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Our View: Craig beams merriment this holiday season

Christmastime in Craig seems to get bigger and brighter each year.

We can't help but notice how the giving spirit is alive in our community. Our local businesses, elected officials, community volunteers and various organizations work endless hours to bring merriment to the forefront of the holiday season.

It's amazing how we take care of each other and those less fortunate than us this time of year. KRAI's Holiday Drive received a plethora of donations for those in need. Shoppers graciously give to the Salvation Army bell ringers each day, and one woman bought a Christmas tree and ornaments for a father and his children.

The Parade of Lights were bright and beautiful, with a large number of people watching the glowing floats travel down Yampa Avenue and Victory Way in extremely cold weather.

A week later, the Festival of Trees chamber mixer was well attended, and everyone seemed impressed with the amazing array of trees at the courthouse.

The Holiday Home Tour, hosted by P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), had a record number of attendees tour homes decorated with holiday cheer.

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The Downtown Business Association held its second annual Down Home Christmas Celebration for the community, passing out free cookies, hot chocolate, s'mores and chestnuts to attendees. Elementary school children graced the cold night air with their beautifully sung music.

That same night, the Boy & Girls Club hosted Cowboy Christmas, where patrons enjoyed great food, a silent auction and festive company.

To top it off, local artists held their annual Holiday Artisans Market, selling amazing works of art that many community members bought as Christmas gifts.

The Holiday Craft Show takes place today at Centennial Mall, giving eager shoppers tons of holiday gift choices.

A special thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus, who graciously attend every event out of the goodness of their hearts. They don't take payment for anything, but instead ask others to give any money they might be paid to organizations in need.

We'd like to encourage the public to grab a cup of hot cocoa and drive around to view the Holiday Tour of Lights. The community nominates various homes adorn with bright Christmas lights, and the winners are announced in the Dec. 19 Saturday Morning Press.

This year's homes include:

■ 870 Finley Lane

■ 997 East 10th St.

■ 635 W. Ninth St.

■ 1028 Breeze St.

■ 840 Tucker St.

■ 633 Taylor St.

■ 895 Ashley Road

■ 885 Rose St.

■ 2957 Pinon Circle

■ 738 Exmoor Road

■ 906 Ledford St.

We'd like to wish the community a very Merry Christmas.

Editorial Board

Renee Campbell: Newspaper representative

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Newspaper representative

Sheli Steele: Newspaper representative

Christina Oxley: Community representative

Brenda Elsbree: Community representative