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Publisher Note

Celebrating the Holidays with Gratitude for Our Community

The holiday season is a time of reflection, joy and togetherness. It's a time when we gather with friends and family to celebrate traditions, exchange gifts and create cherished memories. However, it's also a time to express our gratitude for the wonderful communities that surround us.

Our communities play a crucial role in shaping our lives and experiences. They provide us with support, friendship, and a sense of belonging that is invaluable, especially during the holidays. Being grateful for our community is an important aspect of celebrating the season.

One of the most beautiful aspects of this time of year is the way communities come together to support one another. Whether it's through charitable acts, volunteering, or simply being there for each other, the holiday spirit tends to bring out the best in people. We see food drives, toy collections, and charity events that exemplify the compassion and generosity of our communities.

In our November/December edition of Sandpoint Living Local, you will find holiday-inspired articles to help prepare you for the season. ‘Tis the season of giving, so we’re highlighting Sandpoint Lions Club and their annual Toys for Tots; the Hoot Owl’s weekly soup kitchen and free Thanksgiving dinner; and the Festival of Trees and its new host—Community Resource EnVision Center. And there’s so much more! Be sure to check out our holiday shopping pages, featuring some great local businesses to visit for all your holiday shopping needs.

In a world that can sometimes feel increasingly disconnected, the holidays offer us a chance to reconnect with our roots, our communities, and each other. Let us take a moment this holiday season to be grateful for the incredible network of people who surround us, and to celebrate with an open heart the unity, diversity, and love that our communities bring into our lives. After all, it is this sense of togetherness that makes the holidays truly magical.

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