GRATITUDE

This morning I sat propped up in bed drinking my hot cup of tea and watched the moon set over the marsh. Read that sentence again. There is so much more in it for which to be grateful than the words say. Tomorrow is the day we celebrate the tradition of thankfulness. I think it is a good tradition, whether it is based on truth or myth. It is a yearly reminder to us to share our lives, ourselves and everything we possess with friends, family and other sentient beings every day. However, I am not a preacher and this is not a sermon – just food for thought. I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving day and share with you some ideas for an enjoyable weekend.

Speaking of being thankful, you are invited to join the Southport Beautification Committee on Friday at 6 PM for a thankful celebration of support for the Bring Back Our Boats Christmas Wreath Project. The gathering will begin at the tree lighting at BB&T and a party will follow at the Southport Community Building in Southport, NC where you can enjoy treats, food and beverages.

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Skip Black Friday and go instead to the Smith Island Art League’s Thanksgiving Art Show held at the Bald Head Island Association Center on Bald Head Island, NC. The show will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM.

In Brunswick County, NC we like to hold our Christmas parades on land and on sea. The first flotilla of the holiday season, the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla, is coming up on Saturday night at Shallotte Point beginning in front of the Inlet View Bar & Grill and ending in front of Sharky’s Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE!

Christmas means many things to many people and the diversity of celebrations is what brings us together. The significance of the holiday, itself, is new hope for each of us and for the whole world. We celebrate giving – the giving of gifts – the giving of the gift of ourselves. We share food and love and family and memories – some of them joyful – some of them sad – and yet they all bring us closer. Most of us, especially those of us with children, enjoy tree lightings and almost every community stages a parade. A parade means music and fun and in the NC Brunswick Islands, it also means golf carts and, sometimes, boats. Here are just a few of the parades you might want to attend – after all – they are held on different dates or at different times, so why not fill your days with fun and attend all of them?

Oak Island, December 6, 2 PM – Christmas by the Sea Parade: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/christmas-by-the-sea-parade/profile/)

Calabash, December 5, 6 PM –¬†Calabash Tree Lighting & Spirit of Calabash Parade (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/calabash-tree-lighting-and-golf-cart-parade/profile/)

Southport, December 13, 7 PM – Christmas Flotilla: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/southport-winterfest-christmas-flotilla/profile/)