The Gleaner

Holiday magic is home in the Valley

There is something about this time of year that brings communities together. We have certainly witnessed this phenomenon over the past few weeks as area organizations, non-profits, and municipalities have rallied to collect food and cash donations to ensure locals don’t go hungry over the holidays, and that all children receive a present under the tree.

The community spirit in the Valley is like Santa Claus’s magical sack that is bursting at the brim with toys and gifts. The festive energy of our event coordinators, organizers, and volunteers is unmatched, save for maybe the elves’ Christmas cheer at the North Pole. And even then, Santa should be so lucky!

The time and care that has been invested in creating magical moments for area families during special activities and events this season is truly exceptional; and even more so this year, as we look back on an extremely difficult growing season for area farmers, hard economic conditions that outpaced many budgets, and tumultuous times for some many now on picket lines.

It would have been easy to shrug off certain traditions, or tone down the twinkling lights. But not here. These festivities offer merry distractions and jolly diversions, but they also build and reinforce important community connections. They remind us of how lucky we are to be wrapped up together in this beautiful Valley we call home.

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2023 and welcome the start of a new year, it is important to recognize the invaluable work of our volunteers and those who make magic happen all year round in our municipalities, our communities, and our homes.

On behalf of the entire team at The Gleaner, we wish you a joyful holiday season and the very best in the New Year.
Sarah Rennie

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