Advance View: Keep it fun all the way home

For a lot of folks the “festive season” unofficially gets officially underway at the same time as the month of December.

Sure, there are Christmas lights already lighting up some homes and even a few whole neighbourhoods – and lots of stores and shops have had their decorations and commercial enticements up for a couple or more weeks.

But you’re likely to see an upswing in light-stringing activity this weekend as the bulk of homeowners get ready to throw the switch next week.

And just as the celebratory Santas and reindeers and Frosty snowmen light up the roofs and lawns to lift spirits throughout the community, celebrations of other sorts get spirits flowing in other ways.

This is also the party season, as business co-workers and families and friends join in celebration of the joy and goodwill that herald the approach of Christmas Day.

It’s the season of raised spirits… and of raised glasses.

It’s really hard to get full enjoyment of  the Christmas season in the back seat of a police cruiser… or during a ride to hospital in an ambulance… or in the coroner’s wagon.

If you like to imbibe a bit of alcohol this Christmas season – as many folks do – keep it in the responsible zone. If you’re partying with friends, make sure there’s someone to hang on to the car keys – someone who isn’t drinking, or someone who will arrange for a taxi or an Operation Red Nose driver or some alternative way to get home. Maybe there’s a bus route available? Yes, we know this is Langley, and that option might be a bit scarce… but if you’re lucky, it might be one more route to choose.

If you’re hosting a party, keep in mind that you could be held responsible if a drunken guest runs into trouble on the way home. Withholding keys, or providing a cot in a back room might save everyone a lot of grief.

The main thing is to keep the good times rolling, all the way past the ride home.

– B.G.

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