With the holidays looking a little different this year, it is time to get creative and still make this most of this amazing time of year!
The news started to come in mid-November that our amazing town Santa Parade was cancelled, the Craft Shows, the Lighting of the Trees by townhall and even the Lighting of the Vessels. These events draw many people from surrounding communities and it was simply too risky to go ahead with them. I don’t know who was more disappointed; my 8 year old daughter or me! I was so looking forward to showing our incredible students some of our town’s Christmas traditions.
Typically, the festivities start the last weekend in November and carry us through to Christmas. Lunenburg is an exceptionally wonderful place during the holidays.
So how do you make Christmas still special when everything has changed? You make new traditions and alter the old ones! You can still walk around, or drive by, the beautifully lit trees by town hall. You can still stroll the waterfront and see the amazing Bluenose II lit up, as well as other boats, trees and more. You can still grab a hot chocolate and go for lights drives and see over 115 lit up homes in Lunenburg in just 30 minutes! Yes, we counted. You can still sing carols and spread cheer. Christmas isn’t over…you just have to look a little harder.
When my daughter’s choir couldn’t go ahead with their annual performance, she asked if she could just sing, all by herself, at the bandstand in town. So one evening, in our matching Christmas pajamas, we belted out Christmas songs for anyone who wanted to listen. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”-Buddy the elf
So this year, whether you are near or far, find new ways, or slightly adjusted ways, to celebrate this magical time of year. You may have to try a little harder, look a little harder, but there is so much to be grateful for…so much to celebrate. So much kindness and joy to spread.
Happy Holidays, everyone!