Christmas is Monday, Dec. 25. There will be no trash or recycling service on that day. Curbside service will be delayed that week by one day. Monday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday, Dec. 26; Tuesday will be picked up Wednesday, Dec. 27, etc. Read on...
December is a time for celebrations of many kinds.
Of course, there is Christmas on Dec. 25. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day follow quickly.
But our neighbors also may observe the eight days of Chanukah, beginning on Dec. 7 this year. Kwanzaa is Dec. 26.
There are plenty of other special days in December – some not as well-known as others. Krampusnacht is Dec. 5, for example. That’s followed by St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 6. Bodhi Day is Dec. 8. A day important to Buddhists, it celebrates the day that Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment. Then there’s National Wreaths Across America Day and Boxing Day. To top the silliness list, try National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Dec. 15.
Whatever holidays you observe, all of these are festive occasions – a time for special foods, gifts, music and fun.
In these contentious times, let’s respect each other’s beliefs and customs. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about each other and how and why we celebrate as we do. I’d like to think we all have similar goals – to care for our families and friends, to protect and love one another and to live in harmony.
We can do that as we come together for the Jack Frost Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2. We’ll enjoy the Jack Frost Festival of Lights parade, lighting the tree on the Triangle, visits with Santa, free cookies and cocoa and, new this year, a drone light show over downtown Berea. Dozens of drones will create various designs, signifying the holiday season.
It's all free of charge from 5-8 p.m. Our annual Jack Frost Festival kicks off the season and puts us in the mood for the special occasions ahead. Forget gift-buying, Christmas lights and having enough candles for the Menorah or the Kwanzaa Kinara. Spend a few hours in the heart of Berea with your friends and neighbors as we wish everyone a joyous holiday season.
Thanks to our many donors who make family-friendly events like the Festival of Lights possible. We are most grateful.
Please join me and my family as we welcome Winter a bit early (the official first day of Winter is Dec. 21) and have a Very Happy Holiday Season!