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Stephanie Klapperich. Contributing photographer.

Give back more this Christmas

Red and green glitter leaks from every pore in your body when the Christmas season starts.

The lights, trees and presents make you excited about things that do not truly matter in the overall scheme of life.

It is that wonderful time of year again. The bright lights and the hot cocoa you drink while sitting next to a fireplace  burn bright while you watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The tree your family set up for the season illuminates your shadow.

You spend hours decorating the cookies that you plan to leave for Santa Claus and make sure you do not forget the carrots for his trusty reindeer.

You and your siblings make letters to mail off, and you take them to sit on Santa’s lap in the mall.

This joyous time of year has gotten bigger and more advertised over time, and the real question is when will it be too much?

Christmas is supposed to be the celebration of Christ’s birth, and the praise of the savior in which millions of followers have faith in.

Christmas began in European and Middle Eastern Christendom in the third century. In that time, it was a holiday which was not widely celebrated. In today’s age you can see lights on the roofs of houses online, meant to represent Santa traveling on Christmas night.

Christmas has turned from the birth of God’s son into a day in which you can get gifts and eat Christmas dinner. It should be a day to be with family to count your blessings and instead it is filled with greed and misplaced excitement.

You should spend this holiday thinking about what you can do for others and how you bring Christ into the lives of other people, yet you are spending hours cooking too much food for people who eat every day of the year.

There are so many things that the community can focus on, such as feeding the homeless or putting care packages together for troops.

Send care packages overseas or go to soup kitchens.

Use this day to give back to those who cannot leave sugar cookies overnight or who could not afford a huge tree for every room in their house.

It is a beautiful time of year, and it is even better when you make the season beautiful for someone else as well.

Giving back adds genuine holiday spirit where some has been lost in the glamour of presents and feasting.

About Jillian Ferebee

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