The winter solstice is upon us here on the Outer Banks and evening comes early, although the darkness of the winter night is pierced everywhere by the sparkling lights of Christmas decorations that line the streets and neighborhoods.
The younger kids are getting excited, hoping that fat jolly old elf will remember the first two or three things on their lists. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, for Christmas is a time of joy, anticipation and hope.
There is more to it, of course, and those other things are what make this such a special season and is the reason everyone at Joe Lamb, Jr. is so proud to call the Outer Banks our home. This is a time of family, friends and tradition, a time when so many come back to the Outer Banks to celebrate the holidays together and renew the family bonds that are so important to all of us.
A remarkable spirit of giving and generosity seems to describe us. There is the Outer Banks Hotline’s Festival of Trees that so many local businesses contribute to; for the past two years Renee Landry or Renee Landry Events and Shirley Cook of Sugar Snap Events have been individually wrapping 12 small gifts for the Twelve Days of Christmas for 25-30 people who receive Meals on Wheels; at the malls and grocery stores, Santa’s helpers ring bells collecting for the Salvation Army.
Giving gifts, and receiving them, is nice but the true meaning of the holidays is in the generosity of spirit, in the coming together of families and the belief that we can all be better people.
It is in that spirit, in the true meaning of the holidays, that all of us here at Joe Lamb, Jr. wish all of you the very merriest Christmas and all the best in the coming New Year.