Now that Thanksgiving is over, we are all looking toward the upcoming holiday season, buying gifts and preparing for family. Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays – I’m a sucker for snacks, cookies and gifts. What I’m most excited for this season is to celebrate here in St. James.
One of the great things about being a reporter for a newspaper is that you get to attend all of the events that take place throughout town. Since I started here I have been to all city council meetings, county board meetings, most luncheons and bazaars, the opening of new buildings and the deconstruction of old ones – and now I get to be a part of the holiday festival tradition that has just started here in St. James.
Where I’m from, the only thing there really is to do in the winter is complain about the cold. It’s nice to be in a town that makes such a great effort to provide some entertainment for the community.
This winter we can look forward to holidazzle parades, the lighting of Christmas trees, a light display in Mankato’s Sibley Park, snow runs and ice fishing. With so many fun things going on, there is really only one things I can think of missing from St. James winters. Really, it’s the same thing that’s missing all year round – activities for all of us young adults.
Aside from running at Anytime Fitness for an hour every day, there really isn’t much to do for someone like me, if you want to let off a little steam after work or are just used to an active lifestyle.
In Glenwood, finding things to do and sports leagues was easy – mostly because I was always involved at the high school. I have either been coaching, mentoring or playing sports my entire life. But now activities seem few and far between. I’ve heard of pick up volleyball on Wednesdays and rumors of after school basketball – but I’d love to see a community rec league aimed at people my age. Those twenty somethings. I know there must be some twenty somethings here in St. James besides myself. I’ve seen a few, from a distance.
Anyway, thanks for being so welcoming St. James. You’ve made being a part of your community very easy. If anyone wants to get the ball rolling and start some rec leagues – or if you know of any that are already in town – let me know! I’m looking forward to spending the holidays in St. James and all of the fun community events coming up.