This December marks both the end of a tumultuous year and the beginning of the holiday season. And as such, ‘tis the season to sow good will in the community, and while we’re at it, cultivate a holiday spirit in frankly dispiriting times.
Starting on page 1 you’ll find our annual guide to local shopping, which will help you to support the many local businesses that make Harvard such a great place to live—the businesses that supported our needs when they stayed open in the pandemic’s early days. Though this year’s holiday shopping experience must be a little different, you’ll see that area merchants have taken pains to offer the safest, most festive experiences possible. Many of these businesses are also Press advertisers, helping sustain the town’s independent paper and for whom we are grateful.
So please, peruse the guide and patronize our local shops. You stand to gain a bit of holiday cheer and some conveniently obtained luxuries or necessities. The bigger dividend, however, is paid to our community at large, where businesses can count on residents to sustain them, and vice versa.
Next week’s issue of the Press will list more than 30 organizations doing good work in the area—organizations that keep important town institutions and landscapes alive—that are worthy of charitable contributions.