By Lethbridge Herald on December 9, 2023.
AT THE LEGISLATURE
Nathan Neudorf – UCP MLA for Lethbridge East
As the festive season unfolds, I extend heartfelt greetings to the wonderfully diverse community of Lethbridge. In this season of celebration, we come together to honor the traditions that weave the fabric of our unique cultural tapestry.
From saying “Merry Christmas” to marking the end of Ramadan with “Eid Mubarak,” from the festival of lights during Diwali to the illumination of the menorah during Hanukkah, our community reflects a beautiful kaleidoscope of beliefs and traditions.
Each celebration brings its own rhythm to the symphony of our shared experiences, reminding us of the richness that diversity brings to our lives.
In Lethbridge, our strength lies in the rich variety of backgrounds, traditions, and celebrations that make us unique.
As we gather with friends and family, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of our differences and the shared joy that transpires when coming together with loved ones.
The warmth of the season goes beyond cultural celebrations. It’s about creating connections, building bridges, and embracing the spirit of goodwill that unites us all.
I take immense pride in our city, which boasts over 100 different languages spoken. It’s this diversity that makes our community truly shine when we come together in celebration.
Reflecting on this special season, I’d like to share one of my family’s cherished traditions.
Every Christmas Eve, my wife, children, and I have a sleepover in the family room by the Christmas tree.
What started as a fun and spontaneous idea with the kids when they were little quickly became an annual tradition that sparked excitement in our children and joy for us as parents. The twinkling lights, the scent of evergreen, and the anticipation of Santa’s visit create a magical atmosphere that transports us back to the enchantment of childhood.
As we huddle together, sharing stories and laughter, it’s a poignant reminder that the most precious moments of the holiday season are the ones we create with our loved ones.
This tradition has become a treasured thread in the fabric of our family’s holiday memories, weaving joy and warmth into the tapestry of our lives.
As we celebrate the holidays, I encourage each community member to take a moment and reflect on their own family traditions.
Whether it’s a longstanding ritual or a unique celebration, these moments create the heartwarming stories we share together.
Regardless of the holiday you observe, may your homes be filled with joy, love, and peace.
As we look ahead to 2024, I look forward to continued collaboration with our diverse communities, working hand in hand to make Lethbridge an even better and brighter place for all.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year!