The finest treasure are homemade

Lorraine lists some places to make some homemade memories this Christmas season.

An article that I read spoke to my heart:

“All the best gifts I’ve ever received have been things my children made. Poems, usually, or drawings. Why should gifts from one’s children be so moving? Because you feel their love, of course. But also because you see their capacity for love, their attention and effort. If they can take pleasure in giving, they have a good chance of being happy in life.”

Excerpt from Nicole Krauss, author of, most recently, Forest Dark. It rings so true. I have kept a lot of things the children made for me because they made it for me, they gave it some thought. One of my most treasured items is two small pillows that my daughter made when the grandchildren were young. They had water colour paint on their hands, placed them on the front of the pillows, she then added the child’s name and the date. I love those two little pillows! Sending to you a hope that you will receive treasures this season.

At the Old Church Friday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., an evening of fun singing Christmas tunes and many other old favourite sing-along songs. Bring your instrument and join in with one of your own favourites. There will be song sheets to share, refreshments and any favourite goodies you may have to share with everyone. Tickets at the door.

Saturday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m. join in an all-out Carol and Christmas Sing-a-long at the Round Lake Hall. Singing will go until 8:30 p.m. and then you get to enjoy hot apple cider and goodies (that you help provide). Spread the word and bring your family. Questions: Judy 250-846-5296.

Something to be aware of: Wednesday, Dec. 20 Nature’s Pantry will donate 10 per cent of the day’s sales to the Friends of the Smithers Library! Make your way to Nature’s Pantry and stock up for health, treats and for a good cause.

The Grendel Group presents Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Read by Valerie Laub Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. at Grendel Place, 3769 Second Avenue. Refreshments provided by Grendel Group, admission and refreshments are both by donation.

Don’t forget the One of a Kind Artisan Christmas Gift Shop now open in the Smithers Art Gallery. Beautiful, unique gifts, lovingly handmade by over 55 local and regional artisans. Open until Dec. 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Open late to 7 p.m. on Thursdays! A range of prices for every pocket, a fundraiser for Smithers Art Gallery. This 2017 One of a Kind Artisan Christmas Gift Shop is sponsored by Canyon Contracting, a division of LB Paving.

Closing with: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” –Angela Y. Davis

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