For many years, Wendy made, as part of our Christmas tradition, the buying and sending of Christmas cards to friends and family. We didn’t do a great mailing – I think at the most we sent our 40 or 50 cards. I did, however, enjoy putting together a letter of such – a newsletter it might better be described as, to give friends and families an update on our family and the past year. I would include a few photos – usually of holiday or special event. In time the cost of doing so, and the few responses brought me to a point of deciding to forgo that tradition. In some ways, this blog and its predecessor (www.rvcalgary.blogspot.com) took over some of that.
Of course, this also includes pictures and videos that could never be referenced in a note.
Time marches on and as 2018 comes to a close soon, and Christmas will soon be upon us, I am looking at cards and notes that are being received, mostly at the office but some here and some by email. It was so nice to hear from the Lutterells this week and to remember their kindness to us. A note from Ray Harris also landed in my inbox when he bumped into a session mate of ours who, though having left officership, has lived in Winnipeg for many years. Having chatted with her he thought of some of us and sent off notes. How very kind to hear his encouraging words.
Of course, it’s time for our annual Christmas dinner at THQ and this past week we gathered for food and fun. Below is a quick look at the music and the room.
We also did some serenading down the street at our Thrift Store which is very close to THQ. We took staff, employees, and officers for two days and went caroling. Below is a short clip of that event!
The days are darker and the nights colder as we head toward mid-December. I’ve been sitting in the family room skimming through pictures that we have in photo albums. It seems that photo albums, like many ofter things that were at one time regular parts of the home are becoming a thing of the past as the digital transformation makes its way into our homes. This year, for the first time, I am turning the lights of the Christmas tree on and off using an app on my phone.
They call this the Internet of Everything – my caps – and yes it seems there is an app for almost anything. Can I say I love this! It’s quite amazing to see what can be done.
At any rate, in line with that, we’ve ordered a few things online this year, and of course, it’s quick and easy. But we keep seeing retailers dropping by the wayside as technology continues to replace jobs, ie. self check out, self-serve and robotics! Just ask GM workers.
But of course that’s not what Christmas is really all about… and we’ll be home this year for the celebration. I hope there’s a toy under the tree!!
Wendy was away last weekend so I began the process of putting out the Christmas things… not much but the one thing I love is the Inuit nativity set. This was a gift to us one year when we went to Labrador – the Big Land – as they call it. It’s always cold there. It reminds me of Yellowknife in many ways and of course, is a long way north.
It is mind-boggling to think of the strength of character and the enormous skill it must have taken to live out on the land in these harsh climates. The average city dweller – me included – wouldn’t last a week!
Wendy and I have an invitation to return to Goose Bay/Happy Valley in the near future. I am really looking forward to it!