The holidays are definitely in the air. I took a walk through the village on Saturday and already so many places have outdone themselves with the holiday cheer. Thank you to all who make the season so joyously festive. My neighbor had an incredible display for Halloween and then again for Thanksgiving; we are waiting with great anticipation for their next masterpiece. I noticed one house on Route 9N even has piped in Christmas music.

Speaking of Holiday music, I received an email that the boys of Cub Scout Pack 5 will be having a caroling event downtown Keeseville Sunday Dec. 12. The pack will start at the Keeseville Fire Station riding on hay agons to the Keeseville County Gardens retirement hone and then to Front Street and the downtown area. The pack is assembling at 2 at the Fire Station and should start riding and caroling at 2:30. According to Rick Weerts, the Committee Chairman the pack has grown quite a bit in the last few years with a current membership of 37 boys. Boys are encouraged to join any time by going online to www.mypack5.org.

This is the time of year for traditions and while it is so easy to get caught up in the rush of things we should all remember what it is that makes the memories that we will cherish forever. It is the special little things that make the biggest differences. I encourage everyone to find something special that can be done to make a lasting memory; a simple visit to a nursing home to wish some a happy holiday; a walk through the village checking out all the lit decorations, a family reading of a Christmas classic. For me every year at this time I reread Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Sure at this point I can probably recite the whole thing from memory, but it is my tradition and something I look forward to every year. There are many great Christmas stories that deserve their moment in the spot light every year. Pick one and make it your own.

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