Our Readers Share – Rick & Jeanine Fassl: Sharing Our Holiday Vision

Jeanine Fassl with her granddaughter Cadyanna

Readers share their vision.

The next few weeks are generally the most vibrant of the year. People look forward to gathering with family and friends near and far, shopping for just that right gift for that very special person and decorating the home and yard to dispel the fact that it gets dark by 5 p.m. now.

Although 2020 will be a year the history books will include for both its traumas and tribulations on a number of levels, the COVID-19 virus, in particular, has been the cause of an entire change of life for all of us. One of the “silver linings” to the COVID cloud has been the resurgence of the limitless creativity of our friends and neighbors in “working around” the changes in how we celebrate special events. You have seen them, we’re sure, that early “Heart Hunt” which had lots of our neighbors putting up wonderfully creative displays of hearts to let the community know we were all in this pandemic together; drive by birthday parties for young and old; classic vehicle parades to cheer up folks dutifully adhering to the “safer at home” requests; honoring special folks for going over and above for their neighbors.

Now, we’d like to ask the entire community to muster up their best creative ideas to decorate their homes and yards so that, despite the cancellation of several of our traditional celebrations, families would still be able to get in their cars and do a “neighborhood holiday road trip” to see lights, trees and displays that help us warm our hearts and once again bring smiles to faces we haven’t been able to see for a while. It will be a safe way for the community to share their Season’s Greeting. Perhaps there would be enough interest that reports could be filed with the Banner as to which streets should NOT BE MISSED! Or maybe folks can send in photos to the Banner so those who are unable to get out of their home can see what joy their neighbors are sharing.

A valuable local resource for picking up affordable decorations would be the Thrift Shoppe, 123 S. Church St. Per their Facebook page, “Give a call for your appointment. (262)473-3138 Wednesday & Friday 1-4 p.m. Saturday 10-2 p.m.”

We’ve already noticed folks who have taken advantage of the great weather we had earlier this month to put up their holiday decorations. Let’s continue to do that and turn those lights on right after Thanksgiving!

We wish you a very blessed holiday season!

Rick and Jeanine Fassl

Our thanks to Rick and Jeanine Fassl for submitting these encouraging suggestions.

— Our Readers Share: We hope that you might have something that you’d be willing to share.  Anything that’s been created by someone else should, of course, be credited, and you should ask their permission if you’re able. We cannot post copyrighted material without permission. We can’t guarantee that we’ll have space for all submissions, and contributions will be subject to editorial board approval. The one definite exclusion is anything politically oriented. We will assume that you’re willing for us to include your name as the submitter unless you indicate that you prefer to remain anonymous. Send to whitewaterbanner@gmail.com or click on “submit a story” near the top right of our homepage.  Thanks for thinking about this!

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