“The season when to come, and when to go, to sing, or cease to sing, we never know.” — Alexander Pope   

Can you believe it is November? November has silently snuck up on us marking the beginning of a season that warms the heart. The season launches with daylight getting shorter and the time of darkness increasing. Under the pure, blue, skies, Autumn’s   bright, vivid colors have faded. The air is crisp and cool and the gardens are bare.

It has been a very rainy season! I will not complain. The drought and fires in California are forcing people to evacuate their homes.  I remember November weather as cold, snowy and good ice skating. We return to each winter season to create family Thanksgiving and Christmas full of meaning and wonder. It is a time of thankfulness and good will. A time of simple, heartfelt reminders of what we, and family and friends really care about. (Thanksgiving makes me think about the Indians, Pilgrim and Williamsburg, Virginia.)

I would like to remind folks that a large assortment of authentic and unique pastries for sale along with other homemade delicacies just in time for the Holiday Season. There will be appetizers and Greek Specialties at My Big Fat Greek Bazaar at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Saturday, Nov. 17. Come and enjoy the luncheon. We look forward to serving you.

However, the stores, the media and folks are already thinking about shopping, entertaining, fitness, fashion, beauty, Santa Claus   and relationships that regularly appear at this time of year.  It is the season of non-stop shopping! Folks are already unpacking beloved holiday traditions. Cherished customs are important for everyone. What matters is, when the world seems dark, cold and bleak we share our love and warmth with others. Come, November succeeds in capturing a truly timeless spirit.

In our communities we are making history and creating traditions even while we live them.  The Saco Museum has the most beautiful, joyous celebration of trees. They want to reflect the spirit of the holiday. Christmas has become a family holiday and a time that excites children. As we know a visit from a round, jolly fellow in a red suit is every child’s wish. The famous, “ho, ho, ho,” is known by all.

Another seasonal event is the Annual SMHC Auxiliary Tree of Life Celebration. The auxiliary invites all to join them for light refreshments, and festive music from local musicians as we honor and remember our loved ones. The tree lightning ceremonies will be held on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Biddeford and Sanford Medical Centers.

The SMHC Auxiliary’s Commitment: The Tree of Life campaign benefits life-saving care at the Sanford and Biddeford Emergency Departments.  Their goal is to raise $10,000 so that clinicians can maintain the best possible patient care for those in the most urgent of need.

Celebrate. Honor. Remember.  Consider making donation to celebrate or remember someone special in the form of a dove-the universal symbol of peace. Each dove will be hung on a tree in either lobby and the names of those honored and remembered will be read aloud during the ceremony. The SMHC Auxiliary is a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Locations are Biddeford Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, Maine and Sanford Medical Center, Sanford, Maine.


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