2017-11-22 / Opinion


’Tis the Season

Ready or not, here it comes… the 2017 holiday season. The City by the Sea is ready in earnest. Showing our nautical spirit for the season, the illuminated boat parade will circle in the harbor on Friday, the day after Turkey Day. This is the 20th year, so it is a tradition that many faithfully embrace.

And next Friday, Dec. 1, we usher in the month-long series of dozens of citywide celebrations, from the mansion holiday events to the houses of worship special programs and musical performances, to tree lightings and Santas in sleighs and on fire trucks, who will be hearing children’s wishes on the streets and in the neighborhoods.

In addition to these festive activities, the season is also a time of thanks and reflection. One of our page one stories is a heart-warming account of the selflessness of three women who each donated a kidney and shared the most wonderful gift they could give anyone, the gift of life. The journeys explained will undoubtedly leave us with the true meaning of this holiday season.

This is indeed a very giving community, as noted by all the volunteers who came together to serve more than a 100 Thanksgiving meals at the Salvation Army on Nov. 19. Two more community meals are planned for Thursday: one at the Seaman’s Church Institute and the other at the Portsmouth Methodist Church. Many additional toy and food drives, and other fundraising activities will continue through Christmas.

In another effort to support our community, we encourage residents to Shop Local – Shop Small. The prices are often comparable to those online, and your purchase may be handed to you with a smile by a neighbor or someone else you may know. So try to resist off-island superstores on Black Friday, and visit local vendors instead of online retailers on Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a rather new concept and one where you can help our local nonprofits with monetary donations.

So, there you have it. T’is the season. Enjoy, and thank you to all our loyal readers.

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