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This year’s metaphor­i­cal year-long race has hit the fi­nal lap. De­cem­ber comes and ev­ery­thing speeds up as the an­nual fin­ish/start line ap­proaches.

There’s a ver­i­ta­ble cadenza of Christ­mas-re­lated events cather­ine-wheel­ing to­wards us as the count­down in­ten­si­fies, and try­ing to fit ev­ery­thing in be­fore the hol­i­days can be, well, try­ing.

Main fo­cus this week will of course be the city Santa Pa­rade with its as­so­ci­ated mar­kets, mu­sic and mer­ry­mak­ing.

The beauty of the an­nual pa­rade day, is that, bar­ring any an­cil­liary ex­penses (and when there are chil­dren in­volved that can some­times be un­avoid­able), the event of­fers a light-hearted, no-cost di­ver­sion and a short sus­pen­sion from the more press­ing sea­sonal en­gage­ments and obli­ga­tions.

Re­mem­ber that Christ­mas is as stress­ful as you choose to make it, and tak­ing time out with fam­ily to enjoy a fun com­mu­nity out­ing is per­haps as good a way to spend a sum­mer’s day as any.

– Richard

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