Posts tagged Christmas
Health Unit Offers Top 10 Ways to Help People Cope with Holiday Stress

Press Release submitted by Bill Eekhof

Happy holidays? Some area residents may find that is far from the case.

Hectic schedules, plenty of demands, and oversized expectations that come with the holiday season can lead to feelings of stress and depression among some people. “There are many demands put on people at this time of year, including holiday parties, gift buying, family get-togethers, overexcited children, extra meal planning, and financial concerns,” says Marisa Curran, a Public Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “All of these added pressures can lead to frayed nerves, short fuses, damaged relationships and depression which has an impact on people’s health.”

Curran offers some practical steps to help area residents cope or reduce holiday stress and depression. “Trying to reduce stress before it takes an emotional toll can pay off,” she notes, “and you might find you start to enjoy the holidays.” To reduce stress, the Health Unit suggests the following:

• Show your feelings. If someone close to you has recently passed away or you’re unable to be with family over the holidays, realize it’s OK to show, and share, your grief and emotions.

• Reach out to others, especially if you are feeling lonely or isolated. Seeking out community or social events can offer support and companionship. Volunteering to help others can also lift your spirits and make you feel more connected.

• Be realistic about the holidays. Change your expectations about the festive season; it doesn’t have to be perfect. As family dynamics change, holiday traditions and rituals will too. Hold on to a few traditions and be open to new ones.

• Set aside differences with family and friends. Accept others as they are. If possible, set aside grievances until there is a more appropriate time to discuss. If necessary, limit time spent socializing with loved ones if these situations make you feel anxious or angry.

• Stick to a budget. Deciding how much you can afford to pay for gifts will reduce the financial strain – and related stress and anxiety – on your family. Happiness can’t be bought with gifts, so show your love in creative ways. Consider gifts of time, such as spending a day with a loved one or teaching a child a new hobby or skill.

• Plan for success. Set aside specific days to shop, bake, decorate, visit or do other activities. Plan meals in advance and line up what you’ll need to buy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help to prepare for or clean up from parties and meals.

• Learn to say no. Agreeing to take part in a project or activity for which you have no time can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Set realistic expectations for what you can do over the holidays. Seek balance and try not to overdo it.

• Make time for the people who matter most in your life. Rather than rushing around, take a break by planning outdoor winter activities with your children or plan a date night with your partner.

• Don’t abandon your health. Eat healthy; you can still enjoy a holiday treat, while keeping in mind portion control. Get enough sleep and try to be active every day. Make time for yourself to recharge from the holiday bustle, such as taking a walk, listening to music or reading a book.

• Seek professional help if required. Despite your best efforts, you may still feel sad, anxious, stressed or unable to cope. If these feelings persist, speak to your health care provider or a mental health professional. Locally, the Canadian Mental Health Association ( provides a free, 24/7 professional crisis support line at 1-866-995-9933.

Letter from the Editor

Happy Holidays from the Town Crier Team!

Hopefully you have enjoyed the evolution of our little community newsletter over 2018 - we have increased our frequency to weekly newsletters, given the whole thing a facelift, and our subscriber list continues to grow steadily.

We'd love to hear from you in 2019! You always have the option to share an event, photo, or story idea with us for a chance to be featured in the newsletter, and a chance to win one of our monthly contests. Check out the questionnaire in this week's edition to give us some reader feedback and be entered in this month's contest.

For the holidays the Town Crier newsletter will be on a brief hiatus to let our batteries recharge. We will be back in your inbox on Thursday, January 3rd, but until then we will do our best to keep the events calendar on the website updated with information sent to

Warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season, see you in the new year!

Dana Deathe

aka The Book Lady

aka Town Crier Editor-in-Chief

Featured Event - Santa is Coming to Town!

Guess what? Santa is coming to town for one last weekend! Bring your own camera and get a free photo with Santa. Last week Santa took photos with 40 kids, 10 dogs, and 20 lucky adults.

Santa will be visiting Fenelon Falls on Saturday, December 15th, from 10 am to 12 pm and 12:30 pm to 4 pm both dates. You’ll find him at Slices N Scoops, which is located at 10 Water Street. Donations are welcome and are being accepted in the form of a new toy for children helped through Women's Resources. Santa hopes to see you soon!

Christmas Programs with Fenelon Falls Association of Churches

Submitted by Ruth Anne Matthews

Fenelon Falls United Church

  • December 17 – Quiet Service – 7:00 p.m.

  • Christmas Eve – 7:00 p.m.

Immanuel Baptist Church

  • Christmas Eve – 7:00 p.m.

Salvation Army

  • Christmas Eve – 6:00 p.m.

Shiloh Christian Centre

  • FREE New Year’s Eve community event at Fenelon Falls Community Centre - 7:00 p.m. until midnight

St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church

  • Christmas Eve Mass – 4:00 p.m. and 10 p.m.

  • Christmas Day Mass – 11:00 a.m.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 7:00 p.m.

St. James Anglican Church

  • December 23 - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - 11:00 am

  • December 24 - Nativity play with live animals - 4:00 pm

  • December 24 - Candlelight Eucharist - 10:00 pm

Trentside Baptist Church

  • December 15 – Trentside Family Christmas – 6:30 p.m.

  • Christmas Eve – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Have a Holly Jolly...

Submitted by Marina Hodson

While some may call this the best time of the year, others among us may be fretting about the number of things left to do before the big day.

We all know the perils the season brings to our waistline, what we may lose sight of is that it can also threaten our overall well being at times.  So how can you protect yourself and ensure you will be healthy and happy to enjoy this special time with special people?

  1. Continue to exercise and be active. It is easy to let your exercise routine be the first thing to fall off your ever lengthening to do list, but not only will that disrupt your routine and make it harder to get back to exercising in the new year – exercise will give you the energy and stamina to face those other Christmas chores!

  2.  Protect yourself against colds and flu. Whether in the mall, at the office lunch or just meeting up with friends, this busy social time of year leaves us exposed to contagions.  So if you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to get your flu shot and remember the best protection is good hand washing.

  3. Take time for yourself. While this is the season to think of others, running yourself ragged will not benefit anyone. Remember that it should be about being with loved ones and nobody will notice whether you remembered to dust the top of the fridge before they arrived.

So look after yourself as we move into this very special time of year.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT