These are a few things that made our Christmas so enjoyable and a big thank you to the many folk who went the extra mile.
Peachland was ablaze with beautifully lit trees. The Okanagan Symphony presented a joyful concert in Penticton: harmonica, handbells, marimba, symphony — wow!
Tracy Fehr presented a medieval musical evening, complete with flute and a countertenor. The proceeds from this went to the South Okanagan Women in Need Society.
St. Savior’s Anglican Church presented Jazz Vespers for Christmas, The Presbyterian Church held a candlelight service, Our Redeemer Luthern Church presented a morning choral service of carols as directed by their very capable choir director, complete with moving music from the piano and the violin.
To top it all off, thank you to the Penticton Lakeside Resort with their stately Christmas tree, their outstanding Christmas buffet, their large choir which included Mia Harris (breathtaking voice), and three little kids out in front. Then that gift was topped off with the big surprise at midnight on New Year’s Eve — a captivating fireworks shower seen all over town.
Every time I walk the Penticton Creek walk, I see something different. This past weekend it was various stages of water running under and over the ice, and truly beautiful lights along the path, where some of the homeowners presented the warmth of Christmas lights at their finest. Simple, quiet, truly peaceful.
I’m sure this is just the beginning of my community’s longer list. But this is my list and I am truly grateful. Thank you.