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What is Christmas to you?

With last-minute Christmas shopping in full swing it can be easy to lose sight of what’s important. We asked our readers and Facebook followers to tell us what makes Christmas special for them. 


Jacque O’Terry Nowell – Jasper

“Christmas is a magical, meaningful experience of God’s goodness!”


Tia Howard – Jasper

“Having God as our father and savior and how He gave His only son so that our sins may be forgiven so we can live our eternal life with him. Christmas is all about Him, in Jesus’ name Amen.” 


Pat Haldeman – Jasper 

“Growing up, I always loved the Christmas plays at church, and celebrating Jesus’ birthday. Then going home mom would let us open our stocking on Christmas Eve.” 


Sami Kapela Jackson – Ball Ground 

“Christmas is all about the birth of love…it is the perfect time to remember we are made in that image..and therefore we are love too.  And….I get to unapologetically hug everyone!”


Laura Rizk - Talking Rock

“I love the Christmas holiday because, despite the question of the exact date, we remember the birth of Jesus, the light of the world, at the darkest time of year. Christmas is also a time we open our hearts, to be with our loved ones and to enjoy special traditions that have been passed down from different cultures and generations, which we now get to experience every holiday season.” 


Kirk Raffield - Jasper

“I love the time spent with loved ones and the unity we experience as a community. May we always remember how blessed we are in this community.” 


Robert VanHoose – Talking Rock

“I always enjoyed Christmas because it’s a time to spend with the people you love and have a chance to reflect on the year that has passed. As a kid my mom and dad put so much effort into making Christmas great for us kids and it always was!”


Marlene Loyd Garner - Covington

“Spending time with my family.”


Nichole Childers - Canton

“Family and board games. It’s a full day of spending time with the whole family. Way too much yummy food.” 


Kathe Hall - Jasper

“The magic of wonder and excitement children show about Santa Claus.”


Tammy Brown - Jasper

“I love everything about the Christmas season. I love decorating my home and having friends and family visit. I love riding around looking at Christmas lights. I love singing Christmas carols, especially this year I get to sing them to my new granddaughter Lillyana Joy. This will be a very special Christmas for our family having a baby in the family. The most important thing to remember is Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. I am thankful and truly blessed.” 


Delane Lewis - Marble Hill

“I treasure the hush that comes after Eucharist on Christmas Eve -- when all the shopping and festivities are done, and it is time to joyously reflect on God's gift of His Son and the true miracle of His birth. Merry Christmas.”


Allison Priest - Jasper

“Christmas for me is always about family. The greatest gift for me is visiting with my parents, my brother and sister, my nieces and nephews, and cousins. There is no greater bond than the one filled with love.” 


Jacquelyn Bolton – Jasper

“The story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is called the Nativity. There would be no Christmas without Christ. God sent his only son to die on the cross, to take all our past, present and future sins upon Him so we could be forgiven. He wants a relationship with us. All we have to do is say yes, I want to follow Jesus. Turn away from our sins and we will be forgiven. Then put God the Father in the center of everything we do. Merry Christmas.”


Merry Christmas from the Progress!