they pass it to the person next to them who also says what they are grateful for and this continues around the table. It is a time for family and friends to share the past year and to look forward to the new year.

Closing with: “The best cure for procrastination is to have so much on your plate that procrastination is no longer an option.” –Tavi Gevinson

Lorraine Doiron can be reached at gradoir@citywest.ca.

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