A December to Remember

From visits to Santa’s workshop and holiday parties to giving gifts and acts of charity, there’s an abundance of things to do that will inject the spirit into everyone. Here are some ideas to get you into the mood.
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There’s no avoiding it—the holiday spirit tends to win over everyone by the end of the month. From visits to Santa’s workshop and holiday parties to giving gifts and acts of charity, there’s an abundance of things to do that will inject the spirit into everyone. Here are some ideas to get you into the mood.

Watch a tree lighting: Most towns host their own holiday ceremonies, but few compare to Downtown for the Holidays in Ridgewood. The village illuminates its Christmas tree in grand fashion on Friday, Dec. 2, and it will light its menorah throughout Hanukkah beginning on Dec. 24.

Join a parade: The annual Home for the Holidays Parade rolls through downtown Westwood on Saturday, Dec. 3. High school and community bands, civic groups and local organizations participate in the good-for-the-family affair, which ends with the arrival of jolly old Saint Nick.

Give back to others: Work with groups like Hackensack-based Volunteer Center of Bergen County, which can match you with area individuals and families in need. Once you learn about your “match,” let the spirit of giving shine and purchase toys for the kids, clothing for the parents and necessities for the entire family.

♦ Did you know? More than $290,000 in contributions—gifts, gift cards, toys, clothing and more—were donated to 1,800
people in need last year through the Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program.

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