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An Old Fashioned Christmas or Post Christmas IdeaPosted Monday, December 19, 2011, at 4:25 PM
Please let us share this greeting with you -- Merry Christmas. It almost sounds refreshing to write and to hear those words. And we can say them all month.
It still amazes me that a little baby boy born amongst farm animals and their bedding could become King of Kings. Thankfully, here we are again, celebrating his miraculous birth. It is this time of year that we stop to share in this celebration, spend time with family and friends and reflect on our lives, both past and present. For just one day, there is peace on Earth with celebrations and ceasefires alike. Christmastime is here.
Unfortunately, Christmas has become a commercialized event. I hope we never forget the true reason for the season. While the Dutch and others shared gifts at this time long before it was a part of worldwide tradition, it was not until the last 200 years that the concept became so popular here in the United States.
Considering how many items we buy come from other countries, it may be time to reverse a growing trend.
There are many gift ideas that benefit your local Main Street. Here are some that have been sent my way in recent weeks:
Remember the true reason for the season. Reach out to your neighbors throughout the year. Small, random acts of kindness can easily catch on and become part of your regular routine each and every day of the year. Merry Christmas from my family to yours.
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Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, represented the 21st district in the Missouri Senate until January 2013, when he left after reaching established term limits. He is a life-long resident of Saline County, a farmer and small business owner. He and his wife, Sue Ellen, live on their family farm in Napton. He was the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight. He served on a number of other committees, including Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources; Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy & the Environment; Financial & Governmental Organizations & Elections; Joint Interim Committee on School Accreditation; Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission; Missouri Civil Air Patrol; Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission; Missouri Senior RX Commission; Alzheimer's State Plan Task Force; Coordinating Council on Special Transportation; and Midwestern Interstate passage Rail Compact Commission.
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