There is something about the holiday season that has a way of bringing people together, whether that’s family, friends or communities.
One of the things I love about Central Alberta is the way our region – including many communities in Lacombe County – have found ways to make the season shine. Every weekend you can find nearby Christmas markets with all sorts of treats and gift ideas, or bring warmth to the season through tree lightings, parades, and other events.
For me, Christmas is special because there is ‘different’ feeling in the air. Even though this time of year can become very hectic, it also has a way of slowing things down and putting life back into perspective.
We take the time to do more of what is important to us. We spend more time with family, visit with friends, we renew old family traditions or make new ones. We give more of ourselves – not only to our loved ones, but to those who are less fortunate or have had a rough go of it. Every year, I am totally in awe of the magnitude of the extra giving that comes from our communities to make the Christmas season a little more special for everyone.
It is also a great time to reflect on the year gone by. There is no doubt that 2016 will be remembered by many people in our province for its ups and downs – especially with the weather. Despite an early, warm spring that kicked off the growing and construction seasons early, Lacombe County farmers and crews battled a wet, cold, uncooperative summer. Our harvests and projects were severely delayed, and just when everyone had lost hope, November arrived. Thankfully, we were blessed with a warm November that made it possible for most of our local farmers to get their crops off before winter came for good.
As 2016 draws to a close, may we look forward to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2017. On behalf of Lacombe County Council and staff, have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
Reeve Paula Law