The holiday season is ramping up, and soon we won’t be able to avoid the constant runs of Christmas carols on the radio, and Christmas movies on TV.
In fact, I think I’ve watched ‘Elf’ three times in the past couple weeks - and it isn’t even December yet!
I myself am one to re-watch old movies, and enjoy the nostalgia from Christmas past - but I’m noticing something different in the air this year, charity.
As some readers may recall, last week’s issue had two stories of fantastic local youth whose Christmas wishes were completely selfless.
The story of Macy Scarlett, a Blackstock student who is throwing a party on Nov. 22 to benefit Sick Kids Hospital, and Brooklyn Jacobs, who wrote a Christmas wish letter and gave her local food bank $5,000, and her classmate Anthony a train ride - has officialy rekindled my seasonal spirit.
I’ll admit I’m usually the one with the ‘bah-humbug’ attitude for Christmas, right up until mid-December.
I’m not exactly a Grinch, I just to get frustrated with the constant Christmas commercials and shopping sales that strive to remind people ‘it’s not the thought that counts, it’s the price-tag!’
The combination of these local students trying to make the world a better place, and spending this past weekend helping my four neices build gingerbread houses and stuff their faces with candy, has softened my heart for the holidays. The girls’ sugar rush is the best part, because Uncle B and Aunt Jordie get to go home when it’s bed time!
Maybe this is an effect of growing up , but I’m beginning to see that Christmas is really for the kids, the gifts they give, and the gifts they recieve. My neice Leah actually informed me that all she wants for Christmas is her two ‘vampire fangs’, or eye teeth.
For those who don’t know, I celebrated my 21st birthday on November 7, and I’m excited to announce that I’ll finally get to see The Tragically Hip in just a couple of months! Unfortunately, since the tickets didn’t come with a time machine, it’s going to be a long wait ‘till February.
My wonderful girlfriend Jordie got ahold of a pair of tickets for a concert in St. Catharines - and tickets to see The Hip are harder to find than a polar bear in a snowstorm.
This season, I would like to encourage the people of North Durham to help a stranger. Whether it’s a random act of kindness, a smile and a handshake, or even a donation to one of our local food banks - give a little something and see how it feels to help your fellow man.
Writing a newspaper column such as ‘Shoot First, Ask Later’ can be a double-edged sword - it’s a powerful and exciting soapbox when you’ve got something to say, but a dreaded deadline when it’s been a slow week.
Therefore, I’d like to announce a new concept to my column this week - I’m asking the readers for their thoughts and opinons, and will do my best to discuss them in my next edition.
In short, if you have any questions, comments, queries or rants that you would like to see on this page, please drop a line to Ben@TheStandardNewspaper.ca.
To kick-start my correspondence - my question to the readers this week is, are you doing anything exceptional for Christmas this year? Are there any special holiday traditions which come around when the snow flies?
We reserve the right to remove any and all comments for any reason. Comments with swearing will be deleted without exception.
is a photographer, journalist and jack-of-all-trades at your Standard Newspaper! You may have seen him around taking photos and asking questions, if not, here's hoping you meet soon. He grew up in both Oshawa/Courtice and Caesarea, back and forth. Scugog has always been an important part of his life.