by Almanac Artist, Scott Westgard
By now, we are deep in the autumnal season. I love the light at this time of the year. There are special days at sunset when this light illuminates the tops of trees— enhancing the orange, yellow, and red foliage on display. It’s almost ethereal.
Soon enough, though, the cold and darkening days will settle in and we’ll be cocooned for the duration of winter. But between now and then, the anticipation and reality of the holidays will descend upon us. Some dread the commercialism of this time period, but they are what we make of them. Personally, I could do without the lead-ins, but the occasions themselves are worth the wait.
Thanksgiving is just good food and good company. Other than fighting off the sleepy after-effects of a brazened turkey to catch one quarter of a game that has little meaning, what else could there be to put a damper on this day? There’s plenty enough blessings to be thankful for.
Then there’s the magic of Christmas. The meanings of which may vary from one person to the next. I have my own and try to keep my memories as a child. It is the return of light to the world after the darkest days of the year. The significance is evident. The world can always use a little more light. Plus, it is the season for giving, which in turn, is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves. I’m reminded of a saying that sheds truth on this fact. “Give and you shall receive.”
We wish you all a safe and happy season. Also a special thanks to the local business community and our talented staff who make our Almanac possible.
Peace to you all….
Jim & Mindy Elgas
P.S. Once again, we are offering our Crypto-Nitions™ and Cartoon Caption contests. Win gift certificates from local businesses. To play online, click on the header for “Contests”.
Scott (Our Almanac Artist) has created one of the best board games ever! The game is called, “Cake” and is a perfect Christmas gift for friends, families and co-workers. Get one now before it goes viral! For more information, visit cakegame.weebly.com. To view his artwork and purchase individual pieces, visit scottwestgard.weebly.com.
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