Enjoying the magic of Christmas

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 24, 2016

All around the world, children will go to sleep tonight with anxious dreams of the jolly St. Nick climbing down their chimneys and leaving presents under the tree.

This can be a magical day for many children and adults.

It’s a time for children to hear the classic tales like the Night Before Christmas, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer.

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But, it’s also a time for family, for spiritualism and celebrating the many blessings we’ve been given throughout the year.

There’s something about the Christmas spirit that makes others go out of their way to spread some extra joy to the world.

Whether you are gathering with friends or family at home, or traveling near and far, don’t forget to practice patience, humility and grace this holiday to ensure everyone has a magical

day with those they love.

Stories have filled our newsfeeds with kindness and the generosity of others.

But, what has the most impact during the holiday season are the small acts of kindness we can do for one another.

Helping the

family chef prepare a Christmas meal is a small way to reduce their stress, and ensure those growling stomachs are stuffed sooner rather than later.

The holidays are known for bountiful tables of food, but maybe you have a neighbor down the street who isn’t able to visit their family or doesn’t have enough to eat.

Stopping by with a warm plate of food or inviting them to join in your family’s celebration is a simple way to make someone’s day jolly and bright.

Bring cookies to your neighbors, make homemade crafts, play board games and enjoy the magical day with one another before it’s time to go back to work or school and prepare for the new year ahead of us.