• Brian Gallagher

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

“I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin” – Winston Spear

Hearing that the snow and winter weather was heading our way this week in earnest, I took advantage of the nice weekend weather we had and put up the outdoor Christmas lights on our new (old) house we moved into this past summer. When we had moved in we noticed that our neighbours are the type of folks that leave their Christmas lights up all year. Now I believe in, ‘live and let live’ and all that but the sight of Christmas lights on a house in the sweltering July heat just bugs me. Pet peeve #34 in the Gallagher library.

Now I must say… in testing mine out on the weekend everything worked perfectly but when I tried them last night only half of the string worked. Immediately I went into crisis control mode and checked, double-checked and triple-checked all bulbs and connections. I looked exactly like Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation. Haven’t seen it? Shame on you. Top 3 Christmas movies of all time (let the debate begin). But alas beautiful people I am stuck this year with only half a house of holiday cheer. And my Grinchy side refuses to go to the store and buy another set. If you are driving around the neighbourhood and see a house that’s half-lit (half-burnt) stop by and console me. Maybe my neighbours have got it right. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Here’s some stress-free ideas of things to see and do that will definitely fill you up with Holiday cheer!

The Hudson Village Theatre’s annual holiday pantomime production this year is ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ So when my editor sent me the info for this show I immediately asked, ‘What the heck is ‘pantomime?’ So for all you good people like me who find themselves needing to know what this means, here you go. You’re welcome.

pan·to·mime (/ˈpan(t)əˌmīm/)


1. a dramatic entertainment, originating in Roman mime, in which performers express meaning through gestures accompanied by music.

2. British – a theatrical entertainment, mainly for children, that involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy and is based on a fairy tale or nursery story, usually produced around Christmas.

Feel better? I know I do. But it does sound like a blast. Panto costumes are larger than life with over-the-top colour and design, and a critical aspect of Panto is music and dancing so you know this will be fun for the entire family.

Shows run from December 14 to January 6. There are matinee and evening shows all through the holidays. Visit their website (villagetheatre.ca) for all the details you need to know!

The Lakeshore Concert Band, directed by Mark Dharmaratnam, presents a Christmas Concert Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church, 23 Perrault Street in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. Tickets are $20, free admission for those aged 16 and under. More info at www.stgeorgesanglicanchurch.org.

Until next week – may all of your bulbs be fully lit - Sociable!