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BY JOYCE SHADAN, VALLEY DISPATCH CONTRIBUTOR

DRACUT — The highlight of December has always been the holidays. Our expectations at the holidays are personal for each one of us. Memories of past holidays are not always picture-perfect and a white Christmas is not always what we are wishing for.

So what do we really wish for?

My guess is that we all wish for world peace and good health for all. What more do we desire? We do not need more than that, do we? And as it is, our wishes have not come true, so what can we do?

The holidays are the season for giving to one another. We can give to our friends who are in need. When we give to others, it is the best gift to give ourselves, and I believe that is the true meaning of the holiday season.

We would like to thank our many volunteers for their compassion, devotion and hard work that is given freely all year long. They are an inspiration to all of us.

The holiday season is filled with many wonderful events. The Dracut Junior High School has invited all seniors to a free concert and continental breakfast Dec. 14. Please join us as we celebrate our annual holiday party on Dec. 15 with a luncheon and dancing. The Dracut Community Police unit will hold a pizza party Dec. 20. We will have the pleasure of the Dracut High School Show Band entertaining us on that day.

And as if that’s not enough holiday cheer, please come and be entertained by a local Girl Scouts troop Dec. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dracut Council on Aging — the best place in town.

Joyce Shadan is the executive director of the Dracut Council on Aging.