Calendars and pens must be at the ready, I got the newspaper last Friday just before writing today’s article to find more of ‘What’s Happening’ for the Christmas season.
Friday, Nov. 22: 7-9 p.m. has a two-for-one evening at Annandale NHS with the annual lighting of Christmas Trees that honour our service clubs. That is on the lawn, and in the museum is the Christmas exhibit Opening of Candy Canes to Snow-Covered Lanes: The Evolution of the Christmas Card, from postcards to e-cards. There will be hot cider and cookies and live music to warm the cockles of your hearts.
Tillsonburg’s Christmas Treasure, Annandale House, once again has been decked out in amazing Christmas decorations by an army of talented volunteers. Visit Friday night, Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. It is the only Sunday they are open this Christmas season. Admission this weekend is by donation only!
Sunday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m. is a Community Christmas Sing for the family at Church of the Living Water (5 Rouse St., Tillsonburg). There will be carols, prayer, inspirational scripture stories and songs of worship to celebrate Advent and anticipating Christmas.
Saturdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 8:30-11 a.m. is Breakfast in Bethlehem at Bethel Pentecostal Church (Quarter Town Line Rd). There is a pancake breakfast, Bethlehem Market Place with a petting zoo, crafts, and games, all for $3.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8 p.m. Stephen Bourne is reprising his excellent reading of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol at the Tillsonburg Library Christmas Open House. On Dec. 11, 6:30 at the Ingersoll Library, he is reading Young Copperfield.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. is a Christmas Dance with Back to the 50’s! This highly popular event is once again presented by the Tillsonburg & District Historical Society, so get out those saddle shoes, poodle skirts, leather jackets and give us a beehive, bouffant, pompadour or duck tail! Get ready to dance, sing or sit to all the hits you know and love. There will be refreshments and a cash bar. It is at Branch 153, Royal Canadian Legion, 16 Durham St., Tillsonburg. Get your tickets now as advance tickets are $15 or pay $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Annandale NHS, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Station Arts Centre. For more information call 519-842-2294.
Thank you Historical Society and Theatre Tillsonburg updating the town’s Community Calendar!
Now that you know some of the events coming up to welcome in the Yuletide season, maybe you should consider what the upcoming celebrations means to you and your family. Too many people come out of the holidays exhausted, frustrated and in debt. Too many people are incredible lonely and depressed. Putting it in that light maybe we all should be rethinking why and what we are going to do.
Although a shock to many children and adults, this holiday season is not about buying presents. It is about family and friends getting together and sharing love and joy. If you wish to do something nice for someone that costs nothing, give a gift certificate saying you will do a chore you know your spouse or parents don’t like (cleaning out a closet). Kids can create a painting with water colours or on the computer, sing a song, tell a story, give more help around the house or do something nice for a sibling.
If you are having a large get-together have everyone bring a dish and share the work preparing and cleaning up. Or have a favourite Christmas movie night with family, friends or neighbours with popcorn, cider, eggnog or BYOB. It will save your energy and pocket book.
If you want to do something wonderful invite a lonely neighbour, student, new person to community to your home for hot chocolate and cookies. There are so many little things that cost little and take little time to do that will afford you more rewards over the season than a monstrous dinner and debt load. Out of it you may get the best present ever, a new friend.
So take the time now, with the whole family, to put your Christmas into perspective.
The Christmas holidays, with time off work, were brought to you by generous employers who have allowed you time off to continue honouring an event which has been celebrated for over 2,000 years, the birth of Jesus, a man who change the world. It might be just be interesting for you to investigate and find out more about the man, what He did and why we still have Christmas today.