As the end of 2019 rapidly approaches, cards need to be sent, gifts have to be purchased and wrapped, decorations are waiting to be hung, and holiday menus are in the planning stages.
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza or the Winter Solstice, take time out from your busy schedule to sit quietly by the light of the Menorah, look at the ornaments on the tree that evoke fond memories of Christmas past, or take a silent walk in the evening to enjoy the neighborhood festive lights.
Enjoy your family traditions, be it finding the perfect tree with your grandchildren, or going to New York City with the family to see the tree at Rockefeller Center. Maybe it is the yearly ritual of the show at Radio City Music Hall or the Holiday Train Show at the botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Perhaps your tradition is enjoying a meal with family served once a year or watching the holiday shows on the television.
Share the holiday spirit. Hold the door at the post office for someone struggling with packages and a rambunctious child. Buy a hot chocolate for the bell ringer standing in the cold outside the grocery store. Let the person behind you in the checkout line with only five items go on ahead of you because you have a full cart.
Despite how hurried you feel, try and acknowledge people with a pleasant good morning, isn’t the weather beautiful today or have a wonderful holiday. Most of all SMILE.
This year will you join other members of the GBRTA on Saturday December 7h at 11:30 AM as we enjoy a lunch at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull and watch the Christmas show? The GBRTA family will welcome the Trumbull High School Chamber Singers at the December 12th meeting at 10:30 at Testo’s Restaurant in Bridgeport to celebrate the holiday season. At that meeting we will collect non-perishable food for Merton House and distribute flowers for delivery to GBRTA members who are homebound or in nursing facilities. Members have donated prizes and gift cards for a raffle benefiting the scholarship fund.
When all is said and done we might not have accomplished all that we had hoped to do. Maybe cards were mailed a little late, we did not find the perfect gift for a loved one, the decorations are a little askew or the holiday menu was lacking that special ‘something’.
Remember no matter how you celebrate this magical time of year, it is the spirit of the season that is important. May you be filled with peace, joy, and love.
Rose Marie D’Aquila