Let the holidays begin. Christmas lights are already twinkling throughout the neighborhoods.

Bond Mill Elementary has found the true holiday spirit. They know that it is better to give than to receive. The Student Council, G.O.L.D Committee and PTO have teamed up to raise funds for those who endured the terrible devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The Bond Mill students have been bringing in monetary donations for Hearts for Haiyan. As the students bring in their donations, "hearts" are hung in the hallways to signify the love. The red hearts already cover the walls down the hallway. If any of our neighbors would like to join Bond Mill with its fundraising efforts for the people of the central Philippines, simply stop by the school office or call 301-497-3600.

The Woman's Club of Laurel has a couple of seatings left for Breakfast with Santa, which is on Dec. 7 at 384 Main Street. Reservations are required. The price is $6 for adults and $3 for children (under age 12). Call Rosemary at 301-490-8053 for reservations.

The West Laurel Recreation Council is having its annual Holiday Celebration on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the West Laurel Community Center. There will be plenty of children's crafts, holiday music and light refreshments. Bring  a favorite holiday treat or cookies to share. Bring donations of new unwrapped toys for Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (optional). Santa and Frosty will make an appearance for great photo opportunities. It's fun for the entire family. Celebrate the season with the neighbors! 

Our neighbors Yvonne Breedlove and Christine Knisley are getting ready for the ninth annual Holiday Boutique this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Yvonne's house at 6209 Forest Mill Lane. There will be vendors from Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Brilliant Alternative Jewelry, Miche Bags, all local. There will be lots of food and door prizes all day. Stop by and do some shopping. For information, call Yvonne at 301-497-5432.

So hang on to your Santa hats, the holidays are on!