In This Issue: December, 2018Dec 03, 2018 12:14PM ● By Jason Huddle
I’m going to be honest with you, this year has been a rough one for me. I have lost family members – one due to old age and one to tragedy at far too young an age. These events have shifted my perspective on some things. There is a renewed sense for me to get back to what’s important. I found I have sometimes put my family and friends on the back burner in favor of other things. Some of those things now seem trivial to me.
I yearn for a simpler time. There was an age, in the not-too-distant past, when people came together during the holidays and actually spent quality time with one another. I don’t mean just to have a meal, but, rather, to slow down and enjoy each other’s company.
It was in this mindset that we at Cabarrus Magazine wondered, ‘What was Christmas like for the people of Cabarrus County all those years ago?’ So we spoke with some senior residents about their childhood experiences and holiday traditions. We also looked back at the 2016 Holiday Historic Home Tour, which takes place this year on December 2. Lastly, we caught up with Lionel. The iconic train retailer has taken up shop in Concord Mills Mall.
In this vein of an old-fashioned Christmas, we’ve titled this issue Making Spirits Bright in the hopes that it will inspire us to slow down, enjoy the season and those around us because this time will never come again. Oh, the holiday season will return in a year, of course, but things will be different. The changes around us may be slight, or major, but they will be there nonetheless. Regardless, I implore you to not learn that lesson the hard way, as I have this year.
Instead, I close this year with the same words spoken by angels more than 2,000 years ago to some lowly shepherds. ‘Peace on Earth. Good will toward men.’ Peace and good will? Now that would be a nice change indeed.
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