It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here with the beautiful late fall weather we’ve been having, but there’s no doubt about it, December is here and the holidays are in full swing. The Christmas lights are up on Main Street, the Community Memory Tree is in the City Park Gazebo, and “Supper with Santa” was a packed house last night – AND we still have Frozen Frolic, Santa’s Workshop and more to look forward too. No doubt about, it’s Christmas time and if you ask me, nobody does the holiday better than small towns! There’s always so much going on and you get to enjoy the community events with friends, family and neighbors; so keep a look out for all the wonderful events happening this month!

Christmas time is also the perfect time of year to remind everyone the importance of shopping local. I know it’s easy to purchase gifts online and have them shipped right to your home, or to head to Des Moines, the cities, or another metropolis and get all your shopping done in one day and head home with a car packed full – I’ll admit, I’m just as guilty. This year let’s all try and do our holiday shopping here in Britt first. We are so fortunate to have wonderful retail stores, restaurants and more right here in our community and it’s up to each of us to support them and make sure they have continued success. One of the things I am most proud of about our community is the incredibly vibrant downtown. Most towns our size cannot boast the same, and even communities larger than ours struggle to keep stores open. As I drove to work this morning I learned of a community near us twice our size is losing 4 locally owned businesses.

We’re so fortunate to have several retailers (hardware, clothing stores, gift shops, floral and more), numerous restaurants and bars, a large grocery store, multiple museums, a golf course, a bowling alley and the list goes on and on. It’s up to each and every one of us to support these local businesses. These stores are owned and operated by local people committed to ensuring Britt and its residents have great places to shop right here in town. Whether it’s for the day to day necessities, unique gifts, or a night out with friends; shopping local should be option number one. Often times we hear of a business closing and folks upset because “they loved that place.” Let’s all do what we can to make sure the wonderful business in our community thrive this holiday season and year round.