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It’s that time of year, again. Holiday decorations are everywhere, the neighbor’s lights are up, and the parking lot at the mall is a lot more crowded than usual. It’s officially the holiday season; in fact, Christmas is almost here.
It’s extremely easy to get caught up in the stress of buying things this time of year. We write painstaking lists of necessary gifts to buy; long lists of every single person we feel we need to give a gift to. We go to stores of the mall, fight for a parking place, search through store after store, attempt to choose appropriate gifts, wait in line forever to purchase them, and then lug those bags back out to the car and fight holiday traffic to get home.
Then there is the cooking, baking, preparing the house, and hosting parties. If you have children, there’s the added pressure of ‘The Elf On The Shelf’ and playing Santa Claus. That’s part of the magic of the holiday season. Little ones still believe in Santa and that the jolly man in the red suit will sneak down the chimney in the middle of the night, a heavy sack loaded with toys for good little boys and girls. Every child hopes to wake up in the morning and find a stack of presents under the decorated tree.

Unfortunately, many families struggle financially throughout the whole year, and Christmas puts more stress on those families. That where the Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots program steps in and helps deliver toys to less fortunate families. In the commercial below, a little boy is full of imploring questions, and an on-duty Marine makes a tiny gesture to show him that Santa is real. This timely, heartwarming commercial serves as a reminder of the true spirit of Christmas.


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