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Opinion: Boost your holiday spirit with activities

Feeling like a Grinch this year? There are plenty of local opportunities to boost your holiday spirit.

Brookhaven Little Theatre is hosting a Family Christmas Movie Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. The first feature film to be played will be “Elf” at 4 p.m., followed by “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at 7 p.m.

“Elf,” rated PG, was released in 2003 and features Will Ferrell, James Caan and Bob Newhart. The movie shows the journey of how Buddy (Ferrell), a man who wreaks havoc on the elf community in the North Pole because of his size, discovers his true identity in the United States.

“Christmas Vacation,” rated PG-13, is a 1989 Christmas comedy and stars Chevy Chase, Beverly DeAngelo and Randy Quaid. The movie details the adventures of a typical American family Christmas vacation.

Today, “Christmas Music and Art at Trinity Park” will be open for the community to enjoy at noon. Local vocal music teacher Ashley Dunaway Jackson is set to perform a variety of Christmas tunes during the lunch hour.

“I love Christmas music,” Jackson said. “I just did a Christmas show with my voice students and thought it would be fun to do one in Trinity Park, since I go to church (at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer).”

New Sight Baptist Church will again have a live nativity this year.

The drive-thru nativity will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It has grown to include scenes of Jesus’ life from the angel Gabriel foretelling Christ’s birth to Mary through his resurrection at Calvary. This year, they’ve added a church scene, which was featured on the New Sight float in the Brookhaven Christmas parade.