By on December 19, 2012

As we count down the days until Christmas, many of us are also travelling great distances to connect with family members.
The holiday season is a time when families reconnect and spend precious time with one another. It’s a time of shared experiences and celebrating our families.
With so many people hitting the roads, airports and bus stations at the same time, it’s also a time of stress, crowds and confusion.
Add into the mix the nasty winter weather than can sometimes strike suddenly at this time of year, and you can have travel conditions that are not only stressful, but can even be dangerous.
Christmas and New Years are also times of celebration when alcohol is often consumed and sometimes to excess.
We hope that by now there is enough awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving that people will do the sensible thing and find alternative transportation. Unfortunately, however, there are always some who lack good judgment and take risks, sometimes with tragic results.
Add a few drunk drivers onto roads that are busier at this season, and often more slippery, and you have a dangerous mix.
We urge all our readers to be careful over the holidays and to take the extra time to arrive safely.
Our families and loved ones are very special to all of us and we want to cherish these moments.
Nerves can become frayed as family members come together and people fret about perfect presents, perfect dinners and a perfect Christmas.
When that happens, it’s time to take a deep breath, try to relax and just enjoy the moment.
Nothing is more important this holiday season than staying happy, healthy and safe.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or other religious or secular traditions, this should be a time of joy, to be thankful for everything we have.
From all of us at the Osoyoos Times, we wish every one of you a safe and happy holiday season and a happy and successful new year.

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