Cherish the Christmas season by giving back

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 10, 2016

Having your photo taken with Santa as a child is a memory many people cherish for the rest of their lives.

Whether you were afraid of Santa or not, chances are most people sat on Santa’s lap and told him what they wanted for Christmas.

However, for some, that luxury cannot be afforded every year during the holiday season, especially when there are so many other expenses during this time of year.

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One local business is working to help alleviate some of those problems for local families by allowing children to take home a professional photo of them with Santa, free of charge.

These are memories that children will be able to cherish for years to come, and providing this service allows them to experience the spirit of Christmas.

This is a commendable effort by a Pearl River County business to give back to the community it service.

Christmas is the season of giving and our local community seems to be more than fulfilling that challenge.

With food, toy and clothing drives all over the county, it’s impossible not to find an organization that strives to help those in need this time of year.

Giving back to the community doesn’t always have to be about signing a check or purchasing something at your own expense; it can also be about volunteering your time.

It’s important not to let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season detract from the true spirit of the season.

Remember to be thankful and joyful for one another, even in long grocery lines, frustrating traffic jams and extended family gatherings.

A moment of kindness or a small gesture to a stranger can go a long way to brighten up someone’s holiday season.

The magic of Christmas still seems to shine in Pearl River County through the generous hearts of its residents.