Across the nation this Christmas morning, sweater-clad families gather
in front of roaring fires to unwrap gifts from their kith and kin.
Outside, the snow drifts pile high on the sidewalks. If they’re taking
the family car to Christmas dinner, they must first shovel the driveway.
Despite the official onset of winter always just a few days before
Santa swoops down from the North Pole, we in Burbank have to try a little
bit harder to capture the same spirit.
With the temperature expected to reach the mid-70s, many will probably
be dressed in shorts and sleeveless shirts today. Instead of the ambient
glow of a flickering fire, we’re almost as likely to hear the hum of an
air conditioner. A glance out the window reveals an indigo sky, with nary
a snowflake in sight. Instead, the tree may be adorned with snippets of
white crepe paper, the inside of the window pane decked with
self-adhesive, ersatz snowflakes.
But who among us would change a whit of it?
As the old saw goes, the “snow” in Southern California is a lot easier
On this peaceful day we share with our significant others, our
enviable weather is just one of the gifts we don’t have to unwrap. We
can’t even count all our blessings.
We live in a vibrant, safe community, with amenities second to none.
Our civic and cultural lives are a rich smorgasbord of opportunities,
featuring a menu so diverse there’s something for everyone. Offerings
range from symphonies to a skate board park, The Starlight Bowl to the
Gordon Howard Museum, the Tonight Show and Burbank on Parade. The sublime
to the silly and everything in between.
As we gather this Christmas Day and joyously feast our senses on the
treasures revealed when the gift-wrap is torn away, spare a thought for
the less tangible but not-less-significant presents bestowed on us almost
every day by our happy circumstances. Renew your commitment to do your
best to ensure the spirit of Christmas lives and flourishes in Burbank
throughout the year. It’s the best way to say thanks for our special