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Eric Riehl, MWMG

Eric Riehl, MWMG

Catherine O'Hara, Review reporter

My View: Dark, cold and festive?

This season, many of us – myself included – will wake up in the dark and head home from work under a sky of stars. To add to the gloom is dreary weather, cold, grey days that make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

But adding a little excitement to winter is Christmas, a time when family and friends gather. A few days later, we come together again to ring in the New Year. And in true holiday fashion, we dress to impress.

Our homes, too, are outfitted with the finest accessories: hundreds of sparkling lights, candles, ornate wreaths and lustrous garlands.

Some homeowners really go all out when it comes to decorating their home’s exterior, something I truly admire. In fact, I enjoy it so much that every holiday season, I head out for a leisurely drive to check out the spectacular sights.

But hitting the jackpot isn’t easy. You’ve got to know where to go to find the best-dressed homes. And who better to tell us that than you – the homeowner or neighbour.

Last week, the Review launched the Flamborough Christmas Light Tour, encouraging readers to tell us where to find these dazzling displays.

Until Dec. 7, residents can log on to www.flamboroughreview.com and click on Help us build a Christmas light tour, located on the top right-hand side of the page. There, they can submit the address of an area home that really sparkles. We’ll use these addresses to create a map so you can take part in a self-guided tour of the community’s best-dressed homes.

In addition to the Flamborough Christmas Light Tour, the Review is hosting another holiday event, the Christmas Connection.

Working in collaboration with Flamborough Information and Community Services, the Review is hoping to make this festive season a special one for seniors in the community.

The sixth annual Christmas Connection drive collects and delivers donations of gifts cards and special items for local seniors who need them most. And since the Review has teamed up with service providers in the community, the drive ensures that the items donated are matched up with individuals’ needs.

Already, residents have stopped in to the Review to drop off their donation. But there’s lots of room left under our tree. So please be generous and donate something for a senior in our community.

Gifts that are most appreciated include personal items, gift cards for local shops and restaurants, puzzle books and games. Donation of new items can be dropped off at the Review (30 Main St. North, Waterdown) until Monday, Dec. 10, which will allow the service providers plenty of time to ensure your gifts are wrapped and ready to be delivered for Christmas.

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