Our View: Christmas cheer for all!

Take some time for family, and yourself this holiday season

This Christmas, make a little time for others, and a little time for yourself.

Some of you may have noticed that the last few days before the holiday can be a frantic, maddening rush to complete an ever-growing list of chores. Presents to buy! Baking to get into the oven! Cards to mail, family to call, travel plans to make, school concerts, parties, and on top of all that, many of us are working right up to the day or even on Christmas itself.

So when time does open up – perhaps after the gifts have been unwrapped and the paper cleared away – take advantage of what quiet comes.

Take time to appreciate those around you. For many it is our families, immediate and extended. For others, it is friends, found families that come together when biological family is far away or unavailable.

Any days off over the holiday season are a great time to reconnect with our loved ones, over a glass of wine or eggnog. It’s a time to catch up and reflect together on the year that’s almost passed.

Then take some time for yourself.

Throw yourself into a new book, go for a walk (weather permitting), lie on the couch with the dog and listen to music, maybe do absolutely nothing.

It can be very satisfying.

Humans are social – we need other people, and at this time of year, when the days are particularly dark and the nights very long, those we care for are like a warm blanket.

But the depths of winter is also a good time to be with yourself for a while. Consider your year as it recedes, and the new one fast approaching.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make a Christmas for your family, and for yourself.

Happy holidays!

– M.C.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A $50 million plan is proposed to prepare for rapid transit in Langley City

Described as a ‘bold move’ to to buy land, improve facilities, and make other improvements

VIDEO: Langley City Mayor’s gala raises thousands for LMH

First ‘Winter Wonderland’ event may not be the last, van den Broek said

Fort Gallery welcomes author and former CBC radio host Mark Forsythe for gold rush history talk

Forsythe’s book, The Trail of 1858, corresponds with current Fraser River exhibition Gol Nu Get Mote

SLIDESHOW: Ukrainian Club of Abbotsford hosts annual Malanka event

Yevshan Ukrainian Dancers perform at annual celebration in Aldergrove

Langley Literacy Network is looking for volunteers to help share the gift of reading and writing

Community one-on-one learning programs run at local libraries, one to two hours each week

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

First-place Canucks beat Blues 3-1 for ninth straight home win

Miller nets pair as Vancouver defeats Cup champs

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Police search for man who went missing from Vernon hotel

Jay Rosenberger, 38, was last seen Friday

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

After four sex assaults linked, RCMP ask women not to walk alone in Coquitlam park

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

BC Place lights up in purple and yellow to honour Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash

Whistleblower says Iranian-Americans questioned at Peace Arch crossing were targeted

Immigration lawyer says response from Customs Border Protection is a ‘total cover up’

Most Read