oyou geek out overthe holidays? Don’tbe ashamed. I do it,too! How can you not beexcited? It’s time forsparkling holiday lights,Christmas music andhome-baked chocolatechip cookies and gingersnaps. We hope you’ll see thissame excitable holiday spirit reflected in thepages of this month’s View. We’re featuring Bushnell Gardens Nurs-ery, Home & GardenShop, a Granite Bay insti-tution that comes aliveduring the holiday sea-son (see page 4). We’ve also included alist of ideas for buying giftslocally. Not only can youfind one-of-a-kind, high-quality presents for yourbeloved in Granite Bay, your money is feeding back into the local econo-my, supporting small busi-nesses owned by some of our very own neighborsand friends (see page 10). Iusually purchase hand-made soaps and othergoodies available at localcraft fairs. Each year, I buy my parents tickets to aSacramento Kings game.I’m glad I have that chanceonce again.But, as we all know evenif we sometimes forget:The holiday season ismuch more than shop-ping. It’s about sharing love and traditions, andspending time with family. And eating lots of home-baked chocolate chipcookies and ginger snaps!For many people, theholidays also encourageus to consider all we’rethankful for; and that listis long for me this year.I’m grateful to still work in journalism — my dreamcareer since childhood —despite the industry’shard times. Unfortunate-ly, many of my graduateschool classmates andformer colleagues haveleft journalism for higher-paying and more secure jobs. I can’t help but think society loses each time aprofessional journalistbids farewell.So, I’m thankful for you,the reader, who appreci-ates the View and givesadvertisers a reason tokeep marketing their busi-nesses in our pages, whichkeeps us financially afloatand allows us to continuetelling the stories we hopeinform, inspire and con-nect our community.
Bushnell Gardens Nurserytransforms into winter wonderland.
Wrap It Up
Shop for luxury gifts locally.
Sound Of Music
Placer Pops Chorale performs holidayconcerts.
ON THE COVER:
Shelby Bushnell inside Bushnell GardensNursery in Granite Bay.
COVER PHOTO • KIM PALAFERRI
Goodbye To Addiction
Granite Bay man leaves behind lifeof drugs.
Saving Gentle Giants
Great Dane Rescue finds lovable dogsforever homes.
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