Holiday Helper

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By Walter Marks, IV

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”

-Janice Maeditere

It’s almost Christmas time. What are your plans? Are you excited? I realize as time goes on that Christmas never gets old but, I am getting older. Old enough to know the truth about old St. Nick but, I still share in the excitement of the holiday’s nonetheless. So, this year, I’ve decided to do my part in helping along with Holiday cheer.

I started by saving my school money for the month. So that I can buy everyone in my household a gift from the dollar store. Remember it’s the thought that counts, I told my Mom that I am going to bake cookies and two cakes she agreed to assist me if needed, which it will be. I told my step dad I want to help him hand the lights and wrap the trees in the front yard. Sometimes effort is more than money, because memories can last longer than a dollar.

This Christmas get involved with your family and the community, it’s smallest things can have the biggest impact. If there is an older person on your street, take them some of the cookies you bake, clean out your closet and donate old clothes and toys if you still have them.

Help your local church with Christmas program. For an example, you can fill candy bags or help with the production of the Nativity scene. My family and I feed the homeless and pass out blankets, socks and other small things. Even though this is a larger scale of helping-the point is to get involved in spreading holiday cheer and showing compassion for one another. You can make a play list of all the best Christmas music to be played for Christmas morning as you and your family celebrate the holiday. You would be pleasantly surprised to see how much MUSIC MATTERS during the holiday season. I can feel Christmas in the air when I hear the temptations croon, “Silent Night.

You can also commit to conduction all the cinematic needs by being the family videographer and taking pictures and videos of your