Event full of holiday tidings

On Friday, a little more than a week after the official kickoff of the holiday season, I found myself not quite in the Christmas spirit.

It’s not that I was being Grinch-like, it was simply because I hadn’t really taken the time to breathe following the busy time in the newsroom the week of Thanksgiving.

Saturday, though, I found my holiday spirit thanks to Judy Kunz Porter at the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

Shortly after arriving in Nashua, Porter asked me to be a judge in the Center’s 4th annual Gingerbread House Contest. Having volunteered at senior centers in the past and wanting to meet people in the community, I gladly and graciously accepted, marking the date on my calendar.

Walking across the parking lot Saturday morning – still not quite in the Christmas spirit – I had no idea what I was in store for. After making my entrance, I immediately was awe struck by the number of people in attendance and all the work Porter and her staff put in to make this fantastic day possible.

After a short time on the radio – WSMN 1590 – with Bob Bartis and Bob Bianchi, I began making my rounds, even meeting the big guy himself, Santa Claus.

Santa was kind enough to fill me in on a group on the “Nice List” – the Nashua Lions Club, who provided the food for the second straight year for the Breakfast with Santa portion of the day. Again, awe inspiring.

Nashua truly is fortunate to have the likes of Porter and the Nashua Lions Club – and many others – for their efforts to bring holiday cheer to the masses, which even includes me.

Thanks to Porter and Co., I conclude this column while listening to Christmas music and planning to decorate when I get home.

Editor in Chief Matthew Burdette can be reached by email at mburdette@nashuatelegraph.com and by telephone at 603-594-1240. Follow him on Twitter @Telegraph_MattB.