The magical part of this holiday season is the sincerity, concern and thankfulness that are expressed by folks. Although those are qualities that should be expressed year around, it is this time every year that people really take the time to think and act on those qualities.
Food pantries become full, folks help their neighbors shovel snow and people find ways to make the holidays memorable for those families that may not be able to afford extravagant meals and gifts.
Families come together to eat, pray and laugh. Children become excited for sledding, snowball fights and epic forts they plan to build. Smells of turkey, stuffing, peppermint and pumpkin pie evoke warm and comforting feelings, and the time for lights and decorations begin.
It is a time to be thankful for the things you have whether it is family and friends, the roof over your head, or even simply your good health.
Estherville and surrounding Emmet County is fortunate to have the kind of community where no resident goes hungry on Thanksgiving and no child goes without a gift on Christmas. It is the love and care created among the community that truly represents the holiday spirit and makes this area a special place to live.
Even those who do not have much to give still give and those who have families still take time on Thanksgiving and Christmas to visit those with no one.
In a world where there is greed and hate, area residents can be thankful that they live in a community where the love for each other outweighs any greed or hate that may exist.
As the holiday season begins, be sure to say thank you, hold the door for a stranger and take time to hug those people that mean the most to you.