The holidays are a joyous time of year, a time like no other. The holidays are often referred to as the most memorable and magical season of them of all, and for good reason. The magic sets in the moment our landscape is transformed into a quiet winter wonderland, one that we are lucky to have here in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills. Our landscape in recent weeks has been transformed, in many parts, into a sea of white which glistens as the Christmas lights twinkle. A short drive around any one of our fine towns will  have you quite amazed at what some of our neighbors have put together this year as they too enjoy the magic that the season brings.

Christmas, for me, has and always will be my favorite time of the year. Growing up, I will admit, my imagination ran bonkers during Christmas, as any childs would have. Though visions of sugar plums never danced in my head, there were certainly numerous of other visions, many of which were triggered watching all of those delightful holiday shows on television. My favorite series, however, were the Rankin Bass holiday specials.  No matter what, you just couldn’t help but to love the old classics such as Ruldolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman, just to name a few. 

Without a doubt, Christmas has certainly changed through the years. Today, Christmas starts before the turkey hits the table on Thanksgiving day as we are inundated by Christmas at many local retailers right after Halloween. By Christmas, we’ve already had enough of Christmas! I believe, however, Christmas isn’t about when it starts or what kinds of gifts we receive. Christmas is about a time for caring, a time to give back, and a time to relish in the joy of the magic that the season creates.

Christmas comes but once a year, and as we settle down with our family and friends, let us look back on all the good that has happened over the past year as we look to discover the true meaning of the holiday season. I can name so many great events that have taken place over the past year that I am thankful for, many of which include all of you who take time of your busy days to read my columns. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you who tell a very fine tale of what life is like out here in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, and I am more than pleased to have shared so many of your stories with so many great folks, and I look forward to sharing so many more stories in 2011.

Merry Christmas Litchfield county!