IT seems Bendigo is embracing Christmas with extra verve this year.
Around town, decorations have begun to fill windows, staff Christmas parties are booking out venues and children are enjoying the first chocolate from their advent calenders.
On Saturday I went into a store to purchase one item and it took me 15 minutes because of the long line of people waiting to buy wrapping paper, decorations and Christmas trees.
Maybe this is because it has been a long year for some.
Energy and mojo at work is wearing thin and everybody needs a well-deserved break.
But whatever the reason, I’m glad people aren’t taking the “bah humbug” line of Christmas, but are embracing the exciting and invigorating feeling that comes with preparing for the holiday season.
What is important to remember is that December and the Christmas holidays are a time to celebrate tolerance, generosity and family.
Whether it is helping out a stranger with some spare change, donating clothes to a charity store or buying an extra present to put under the tree for a disadvantaged child, December is the month to give a little more than you do for the rest of year.
And if Bendigo’s enthusiasm and generosity during the holidays is anything to go by, this year will be a very good Christmas indeed.