Christmas is a special time, but it can also be one of the loneliest days of the year for those without family nearby or are new to Cochrane.

Thankfully, the Cochrane Immigrant Services Committee continues its tradition of hosting a Jingle Minge on Christmas Day at the Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Dr.

"No one needs to eat alone on Christmas Day," says Paul Singh of the committee.

"Everybody's in a holiday mood, and for people who are away from your home country, or you're staying in a different city or province, or even your relatives and family have gone to visit others, the idea was about coming together as a community and society as a whole."

All are welcome to drop by the church between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Christmas Day to enjoy hearty homemade soup, fresh bread, and sweet treats. There are also crafts and small gifts for children, and a very special visit by you know who.

Registration is preferred, but not necessary, says Singh.

"If somebody wants to drop by and say hello, please don't feel obligated to register, just drop by."

It's the sixth year of the immigrant committee's Jingle Mingle that's made possible with the assistance of several community sponsors.

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