What Does the Holiday Season Mean to You?
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What Does the Holiday Season Mean to You?
Unlike my articles throughout the year that highlight issues regarding issues and events in and about Foster City, this is the time of the year when I focus on the Holiday Season and its underlying meaning

It is a time of year when we take moments to share time and well-wishing with others. It is the time of the year when people seem to reach deep inside them to see the best of things. Perhaps it is something about the “holiday season” that gives people a sense of happiness and goodwill toward others or the hope of new beginnings as the New Year approaches. The season of well-wishing, giving, and togetherness comes at a time when darkness is with us for longer periods of the day and overcast skies treat us with falling raindrops.

We manage to escape from the burdens of our seemingly hectic lives and immerse ourselves in the festiveness of the season. We offer sayings like “Did you have a nice Thanksgiving” or “Have a happy and safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year” to be followed after the new year with “What did you do for the holidays?”

Families manage to congregate in a common location for the annual get-togethers. We take time that we were unable to find during the rest of the year to rekindle family bonds through current pictures of the families, stories of the children and telephone conversations.

We find ourselves in an annual event of breaking out those warmer clothes that we seemed to put away just a few months ago. We find ourselves donning those sweaters and thicker jackets and participating in more indoor activities. It would not be unreasonable to expect that these conditions would lead to testy attitudes but instead, smiles appear on people’s faces as they enjoy the happiness of the season.

Often, you will find opened boxes of candies and trays of homemade edibles available to all to share. We offer gifts to others as a means to show our appreciation for the effect they have in our daily lives and that they are always in our thoughts.

Some find themselves offering invitations or receiving them from friends, relatives, and business acquaintances for those Holiday get-togethers. We look forward to those pot-luck parties where we prepare our food specialty either a family long standing recipe or one we recently developed. All 20 people invited prepare enough food for the entire 20 people attending and afterwards we take home more food than we ate.

Donations and volunteerism increases during this time of year with food collection and delivery to the sick and elderly bringing some much needed cheer into their lives. Again this year, you will be able to find firefighters collecting toys for distribution to those most in need.

Then all too soon the holiday season is behind us as we find ourselves back in our normal daily routines. I continue to believe that our world would be a better place if we kept the spirit of happiness and giving alive throughout the year.

Foster City will have its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 7th to officially recognize the holiday season providing an opportunity for our annual get-together. There is a rumor that Santa might pay us a visit which is always a treat to watch children’s eyes grow to the size of saucers with one focus in mind.

Wishing others the best of the holidays takes little effort yet says so much. If by doing so someone’s spirits are uplifted by receiving a greeting, we are all better for it. I believe that taking the time to help others who are less fortunate is a basic element of the human spirit. At this particular time of the year, I make a point of making myself fully aware of those less fortunate and offering what I can to brightening their lives. It matters little what unfortunate situation we find ourselves, we can always find someone is a situation much worse than ours.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

I would appreciate your comments on this and other issues by emailing me at akiesel@fostercity.org or by phone - 650-573-7359.

Council Corner

November 30, 2011
What Does the Holiday Season Mean to You?

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