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Christmas is a celebration the world-over enjoys. First stemming from a church-made holiday to counteract the pagan ones of the day, Dec. 25 holds significance, as most know, as the marking of the birth of Christ. Traditions changed as the holiday moved across countries and continents, but formed traditions of benevolence and generosity have been ingrained into the fabric of the holiday season, as kindness and good cheer give people hope as the days, in the northern hemisphere, get a little darker and a little colder.

Kids for life event a success

Elves Ethan Mattingly, left, and Dustin Murray serve foster families during the Kids for Life Christmas event.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Kids for Life organization, along with Marion County Department of Human Resources and several local volunteers were able to bring the magic of Christmas to Marion County’s foster families this past week.
Kids for Life, a non profit organization started by Hamilton resident Melissa Mathieson, held the event to give gifts and food to foster children and their foster parents during the holiday season.
The event was held at First Baptist Church, who also provided the meal for the event in Hamilton on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Hamilton hosts tree lighting ceremony

From left, Mayor Bob Page, Fred Hunter from WBRC’s Absolutely Alabama and Mrs. Claus gather to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Holiday season has arrived in the City of Hamilton as Mayor Bob Page invited the community to city hall to celebrate the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The event, held outside of the city hall building in Hamilton, was on Tuesday night, Nov. 15.