The Last Word

The holidays are upon us!
Nov 6, 2023
Karla St. Myers, Editor
The Last Word

It’s that time of year again! As the internet says, Mariah Carey is defrosting as we speak, getting ready to bless you with the sounds of her famous hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Thanksgiving preparation is underway, it’s almost time for the Elf on the Shelf to make its annual appearance, and ugly-Christmas-sweater parties will soon abound.

Truly, though, I’m having a hard time processing the fact that we are merely a couple months away from 2024. We are practically 25 years removed from the start of this millennium – remember the Y2K bug that never was? I digress.

As I was putting together this issue’s Events Calendar, I became increasingly excited (as I am every year) about all of the holiday festivities that we are so incredibly fortunate to have in our area. These events have become a part of annual holiday traditions for families and friends – Straight No Chaser, The Nutcracker, the Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops concerts, viewing the beautiful downtown Christmas lights and displays – the list goes on. The Turkey Trot is right around the corner, too for you fitness-focused families. I encourage each and every one of you to get out and experience the magic northeast Indiana has to offer during this special season. It’s right at our fingertips!

With that being said, let’s also do our best to remember the reason for the season. Be thankful. Be kind. Be humble. In a world today where there are unspeakable and heartbreaking conflicts happening, let us be extremely mindful of how blessed we are to live, work, play and celebrate our beliefs in a safe place. It’s not something to take lightly or for granted. There are individuals and families who do not have the luxury of experiencing the joy and togetherness this time of year should bring. Instead, it’s quite the opposite for many. Let’s lift up those who are struggling in love, and pray for compassion and resolve.

Hug your family, friends and fur-babies tight, and embrace this holiday season. Cheers! 

*A complete listing of upcoming events can be found at 


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