2020 Holiday Message

Published on December 20, 2020

Merry Christmas & Joyeux Noel to all!

The December holiday season is a very special time of giving, sharing, and the coming together in our community. We pause from our daily routines and take time to be with family, friends and neighbours. This year, with the many challenges COVID-19 presents us, our holidays will be different. But I am reminded of a Valentine Davis quote (the screen writer who wrote Miracle on 34th Street): “Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind."

I hold dear memories of December-pasts, of lovely Christmas traditions and family gatherings. I have so many wonderful memories growing up as a kid and then raising a family of my own here in Kanata. I am grateful for the many blessings in our lives, especially for my family and dear friends.

Though this time of year is centered in traditions, sometimes life changes and the traditions we have need to be adapted. This year we must remember and honour our old traditions while we start new ones that accommodate – and embrace our new realities. My hope for residents of Kanata and West Carleton is that you will make the most of the break and be recharged and refreshed with your memories and the new memories you will make with loved ones this year.

As I mention to my family, it is important to take the time, make the time for reflection and sharing through this season. Put aside your routine. Take a break from online activities, our cell phones… take the time to be present, in the here and now, with the people in our lives.

As my parents imparted with me and my siblings, Christmas is all about charity, compassion, and empathy. Like no other time of the year, through December we are reminded of those in our community who are less fortunate. Given the events of this past year, we are that much more aware of people who may find these holidays difficult whether feeling financial strain or the stress of not being with a family member. We can all make a difference by giving to our local charities, and by safely connecting with a neighbour or friend who is spending this time alone. I believe with the charity and generosity demonstrated each December brings out the best in ourselves and our community.

I also wish to take this opportunity to again express my gratitude for our front line health care and first responders. This has been an extraordinary year for so many and I have great admiration for their professionalism, endurance and caring. I recognize many individuals will be away from their families to keep front line services operating. And, likewise, there are many who work through the holidays - and I know and appreciate their commitment. Thank you.

So to all in Kanata and West Carleton, I wish you the very best through this holiday season, that you find peace of mind, good company and cheer with those you love. And may the New Year bring us all health and happiness throughout 2021.

Merry Christmas & Joyeux Noel to all!

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past,

courage for the present, hope for the future.

It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow

with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path

may lead to peace. – Agnes M. Pharo