Susan Dromey-Heeter's Budget Vogue: Joy on parade today in Dover
'Tis the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, which, with Black Friday now behind us, marks the true beginning of the season of joy. Sure, you're reading "Budget Vogue," but is that enough joy for the day? If you're like me, you'll want more: more fun, more pleasure, more joy.
I'm partial to today's Dover Holiday Parade because, well, I'll be marching alongside my cherubs from St. Mary Academy's Student Council and because I love the parade's theme: "A Christmas Wish."
And what is our Christmas wish? That no one gets gored or gashed by the bull. And that we all leave Central Avenue with feelings of joy and fun and the spirit of love that is this holiday season. And that we bring some happiness and laughter to our little town.
So, as we're inundated with ads assuring us that the only joy we'll find this season is in a new tablet, smartphone or toy, let's remember that simple cup of cocoa, that happy place that is a parade, that enthusiasm captured by a community of people, old and young, rich and poor, crazy and sane, all out for the same goals: to partake in the joy, to avoid getting gored by a bull, to cheer on an 11-year-old Santador.
Susan Dromey-Heeter's Budget Vogue column is published the first week of every month in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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