I must admit, a big tree surrounded with presents is a lovely sight during the holiday season. However, the biggest gift of all is the gift of presence, instead of presents. We may be old fashioned at our home, but we believe in dinner around the table every night with no screens of any type allowed during meal time. Every night, we say our goodnights before tucking into bed. Dinner and around bed time is for us, as a family, to enjoy one another, find out about each other’s days and talk about things we plan to do. It is a time to which we all look forward. Over the years, we have learned an important, yet easy life lesson that presence lasts longer, means more and binds a family tighter than any present ever will. It never gets too small or boring, and never wears out or breaks. The best thing about presence is that it is always affordable and available for any family at any time. During the holidays, we wish for all of our readers, more presence!
In this issue, we have highlighted several of the area’s organizations and businesses that are making a difference in our community. There are so many ways to get involved in the 380 Corridor. We hope you take the time to get to know more about the local organizations and to find one meaningful to you and your family to support and with which to grow. Once again, we would like to thank our readers for the contributions for our You Can Take it With You section. It is always one of our favorite parts of the magazine. It is like a little gift every time we open an email with a travel photo attached. Our website www.380News.com has been a continued success, offering up-to-date information between our publications. As planned it has allowed us to keep readers updated and provide a huge database with archives of past articles, advertisers and intact papers.
We hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you! Remember to support our advertisers when shopping for your gifts this holiday season. We always encourage our readers to shop local because it gives so much more back to our area communities. Also, it is because of them that we can bring you area events, information and micro-local articles.
We wish all of our readers, safe travels, warm nights and festive holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!