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Christmas Eve morning saw Groundswell volunteers wrapping poinsettias for delivery to senior’s homes and valley churches to add beauty to their holiday. 

The David Thompson EI students’ sparkling stars on the hill have stopped shining as the garden prepares to go back to sleep until spring. 

Main Street fun and games were presented with the ‘Favourite Tree Award’ by Edson Martins, store manager of Home Hardware. 

The Paul Mondragon tree sculpture will be as treasured as Main Street’s dragon that they decorated their tree with. Be sure to drop into their store for a close up look and a word of congratulations.

Four Points Books was a close second with a classic blue and white theme pointing us in the direction of a better future by growing ourselves through our reading, and Mrs. Armitage’s JA Laird class was a big hit with Gramma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.  

The trees were voted on by attendees over the four nights of Groundswell’s first annual Garden of Lights. 

Whether adding their wish for 2024 on the ‘Wishing Tree’, warming by the fire with friends, or indulging in carol singing along with Bryant Olender and Valley Voices, the community celebrated the blessings of this valley as they contributed to the growing movement for food sustainability with Groundswell Community Greenhouse and Gardens and all their partners. We are working together to ensure that everyone who lives here goes to bed with a full, well-nourished tummy. 

The Grinch waves goodbye as he retreats to his mountain top to plan his return to upset your holiday in 2024. Hi Jinx creative designer Arly Franson has already started to dream of sugarplums.

Ring in your new year by contacting us as a potential sponsor or volunteer for next year and make this valley even brighter. 

Visit us at Groundswell later in January. Watch with your own eyes the miracle of crisp lettuce, healthy kale, and new tomatoes sprouting under the leadership and green thumb of Marion Andrus, Groundswell manager Stephanie Stevens, and all the volunteers of Groundswell. Check out www.groundswellnetwork.ca/events.