Folks all up and down the Trin­ity South Shore have decked their halls with boughs of holly (spruce and ‘var’ too!) They’re all ready for the Christ­mas sea­son.

For one small win­dow of time each year, the world puts its best foot for­ward. Fam­i­lies spend time to­gether, gifts are ex­changed and there are even sto­ries of en­e­mies lay­ing down their weapons and break­ing bread to­gether on the one spe­cial day we call Christ­mas. Mir­a­cles of kind­ness and gen­eros­ity abound.

Al­though there are phys­i­cal signs of Christ­mas all around us ( trees, gifts, lights and dec­o­ra­tions) the magic of the sea­son doesn’t come from the glit­ter and gifts. The true mean­ing of Christ­mas is more about ap­pre­ci­at­ing what we do have and less about an­tic­i­pat­ing what we will re­ceive.

Christ­mas is about home, about fam­ily. It’s about Mary, Joseph and baby Je­sus, a fam­ily that grew to in­clude all of us.

In the midst of all the prepa­ra­tion and fes­tiv­i­ties this year let’s not lose sight of the real gifts in our lives - fam­ily, friends, good health, the priv­i­lege of liv­ing in a free coun­try and all the lit­tle mir­a­cles that have come our way dur­ing the last year. Happy Hol­i­days. Over the past few weeks many peo­ple along the Trin­ity Shore have been busily pre­par­ing for the Christ­mas sea­son. This is a shap­shot of their ac­tiv­i­ties.

FLINT­STONE CHRIST­MAS - The El­lis and Tuck fam­i­lies from Hant’s Har­bour got in on the Christ­mas spirit by build­ing a Flint­stone float for the town’s an­nual Santa Claus pa­rade Dec. 12. From left: Kori Tuck, Rob­bie El­lis and Chelsea El­lis played the parts of Fred, Wilma and Peb­bles while their dogs Mat­tie and Abby shared the role of Dino.

WWW. NORTH POLE - Bren­don Thorne of Blake­town e-mails a detailed let­ter to Santa ex­plain­ing how good he has been this past year. How­ever ac­cord­ing to his teach­ers at Wood­land Ele­men­tary in Dildo, the Grade 4 stu­dent is al­ready at the top of Santa’s nice list and will prob­a­bly have all his Christ­mas wishes granted.

TUCK­ERED OUT - Even the lively mu­sic played by mem­bers of the Cres­cent Col­le­giate school band dur­ing their Dec. 14 Christ­mas con­cert couldn’t keep Sarah Burt awake. Half way through the con­cert the 7-year-old, who was there to watch her sis­ter Carey per­form in the band, lay down on some chairs for a much-needed nap.

KEEP­ING SANTA IN LINE - Jor­dan Piercey of Old Shop helps a wob­bly Santa to his feet in the front en­trance of Cres­cent Col­le­giate, Blake­town. The Grade 12 stu­dent, jack-ofall-trades and cheer­ful vol­un­teer, also helped dec­o­rate the Christ­mas tree.

CHRIST­MAS ANGELS - Erin Pretty (left) and her friend Chaneal Reid of Dildo were pretty ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to chat with Santa and Mrs Claus dur­ing the Up­per Trin­ity South an­nual Santa Claus pa­rade Dec. 12.

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