The Christmas and Holiday season is here, and while many of us are stressing over gifts, decorations and preparations, it’s important also to slow down and remember that, no matter what the marketing machine tells us day after day, the season is bigger than the things we buy. At First Oakville Toastmasters, we build up that bigger Christmas and holiday cheer by celebrating with the people in our club.
The greatest gift we have at FOTM is the many diverse people from all walks of life who make up our club – people who don’t just mentor each other on speaking and leadership, but also get together as friends to share special occasions. When I first joined FOTM last fall, I couldn’t help but notice the extra energy in the air at each weekly meeting as the Christmas season drew nearer. It wasn’t just that more people were bringing Christmas decorations to the meetings, it was the excitement of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the outside and spending time with familiar faces and new friends.
It all peaked at FOTM’s Annual Christmas Party, when everyone gathered together to ring in the season with a night of great food, games and prizes. The air in the room was full of the Christmas spirit, and not just because of the Etherington Family’s amazing Santa Clauses who visited us, but because all of us, no matter what our backgrounds or traditions, were able to share in some unbridled holiday cheer and joy, and that is one of the key ingredients that make the holidays what they are. This year we are bringing the same excitement to our Christmas Party at the King’s Arm in beautiful downtown Oakville.
From everyone at First Oakville Toastmasters, we wish you and all your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. However you celebrate this season, we hope it’s a time of peace and love for everyone you know. Here’s to a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with great speaking and great opportunities!
Blog Post written by ROY CAMPBELL