December’s Newsletter

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It’s such a busy time in our lives. First we had Halloween that filled our stores with all the bright orange, red and black costumes and dozens of strange creatures that were so scary I’m pleased I don’t have to run into them in the real world.

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            The month following Halloween it was Thanksgiving. Into the stores came hams by the load and so many packets of frozen turkey wings, turkey breasts, and enormous turkeys to be cooked to feed a large gathering. Traffic can prove to be a real nightmare, especially during the peak hours on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Our small city grows in volume ten fold. Thanksgiving, in our desert-type region coincides with the settling in of people from northern climes who journey south, like the Canadian geese do, to spend their winter months in the warmth and sunshine of the southern portion of our state. Colloquially, our visitors are known as ‘snow birds’.  The restaurants pick up in trade and everyone is busy, busy, busy. In the bluest of skies planes overhead make a cross-patch pattern with their convection trails that remain well after they have flown away carrying their excited passengers to link with family and friends for such an important date.

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            Now, we’re into December. Snow has fallen in most of the ski resorts in our state and the ski lifts are at their busiest. It’s the lead-up to Christmas. There are still turkeys to be bought. Ham and beef are in plentiful supply for roasting, but the added extras are bonbons, sweets and delicious desserts with drinks like Eggnog filling shopping carts. It’s a favorite time for us as the streets and houses come alive with decorations, colored lights and tinsel. Decorated Christmas trees can be glimpsed through front windows. There seems to be good cheer in the air. At this time no one forgets the homeless, the less well-off families, the servicemen and women overseas, the sick and the lonely. There are enough ways we can help so that they are provided for. Outside our local supermarket the ‘Salvos’ are ringing their bells and shaking their tins for coin and notes. It’s a great time to show compassion for others.

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  We are sharing Christmas with friends as we can’t travel in uncertain weather across the snow-covered Rockies to the only members of our family living in USA. Driving in icy conditions can be a frightening experience for Aussies who are used to spending Christmas at the beach. I miss my extended family very much as well as hearing the Aussie accent, but it’s our choice to enjoy the lifestyles of people in another nation.

            I wish you and yours a very happy Christmas break and I hope the New Year will bring many wonderful surprises for you all.

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Happy reading and writing,

Heather Whipp

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