The local Christmas spirit

The weekly editorial for the 100 Mile Free Press

Christmas is coming up and there are loads of organizations across 100 Mile House organizing food drives, dinners breakfasts and more.

Just to highlight some, the Women’s Centre is looking for Christmas hampers, there’s the Touch of Christmas campaign, the local rotary club just had their annual Christmas dinner for seniors, there’s the Christmas Schoebox program as well as many, many more.

Then there are a number of Christmas concerts coming up some right here in 100 Mile House, put on by Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School and the 100 Mile House Elementary School. Some further away, like the one in Lac la Hache put on by the Lac la Hache Elementary School.

There’s also a host of Christmas arts and craft fairs from the one at the 108 Heritage Site to Lone Butte and Canim Lake this last week to many others in the weeks prior.

There are so many community events going on it’s impossible to mention them all here, and that’s kind of the point I’m trying to get to. Not only that but some of the feedback from other things, like the Business Walk is mighty encouraging; according to preliminary feedback there, people seem to be trying harder this year to shop and spend their money locally.

It’s really nice to see so many people from around the community put their best foot forward and work incredibly hard to make this a phenomenal Christmas for everyone.

After a summer of extreme wildfires, evacuations, people losing their homes and sometimes high tensions, I couldn’t think of a better way to end what in many ways has not been a great year.

This isn’t to say that things are ideal as they are; many who lost homes or property as a result of the wildfires are having to deal with the consequences. For others, there’s still quite a large emotional impact.

However, if the Christmas spirit is about pulling together as a community, the South Cariboo seems to be fully engaging with that to the best of their ability.

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