The best thing about the holidays? Aside from having an excuse to devour loads of roast potatoes, for many it’s the sense of togetherness. It’s all-hands-on-deck in a crowded kitchen, swapping presents in your pajamas, squeezing around the table at times, and bunching up on the sofa. But if you stress out trying to make it perfect, this issue is for you. Take a breath and turn the pages to gently be reminded that perfection isn’t what matters and discover practical tips to help you plan for the things that really count.
This is the month we take time to refocus on the things we’re thankful for and the things that are important in our lives. Unfortunately, we tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle that keeps us busy all throughout the year, and it can be easy to forget about the many blessings we have. Even the smallest thing can be something to appreciate and take notice of. Therefore, during this holiday season, we want to offer you a reminder to do just that… take a moment to slow down and savor life. Take notice of the beauty all around you and say “thank you” for the many riches you have.
In this time of giving thanks, we also want to say “thank you” to the many community-minded organizations and businesses that give so selflessly of their time and energy, as well as their financial support. Learn about the various ways you can lend a helping hand through our annual “Share the Spirit of Giving” featured on page 60. Check out and get involved in some of the fundraising events taking place throughout the month, proving once again how generous our communities truly are.
And speaking of caring… support local businesses that make our communities unique by participating in Shop Small Saturday on November 24. Sure, we know you may be a little tired from running around to all the Black Friday sales, but rally your spirits to get behind the local shops, boutiques, and restaurants that are the lifeblood of our communities. Even if you don’t make it out the door that day, you can support them by shopping locally this holiday season, following them on Facebook, and sharing all the things you love about them with your friends on social media.
The temperature may be a bit warmer than usual for this time of year, but regardless, we’re looking forward to coming together to warm up our hearts and remind one another that people matter. Chris Peterson, a psychology researcher who passed away in 2012, was one of those people who possessed remarkable talent for translating science into practical wisdom. When asked about research on well-being, he would imply it boils down to the most significant finding that “other people matter.” So much of our happiness is contingent on others, whether it’s savoring a meal together, laughing while reminiscing over old photos, or performing an act of kindness to help someone in need. Not allowing us to miss the full picture of this message, Chris often reminded us that not only do other people matter for us, but we are also the “other people” who matter for them.
In this light, I would like to take the opportunity to tell our advertisers, readers, contributing writers, editors, art director, delivery people, printers, social media team, account representatives, friends, family, and my supportive husband and kids that you all matter, and because of all of you, I am so very blessed.
I wish you happy holidays and truly hope this will be a season to remember and treasure always.
Until next year – love, laugh, and live more!