As John Lennon said in his song, “So this is Christmas.” Our cover welcomes the holiday by capturing the spirit of the season with Santa Claus himself. The photo was taken inside Kringles Christmas Shop in Branson, Missouri. From the time you walk into this locally owned store, you are transformed and captivated by the magic; even the Grinch’s heart would grow too big for his chest.
The true meaning of the season is our mission for our December 2013 edition. We want to remind you of the community behind the holiday; the importance of supporting locally owned businesses; provide you with all the details of where to go and what to do to celebrate the sentiment with family and friends; and bring you the most informative and inspiring reads to set the tone for the giving season. After all, it is always important to remember that it is better to give than receive.
We have been provided many great opportunities over the years, but the ones we always hold most dear are when we have the privilege of being part of an organization or benefit to support those in need. Keep Santa Claus alive and always among us by volunteering your time or resources to help every child and/or adult have the best holiday possible. Send us your stories, the services you are providing or how you are making a difference and we will highlight you as a Christmas Elf on our Facebook page. If you are too humble to receive the attention for your giving heart, send us a short write-up (less than 100 words) of your family member, friend or community member who deserves recognition. We want to spread the contagious spirit of love and compassion by highlighting those who shine so brightly that their light cannot help but touch all those around them!
In this edition, we feature McDonald County and spotlight two young people who are not only driven to succeed, but are also dedicated to impacting the lives of others.
Our Holiday Wish Lists provide you with gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list. We hope to inspire you with favorite Christmas memories shared by local celebrities and continue to share places to go, ways to celebrate and tips for decorating for the Christmas holiday.
The joy on a child’s face when he or she sees Christmas lights draped from houses; the family traditions of baking cookies to leave for Santa Claus; and the city parades lined with children and adults full of excitement and anticipation are only some of the reasons that I love Christmas. I could not summarize all that this season brings to me, but I do know that I am so happy to be able to share the holiday with each of you.
It is my wish that as our magazine finds its way into your hands, the Christmas spirit will be placed in your heart. Christmas brings out the best in all of us!
Merry Christmas from a very grateful editor,
PS: Congratulations to Phyllis Dolence from Webb City, Missouri. Phyllis is the winner of our Holiday Scavenger Hunt and receives a prize package that consists of a $1,000 shopping spree from our local retailers! Phyllis, thank you for reading and playing, and we hope you have a great experience. Also, thank you to all who entered. Watch for our Holiday Scavenger Hunt again next year!