Editorial: Keep it local this holiday season

It feels like fall flew by.

Maybe that was because of the hurricane that made most of us want to forget it.

Suddenly December is upon us, and visions of happier times ahead.

It’s a time for shopping for gifts, celebrating with friends and family. It’s a time for parties and dining out.

When you’re getting ready to indulge in some holiday cheer, keep it local.

That hurricane we’re all trying to forget isn’t quite so easy for Darien’s local businesses. Long-term power outages caused restaurants to lose inventory and many local Darien retailers to lose days or even over a week of business. In a struggling economy, a week of no power could very well mean the last straw.

With big box shops flanking us on either side of our borders, it is tempting, and sometimes more financially beneficial, to do our gift shopping in Stamford or in Norwalk.

Doing your dining locally means you’re much more likely to run into an old friend or a neighbor — what the holiday season is all about. And there are many businesses in Darien that offer special inventory or something different, or more personal, for your gift-giving that give them the advantage over warehouse shopping.

But this time of year, when we are often focused on giving, try to give your business to Darien. More than ever, your neighborhood shops and restaurants need your business this year. As a community, let’s try to fortify them with support this December.

There’s no telling what weather the rest of the winter might bring.

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