• Brian Gallagher

Hip hip hooray for Christmas vacation!


“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A Merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

I tell ya beautiful people I feel like I’m a kid back in school again. Yes, faithful readers, this is the last column for a few weeks because it is the highly anticipated often imitated never duplicated annual Christmas break at the celebrated The Journal. Class is out, Mac books are put away and the time is nigh for eggnog and cookies, making angels in the snow and carolling loudly and happily throughout the neighbourhood only to return home to bask in the soft warm comforting glow of Christmas lights while wrapped up in my favourite fuzzy sweater.

Of course not. Don’t be silly. Actually I could barely get that out without losing my lunch (Two Sauvé’s steamies all dressed with a large bacon poutine – got to pack on all those hibernation calories before the dreaded ‘resolution season’ begins). Although it is indeed our long anticipated break from the back breaking toil of wordsmanship, my plan to survive the holidays is vastly different from the last paragraph (I seriously do not know who that man is…).

Let me lay it out for you:

  • Trip to the SAQ Depot to stock up on three cases of holiday cheer – check (don’t judge me - good things come in threes – didn’t your mother teach you that one?).

  • Stock the freezer full of delicious and nutritious sodium-packed frozen food to last me until 2019 (can’t forget the requisite Swanson ‘Hungry-man’ turkey dinner for the 25th) – check.

  • Purchase over-priced tin of chocolate-covered cookies that are only acceptable to eat over the holiday season yet have an expiry date somewhere around 2025 – double-check

  • Purchase industrial-sized jar of olives for copious amounts of festive holiday martinis – check-a-roonie.

God bless us, everyone.

In all seriousness my friends and neighbours, however you spend this festive season make sure you give it your all. Smile a little wider, laugh a little louder, hold hands a little longer, hug a little harder. There is so much for us to be thankful for if we just stopped for five minutes and thought about how lucky we are to be here. Make sure you appreciate everyone and everything that surrounds you and makes your life worth living. And for gosh sakes, make sure especially at this time of year to tell those around you how much they mean to you. We don’t say it or hear it nearly enough nowadays. The best gift you can give anyone is the gifts of kindness, compassion and caring. It costs us nothing and yet is priceless to those around us. A kind word or gesture sticks with that person long after it was spoken or done and empowers them to do the same. And it is the gift that gives back tenfold to us by making us feel warmer, lighter and free. Love is all around us folks, make sure you don’t waste it – share it and reap the rewards.

I want to take this moment to thank every one of you who has read my ramblings and musings this year. Hopefully I was able to bring a small smile to your day (or make you scratch your head and ask what the heck I put in my coffee for crying out loud…).

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with suggestions, opinions or kind words. You have made my day, my week, my year. Thank you to Monique and her awesome team at The Journal for allowing me to contribute in some little way to their esteemed newspaper. Humble thanks always to the world’s best editor for putting up with my rants and I’ll say it again one last time dear editor – I know how to spell the word “duck”… it was never a typo.

As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for all upcoming events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be looking at please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.

Until next year beautiful people… Ho Ho Sociable!

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