Tis’ the Season…..and yet another year has come to an end!
The holidays seem to come around sooner and sooner each year. It all starts in mid-September when my colleague, Matt, sends out his first of 100 daily Christmas countdown email messages. Then comes the All-Holiday-Music-All-the-time radio stations, about the same time as the decorations suddenly appear in all the stores, followed soon after by those cheesy holiday TV movies that we all love and know by heart. Then comes the shopping frenzy…. Fortunately, we don’t have to buy gifts for too many people, given that we’re all older and certainly are not want for anything (well, we may want it, but we don’t necessarily need it!) The holidays of course mean different things to different people. I had your typical holiday season growing up. We traveled to see grandparents and would take turns seeing both sides of the extended family. We always had a tree, decorated the house, hung lights, made Christmas cookies…pretty typical stuff. Nowadays things are a little different. Save for my parents and eldest brother, my sister and brother live with their families in different parts of the country so it’s sometimes difficult for us all to get together. My husband, Peter and I travel home to Toronto for the holidays and to me, there’s nothing better than gathering around the table, eating and drinking lots and sharing stories with the gang. It’s also a time to catch up with friends you may not get to see as often as you’d like. My eldest brother hosts an annual get-together on December 24th at a local watering hole in North Toronto, which is affectionally and proudly referred to those in the know as “The Happiest Day of the Year”. I’ve been attending for well over 20 years and each year it seems to get better and better. As we all get older, we can appreciate what we’ve accomplished and reminisce fondly of times gone by.
In a nutshell, the holidays to me mean spending time with the people I love – my family and friends. We all work extremely hard throughout the year and it’s the one real time to put work and other day to day commitments aside.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation and support this year and to wish you all a very happy, safe and healthy holiday season. Merry Everything and a Happy Always!!!
Jennifer Graham, CIP
President, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association