Time to get the holiday spirit into your community
If we’re being honest, we’re probably all a little guilty of not fully embracing the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season like we used to. As we grow older, our work commitments or studies and our family life can be time consuming. Time stands still for nobody.
Here in my apartment complex I know my immediate neighbours, but I don’t know who lives on the levels above and below me. Sure, we smile and exchange courteous greetings at the lift, letterbox and taking puppy out for a walk, but that’s about it.
This year I’m determined to do things differently. The silly season is approaching quickly and yes, work and family commitments are still very much hectic, but I’m going to make the time to be festive, not only in my home but also in my home community.
There’s a meme I saw on social media that will always resonate with me:
Be kind. Always. For everyone is fighting some kind a battle that you know nothing about.
Everybody deserves the opportunity to feel special, and that includes at Christmas time. Restoring the holiday spirit around my home may just help in more ways than you know.
Help to create harmony with your community
It doesn’t need to be a huge affair, so why not arrange with your neighbours to meet on common property for a few hours to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season?
BYO deck chair and beverages but take a plate of nibbles for all to share.
It’s not uncommon for strata communities to have a social get together every now and then. It helps to create a genuine communal atmosphere and helps you to meet other neighbours.
In fact, some owners corporations contribute towards the nibbles so before you throw away your shopping receipts, check with your committee about possible reimbursement.
But the past 18 months have been trying, and restrictions have meant we weren’t able to do this like we had in the past.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…
The planning won’t happen by itself and it will take some initiative from some owners to organise the social gathering. But it won’t be difficult to do.
Even if it’s just a few owners that show up the first time, quantity doesn’t matter. If you meet just one more neighbour you didn’t know you had, then surely it’s a worthwhile community event.
Anyway, it’s quality that matters, not quantity. And you never know… you may just need help one day and wouldn’t it be nice to know that you’ve got friends as neighbours living all around you to help you.
From all of us to you… have yourself a very merry Christmas and enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones, friends and don’t forget your neighbours.