The Greatest Gift of All

Christmas is my favorite time of year. As a child it was always magical, but I love Christmas more now than ever. The greatest gift the holiday season brings is the quality time I get to spend with family. In our December edition of SMTO, you will find many heartwarming reads that illustrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Not only will we celebrate the real meaning of Christmas, but we will bring you over 100 holiday events that will foster that quality time and build those forever memories. You will find all the needed information to attend Christmas parades, holiday performances, lights festivals, shows and holiday open houses. Take us with you and celebrate the holidays with those you love!

I want to take this opportunity again to remind all of you the importance of shopping local. Shopping local is the greatest gift you can give to our community. Shopping local supports our local small business owners, creates employment opportunities for the residents of our community and keeps revenue right here at home. In addition, when shopping local, you will find one-of-a-kind items and impeccable customer service. Scroll through the pages, see our dining guide and the Holiday Gift Guide. You will find over 30 locally owned restaurants and 50 locally owned businesses! In support of our locally owned businesses, take a picture shopping with the magazine at a store or restaurant found within our December issue and tag us on Facebook. This will enter you into our Holiday Shopping Giveaway. You can find more information on the details of the Holiday Shopping Giveaway on Facebook.

The gift of giving is the greatest gift of all. Show your Christmas spirit and pick up an extra gift to donate to a local charity or one of the organizations in our community that is collecting gifts for children. If you are unsure of the possibilities of donating to those in need, check our Facebook page. We will have a list of organizations that strive to bring as many smiles as possible to children on Christmas morning.   

In closing, the greatest gift of all is you, our readers! As we wrap up 2014, we are excited for what the New Year will bring. Tell us what you would like to see in our pages and in 2015. We are as dedicated as ever to serving our readers and bringing you what you want to see, read and follow all year long! 

Wishing you a joyous holiday season filled with the greatest gifts of all. Merry Christmas!

P. S. Congratulations to Debbi Pope from Carthage, Missouri! Debbi is the winner of our Holiday Scavenger Hunt and receives a prize package of a $1000 Shopping Spree from our local retailers. Thank you for reading and playing, Debbi. We hope you have a great shopping experience! Thank you to everyone who entered!





Show Me the Ozarks Magazine
P.O. Box 3325
Joplin, Missouri 64803


Lee Radcliff

Editor/ Publisher