One of the reasons I enjoy fall so much is that it signals the beginning of the long holiday season. From the end of October and on into February, there are numerous holidays, all of which bring forth responses from the community. It all begins with Halloween. Definitely not as much fun as when I was one of the people running around with toilet paper, or dressing up in costumes; but, it is still a lot fun to watch. This year, it falls on a Monday, which hasn't deterred any of the toilet-papering going on around town, so I suppose the kids aren't at all bothered by the timing. The River of Life Church is holding its annual Fall Festival on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the Mason Volunteer Fire Department will be handing out light sticks starting at 5:00 p.m.On November 5th, the regular white tail season will begin. While folks in other areas might not consider that part of the holiday season, in Mason County, it qualifies as one of the biggest holidays of the year. November 11th is Veterans Day. In our county, with its long and illustrious history of service, it's a day of celebration and remembrance.Our local celebration of hunting continues on November 12th with the Chamber's annual Wild Game Dinner. This will be the first time in many years that I've not been serving, only attending, and I'm looking forward to seeing it from a new perspective this time.Then, of course, there's Thanksgiving. This year, I've got a bit of a personal take on the holiday, as my 52nd birthday falls on the same day. I'm quite sure that, along with the turkey and dressing, there will be plenty of cake and goodies to help celebrate the day.December is all about Christmas. I suppose the Christmas season begins on the day after Thanksgiving and continues all the way through December 25th. There is Light Up Our Town on November 26th, the day we turn on the holiday lights about the town, and it's a wonderful way to kick off the celebration.In early December, St. Paul Lutheran Church has its drive thru luminary. Churches around the area will have special services and celebrations. The way is paved to celebrate the birth of Christ in the many forms and fashions we have each adopted as our own.And, as Christmas fades into memory, we change from 2011 to 2012. Much has been made of the upcoming year: Mayan calendars, presidential election year, leap year,,,, several interesting variables to consider and anticipate.There's the presidential birthdays, Martin Luther King's birthday, Groundhog Day,,, winter holidays tend to be Monday celebrations. The long holiday season finally begins this weekend. For more than three months, we have celebration upon celebration. We observe cultural traditions, religious practices, historical remembrances. For three months, we squeeze a year's worth of emotion and memory into only ninety days of time.It will all pass very quickly. Before you know it, we will be several months into 2012, and the cycle will begin all over again. Make the most of each of these special moments. How you observe them, how you enjoy them, how you remember them. These are the memories you'll have for the years to come, and those will never change.
It’s all just my opinion.