Photos: Faces of Christmas
December 24, 2016
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Sadie Rose De La Garza, 2, shows off the wreath she made during Snow Day at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Dec. 10. Sadie loves telling everyone "Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!" Her parents are Adam and Brittany De La Garza of Ethelsville. Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff
Christmastime — it is songs and celebrations, worshipful praise and contemplation. It is giving, and it is receiving. Believing and reminiscing. Dispatch photographers Luisa Porter and Deanna Robinson captured a few of those moments around Columbus this season, a few of the faces of Christmas. They serve to confirm that whatever else is happening in the world, Christmas is also happiness and hope.
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Columbus Junior Girlchoir member Mary Hazard, 10, prays for a successful performance as she and Claire Baumann, 11, wait to sing Christmas carols for the Rotary Club at Lion Hills Center Dec. 6. Mary is the daughter of Angie and Shelly Hazard of Steens. Claire's parents are Jeff and Edith Baumann of Columbus. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
Contact Helpline Reassurance client Samaria Henry is delighted to receive gifts from Contact volunteers Dec. 14. A light blanket, gloves, socks and toiletries were among items the agency delivered to Henry and her daughter, who is also a client. Reassurance clients receive a daily wellness phone call year-round from volunteers. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
Remy tells Santa (John Blanton) what he'd like for Christmas at a 4 Paws for a Cause fundraiser for the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society Nov. 19. This and other events in 2016 enabled 4 Paws to donate $4,250 to the shelter Dec. 19. Photo by: Courtesy photo
Jacorian Jobe, 10, left, and Benjamin Horn, 12, channel The Temptations in "A Motown Christmas" presented by the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle Dec. 10 on the Mississippi State campus. Jacorian is the son of Toria Miller and Cory Jobe. Benjamin’s parents are Casey and Voncha Halbert. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
West Lowndes Elementary School first-grader Jamarrion Ellis receives a book to keep from Santa (Sidney Runnels) and My Book board member Barbara Mattison Dec. 13. Jamarrion is the son of Lareeca Jefferson. 4 County provided a grant for this My Book distribution to first graders. Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff
Ellis Hudson, 4, places gifts at the alter during First United Methodist Church's 100th White Christmas pageant Dec. 18 in Columbus. Donations of food were put in baskets for distribution to families through Helping Hands. Ellis is the son of Robby and Anna Hudson. Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff
Tenor Roderick George of Birmingham, Alabama, sings "Comfort Ye, My People" during Columbus Sings Messiah Dec. 8 at Annunciation Catholic Church. The performance is a "gift to the community," George said. "People here are so nice, so I come back every year." Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff
Dwaine Smith and his wife, Lisa Smith, tan leather in the interactive Bethlehem marketplace created by First Baptist Church Dec. 9-11 in Columbus. First Christmas featured a live nativity, shopkeepers, soldiers and animals. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
Daxx and Carrie Catherine are ready for their close-up with Santa at PetSmart Dec. 10. Lisa Ricks of Columbus is their owner. "I can't tell who is more excited about this, me or the dogs," Ricks said. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
Alice poses for a formal portrait with Santa (veterinarian Dr. Will Kay) at a 4 Paws for a Cause fundraiser for the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society Nov. 19. Alice belongs to Miller Scott. Photo by: Kellen Porter Photography/Courtesy photo