from the executive editor
“The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.” – THOMAS S. MONSON
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S NOVEMBER ALREADY? This year is going way too fast. It’s the start of another holiday season as evidenced by the incredible holiday lights and decorations that seem to surface overnight all over town. It doesn’t matter if you’re not ready. You need to get there. Beyond the shopping, the gifts and the stress of the season that we put upon ourselves, for me, this season more than ever should be a time to reflect on everything we are thankful for. Here are just of few of my reflections.
I am thankful… • We dodged a potentially devastating bullet with Hurricane Irma unlike the destruction experienced by our friends in other parts of our great state and especially in Puerto Rico; • For the love of my family and my friends who put up with me; • For being blessed to have the opportunity to publish Sarasota Scene; for our many readers and advertisers; for being able to work with wonderful people issue after issue; and, to have a platform to showcase the giving people of our town as well as our local, hard-working business owners who invest so much in our community; • To have good health and prosperity; • To live in a community that values its people, culture and heritage, and supports important initiatives for the good of all.
DID YOU KNOW these festive Christmas facts? • According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington. • The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty. • Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870. • It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide. • There are approximately 21,000 Christmas tree farms in the United States. In 2008, nearly 45 million Christmas trees were planted, adding to the existing 400 million trees. • Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone. FACTRETRIEVER.COM
NOVEMBER 2017 | SARASOTA SCENE
Get ready to gather around the holiday table and enjoy the November issue of Sarasota Scene!