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Forget the Busy and Find Your Christmas Spirit

Forget the Busy and Find Your Christmas Spirit

These days it seems as if the mad holiday rush begins before the Thanksgiving turkey has even been carved. We are in such a hurry to buy the perfect gift for everyone on our list, that we often forget what the season is all about. This year, make time for your family and delight in the spirit of the Christmas season. With a little extra planning, the shopping will still get done, but you will create memories that will last forever.

Celebrate the Season

There are so many ways to celebrate the holiday season in Northeast Mississippi. From performances to special events to parades and more, there is something to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

  • Tupelo Christmas Parade “Miracle on Main Street”

December 2 at 7:00 pm in Downtown Tupelo

  • Harrisburg Baptist Church 2016 North Mississippi Christmas Festival

December 2-4 at 7:00 pm at Harrisburg Baptist Church

  • Tupelo Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”

December 3 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm at the THS Performing Arts Center

  • Tupelo Community Theatre presents “The Gift of the Magi”

December 8-10 at 7:30 pm and 2:30 pm (Saturday) at the Lyric Theatre

Give Back

There is no better time to volunteer your time, talents, and resources than during the holiday season. There is so much need in our community so gather together as a family and give back. Helping others will make the hustle and bustle seem trivial. Perhaps your church has a program already in place. If not, Northeast Mississippi has several agencies who can always use an extra hand during the holidays. Contact a non-profit that your family is passionate about and serve.

  • Salvation Army Angel Tree

Pick up an angel at the Mall at Barnes Crossing food court and shop as a family

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army is always looking for bell ringers during the holidays. Call (662) 680-2757.

  • Helping Hands Food Pantry

Collect canned goods or ask what immediate needs the food pantry may have. Volunteer one Saturday as a family.

Be Together

Mama needs to finish buying a few gifts after work. Dad needs to get in a few extra hours at the office so he can be off during the holidays. Kids want to hang out with friends when school is out. Make time this holiday season to be together as a family. Leave the hustle and bustle behind for family time. The rest will be there when you’re through.

  • Look at the Lights

Get in the car, drive through your favorite coffee shop, and ride around to look at the lights. Make a night of it by visiting Christmas in Cottonplant and walking through the inflatables and Christmas light shows.

  • Christmas Movie Night

Put in your family’s favorite Christmas movie and make a night of it. No cellphones, just family, food, and fun.

  • Take Your Shopping List on the Road

Memphis, Birmingham, Jackson, and even Nashville are easy weekend getaway destinations. Finish your Christmas shopping in one of these metropolitan areas together and enjoy the way these cities celebrate the season.

It is almost comical how we give thanks for our many blessings on Thanksgiving Day then turn around on Black Friday and fight over discounted things. The holidays are about love, yet we often get so caught up in the busyness that is so prevalent during the final months of the year, that we forget why we are celebrating in the first place. It’s November and with a little extra planning and focus, this Christmas can be a deliberate celebration of the greatest gift ever given and not a mad dash to the cash register.


Jennie Bradford Curlee is the public relations and international sales director for the Tupelo CVB. She pledges to be intentional this year in spending time with her family and celebrating the gift of Christmas.

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