Dearest readers: the snow has started to fall, certain local
radio stations have switched over to 24-hour holiday music and I can’t enter a
grocery store anymore without catching the scent of cinnamon in the air.
It’s official: the end-of-the-year holiday season has begun.
And not a moment too soon! This year has been a long one, and
I, for one, am definitely looking forward to some holiday cheer in my immediate
future, starting with Thanksgiving this coming Thursday. I’ll be spending some
quality time with my brother and sisters and their families and cooking up some
delicious Southern-style Thanksgiving dishes.
Many of you already know how much I love to cook (and some of
you may have even had a chance to sample some of my recipes at a QBBBQ this semester), so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that I love a good holiday
meal. However, Thanksgiving would still be one of my favorite holidays even
without the incomparable food.
Thanksgiving is a holiday whose very name encourages us to take
a moment and give thanks for all of life’s blessings. It is an opportunity to
reflect on our own respective bounties, our family and friends, our
achievements and the fruits of our hard work and to feel gratitude for the love
and good fortune in our lives.
However, I believe that this time of self-reflection is at
its most powerful when it inspires us to look beyond ourselves and outward to
those in our community who are less fortunate and to whom this year has not
been kind. I urge you this holiday season not only to count your own blessings,
but also to share what you can—be it love, time or resources—with your
neighbors whenever you are able.
That, to me, is the true spirit of Thanksgiving and of the
holidays to come.
Before we finish up here, I’d like to take just a moment to
congratulate again each and every one of the 50 Distinguished CCAC Alumni who
were honored at our 50th Anniversary Gala this past Saturday,
November 19. It was a special and entertaining evening, and the funds raised at
this year’s event will go towards our goal of endowing 50 new scholarships for
CCAC students in honor of our 50th anniversary.
You can apply for a variety of CCAC scholarships for the
spring semester (starting January 17 and 30—enroll today!) by filling out just
one application in the STARS scholarship portal—just in case you needed a good
excuse to duck out of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year…
On behalf of myself and CCAC, I wish you all a fun, festive
and fulfilling holiday season. Enjoy your break, good luck with your final
exams and mark your calendars for another Bullock’s Blog post in January 2017!What
are your fun holiday plans? Tweet at me @QBpresCCAC with your holiday stories
and photos, and I will retweet my favorites!