Ability and Community

Feeling the Holiday Spirit

“For me, I think everybody with half a heart tries to do their best to do their part of good during the holiday season.” Darren Criss (actor)

Oh, the holiday season! We create memories and spend time with loved ones. It can be a truly magical time of the year.

In a multicultural community like ours, it is interesting to see how everyone recognizes their culture. Most revolve around giving and receiving gifts, meals, decorations, and celebrations. Yes, I love a good get-together and giving and receiving gifts, but at times it pains me to see those who cannot revel in the festivities due to their circumstances. It is said that it is better to give than receive. As well, giving does not have to be expensive and some gifts can really help us feel the holiday spirit.

Any donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank is appreciated:
www.edmontonsfoodbank.com or to the Edmonton Christmas Bureau www.christmasbureau.ca/donate

If you’re anticipating taking advantage of those holiday sales, or revamping your wardrobe or kitchen, shelters will gladly take your donations: hopemission.com/cities/edmonton

Everyone deserves to feel the holiday spirit. Giving and sharing are great ways to enjoy it!

Happy Holidays!

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Showing Off Their Martial Arts Moves – Troy Taylor and a student demonstrate a move at the Family Martial Arts Class that meets on Mondays at the Boyle Street Plaza from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Maria Castle

  • Card Buffet: Fun With No Calories – The Card Making Buffet at the BSCL was a great success! Students made a variety of Christmas cards in this three-hour class, led by community member Kim Lowen. Maria Castle

  • Christmas Under Way in Churchill Square – The huge Christmas Tree in Churchill Square was lit up on November 14 during the Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up organized by the Downtown Busi- ness Association. The tree is 72 feet tall and is decorated with 14,000 LED lights. The event also featured a spectacular fireworks display. Paula E. Kirman

  • Friendship Garden Cleaned Up – The Friendship Garden in the northeast corner of Caboto Park was raked, weed- ed, and cleaned up in October by community members, organized by the McCau- ley Community League. At then end of November, the MCL will be partnering with the Boys and Girls club to decorate the garden for the winter holidays. Krista Mitton

  • Chanukah Candles – The festival of Chanukah, celebrated by Jewish people, begins this year at sundown on December 6 and ends at sundown on December 14. A candle is lit on each night of Chanukah on a candelabra called a menorah, until all nine candles are lit on the final night. The candles are lit with a middle candle, called a shammash. Paula E. Kirman

  • Halloween Warmer – Families enjoying the first ever Halloween Warmer in McCauley on October 31. Organized by the McCauley Community League, the Warmer featured a bonfire, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. Krista Mitton

  • Rink Almost Ready – The McCauley Community Rink after being flooded at night. For a sched- ule of rink programs and skating times, see page seven. Dan Glugosh

  • Dancing with Colour and Flourish – Salvadoran dance group Raices Salvadorenas in performance at Mamenche’s Restaurant in November. Paula E. Kirman

  • Christmas Under Way in Churchill Square 2 – The huge Christmas Tree in Churchill Square was lit up on November 14 during the Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up organized by the Downtown Busi- ness Association. The tree is 72 feet tall and is decorated with 14,000 LED lights. The event also featured a spectacular fireworks display. Paula E. Kirman

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