Posted on December 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm
This time of year I wake from my long winter’s nap to find crisp, fresh, and nippy morning air. It has been below freezing these past few nights, but not enough moisture to create a winter wonderland just yet. This has not, however, dampened the Christmas spirit. Last week we experienced the annual Student Association Christmas Tree Lighting. There is nothing that signifies the start of the Christmas season at PUC like the tradition of turning Christmas lights on for the first time. Fortunately, we had better luck than Clark Griswold during our countdown—when the lights came on at first try.
Last Friday night we had the pleasure of participating in the annual Christmas music program. Growing up in this community, I’ve attended most of these programs over the years, and I am touched each year. It allows me to put distractions aside and remember the true reason for the season: Jesus Christ – His birth, His ministry and His sacrifice for a lost world.
This is also a time of giving and merriment. People are in a happier mood, despite all the papers, quizzes, and tests that mark the end of the quarter. The Christmas season is a lively season with gift giving, appreciation towards your fellow man (or woman), walking with a loved one through the winter night, and an overall sense of cheer.
Napa Valley is a wonderful place to be during the holiday season. Strolling through small towns, enjoying Christmas decorations, and window shopping in Calistoga, St. Helena, and Yountville, is a definite treat. Dinner at a quaint bistro is almost a must when strolling through these towns. If you find yourself with a loved one (or even a potential loved one) in Calistoga, I suggest Boskos Trattoria, Flatiron Grill, or Checkers. If you meander through St. Helena, I propose Farmstead, Tra Vigne, or The Market. If enjoying the festive lights in Yountville, I recommend Bouchon Bistro, Hurley's, or Bistro Jeanty.
I am looking forward to a much-needed Christmas break from the stresses of college life. I feel sorry for those who must suffer through a surprise appearance of “Cousin Eddie,” or those who may shoot their eye out with their new BB rifle, or even those who are confounded by their father receiving a major award. Wherever you may travel to or accomplish this Christmas break, I hope it is historic, but most of all, I hope you remember why we celebrate.
Senior, Business and Pre-Physical Therapy
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