It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
My husband and I feel doubly blessed this year because it is the first holiday season we will spend close to our grandbabies. I thought seeing Christmas through the eyes of my young children was awe-inspiring, but it is even more special now seeing the magic through their children’s eyes.
This year can best be described as challenging. COVID-19 has become part of our daily lives, bringing with it masks, social distancing and elbow bumps.
Our elected officials are doing their best to keep citizens as safe as possible. Health care professionals have been challenged to discover the best ways to attack and treat the virus. Our schools are adjusting to a new way of educating and businesses are struggling to keep their doors open.
This season, more than ever, our community will need to support one another. Our restaurants and retail establishments have suffered, first with a shutdown followed by limited capacities along with difficulties in receiving merchandise and the unease of shoppers. Online shopping became a necessity for many, and the coffers of Amazon, Walmart, FedEx and UPS are full. But this new way of shopping could not and cannot offer what our local businesses can.
Local merchants and restaurateurs cater to us. They know us, and we know them. They know what works for us because they are our friends and neighbors. This has no doubt been a difficult year, but by pulling together, we can make a difference.
The Pine Belt area is home to a wide variety of locally owned retail shops and restaurants, making Christmas shopping easy. Right in our backyards we can find the perfect gift, the perfect dress, or the perfect meal, all the while experiencing the best service in the world
So now is the time to deck the halls, cook something delicious and make merry! Please remember to say a prayer for our elected officials, our first responders, our health care providers and our educators.
And please remember to shop local!
- Christina Pierce, publisher