Christmas is never a quiet time of year in the newsroom as we get a plethora of emails about different events.
From coffee mornings to soup and sandwich events there is always something going on in Kincardine and Mearns. All you need to do is have a look at our What’s on Where page and you’ll see what I mean with the amount of events happening across our patch.
I don’t care what supermarkets do, the Christmas Countdown doesn’t start until we enter December in my mind. I’ll let the Christmas Parade in Stonehaven off as they were the weekend before December.
I’ve yet to decide whether the Mearns Leader office will make a Christmas video this year. With my colleague Rachel Campbell off on maternity leave and former Editor Mike Rankin heading up our Angus division it feels slightly redundant to do one without them.
I do have new colleagues in the Aberdeenshire Division who are up for poking some fun at themselves like in our seagull video. I might see about roping them in for some Christmas capers.
If you don’t remember last years video or have decided to wipe it from your memory (I don’t blame you) you can still find it online by searching ‘Mearns Leader Christmas Video’.
I’m sure I’ll be sharing it soon enough as a throwback Thursday. For those who took part last year this is your official warning that it might creep up again.
Last years video can be described in one work for me. ‘Fun’.
I gave the twelve days of Christmas a Kincardine and Mearns twist and included lines like; eight swimming fireballs and four land train stops.
Each line was sung by a different group all across Kincardine and Mearns, meaning I pulled in every favour imaginable.
I’m not quite sure I could repeat the video to the same ‘charmingly amateurish’ standard that people loved last year. I am still asked about the last scene where I was outside the outdoor pool wearing m&m boxers and armbands. I’m happy to take suggestions from the community on how I can make myself look like an idiot this year.
We’ve had talks in the office, but nothing substantial or repeatable in any column. As well as looking forward to the 25th, I can turn my attention to Hogmanay and the bigger problem in solving coverage for the two big events in Stonehaven.
Managing time is a big part of this job with deadlines apparently appearing out of nowhere.
Dividing my time between the brilliant Stonehaven Fireballs and the always fun Open Air in the Square causes some major headaches in the newsroom.
We’ve managed in the past and I’ve no doubt we’ll manage again. Last year I even managed to swing by the Hogmanay Ceilidh in the town hall.
We are definitely spoilt for choice in our neck of the woods when it comes to the new year.
This year our Christmas edition will be out a day early on Wednesday, December 23, while our Hogmanay edition will be out December 30. If you have an event coming up or a suggestion for a Christmas video, e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org