The Herald found 12 days' worth of things you can do for yourself, your family or for others to make this Christmas just that much better:
For you and your family
For a unique parade experience, check out the town of Lowrys annual Christmas parade on Saturday. The parade features floats pulled only by horses and farm equipment.
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The parade's founder, William Stephenson, said that about 10,000 spectators saw the event last year. This year, the parade is expected to last about two hours, with more than 100 floats, 400 horses, 100 tractors, 50 horse-drawn carriages, some farm animals and a new Santa. Last year the parade's longtime Santa, Carlisle McCrorey, retired and is succeeded by newcomer Chuck Douglas.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lowrys Community Center, 2266 Old York Road. Annual parade-goer Dorothy Melton suggests early arrival to ensure a good spot. Food will be available from local vendors.
To make a difference in an older adult's life, volunteer at a local adult day care center. Many older adults come to such centers for interaction, said Barbara Smith, director of the Park Avenue Adult Day Care Center in Rock Hill. Volunteers are needed for activities such as bingo, crafts or singing. Smith said anyone with musical ability, woodworking, hairdressing or other skills are needed. "It's a wonderful opportunity to make them feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves."
To volunteer at the Park Avenue center, call 803-327-7448. For a listing of other area centers, check the yellow pages under Day Care Centers-Adult.