“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” (The original- not the Jim Carrey version) is my all-time favorite Christmas movie.  My daughter and I were watching it a few nights ago and it made me start thinking about Christmas, and how even though I love this time of year, other people may not share my opinion.

As a child, I can remember the joy I felt on Christmas when I would wake up, run down the stairs, and see what “Santa” brought me. My parents always seemed just as excited as I was, which I always thought was strange, but didn’t understand why.  Now that I am a parent myself, I get it.  There is this amazing feeling you get when you do something nice for someone else.

Sometimes, I think we have a tendency to get wrapped up in our own busy cookie making, present wrapping, tree decorating, and card writing lives during the holiday season. We sometimes need reminding that others may be less fortunate than we are.  Sometimes things happen, and parents may struggle to give their children the kind of magical Christmas that they want them to have.

For many, the holidays are a time of getting together with friends and family, sharing good meals, presents and laughter. For others, it can be filled with stress and/or loneliness.

In my opinion, the White Lake community has always been a warm and welcoming place. A place where you see and hear of kind acts and compassion towards others.  This area has always been HarborLight Credit Union’s home and we all feel so blessed that we can give back to the community in some way during the Christmas season.

For many years we have partnered with the White Lake Giving Tree and adopted a family in the area to help during the holidays. We all donate both perishable and non-perishable items so that at least one family has enough groceries to have a fantastic holiday meal, as well as food for several other meals.  We also try to purchase each of the children in the family some new clothes and a couple toys/entertainment gifts.

There are so many different ways to show kindness and love towards others during the holiday season. There may only be a few short days left until Christmas, but there is still time for all of us to do something kind for someone else.  It could be as simple as holding a door open for someone and telling them “Merry Christmas,” or as elaborate as adopting a family and surprising them with gifts and food.

All of us at HarborLight Credit Union wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!