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Merry Christmas (Tsa7cw Sklísmes)

Lil’wat7ul Ts’ila Ts7a
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It seems to me that the very first Christmas commercial I see every year is for Canadian Tire, and it isn’t until I see it that I realize Christmas is coming.

It takes a while after that to get here but nonetheless, Christmas is all around us and it is my favourite holiday of the year. I love decorating the tree with my toddlers; I love gift-wrapping their presents, big and small; I love roasting a delicious turkey crammed with my very own stuffing recipe and making all the trimmings to go along with it.

Christmas festivities in Lil’wat territory include attending the annual Christmas concert at the Xit’olacw Community School, adults socializing at the staff parties at Ull’us, and families watching or participating in a Talent Show at Ull’us on Christmas Day.

The talent shows are always amazing, showcasing a wide range of entertainment by our many talented singers, dancers, comedians, musicians and actors here in Lil’wat. There is so much fun to be had by kids of all ages and so many hysterical laughs resulting in belly aches and sore cheeks. And there are great prizes to be won!

I’ve never been brave enough to take to the stage, but always wished I had. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at stand-up comedy, simply because I crack myself up on a regular basis and would love to share the goofy side of me with others. Perhaps now that I have my babies the playfulness I’ve limited for so long may make its appearance and I’ll take to the stage this year. We shall see — I won’t make any promises though.

Christmas is also the perfect time to be as selfless and as generous as possible. For me, I love to give and give and give some more. It’s definitely the mommy in me to be extremely generous where my children are involved. I’d love to be able to give them everything that they wish for every single day of the year, but Christmas is the time of year when I loosen my purse strings and go crazy — and then just sit back and enjoy their joyous giggles as they unwrap each present and snap a ton of pictures to post on social media so my family can enjoy the moment as well.

I love Christmas morning for the joy that it brings and the wonderful memories made. I love Christmas Eve for the time spent with family feasting on a magnificent turkey dinner and enjoying each other’s company, for we have given each other the gift of time spent together. Each family here in Lil’wat has that very same tradition — families are out and about visiting each other until the wee hours when our children fall soundly asleep in cars and we have to carry them inside and tuck them into bed.

Christmas is a wonderful time of reflection, a time to be grateful for the year we’ve had and welcome the New Year with a fresh start. I like to reflect on the progress I’ve made throughout the year, personally and professionally. I like to look at how much my children have grown and all of their accomplishments.

Christmas is such a joyous time and I do truly wish we could encompass the emotions and the generosity which is on display at this time of year all year round.

From my family to yours, Tsa7cw Sklísmes (Merry Christmas).


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