Christmas season is well and truly here | EDITORIAL

Just in case you hadn’t heard the carols in the stores or seen the decorations set up over the last few weeks – Christmas is just around the corner.

It sure is a wonderful time of year. There are events galore which bring people out of homes and into their communities, surrounded by the festive spirit.

The hefty items on the calendar start this weekend. Victor Harbor’s Christmas pageant kicks things off for the region this Saturday. Floats of all shapes, sizes, colours and themes will travel the streets from 5.30pm. Once the floats finish at Warland Reserve, families will light up candles and sing carols, which are on the wrap around this week’s edition of The Times

Make time to see the great Christmas tree exhibition at Carrickalinga House this Saturday and Sunday, which raises funds for the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation. It is open before and after the pageant.

Next weekend is both of Alexandrina Council’s pageants.

‘Christmas Where the Angas Flows’ is the annual free Christmas event in Strathalbyn; the pageant starts from Rowe Street at 6.30pm and finishes at Colman Terrace. Carols by Candlelight and the Evening Fireworks are also part of the event. 

Goolwa’s pageant is on Sunday, December 16. People find prime position on Cadell Street and then head to Goolwa oval, where there is children's entertainment, carols, a visit from Santa, and fireworks.

People in Goolwa have a second party on Christmas Eve, which is hosted by the Lions Club of Goolwa who ensure where family friend fun is free at Neighbour Reserve.

Another highlight of Christmas are the light displays on homes across the region. The Times is currently collating a list of houses that have spectacular Christmas lights set up, so a list can be published in the paper and an interactive map is available on our website.

But during the festivities, keep your thoughts (and actions) with those in our community who are struggling.

With homelessness, financial problems, and a number of tragedies on our roads as issues people are trying to deal with, it is important to help where you can. 

Donate to your local charities and offer a listening ear if people need it. Share the spirit of Christmas this December.