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Christmas spirit alive and well

It’s Christmas Eve and the spirit of Christmas is all around us.

In what has been a rough year for some, even by presidential election standards, a little holiday spirit can go a long way.

The spirit of the holiday has been evident in all the work of volunteers at events this season. The annual Cops and Kids shopping event provided 24 children in need with toys, clothing and other items, so they and their families will have a gift-filled Christmas. It also fostered a little goodwill as law enforcement officers shopped with children.

The spirit was definitely flowing on Sunday, Dec. 18, when 722 turkey dinners were served at Victory Lutheran Church’s annual Community Christmas Dinner.

Toys for Tots distributed toys, stocking stuffers, books and other items to children who otherwise may not have had anything under the tree this Christmas.

The Jamestown Salvation Army is hoping the giving spirit of Christmas will continue to flow from people as donations are down across North Dakota and Minnesota and in the region. The Red Kettle Campaign has brought in many donations, and bell ringers were out again today. Children and adults singing Christmas carols and other songs of the season have been heard in schools and churches throughout the season, helping to foster the holiday spirit.

People will gather with family and friends today and Sunday. The weather may not be good for traveling, so we hope people will take that into consideration when making decisions about where they will be celebrating the holiday.

People should also consider those who will be alone this Christmas due to a variety of circumstances. Sometimes a smile, or a nod “hello,” can make a difference.

Christmas is a time of hope, as people around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We hope your Christmas is a time of joy and hope. Merry Christmas.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.