In Our Words

Our Canada - - Contents - That Christ­mas Feel­ing Gary Ge­orge, gary_ ge­[email protected] rd. com

Re­mem­ber those Christ­mas morn­ings when you were a kid and you would race out of bed to see what Santa had left in your stock­ing and un­der the tree? Well, in a way, I ex­pe­ri­enced that same feel­ing as we were putting this is­sue to­gether for you. Each story we came across on our sub­mis­sion site, or in the reg­u­lar mail, that had a cer­tain “Christ­mas feel” to it was read with a grow­ing sense of ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion: these “gifts” were just what we had been hop­ing to re­ceive! And now they’re at the heart of what we be­lieve is a won­der­ful Christ­mas is­sue.

By way of ex­am­ple, if you pine for the days when Christ­mas was less com­mer­cial and just about ev­ery­thing to do with the cel­e­bra­tion was home­made, in­clud­ing the mu­sic, “Christ­mas on the Farm” on page 16 by Ruth Zelinski and “An An­nual Sing-along” on page 30 will def­i­nitely get your jin­gle bells a-jin­gling. And that’s just a wee taste of what’s in store in­side.

Christ­mas is also a time to give thanks and, with that in mind, I’d like to thank all of you for your on­go­ing in­ter­est in all-things Our Canada. While our two print mag­a­zines tend to ben­e­fit the most from our day-to-day in­ter­ac­tions with you, es­pe­cially in terms of your amaz­ing story and photo sub­mis­sions, your ac­tive in­volve­ment with us on so­cial me­dia has not gone un­no­ticed and is truly ap­pre­ci­ated. The same holds true for all of you out there read­ing Our Canada on Tex­ture and other dig­i­tal plat­forms: you too are now a big part of our com­mu­nity and we’d love to hear more from you. Es­pe­cially in light of our new book re­lease— Our Canada, Our Coun­try, Our Sto­ries— we do in­deed have a lot to be thank­ful for this year. Merry Christ­mas, ev­ery­one!

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