The holidays are upon us once again. With a late Thanksgiving, there aren’t many weekends before Christmas and the New Year arrive. I find myself wondering when and how I will get everything done on time.
I could take a few tips from Chad and Angie Koosman and Steve and Michelle Gralish. The outdoor decorating I do pales in comparison to the work these two couples put in year-round to spread a little holiday cheer — all for a good cause.
Both holiday displays benefit area charities, providing cash and toy donations for Toys for Tots and ultimately The Salvation Army Toy Shop campaign. What a fun way for people to celebrate the holidays, visiting these great displays while helping their neighbors at the same time.
Here at the West Central Tribune, we also have a charitable campaign — Warm the Children — that we organize during the holiday season. We are in our 20th year of helping provide warm winter clothing for area children. I was fortunate to have played a large role in helping get the program started, and I still coordinate those efforts today. While at times it can seem like a lot of work — and it is — it is all worthwhile when you see the joy on a child’s face when they get to pick out a new winter jacket or snowpants and maybe a new outfit for school.
That is the same joy, I’m sure, that the Koosmans and Gralishes experience as they watch the children, young and old alike because there is still a bit of “child” in all of us, delight in the lights of the season, knowing they are helping those in need at the same time.
In her “Life Happens” column, Cloey reminds us that gift giving is a healing process all throughout the year. There are many simple ways we can give of ourselves to brighten another person’s day immensely.
Also inside, Kayla gives us style tips to be fashionable, without sacrifcing warmth, throughout the long and blustery Minnesota winter, and Samantha suggests some good reads to get us through those cold winter nights. Anne reminds us not to forget our furry friends at Christmas, and Ron reminds us of the magical mystery of the season. Cheers to you!
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From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2014.
The holiday season in west central Minnesota …
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