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By Pam Stevens
Editor 

Holidays are a time when communities come together

 


I don’t know about all of you, but I love the Christmas season. For me, it’s not about the gifts, although I really do enjoy giving gifts to people I love, it’s about the ambiance that this time of year brings.

The music playing throughout stores and cars passing by and from every room of my house is probably the thing that gives me the most Christmas cheer.

While I really don’t enjoy the fact that it gets dark by 4:30 these days, I do love that the twinkling lights radiating from homes and businesses as I drive the darkened streets around town, help light the way.

The holiday spirit seems to fill the air bringing with it tremendous amounts of donations to help those in need, and to make sure that children all over our communities get the opportunity to enjoy a fun and exciting Christmas morning.

Even with the riots and protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Seattle and throughout the country in the past week, people seem to stop and appreciate all that they have at this time of year.

Just adding holiday flavors to coffee and hot chocolate gives us that something extra that only comes at this time of year.

Our communities offer so many fun and festive events to help us all get into that Christmas spirit.

Holiday parades, tree lightings, Santa touring neighborhoods, Christmas light tours and so much more can be found just outside of our doors and many of these events are free or low cost, giving families the opportunity to make lifelong memories.

For the next month, my wish is that we can each find something to be grateful for and that we will take every opportunity to help someone else. After all, Christmas isn’t about selfishness, it is all about selflessness.

Look for opportunities to give and teach your children the importance of serving and helping others. This is the perfect time of year for those important lessons.

Clean out your coat closets and give to local shelters, add blankets you no longer need, to that pile and even warm boots, gloves, hats and socks will help so many keep warm during the winter months.

Donate non-perishable food items or even money to local food banks and pick up a few extra toys while you’re out shopping to donate to toy drives.

I promise that if you take the time to appreciate all that Christmas brings with it, you will feel great and will also be able to help others enjoy a wonderful and warm holiday.

 

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