Prepare to relax — finally

Light at the end of the tunnel as Christmas season nears.

Sometimes, this season of peace and giving feels more like a season of fast-paced grinding.

In addition to what can be a frenzy of shopping — and don’t even get us started on “Black Friday” — it seems everybody is squeezing in a last-ditch event, activity or performance in the weeks leading up to Christmas day.

Between the craft fairs, toy drives, holiday plays, dance recitals, workplace parties and various benefits, it can be hard for families to keep up with the seasonal calendar. But while a cynic can only Grinch and bear it, most of us know there is a string of lights at the end of the tunnel.

Over the next two weeks, the pace of activity should gradually slow. Scattered families should coalesce. Acquiring and giving goodies should transition into sharing of what our loved ones really want: ourselves.

In the larger scheme of things, the commerce of the holiday season is a big driver for the local economy. And it benefits individual crafters and artisans as well. We’re not going to bah-humbug a long-term benefit to our communities.

Likewise, the entertainment selections are all offered with the best of intentions and the most enthusiastic participation — particularly from the kids.

Finally, we especially appreciate the North Island’s uncanny ability to pull through for the Gazette Hamper Fund, which helps their needy neighbours.

But now, we implore you to give it a rest. As soon as possible. You’ve earned it.

 

 

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