The magic of Christmas the season

It is no secret Lacombe and Blackfalds are generous communities with great community spirit.

It is no secret Lacombe and Blackfalds are generous communities with great community spirit.

We often see residents demonstrating their incredible community spirit through supporting local causes and donating to charities. Another way residents show their love for their community is through attending celebrations and festivals, in particular during the holiday season and this year is no exception.

The magic of the season could be easily seen when the CP Holiday Train rolled into Lacombe and Blackfalds just over two weeks ago. Thousands came out to both stops to see the festively-lit 10-car train pulling a box car stage. Then Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott, along with a backing band, brought some holiday cheer to the spectators by singing several Christmas songs. It was also the perfect moment to bring donations for both local food banks.

This was a true demonstration of community spirit coming out in droves, no matter the weather, to celebrate holiday cheer with young and old while supporting local food banks.

Residents also showed their support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lacombe and District in the annual Festival of Wreaths. Local businesses in Lacombe and Blackfalds decorated wreaths which were then auctioned off to support services and programs ran by the organization. At last tally, this year’s fundraiser generated an estimated $6,500, which is evidence of true holiday spirit yet again.

Then there is the Santa Run the annual holiday tradition where the Blackfalds Fire Department shuttles Santa in a sleigh around the town on two separate evenings. It’s inspiring to see the kids’ faces light up when Santa whizzes by.

The City of Lacombe also rounded off their Christmas celebrations with another spectacular fireworks display on Monday night. A couple hundred people turned out down at the lake, during brisk temperatures, to enjoy the display and visit with their neighbours.

So this holiday season, let the Christmas spirit lead you at will. Take time to go to church, visit with your family and friends, shovel someone’s sidewalk, donate to the food bank, check out the Christmas lights around the community, attend the Community Christmas Dinner or take a moment to quietly reflect.

Happy holidays.

 

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