Christmas season has different meanings for some

By: 
DAVID KEYES
Laurel Outlook Publisher

All a person has to do is spend a few minutes in and around the Laurel Rotary Christmas tree lot to be reminded of Christmases past.
• The smell: Nothing on earth smells better or more natural than all of the fir trees in the lot.
• The look: Just a minute spent looking at the trees reminded me of all of the ornaments on our trees when I was young.
• The tradition: Several families have stopped by the lot in the Ace Hardware parking lot and I can’t help but think that memories are being made everytime a family stops by.
The Christmas tree lot is also a good vantage point to see what is going on this time of year. Ace was busy with people loading up with Christmas decorations. Assistant manager Heather Gonzalez said people are in an especially good mood this holiday season.
A person can also notice the lights on the fence in front of Laurel Ford. The line at Heidi’s Coffee Cabin was also pretty consistent. Traffic was pretty steady in and around the tree lot.
Volunteering for a shift at the Rotary Christmas tree lot also reminded me of how much Christmas business means to local merchants. In fact, many of them make or break their entire year based on holiday shopping,
Take a look at the Outlook the next few weeks to get an idea of what local merchants have to offer. Gift certificates for local businesses or services are always appreciated.
A good reminder of how important shopping at home is occurs this Sunday.
Laurel’s annual Christmas to Remember goes all day and lasts until the last fireworks go off at sunset – following Santa’s arrival here as part of the Christmas to Remember lighted parade. The parade starts at 5:15 and the fireworks follow.
The complete Christmas to Remember schedule is on Page 2 of this week’s Outlook.
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Christmas is also a time for families and keeping those in mind who might be going through a rough time. I can’t help it but I always think about how hard it is to lose a family member anyway, but especially during the holidays.
Two obituaries in this week’s Outlook had a special meaning to me.
I didn’t know Carrie Boe all that well. She was a pleasant voice at the other end of the phone when I called the Stillwater County News. When I finally met her face to face she told me she was a Laurel High School graduate and LOVED the yearsbook we put together at the Outlook.
I kept track of her and checked in as she battled cancer and quickly became weaker and weaker as she continued to come to work. Her last day at the office was only two weeks before she died. The four-person staff at the SCN of course is a tight-knit group and her death devastated them. Thoughts and prayers to Carrie’s family and her other family at the Stillwater County News.
I didn’t know Justin Cruea but his tragic accident and his death impacted a lot of people.
Justin was only 28 when he died on Nov. 21. As sad as it is when a hardworking young man passes away, it is beyond imaginable what his loss means to his wife, Tabitha.
Tabitha is a stay home mom with three boys – two of which she and Justin were foster parents.
A family friend set up a Gofundme page to help Tabitha pay funeral expenses and future living expenses.
In the six days the Go Fund Me page has been set up, 80 people have given a combined $6,280 in donations. If you would like to join them, Gofundme.com and type in Justin Cruea Funeral expenses.

Christmas does indeed have different meanings. This week in Laurel reminded me of that. Please go out and make your own memories.

David Keyes is publisher of The Laurel Outlook.

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