By Chad Ingram
Published Nov. 22, 2018
With a host of yuletide festivities getting underway in the county, it would appear that the Christmas season is upon us.
From the lighting up of Minden last weekend, to the Santa Claus parades and Festival of Trees this upcoming weekend, the community is getting dressed up in green and red.
And white. Mother Nature has, uh . . . blessed us with an early, mid-November snowfall that seems to be taking up residency. Just really making itself at home. Not going anywhere any time soon. While the scenario may not be ideal to some of us, it does bring with it a certain Christmas-y feeling, one that may even be spurring residents to get to work on tackling their holiday shopping lists.
When doing your gift shopping this season, please remember to give some thought to local business owners. In an area that still has a largely seasonal economy, winter can be a lean time, and a little influx of Christmas cash could go a long way for some businesses. It may be true that the county does not have the kind of selection that allows all of us to do all of our Christmas shopping locally, but almost certainly there are some items on your list that can found within the county.
And while the shops of Bobcaygeon Road and Highland Street may be the first thing that comes to mind when we consider shopping locally, remember there are plenty of other businesses that provide plentiful gift-giving opportunities, too.
Perhaps this year, rather than things, you give your loved ones experiences; a day of dogsledding or ice climbing or ice fishing or skiing. Or gift certificates for local restaurants or accommodations.
Or maybe you visit one of the many artists’ studios throughout the Haliburton Highlands. Gifts of jewelry or pottery or art are great because of their uniqueness. Local art is also a fantastic gift idea if you want to give someone a gift that is representative of the Haliburton Highlands.
The benefits of shopping locally are well-documented. The money you spend stays in the community, it helps create and maintain jobs, and you are supporting your friends and neighbours.
If you prefer to give a gift that is a donation, there are numerous non-profit and charitable groups throughout the county that are always looking for help, particularly at this time of year.