I wanted to say a huge thank you for the abundance of Christmas spirit in our community this holiday season. From Ashley Furniture, which hosted the most wonderful "Monte Claus" event (complete with high-quality, complimentary gifts for the kids), to KYSSFM, which provided a fantastic, interactive Christmas light map, to Paws Up, which hosted downtown carriage rides every weekend, community businesses stepped up to give families many creative and beautiful free events to enjoy the holiday season together.

Individuals similarly went above and beyond to spread holiday cheer. We especially enjoyed the dedicated "Grinch" on Humble Road who hosted photos for kids in frigid temperatures and the truly mind-blowing Christmas light and music show on West Spurgin that made us laugh and smile.

In a time when many of our political and entertainment leaders are showing us the worst of human nature, you have all shown us the very best with your generosity, compassion, consideration and thoughtfulness. I hope all of your holidays are equally bright. Thanks so much!

Mary Curry,