I hope that you, like me, are surrounded by family and other loved ones this Thanksgiving. With a menu that features turkey – both conventionally cooked and deep fried – and stuffing and peach cobbler prepared by me, and a host of sides prepared by my chef son that include au gratin potatoes, sweet potato mash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower (with cheese sauce prepared by husband Steve) and pies from La Fleur bakery (with a portion of the proceeds going to Prom Plus), I know that our feast will be one that fills the stomach – and the heart.
I understand how fortunate I am to have this food and this family. This has been an extremely rough year for me personally and I know that I am not alone. Friends have lost siblings (like me), parents and friends. There have been financial struggles and emotional ones. I know that on more than one occasion I have questioned whether or not I am on the right path. I am thankful that at those times someone comes along with just the right word to confirm that I’m right where I need to be.
If there is a need to be uplifted, there’s always the traditional tree lighting in Montrose tomorrow, Friday, night. I think it is wonderful to head to Honolulu Avenue and enjoy the carolers with my neighbors. And after a few words from a city dignitary, the town will light up with Christmas joy! How fortunate are we to be able to witness that? I’m thankful to the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. that plans this annual event.
The next day we have the opportunity to show our appreciation by participating in Small Business Saturday. Started by American Express, Small Business Saturday showcases small, local businesses and the owners who often can be found behind the counter. Whether supporting a local eatery, retail shop or even a newspaper, Small Business Saturday is a reminder that these businesses survive on the support of those who value their services. I encourage you to remember these local businesses first.
To make it easier to shop local, the Montrose Shopping Park will have horse-drawn carriages on-site on the weekends to shuttle shoppers up and down Honolulu Avenue. Santa Claus will be on hand to give out candy canes. Live music will also fill the air.
Right around the corner is the Montrose Christmas Parade – a tradition that we all relish. You can learn more about the parade’s origins by reading Mike Lawler’s Treasures of the Valley article in Viewpoints.
Finally, I want to share how much I appreciate those who work so hard every week to make the Crescenta Valley Weekly the very best. Thank you.