Last week, we spoke briefly about the Lighting Ceremony at Christmas Tree Lane and the wonderful holiday feeling of the community coming together for the celebration. That feeling was also found recently at Altadena's 125th birthday party. It would have been the thread running through last Friday's holiday edition of Webster's monthly food truck event, too, had not the horrific event in Connecticut (and rainy cold weather) happened.
|Part Of The Crowd At This Years Lighting Ceremony At Christmas Tree Lane.|
When something devastating occurs, the natural instinct is to huddle down in the safety of your home, surrounded by familiar and loved people and things. For those who did come, we thank you, and we hope you enjoyed our Christmas carol sing-along. We hope you had a bit of fun eating at the food trucks and joining us in the store. We are happy that we could help provide a safe haven and yes, a place of community, to turn to when times are hurtful and confusing. A place where people know you, that's been there forever - a place that you draw comfort from.
No one can wave a wand and make everything back to normal again. The families of the victims of this heinous shooting rampage are bearing an unimaginable loss, and we here, across the miles, mourn with them. Explanations and platitudes aside, there's little comfort in that Connecticut town tonight. Our cries to God to bless the families there, and ease their pain, reverberate across the states and the world. In a crisis like this, we are all one and we are all family. Healing will come slowly, but it will come.
The message of Christmas is particularly poignant this year. From the bottom of our hearts, Scott and I wish you a joyous holiday and may you be enveloped by love, faith and hope for now and for the future. We'll be taking a blogging break and will be back after New Years Day. Enjoy, everyone!
Lori and Scott
|Christmas 2012 Webster's Fine Stationers - ceramic Santas and Elves by Altadena artist Patrick Gothard|