Although the presents have all been opened and even the leftovers from Christmas dinner have been put away, some of that famous holiday spirit remains in our community today. That warm "Christmas feeling" didn't only come from being with loved ones and exchanging gifts; it's also been created by the charitable efforts of hundreds of individuals across our region.
These individuals understand that the spirit of Christmas can be created and shared by giving to those in need, and taking care of those less fortunate.
Local residents showed time and time again that they cared about their neighbors this holiday season, and those efforts continued right up to Christmas Day: the Upshur Parish House's annual Community Christmas Dinner served free meals to 430 people Tuesday in Buckhannon.
The Inter-Mountain has tried to showcase as many of these charitable efforts as possible throughout December, including a 12-part Comfort and Joy series that profiled a dozen local charities in front-page articles leading up to Christmas Day.
We applaud everyone who played a part in the area's charitable efforts, whether through donations of time, toys or money. You are all to be commended. We are lucky to live in a community that takes care of its own.
Let's just not forget, as we take down the tree and the decorations in the coming days, that this lovely Christmas spirit is something we create out of thin air. And if we want to, we can keep it going all year long.