Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Publisher's Note
The Season with Special Reasons

December 01, 2012

I admit that Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday. I love sharing that special day with family members and everyone chips in with their favorite recipes so the side dishes are unique. Likewise, as one of the elders in the group, I can have my own Thanksgiving by appreciating the blessings of having a large and loving family.

December is special because often we see the truly generous side of our community. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, you are probably involved in trying to help others enjoy this special time of year. You may hear the bell-ringers that represent the Salvation Army and feel that the good works they do need your support.

I personally take time to thank them because they are volunteers caring about others and subjected to cold weather.

This is my second year of organizing Holiday Baskets for Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center. It is a group effort of Indianapolis Racquet Club juniors participating on teams or playing in my classes. We talk about how important caring and sharing is to make everyone experience the Season with the Reason.

Indianapolis has so many festive opportunities for families. Many performances at Beef and Boards are holiday-oriented including performances of The Christmas Carol. The Children’s Museum has expanded Jolly Days to include more fun and games. Christmas at the Zoo will feature new special Dolphin Shows. The Indianapolis Symphony is presenting its Yuletide Celebration with many new orchestrations. Plus, more trains have been added to Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum.

The Nutcracker Ballet has two offerings. The Butler Ballet production ends December 2nd. A very creative production of The Nutcracker Ballet will be held December 21-23 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. The Indianapolis School of Ballet will have several guest artists, but local ballet students will perform the majority of the roles. This unique presentation takes on an interesting setting: Artistic Director Victoria Lyras’ interpretation of the holiday classic starts with a festive Victorian gathering in scenic designer C. David Higgin’s replica of the Morris-Butler House parlor, a Historic Landmarks of Indiana museum house. This sounds like a very interesting production.

Best wishes to all of our Indy’s Child readers to enjoy the Season with Special Reasons with your family and friends and may the joys and blessings of the month of December warm your heart.