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Editorial: What great stories we were told this Christmas season

Tucked neatly inside this week's issue is one of our favorite special sections every year. It is our annual Greetings section, and it includes a number of stories that will warm your heart.

There's a great story about the work done to decorate the home of a young boy who is fighting cancer.

There's a story about a third grader who volunteered his time to ring the bell for the Salvation Army on Saturday, and another one about the efforts under way by a Hastings church to ensure inmates at the Dakota County Jail get a gift, too.

In addition to those and other stories, Christmas-themed drawings from area elementary school students are included.

We hope you take a few minutes this week to read about the great things quietly happening in your community on a regular basis.

We were inspired to tell the stories again this year, and we think the section is a must-read.

The stories will certainly give you something to draw on if one of your relatives begins the whole discussion about "kids these days" while you are sitting around opening presents on Christmas. Tell them you just read about a 9-year-old student who stood in the cold for two hours to ring a bell in an effort to raise money for those less fortunate.

That will likely get that relative to reconsider misleading statements like that, at least for a few minutes.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, and hope you get a chance to spend it with your loved ones.