Making a List and Checking it Twice

Posted on December 31, 2013

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The houses are decorated, the air is chilly and the kids are vibrating with excitement throughout our community by now. The holidays are here, with their full-speed ahead pace and a background of familiar music. As we look for the perfect gifts for friends and relatives, it’s also time to make a shopping list for this place where we all live. Here are a few things you can do this year:

1.         Sing the praises of our town to everyone who will listen. Many of us will be talking to folks who live in other places. Tell them the reasons you live here, and let them know about the great lifestyle we enjoy.

2.         Light your house, your neighborhood and the entire town—not just with electricity but with enthusiasm for making our community a better place to live. Let your kids see that you like where you live and are proud of your hometown.

3.         Send holiday greetings, maybe sharing the email address and phone number of a local development group to business friends in other states.  Or send a thank you holiday greeting to the local business people who are providing services, jobs and economic stability to our town.

4.         Attend seasonal programs in your community. It doesn’t matter if you are a parent of a student or a member of the neighborhood church—just go and enjoy these vital elements of our community. A shot of excitement from enthusiastic performers will do you good!

5.         Give lasting gifts, like friendship and kindness, enthusiasm and fellowship, determination and energy. Realize that the key to the prosperity of our community starts with you and your desire to make this place strong. Take the holiday spirit and turn it into something that energizes the community all year long!

Let’s work together to create a glow throughout our whole region this holiday season—and make next year the best one yet for everyone in our community. Happy Holidays!

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